Padlock Patents (Class 248/552)
  • Patent number: 10272873
    Abstract: A lock for securing semi-trailers. More specifically, the lock of the invention secures the landing gear assembly of a semi-trailer. The lock is made up of a main body, a detachable locking plate, and a lock mechanism. The main body includes a post located in a crankshaft securing portion of the main body. The crankshaft securing portion includes a plurality of crankshaft guides and opposite facing lips which in combination provide a slot to accommodate the detachable locking plate. The post extends outward from an interior surface of the main body. The detachable locking plate fits over at least a portion of the crankshaft securing portion of the main body. The lock mechanism is in operable communication with the detachable locking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Bryan Witchey
  • Patent number: 9714528
    Abstract: The invention relates to a presentation device for presenting a hand-held electronic media display unit, comprising: a support comprising a foot provided with a support surface; a number of frame parts mounted on the support and provided with hooks, wherein the support surface and the hooks of the frame parts together form an enclosing space in which the unit can be held, wherein the frame parts extending along one side of the enclosing space take a displaceable form; a guide which is embodied to guide the displacement of the displaceable frame parts, wherein the guide is embodied to guide the displaceable frame parts between a first, closed state in which the display unit is non-removable and a second, open state in which the display unit can be easily placed in the device and can be easily removed again therefrom, wherein the position of the respective hooks of the frame parts in the opened state and the position thereof in the closed state are spatially remote from each other both in a direction in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: GRIPZO B.V.
    Inventor: Robert Van Balen
  • Patent number: 9683393
    Abstract: A system includes an electronic device having a housing with an opening formed therein, a processor positioned within the housing, a motor positioned within the housing and coupled to the processor, and a latch positioned within the housing adjacent the opening. The latch is driven by the motor to move relative to the housing. The system also includes a security member securable to an immovable object. The security member includes a lock head that is insertable into the opening in the housing. The lock head has a recess into which the latch extends to secure the security member to the electronic device. The motor is operable to move the latch out of the recess in the lock head to release the security member from the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: John Tan, Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9663976
    Abstract: A lock for a rotational mount is disclosed. The lock comprises a plate member arranged to be placed between the rotational mount and a mounting surface, the plate member having a support surface that is arranged to engage with the rotational mount. The lock further comprises a housing extending away from the plane of the support surface of the plate member, the housing comprising a first portion and a second portion, the first portion of the housing defining a gap with an edge of the plate member, and the second portion extending around at least a portion of the edge of the plate member. The lock further comprises a locking member arranged to be movable between an unlocked position and a locked position, wherein the locking member, when in the locked position, extends away from the plane of the support surface of the plate member through the gap defined by the first portion of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alexander Evans, Mark Lee Dempsey, Reinier Tijssen
  • Patent number: 9587782
    Abstract: In one example, an apparatus for holding a display device includes a back plate and a plurality of engaging members disposed around a periphery of the back plate. The back plate includes a rear face and a front face opposite the rear face. The plurality of engaging members extend from the back plate in a direction from the rear face to the front face to define an outer boundary of a retention space configured to accept the display device. The plurality of engaging members includes a rotatable engaging member configured to rotate between an engagement position and a disengagement position. The engagement position is configured to secure the display device within the retention space. The disengagement position is configured to allow removal of the display device from the retention space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace Johnson, Kenneth Freeman, Jeffrey P. Danicich
  • Patent number: 9562375
    Abstract: A method for securing a portable electronic device having a housing to a substantially immovable object utilizing a locking assembly having a security rod or spike formed with an anchoring end separated axially by a protruding end, a locking device with an internal locking mechanism and a cable permanently attached to the locking device at one end, includes several steps. The steps include securedly fixing the anchoring end of the security rod or spike to the portable electronic device upon or through the housing, attaching an other end of the cable to the substantially immovable object and inserting the protruding end of the security rod into an opening in the locking device to actuate the internal locking mechanism and lock the locking device to the captive security rod. Locking the security rod to the locking device concurrently locks the portable electronic device to which it is anchored to the substantially immovable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Think Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Allen
  • Patent number: 9156393
    Abstract: A rack and method for storing tie-down chain ratchet binders on a surface. The rack includes a base that preferably is mounted on a truck wall. A first finger is provided on the base and a first recess is defined therein. The first recess is configured so that the shaft of a chain ratchet binder is receivable therein. The rack further includes a second finger spaced laterally from the first finger and defining a second recess therein that is aligned with the first recess. The shaft of the binder is received in the first and second recesses and is supported by the first and second fingers. The rack is able to store a plurality of chain ratchet binders vertically spaced from each other and may lock the binder to the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sprang Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Sprang, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9151083
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for securing electronic equipment to a substantially horizontal surface of a support structure. The apparatus includes a fastening means such as a collar, a mounting bracket for attachment to the support structure, and a connector. The connector is interposed between and swivelably attached to the collar and mounting bracket. The connector may have a telescoping construction. The apparatus is particularly suited for use with equipment having an electronic component attached to a neck extending from a base. An electronic equipment setup using the above-described apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Saul Ilan Gordon, Kimbre Dale Sargent
  • Publication number: 20150069206
    Abstract: The upper end of a cover (6) is provided at the upper end of a hanger body (2) so as to be capable of rotating in the vertical direction. The cover (6) is adapted to be capable of rotating between a closed position at which the cover (6) abuts on the front surface of the hook (2e) of the hanger body (2) and an open position at which the cover (6) is rotated upward by a predetermined angle from the closed position. When located at the closed position, the cover (6) closes an upper open section (2i) which opens an engagement recess (2j) to the outside. An insertion hole (6g) is provided in the cover (6). The latch (Ja) of a padlock is inserted through both the insertion hole (6g) and the engagement recess (2j). The abutting of the latch (Ja) against the backward facing back surface of the hook (2e) prevents the cover (6) from rotating from the closed position to the open position side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: SUGATSUNE KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kentaro Sakuma
  • Patent number: 8627774
    Abstract: A ground lock is formed of a main shaft having a first latching structure near its upper end and a ground fastener at its lower end. A mating member provides a cooperative latching structure and slides on the main shaft between raised and lowered positions. In one of the raised or lowered positions, the two latching structures are latchable, allowing the mating member to drive the main shaft to engage or disengage the ground fastener. In the other of the raised or lowered positions, the second latching structure is non-latchable with the first latching structure such that the main shaft is disabled from driving the ground fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Cordell Pearce
  • Patent number: 8523122
    Abstract: A display apparatus for portable electronic device including a base, a plurality of mounting sleeves, a plurality of mounting posts, a plurality of mounting brackets, and a power supply unit. The base has a lockable panel that conceals an interior space at least partially defined by the base. The mounting sleeves are coupled to the base. The mounting posts are lockingly engaged with the mounting sleeves in the interior space at least partially defined by the base. The mounting brackets are secured to the mounting posts, each of the mounting brackets fixedly retaining a respective portable electronic device of a plurality of portable electronic devices so that the respective portable electronic device is rigidly secured relative to the base. The power supply unit is concealed and has a plurality of power ports shaped to receive automotive accessory power plugs from the portable electronic devices fixedly retained in the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Joseph H. Bowser
  • Patent number: 8360373
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a product display apparatus may provide consumers with access to samples of portable electronic devices while maintaining the security of the sample devices. The display apparatus can present the sample devices in a manner that encourages consumers to view and operate the user interface of the samples even though each sample unit cannot be physically moved from the display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake M. Johnson, Joseph H. Bowser
  • Publication number: 20130015316
    Abstract: A cable hanger has a mounting end for attachment to a support structure and a cable support portion coupled to the mounting end. The cable support portion has at least two spaced parallel legs defining a receiving slot therebetween. Each receiving slot has a closed bottom and an open top end for receiving and locating coiled loops of cable. Preferably, the mounting end can be releasably attached to the support structure, and may have a hook shape whose free end is spaced from the cable support portion to receive part of the support structure therebetween. The cable hanger may be formed from bent rod. The receiving slots are sized to accommodate the diameter and length of cable being supported and the number of receiving slots may vary. Some embodiments include tie bars for locking the cable in the receiving slots and locking the cable hanger to a support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Rene Gilles Czajor
  • Patent number: 8353488
    Abstract: A bicycle parking structure that is adapted to be mounted on and affixed to a vertical post wherein the mechanism for affixing the parking structure to the post includes a security rod that is hidden and inaccessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Palmer Group LLC
    Inventor: Geoff Palmer
  • Publication number: 20120293940
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for securing electronic equipment to a substantially horizontal surface of a support structure. The apparatus includes a fastening means such as a collar, a mounting bracket for attachment to the support structure, and a connector. The connector is interposed between and swivelably attached to the collar and mounting bracket. The connector may have a telescoping construction. The apparatus is particularly suited for use with equipment having an electronic component attached to a neck extending from a base. An electronic equipment setup using the above-described apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Saul Ilan Gordon, Kimbre Dale Sargent
  • Patent number: 8254117
    Abstract: A computer includes a rear panel, a peripheral component, and a security device. The peripheral component includes a connector connected to the rear panel and a cable. The security device is attached to the rear panel and covers the connector. The security device defines a guiding slot. The cable extends through the guiding slot and the security device blocks the connector from moving out of the rear panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xian-Xiu Tang, Zhen-Xing Ye
  • Patent number: 8107236
    Abstract: A locking base for Anti-theft lock includes a socket, a locking member and two sliding portions. The socket is disposed in a main body and extends a portion out of the main body. The locking member has a locking hole, and the locking member can extend out of the portion of the socket. The two sliding portions are disposed on the socket and the locking member respectively. The two sliding portions are matched structurally to make the socket and locking member slide correspondingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Compal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yu-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 7971458
    Abstract: One embodiment is a bracket assembly having a first bracket connected to an electronic device with a fastener and an opening that receives a lock. A second bracket covers access to the fastener to prevent the first and second brackets from being disassembled while the lock is secured to the first and second brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7954783
    Abstract: A two part bracket for mounting a light bar to an environmental surface. The bracket may comprise two mirror image platforms or members hinged to one another to move from an open condition to a closed or folded condition. Each platform may have a plurality of holes for passing fasteners to fix the platform to the light bar or to the environmental surface. In the closed conditioner, the bracket obstructs casual access to these fasteners. Each platform has an eye which aligns with the eye of the other platform when the bracket is in the closed condition, to receive the shackle of a padlock for example. Each platform includes pads which abut pads of the other to oppose collapse of the bracket due to weight loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Aurelio A. Vigil
  • Patent number: 7948745
    Abstract: A computer housing includes a main body, a panel, a latch piece, and a release member. The main body defines a latch hole. The panel has a hook on a first side thereof. The latch piece is positioned on a second side of the panel and defines a receiving hole therein. The release member is positioned on the main body and forms a latch protrusion. The hook is received in the latch hole of the main body. The latch protrusion engages with the receiving hole such that the panel is locked to the main body. The release member is deformable so that the latch protrusion disengages from the receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zi-Ming Tang
  • Patent number: 7850138
    Abstract: A battery hold-down clamp effective to resist theft of a battery from a vehicle, such as an RV, boat, automobile, and the like. One version includes a metal strap that is bent to form a loop having a cross-section profile substantially in agreement with a held cross-section of a battery, or battery container. The metal strap is hinged, to permit the loop to be opened for its installation. A portion of anchor structure and the battery are then enclosed within the loop. The strap resists moving the battery away from the anchor structure. After the strap is placed around a battery and anchor, a lock is installed to resist opening of the loop and extraction of the battery in a radial direction. A structural interference may be formed between the installed strap and protruding structure associated with the battery, thereby resisting extraction of the battery from the loop in an axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Charles W. Fox, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100193660
    Abstract: An apparatus to lock objects to a frozen body of water (ice) having a bracket and the ability to attach it to the ice in a variety of ways and a lid to protect the bracket from access. The bracket and lid in combination have the ability to secure objects of value in a variety of ways preventing movement. In the preferred embodiment, the bracket sits atop a partially drilled ice hole and is secured to the ice via multiple devices. The bracket has a rotating vertical eyebolt that fits through an aperture in the lid providing the structure to lock the apparatus via a padlock and cable to valuable objects preventing their movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Colla, Benjamin Michael Colla
  • Patent number: 7611119
    Abstract: A laptop computer stand, for holding a laptop computer having a keyboard portion and a display portion that is pivotable relative to the keyboard portion. The stand has a base adapted to either sit on a surface or be coupled to a structure, and a support member coupled to the base, wherein the laptop keyboard portion sits on the support member. The support member has a retaining structure that overlies at least part of the laptop keyboard portion, to retain the keyboard portion on the support member. The stand also has a locking mechanism coupled to the base or the support member, and selectively fixable to the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Alfred P. Rossini
  • Publication number: 20090200056
    Abstract: A vandal resistant pull box to secure terminating utility cables and cable connections below ground surface. As a retrofit apparatus, brackets engage the bottom edges of the pull box container and a top cover securely engages the brackets. As a complete assembly, the container is included with the brackets and the cover. Any type of locking device may be employed to secure the cover to at least one of the brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: MCCAIN, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas MORAN
  • Patent number: 7565824
    Abstract: A security tie-down apparatus is taught which is used in conjunction with a LCD monitor of the type incorporating a flat display mounting interface configured in accordance with Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) mounting interface standards. The apparatus attaches a mounting plate to the LCD monitor utilizing the VESA mounting interface standard threaded holes, using flat head screws. A mounting plate cover encloses the mounting plate that engages the LCD monitor rear surface and a cable retaining adapter engages the mounting plate cover in such a manner as to obscure the contact union therebetween. An adapter shoulder bolt is disposed within the adapter and attaches to the mounting plate and also engages the mounting plate cover with the adapter. A security cable runs completely through the adapter obscuring the adapter shoulder bolt, and when the cable is anchored onto a fixed surface, the LCD monitor is protected from unauthorized removal or theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Inventor: Neil V. Gleason
  • Patent number: 7503194
    Abstract: A multiple padlock lock system for locking a first post to a second post has a common plate and connecting links. Padlocks connect the common plate and the connecting links around the first post lock the common plate to the first post. Connecting links or a tongue plate lock the common plate to the second post. At least two padlocks must be unlocked to remove the lock system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Randy L. McNeil
  • Patent number: 7481410
    Abstract: A security apparatus connects an electronic device to a structure. The security apparatus includes a structural mount, a security enclosure, and a swivel mechanism. The structural mount extends from the structure. The security enclosure has a tray that can mount a variety of electronic devices externally to the security enclosure. The security enclosure also has a security housing that slidably receives the tray. The tray and the security housing define a substantially secure fastening volume wherein at least one electronic device fastener is located. The swivel mechanism, which is at least partially located within the fastening volume, engages the security housing and orients the security enclosure and the electronic device attached thereto with respect to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Business Machines Security, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Umberg
  • Patent number: 7455277
    Abstract: A pipe run is secured from theft by an antitheft apparatus providing a pair of straight tubes, coaxially engaged with an inner one of the tubes slidingly engaged within an outer one of the tubes. Each of the tubes provides a closure plate at one end with one or more apertures in it. A cover on an upper end of the inner tube is able to engage the pipe run to prevent it from being disassembled or pulled from its installation. To service the pipe run, the cover may be opened and the inner pipe lowered into the outer pipe. The tubes are secured to a mooring. Two of the apparatuses may be secured in spaced apart locations on the pipe run to secure components of the pipe run that are between the apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventors: Byron N. Bishop, Richard J. Bender
  • Patent number: 7409915
    Abstract: An item locking apparatus for releasibly anchoring personal items to beach sand includes an auger having an upright auger shaft with a shaft lower end and a shaft upper end and a ramped auger screw flange below the shaft upper end for screwing into beach sand; a lug structure fixedly secured to the shaft upper end; a locking post extending upwardly from and free spinning relative to the lug structure and having a padlock engaging structure through which a padlock bolt can pass; a shield disk having a central disk port through which the auger shaft upper end passes so that the shield disk is rotatably mounted immediately below and is retained by the lug structure and a free spinning shield dome lockingly covering the lug structure having a dome port through which the post extends upwardly, so that the shield disk and shield dome spin freely around the auger shaft and prevent unauthorized persons from gripping and rotating the auger shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventor: Jay W. Hagar
  • Publication number: 20080001043
    Abstract: A portable laptop computer stand comprises a support assembly mounted atop a pedestal. The pedestal includes a base assembly having a post extending upwardly therefrom. The base assembly is supported by a plurality of radially outwardly extending spokes having castors mounted on free ends thereof. The post may include a telescopic mechanism to allow for vertical height adjustment of the support assembly. The support assembly includes a support panel atop of which is mounted the laptop computer in a secured manner via a pair security devices mounted on opposing sides thereof. The support assembly may further include a pull-out drawer, pull-out keyboard tray having a pull-out mouse panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7286344
    Abstract: A port replicator includes upper and lower cases including a plurality of ports. An inclined supporting surface is formed with a connector for electrical connection with a computer at a front top surface of the cases. An actuating lever is provided at one side of the cases and receives an actuating force from a user. A link mechanism is provided within the cases. A driving plate is provided within the cases and includes at least one pair of cam slots and push cams and linearly moves in response to the actuating force transmitted via the link mechanism. A pair of catching hooks are guided along the cam slots and include a catching protrusion exposed from the top surface of the cases capable of catching a groove formed on a bottom surface of the computer. Push protrusions are guided by the push cams and selectively protrude beyond the top surface of the cases, thereby pushing up the bottom surface of the computer when the catching hooks are unfastened from the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yun-Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 7283357
    Abstract: An antitheft device for a port replicator includes a case with a plurality of ports and at least two locking holes. A locking mechanism is locked into one of the locking holes. An actuating lever is provided at one side of the case and receives an actuating force to separate a portable computer from the port replicator. A link mechanism is driven by the actuating lever. A locking plate prevents the actuating lever from being operated when the locking mechanism is locked into one of the locking holes. Therefore, the port replicator and portable computer can be prevented from being stolen by having the portable computer and port replicator locked with each.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Phil-Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 7184262
    Abstract: A latch unit is mounted on an electronic device having first and second housings. The latch unit includes a hook member for interlocking the first and second housings. The hook member is mounted in the first housing and has opposite first and second engaging ends. The first engaging end projects from the first housing and extends into and releasably engages the second housing upon movement of the hook member to an engaging position when the first housing is positioned at a first transverse position. The second engaging end projects from the first housing and extends into and releasably engages the second housing upon movement of the hook member to the engaging position when the first housing is positioned at a second transverse position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignees: Wistron Corporation, Acer Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Chung Hsu, Hua-Chung Tseng, Chia-Liang Yen, Chu-Hsian Chian
  • Patent number: 7120028
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a mechanism for fastening a rear side of computer comprising a rear panel provided at the rear of a case of the computer, and a fastening assembly having one end pivotably connected to the case adjacent the rear panel for pivoting the fastening assembly to approach or move away from the rear panel, wherein, after a plurality of fastening members being mounted at the rear panel, the fastening assembly is able to tightly press the fastening members thereby sandwiching an engagement piece of each fastening member between the fastening assembly and the rear panel and quickly fastening the fastening members at the rear panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: First International Computer, Inc.
    Inventor: Hsin-An Hsu
  • Patent number: 7086255
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a locker bag apparatus and system. The locker bag apparatus is preferably made of pliable or soft material and is provided with a zipper configured to lock with a locking hook, preferably a locking wall pole or tree hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: William B. Reason
  • Patent number: 7009836
    Abstract: A locking device is described. The locking device is utilized to lock and unlock a removable device and especially to be suitable for locking and unlocking the removable device of a notebook computer. The locking device has a latch, an elastic member and a sliding switch. The latch engages a fixing indention of the removable device to fix the removable device. The elastic member provides a force to push the latch forward and a recess for retracting the latch backward. The sliding switch utilizes a stud to glidingly couple to a sliding surface of the latch so that the movements of the sliding switch and the latch form a predetermined included angle, preferably of about 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Inventor: Chao-Yuan Lo
  • Patent number: 7007912
    Abstract: A merchandise display and anti-theft system, for use in displaying an electronic device such as a laptop computer, comprising a base plate and a rail. The rail is mounted transversely onto a merchandise display shelf. The electronic device is selectively attached to the base plate by a crossbar. A front bracket assembly and a rear bar are provided to restrict the extent to which the electronic device may be moved in a forward or reverse direction upon the base plate. The crossbar, front bracket, and rear bar are fastened to the base plate with screws extending from beneath the base plate, in order to prevent removal of the electronic device. After mounting the rail to the shelf and affixing the base plate to the rail, the screws which hold the cross bar, rear bar, and front bracket to the base plate are inaccessible, thereby preventing theft of the electronic device selectively affixed to the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: William Giuliani, Gregory M. Defoe
  • Patent number: 7009837
    Abstract: An integrated locking device is described. The integrated locking device is utilized to lock and remove a removable device and is especially suitable in a notebook computer. The locking device has a latch, a first elastic device, a push arm, and a sliding switch. The latch locks a fixing indention of the removable device to fix the removable device. The first elastic device provides a force to push the latch moving forward and a space for the latch moving back. When the removable device is taken out, the sliding switch pushes the push arm first. Then, a slider of the push arm pushes a sliding inclined surface of the latch to withdraw the latch from the fixing indention. Subsequently, the push arm pushes the removable device outward for releasing the removable device. The movements of the sliding switch and the latch form an included angle, preferably about 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Inventor: Chao-Yuan Lo
  • Publication number: 20040120112
    Abstract: A system and method for a multi-functional security mechanism in a docking station is disclosed. A docking station includes a hook to secure a portable computer to the docking station. A base plate includes a locked orientation and an unlocked orientation. A lever couples to the base plate to cause the base plate to actuate between the locked and unlocked orientation. A media bay, disposed in the docking station, receives a media device. A media bay lock pin couples to the media bay, engages the media device, and prevents removal of the media device from the media bay. A media bay lock couples to the base plate to release the media bay lock pin to engage the media device placed in the media bay. A media device sensor may associate with the media bay lock pin to permit the media bay lock pin to engage the media device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Cassius J. Mullen, Kevin L. Kamphuis
  • Patent number: 6711009
    Abstract: A server housing, comprising a top cover and a base frame, is provided. The top cover has a top piece and parallel first side and second side. The two parallel sides are coupled with two opposite sides of the top piece. Each of the top piece and the two parallel sides has an interior. The top cover further comprises: two approximately parallel latches, five approximately parallel tabs, two first prominences and two second prominences. The two approximately parallel latches are on the interior of the top piece. The five approximately parallel tabs are on the interior of the top piece. The two first prominences are on the interior of the first side. The two second prominences are on the interior of the second side. The base frame is assembled with the top cover and comprises: a first side panel, a second side panel and a mounting bracket. The first side panel comprises two first guiding recesses for receiving the first prominences. The second side panel is parallel to the first side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Jen-Hsiang Lee, Guo-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 6697252
    Abstract: According to the present invention, provided is a superior docking unit for a portable computer that can provide adequate theft prevention environments for a “single user mode” during which the docking unit is used by only one user, and a “multi-user mode” during which the docking unit is shared by a plurality of users. A docking unit for a portable computer according to the present invention has first and second kensington slots positioned on the outer wall of the main body. When the kensington lock is inserted into the first kensington slot, this event is transmitted to inhibit the release of the engagement of the mounted portable computer, to enable its removal and to restrict the exchange of a PC card relative to the docking unit. But when the kensington lock is inserted into the second kensington slot, this event is not transmitted, so that the mounted portable computer can be removed, and restriction for the exchange of the PC card relative to the docking unit is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 6691732
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hydrant locking device to be used in conjunction with a fire hydrant having locking nuts which includes, a base arm having a first base arm portion and a second base arm portion. A top arm extends upwardly from the base arm and includes a top arm cap for covering at least one of the locking nuts. The first base arm portion is detachably secured to the second base arm portion, wherein the base arm and the top arm are secured to the fire hydrant when the first base arm portion is secured to the second base arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Mueller International
    Inventors: Leo W. Fleury, Jr., Mikail German, Ken Clark
  • Publication number: 20030227744
    Abstract: The present technique provides a multistage security system and method for physically securing a portable computing device and an attachable expansion device together or separately to an external fixture, such as a desk. A security structure, such as an internal lock structure, is disposed in one of the portable computing device and the attachable expansion device. An external device-to-fixture fastener is interlockable with the security structure in one of a plurality interlock stages, which facilitate separate or joint security of the portable computing device and the attachable expansion device using the one security structure. For example, the security structure may have first and second lock slots to lock the attachable expansion device to the external fixture, while the second lock slot also has an internal trigger mechanism to interlock the portable computing device to the attachable expansion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventors: Ronald E. DeLuga, Earl W. Moore, Robert C. Hurbanis
  • Publication number: 20030210515
    Abstract: A latch and release mechanism releasably secures a panel in a computer housing. The mechanism includes a latch member on a panel of the housing and hole on a front chassis segment of the housing. The hole receives the latch member to secure the panel to the body. A release member applies pressure to the latch member to disengage the latch member from the hole and release the panel from the front chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Gilbert Rahmouni
  • Publication number: 20030202323
    Abstract: According to the present invention, provided is a superior docking unit for a portable computer that can provide adequate theft prevention environments for a “single user mode” during which the docking unit is used by only one user, and a “multi-user mode” during which the docking unit is shared by a plurality of users. A docking unit for a portable computer according to the present invention has first and second kensington slots positioned on the outer wall of the main body. When the kensington lock is inserted into the first kensington slot, this event is transmitted to inhibit the release of the engagement of the mounted portable computer, to enable its removal and to restrict the exchange of a PC card relative to the docking unit. But when the kensington lock is inserted into the second kensington slot, this event is not transmitted, so that the mounted portable computer can be removed, and restriction for the exchange of the PC card relative to the docking unit is released.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 6629389
    Abstract: There is disclosed a security anchoring device attachable to a sign or the like and anchorable to the ground to prevent or discourage theft and vandalism. According to one aspect of the invention, the security anchoring device includes a coupling member mountable to a member of the sign and also mountable along the shaft of a ground anchor. The ground anchor preferably has a tool engagement portion at its distal end that allows the ground anchor to be coupled to a power tool to drive the anchor into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Marcus D. Rust
  • Patent number: 6612140
    Abstract: The invention is a lock for a gun that locks the trigger so it cannot be moved. The lock fits between the trigger and the trigger guard and keeps the trigger from moving. One of the unique features of the lock is that it can be locked both by a key and a padlock. The lock is comprised of two sections that in the preferred embodiment are made out of plastic which are attached together by a flexible strip of plastic and, thus, can be molded as a single piece. In approximately the middle of both sections is an opening. In this opening is placed the lock cylinder with a pin. From the end of the lock cylinder extends a loop with a sufficient size opening that a shackle of a padlock can be placed through it. To use the lock, one places the two sections together between the trigger and the trigger guard and then inserts the key into the lock cylinder and turns it. Once the pin falls in the proper location, the lock is securely held together between the trigger and trigger guard such that the trigger cannot be moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventors: Mike Strassell, Tom Deeb
  • Patent number: 6570758
    Abstract: According to the present invention, provided is a superior docking unit for a portable computer that can provide adequate theft prevention environments for a “single user mode” during which the docking unit is used by only one user, and a “multi-user mode” during which the docking unit is shared by a plurality of users. A docking unit for a portable computer according to the present invention has first and second kensington slots positioned on the outer wall of the main body. When the kensington lock is inserted into the first kensington slot, this event is transmitted to inhibit the release of the engagement of the mounted portable computer, to enable its removal and to restrict the exchange of a PC card relative to the docking unit. But when the kensington lock is inserted into the second kensington slot, this event is not transmitted, so that the mounted portable computer can be removed, and restriction for the exchange of the PC card relative to the docking unit is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 6484544
    Abstract: A lock secured to a surface for releasably retaining a motorcycle thereon. The lock includes a pair of outer tubular members secured to the surface. The outer members each enclose a height adjustment bar secured to the lower end of the outer member. The height adjustment bars each include a number of laterally extending pins spaced along the length of the bar. A pair of inner tubular members including a keyway secured to a lower end of the inner member are slidably insertable into the outer members. The keyways pass around the pins on the height adjustment bar until the inner members are rotated to engage the keyways with a selected pin on the respective bars. Each inner member also includes a pair of opposed openings adjacent the upper end of the inner member that are aligned when the inner members are placed in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Leroy Albert Wing
  • Patent number: 6481581
    Abstract: A wall mountable rack for supporting and securing a skateboard, scooter or inline skate having one or a pair of wheels in proximity to each end of a board, footpiece or shoe by at least one of its wheels while allowing the board, footpiece or shoe and the remaining wheels or pair of wheels to hang below the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Sipe