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LOCKING STAND FOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238495D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-28
Document File: 25 page(s) / 2M

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Abstract

Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for securing an article of merchandise from theft. In one example, a system includes a display stand configured to be secured to a display surface, wherein the display stand is configured to removably support an article of merchandise. The system may also include a locking assembly operably engaged with the display stand, wherein the locking assembly includes at least one locking arm and an adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is configured to move the at least one locking arm relative to the display stand to engage and disengage the display surface. In addition, the display stand is locked to the display surface when the at least one locking arm is engaged with the display surface and unlocked from the display surface when the at least one locking arm is disengaged from the display surface.

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LOCKING STAND FOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAY

ABSTRACT


[0001] Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for securing an article of merchandise from theft. In one example, a system includes a display stand configured to be secured to a display surface, wherein the display stand is configured to removably support an article of merchandise. The system may also include a locking assembly operably engaged with the display stand, wherein the locking assembly includes at least one locking arm and an adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is configured to move the at least one locking arm relative to the display stand to engage and disengage the display surface. In addition, the display stand is locked to the display surface when the at least one locking arm is engaged with the display surface and unlocked from the display surface when the at least one locking arm is disengaged from the display surface.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION


[0002] Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to displays for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise from theft.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


[0003] Retailers routinely display handheld electronic merchandise, such as mobile (e.g. cellular) telephones, iPods, game consoles, personal data assistants (PDAs), and the like, for customers to examine before making a purchase. Retailers often desire the handheld electronic merchandise to be powered as well so that a potential purchaser can test the operation and functions of the merchandise. At the same time, the retailer does not want the article of merchandise to be stolen or removed from the display area by an unauthorized person. Accordingly, the article of merchandise being displayed is attached to a merchandise display security device that monitors and protects the article of merchandise from removal or theft. Such a merchandise display security device typically includes a sensor housing to which the article of merchandise is attached that houses a

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sensor for monitoring whether the article of merchandise remains attached to the sensor housing. In the event that the article of merchandise is detached from the sensor housing, an audible or visible alarm is activated to alert store personnel to the situation.


[0004] Oftentimes it is desirable for a retailer to allow the article of merchandise and sensor to be removably supported on a display stand. Thus, a consumer can remove the article of merchandise from the stand with the sensor attached for inspection. Typically the display stand includes means for attachment to a display surface that can be cumbersome or consist of complicated attachment mechanisms.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION


[0005] Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed to systems and methods for protecting articles of merchandise from theft. The article of merchandise may be any number of electronic devices, such as a mobile (e.g. cellular) telep...