ACCO Brands has been granted a patent for a dock for portable electronic devices. The dock includes a base with ports, a cradle that can pivot to change the orientation of the device, and a security apparatus that can be inserted into the device’s port to prevent removal. The security apparatus also includes a data and power transmission apparatus. The dock also features a locking mechanism to further secure the device. GlobalData’s report on ACCO Brands gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Dock with security apparatus for portable electronic device

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: ACCO Brands Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11770911B2) describes a dock for a portable electronic device. The dock includes a base with one or more ports, a cradle that houses the portable electronic device, and a security apparatus. The security apparatus is movably mounted on the cradle and can be inserted into a port of the device to prevent its removal from the dock. It also includes a data and power transmission apparatus that is electrically connected to the ports. The dock further features a locking mechanism that can selectively prohibit removal of the security apparatus from the device's port.

The dock described in the patent also includes additional features. It may have a lock head that can move between an engaged position and a disengaged position. The locking mechanism is capable of locking the security mechanism in the engaged position. A security cable is included, with one end fixed to the base and the other end fixed to the cradle, providing additional security. The dock may also have an arm that is rotatably coupled to the base and the cradle, allowing for pivotable movement. The cradle can pivot relative to the base about a rotational axis located adjacent to either the base or the cradle.

Another embodiment of the dock includes a base that rests on a work surface and a cradle pivotably coupled to the base. The cradle has channels that accept different edges of the portable electronic device. The security apparatus is coupled to the cradle and can move between an engaged position, where it blocks the device from being inserted or removed from the cradle, and a disengaged position, where the device can be freely inserted or removed. The base supports ports that are electrically connected to the security apparatus through a hinge, allowing for data and power transmission.

Overall, this granted patent describes a dock for a portable electronic device with various security features and adjustable components, providing a secure and versatile docking solution.

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