US patent for simple modification to an ancient Master Lock® or like padlock
Horizontal Shackle For Lock System and Method
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A simple padlock inspired me to
a novel method for securing
personal property or other items.
Traditional padlocks include a U-shaped
However, there are situations or applications where
a U-shaped shackle may be unsuitable. Accordingly, what is
need are improved shackles capable of securing items that
are not well suited to traditional shackles.
I have 41 other ingeniously new patentable key or keyless
functionally/mechanically unique, obvious, hack, bump resistant locking
padlocks and locking devices for consumer products. Many
can be product bundled using any padlock.
Each of my 41 patentable padlock working prototypes are
functionally/mechanically unique meaning not for differences
or uses of colors, computer chips, cores, cosmetic,
decorative, design changes, dial combination configurations,
dimensions, disc/pin/wafer tumblers, engraving, fasteners,
graphics, illumination mechanism, images, insulated cover, keypad, keyways,
lamellae, letters, metal composition, method of manufacturing, no use
of plastics, non-functional anything, numbers, ornamental
modifications, outer cover, outer sleeve, padlock jacket, photos, power supply,
protective cover, rivets, roll pins, rubber, shackle
sides, shield, shroud size, textures, thin padlock walls,
timer, unique keys, visual and no built in analog or digital
clock showing local time.
Email by clicking on Horizontal Padlock
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 Oh my god!!! This lock is the BEST!!!
You should market it. Thank you so much! Can I get
another one? Maybe 2 more? I'll pay for them this time!
Such a smart design. I'm impressed.
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 Dear Padlock inventor, I too have recently
looked at the padlock patents and it is indeed pathetic what
the conventional companies continue to sell.
Tue, 02 Sep 2008 I have to admit that those shackles
certainly seem very similar to me, but the threshold of
"novelty" for design patents is pretty low. There's no
functional difference between a lock with a round shackle
and one with an octagonal cross-section - but functional
difference is exactly what design patents are NOT intended
to protect. Clearly, a round shackle is different visually
from one with eight sides, and perhaps that's a difference
which means something to a padlock manufacturer. Or, more
likely, they hope that it will distinguish their goods from
their competitors', so that a consumer will see a lock with
an eight-sided shackle hanging on a rack with all the
round-shackled locks and say, "I like that company's locks,
so I'll buy that one." It's not unlike the differences in
design of keys for locks - the punched rectangular top
doesn't work any better than a round one, but it makes it
instantly recognizable as a Kwikset. (Design patent and
trade dress/product configuration protection kind of
overlap, here) Design patents have their place in the
general scheme of protection, but there's a reason why
they're less expensive, shorter lived, and easier to get.
They just cover a visual difference from what was done
before, and for some people, that's enough.
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