Patent applications for the Snap-Flat latch, PCT Publication Number WO2016/070235, have been granted in the USA (Patent Number 10,940,976) and China (Patent ZL 2015 8 0060162.7)
Patents have been previously granted for the Snap-Flat latch in Australia, France, Germany ,South Africa and UK, with applications in progress for Canada, India and Japan.
The latch was invented by Uniseg Products to address the problem of conventional over centre latches used on their Uniseg Container, being damaged while disengaged. The “Snap Flat” feature eliminated this problem. See www.unisegproducts.com for further information regarding the Uniseg Container.
The Snap-Flat latch also prevents the latch from accidently de-coupling, even when not properly secured in the over-centre position. This is a common problem with conventional over centre latches that can have catastrophic outcomes in some applications, such as when securing the roof of a pop top caravan.