Patents Assigned to Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
  • Patent number: 9440151
    Abstract: A virtual environment in which players are able to enter into financial transactions which result in a financial obligation such as a debt. If a player defaults on a debt, the debts may then be sold or otherwise transferred to a virtual collection agency, which may be able to mete out a consequence to the defaulting player. Alternatively, the consequence may be meted out by the game server or other entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew S. Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140342813
    Abstract: A video game system includes a feature in which contracts can be formed and enforced. Virtual and/or real world obligations, penalties and remedies are available for entities that are parties to or breach contracts or other obligations in virtual contracts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: LEVIATHAN ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
    Inventor: ANDREW VAN LUCHENE
  • Publication number: 20140295975
    Abstract: Processes and products according to embodiments of the invention include video games with the possibility to obtain funding, such as through venture capital or the issuance of private shares among player characters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: LEVIATHAN ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
    Inventor: ANDREW VAN LUCHENE
  • Publication number: 20140228100
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a video game allows one or more players to enter contracts, where credit cards or other financial instruments are used to secure the contracts. A player defaulting on such a contract can be subjected to penalties in the video game and/or in the real world.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: LEVIATHAN ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8777755
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a video game permits valuation of a game environment and/or sharing value in the game. For example, players can buy and sell whole or fractional portions of the revenue sources derived from a particular game environment. The ownership may be represented as debt, stock or as some other allocations mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8751343
    Abstract: In an embodiment, apparatus and methods for video games permit obtaining funding for developing game environments. A variety of possible funding sources are possible, such as venture capital, the issuance of private shares, transforming the game environment into a public company through an initial public offering, or through a follow on offering such as the issuance of common stock, preferred stock, or treasury stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8751344
    Abstract: Processes and products according to embodiments of the invention include video games with the possibility to obtain funding, such as through venture capital or the issuance of private shares among player characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8734229
    Abstract: Video game methods and apparatus permit contracts to be formed and enforced within a video game. Virtual and/or real world obligations, penalties and remedies are available for entities that are parties to or breach contracts or other obligations in virtual contracts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Publication number: 20140106883
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a virtual environment is configured in which characters are able to engage in a variety of financial transactions is provided. Characters who are unable to fulfill their financial obligations may enter into bankruptcy. Bankruptcy contracts may identify various conditions which must be fulfilled by the character in order to get out of bankruptcy. While in bankruptcy, the player's avatar or avatar's may be altered to indicate to the player and/or others that the character represented by the avatar is in bankruptcy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: LEVIATHAN ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8696448
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a video game allows one or more players to enter contracts, where credit cards or other financial instruments are used to secure the contracts. A player defaulting on such a contract can be subjected to penalties in the video game and/or in the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8608536
    Abstract: A virtual environment in which characters are able to engage in a variety of financial transactions is provided. Characters who are unable to fulfill their financial obligations may enter into bankruptcy. Bankruptcy contracts may identify various conditions which must be fulfilled by the character in order to get out of bankruptcy. While in bankruptcy, the player's avatar or avatar's may be altered to indicate to the player and/or others that the character represented by the avatar is in bankruptcy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew S. Van Luchene, Raymond J. Mueller
  • Patent number: 8574065
    Abstract: Players of a video game can enter contracts and engage in various simple or complex financial transactions employing credit systems such as credit cards, other financial instruments and other mechanisms to facilitate the enforcement of such contracts. Default on agreements by players or player characters can result in financial penalties which the video game system can apply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8469821
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, various features in an online video game permit characters to provide assistance to other characters, and to advertise offers to help other characters. In an embodiment, the game tracks the amount of helpfulness of each character and permits rewards to be received based on the amount of helpfulness provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8454431
    Abstract: In various embodiments, systems generate a video game or other virtual environment and player characters in the video game can form different types of interactions and relationships. Some relationships provide benefits and/or obligations. The video game facilitates the monitoring, forming and terminating of various kinds of relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8454442
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, in an online video game various features permit characters to render assistance to other characters, and to advertise offers to help other characters. In an embodiment, the game tracks the amount of helpfulness of each character and permits rewards to be received based on the amount of helpfulness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8409015
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a video game permits revenue sharing by players of the video game and other entities. For example, players can buy and sell whole or fractional portions of the revenue sources derived from a particular game environment. The ownership may be represented as stock or as some other allocations mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8360866
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a video game is capable of providing offer to player of the video game. For example, the video game can provide to the player an offer to receive a particular virtual item (a virtual object or a virtual service delivered in the video game) in exchange for a particular price. The time at which the offer is provided to the player can be governed by the status in the game of the player character of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 8360867
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a video game provides offers to players of a video game. For example, the video game can provide to the player an offer to receive a particular virtual item (a virtual object or a virtual service delivered in the video game) in exchange for a particular price, such as the player character wearing a logo or branded material of an advertiser. The time at which the offer is provided to the player can be governed by the status in the game of the player character of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Van Luchene
  • Publication number: 20130017886
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a video game permits revenue sharing by players of the video game and other entities. For example, players can buy and sell whole or fractional portions of the revenue sources derived from a particular game environment. The ownership may be represented as stock or as some other allocations mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: LEVIATHAN ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
    Inventor: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
  • Patent number: 8267794
    Abstract: Video game methods and systems allow players to acquire ownership of video game environments. Methods and systems additionally include methods for buying and selling ownership or fractions of ownership in a particular game environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Leviathan Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Stephen Van Luchene