Patents by Inventor Larry T. McKinney

Larry T. McKinney has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200090475
    Abstract: Alarming cables, assemblies and systems for displaying and protecting a powered article of merchandise from theft include an alarm unit disposed between a first cable having a first connector for connection to a power source and a second cable having a second connector for connection to the merchandise. An alarm unit connector may connect the second cable to the alarm unit. The alarm unit and the alarm unit connector may each include a connection member to electrically connect the merchandise with the alarm unit and the power source when the alarm unit connector aligns with and engages the alarm unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Gary A. Taylor, Robert Schultz, Christopher J. Fawcett, Larry T. McKinney, Kirk Burmeister, II, James K. Sankey
  • Publication number: 20190295388
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for monitoring a status of a plurality of a merchandise display devices for displaying items of merchandise at respective display positions. For example, the method includes monitoring for a change in a preselected characteristic of a circuit defined by an electrical connection between the security devices and a plurality of nodes and between the nodes and an alarm unit. The method also includes determining whether an item of merchandise has been added to or removed from a respective display position based on a change in the preselected characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Gary A. Taylor, David N. Berglund, Jeffrey A. Grant, Christopher J. Fawcett, Larry T. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20190295389
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting a wearable device from theft is provided. In one example, the wearable device includes a body and a band secured thereto. The merchandise security device includes a sensor configured to be coupled to the wearable device between the body and the band. The sensor includes a sensing device configured to detect unauthorized removal of the body from the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Robert O. Hartweg, Larry T. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20190272689
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 10347061
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 10347098
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting a wearable device from theft is provided. In one example, the wearable device includes a body and a band secured thereto. The merchandise security device includes a sensor configured to be coupled to the wearable device between the body and the band. The sensor includes a sensing device configured to detect unauthorized removal of the body from the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert O. Hartweg, Larry T. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20190188979
    Abstract: Alarming cables, assemblies and systems for displaying and protecting a powered article of merchandise from theft include an alarm unit disposed between a first cable having a first connector for connection to a power source and a second cable having a second connector for connection to the merchandise. An alarm unit connector may connect the second cable to the alarm unit. The alarm unit and the alarm unit connector may each include a connection member to electrically connect the merchandise with the alarm unit and the power source when the alarm unit connector aligns with and engages the alarm unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Gary A. Taylor, Robert Schultz, Christopher J. Fawcett, Larry T. McKinney, Kirk Burmeister, II, James K. Sankey
  • Publication number: 20190147675
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 10223882
    Abstract: Alarming cables, assemblies and systems for displaying and protecting a powered article of merchandise from theft include an alarm unit disposed between a first cable having a first connector for connection to a power source and a second cable having a second connector for connection to the merchandise. An alarm unit connector may connect the second cable to the alarm unit. The alarm unit and the alarm unit connector may each include a connection member to electrically connect the merchandise with the alarm unit and the power source when the alarm unit connector aligns with and engages the alarm unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Gary A. Taylor, Robert Schultz, Christopher J. Fawcett, Larry T. McKinney, Kirk Burmeister, II, James K. Sankey
  • Publication number: 20190057563
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 10210681
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Publication number: 20180342136
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting a wearable device from theft is provided. In one example, the wearable device includes a body and a band secured thereto. The merchandise security device includes a sensor configured to be coupled to the wearable device between the body and the band. The sensor includes a sensing device configured to detect unauthorized removal of the body from the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Robert O. Hartweg, Larry T. McKinney
  • Patent number: 10127745
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 10043357
    Abstract: A merchandise display security device for displaying and protecting a wearable device from theft is provided. In one example, the wearable device includes a body and a band secured thereto. The merchandise security device includes a sensor configured to be coupled to the wearable device between the body and the band. The sensor includes a sensing device configured to detect unauthorized removal of the body from the band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert O. Hartweg, Larry T. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20180087710
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided. The anti-theft device includes a shroud configured to at least partially receive and engage a portable electronic device. The anti-theft device also includes a dock configured to releasably engage the shroud. The dock is configured to engage the shroud in a locked configuration so as to prevent removal of the shroud and the portable electronic device from the dock and to disengage the shroud in an unlocked configuration so as to allow the shroud and the portable electronic device to be removed from the dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathon D. Phillips, Antonios L. Karagiannis, Mark D. Reeves, Matthew Thomas Kerley, John A. Buchanan, Daniel C. Symons, Darin J. Shaw, Joshua Abdollahzadeh, Scott M. Speck, Erik L. van Bergen, Larry T. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20180031172
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided. The anti-theft device includes a shroud configured to at least partially receive and engage a portable electronic device. The anti-theft device also includes a dock configured to releasably engage the shroud. The dock is configured to engage the shroud in a locked configuration so as to prevent removal of the shroud and the portable electronic device from the dock and to disengage the shroud in an unlocked configuration so as to allow the shroud and the portable electronic device to be removed from the dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Erik L. van Bergen, Larry T. McKinney
  • Publication number: 20170372543
    Abstract: Merchandise security systems and methods are provided. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of electronic keys and a plurality of merchandise security devices located within a retail store. Each electronic key and each merchandise security device is configured to store one or more serial numbers. In addition, each electronic key is configured to be authorized for communication with one or more merchandise security devices within the retail store. An electronic key is configured to communicate with a merchandise security device for locking, unlocking, arming, and/or disarming the merchandise security device when the serial numbers match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Christopher J. Fawcett, Karen Bellum Bomber, Larry T. McKinney, William M. Warren
  • Patent number: 9845912
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided. The anti-theft device includes a shroud configured to at least partially receive and engage a portable electronic device. The anti-theft device also includes a dock configured to releasably engage the shroud. The dock is configured to engage the shroud in a locked configuration so as to prevent removal of the shroud and the portable electronic device from the dock and to disengage the shroud in an unlocked configuration so as to allow the shroud and the portable electronic device to be removed from the dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Phillips, Larry T. McKinney, Erik L. van Bergen, Antonios L. Karagiannis, Mark D. Reeves, Matthew Thomas Kerley, John A. Buchanan, Daniel C. Symons, Darin J. Shaw, Joshua Abdollahzadeh, Scott M. Speck
  • Publication number: 20170276289
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting a portable electronic device from theft or unauthorized removal in a retail environment is provided. The anti-theft device includes a shroud configured to at least partially receive and engage a portable electronic device. The anti-theft device also includes a dock configured to releasably engage the shroud. The dock is configured to engage the shroud in a locked configuration so as to prevent removal of the shroud and the portable electronic device from the dock and to disengage the shroud in an unlocked configuration so as to allow the shroud and the portable electronic device to be removed from the dock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Phillips, Larry T. McKinney, Erik L. van Bergen, Antonios L. Karagiannis, Mark D. Reeves, Matthew Thomas Kerley, John A. Buchanan, Daniel C. Symons, Darin J. Shaw, Joshua Abdollahzadeh, Scott M. Speck
  • Patent number: 9656191
    Abstract: A personal, portable drinking container has a bottle with a side wall, a closed bottom, a neck, a reservoir, and a top opening in the neck providing access to the reservoir. A cap is removably fitted on the neck to close the top opening. The bottle can have an annular formation in the side wall below the neck to prevent the neck from deforming when the bottle is squeezed. The side wall can have a pair of squeezable sides and a pair of opposed stiff sides below the annular formation, whereby the stiff sides help the bottle to rebound quickly after each squeeze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: RUBBERMAID INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Hull, Larry T. McKinney, Jacob Connelly