Patents Examined by Benjamin Layno
  • Patent number: 11219818
    Abstract: A collapsible, self-expanding polyhedron comprises a plurality of side members each connected with an elastic band that is sized to urge each side wall of adjacent side members together to form an expanded configuration. When the polyhedron is compressed on two opposing side members, which causes the other side members to separate into a collapsed configuration, the elastic band expands to a maximum length with maximum tension. Once the compression is released, the at least one elastic band retracts back to a minimum length and urges the side members back into the expanded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventors: David Yakos, Timothy Walsh
  • Patent number: 11207574
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a striking face, a crown and a sole. The crown and/or the sole includes an FRP member formed by a fiber reinforced plastic that contains a fiber and a matrix resin. The FRP member has an average flexural modulus of greater than or equal to 25 GPa. The fiber may contain a carbon fiber. The carbon fiber may have a tensile elastic modulus of greater than or equal to 300 GPa. The fiber may contain a metallic fiber. The FRP member may have a resin content of less than or equal to 40% by weight. The matrix resin may have a glass transition temperature of higher than or equal to 150° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Motokawa, Seiji Hayase
  • Patent number: 11202945
    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 across a substantial entirety of the width of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: ESS 2 Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Suk, David A. Shoffler
  • Patent number: 11192003
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads, golf clubs, and methods to manufacture golf club heads and golf clubs are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion having an interior cavity and a front portion, and a face portion attached to the front portion of the body portion to enclose the interior cavity. The face portion may include a face pocket portion having an opening defining a face cavity, and a face plate portion covering the opening to close the face cavity. The golf club head also includes a first filler material at least partially filling the interior cavity, and a second filler material at least partially filling the face cavity. The first filler material and the second filler material may be separated by one or more walls of the face pocket portion. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 11192020
    Abstract: A game apparatus comprises a set of fifteen dual-sided playing pieces, a pair of dice, a stock tray, and at least two collector trays. Each of the dual-sided playing pieces has a first face comprising an indicia selected from a plurality of indicia and a second face, opposite the first face, comprising another indicia selected from the plurality of indicia. Each die comprises a number of facets corresponding to the number of indicia in the plurality of indicia. The stock tray is configured to hold a predetermined number of the dual-sided playing pieces that are available for play. Each of the at least two collector trays are configured to hold a predetermined number of the dual-sided playing pieces that are no longer available for play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Knybel
  • Patent number: 11185762
    Abstract: A method of playing a lottery instant scratch ticket game comprises a plurality of scratch tickets, wherein each ticket comprises four game grids. Each ticket provides a TicTacToe-like gameplay and wherein “O” symbols provide a payout differing from “X” symbols in each separate game grid. A mini jackpot and a maxi jackpot may be provided. Alternate embodiments are discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Kathleen Nylund Jackson
  • Patent number: 11173384
    Abstract: A token sorting apparatus is arranged to supplement a game using gaming tokens, the game having a plurality of stages. The sorting apparatus includes an entry aperture arranged to accept gaming tokens; a sorting mechanism arranged to sort gaming tokens according to a predetermined characteristic of the gaming tokens; a displacement member arranged to urge gaming tokens accepted by the entry aperture to the sorting mechanism; a camera arranged to obtain an image of the sorting mechanism and the displacement member; a display member in digital communication with the camera, the display member arranged to display the image to a user; and a signaling member arranged to provide a signal to the user, the signal being arranged to indicate a stage of the game or a status of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TCS John Huxley Europe Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Michael Saunders
  • Patent number: 11167187
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads, golf clubs, and methods to manufacture golf club heads and golf clubs are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion with an interior cavity and a port having an opening to the interior cavity. A polymer material is injected into the interior cavity from the port. The golf club head may further include a first mass portion and a second mass portion. The first mass portion may have a first end, a second end, and a first mass portion distance between the first end and the second end. The second mass portion may be coupled to the back wall portion below a horizontal midplane of the body portion. The second mass portion may include a first end, a second end, and a second mass portion distance between the first end and the second end. The total mass of the second mass portion may be greater than a total mass of the first mass portion, and the second mass portion distance may be greater than the first mass portion distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 11167201
    Abstract: A kit for a game system and a method of using the kit is shown and described. The kit for the game system includes a game board, at least one die, a plurality of packable items, a plurality of game cards, and a plurality of suitcases. The plurality of game cards has indicia of the packable items located thereon. The method of use begins by setting up a game board, followed by determining a first player. The first player rolls a die and interprets the die. The first player moves a player pawn and draws a game card. The first player then does as the game card instructs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Jessieca Bostic
  • Patent number: 11167186
    Abstract: A mixed material golf club head including an outer metallic component and a polymeric component. The outer metallic component comprises the strike face. The polymeric component comprises a reaction wall that lies flush with a rear surface of the strike face. The reaction wall slidably translates across a back surface of the strike face at impact. In some embodiments, the outer metallic component is integrally formed with the crown and the polymeric component is integrally formed with the sole, to allow dynamic delofting for low-handicap golfers. In other embodiments, the outer metallic component is integrally formed with the sole and the polymeric component is integrally formed with the crown, to allow dynamic lofting for high-handicap golfers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: KARSTEN MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 11161034
    Abstract: A new trivia-based card game comprising a deck of cards with a plurality of planar playing cards. Each planar playing card has three orthogonal pieces of information on its playing surface: an index, a card value, and a topic. Each planar playing card also has an answer value list and an answer list on its playing surface. The deck of cards may be sorted into unique sub-sets based off of index, card value, or topic. All of the planar playing cards contained in each sub-set sorted by topic share an answer value list and an answer list. A trivia-based card game can be played with such a deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Miles Putnam
  • Patent number: 11154754
    Abstract: A method of forming a golf club head assembly includes aligning a faceplate with a recess of a club head; welding the faceplate to the club head; then, after welding the faceplate, heating the club head and the faceplate to at least a solvus temperature of the faceplate for a predetermined amount of time; and then, after heating the club head and the faceplate, allowing the club head and the faceplate to air cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew W. Simone, Evan R. Greer, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 11148017
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole. A pair of ribs are positioned within the channel. The ribs may diverge away from one another and may have a first rib located in a toe portion of the channel and a second rib located in the heel portion of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 11148039
    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: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel C. Lubin
  • Patent number: 11145167
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting a card game including a player v. dealer arrangement involving a comparison of HI and LO hand values. Players declare a three-card hand as either HI or LO and a dealer forms three-card LO and HI hands using five cards with a shared card being used in both the LO and HI hand. Aces have a value of 1 point when used in a LO hand and 11 when used in a HI hand, face cards have a value of 0 points and cards 2 through 10 have values matching their rank. Match and poker bonus features may also be incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: James E. Lemanski, Daryl P. Jendraszkiewicz
  • Patent number: 11130047
    Abstract: An automatic card shuffler to shuffle eight decks of cards (or less) and deal a round of Baccarat. The automatic shuffler comprises two pre-shuffle bins, each receiving approximately four decks of cards wherein the pre-shuffle bins are spaced apart from one another with card slides directing to a card-receiving area. Cards are randomly selected from the cards in each of the pre-shuffle bins and propelled onto the card slides directing the cards to the card-receiving area. Once a sufficient number of buffer cards (e.g., seven) have been deposited into the card-receiving area, a card flipper moves the seven cards against a face plate of an integral dealing shoe. A buffer-holder member maintains the buffer cards against the face plate for dealing as the card flipper returns to a home position to receive more shuffled cards while buffer cards are being dealt in a round of Baccarat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Earnest Riordan, Louis Wilson DeGregorio, Dino Louis DeGregorio, Steven Louis Forte, Westley Thomas Davis, Zachary Joesph Cook, Joseph William Riesen, Brendan John O'Toole
  • Patent number: 11132874
    Abstract: Some embodiments may relate to a game in which a house takes a rake as a fee for playing a game. A game may include a multiplayer baccarat game that may add a skill element. For example, a baccarat game may add the ability for player's to bluff, choose whether to request cards, raise, fold, and so on. Other example methods and apparatus are described. Some embodiments may include a rake version of Chinese poker. Some embodiments include an open face version of a card game. Some embodiments include a card game with a virtual player position that allows users to play in the virtual player position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Flaherty
  • Patent number: 11130028
    Abstract: A putter-type golf club head has a top portion, a bottom portion, a heel portion, a toe portion, and a striking face having a variably textured region. The variably textured region includes a central portion and an outer portion laterally spaced from the central portion towards one of the heel portion and the toe portion. The central portion has a material ratio of less than 20% at a cutoff height of 0.1 mm and the outer portion has a material ratio greater than that of the central portion at the cutoff height of 0.1 mm. Variation of the textured region provides consistent ball speed upon impact at different lateral positions of the striking face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Jacob Lambeth, Mika Becktor
  • Patent number: 11117027
    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 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph H. Hoffman, Chris Rollins
  • Patent number: 11117028
    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 top portion, a bottom portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a front portion, and a rear portion. The front portion may include an exterior surface and an interior surface. A wall structure may be located inside the body portion and may be spaced apart from the interior surface of the front portion to form a channel therebetween. A filler material may be disposed inside the channel and may compress against the wall structure when the face portion strikes a golf ball. Other examples and embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Parsons Xtreme Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Bradley D. Schweigert, Michael R. Nicolette, Caleb S. Kroloff, Matthew T. Andrews, Daniel C. Kirtley