Patents by Inventor Donald L. Gerken

Donald L. Gerken has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5816652
    Abstract: A car seat is provided for restraining a child seated in the car seat. The car seat includes a seat shell having a bottom seat portion and a back support portion. A barrier shield is supported above the bottom seat portion and is pivotable from an initial position to a child-restraining position. A child-restraining harness is attached to the seat shell and extends over an upper torso of the child when the child is seated in the car seat to restrain forward motion of the child. The child-restraining harness is connected to the barrier shield. The barrier shield is located at the initial position when a child is harnessed in the child seat. The child-restraining harness moves the barrier shield from the initial position to a child-restraining position when the upper torso of the child harnessed into the child seat moves forward to push against the child-restraining harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Cone, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 5538322
    Abstract: A car seat is provided for restraining a child seated in the car seat. The car seat includes a seat shell having a bottom seat portion and a back support portion. A barrier shield is supported above the bottom seat portion and is pivotable from an initial position to a child-restraining position. A child-restraining harness is attached to the seat shell and extends over an upper torso of the child when the child is seated in the car seat to restrain forward motion of the child. The child-restraining harness is connected to the barrier shield. The barrier shield is located at the initial position when a child is harnessed in the child seat. The child-restraining harness moves the barrier shield from the initial position to a child-restraining position when the upper torso of the child harnessed into the child seat moves forward to push against the child-restraining harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Cone, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 5092004
    Abstract: A restraint device is provided for securing and supporting an infant. The device includes a shell assembly formed to include a chamber sized to receive the infant. The shell assembly includes first and second spaced apart side walls and a generally rigid end wall defining a boundary of the chamber. In one embodiment, the rigid end wall includes a yieldable section movable between a fixed first position and a yielded second position in response to a force acting against the yieldable section. In another embodiment, the restraint device includes an upper shell portion coupled to a lower shell portion and a foldable seat situated inside the lower shell portion to provide means for supporting a lower portion of an infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc,
    Inventors: Richard E. Cone, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 4938603
    Abstract: A lock-release mechanism is mounted on the back of a foldable high chair to control relative movement between the chair back and the underlying seat and leg assembly. In use, the bolt-release mechanism can be actuated manually to permit the high chair to be folded from an unfolded use position to a partly folded safety stop position and a fully folded storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Turner, Robert A. Schwartzkopf, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 4662683
    Abstract: A juvenile car seat for supporting a child is disclosed. The seat includes a bottom seat portion and a back support portion. A barrier shield is provided which includes an arm member, a first shield member, and a second shield member. Each of the first and second shield members is pivotally coupled to the arm member for pivoting between a use position generally above and parallel to the bottom seat portion, and a storage position generally to the side of the bottom seat portion. A latch and buckle are provided for fixing the first and second shield members in the use position. A shoulder harness is also provided. The shoulder harness includes a first shoulder strap connected between the back support portion and the first shield member, and a second shoulder strap connected between the back support portion and the second shield member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy E. Knoedler, Donald L. Gerken, Kenneth P. Morton
  • Patent number: 4545613
    Abstract: An infant's vehicle chair includes a base with upwardly extending supports and a seat body pivotally coupled through the supports to the base. The seat body is constructed from molded plastic and includes channels housing a reinforcing tubular member which extends generally across the bottom of the seat, up the back of the seat, across the back of the seat, down the seat back, and along the bottom of the seat. The ends of the reinforcing tubular member are formed to provide two loops through which a vehicle seat belt is passed to secure the chair to a vehicle seat in a rearward-facing orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1985
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Martel, Roy E. Knoedler, Donald L. Gerken
  • Patent number: 4359242
    Abstract: A walker-jumper comprises a support member carrying a seat for a child, a base member, and a collapsible and expandable frame connecting the support and base members to allow adjustment so that the feet of the child can contact the ground to propel the walker-jumper. The frame connection to the support and base members is by way of a slidable mount for permitting the members to be expanded to a desired one of several expanded positions so that the distance to the ground may be controlled for different sized children. The frame passes through a mounting member slidably carried below the support member and a lock engages the mounting member to fix the base and support members in the desired expanded position. After being locked in place, the frame is yieldably coupled to the mounting member to allow limited movement of the frame relative to the mounting member, responsive to bouncing movements of a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Gerken, Donald L. Moore, Stephen M. Degnen
  • Patent number: D305583
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Assignee: Cosco, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Turner, Donald L. Gerken