Patents Examined by Brandon Gray
  • Patent number: 10198915
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method providing one or more incentives to delay termination of a gaming session. In general, for a player, the gaming system utilizes gaming session data collected from the player's previous gaming sessions to determine one or more termination causation events for the player. When a designated number of the termination causation events occur during a current gaming session of the player, the gaming system provides an incentive to the player, wherein the incentive is configured to cause the player to delay expected termination of the player's current gaming session. In certain embodiments, the gaming system optimizes an incentive available to be provided to a player based on the effectiveness of prior incentives provided to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Adam J. Thompson, Eugene T. Bond, Richard A. Powell
  • Patent number: 10192390
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the gaming system, gaming device, and gaming method disclosed herein provide a primary game and a free activation bonus sequence, wherein the gaming system enables the player to select one or more of a plurality of different volatility options for use in the free activation bonus sequence. Each option is associated with a different number of free activations and a different pool of symbols or different symbol functionality. The gaming system provides this variation in the pool of symbols or symbol functionality in various embodiments by enabling the player to replace one or more symbols of a pool or set of symbols of the primary game (i.e., the primary set of symbols) with the symbol associated with a player selected option. The symbols of this modified set of symbols (i.e., the secondary set of symbols) are used in the free activation bonus sequence).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William K. Hughes, Eric S. Boese
  • Patent number: 10173131
    Abstract: A display device has a display panel including an image display area in which an image is displayable, a light guide plate arranged at a back of the display panel, the light guide plate comprising a transparent material and having a first incident surface and a second incident surface, a first light source facing the first incident surface, a second light source facing the second incident surface, and a controller configured to control turning on and turning off of the first light source and the second light source and to control an image displayed on the display panel. The light guide plate includes an emission surface facing the display panel, and a plurality of first prisms arranged in an area in correspondence with the image display area on a surface opposite to the emission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Junya Fujita, Jun Kishimoto, Yuji Hirose
  • Patent number: 10157521
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for providing information in a poker game. One method includes operations for providing an interface to a player for playing a poker game, and for detecting the creation of a side pot in the poker game during play. The side pot is presented in a first format, which includes the amount of the side pot. Additionally, the method includes an operation for detecting a selection by the first player in the poker game requesting additional information about the side pot. In response to the selection, the side pot is presented in a second format, which has the amount of the side pot and one icon for each of the players participating in the side pot, where players absent from the side pot are not represented in the second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Moore, Stacey Adams, Justin Rouse, Theodore Marston
  • Patent number: 10147272
    Abstract: An abstraction layer in a gaming environment intercepts calls to standard random number and user selection functions and returns data based on game operating mode and data availability. When operating as a Class 2 game, random number data may be received from a server while in a Class 3 game, random numbers may be received from a local random number generator. In a history mode or power recovery mode, calls for both random numbers and user selections may be supplied from a file storing data from a previously played or an interrupted game, respectively. Pay table testing may be accommodated by using predetermined random numbers resulting in known reel or other outcome states. The abstraction layer isolates game code from the unique requirements of the different modes of operation required for operating environment or regulatory compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anderson, Saravanan Saravanan
  • Patent number: 10124242
    Abstract: A card shoe apparatus includes a card reading unit for reading from a card a code when the card is drawn from the card housing unit, and a control unit that determines the winner/loser of a card game based on the number of the cards sequentially read by the card reading unit. The control unit further includes a memory that stores information on a predetermined number of cards read by the card reading unit, and has a function of detecting an irregularity of a shuffled playing card set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10127762
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the gaming system, gaming device, and gaming method disclosed herein provide a primary game and a free activation bonus sequence, wherein the gaming system enables the player to select one or more of a plurality of different volatility options for use in the free activation bonus sequence. Each option is associated with a different number of free activations and a different pool of symbols or different symbol functionality. The gaming system provides this variation in the pool of symbols or symbol functionality in various embodiments by enabling the player to replace one or more symbols of a pool or set of symbols of the primary game (i.e., the primary set of symbols) with the symbol associated with a player selected option. The symbols of this modified set of symbols (i.e., the secondary set of symbols) are used in the free activation bonus sequence).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William K. Hughes, Eric S. Boese
  • Patent number: 10099102
    Abstract: A sensor system for detecting aspects of a person's swing of a sporting implement having proximal and distal ends displays the aspects of the person's swing on a portable electronic device. The system includes a distal enclosure, a proximal enclosure, and a software application resident on the portable electronic device. The proximal and distal enclosures are fixable with the proximal and distal ends, respectively, of the sporting implement, and two additional hip enclosures may be include for fixing with the person's hips. Each enclosure includes a power source that powers a sensing circuit having at least one sensor and a transmitter. The software application is adapted to receive the sensor data from the sensing circuits and display aspects of the person's swing on a display thereof as derived from the sensor data. Embodiments adapted for use with golf clubs, sporting racquets, and baseball bats are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Koo
  • Patent number: 10052554
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems provide a user of a social network system access to a game over a network from a user device. The social network system matches the user with players of the game based on respective skill levels of the players and/or social proximity between the user and the players. The social network system sends a list of matched players to the user device for selection by the user, and sends an invitation to one or more of the players selected by the user to enable the user to play the game over the network with the one or more players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Hoskins, Aaron Brady
  • Patent number: 9928555
    Abstract: Activity feeds let users know about what is happening, and stay connected, with their friends and games. Users are able to discover new and exciting stories, games and friends. The information presented for a particular user is the most relevant information for that user. Relevancy is used to determine the priority of how items/feed stories are presented for a user. Feed stories are shown for a particular user's friends. The most popular trending stories are shown to all users based on relevancy rules. Most popular trending stories are determined based on the ones that have the most comments and likes. The activity feeds relating to a particular type are able to be condensed and presented to the users. Custom actions for the particular type of condensed activity feeds are identical. Condensed activity feeds are displayed using a predefined format “condensed title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Yong, Khoi-Nguyen Duc Do, Dustin Huy Pham, Isaias Formacio-Serna
  • Patent number: 9925468
    Abstract: A snapshot of an emulated game may be generated by a client. At some point during the emulation of the emulated game, a snapshot initiator delivers a suspension request to an emulator. Once the suspension request is received, the emulator will suspend the emulated title. The emulator generates a snapshot of the emulated game by recording the current state of all devices being emulated. The snapshot is then delivered to the client. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Jacob P. Stine, Brian Michael Christopher Watson, Victor Octav Suba Miura, Nicholas J. Cardell
  • Patent number: 9919225
    Abstract: An m×l array of randomly selected tokens may be provided as a playing field, and a second n×l array of randomly selected tokens may be provided as a hand. The player may select a cell within the m×l array to replace the token in said cell with a token in a corresponding cell of the n×l array. If the replacement results in a region of adjacent identical tokens in the m×l array, the tokens may be removed and the player's score incremented. If no plays are possible from the player's hand, the player may draw a new hand of randomly selected tokens to replace the tokens and/or blank spaces in the n×l array. Play continues until the player has exhausted a predetermined number of opportunities to draw a new hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUNKITRON, INC.
    Inventor: David Walls
  • Patent number: 9908050
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for image recognized content creation. There is provided a method comprising capturing an image from a camera, analyzing the image to recognize a plurality of elements, converting the plurality of elements into custom content data, and executing an interactive application using the custom content data. In one embodiment, the interactive application may comprise a racing video game, and the image may comprise a racetrack layout for use in the racing video game. Thus, a user can provide a racetrack by drawing simple lines and curves on a piece of paper, which are detected by the camera and converted into valid data assets for the video game. In this manner, even young children can leverage common drawing skills using familiar physical drawing implements for quick and simplified content creation, bypassing the need to use complex, tedious, and proprietary conventional on-screen user interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Kohout
  • Patent number: 9908037
    Abstract: An electronic gaming die includes an enclosure, a flexible substrate, a number of light emitting diodes, a sensor, a processor and a battery. The enclosure has N sides where N is equal to or greater than 4. The flexible substrate folds into N sides and fits into an interior of the enclosure, wherein each side has an inner face, an outer face and is assigned an integer from 1 to N. The light emitting diodes are disposed on the outer face of each side of the flexible substrate, wherein the number of light emitting diodes equals the integer assigned to the side of the flexible substrate. The sensor, processor and battery are disposed on one of the inner faces of the flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Danny W. Muse, Ryan Wicker, Eric MacDonald, Rodolfo Salas, Francisco Medina
  • Patent number: 9901823
    Abstract: An approach to facilitating battle-attribute-based arrangement of map areas is provided. Battle-related records that indicate battle attribute values associated with users of a game space may be maintained. Responsive to the battle attribute values associated with individual ones of the users corresponding to the battle attribute values associated with other ones of the users, generation of one or more secondary maps having secondary areas associated with the individual users that are arranged together with secondary areas associated with the other users may be initiated. For example, the secondary area associated with a first user and the secondary area associated with a second user may be arranged together in one of the secondary maps responsive to a first battle attribute value associated with the first user corresponding to a second battle attribute value associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Sellers
  • Patent number: 9895601
    Abstract: A word game apparatus and method of play involving each player being represented by a set of square tiles of uniform color having various indicia imprinted thereon. Players in turn play these tiles to a game board having a grid pattern of squares. One color is declared the winner when a path of contiguous tiles of that color is formed between two end zones in accordance with the rules of the game. In some embodiments the game components are rendered using physical objects, and in other embodiments the game is implemented on computers with the game components appearing as images on electronic displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Wilk
  • Patent number: 9833705
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a CPU, the CPU judges a motion of a player on the basis of a cycle of a load value input from a load controller, and selectively displays an animation of a player object according to the motion. Furthermore, the CPU controls a moving amount or a moving velocity of the player object on the basis of the load value input from the load controller, and controls a moving direction of the player object according to a barycentric position of the player detected by the load controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Konishi
  • Patent number: 9811973
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system to authorize a mobile electronic device to play games of chance includes a gaming system manager and a docking station. The docking station can be configured to: (i) detect whether the mobile electronic device is connected to a receiver of the docking station; (ii) receive device information from the mobile electronic device if it is detected that the mobile electronic device is connected to the receiver; (iii) determine whether a game of chance can be played on the mobile electronic device based on the received device information; (iv) authorize the mobile electronic device to play the game of chance; and (v) transmit gaming data to the mobile electronic device if it is determined that the game of chance can be played on the mobile electronic device and if the mobile electronic device is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9789408
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods and systems for processing replacements to a target array by a plurality of source arrays. Selected tokens in a target array may be replaced with corresponding tokens from a source array to generate a region of identical tokens, which may be processed or removed. Tokens in the target array may be shifted in a direction corresponding to the source array to fill empty cells within the target array and new tokens generated. Selections may be made from multiple source arrays iteratively, with shift directions dynamically modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Funkitron, Inc.
    Inventor: David Walls
  • Patent number: 9789391
    Abstract: A computer graphics display system such as a video game system provides virtual camera 3-D viewpoint panning control based on a pointer. When the pointer is displayed within a virtual camera panning control region, the system automatically pans the virtual camera toward the pointer. When the pointer is displayed within a different region, panning is deactivated and the user can freely move the cursor (e.g., to control the direction a weapon is pointed) without panning the virtual camera viewpoint. Flexible viewpoint control and other animated features are provided based on a pointing device such as a handheld video game optical pointing control. Useful applications include but are not limited to first person shooter type video games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mark Haigh-Hutchinson