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1. WO2020118286 - DISPOSITIF DE FIXATION DE TIROIR DE MEUBLE

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We claim:

1. A tamper-evident securement device for use in securing closed a drawer of a furniture, comprising:

a flexible extending closure member comprising:

an at least partially flexible attaching portion disposed within the furniture, and a flexible locking portion comprising a distal end section that traverses a gap between the drawer and a drawer opening when the drawer is closed, and provides an aperture that is disposed outside the furniture; and a securement member disposed within the furniture that attaches the extending closure member to an inner surface of a top side of the furniture;

wherein a lock device can be inserted through the aperture of the flexible locking portion.

2. The device according to claim 1, wherein the securement member comprises a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer that is integral with a dorsal surface of the attaching portion.

3. The device according to claim 1, wherein the securement member comprises a mechanical fastener system comprising a fastener base that attaches the extending closure member to the inner surface of the top side of the furniture; and

wherein the attaching portion is adjustably and removably secured on the securement member at one of a plurality of positions on the attaching portion relative to the securement member.

4. The device according to claim 3, wherein the mechanical fastener system further comprises a substantially planar attachment base that attaches the fastener base to the inner surface of the top side of the furniture.

5. The device according to claim 3 or claim 4, wherein the fastener base comprises a ventral surface selected from the group of: a plurality of hook elements; a plurality of loop elements; and a locking head comprising an opening to a passage and a locking tab disposed in the passage; and

the attaching portion comprises one of:

a dorsal surface selected from the group of a plurality of hook elements or a plurality of loop elements; or

a ventral surface comprising a plurality of serrations; such that

the ventral surface of the fastener base complements the dorsal surface or the ventral surface of the attaching portion.

6. The device according to any of claims 3-5, wherein the fastener base further comprises a dorsal surface, selected from the group of:

at least one adhesive layer that can adhere the fastener base to the inner surface of the top side of the furniture;

a plurality of hook elements wherein the inner surface of the top side of the furniture comprises a plurality of loop elements;

a plurality of loop elements wherein the inner surface of the top side of the furniture comprises a plurality of hook elements; or

at least one drill hole for a fastener screw.

7. The device according to any of claims 4-6, wherein the attachment base comprises a dorsal surface comprising at least one adhesive layer that attaches the attachment base to the inner surface of the top side of the furniture; and

a ventral surface selected from the group of: a plurality of hook elements wherein the dorsal surface of the fastener base has a plurality of loop elements, a plurality of loop elements wherein the dorsal surface of the fastener base has a plurality of hook elements, a magnetic substrate, and at least one adhesive layer.

8. The device according to any of claims 5-7, wherein the locking tab is hingedly attached to the locking head, and comprises one or more transversely-arranged teeth that partially extend into the passage, to ratchetingly engage the serrations of the attaching portion.

9. The device according to any of claims 5-8, wherein the locking tab comprises a lever extending from the locking tab that can manually pivot the locking tab away from the passage

and move the one or more teeth out of ratcheting engagement with the serrations of the attaching portion.

10. The device according to claim 9, wherein the lever extends from the locking tab in a direction toward the gap between the drawer and the drawer opening.

11. The device according to any of claims 1-10, wherein the attaching portion further comprises a fingerplate.

12. The device according to any of claims 1-11, wherein the flexible locking portion is an elongated approximately planar portion comprising the distal end section comprising the aperture through which the lock device can be inserted.

13. The device according to any of claims 1-11, wherein the flexible locking portion is an extended flexible cable comprising a proximal end section, a body section and the distal end section, wherein the proximal end section is fixed to the attaching portion, and the distal end section is joined to the body section forming a loop through which the lock device can be inserted.

14. The device according to claim 13, wherein both the proximal end section and the distal end section of the extended flexible cable are fixed to the attaching portion, and the body section of the cable forms the loop through which the lock device can be inserted.

15. The device according to claim 13 or claim 14, wherein the extended flexible cable is a flexible stainless steel cable.

16. The device according to any of claims 1-15, further comprising a shield plate having one or more slot openings through which the flexible locking portion can extend, wherein the shield plate has one or both of:

a planar shape, or

an angled shape.

17. The device according to any of claims 1-16, further comprising a separate aperture-withdrawing implement comprising a planar body comprising a handle at one edge, a raised cylindrical receptor to removably engage the aperture, and a semicircular depression surrounding the raised cylindrical receptor to accommodate the distal end section, wherein one or more planar supports are disposed perpendicularly to and extending laterally from an opposite edge of the planar body, wherein the one or more planar supports can be temporarily pressed flush against a front face or a top face of the furniture.

18. The device according to any of claims 1-17, wherein the lock device comprises a padlock comprising a shackle that passes though the aperture of the flexible locking portion.

19. The device according to any of claims 1-18, wherein the device is not built into or integral with the drawer or the furniture.

20. A method for deterring unauthorized access to a drawer in a furniture employing a tamper-evident securement device according to claim 1 or claim 2, comprising the steps of: a) providing a flexible extending closure member of the device comprising an at least partially flexible attaching portion and a flexible locking portion that provides an aperture at a distal end section of the flexible locking portion;

b) temporarily pressing and maintaining the flexible locking portion against an upper edge of a drawer opening or a front face of the furniture, such that the aperture is disposed just outside the drawer opening;

c) extending the attaching portion into and past the drawer opening while maintaining the flexible locking portion against the upper edge or the front face, until the flexible extending closure member is taut;

d) raising the attaching portion upward while maintaining the flexible extending closure member taut and maintaining the flexible locking portion against the upper edge or the front face;

e) firmly attaching the attaching portion to an inner surface of a top side of the furniture using a securement member, while maintaining the flexible extending closure member taut and maintaining the flexible locking portion against the upper edge or the front face;

f) releasing the flexible locking portion from the pressing against the upper edge or the front face;

g) closing the drawer within the drawer opening while maintaining the aperture just outside of the drawer opening; and

h) inserting a lock device through the aperture.

21. A method for deterring unauthorized access to a drawer in a furniture employing a tamper-evident securement device according to claim 1 or claim 2, comprising the steps of: a) providing both a flexible extending closure member of the device comprising an at least partially flexible attaching portion and a flexible locking portion that provides an aperture at the distal end section of the flexible locking portion, and an aperture-withdrawing implement engaged with the aperture;

b) temporarily pressing and maintaining a planar support of the implement against a front face of the furniture or a top exterior face of the furniture, such that the aperture is disposed just outside a drawer opening;

c) extending the attaching portion into and past the drawer opening while maintaining the planar support against the front face or the top exterior face, until the flexible extending closure member is taut;

d) raising the attaching portion upward while maintaining the flexible extending closure member taut and maintaining the planar support against the front face or the top exterior face; e) firmly attaching the attaching portion to an inner surface of a top side of the furniture using a securement member, while maintaining the flexible extending closure member taut and maintaining the planar support against the front face or the top exterior face;

f) closing the drawer within the drawer opening while maintaining the planar support against the front face or the top exterior face;

g) disengaging the aperture from the implement and inserting the distal end section through a slot on a shield plate; and

h) inserting a lock device through the aperture.

22. A method for deterring unauthorized access to a drawer in a furniture employing a tamper-evident securement device according to any of claims 3-19, comprising the steps of: a) attaching a securement member of the device to an inner surface of a top side of the furniture;

b) providing a flexible extending closure member of the device comprising an at least partially flexible attaching portion and a flexible locking portion that provides an aperture at a distal end section of the flexible locking portion;

c) while temporarily maintaining the aperture just outside a drawer opening, extending the attaching portion into and past the drawer opening;

d) removably securing the attaching portion on the securement member at one of a plurality of positions on the attaching portion relative to the securement member, using a mechanical fastener system of the securement member, until the extending closure member is taut, while maintaining the aperture just outside the drawer opening;

e) closing the drawer within a drawer opening while maintaining the aperture just outside of the drawer opening; and

f) inserting a lock device through the aperture.

23. A method for deterring unauthorized access to a drawer in a furniture employing a tamper-evident securement device according to any of claims 3-19, comprising the steps of: a) attaching a securement member of the device to an inner surface of a top side of the furniture;

b) providing a flexible extending closure member of the device comprising an at least partially flexible attaching portion and a flexible locking portion that provides an aperture at a distal end section of the flexible locking portion, and an aperture-withdrawing implement engaged with the aperture;

c) while temporarily pressing and maintaining a planar support of the implement against a front face of the furniture or a top exterior face of the furniture, extending the attaching portion into and past a drawer opening;

d) removably securing the attaching portion on the securement member at one of a plurality of positions on the attaching portion relative to the securement member, using a

mechanical fastener system of the securement member, until the extending closure member is taut, while maintaining the planar support against the front face or the top exterior face;

e) closing the drawer within the drawer opening while maintaining the planar support against the front face or the top exterior face;

f) disengaging the aperture from the implement and inserting the distal end section through a slot on a shield plate; and

g) inserting a lock device through the aperture.

24. The method of claim 22 or claim 23, wherein the step d) further comprises adjusting the attaching portion on the securement member, by securing the attaching portion on the securement member at a second position on the attaching portion relative to the securement member, such that the aperture is just outside the drawer opening.

25. An article of manufacture comprising:

a tamper-evident securement device according to any of claims 1 to 19,

instructions for use by a consumer of the device with a furniture having a drawer, wherein the instructions direct the consumer to attach the device to the furniture, and to close and lock the drawer in the furniture for tamper-evident securement, and

packaging that contains the device and the instructions.

26. The article of manufacture according to Claim 25, wherein the instructions are according to the method of any of claims 20-24.