Patent Number: 6,170,304

Title: Method and apparatus for securing electronic components

Abstract: A lock that may be inserted into a standardized locking aperture, such as a standard Kensington key lock slot in the cover of a computer or other electronic device to secure the cover to the chassis of the computer or device in order to prevent unauthorized access to the internal components of the computer or electronic device. The lock may be easily installed by the end user rather than having the locking mechanism installed during the manufacture of the computer with the additional cost of a locking mechanism added to all computers. Further, the locking mechanism may be removably attached to the outer cover of the computer or electronic device by means of an adhesive, double sided tape, Velcro, a hook or magnet, so that the locking mechanism may be removed and reused with a different computer or electronic device as the device is replaced, upgraded, etc. or as security needs change.

Inventors: Ohta; Seiya (Rocklin, CA)

Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company

International Classification: E05B 67/00 (20060101); E05C 5/00 (20060101); E05C 5/02 (20060101); E05B 67/36 (20060101); E05B 73/00 (20060101); E05B 073/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018