Patents Assigned to Mattel, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11890550
    Abstract: Improved techniques for identifying objects, such as toy objects, are presented herein. In particular, a play system (e.g., game, doll playset, track set, etc.) includes a probed surface for use in obtaining electrical tomography measurements when toy objects are placed on the probed surface. The play system is configured to analyze the electrical tomography measurements to determine an identity of the toy object placed on the probed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 11883758
    Abstract: A toy playset is presented herein. The toy playset includes a base section, a track section configured to receive a toy vehicle, and a biasing member coupled to the base section and to the track section. The biasing member is configured to bias the base section and the track section away from one another, and the biasing member is configured to flex to enable the base section and the track section to move relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Cody, Gabriel De La Torre, Gabriel Lopez
  • Patent number: 11865470
    Abstract: A toy playset comprising a multi-compartment housing and a toy contained within the multi-compartment housing. The multi-compartment housing has a main compartment, a first locked compartment, and a second locked compartment. The main compartment contains the toy and a first key that is assigned to unlock the first locked compartment. The first locked compartment contains a second key that is assigned to unlock the second locked compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Annalise Lao, Alena Niu, Brian Hong, Kelley Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11825004
    Abstract: A system including one or more communication devices that can be used by children to play games, send messages, and talk with each other. The communication devices contain all of the needed circuitry and do not rely upon a separate communication network or system, thereby simplifying communications between the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Adam J. Halstead, Kurt J. Huntsberger, Carl J. Kamph
  • Patent number: 11819773
    Abstract: A toy figurine comprising a figurine body with an identity selected from a set of identities and a removable plush costume covering the figurine body and obscuring the identity of the figurine body. The plush costume includes one or more separately removable portions and removing one or more of the separately removable portions reveals the identity of the figurine body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Kelley Lindberg, Isaac Luk, Kenna O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11813547
    Abstract: A sound-generating toy comprising a plush toy component having a flexible body and a container for housing the plush toy component. The container is defined by a top portion, a base portion, and a side wall connecting the top portion and the base portion. The top portion includes an opening and the base portion includes a sound-emitting mechanism. Removing the plush toy component from the container through the opening on the top portion causes air to enter the container through the sound-emitting mechanism which thereby generates a sound effect. Additionally, inserting the plush toy component into the container through the opening on the top portion causes air to exit the container through the sound-emitting mechanism which thereby generates a second sound effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Beth Ann Hageman, Bradley M. Clark, Theodore Everett Marks
  • Patent number: 11684178
    Abstract: An infant support structure may have multiple deployed configurations or orientations and a collapsed configuration or orientation. The infant support structure may include a support frame having a platform, a seat portion, and legs coupled to the platform. The infant support structure may also include a flexible material coupled to a support member that is engageable with each of the legs. In one deployed configuration or orientation, an infant can be placed in the seat portion. In another deployed configuration or orientation, an infant can be placed in a receptacle or play area formed by the flexible material. To facilitate transportation and storage, the infant support structure can be manipulated to a collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Rumfola, III, Maarten Van Huystee
  • Patent number: 11607621
    Abstract: A toy figurine and/or toy figurine packaging is coated with a dissolvable layer. When the toy figurine is coated, the toy figurine is entirely coated so that its overall appearance, including its skin complexion and/or facial features, is substantially hidden or obscured. Then, when the figurine is submerged in a fluid, the dissolvable layer dissolves to reveal the figurine's appearance that had been hidden underneath the dissolvable layer. When the toy figurine packaging is coated, the toy figurine packaging hides the identity of a toy figurine enclosed therein until fluid is introduced to the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenna O'Brien, Brian Hong, Kelley Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11602699
    Abstract: An actuation assembly for a toy includes a first actuation component, a second actuation component, a first lever arm, a second lever arm, and a sequencer. The sequencer is configured to be rotated a first amount in response to actuations of the first actuation component and configured to be rotated a second amount in response to selective actuations of the second actuation component. Rotations of the first amount can actuate the first lever arm, while rotations of the second amount can actuate the first lever arm and the second lever arm. The actuation assembly may be included in a toy vehicle track set that includes a trackway along which toy vehicles can drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Jun Hwang, Maxence Rodrigue Bilodeau, Gang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11577175
    Abstract: An improved toy vehicle playset contains a base, a tower, a launcher, and a housing structure. The tower may be equipped with a track disposed around the tower. An interactive object may be moveably coupled to the tower and equipped with a mechanism that is repositionable between an engaged position, where the mechanism is engaged with the track of the tower, and a disengaged position, where the mechanism is disengaged from the track of the tower. When in the mechanism is in the engaged position, the interactive object may descend the tower along the track. When the mechanism is in the disengaged position, the interactive object may descend linearly or fall along the tower without following the track. The launcher may be configured to launch toy vehicles at the interactive object to actuate the mechanism to be repositioned from the engaged position to the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Schmid
  • Patent number: 11571631
    Abstract: A toy vehicle playset comprises a stunt loop apparatus. The stunt loop apparatus has a support, a partial loop portion coupled to the support, and an arcuate portion rotatably coupled to the support. The partial loop portion has an opening and the arcuate portion is configured to rotate between an inlet position and an outlet position within the opening. By rotating the arcuate portion from the inlet position to the outlet position, a continuous pathway is formed that allows a toy vehicle to sequentially travel along the arcuate portion in the inlet position, the partial loop portion, and then the arcuate portion in the outlet position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel De La Torre, Alex Au
  • Patent number: 11559752
    Abstract: A toy racetrack has a variety of features allowing a user to control and effect the travel path of toy vehicles as they travel through the toy racetrack. One or more car feeders are provided as starting points for a toy vehicle that is to be introduced onto a continuous closed loop track. A manually adjustable handle is operatively connected to a toy vehicle release that extends into the path of the car feeder, which blocks a toy vehicle's path until a user deliberately lowers the release through movement of the handle. Movement of the handle in a first direction lowers the release while raising a trigger into the path of the car feeder, preventing additional cars from entering the closed loop track. Movement of the handle in a second direction lowers the release while keeping the trigger retracted, allowing all cars to enter the closed loop track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Han
  • Patent number: 11554327
    Abstract: A toy finger board kit includes a board and at least one shoe. Each shoe includes a finger hole in an upper of the shoe and at least one bracket on a sole of shoe. The at least one bracket is configured to removably attach the at least one shoe to the board. In some instances, the board is formed by inserting a flange portion of a toy finger skateboard truck into a flange receiver of a toy finger skateboard deck. Then, the toy finger skateboard truck is moved such that a column portion of the toy finger skateboard truck is received by a through hole of the toy finger skateboard deck. Finally, a top end of the column portion of the toy finger skateboard truck is affixed to the toy finger skateboard truck to the toy finger skateboard deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Kenney, Timothy Rettberg, Neal Thomas Smith
  • Patent number: 11534697
    Abstract: An improved toy vehicle playset contains a tower and multiple track portions coupled to the tower that provide a path for toy vehicles to descend from the top of the tower. The tower may include an elevator mechanism for transporting toy vehicles up the tower and an interactive feature that is configured to interact with descending toy vehicles along the track portions. The descent of the toy vehicles may trigger the interactive feature to also descend from the top of the tower, where the descending interactive feature may attempt to impede or stop the descending toy vehicles along the track portions. In some embodiments, the one or more towers may further include platforms configured to store and retain a plurality of toy vehicles, mechanisms that trigger one or more toy vehicles to be launched from the platforms, and mechanisms for diverting toy vehicles onto the platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriel Lopez
  • Patent number: 11524247
    Abstract: A body assembly for a toy figurine comprising an inner plate having a plurality of openings, a first outer section coupled to a first side of the inner plate, and a second outer section coupled to a second side of the inner plate. The first outer section includes one or more first coupling members positioned on one side of the first outer section that are engaged with one or more of the openings on the inner plate. The second outer section includes one or more second coupling members positioned on one side of the second outer section that are engaged with one or more of the openings on the inner plate. The inner plate is thus enclosed between the first outer section and the second outer section. The inner plate further holds the first outer section and the second outer section together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis-Philippe Mayer, Ronald M. Asbach, Andrew Sik lun Wong
  • Patent number: 11524246
    Abstract: A toy assembly comprising a first section and a second section coupled to the first section. The first section includes a plurality of first section members positioned on an inner side of the first section. The second section includes a plurality of second section members positioned on an inner side of the second section. The plurality of second section members are heat welded directly to the plurality of first section members without any additional welding or filler material. The first section and the second section are solely held together by the heat welded first section members and second section members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis-Philippe Mayer, Ronald M. Asbach, Andrew Sik lun Wong, Peter John Simpson
  • Patent number: 11504639
    Abstract: A loop track for toy vehicles comprising a baseplate and an extensible helical loop connected to the baseplate. The baseplate includes an inlet pathway and two or more outlet pathways positioned laterally along the baseplate. A first end of the helical loop is connected to the inlet pathway. A second end of the helical loop is removably connected to one of the two or more outlet pathways by laterally extending or contracting the helical loop. The loop track has a plurality of configurations and the configuration of the loop track is determined by the outlet pathway connected to the second end of the helical loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Cao
  • Patent number: D998362
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl A. Christopherson, Seth Galley, Kyle Wright
  • Patent number: D1005410
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Louis-Philippe Mayer, Gabriel De La Torre
  • Patent number: D1014659
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Schmid, Alex Au