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A Method and System for Improving a Locking Mechanism on a Container for a Potentially Harmful Substance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237234D
Publication Date: 2014-Jun-09
Document File: 5 page(s) / 231K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for preventing unintended users from accessing potentially harmful substances in a container by improving a locking mechanism on the container. The locking mechanism can be improved by using one or more of, a locking combination, and an extended reach mechanism.

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A Method and System for Improving a Locking Mechanism on a Container for a Potentially Harmful Substance

Disclosed is a method and system for preventing unintended users from accessing potentially harmful substances in a container by improving a locking mechanism on the container. The potentially harmful substance can be, but need not be limited to, a drug. For example, a drug can become harmful in situations wherein unintended users such as, but not limited to, children, inadvertently access and ingest it.

In one embodiment, the method and system uses a locking combination for improving the locking mechanism. A cap of the

container is designed with multiple rings on the outside. Each ring further comprises multiple slide tabs. Moreover, each slide tab is marked with a unique symbol such as, but not limited to, an alphanumeric character. A user of the container initially sets a

combination of symbols by selecting a minimum number of slide tabs. Subsequent to selecting the slide tabs, the user performs one or more of, screwing down, and compressing the cap. Thereafter, all slide tabs not selected, and therefore not engaged, will

be sheared off due to the action performed by the user. Fig. 1 illustrates the cap with slide tabs configured in the left panel, and sheared off slide tabs in the right panel.

Figure 1

The selected slide tabs align with corresponding rings comprising the selected slide tabs, on the cap. Subsequently, when the

user wishes to open the cap, the user must engage the selected slide tabs on the corresponding rings of the cap. The user can engage the selected slide tabs by performing one or more of, compressing, lifting, and sliding the selected slide tabs using an up or down motion. If the user has limited dexterity, the...