and his father Kent, who had worked in the door lock industry for nearly four decades, invented and patented the Remotizer® door lock system. One very unique feature is that the Remotizer converts any single cylinder deadbolt (key access on the outside) into a remote operated system. Mark first applied for his patent on December 4, 2004, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued his patent for a Universal Remote Deadbolt Adapter on December 20, 2008.
Along with receiving validation from the USPTO for an original invention, there were three independent testing laboratories (Mesa Engineering, Inc., Houston, TX; Timco Engineering, Inc., Tampa, FL; Technology Kitchen Corporation, Austin, TX) that validated the reliability and durability of the Remotizer Electronic Door Lock Keyless Entry System.
Product sales were moving briskly and, in 2013, Mark proudly displayed his creation at the Consumer Electronics Show. It was there that his innovation caught the attention of Apple Inc. It was clearly a product that Apple liked and around September, 2014, Mark’s company, Mr. Butler LLC, approached Apple seeking approval to offer the application for their Remotizer online at the Apple App Store.
The timing could not have been better for Apple as the company was working on their Home Kit, an electronic framework permitting most all Apple devices to interact with numerous types of home automation products.
The response from Apple was, “We began review of the app but are not able to continue because we need the associated hardware to fully assess your app features.” That seems harmless enough. Yet, requests for accompanying hardware is rarely required by Apple during their app reviews.