Patents Examined by Benjamin Layno
  • Patent number: 10806977
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a front body and a rear body coupled to the front body to define a hollow cavity therebetween. The front body includes a strike face that defines a ball striking surface, a hosel, and a frame that at least partially surrounds the strikeface and extends rearward from a perimeter of the strikeface away from the ball striking surface. The strike face and frame are formed from a thermoplastic composite comprising a thermoplastic polymer having a plurality of discontinuous fibers embedded therein. Each of the plurality of discontinuous fibers have a length of less than about 40 mm, and between a center of the strike face and the hosel, greater than about 50% of the plurality of discontinuous fibers are aligned within about 30 degrees of parallel to a horizontal axis extending from the center of the strike face to the hosel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Clayson C. Spackman, Jeremy S. Pope, Tyler A. Shaw, Eric J. Morales, Atiqah Shahrin
  • Patent number: 10799777
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club, includes a head that includes a face having a ball striking surface configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face and extending rearward from the face. A face member formed primarily of a metallic material forms the face, and a body member is connected to the face member and extends rearward from the face member to form at least a portion of the body. The body member is formed at least partially of a polymer material, and has a doped portion containing a doping material dispersed within the polymer material. The doping material may have a different density than the polymer material, such that the doped portion has a different density than the portions of the body member not containing the doping material. A co-molding method may be used to form the ball striking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Finn, David N. Franklin, Raymond J. Sander, Jeremy N. Snyder, Robert M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10792544
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a heel portion, a toe portion, a hosel, and a striking face. The striking face includes a plurality of scorelines each having an average depth no less than about 0.10 mm, a plurality of micro-grooves each having an average depth no greater than about 0.010 mm, and a plurality of textured surface treatment regions superimposed on the micro-grooves so as to at least partially intersect the micro-grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Roberto Aguayo, Jeffrey D. Brunski, Matthew R. Daraskavich, Sharon J. Park
  • Patent number: 10792558
    Abstract: Dice towers that are configured to fold into a flattened state during non-use are disclosed. The dice towers include a top end having a first opening that is configured to receive dice; a body section that includes an internal area that is contiguous with the first opening of the top end; and a bottom end having a second opening that is contiguous with the internal area and is configured to expel dice that have been dropped into the first opening. The dice tower is configured to fold into a flattened state during non-use, along a series of hinges that run vertically along the body section of the dice tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Avraham Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10792552
    Abstract: A disposal box for used playing cards has a cuboid shape provided with six surfaces, namely, front and back surfaces, left and right surfaces, and upper and lower surfaces in an assembled state. The disposal box includes a slit that is provided in at least one of the six surfaces and enables the used playing cards to be inserted into the disposal box. The disposal box further includes viewing windows that are provided with a plurality of holes having a size at which the playing card cannot be taken out, and can allow the used playing cards contained in the disposal box to be visually recognized. The disposal box is formed of a paper or plastic material, and can be discarded in a state in which the used playing cards are contained in the disposal box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10786714
    Abstract: A golf club head, preferably a putter head, comprising a replaceable face insert is disclosed herein. The golf club head comprises a body with face cavity and a secondary cavity in communication with, and disposed behind, the face cavity, and at least one opening extending through a top or sole portion into the secondary cavity. The replaceable face insert comprises a striking portion and a support structure extending from a rear surface of the striking portion. The support structure is received within the secondary cavity and the striking portion is received within the face cavity, and then a rod or bolt is inserted through the opening and through the support structure to reversibly secure the face insert to the body. A linear bearing may be disposed within the support structure to receive the rod or bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10786727
    Abstract: Methods of playing commission-free pai gow poker games are disclosed. The commission-free pai gow poker games have multiple features, including a novel push mechanism and a novel copy-fostering mechanism, that provide a gaming establishment with an adequate house edge without the need to charge a commission on player wins. The features of the commission-free pai gow poker games may be incorporated in one or more instruction sets or software configured in one or more mechanical devices and/or electronic devices. Furthermore, the features may be configured in one or more displays in communication with one or more servers as desired. Furthermore, the commission-free pai gow poker games may be offered in a non-gaming media environment as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Lubin-Jones, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel C. Lubin
  • Patent number: 10786713
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club head body and a weight member that is secured to the body. The weight member is constructed to utilize lateral forces to couple to the head body to minimize the structure required to retain the weight member, and the weight member is preferably constructed so that it has a low profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard Sanchez, Kenneth C. Scott, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 10786712
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion having a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a bottom portion, and a top portion. The golf club head may also include inner support portions and a plurality of weight ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette
  • Patent number: 10773135
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a golf club head that comprises a body. The body comprises a sole portion, a crown portion, a skirt portion, and a face portion, positioned at a forward region of the golf club head, opposite a rearward region of the golf club head, and extending from a toe region to a heel region of the golf club head. At least a portion of the body is made of a titanium alloy. The golf club head also comprises a large weight, coupled to the sole portion of the body and made of a steel alloy. A mass of the large weight is at least 40% of a mass of the portion of the body made of the titanium alloy. A total mass of the large weight and the portion of the body made of the titanium alloy is at least 210 grams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Chris Rollins
  • Patent number: 10765931
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for playing an orientation-based tabletop game in which one or more game components have functions that vary depending on the orientation of the game component on the game board as compared to the physical location of player positions around the game board. As pieces rotate during the course of play, functional indicators on the game pieces alter the rules or functions of the game piece in the game with respect to each player, depending upon the orientation of the game piece in relation to each player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Tetra Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel James Drake
  • Patent number: 10758790
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head includes an inner surface and an outer surface, the golf club head further comprises a strike face operative to impact a golf ball, a body extending rearward from a perimeter of the strike face, and a flexure joint extending from the outer surface to the inner surface. The flexure joint includes a forward impact surface, a reaction surface in contact with the impact surface, and during an impact, the impact surface translates along the reaction surface to permit a controlled deflection of a portion of the strike face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10751583
    Abstract: A golf club head for a driver is disclosed. The golf club head includes a face portion and a rearward end portion. An upward facing surface in a crown portion of the golf club head curves up towards the rearward end portion to keep airflow from separating from the crown portion. A downward facing surface on a sole portion of the golf club includes an airfoil that helps keep air stuck to the sole portion of the golf club head. The airfoil portion extends from a toe portion to a heel portion of the golf club head to help maintain smooth airflow across the entirety of the golf club head during a swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ESS 2 Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Suk, David A. Shoffler
  • Patent number: 10751603
    Abstract: A shuffling machine having a card dispensing structure is provided. The shuffling machine has a central accommodating compartment, a left accommodating compartment, a right accommodating compartment, and a card dispensing space. A translation plate is disposed in the card dispensing space. A driving mechanism is connected to the translation plate. The translation plate is coupled with a card dispensing device configured to dispense the playing cards in the card dispensing space. The card dispensing device includes a fixed seat and a dispensing block. The fixed seat limits a vertical displacement of the dispensing block within a predetermined distance. Left and right sides of an underside of the dispensing block have beveled edges. Thereby, the dispensing block and its beveled edges can prevent the playing card that is mistakenly riffled from being bent and damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BINGOTIMES DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kuo-Lung Tseng
  • Patent number: 10755531
    Abstract: Provided is a casino-style game for one or more players. A standard, shuffled four-suited deck of playing cards is provided, along with at least one wager-indicating marker is for each player. A playing field having indicia indicating designated areas is provided. The designated areas including integer spaces designated for the integers five through seventeen on which at least one wager-indicating marker is placed by a player. To determine an integer between five and seventeen, the cards are dealt sequentially until five cards of one suit have been dealt. The determined integer is the total numbers of cards dealt. Any bet made on the determined integer is paid according to predetermined odds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Flushed Game, LLC
    Inventor: David R. Buten
  • Patent number: 10744398
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for online and/or electronic card games such as blackjack that allow at least one card to be dealt from a special deck (e.g., a restricted deck) into a hand, while the remainder of the cards for that hand (and, in some embodiments, other hands involved in the game event) are dealt from a main/conventional deck. In accordance with some embodiments, the at least one card dealt from the special deck is dealt into a hand of the player while in other embodiments it is dealt into the hand of a dealer and/or an opponent player. A special deck may be a deck that includes cards configured to provide an advantage to the player (e.g., in a blackjack game, restricted deck may only include high value cards if being used for a player hand or only low value cards if being used for a dealer hand).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Robeson Mandela Reeves, Hans Elias, Marlon James Dublin, Alexander Sanford Todd Young
  • Patent number: 10737152
    Abstract: An golf club head with a structure that improves the sound and reduces stress placed on the face upon impact with a golf ball is disclosed herein. In particular, the golf club head is an iron with a face having a rear protrusion, also referred to as a piston, with both forward and rearward facing surfaces. The piston is at least partially received within a receptacle provided in the body of the golf club head. The receptacle also includes a pair of bumpers, one of which interacts with the piston to improve the sound of the face upon impact with a golf ball at speeds at which an average golfer would swing the club head, and the other of which reduces the stress placed on the face when the club makes impact with a golf ball at high speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt
  • Patent number: 10729969
    Abstract: A customizable playing card having: a plurality of connectable surfaces, wherein each surface is capable of being removably adhered to each other surface via static electricity; a first card component having: a front first card component face; and a back first card component face; and a second card component that joins with the first card component via the static electricity; the second card component having: a front second card component face; and a back second card component face; wherein the first card component connects to the second card component such that the front first component face is the front card face; and such that the front second component face is opposite to the front first component face and is the back card face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Gregory Donald Paul
  • Patent number: 10729971
    Abstract: A scratch board for lottery tickets and the like. The board includes a body having a planar portion, the planar portion having a flat front surface, and a curved portion extending from the lower end of the planar portion and forwardly of the planar portion, a clip coupled to the planar portion and adapted to securely maintain a flat object against the planar portion, a dowel removably affixed to the planar portion, and a receptacle sized to receive one or several coins. The board can also include a cylinder rotatably disposed within the curved portion, the cylinder including an outer wall, an internal cavity, and a slot defined through the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Jennifer Lynn Lengyel
  • Patent number: 10722764
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads and methods to manufacture golf club heads are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion having a first interior cavity portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, a rear portion, a front portion having a face portion, and a plurality of ports in the bottom portion. The plurality of ports may include a first set of ports, a second set of ports, and a third set of ports. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette