Patents Represented by Attorney Mark A. Litman & Associates, P.A.
  • Patent number: 8342531
    Abstract: A method for conducting blackjack-style wagering games includes favorable player options to enhance its appeal. The player elects to undo a pair of initial cards in a two-card blackjack hand split to increase his chance of winning his hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Betwiser Games, LLC
    Inventor: Shenli Ko
  • Patent number: 8337280
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for using continuous-loop wires to drive circular flat-surfaced disk-type workholders which are positioned between two opposed upper and lower abrasive-surfaced rotatable platens. Flat-surfaced workpieces are mounted in receptacle openings in the workholders where both surfaces of the workpieces are simultaneously abraded by the two opposed platen that have annular bands of abrasive coatings. The drive wires allow the workholders to be driven at high speeds because of the smooth-action interface between the wires and the circular workholder disks that have circular wire grooves around the peripheries of the workholders. Each workholder assembly consists of a workholder disk, a drive wire, wire idlers, workholder idlers, a wire-tension device, a workholder disk support device and a wire drive motor. The workholder assemblies can be moved away from the platen surface to change platen abrasive disks. Three workholders provide stable three-point support of a floating upper platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne O. Duescher
  • Patent number: 8328600
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for releasably attaching flexible abrasive disks to a flat-surfaced platen that floats in three-point abrading contact with three rigid flat-surfaced rotatable fixed-position workpiece spindles that are mounted on a flat surface of an abrading machine base where the spindle surfaces are in a common plane. Three spindles are positioned to form a three-point triangle of platen supports where the rotational-centers of each of the spindles are positioned at the center of the annular width of the platen abrading surface. The spindles are supported by two-piece spindle-mount devices having a common-radius spherical joint that allows the spindles to be rotated to co-planar align the top flat surfaces of the rotatable spindle-tops and then to be locked into this aligned position. Spindle-mount spherical-action locking devices include mechanical fasteners and stress-free adhesive tabs. Precision-flat platens can be used as an alignment jig for co-planar alignment of the spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne O. Duescher
  • Patent number: 8287352
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus performs a gaming method with a symbol display system for a wagering game, a processor controlling the symbol display system and software executed by the processor, has software perform electronic functions of: a) providing a method of value crediting and debiting system; b) providing a game control component that determines rules of play of a game; c) providing activation of selection from virtual spinners that have individual game determinant outcomes or individual symbol determinant outcomes mathematically distributed within the virtual outcome determinant space of the virtual spinner; d) providing a file of images available for display on the symbol display system; e) the software randomly accessing the predetermined weighted portions of the outcome determinant space to select individual symbols, sets of symbols or collective symbols for use in the game; f) determining game outcomes; and g) resolving all value placed at risk in the play of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jordan B. Pollack
  • Patent number: 8257749
    Abstract: A process reduces the insect, arthropod or pest content in land mass by providing molecular iodine in the land mass in a concentration in aqueous material in the land mass of at least 10 parts per million. The molecular iodine may be added in gaseous or liquid or solid state, and may be formed in situ in the land mass using available water in the reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Biolargo Life Technologies, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Code
  • Patent number: 8256091
    Abstract: A method of producing equal-sized spherical shaped beads of a wide range of materials is described. These beads are produced by forming the parent bead material into a liquid solution and by filling equal volume cells in a sheet with the liquid solution. The sheet cells establish the volumes of each of the cell mixture volumes which are then ejected from the cells by an impinging fluid. Surface tension forces acting on the ejected equal sized solution entities form them into spherical beads. The ejected beads are then subjected to a solidification environment which solidifies the spherical beads. The beads can be solid or porous or hollow and can also have bead coatings of multiple material layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne O. Duescher
  • Patent number: 8226964
    Abstract: A process for improving a liquid carrying system comprising physically disrupting a biofilm on interior surfaces of the liquid carrying system and then providing molecular iodine onto the disrupted biofilm in a concentration in aqueous material onto the biofilm of at least 10 parts per million. The reactants may be provided before physical disruption also. The molecular iodine may be added in gaseous or liquid or solid state, and may be formed in situ in the interior of the liquid carrier system using available or added water in the reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Biolargo Life Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Code
  • Patent number: 8229840
    Abstract: Option contracts are traded by valuing an option that has at least one of a) strike price or b) expiration time unknown at the time the option is valued. The previously unknown values of the option are assigned at the time or after the time the trade is completed. An implied underlying price stream is generated from the option prices through the use of feed back between market participants and the marketplace. The resulting system is useful in trading option contracts of short time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Microtick LLC
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Jackson, David James Norman
  • Patent number: 8153866
    Abstract: A maize inbred line having the characteristics selected from those of FAR045, including plant parts, tissue, and pigments of the inbred is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Suntava LLC
    Inventor: Lee K. French
  • Patent number: 8152663
    Abstract: An arrow for use with a bow has a shaft, an arrowhead and vanes, wherein at least one of the vanes or the shaft contain substantive phosphorescent dye or substantive phosphorescent pigment in a transparent or translucent carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent Grundman
  • Patent number: 8144893
    Abstract: A method centrally controls communication at a single venue. A central communications point with a moderator is provided. User information, at least at the venue, is provided to users for transmitting electronic signals to the central communication point. The moderator enables at least one electronic communication transmission from a user who has access to the central communication point to have at least part of the transmission broadcast at the venue or allow open communication from the user to be broadcast at the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth N. Sherman
  • Patent number: 8124143
    Abstract: Anthocyanin pigments/dyes are extracted from corn kernels by adding corn kernels with less than 5% by weight of corn kernels comprising broken kernels to an aqueous medium to form an aqueous-corn medium. The corn kernels have in excess of 0.1 mg of anthocyanin pigment/dye per gram of corn kernel therein. The anthocyanin pigment/dye in the corn kernels has greater than 40% by weight of anthocyanin as an acid or acylated form of the anthocyanin. The aqueous corn medium is agitated at a temperature above 35° C. The solid corn kernels are separated from the aqueous corn medium to form an extract of anthocyanin in aqueous medium having less than 1.0% solids therein before concentration or purification steps are performed on the extract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Suntava, LLC
    Inventors: Regina Celia Bertoldo de Barros, Michele Ann French, Frederic John Rigelhof, Lee Kent French
  • Patent number: 8119975
    Abstract: A data providing device associated with a trajectory sensing system has at least a frame. The frame supports at least two sensing receivers and at least one emitter for the sensing receivers. The sensors sense movement and/or position with respect to a surface. The frame supports a third sensor that senses information (e.g., image data) from the surface at least in addition to movement. There is also a communication link from the two sensing receivers to a data storage device; a communication link from the third sensor to a data storage device or to a processor and then a data storage device; and a processor that determines position of the system with respect to the surface based at least in part on data from the two sensing receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Crowsocs, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin G. Downs, III
  • Patent number: 8096984
    Abstract: A cell delivery catheter having one of more apearutres is used to positon and deliver cells to an implant site in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: John Kucharczyk, George T. Gillies, William C. Broaddus, Helen L. Fillmore
  • Patent number: 8091716
    Abstract: A structure is provided having a base and relatively vertical structural support element (such as a post, pole, platform, stairs, etc.) from which extend arms that support removable image holders. The removable image holders may contain images that can be readily replaced. The removable image holders can restrain the images in six directions (up, down, forward, backward, left and right), although restraint may be effected by only friction or gripping, rather than an immovable wall. The removable image holders may be relatively secured to the arms, although they may easily swing for ease of viewing. The structure may have ornamentation thereon that is indicative of a theme (birthday, wedding, graduation, holiday, memorial, season, sports event and the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Helen Bair
  • Patent number: 8048241
    Abstract: A high energy, stable, electrically activated explosive replacement comprises at least a mixture of a metal, a highly-halogenated polymer moiety (HHPM) and a reduced (or non-) halogenated polymer moiety (RHPM). These replacements can also be used as detonators, initiators, or explosive devices alone or with other explosive systems and materials. The two polymer moieties, the HHPM and RHPM, may be provided in the following manners and generally in the following proportions. The halogen on the polymer preferably comprises chlorine or fluorine, preferably fluorine, and preferably at least 50% of halogen atoms in the polymer comprise fluorine. The fluorine is preferably provided on the polymer backbone (as in polymers formed from ethylenically unsaturated monomeric units such as tetrafluoroethylene, trifluoromonochloroethylene, difluorodichloroethylene, trichloromonofluoroethylene, trifluoroethylene, and the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Shock Transients, Inc
    Inventor: David Davison
  • Patent number: 8038521
    Abstract: A device for automatically calibrating for card size during card handling is disclosed. The device includes a card receiving area, a card stacking area and a card moving system for moving cards from the card receiving area to the card stacking area. An elevator located in the card stacking area has a movable platform for moving a stack of cards, and has a collection surface on the platform. A motor moves the platform within the elevator. At least one sensor senses at least one of a) position of the platform, b) height of the platform, c) position of a card in the elevator, d) height of a card or cards in the elevator, e) pressure applied to a card in the elevator, e) presence of the platform at a predetermined height, f) presence of the platform at a predetermined position, g) presence of card(s) on the platform, and h) absence of card(s) on the platform. A method for calibrating a card handling device during shuffling is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, James B. Stasson, Feraidoon Bourbour
  • Patent number: 8025564
    Abstract: A method of mechanical, electromechanical or video slot play on networked gaming machines is disclosed. The method comprises a base game, a progressive jackpot opportunity and a dual-usage point system. The point system feature allows the player the flexibility to choose to either redeem the points for benefits (i.e., cash, credits, casino player points, free spins, and the like) or save the points as entries into a progressive prize-related lottery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Precedent Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kathleen Nylund Jackson
  • Patent number: D646338
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul K. Scheper, Attila Grauzer
  • Patent number: RE42982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to medical devices that are inserted or implanted into patients and that have antimicrobial coatings that release free radicals into the vicinity of the device. These devices may have coatings that alter their rate of flow release or elution release of an antibacterial agent from a coating on the device upon external stimulation. The coating should therefore be responsive to external control such as by heating, external RF stimulus, sonic control, visible or ultraviolet light exposure and the like. By having control of the release rate, and in some structures without invasion of the patient by mechanical means in addition to the device itself, the release rate can be in response to need at the implant site. The class of compounds to be released are free radical generating or initiating compounds, or compounds that release free radicals upon immersion or stimulation, the free radicals acting as the antimicrobial agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Mark A. Mitchnick