How Switch Patents Influence the Mechanical Keyboard Market

How Switch Patents Influence the Mechanical Keyboard Market


The mechanical keyboard market has seen drastic changes over the years, and much of this can be attributed to the expiration of key switch patents. This article aims to explore how patents have shaped the industry and led to the emergence of new competitors.

Cherry's Dominance

For many years, Cherry MX switches were the standard in mechanical keyboards. Cherry's initial patents gave them a significant edge in the market, allowing for innovations such as the MX Black switch.

Patent Expiration: A Turning Point

When Cherry's major patents expired by 2016, it opened the floodgates for other manufacturers to enter the market with MX-style switches. Companies like Gateron and Kailh were among the first to capitalize on this opportunity.

Rise of New Players

  • Gateron: Earning a name for offering smoother switches at a lower price point.
  • Kailh: Known for its innovative switch designs and variety.

HK GAMING and the Changing Landscape

HK GAMING continually adapts to these market shifts, offering a wide range of switches to suit varying user preferences. We believe that the expiration of patents has fostered a more vibrant and competitive market.


The expiration of switch patents has had a profound influence on the mechanical keyboard market. It has paved the way for innovation and competition, ultimately benefiting the end-users.

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