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US20020050033: EAS tag holder

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Frank Copen · David Huehner · Eric Mansfield · Debra Skolnicki · Dennis Belden ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Correspondent SAND & SEBOLT ·
Application Number US10007278
Filing date 10/26/2001
Publication date 05/02/2002
Predicted expiration date 10/26/2021
U.S. Classifications 24/704.1  · 24/456  ·
International Classifications A44B009/00  ·
Kind CodeA1
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
0001 This application claims priority from pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application 60/243,557 filed Oct. 26, 2000, and from pending U.S. Provisional Patent Application 60/294,469 filed May 30, 2001; the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference.
25 Claims, 35 Drawings


Abstract

An EAS tag holder includes a first member and a second member are hinged together between open and closed positions. In one embodiment of the invention, the holder includes a pin that pierces a portion of the item of merchandise to lock the holder to the item of merchandise. In other embodiments, the holder clamps itself to the item of merchandise. The holder is removed from the merchandise by cutting the hinge of the holder and sliding the first and second members apart. In another embodiment of the invention, the first and second members of the holder are held together by locking fingers that may be released with a specially-designed key so that the holder may be reused. In another embodiment of the invention, the holder is opened with a key that breaks the locking fingers to release the members from each other.

Independent Claims | See all claims (25)

  1. 1. An EAS tag holder used to connect an EAS tag to an item of merchandise to discourage shoplifting; the holder comprising: a first member; a second member; a hinge connecting the first member to the second member; the first and second members movable from an unlocked position to a locked position about the hinge; a lock adapted to lock the first member to the second member in the locked position; and the lock preventing the first and second members from moving from the locked position to the unlocked position until the hinge is destroyed.
  2. 13. An EAS tag holder used to connect an EAS tag to an item of merchandise to discourage shoplifting; the holder comprising: a first member; a second member; a hinge connecting the first member to the second member; the first and second members pivotable from an unlocked position to a locked position about a first axis; a lock adapted to lock the first member to the second member in the locked position; and the lock being configured to be unlocked by key pins disposed substantially parallel to the first axis.
  3. 21. An EAS tag holder used to connect an EAS tag to an item of merchandise to discourage shoplifting in combination with a key used to unlock the EAS tag holder; the combination comprising: a body having a first member, a second member, and a lock configured to hold the first member to the second member in a locked position; a lock adapted to lock the first member to the second member in the locked position; and the lock being configured to be unlocked by the key; the key being configured to destroy a portion of the lock.
  4. 24. A method of unlocking an EAS tag holder that has first and second members connected by a hinge; the first and second members being locked together by a lock having first and second elements; the method comprising the steps of: destroying the hinge; and separating the first member from the second member.

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Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US20020050033 Frank Copen et al. May 2002
US6754939 Alpha Security Products, Inc. Dennis D. Belden, Jr. et al. Jun 2004