|[August 03, 2011]
Kwikset Successfully Defends SmartKey™ Re-Key Patents & Comes to Amicable Agreement with Schlage
LAKE FOREST, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Kwikset (News - Alert) announces today that the brand has successfully defended its
popular SmartKey™ re-key technology patents and that the Kwikset lawsuit
against Schlage for patent infringement and false advertising has been
amicably resolved. As a condition of settlement, Schlage has agreed to
cease making and selling all SecureKey products as of December 31, 2011.
Kwikset, a leading provider of door hardware and locksets, originally
filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District
of Delaware against Schlage on March 2, 2010, for patent infringement of
Kwikset's re-key technology and for false advertising - Kwikset alleging
that Schlage's claim that SecureKey products are "10 Times More Secure"
than other lock products was false and misleading.
In fact, in an effort to prove Kwikset SmartKey's superior pick
resistance, Kwikset hosted a lock-picking competition for professional
locksmiths at the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) Convention.
Out of the 56 Kwikset SmartKey deadbolts that locksmiths attempted to
pick, only one lock was successfully picked, at a time of eight minutes
and 16 seconds. Of the 56 competitor deadbolts that locksmiths attempted
to pick, 44 were successfully picked, one in as fast as 7.16 seconds.
"Kwikset's SmartKey technology is recognized as one of the most
successful launches in company history," said Brent Flaharty, President
of Kwikset. "It has driven market share gains in all channels of
Kwikset was the first lock manufacturer to introduce re-key technology
to the industry with its SmartKey products in 2007, providing homeowners
the flexibility to re-key their locks quickly and easily, without
removing the lock from the door. This feature empoers homeowners to
protect their homes and families in the face of lost, stolen or
unreturned keys. In addition, the patented BumpGuard side locking bar
technology replaces a traditional pin & tumbler design to protect
against lock bumping. SmartKey deadbolt products are rated ANSI Grade 1,
the highest level of residential security. In January of 2010, three
years after Kwikset introduced SmartKey, Schlage introduced SecureKey.
"Kwikset is proud of the technology advancements we have introduced to
the security industry and, therefore, believe it is critical to defend
and preserve our intellectual property, which includes the re-keying
patents," said Flaharty. "We continue to invest in research and
development to deliver the most innovative security technologies on the
market. SmartKey re-key technology represents this innovation and our
commitment to delivering smart, reliable security solutions to our
For more information about Kwikset SmartKey re-key technology, as well
as other smart security solutions, please visit www.kwiksetpresskit.com
SmartKey re-key technology features a patented side-locking bar, central
to the locks' ability to be rapidly and easily re-keyed. This stainless
steel side-locking bar also replaces the traditional pin and tumbler
design that is particularly vulnerable to increasingly popular
lock-bumping attacks. Additionally, the cylinder uses two steel balls
inserted into the front of the cylinder face to provide improved drill
resistance. Delivering outstanding strength and protection, SmartKey
deadbolts have passed the most stringent lock picking standard, UL 437,
par. 11.6 and offer ANSI/BHMA certified Grade 1 security. Grade 1
security is the highest level of tested residential security available
in the industry.
Based on performance and features, SmartKey deadbolts earned the
prestigious Best Buy (News - Alert) rating from Consumers Digest Magazine in the
residential deadbolt lock category in February 2010.
Stanley Black & Decker (News - Alert), an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global
provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical
access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening
systems, and more.
The Stanley Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group (HHI) is
part of the company's Mechanical Access Solutions division. HHI
develops, manufactures, markets and sells builders' hardware,
residential and commercial door hardware, kitchen and bath faucets,
shower systems and bath accessories under the Stanley®,
National Hardware®, Kwikset®, Weiser ®,
Baldwin®, and Pfister® brands. Headquartered in
Orange (News - Alert) County, Calif., HHI has a global sales force and operates
manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico
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