By Eric Schweibenz
On March 9, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted to institute an investigation of certain adjustable keyboard support systems and components thereof.  The investigation is based on a February 10, 2009 complaint filed by Humanscale Corporation of New York, New York.  As explained in our February 17 post, the complaint alleges violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and/or the sale within the U.S. after importation of certain adjustable keyboard support systems and components thereof.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that the “products at the heart of the proposed investigation are keyboard support systems, particularly, ergonomic computer keyboard support systems that are adjustable for minimizing an individual worker’s fatigue and improving efficiency.”

The ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

• CompX International, Inc. of Dallas, Texas; and
• CompX Waterloo of Canada.

In its complaint, Humanscale Corporation alleges that the proposed respondents infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,292,097, as re-examined.

Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern will handle this investigation.

According to the Notice of Investigation, Benjamin Levi of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.