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CABINET LOCK FOR USE WITH ELECTRONIC KEY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236420D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-24
Document File: 24 page(s) / 2M

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Abstract

A cabinet lock for locking to a wire-frame cabinet having first and second sliding doors for protecting merchandise from theft is provided. The cabinet lock comprises a body portion configured to removably attach to the wire-frame cabinet such that the body portion may be attached to the wire-frame cabinet and removed from the wire-frame cabinet. The cabinet lock also includes an electronic lock mechanism operably engaged with the body portion and adapted to lock the body portion to the wire-frame cabinet to thereby lock the first and second sliding doors with respect to one another.

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CABINET LOCK FOR USE WITH ELECTRONIC KEY

ABSTRACT


[0001] A cabinet lock for locking to a wire-frame cabinet having first and second sliding doors for protecting merchandise from theft is provided. The cabinet lock comprises a body portion configured to removably attach to the wire- frame cabinet such that the body portion may be attached to the wire-frame cabinet and removed from the wire-frame cabinet. The cabinet lock also includes an electronic lock mechanism operably engaged with the body portion and adapted to lock the body portion to the wire-frame cabinet to thereby lock the first and second sliding doors with respect to one another.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION


[0002] Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to merchandise display security systems and methods for protecting an item of merchandise from theft. More particularly, embodiments of the invention relate a cabinet lock for use with an electronic key.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


[0003] It is common practice for retailers to store and/or display relatively expensive items of merchandise on or within a merchandise security device, such as a security display (e.g. alarming stand), security fixture (e.g. locking hook, shelf, cabinet, etc.) or security packaging (e.g. merchandise keeper). Regardless, the security device stores and/or displays an item of merchandise so that a potential purchaser may view, and in some instances, interact with the item before making a decision whether to purchase the item. At the same time, the item is secured on or within the merchandise security device so as to prevent, or at least deter, theft of the item. The value of the item, however, may make it an

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attractive target for a shoplifter despite the presence of a merchandise security device. A determined shoplifter may attempt to detach the item from the security display or to remove the item from the security fixture or from within the security packaging. Alternatively, the shoplifter may attempt to remove the all or a portion of the security device from the display area along with the item.


[0004] In the case of a security fixture, and in particular a merchandise display cabinet, the merchandise security device is oftentimes closed or locked with a lock to prevent merchandise from being removed from the cabinet without the assistance of an authorized person, such as a sales associate. In most instances, the lock includes a conventional tumbler or spring-biased lock mechanism operated by a non-programmable, manually operated mechanical or magnetic key. In certain instances, however, the merchandise security device is secured by a lock including a lock mechanism that is operated by a merchandise security key in the form of a programmable electronic key. However, some types of display cabinets are not readily adaptable to existing cabinet locks. For example, some sliding cabinets present difficulties in securing the sliding doors with respect to one another.


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