Patents by Inventor James M. Kain

James M. Kain 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: 7517023
    Abstract: A pair of cantilevered armrests are mounted on a juvenile seat. Each armrest includes an arm and a support mount appended to the arm and coupled to the seat back. The support mount extends above and below the arm to embrace the seat back. One fastener lies above the arm and is coupled to an upper portion of the support mount. Another fastener lies below the arm and is coupled to a lower portion of the support mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 7434878
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat includes a seat bottom, a seat back, a pivotable shield, and a juvenile-restraint harness. The shield includes a barrier coupled to the juvenile-restraint harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Kain, Jason A. Crowell, William Horton, Steven Oltman
  • Publication number: 20070029845
    Abstract: A high chair including a carriage frame having a backrest connected thereto, a front frame pivotally connected to the carriage frame, the front frame having a seat connected thereto, wherein the carriage frame is lockable with respect to the front frame, at least two legs pivotally connected to the carriage frame, wherein each of the legs is generally U-shaped and includes a right side, a left side and a bottom portion, the bottom portions having approximately equal widths, and a fold release handle positioned on the carriage frame, wherein the fold release handle is adapted to unlock the carriage frame with respect to the front frame, thereby allowing the high chair to move from an upright position to a folded position, wherein, when the high chair is in the folded position, the sides of the legs are partially nested together and the bottoms of the legs are approximately adjacent to each other such that the high chair is compact and stands freely on a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Inventors: John Riedl, James M. Kain, Andrew B. Mendenhall, Curtis J. Brandl
  • Patent number: 7043779
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a playyard top rail includes a left rail and a right rail mounted to pivot about a pivot axis relative to the right rail. The playyard top rail further includes a rail lock associated with the left and right rails. The rail lock is configured to lock the right rail to the left rail upon movement of the left and right rails to an in-line erected position and movement of the rail lock in a first direction along the pivot axis to a rail-locking position. Once the rail lock is moved in an opposite second direction along the pivot axis to a rail-releasing position, the left and right rails are free to pivot relative to one another about the pivot axis to assume a side-by-side collapsed position. An extensible cord is coupled at one end to the left rail and at another end to the right rail and supported in the middle on a lock housing containing the rail lock to define a bowed fabric support overlying a portion of the left and right rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mendenhall, Michael C. Dorsey, Jason S. Andrews, James M. Kain, Richard Glover
  • Patent number: 6997509
    Abstract: A juvenile seat is provided including a base and a cup holder. The cup holder is pivotably coupled to the base to move between a closed position adjacent the base and an opened position extending from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6863345
    Abstract: A seat mount is provided for use with a vehicle seat and anchor mounts provided in or near the vehicle seat. The seat mount includes a base for placement on the vehicle seat and a vehicle anchor system adapted to be coupled to the anchor mounts. The base includes a pair of openings for receiving a portion of the vehicle anchor system. The vehicle anchor system includes an anchor belt adapted to be coupled to the anchor mounts. The anchor belt includes a strap having a central portion, opposite end portions, and a clasp coupled to each end portion and adapted to be coupled to one of the anchor mounts. The anchor belt is threaded through the openings to position the seat in a rearwardly facing anchored position on the vehicle seat. The vehicle anchor system also includes a leash coupled to the base and to the central portion of the anchor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Publication number: 20040198518
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a playyard top rail includes a left rail and a right rail mounted to pivot about a pivot axis relative to the right rail. The playyard top rail further includes a rail lock associated with the left and right rails. The rail lock is configured to lock the right rail to the left rail upon movement of the left and right rails to an in-line erected position and movement of the rail lock in a first direction along the pivot axis to a rail-locking position. Once the rail lock is moved in an opposite second direction along the pivot axis to a rail-releasing position, the left and right rails are free to pivot relative to one another about the pivot axis to assume a side-by-side collapsed position. An extensible cord is coupled at one end to the left rail and at another end to the right rail and supported in the middle on a lock housing containing the rail lock to define a bowed fabric support overlying a portion of the left and right rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Andrew Mendenhall, Michael C. Dorsey, Jason S. Andrews, James M. Kain, Richard Glover
  • Patent number: 6779843
    Abstract: A child-restraint seat includes a seat shell, a child-restraint harness coupled to the seat shell, and a harness-control panel including a belt-receiving opening receiving a shoulder belt portion of the child-restraint harness. The harness-control panel is mounted on the seat shell for up and down movement relative to the seat shell to raise and lower the shoulder belt portion of the child-restraint harness with respect to the seat shell. The child-restraint seat further includes a panel-height adjustment mechanism coupled to the harness-control panel and movable between a locked position to prevent the harness-control panel from moving up and down relative to the seat shell and an unlocked position to allow the harness-control panel to move up and down relative to the seat shell. The panel-height adjustment mechanism is accessible to a user from both a front side and a rear side of the child-restraint seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Publication number: 20040124676
    Abstract: A child-restraint seat includes a seat shell, a child-restraint harness coupled to the seat shell, and a harness-control panel including a belt-receiving opening receiving a shoulder belt portion of the child-restraint harness. The harness-control panel is mounted on the seat shell for up and down movement relative to the seat shell to raise and lower the shoulder belt portion of the child-restraint harness with respect to the seat shell. The child-restraint seat further includes a panel-height adjustment mechanism coupled to the harness-control panel and movable between a locked position to prevent the harness-control panel from moving up and down relative to the seat shell and an unlocked position to allow the harness-control panel to move up and down relative to the seat shell. The panel-height adjustment mechanism is accessible to a user from both a front side and a rear side of the child-restraint seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6752462
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat assembly includes a seat having a side wall, an armrest mount coupled to the side wall of the seat, and an armrest coupled to the armrest mount for movement relative to the seat about a pivot axis between a raised position and a lowered position. The armrest mount includes an outer wall formed to define a first notch and a second notch spaced-apart from the first notch. The armrest includes an outer wall and a top wall coupled to the outer wall to cooperate with the outer wall to define a cavity formed to receive the outer wall of the armrest mount therein. A lug of the armrest is located within the first notch of the armrest mount in the raised position and is located within the second notch of the armrest mount in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Kain, Eugene Balensiefer, William Horton
  • Patent number: 6702379
    Abstract: A juvenile booster seat includes a seat protector arranged to be moved by a user between a retracted position stored inside the booster seat and an extended position partly removed from the booster seat. In the extended position, a forward portion of the seat protector is positioned to drape over a front portion of a vehicle seat underlying the booster seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6698838
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat and armrests that are movable relative to the seat. An armrest lock supports each armrest for movement relative to the seat between a raised storage position and a lowered armrest position. Each armrest lock is movable relative to the seat between an armrest-locking position and an armrest-releasing position. Each armrest lock is able to move to its armrest-locking position once its companion armrest has been moved to assume either the raised storage position or the lowered armrest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6688685
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat comprises a set shell and a juvenile restraint harness with shoulder strap portions. A harness control panel is provided on the front surface of the back of the seat shell to be adjustably movable to raise and lower the shoulder strap portions. A panel height adjustment mechanism is provided on the back of the seat shell to adjust the position of the panel. A shoulder strap tensioner is provided coupled to the height adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6672663
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat includes a seat, a support base under the seat, a first belt retainer coupled to one side of the support base, and a second seat belt retainer coupled to another side of the support base. To retain the juvenile vehicle seat in place on a first side of a seat in a vehicle, a vehicle shoulder strap associated with that first side of the seat is moved to engage one lower portion of the support base and pass through a channel provided by the first belt retainer so that it extends diagonally behind the juvenile vehicle seat (from left to right) in an “upwardly” sloping direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Publication number: 20030193226
    Abstract: A juvenile seat assembly is provided for use with a vehicle seat. The assembly includes a juvenile seat for placement on the vehicle seat and a vehicle anchor system coupled to the seat. The juvenile seat includes a first pair of openings and a second pair of openings. The vehicle anchor system includes an anchor belt adapted to be coupled to a pair of anchor mounts provided in or near the vehicle seat. The anchor belt includes a strap having a central portion and opposite end portions, and a connector coupled to each end portion and adapted to be coupled to one of the anchor mounts. The anchor belt is threaded through the first openings to position the seat in a first, rearwardly facing position and the anchor belt is threaded through the second openings to position the seat in a second, forwardly facing position. The vehicle anchor system also includes a leash coupled to the juvenile seat and to the central portion of the anchor belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Publication number: 20030193225
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat comprises a set shell and a juvenile restraint harness with shoulder strap portions. A harness control panel is provided on the front surface of the back of the seat shell to be adjustably movable to raise and lower the shoulder strap portions. A panel height adjustment mechanism is provided on the back of the seat shell to adjust the position of the panel. A shoulder strap tensioner is provided coupled to the height adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6626493
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat comprises a set shell and a juvenile restraint harness with shoulder strap portions. A harness control panel is provided on the front surface of the back of the seat shell to be adjustably movable to raise and lower the shoulder strap portions. A panel height adjustment mechanism is provided on the back of the seat shell to adjust the position of the panel. A shoulder strap tensioner is provided coupled to the height adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6612649
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat is provided including a cup holder. The cup holder is movable between a retracted position adjacent the seat and an extended position spaced from the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: 6607243
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat includes a seat shell and a pair of armrests cantilevered to sides of the seat shell. A seat pad includes a seat portion on the seat shell and sleeves receiving each armrest therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain
  • Patent number: RE40010
    Abstract: A juvenile vehicle seat is provided including a cup holder. The cup holder is movable between a retracted position adjacent the seat and an extended position spaced from the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Kain