On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that a mechanical keycap set sold on eBay violated the Federal Trade Commission’s rules.
The judge ruled that the set sold by MechanicalKeyboards, a company based in San Diego, violated the FTC’s rules against deceptive or unfair acts or practices.
In a ruling on Monday, the judge said the set has no mechanical parts and could not be sold in a retail setting without the company’s consent.
The FTC’s website says the set is “designed for industrial and commercial applications and has no electronic components.”
The court’s ruling could have a significant impact on sales of mechanical keyboards, as they are sold primarily for gaming.
Some manufacturers, including Logitech and Logitech-controlled Razer, have also argued that the mechanical keys are an integral part of their products.
On Tuesday, Logitech told The Associated Press that it had filed an antitrust complaint against the company over the set.