Hasbro has filed a patent for a package with a product locking feature. The package includes a product display panel and a product locking assembly. The locking assembly consists of a locking element and a receiving element. The locking element can be inserted into the receiving element in two stages, first to secure the product display panel to the product, and then further insertion after the product is removed. GlobalData’s report on Hasbro gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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A package with a two-stage product locking assembly

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hasbro Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230234764A1) describes a package design that includes a product display panel and a product locking assembly. The product display panel has openings for receiving the product locking assembly, which consists of a locking element and a receiving element attached to the product.

The locking element has a base and an extended portion with at least one projection. It is designed to fit through the opening in the product display panel and be inserted into the receiving element, securing the panel to the product. The projection engages with a retaining structure in the receiving element, preventing the locking element from being withdrawn. After removing the product display panel, the locking element can be further inserted into the receiving element, engaging with a second retaining structure.

The extended portion of the locking element may have first and second spaced apart arms, each with a projection. These arms are connected by a wall. The first retaining structure is an internal wall portion of the product, while the second retaining structure is an internal wall portion of the receiving element.

The receiving element includes a retainer with locking extensions that engage with the extended portion of the locking element when it is in the second position. The connecting wall of the product display panel has apertures through which the locking extensions extend, applying a retaining force against the first and second arms.

The package design also includes a packaging lock that can be inserted in an opening in the locking element when it is in the first position. This lock prevents further insertion of the locking element until it is removed, allowing the product display panel to be removed and the locking element to be pushed to the second position.

Overall, this patent describes a package design that securely locks a product to a display panel using a locking element and a receiving element. The design allows for easy removal of the product display panel while maintaining the security of the package.

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