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Patent Issued for Display System for Mobile Electronic Devices and Associated Methods

September 10, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Trinh, Nick Q. (Minneapolis, MN); Bowser, Joseph H. (Minneapolis, MN); Werth, Justin T. (Nowthen, MN), filed on September 28, 2012, was published online on August 26, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8814128 is Target Brands, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Display fixtures are often used in retail stores or other environments as part of a display system to present various products to consumers. For example, electronic devices can be displayed in stores to draw the interest of potential consumers. The display fixtures provide consumers with the opportunity to handle or use a number of sample or representative devices before purchasing an electronic device in a factory or otherwise sealed package.

"Some display fixtures are specifically designed to provide consumer access to a number of digital cameras, mobile phones, e-readers or other electronic devices. The sample electronic devices are retained by the fixture and arranged so that consumers can handle the device and inspect the user interface. Sample electronic devices can be selectively lifted from a display fixture so that consumers can handle and explore features of the devices. A security tether cable may be connected between each of the electronic devices and the display fixture so as to deter theft. If a sample electronic device is moved beyond a predetermined distance from the display fixture, the security tether cable can activate an audible alarm to alert store workers. The audible alarm may continue until a store worker arrives at the display fixture to deactivate the alarm."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "One aspect of the present invention relates to a display fixture for securely displaying a mobile electronic device in a retail setting. The display fixture includes a cross brace and at least two corner members. The cross brace defines a center portion and includes at least three arms radially extending outwardly from the center portion. Each of the at least three arms terminates in a free end opposite the center portion. The at least two corner members each include a first substantially planar wall, a second substantially planar wall extending substantially parallel to the first substantially planar wall, and two sidewalls extending between substantially linear closed edges of the first substantially planar wall and the second substantially planar wall. A cavity is defined by each of the at least two corner members between the first substantially planar wall and the second substantially planar wall with each cavity being configured to receive a corner of the mobile electronic device. Each of the at least two corner members defines an opening to access the cavity of each of the at least two corner members opposite the two sidewalls. The second substantially planar wall of each of the at least two corner members is secured to a different free end of the cross brace such that the opening of each of the at least two corner members faces the center portion of the cross brace. Other apparatus, assemblies, and associated methods are also disclosed."

For additional information on this patent, see: Trinh, Nick Q.; Bowser, Joseph H.; Werth, Justin T.. Display System for Mobile Electronic Devices and Associated Methods. U.S. Patent Number 8814128, filed September 28, 2012, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8814128.PN.&OS=PN/8814128RS=PN/8814128

Keywords for this news article include: Target Brands, Target Brands Inc.

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Source: Journal of Engineering


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