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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Display Stand for a Tablet Computer", for Approval

May 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventor Sedon, Nicholas M. (Weddington, NC), filed on October 22, 2013, was made available online on May 8, 2014.

The patent's assignee is InVue Security Products Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Security stands, also commonly referred to as 'kiosk' stands, are known for securing a tablet computer in a manufacturing, retail or office environment. A tablet computer security stand commercially known as VOLT.TM. is available from Vanguard Protex Global, Inc. (VPG). The VOLT.TM. security stand comprises a display pedestal and a disconnect sensor configured to be attached to the tablet computer and removably supported on the pedestal. The VOLT.TM. security stand may also include means for providing power and/or charging the tablet computer through a power adapter cord, and may be electrically connected to an alarm module containing monitoring electronics for activating san alarm in the event that the tablet computer is detached from the disconnect sensor. The disconnect sensor of the VOLT.TM. security stand, however, does not comprise a sleeve that is configured to enclose a tablet computer, such as, an Apple.RTM. iPad.RTM. tablet computer.

"An enclosure for an iPad.RTM. tablet computer commercially known as the Archelon.TM. iPad Enclosure includes an inner frame configured to receive an iPad.RTM. and an outer frame that is secured to the inner frame by mechanical fasteners. The inner frame is movably mounted on a kiosk stand such that the frame and the iPad.RTM. can be tilted, rotated 180 degrees and/or angled as desired.

"An enclosure for an iPad.RTM. tablet computer commercially known as the Jacket iPad.RTM. Enclosure includes a two-piece frame that is secured and locked around an iPad tablet computer with a barrel lock and key. The Jacket iPad.RTM. Enclosure may be supported on and locked to an optional mount."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a display stand for securing a tablet computer from unauthorized removal or theft. The display stand may include a sleeve configured to at least partially receive a tablet computer therein and a base including a lock configured to releasably engage the sleeve. The base may be configured to engage the sleeve in a locked configuration so as to prevent removal of the sleeve and the tablet computer from the base and to disengage the sleeve in an unlocked configuration so as to allow the sleeve and the tablet computer to be removed from the base.

"In some embodiments, the sleeve comprises a first portion and a second portion that are configured to engage one another to secure the tablet computer therein. The tablet computer may include opposing sides extending between opposing ends, and the first portion and the second portion may each comprise peripheral sides and a peripheral end configured to overlie and enclose the opposing sides and one of the opposing ends.

"According to one aspect, the sleeve comprises a locking lug configured to releasably engage the base. The base may include a recess configured to at least partially receive the locking lug therein. The base may include at least one locking stud configured to releasably engage the locking lug. The locking lug may include a groove configured to be releasably engaged by the at least one locking stud. In one example, the at least one locking stud is configured to be mechanically biased into engagement with the locking lug.

"In other embodiments, the base comprises a lock configured to cooperate with a key for locking and/or unlocking the sleeve and tablet computer from the base. The lock may include a mechanical lock configured to cooperate with a key or an electronic lock configured to communicate with an electronic key. The electronic lock may be configured to receive electrical power from the electronic key for operating the electronic lock. In one embodiment, the electronic lock comprises a security code, and the electronic lock is configured to unlock in response to receiving a matching security code from the electronic key. In some embodiments, the display stand also includes an alarm unit disposed within the base, wherein the alarm unit is configured to activate an alarm in the event that the sleeve and the tablet computer are removed from the base in an unauthorized manner. The alarm unit may be configured to communicate with an electronic key for arming or disarming thereof. Moreover, the base may include means for charging the tablet computer or transferring power to the tablet computer.

"In another embodiment, a display stand for securing a tablet computer from unauthorized removal or theft is provided. The display stand includes a sleeve configured to at least partially receive a tablet computer therein and a base configured to releasably engage the sleeve. The display stand also includes a lock configured to lock the sleeve and the tablet computer to the base so as to prevent removal of the sleeve and the tablet computer from the base. In addition, the display stand includes a key configured to unlock the lock so as to allow the sleeve and the tablet computer to be removed from the base.

"According to one embodiment, a method for securing a tablet computer from unauthorized removal or theft is provided. The method includes positioning a tablet computer within a sleeve and locking the sleeve and the tablet computer to the base so as to prevent removal of the sleeve and the tablet computer from the base. The method further includes unlocking the lock with a key so as to allow the sleeve and the tablet computer to be removed from the base. In some embodiments, the method also includes displaying the sleeve and the tablet computer in one of a plurality of predetermined display orientations. The unlocking step may include unlocking the lock with an electronic key.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a top view showing the two-piece sleeve of a security stand and a tablet computer to be enclosed by the sleeve according to one embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 is a top view showing the tablet computer inserted into and partially enclosed by the first piece of the sleeve.

"FIG. 3 is an environmental perspective view showing the tablet computer enclosed within the sleeve and positioned to be attached and locked to the base of the security stand. FIG. 3 further shows a programmable electronic key for locking the sleeve containing the tablet computer to the base and for subsequently unlocking the sleeve and the from the base.

"FIG. 4 is an environmental perspective view showing the sleeve containing the tablet computer locked to the base of the security stand.

"FIG. 5 is a front view of the tablet computer positioned on the base of the security stand in a portrait orientation.

"FIG. 6 is a front view of the tablet computer positioned on the base of the security stand in a landscape orientation."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Sedon, Nicholas M. Display Stand for a Tablet Computer. Filed October 22, 2013 and posted May 8, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4429&p=89&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140501.PD.&OS=PD/20140501&RS=PD/20140501

Keywords for this news article include: InVue Security Products Inc.

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