* Patent is for adjustable keyboard platform
* Humanscale patent claims found invalid
WASHINGTON, July 9 CompX International (CIX.N)
does not infringe a Humanscale Corp patent and may continue
selling its ergonomic keyboard supports, a trade panel ruled on
The U.S. International Trade Commission, which specializes
in patent cases, reversed a decision by one of its internal
judges, who had said that CompX infringed a Humanscale patent
for an adjustable support arm for a keyboard platform designed
to make desks more comfortable for workers.
The commission also found that the asserted "claims" -- a
term for portions of a patent -- were invalid.
The ITC is a popular venue for trade disputes because it
can bar the importation of products made with infringing
The case at the ITC is number 337-670.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz, editing by Bernard Orr)