Click below question mark for over 100 each unique innovative new applications using your ClickSafe or Microsaver microcomputer security hardware comprising a lock and cable or a padlock.  Some having patent #'s like
Pat.#8,640,510
Pat.#8,640,511
Pat.#8,646,294
and 03/04/2014 USPTO Notice of Allowance on my Trigger Lock. qmark
A few simple less than obvious utility changes to WordLock 5-dial or
Master Lock 1534D combination padlocks using your Clicksafe or Microsaver laptop computer cable lock or not, created lots of new innovative concept prototype use applications.  See this one on youtube.
A simple padlock inspired me to reinvent now 42 ingeniously new patentable key or keyless functionally/mechanically unique, mind-bogglingly obvious, hack & bump resistant locking padlocks horizontal shackleand locking devices for consumer products.  Many can be product bundled  using any padlock including those octagonal boron-carbide shackle padlocks sold by others. 

Most of below design changes made by others to post civil war 1871, 1880 or this 1912 padlock hoping their aesthetic changes might somehow increase market share.  Not going to happen.  Focusing on cosmetic changes to 142 year old lock(s) and not envisioning ways to make very same locks bolt cutters resistant or relevant in 2014, is being creatively clueless.  

This lack of creative thinking has some lock companies being asked, "What makes your product different from the rest?"   While others wonder what's next a fotolockobama  or perhaps a rebar / twizzler padlock shackle.

Innovation is creating something new.  "Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results, is the definition of crazy." — Unknown.

See if you can find true innovation in any of below lock patents.   Most are dull, boring, imitations, duplications, retreads and for those innovatively challenged1912 responsible, that's enough.

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it." - Steve Jobs, Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998
1987
4694667

1991
5001854

1992
5146771

1994
5345794

2000
6159025

2002
D462735

2004
D484777
6718803
6766671

2005
6854302

2006
D516896
D520339
D524145
D528401
D528402
D529368
D529369
D529786
D533437
2007
D537703
D537704
D533764
D541631
D545178
D547162
D547635
D548045
D548568
D548569
D549076
D549554
D556541
D557107
D558025


2008
D561001
D561005
D563200
D566521
7360380
D567628
D569609
7380425
D570667
D573445
D573446
D573871
D573872
D576859




D576860
D576861
D576862
D576863
D576864
D577278
D577279
D577568
D577569
D577570
D578864
7448236
D582251
D583218
7469919


2009
7478847
7497705
7513133
7516631
D590695
D592485
7540175
7543838
D594731
D595563
D596922
7581423
7610784
D603685
7624489



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D606382
D606841
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2010padlockcount
7694541
7698916
7712340
7823424
D629280
7856855











2011padlockcount
7870764
D637062
7934405
D637888
D638278
D638279
D638684
D639635
7963132
8028551
D646552
D646953

2012padlockcount
D637062
D638278
D638279
D638684
D646552
D649952
D652707
D660130
D664024
D671389







2013
D673836
D679168
D685250
D685252
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2014
8640507

















D is USPTO designation for a design patent (how it looks),  D omitted is a utility patent (how it works) and an asterisk (*) next to number links to an infomercialinfomercial.   To view images at USPTO site you will need this file http://patft.uspto.gov/help/images.htm

Each of my new 42 patentable padlock working prototypes is 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.
PadlockMfg.company  -  Email by unlocking Click to send an email info@padlockinventor.com
Q. Have you offered your new patentable padlocks and new applications to padlock manufacturers?
A. Yes.  I emailed this site to every padlock manufacturer on this planet having a web presence more than a few times and applied for employment at one of them.   Innovation, increasing profits or targeting new padlock users are concepts they simply do not understand.   Obsessive cosmetic design changes to pre-light bulb era padlocks they love.  Go figure.

Q. Can you say more about your new padlocks and padlock product uses?
A.  I have available for sale 42 utility patentable mechanically unique working locking padlock prototypes and locking devices for personal electronics.   Most are mechanical modifications I made to locks sold by others and many are resistant to   bolt cutters because shackle is either invisible or there is no shackle to cut.    Also available other ways for lockouts and roll upwhiting doors.     Each has use applications for today's consumer and none replace numbers with letters or are vulnerable to a 10 pound  dumbbell!

Q. Do you believe some lock companies are misguided when it comes to padlock creativity or do they just lack a strategic business plan?
A.  Yes to both.  These are very tough economic times, cosmetic changes to padlocks on display in a museum,  refusing to shift away from "tried and true" and not being attuned to basic consumer wants and needs, can you say management failure?

comments:
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 Kwickset. (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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Each is adaptable to AbusAssa BestBiLockCompXCCLCX5 KabaKSPMaster - ProSeriesMedecoMul-T-Lock VidexVan Lock or American Lock cores.

Pat. #8,640,507 Horizontal Shackle for Lock System and Method shown to left. IP rights available to Master Lock or like. See it on youtube, keylesshorizontal prototype , hitch,hitch trailer hitch,hitch power cord lock,hitch or perhaps this one.
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Free confidential assistance available to mechanically "improve" padlock patents belonging to others.  If there is another way using fewer parts, not free.

Acquisition rights available to investors, IP law firms, padlock distributors, patent assertion entity, lock companies or others interested in future rewards.  Foreign IP rights in a specific country or region can be very time sensitive.

See my 47 USPTO granted patents, no padlock design changes.