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European Patent Granted

The European Patent Office has granted a patent for Uniseg’s Snap-Flat latch for France, Germany & the UK. The certificate was issued for European Patent No. 3215430 in the name of UNISEG Products Pty Ltd entitled “LATCH MECHANISM”.

Patents have been previously granted for the Snap-Flat latch in Australia and South Africa and applications in progress for USA, Canada, China, India, Malaysia and Japan.

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Australian Patent Granted, Europe Accepted

The Australian Patent Office has issued on 17th October 2019, a Certificate of Grant for Uniseg Products’ Snap-Flat latch. The certificate was issued for Australian Patent No. 2015342730 in the name of UNISEG Products Pty Ltd entitled A CONTAINER (Currently being renamed A LATCH MECHANISM).

In further positive developments the European Patent Office has allowed our patent application for the latch. The allowance of the application completes the examination phase of the procedure for obtaining a European patent.  The grant procedure has now been filed for a European patent to be issued on this application with validation of the patent in the European member countries to follow shortly.

Uniseg Products have patent applications for the latch in progress in USA, Canada, China, India, Malaysia, Japan & South Africa.

Photo of new version of self closing over-centre Snap-Flat latch v4.2
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New Snap-Flat latch design V4.2

Uniseg Products have released a new version of its self closing, over-centre, Snap-Flat latch.

The main improvements for version 4.2 of the latch, include;

  • Increased pin dimension by 50% from 4 to 6mm, to considerably strengthen the latch.
  • Adjust inner & outer spring tensions to achieve a better balance the tensions between the handle and the latch.
  • Added extra lockable eyelet (from 1 to 2)

A yield and destruction test of the latch confirmed that the latch deformed at 13.4 kN or 1.365 Tonne. Uniseg would expect the latch to easily handle forces up to 1 Tonne, which would make it one of the strongest over-centre latches, of this size, available.

A copy of the yield & destruction test report, carried our by Proofload, can be found below;