Patents Assigned to Mattel, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11325050
    Abstract: A reconfigurable toy vehicle launcher includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion includes at least a portion of a launching mechanism. The second portion includes a compartment configured to receive a set of launchable toy vehicles and is reconfigurable with respect to the first portion. In particular, the second portion is reconfigurable between a first position in which the launching mechanism can sequentially launch the set of launchable toy vehicles away from the toy and a second position in which the first portion and the second portion provide a toy or a storage solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Dustee Womack
  • Patent number: 11241636
    Abstract: A toy vehicle includes at least a chassis, a front wheel base, and a suspension system. The suspension system adjustably secures the front wheel base to the chassis in a manner that provides two operational modes. In a first mode of the two operational modes, the front wheel base is freely, resiliently supported below the chassis. In a second mode of the two operational modes, the front wheel base is selectively posable by a user over a range of orientations for different types of vehicle mobility. The suspension system retains poses when the toy vehicle is operating in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon Vetuskey, James A. Molina
  • Patent number: 11224798
    Abstract: A skills game includes at least a trackable drawing device and an electronic device. The trackable drawing device includes one or more illumination sources configured to illuminate an illumination area of the trackable drawing device. The electronic device is configured to track a location of the illumination area when the illumination area is illuminated a specific frequency by the one or more illumination sources. The electronic device also generates a drawing on a display of the electronic device based on tracking of the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Skifstrom
  • Patent number: 11161051
    Abstract: A toy vehicle track set is disclosed herein. The track set includes at least one track section and a support that can hold the track section in a particular orientation or position relative to a support surface. In one embodiment, the support includes a base, a support member that is coupleable to the base, and a coupler that is connected to the support member. The track section can be engaged with the coupler which is movably mounted to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Daly, Paul Schmid
  • Patent number: 10994191
    Abstract: An electronic card game system and method using NFC or RFID electromagnetic communication, including an initiator having a driving coil, a first card having a secondary coil with a capacitor, and a playing piece having a receiving coil. The initiator and the first card may be placed on a playing surface so that at least a portion of the driving coil and at least a portion of the secondary coil overlap. Similarly, the first card and the playing piece may be placed on a playing surface so that at least a portion of the receiving coil and at least a second portion of the secondary coil overlap. These overlapped coils allow a driving signal initiated at the driving coil to be transmitted through the secondary coil and received by the receiving coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas S Amireh, Vladimir Buzga, Vladimir Sosnovskiy
  • Patent number: 10966545
    Abstract: A baby activity center comprising a foldable mat and a pair of bendable wings connected to the foldable mat. Each bendable wing has an opening. An arch is further coupled to the foldable mat and is positionable in an upright position and a recumbent position. While in the upright position, the arch is engaged with the openings in the pair of bendable wings. While in the recumbent position, the arch is disengaged from the openings in the pair of bendable wings. The baby activity center transforms to a gym configuration where the foldable mat is expanded and the arch is positioned in the upright position across the foldable mat. The baby activity center further transforms to a transport configuration where the foldable mat is folded and the arch is positioned in the recumbent position between the folded mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary G. Mastrosimone-Gese, Rachel Elizabeth Ruth-Klos, Kevin Gastle, Benjamin M. Cerny
  • Patent number: 10946922
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a battery powered ride-on toy vehicle. The ride-on vehicle includes a main body, a front wheel assembly, and a steering assembly. The front wheel assembly is angularly offset from the main body so that steering the vehicle into a turn with the steering assembly creates a camber angle in the wheels of the front wheel assembly and tilts the main body into a turn. The ride-on vehicle may also include a rear wheel assembly and a drive assembly configured to drive any wheels included in the front wheel assembly and the rear assembly. The toy vehicle can also drift through turns while tilting into the turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Chojecki, Peter Truman vom Scheidt, Jr., Kurt J. Huntsberger, William R. Howell, Jon Paul Castiglione
  • Patent number: 10898819
    Abstract: Toy vehicle track systems and connectors for those systems are disclosed. The connectors include a central portion, first and second end portions, and first and second side portions. The central portion includes first and second posts, and a third larger post disposed between the first and second posts. In some embodiments, the third post includes a living hinge to allow for increased vertical displacement of the first, second, and/or third posts when a downward force is applied to the third post. In some embodiments, the central portion includes descending and ascending parts to allow for increased vertical displacement of the first, second, and/or third posts when a downward force is applied to the third post. In some embodiments, the connectors include a plurality of bumps to increase frictional engagement between the connector and the track sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Tiffin, Benny M. Binshtock, David Welby
  • Patent number: 10866784
    Abstract: Audiovisual devices and methods of controlling those devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, an audiovisual toy may include a controller configured to receive a first output signal generated by an audio input device based on received first audio input that exceeds a predetermined threshold level, ignore the audio input device subsequent to receiving the first output signal during a first predetermined time interval, drive a motor based on the received first output signal during the first predetermined time interval, and, after the first predetermined time interval has elapsed, wind down the motor during a second predetermined time interval and monitor, during the second predetermined time interval, for a second output signal generated by the audio input device based on received second audio input that exceeds the predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Zielinski, E. Ernst Ginkel
  • Patent number: 10857474
    Abstract: A toy vehicle launcher translates a substantially vertical activation movement into a substantially lateral movement that launches a toy vehicle. The end of a lever arm used in the activation engages a vertical channel in a toy vehicle engagement mechanism. The vertical channel allows the end of the lever arm to move vertically within the channel with respect to the toy vehicle engagement mechanism as the lever arm rotates and the toy vehicle engagement mechanism moves laterally. The toy vehicle engagement mechanism engages a guide track in a base of the launcher. The guide track defines a lateral path that the toy vehicle engagement mechanism travels when moving between a loading configuration and a launching configuration. Thus, vertical movement from the activation is reduced in the transfer to the lateral toy vehicle launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Schmid, John Yao
  • Patent number: 10799428
    Abstract: A transformable teething toy comprising a first hub and a second hub. Resilient flexible rods connect the first hub to the second hub such that the inner surfaces of the first and second hubs are oriented to face towards each other. The teething toy is further transformable between an open position and a closed position. In the open position, the first and second hubs are spaced apart from each other by the resilient flexible rods to form an expanded structure. In the closed position, the resilient flexible rods are bent such that the expanded structure is collapsed and the inner surfaces of the first and second hubs are releasably engaged with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gastle, Patrick Joseph Murphy, Benjamin M. Cerny, Santiago Acevedo
  • Patent number: 10786745
    Abstract: A toy doll with a movable portion is a toy doll with a first portion and a second portion that is movably coupled to the first portion and movable between a first configuration and a second configuration. The first portion includes a trigger that may actuate at least one of an engagement assembly and a hinge assembly. The engagement assembly may retain the second portion in the first configuration until the trigger is actuated while the hinge assembly may move the second portion of the toy doll to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia Chan, Guo Lin Zhou, Steven D. Ryniker
  • Patent number: 10765935
    Abstract: A tile dispenser includes a tile chamber in which tiles are shuffleable and a gate element. The gate element is moveable between a closed position in which the gate element is loadable with one or more tiles coming from the tile chamber and an open position for dispensing any tiles that have been loaded into the gate element. A method of using the tile dispenser includes placing a plurality of tiles into the tile chamber in which the plurality of tiles are shuffleable and loading a predetermined number of the plurality of tiles into the gate element when the gate element is in the closed position. A method of manufacturing the tile dispenser includes providing the tile chamber, and providing the gate element in a location such that the gate element is loadable with one or more tiles coming from the tile chamber when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Tai To Lee, Jin Qi Qin, Damon R. Saddler
  • Patent number: 10766610
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising a rotor having one or more propeller blades and a propeller guard surrounding the rotor. The propeller guard comprises a main guard surrounding the one or more propeller blades and a movable guard vertically displaced from the main guard. The movable guard is movable from a default position to an engaged position by temporarily deforming the movable guard such that the movable guard contacts and obstructs rotation of the one or more propeller blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Mac Kidakarn
  • Patent number: 10751635
    Abstract: A toy vehicle racing system is disclosed. The toy vehicle racing system comprises a track set including a movable mechanism and a toy vehicle configured to travel along the track set and interact with the movable mechanism. The toy vehicle racing system also includes a remote control in wireless communication with the track set. The remote control is configured to transmit instructions to the track set to move the movable mechanism and also to receive information from the track set regarding the track set and/or toy vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian Richard Payne, Jason K. (Kuan Chieh) Chen
  • Publication number: 20200206642
    Abstract: A toy vehicle track set includes a base having a first pivotable end and a second pivotable end. A first segment is coupled to the first pivotable end. A first connector has a first hinge, a first tongue and a second tongue. A second segment is hingedly coupled to the first segment by the first connector. A third segment is coupled to the second pivotable end. A second connector has a second hinge, a third tongue and a fourth tongue. A fourth segment is hingedly coupled to the third segment by the second connector. The first and second tongue of the first connector are configured to slidably couple to the first and second segments, respectively, and rotate relative to the first hinge. The third and fourth tongue of the second connector are configured to slidably couple to the third and fourth segments, respectively, and rotate relative to the second hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Han, Tsz Kin LIM
  • Patent number: 10688404
    Abstract: A remotely controlled toy vehicle includes a front assembly, a rear assembly, a drive mechanism, and a roll mechanism. The front assembly and the rear assembly each include at least one wheel and the drive mechanism includes a drive motor configured to drive at least one of the at least one wheel of the front assembly and the at least one wheel of the rear assembly. The roll mechanism includes a roll motor configured to roll one of the front assembly and the rear assembly with respect to the other of the front assembly and the rear assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Cao, Sam Tsui
  • Patent number: D885497
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Miller
  • Patent number: D892946
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Miller, Leo Zugner
  • Patent number: D912738
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Flesher