Improved Keyboard Design for Mobile Devices. ICAP Patent Brokerage Announces for Auction a Compact Keyboard Configuration that Results in Improved User Efficiency and Offers Solutions for Mobile Computing and Smart Home Devices

Jul 12, 2012, 10:00 ET from ICAP Patent Brokerage

SAN FRANCISCO, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage firm and organizer of ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions, is offering for auction a compact keyboard configuration that results in improved user efficiency with smaller keyboards. The lot will be included in the 16th ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Auction on July 26, 2012, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, California.


"We are excited to be offering this portfolio to our global base of buyers," says Dean Becker, CEO ICAP Patent Brokerage and ICAP Ocean Tomo auctions.


Present desktop keyboards are bulky and eat up too much desk space. Laptop and netbook keyboards lacking the essential numeric keypad, the so-called 'embedded numeric keypad, are impractical. With the growth of smaller keyboards for portable devices, improved ergonomics in keyboard design without disturbing well-anchored typing habits is highly desirable.       

Key Characteristics & Benefits

This patent portfolio discloses a single block arrangement of juxtaposed keys on a keyboard.

  • In this arrangement, the keys are integrated in one single block having multiple zones (e.g., compact central zone of alphabetic keys, zone of numeric keys, zone of arrowed direction keys, zone of function keys, etc.).
  • As keys are arranged in separate zones, duplication or repetition of keys is reduced.
  • This compact keyboard structure is extremely useful for portable devices as it integrates a true numeric keypad.
  • Various industry majors in computer hardware and peripherals have already cited this portfolio, indicating the importance of this technology in the industry.

Market Potential

This is an important portfolio for companies involved in computer hardware and peripheral devices – particularly those devices with smaller keyboards. 

Companies who have cited this patent portfolio include: Sony, Microsoft, HTC

To learn more about the assets available for sale in this portfolio:
Contact John Pryor of ICAP Patent Brokerage at +44 (0) 7587 885 131 or

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