Patents by Inventor Todd D. Sorzano

Todd D. Sorzano 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: 8316999
    Abstract: A brake assembly for a stroller has a wheel rotatable about a wheel axis and a plurality of pockets on the wheel spaced from and circumferentially around the wheel axis. A brake lever has an actuator arm and a link arm fixedly connected to one another and is movable between a braking orientation and a released orientation. A boss is driven by the link arm between a braking position and a released position corresponding respectively to the braking and released orientations of the brake lever. A biasing mechanism is configured to bias and retain the boss into engagement with one of the plurality of pockets when the brake lever is moved to the braking orientation and to bias and retain the boss out of engagement with the plurality of pockets when the brake lever is moved to the released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Solinski, Todd D. Sorzano, Robert T. Pike, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8230536
    Abstract: A changing table for a playard has a flexible platform sized to support a child and a changing table mount arranged to releasably engage the platform to the playard. The changing table mount can have a plurality of straps each having a fastener and removably received in corresponding slots of the playard. The changing table mount can comprise a zipper releasably connecting the changing table to the playard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Jeffrey David Swan, Neil C. Penza, Todd D. Sorzano, Matthew J. Ransil, Thomas J. Pollack, Jonathan M. Pacella, Robert T. Pike, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8056921
    Abstract: A stroller has a frame structure with two laterally spaced apart sides and a frame extension on each side. Each frame extension projects rearward and terminates at a free end. The frame structure is collapsible laterally from a side-to-side in-use spacing between the frame extensions to a side-to-side compact spacing less than the in-use spacing between the frame extensions. A push handle is on the free end of each frame extension. A cross-brace extends between and interconnects the frame extensions. The cross-brace has a central section and a pair of flanking sections pivotally connected to one another. The cross brace is selectively reconfigurable from a stiff condition to a loose condition with the frame extensions in the in-use spacing. The stiff condition maintains the in-use spacing between the frame extensions and the loose condition permits the frame extensions to collapse to the compact spacing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Publication number: 20110197356
    Abstract: A changing table for a playard has a flexible platform sized to support a child and a changing table mount arranged to releasably engage the platform to the playard. The changing table mount can have a plurality of straps each having a fastener and removably received in corresponding slots of the playard. The changing table mount can comprise a zipper releasably connecting the changing table to the playard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Jeffrey David Swan, Neil C. Penza, Todd D. Sorzano, Matthew J. Ransil, Thomas J. Pollack, Jonathan M. Pacella, Robert T. Pike, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 7908686
    Abstract: A changing table for use with a playard includes a platform that is sized to support a child and at least one changing table mount arranged relative to the platform to releasably engage the platform to the playard. The changing table mount includes a release actuator. When the changing table is engaged with the playard, the changing table is configured to remain engaged with the playard when a force of less than or equal to 25 pounds is applied to a location on the changing table other than the release actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, Jeffrey David Swan, Neil C. Penza, Todd D. Sorzano, Matthew J. Ransil, Thomas J. Pollack, Jonathan M. Pacella, Robert T. Pike, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Publication number: 20110048867
    Abstract: A brake assembly for a stroller has a wheel rotatable about a wheel axis and a plurality of pockets on the wheel spaced from and circumferentially around the wheel axis. A brake lever has an actuator arm and a link arm fixedly connected to one another and is movable between a braking orientation and a released orientation. A boss is driven by the link arm between a braking position and a released position corresponding respectively to the braking and released orientations of the brake lever. A biasing mechanism is configured to bias and retain the boss into engagement with one of the plurality of pockets when the brake lever is moved to the braking orientation and to bias and retain the boss out of engagement with the plurality of pockets when the brake lever is moved to the released position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Solinski, Todd D. Sorzano, Robert T. Pike, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Publication number: 20100308551
    Abstract: A stroller has a frame structure with two laterally spaced apart sides and a frame extension on each side. Each frame extension projects rearward and terminates at a free end. The frame structure is collapsible laterally from a side-to-side in-use spacing between the frame extensions to a side-to-side compact spacing less than the in-use spacing between the frame extensions. A push handle is on the free end of each frame extension. A cross-brace extends between and interconnects the frame extensions. The cross-brace has a central section and a pair of flanking sections pivotally connected to one another. The cross brace is selectively reconfigurable from a stiff condition to a loose condition with the frame extensions in the in-use spacing. The stiff condition maintains the in-use spacing between the frame extensions and the loose condition permits the frame extensions to collapse to the compact spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Patent number: 7775547
    Abstract: A stroller has a frame structure with two laterally spaced apart sides. A seat is supported between the sides of the frame structure. A frame extension is provided on each side of the frame structure. Each frame extension projects rearward of the seat. The frame structure is at least collapsible laterally from a side-to-side in-use spacing between the frame extensions to a side-to-side compact spacing less than the in-use spacing between the frame extensions. A cross-brace extends between and interconnects the frame extensions. The cross-brace is selectively reconfigurable from a stiff condition to a loose condition with the frame extensions in the in-use spacing. In the stiff condition the brace maintains the in-use spacing between the frame extensions and in the loose condition the brace permits the frame extensions to collapse to the compact spacing. A cup holder can be carried on the cross-brace to be collapsible with the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Patent number: 7770911
    Abstract: A collapsible stroller has a frame structure collapsible between an in-use configuration and a compact or collapsed configuration. The stroller has a variety of features or accessories that improve collapsibility, as well as stroller function and comfort during use. A number of these features or accessories also permit three-dimensional collapse of the stroller frame structure without requiring removal or disassembly of these features or accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Patent number: 7766367
    Abstract: An adjustable handle assembly is configured for a device that supports and carries a child and that can be moved along a surface. The handle assembly is coupled to a handle extension that extends from a part of the device and that has an end with an extension axis. The handle assembly has a stem configured to attach to the end of the handle extension. The handle assembly also has a grip body coupled to the stem. The grip body is independently movable relative to the handle extension both longitudinally along the extension axis and rotationally about the extension axis. An actuator is provided on the handle assembly and can be actuated between a lock position and a release position. In the lock position, the grip body is in a fixed position relative to the handle extension. In the release position, the grip body is permitted to move both longitudinally and rotationally relative to the extension axis between a plurality of selectable longitudinal and rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Publication number: 20100127480
    Abstract: A foldable stroller has a frame assembly reconfigurable between an in-use and a folded configuration. The frame assembly has first and second frame parts movable between respective in-use positions and folded positions relative to one another that correspond to the in-use and folded frame configurations. A fold joint is connected to both the first and second frame parts and has a joint pivot about which the first and second frame parts pivot relative to one another between the respective in-use and folded positions. A fold link has one end coupled to part of the frame fold joint at a pivot point spaced from the joint pivot and has an opposite end coupled to the first frame part at a connection point spaced from the fold pivot. When the second frame part is pivoted from the in-use position toward the folded position, the fold link drives movement of part of the frame assembly toward the folded frame configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Ahnert, Roy L. Dean, Joseph T. Grintz, Todd D. Sorzano
  • Patent number: 7614642
    Abstract: A stroller has a frame structure with spaced apart sides and is collapsible from an in-use arrangement to a compact collapsed arrangement. The stroller has a seat supported by the frame structure and has a tray assembly with a front. The tray assembly is supported between the sides of the frame structure and is spaced from the seat when the frame structure is in the in-use arrangement. A foot is provided as part of the tray assembly. The foot is in an extended position projecting outward relative to the front of the tray assembly when the frame structure is in the collapsed arrangement. The foot is in a stored position when the frame structure is in the in-use arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Graco Children's Product Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Patent number: 7571925
    Abstract: A stroller has a stroller frame with a child seat positioned on the stroller frame. The stroller further includes a child barrier that can be coupled to the stroller frame forward of a seat bight of the child seat. The child barrier also includes a cup holder with a central longitudinal axis. When the child barrier moves relative to the stroller frame, the cup holder pivots about the central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Pike, Todd D. Sorzano, Gregory S. Sellers, Dmitriy Faktorovich
  • Patent number: 7523954
    Abstract: A stroller has a frame structure with opposed and spaced apart frame sides. Each frame side has a front leg that terminates at a lower end. A seat is supported by the frame structure between the frame sides and has a seat bottom. A front wheel assembly is connected to the lower end of each of the front legs and each front wheel assembly has a housing. An elongate foot rest extends between the frame sides of the frame structure. The foot rest is positioned at an elevation that is higher than the lower ends of the front legs and lower than the seat bottom. The foot rest is not connected to the front legs at the elevation of the foot rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Dotsey, Todd D. Sorzano, Roy L. Dean
  • Publication number: 20080290631
    Abstract: A stroller has a stroller frame with a child seat positioned on the stroller frame. The stroller further includes a child barrier that can be coupled to the stroller frame forward of a seat bight of the child seat. The child barrier also includes a cup holder with a central longitudinal axis. When the child barrier moves relative to the stroller frame, the cup holder pivots about the central longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Pike, Todd D. Sorzano, Gregory S. Sellers, Dmitriy Faktorovich
  • Patent number: 7413213
    Abstract: A stroller comprises a stroller frame, and a child seat positioned on the stroller frame and having a seat back, a seat bottom, and a seat bight. The stroller frame includes a cup holder forward of the seat bight. The stroller can further include a child barrier, such as a child tray or a child arm bar, movably coupled to the stroller frame such that the cup holder remains stationary relative to the stroller frame while the child barrier moves relative to the stroller frame. The child tray can also be movably coupled to the cup holder and releasably coupled to the stroller frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Pike, Todd D. Sorzano, Gregory S. Sellers, Dmitriy Faktorovich