Dispenser for product packages

Patent No. 8,788,091

Issued: July 22, 2014
Filed: October 14, 2010
Term Extension: 288 days

Inventor: Bauer; Jamie D. (Edgewater, NJ)
Assignee: Giraffx Design, LLC

A modular vending and display system and a method of operation of the system, which is especially applicable to high-value and pilfer-prone products such as prestige fragrances, and to self-service shopping environments. The system enables shoppers to self-sample various scents and self-dispense fragrance product packages for later purchase. The system uses a plurality of modules which, upon actuation by a shopper, convey a package toward the shopper within individual enclosures such that only one package can be removed at a time, and then de-activate for a time delay period to prevent rapid removal of multiple packages from the module. The modules may interact, so that once a shopper has selected a product at one module in the system, other modules are also de-activated during the delay period. This reduces pilferage by making it difficult to remove more than one package during the delay period from a group of modules.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 61/278,949, filed Oct. 14, 2009, entitled "Dispenser for Product Packages". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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