Patents Assigned to Protex International Corp.
  • Patent number: 7370840
    Abstract: A retainer device for securing a displayed electronic device with a hinged member and a base portion to a support includes a grooved track secured to the support. First and second retainers are positionable in the track to define a space for the electronic device and include shoulder portions for engaging the grooved track and apertures for receiving elongated fasteners. First and second sets of spacers having complementary recesses and protrusions and through-holes for receiving the elongated fasteners are disposed over the retainers. A slotted member, through which the hinged member of the electronic device can be inserted, is supported by the first and second sets of spacers. Elongated fasteners are insertable through the slotted member and the sets of spacers and are engagable with the retainers for securing the electronic device to the support. A front grip secures a front of the base portion of the electronic device to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph Deconinck
  • Patent number: 7327276
    Abstract: A security system for powering and displaying a handheld electronic device includes a stand assembly mounted to a support and a housing removably mounted on a top portion of the stand assembly. The handheld electronic device is secured to a top portion of the housing and a sensor is coupled to the handheld electronic device. The sensor has a secure and a non-secure state and produces a detectable signal in the non-secure state. An output voltage controller controls an output voltage to the handheld electronic device which can be set only when the sensor is in the non-secure state. The output voltage is set to zero if the sensor is not placed in the secure state within a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: PROTEX International Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Deconinck, William J. Azzoli
  • Patent number: 7101187
    Abstract: A rotatable electrical connector provides a tangle free electrical connection between a cable modular male plug and a modular female jack of a device. The connector includes a male subassembly with a modular plug secured to a printed circuit board. A female subassembly includes a modular jack secured to another printed circuit board. At least one multi-pin block is secured to one of the printed circuit boards. The multi-pin block has a plurality of resilient electrically conducting elements which contact traces on each of the printed circuit boards. An axle rotatably connects the male and female subassemblies which may be enclosed in a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Deconinck, William J. Azzoli
  • Patent number: 6861953
    Abstract: A security device that is attachable to a surface of display items. The security device includes a housing comprising a sensor body having a flat face plate, and a jack housing, and a dome shaped cover which is attachable to the flat face plate. Jack housing is attachable or molded to an inside face of the flat face and extends out from that inside face with an opening in the dome shaped cover forming an opening for the jack. Disposed on an outside surface of this flat face plate is an adhesive opposite the open port connection of the jack. The adhesive functions as a fastener, fastening the security device to the display device. To determine whether the security device has been detached from the display device, there is a switch disposed substantially in the housing. The switch is in contact with the surface of the item for display, so that when said housing is detached from the item for display, the switch triggers a signal, indicating that the device has been removed from the item for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Deconinck, Dominick Dimonda, Brendan Regan
  • Publication number: 20040032329
    Abstract: A security device that is attachable to a surface of display items. The security device includes a housing comprising a sensor body having a flat face plate, and a jack housing, and a dome shaped cover which is attachable to the flat face plate. Jack housing is attachable or molded to an inside face of the flat face and extends out from that inside face with an opening in the dome shaped cover forming an opening for the jack. Disposed on an outside surface of this flat face plate is an adhesive opposite the open port connection of the jack. The adhesive functions as a fastener, fastening the security device to the display device. To determine whether the security device has been detached from the display device, there is a switch disposed substantially in the housing. The switch is in contact with the surface of the item for display, so that when said housing is detached from the item for display, the switch triggers a signal, indicating that the device has been removed from the item for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Applicant: PROTEX INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Joseph DeConinck, Dominick Dimonda, Brendan Regan
  • Publication number: 20030206106
    Abstract: An alarm interface for a merchandise security system is coupled to an alarm system of the merchandise security system. The alarm interface includes one or more wireless interface transmitters and receivers. One or more output devices are connected to at least one of the one or more wireless receivers. In one aspect, the alarm system includes a controller for sensing alarm events, one or more hubs connected to the controllers, and a plurality of sensors capable of attachment to a plurality of objects to be secured. A set of sensors within the plurality of sensors is attached to a corresponding hub, and each sensor or hub generates an alarm event when separated from the controller or object to be secured. The wireless interface transmitters wirelessly transmit one or more alarm signals from the alarm system. The wireless interface receivers are adapted to receive at least one of these alarm signals transmitted from one or more of the wireless interface transmitters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Applicant: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Deconinck, Dominick Dimonda
  • Patent number: 6459374
    Abstract: A computer anti-theft security system comprises a USB connector having a housing section and a connector connected to the housing section. A cable is connected to the connector and extends through the housing section. The connector inserts into a USB port of a computer or peripheral and the cable is then connected to a central alarm monitoring unit. A sensor and electro-mechanical switch are disposed within the housing and connected to the cable as well. If the USB connector is disconnected from the computer or peripheral, thus opening the switch, or if the cable is cut, an alarm sounds from the central alarm monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Richard Rand, Joseph DeConinck, Dominick Dimonda
  • Patent number: 6300874
    Abstract: A computer anti-theft security system comprising a USB connector having a housing section and a contact connected to the housing section is disclosed. A cable is connected to the contact and extends through the housing section. The contact inserts into a USB port of a computer or peripheral and the cable is then connected to a central alarm monitoring unit. A sensor is disposed within the housing and connected to the cable as well. If the USB connector is disconnected from the computer or peripheral, or if the cable is cut, an alarm sounds from the central alarm monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: Richard Rand
  • Patent number: 6285283
    Abstract: A security anchoring system comprising a security anchor having an aperture therethrough and a plurality of flexible wings extending outward. There is an adhesive layer attached to the bottom surface of the anchor for adhering the anchor to the article. A security wire is threaded through the aperture in the anchor and is held securely within the aperture of the anchor. A diode is connected to an end of the security wire threaded through the aperture. A switch is located the end of the security wire near the diode. The switch is closed when the anchor is adhered to the article. The switch is opened when the anchor is removed from the article. There is a security monitoring system connected to an end of the wire not threaded through the aperture, which sounds an alarm when the switch is opened. The alarm will sound if a thief attempts to steal the article either by cutting the wire or by prying off the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Richard Rand, Joseph Deconinck
  • Patent number: 6278365
    Abstract: This invention provides a security system which remembers an alarm event until either the alarm event is intentionally reset or the condition causing the alarm event is corrected. The security system includes at least one sensor coupled to a hub and at least one hub. A serial chain of hubs is connected to a control unit having a controller. The controller sounding a main alarm when an alarm event is generated by the at least one sensor. After the main alarm is silenced and the security system is disarmed, the controller activates a hub annunciator of a hub connected to one of the sensors having generated an alarm event. When a predetermined period of time from disarming the security system expires, the controller sounds the main alarm if there are any alarm events that occurred during the predetermined period of time that are either not reset or the condition causing the alarm event is not corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Roger A. Kane, Glen D. Dell
  • Patent number: 6215400
    Abstract: An electronic security tag system comprising a security anchor having an aperture therethrough and a plurality of flexible wings extending outward. There is an adhesive layer attached to the bottom surface of the anchor for adhering the anchor to the article. A security wire is threaded through the aperture in the anchor and is held securely within the aperture of the anchor. A PC board having a diode is connected to an end of the security wire threaded through the aperture. A flexible adhesive tag is connected to the PC board. The tag has a circuit wired therethrough which is connected via the PC board to the diode. The security wire is connected to an electronic security monitoring system having an audible alarm. Cutting the security wire or the circuit in the tag triggers the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Richard Rand, Joseph Deconinck
  • Patent number: 6147603
    Abstract: A computer anti-theft security system comprising a USB connector having a housing section and a contact connectd to the housing section is disclosed. A cable is connected to the contact and extends through the housing section. The contact inserts into a USB port of a computer or peripheral and the cable is then connected to a central alarm monitoring unit. A sensor is disposed within the housing and connected to the cable as well. If the USB connector is disconnected from the computer or peripheral, or if the cable is cut, an alarm sounds from the central alarm monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: Richard Rand
  • Patent number: 6104289
    Abstract: An anti-theft product display system utilizes a command module and a plurality of sensor satellites arranged in a daisy chain configuration. The command module and sensor satellites operate with microprocessors and can be programmed to perform several operating functions. Each sensor satellite can receive up to eight sensors without requiring shunts or terminators for the unused sensor jacks. A data retention system is incorporated into each sensor satellite to prevent the loss of data in the event of power failure to the command module. The sensor is wired so that an alarm will sound if someone attempts to steal product by either disconnecting the sensor, cutting the sensor wire or shorting the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: Richard Rand
  • Patent number: 5821857
    Abstract: An anti-theft product display system utilizes a command module and a plurality of sensor satellites arranged in a daisy chain configuration. The command module and sensor satellites operate with microprocessors and can be programmed to perform several operating functions. Each sensor satellite can receive up to eight sensors without requiring shunts or terminators for the unused sensor jacks. A data retention system is incorporated into each sensor satellite to prevent the loss of data in the event of power failure to the command module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: Richard H. Rand
  • Patent number: 5796337
    Abstract: An electronic security clip device to protect merchandise, for use with an electronic security system activated by an alarm signal. The device includes a switch for controlling the alarm signal and a cable for transmitting the alarm signal from the switch to the electronic security system. A pair of pivotally mounted jaws are biased in a closed position, having confronting faces disposed in a common plane when in a closed position so that the switch is in operable relationship with the jaws upon the placement of merchandise between the jaws. Removal of the merchandise causes the switch to generate the alarm signal, thereby activating the electronic security system. A locking device is provided on the jaws that is selectively movable between a first condition preventing relative movement of the jaws with respect to one another and a second condition permitting the relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: David R. Wachsman
  • Patent number: 5561417
    Abstract: An electronic security system for monitoring merchandise sounds an alarm when a change in the state of the sensors or the electrical connections is detected. The system eliminates the need for shunt plugs and other extraneous components in favor of a self-contained solid state electronic circuit. The security system includes a lid which deactivates the alarm when the lid is open. When the lid is closed, the alarm is activated and physical tampering with the electrical connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Arthur H. Rothbaum, Richard S. Goldblatt
  • Patent number: 5543782
    Abstract: An electronic security system for monitoring merchandise is provided which sounds an alarm when a change in the sensors or the electrical connections are detected. The system automatically switches from a closed loop continuous current system to a closed loop battery saving pulse system during a power failure. The system also eliminates the need for shunt plugs, splitter boxes, and other extraneous components in favor of a self-contained solid state electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Arthur H. Rothbaum, Richard S. Goldblatt
  • Patent number: 5345220
    Abstract: An electronic security system provides electronic security for garments and the like. The system includes an electronic alarm box having a plurality of cable receiving jacks for receiving cables from individual objects. Also part of the system is a display fixture having at least one object for security protection. Finally, the system includes at least one cable having an electronic security clip device which attaches to the object and which sounds an alarm when the device is removed without authorization. The clip device is attached at one end of a cable, with the other end of the cable being plugged into the alarm box. The clip includes a pair of opposing jaws pivotably mounted on the clip in a normally closed position. The clip also includes a switch for activating the alarm upon placement of an object in the jaws of the clip, whereby removal of the object causes the switch to trigger the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: David R. Wachsman
  • Patent number: 5345219
    Abstract: A security system for use with garments and the like mounted for display on a display fixture includes an alarm box adapted to be mounted at a location proximate display fixture, with a key switch for arming and disarming an alarm contained therein. The alarm box sounds an alarm when security conditions are breached. A plurality of garment cables connect individual garments to the system by use of plugs and jacks. A common cable connects the plurality of garment cables to a common connection using jack ports for receiving plugs on each of the garment cables. The common cable connector is adapted to fasten the common cable connector to a garment display fixture. The common cable connector includes a cover protectively enclosing the jacks so that the common cable connector may be locked when the cover is in a closed position. The cover is hinged with internal hinge to prevent access to the hinge in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventor: Robert Rogers
  • Patent number: 5146205
    Abstract: A security and display system for use with a retail item having a threaded bore. The system includes a base for supporting the retail item. The base is fixedly mounted in a display area and has an upwardly extending pedestal. A mounting device is provided, for removably mounting the item on the pedestal to permit inspection of the item. The mounting device has a fastener for preventing its removal from the item. At least one security cable is attached to the retail item and mounting device at one end and is securely mounted at its other end at a point remote from the display area. Potential customers have access to relatively free movement of the retail item without being able to remove the retail item from the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Protex International Corp.
    Inventors: Terry A. Keifer, Larry R. Yeager