“Pivot” Saves the Day in Patent Case for Calif. Company

Law360, New York (January 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A patent infringement lawsuit that pivoted on the precise definition of the word “pivot” has resulted in a victory for a California company that designs foldable keyboards for personal digital assistants and compact electronic devices.

In a court ruling Wednesday, a federal judge upheld that Think Outside Inc. did not infringe on patents owned by Minebea Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that manufactures high-precision components.

The case involves a patent on a structure designed to prevent the tilting of oddly shaped keytops such as L-shaped keys...
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