As the industry leader in mechanical switches, Cherry's MX switch patents have long been a point of discussion. As some of these patents are nearing their expiration date, the market is buzzing with anticipation. What could this mean for the world of mechanical switches?
Cherry's original patent on the MX switch design expired as far back as 1989, allowing for some level of competition. However, additional patents covering innovations like the MX Black switch remained in effect until 2008.
Emergence of Competitors
While companies like Kailh and Gateron have already been gaining traction, the expiration of these patents is likely to lead to a surge of competition. Both companies have been offering cheaper MX-style switch alternatives and have been growing in popularity.
What to Expect
- Price Drops: With more competition, we can expect to see more affordable mechanical switches hit the market.
- Innovation: The end of these patents may encourage other manufacturers to bring new innovations to the table.
- Quality: While price may drop, quality should remain a focus, as new entrants aim to match or exceed Cherry's standards.
The expiration of Cherry's MX switch patents is a pivotal moment for the mechanical keyboard industry. It’s likely to drive down prices while encouraging innovation, which is a win-win for consumers.