Patents Assigned to Mattel, Inc.
  • 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: 10661187
    Abstract: A track set for a toy vehicle includes a track portion and an actuatable mechanism. The track portion defines a track path between a first end of the track portion and a second end of the track portion. The actuatable mechanism attempts to capture a toy vehicle as the toy vehicle moves along the track path, between the first end and the second end, in response to select triggerings generated by the toy vehicle traversing the track path. The actuatable mechanism removes the toy vehicle from the track portion when the actuatable mechanism captures the toy vehicle. The actuatable mechanism may include a carriage that captures the toy vehicle. The carriage is initially disposed in a rest position that is off-path from the track path and is selectively movable, along a carriage pathway, to an actuated position that is also off-path from the track path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsz Ho Alex Au, Marcel Santos
  • Patent number: 10653940
    Abstract: A play set has a toy ring stage including a raised platform with vertical posts, a ring mat, and a ring skirt partially attached to the platform. The play set includes a horizontal ring rope attached to the at least four posts to complete a wrestling or boxing ring stage. A turnbuckle is provided for attaching the rope to the post. In one embodiment, a sheath covers the turnbuckle. In one embodiment, a turnbuckle pad is used to cover the turnbuckle. The turnbuckle pad includes two dimples for contouring the pad to the rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Barthold, William Miekina
  • Patent number: 10653972
    Abstract: A toy vehicle playset includes a base, a platform, and a launcher. The base is configured to support the platform on a support surface, where the platform is rotatably coupled to the base and configured to rotate about a vertical axis with respect to the base. The launcher is coupled to the base via a launch track. The platform includes at least one track disposed within the top surface of the platform, at least one ramp extending upwardly from the top surface of the platform, and at least one overhead track extending from the ramp over the top surface of the platform. The at least one track, at least one ramp, and at least one overhead track form a continuous track on the platform. The launcher is configured to launch a toy vehicle onto the continuous track of the platform as the platform rotates about the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: David Welby
  • Patent number: 10652719
    Abstract: An improved toy system is disclosed herein. In one aspect, the toy system includes a toy vehicle that can be uniquely identified. The toy vehicle includes a wireless tag that contains identifying information that is unique to the toy vehicle. In another aspect, the system includes a toy vehicle reader that can identify a toy vehicle that is proximate to the reader. The toy vehicle reader can wirelessly communicate with the tag, and in particular with a chip on the tag, on the proximate toy vehicle. In one embodiment, the toy vehicle reader utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to read the tags on vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerry Cody, Ron Friedman
  • Patent number: 10614139
    Abstract: A system and method for providing curated content items is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method includes selecting a first set of content items from a plurality of available content items provided by a plurality of content provider servers, providing the first set of content items to a second user account included in a subscriber account, the subscriber account including a first user account and the second user account, providing a curation interface to the second user account on a second user portal that displays on a user device, the curation interface displaying information on the first set of content items, receiving a curation instruction that is configured by the second user account via the curation interface, selecting a second set of content items from the first set of content items based upon the curation instruction, and providing the second set of content items to the first user account on a first user portal that displays on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robb Fujioka, Douglas Quon Woo, Chiyu He
  • Patent number: 10596476
    Abstract: A track set for toy vehicles is provided, the track set having: a first track circuit having a loop section and a figure-8 track circuit; a second track circuit having a loop section and figure-8 track circuit, wherein the figure-8 track circuits are overlaid on each other to provide multiple intersections between each figure-8 track circuit, wherein the toy vehicles travelling on the figure-8 track circuits can crash into each other as they travel along the figure-8 track circuits; and a mechanism for propelling the vehicles along the first track circuit and the second track circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ostendorff, Michael Nuttall
  • Patent number: 10596480
    Abstract: A toy building component is disclosed. The toy building component includes a first body portion formed from soft, flexible material and a second body portion formed from a hard, resilient material that is coupled to the first body portion. One of the first body portion and the second body portion comprises a mounting component that extends from the other of the first body portion and the second body portion, and the other of the first body portion and the second body portion forms a protective casing around the toy building component. The different materials have different properties, and in some embodiments, different colors. The portions may be co-molded together to form the building component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jebraeil Samo, James Franklin Elliott
  • Patent number: 10575657
    Abstract: An auto-rocking rocker that converts from an infant sleeper to a toddler seat. The convertible rocker comprises a support section that has a concave portion for receiving a child, a frame assembly coupled to the support section, and an auto-rocking mechanism coupled to the frame assembly. The auto-rocking mechanism is configured to be operable while the convertible rocker is in the infant sleeper configuration and inoperable while the convertible rocker is in the toddler seat configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Santiago Acevedo, Ross Rumfola, III, Jon Podeszek
  • 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