Patents by Inventor William G. Au

William G. Au 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: 4984845
    Abstract: A child's car seat is provided that includes a seat belt assembly and a shield assembly. The seat belt assembly includes a seat belt that engages the lap of the child. A vehicle seat belt retains the car seat at the back of the vehicle seat. The seat belt of the child's car seat remains fixed in position once the child is secured in position. As a result, the child cannot extend the length of the seat belt and defeat its restraining purpose. The shield assembly can be positioned on either of two different sides to facilitate seating/unseating of the child in/from the car seat. The shield assembly can be removed whereby remaining portions of the car seat can be used with a vehicle lap belt to support and restrain the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: Gerry Baby Products Company
    Inventors: Roy E. Knoedler, William G. Au, Robert M. Parker
  • Patent number: 4982997
    Abstract: An infant carrier is provided which is capable of being positioned in various configurations in order to suit the various activities in which a infant can be involved. The body of the carrier is movably attached to the base in order that they can be moved to various positions relative one another. In a first position, the body of the carrier and the base are adjacent one another and in a second position the carrier body is moved a limited distance away from the base. In this second position, the carrier body is capable of a bouncing motion which can be activated by the infant's own movement or another person's touch. Preferably additional configurations, such as configurations in which an infant in the infant carrier can be easily fed or carried, are also obtainable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Snugli, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy E. Knoedler, Robert M. Parker, William G. Au, Albert W. Gebhard
  • Patent number: 4944117
    Abstract: A closure is provided that is directed, in the preferred embodiment, to an adjustable gate suitable for confining or preventing small children or pets from entering a secure area. The preferred embodiment of the gate is comprised of two connected panels that are relatively slidable to accommodate doorways of varying width. A thumb screw arrangement is used to fix the relative positions of the panels when roughly adjusting the gate to a particular doorway. Once the gate is roughly adjusted to the doorway a foot-pedal mechanism residing in one of the panels is employed to cause a pair of contact pads to engage the door jamb. As the foot pedal is depressed the contact pad blocks associated with one side of the gate and the bumpers associated with the opposite of the gate engage opposite sides of the door jamb. Further, depression of the foot pedal causes an increasing normal force to be applied to the door jamb that frictionally fixes or wedges the gate in the door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: Gerico, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Gebhard, Roy E. Knoedler, Robert M. Parker, William G. Au
  • Patent number: 4777672
    Abstract: A children's toilet apparatus is disclosed that is convertible from a free-standing potty chair to a toilet trainer that cooperates with a conventional toilet. The apparatus principally comprises a toilet seat member and adjustable legs which are pivotally interconnected. When employed as a free-standing potty chair, the leg members independently support the toilet seat member. When utilized as a toilet trainer, the leg members are oriented so that the toilet seat member is stabilized on and about the water closet seat of a conventional toilet by virtue of the interconnection of the toilet seat member and the leg members and contact of one of the leg members with a floor surface. In a preferred arrangement, one of the leg members is provided with a step member and hand grips to aid children in positioning themselves on top of the toilet seat member when the apparatus is employed as a toilet trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Assignee: Gerico, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Gebhard, William G. Au, James S. Gregg, Robert M. Parker
  • Patent number: 4763911
    Abstract: A foldable baby carriage is provided which is foldable to a compact, reduced volume configuration having a height and width essentially less than or equal to the height and width of the back member. In the folded configuration, two of the components, preferably the back member and rear wheels support, cooperate to form a shell which encloses the other two major components of the carriage, preferably the seat member and the front wheels support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Gerico, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Gebhard, William G. Au, James S. Gregg, Robert M. Parker
  • Patent number: D288019
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Gerico, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Gebhard, William G. Au, Robert M. Parker