Patents by Inventor Wayne F. Larson

Wayne F. Larson 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).

  • Patent number: 5999095
    Abstract: An access control unit for an electrified door lock also toggles the state of an associated alarm. The unit is arranged to unlock the door only temporarily, but the alarm state is not toggled except by user request. The system is arranged to prevent the anomalous situation of an unlocked door and an armed alarm. Another aspect is the use of standardized key-receiving nests in disparate types of access control devices. Some disparate devices employ identical key-receiving nests, while others use different forms of nests. Yet all mate with and respond to a single type of key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: SLC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Earl, Antonio P. Valenzuela, Michael C. Toll, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 5815557
    Abstract: A secure entry system makes use of radio transmissions to communicate with locks, keys, and related components throughout the system. The radio transmissions can be made using a paging system, a cellular telephone system, or any other RF carrier. Some embodiments employ a cellular telephone in lieu of an electronic key. Others integrate a paging receiver within an electronic key to provide a unit with dual functionality. The system is illustrated with reference to exemplary applications in the industrial site security, real estate lockbox, and transportation fields. A homeowner key allows the homeowner greater oversight and involvement. The key includes a privacy feature, enabling the homeowner to disable the lockbox for a predetermined period if privacy is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: SLC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 5705991
    Abstract: A secure entry system makes use of radio transmissions to communicate with locks, keys, and related components throughout the system. The radio transmissions can be made using a paging system, a cellular telephone system, or any other RF carrier. Some embodiments employ a cellular telephone in lieu of an electronic key. Others integrate a paging receiver within an electronic key to provide a unit with dual functionality. The system is illustrated with reference to exemplary applications in the industrial site security, real estate lockbox, and transportation fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Kniffin, Ron McCauley, Ralph H. Wells, III, John W. Sherman, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 5654696
    Abstract: Improvements to access control systems include the provision of a database in an access control device (i.e. key) and procedures assuring that the database, and a master database, are kept up to date. In the particular context of a real estate lockbox system, the keys are provided with a database detailing houses listed for sale in the local area. Updates to this personal database are conditioned on users first uploading to a master database data that their keys have collected in the course of their interactions with lockboxes. Additional features include the provision of statistical data on listing and agent data, a menu by which the access device solicits user feedback on a property just visited, and scheduling appointments to show certain listed properties. Radio communications are used in certain embodiments for updating the database and exchanging other data between the access devices (i.e. keys) and a clearinghouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin A. Barrett, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 5602536
    Abstract: One or more lock or key units of a secure entry system is equipped with a radio receiver. The receiver permits a memory in the lock or key unit to be updated with new data that is modulated onto a radio frequency signal. By this technique, system-wide changes of programming data, such as changes of lockout lists and access codes, and changes targeted to specific units, such as disabling a particular key, can be implemented simply and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter G. Henderson, Wayne F. Larson, Philip D. Barrett
  • Patent number: 5475375
    Abstract: An access control system provides a database in an access control device (i.e. key) and includes procedures assuring that the database, and a master database, are kept up to date. In the particular context of a real estate lockbox system, the keys are provided with a database detailing houses listed for sale in the local area. Updates to this personal database are conditioned on users first uploading to a master database data that their keys have collected in their course of their interactions with lockboxes. Additional features include the provision of statistical data on listing and agent data, a menu by which the access device solicits user feedback on a property just visited, and scheduling appointments to show certain listed properties. Radio communications are used in certain embodiments for updating the database and exchanging other data between the access devices (i.e. keys) and a clearinghouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin A. Barrett, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 5245652
    Abstract: A comprehensive real estate lockbox system is disclosed which provides a variety of operational features. One of these includes a reader key that can retrieve access data from a system lockbox. The reader key is provided with an audible tone generator which can be selectively enabled by the user. The tone generator can be used to download data from the reader key over telephone lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne F. Larson, Walter G. Henderson
  • Patent number: 4988987
    Abstract: An electronic lock system is disclosed in which a key can be assigned a limited lifetime, such as by storing data indicative of an expiration date in a key memory. Whenever the key is used with a lock, the lock first examines this key data and verifies that the key is still timely before performing any operations. After a key's expiration date has passed, it is useless until a new expiration date is stored in its memory. By this arrangement, keys that are lost or stolen soon lose their efficacy and no longer pose a threat to system security. The invention also permits the lock administrator to issue keys with different useful lives, so that, for example, a person who needs a key for only one day can be issued a key that expires the next day. A variety of other operational features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Barrett, Walter G. Henderson, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 4947163
    Abstract: A key for an electronic lock system is provided with circuitry capable of performing a plurality of lock-related functions. Stored in the key is characterization data that determines the key's particular functionality be electronically disabling certain ones of these functions, leaving just a subset of functions from which the operator may select. Keys having various capabilities can thus be electronically tailored from a single master design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter G. Henderson, John Q. Archer, II, Gerald R. Daum, George A. Ellson, John E. Gray, Wayne F. Larson, Rockne M. Olds, Jerry P. Scansen, John W. Sherman, Edgar J. Urein
  • Patent number: 4936894
    Abstract: A lock includes a plurality of elongated buttons, each of which has on the sides thereof a plurality of gates spaced angularly and longitudinally from one another. A case contains the lock and defines a plurality of bores within which the buttons travel. The buttons are urged out a front cover of the case by biasing springs and are normally prevented from rotation by engagement with keying protrusions on the case. The lock includes a locking bolt which is coupled to a checker plate. The checker plate defines a plurality of edges that engage the sides of the buttons and are received in the gates therein only if the buttons are properly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne F. Larson, John J. Risko
  • Patent number: 4916443
    Abstract: A key is provided with a memory in which, without user intervention, it collects data relating to lock operations each time the key interacts with a lock. This data is subsequently downloaded from the key to a computer. In some embodiments, the keys collect data relating not just to their own transactions, but also poll lock memories for the locks' prior transactions as well. By this arrangement, a patchwork collection of redundant data can be developed in the computer, improving data integrity and reducing data latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Barrett, Gerald R. Daum, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 4914732
    Abstract: An electronic key for an electronic lock system is provided with graphical user interface which can display a plurality of symbols corresponding to a plurality of functions that the key can cause the lock to execute. An operator of the key moves a visual indicia among these symbols to select a desired function. The key then transmits instructions to the lock causing the selected function to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter G. Henderson, John Q. Archer, II, Gerald R. Daum, George A. Ellson, John E. Gray, Wayne F. Larson, Rockne M. Olds, Jerry P. Scansen, John W. Sherman, Edgar J. Unrein
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    Patent number: 4895036
    Abstract: A key for use with a lock having internally lugged tumblers comprises an elongate cylindrical member with a longitudinal keyway to receive the lugs. From the longitudinal keyway extend a plurality of circumferential grooves of coded lengths. From the ends of certain of these circumferential grooves extend second, axial grooves which extend back toward the handle of the key. These axial grooves permit the key to be pushed inwardly into the lock after the key has been fully turned. One of the circumferential grooves does not include an axial segment extending from the end thereof. This groove engages a member in the lock which is caused to move when the key is pushed inwardly after rotation. The movement of this lock member activates a printing mechanism inside the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne F. Larson, John J. Risko
  • Patent number: 4896246
    Abstract: Battery power in an electronic lock system is conserved by delaying application of energy to the unlocking mechanism until a movable member, used to open the lock system, is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter G. Henderson, John Q. Archer, II, Gerald R. Daum, George A. Ellson, John E. Gray, Wayne F. Larson, Rockne M. Olds, Jerry P. Scansen, John W. Sherman, Edgar J. Unrein
  • Patent number: 4887292
    Abstract: An electronic lock system is provided with a "lockout list" that identifies keys that are to be prevented from opening system locks. Date coded lockout lists are carried in the memories of both the system's locks and keys. When a lock and key engage, the date codes of the lock and key lists are compared to determine which list is that most up-to-date. This list is then transferred into the other unit, overwirting that unit's stale list. Subsequent interactions of either of these units with other locks and keys will further spread the most timely lockout list data. By this arrangement, new lockout lists can be disseminated throughout a lock system simply by loading them into one or more keys. As these keys are used with locks, and those locks used with other keys, the list will spread throughout the system. A variety of other operational features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Barrett, Walter G. Henderson, Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 4831851
    Abstract: A lock mechanism having a mechanical combination lock and an electronic lock, wherein the mechanical combination lock serves for effecting a fail safe entry in case of failure of the electronic lock. More specifically, the lock mechanism includes a mechanical combination lock having a bolt-retracting linkage which is tripped by inward movement of a dial into a first operative relationship with a driver on the drive spindle. An electronic latch prevents bolt retraction by this bolt-retracting linkage when in the first operative positive until the electronic latch has been operated. However, when the tumblers of the lock have been aligned and a gate bar enters the tumblers, the bolt-retraction linkage is caused to assume a second operative relationship with the driver so as to permit bolt retraction despite the latching effect of the electronic lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 4766746
    Abstract: A comprehensive real estate lockbox system is disclosed which provides a variety of operational features. Some of these features include the ability to: record all accesses to all lockboxes; transfer all or part of such records from the lockboxes to a supervising real estate agency or board; organize and review such records; facilitate operation of lockboxes that are mounted in awkward or poorly lit locations; limit lockbox accesses to preselected agents, agencies or boards; reprogram lockboxes in the field; monitor redundantly the status of the lockbox battery; record diagnostic information on each operation of a lockbox or key; render keys inoperative on predetermined dates; disable unauthorized keys; grant agents from remote real estate boards permission to open certain lockboxes, and; grant different keys different privileges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter G. Henderson, John Q. Archer, II, Gerald R. Daum, George A. Ellson, John E. Gray, Wayne F. Larson, Rockne M. Olds, Jerry P. Scansen, John W. Sherman, Edgar J. Unrein
  • Patent number: 4727368
    Abstract: Real estate lockbox and key designs are disclosed which provide a variety of operational features. Also disclosed is a comprehensive system that allows real estate boards and agencies to efficiently manage their lockbox operations. Features provided by the system include the ability to record all accesses to all lockboxes; transfer all or part of such records from the lockboxes to the real estate agency or board; organize and review such records at the agency or board offices; disable operation of various lockboxes during certain hours of the day; facilitate operation of lockboxes that are mounted in awkward or poorly lit locations; limit lockbox accesses to preselected agents, agencies or boards; and record diagnostic information with each operation of a lockbox or key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne F. Larson, Walter G. Henderson
  • Patent number: 4626007
    Abstract: A lock in which a closure structure carries a cammable latch bolt which is spring urged toward a latching position. Stops are provided on the latch bolt and on a member carrying the latch bolt to normally prevent retracting movement of the latch bolt under inertia forces. The latch bolt is mounted for movement in a direction to displace the stops out of a registering position to permit camming of the latch bolt toward a releasing position during closing movement of the closing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne F. Larson
  • Patent number: 4578969
    Abstract: A peripheral key for a tumbler lock, the key being transversely curved concentrically with the axis of the lock, and having an L-shaped groove to pass a sentry lug on a lock. The L-shaped groove has a longitudinal leg opening longitudinally at the free end of the lock, and a lateral leg communicating with the inboard end of the longitudinal leg and opening laterally to enable the sentry lug to pass along and out of the L-shaped groove to free the key for further operative movement. A tumbler lock having code discs and actuating discs, and a pusher plate having a lost-motion connection with a mounting plug to pick up the plug after predetermined movement of a curved peripheral key. A key as first described above, together with a lock having a sentry lug for accommodating insertion of the key into the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Supra Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne F. Larson