Patents Examined by Carl V Larsen
  • Patent number: 9925462
    Abstract: A drill unit 111 expands a dungeon based on a parameter in two directions from the starting point X and selects a start S and a goal G from each area expanded in two directions. Thus, it is possible to generate a path from the start S to the goal G passing through the starting point X. Moreover, it is possible to determine a board form of the whole dungeon by determining expanding directions with the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CAPCOM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 9928681
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring customer activities within a casino enterprise can be used to determine a current utilization of casino activities so that the casino can offer an optimal mixture of activities. Further, the system can identify customers (whose loyalty a casino enterprise may wish to cultivate) based on their utilization of the activities. The monitoring system can passively track portable wireless devices and associate the portable wireless devices with activities within the casino enterprise that are not attributable to customers registered in a loyalty program. The person controlling a particular portable device can be unknown. A virtual customer account can be created where the first portable device is used to identify a virtual customer associated with the account. Based upon identification of the first portable device, activities can be associated with the virtual customer and store to the virtual customer account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Steven G. LeMay, Jr., Dwayne R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9922575
    Abstract: A vicarious coaching method included generating a plurality of play selection user interfaces associated with a first team playing football against a second team, The play selection user interfaces include a first play selection user interface corresponding to a first play parameter and indicating a plurality of first play parameter options. The first play selection user interface is generated based on historical data indicative of previous plays executed by the first team. Responsive to receiving user inputs to the plurality of play selection user interfaces, a play called by the user is identified. Responsive to obtaining play identification information indicative of a play executed by the first team and a result of the play executed, the play called by the user is then scored based on the play executed by the first team and the result of the play executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Edward Coiner
  • Patent number: 9914052
    Abstract: A system has a first web node, a first server node, a second server node, a push messaging server, and a second web node. The first web node receives a message from a first player at a first client node for a second player at a second client node within an online game. The first server node maintains a first persistent connection with the first client node. The second server node maintains a second persistent connection with the second client node. The push messaging server stores a game state of the first and second players of the online game, updates the game state based on the message, and notifies the first and second server node. The second web node receives the message from the push messaging server and forwards the message to the second client node via the second persistent connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Munson
  • Patent number: 9895607
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine (EGM) for providing haptic feedback to a player is provided. The EGM includes a touchscreen having a touchscreen surface and an ultrasonic actuator coupled to the touchscreen surface to vibrate the touchscreen surface. The EGM also includes a processor coupled to the touchscreen and the ultrasonic actuator. The processor is configured to identify a location of a player feature on the touchscreen surface and control the ultrasonic actuator based on at least one of the identified location and a game state associated with the game to provide a friction feedback effect to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: IGT CANADA SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventor: David Froy
  • Patent number: 9889379
    Abstract: An example information processing system includes a display controller configured to display a screen that includes a plurality of subjects and at least one content generated by a user, the at least one content satisfying a predetermined timing condition for each subject in a display, at least one content for a subject being included in a plurality of contents posted with regard to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Nogami, Kiyoshi Mizuki, Kouichi Kawamoto, Ryota Oiwa, Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka, Hideto Yuzawa, Shunsaku Kato
  • Patent number: 9875606
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and system to present at least one game offering on a display of a gaming machine may include a portable electronic device having a processor operative with a spontaneous interest data application to acquire spontaneous interest data. A memory may store the spontaneous interest data and the spontaneous interest data application. The spontaneous interest data application may save the spontaneous interest data to the memory, and a data transfer interface can transfer the spontaneous interest data to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9861891
    Abstract: When a particular game stage is selected by the player from the multiple game stages configured in the game stage information, the inventive information processing device extracts, from multiple game content objects configured in the game content information, those game content objects that are associated with the game content objects, which are associated with the selected game stage as fusion source material, and, prior to initiation of game play in the selected game stage, generates screen data providing on-screen display indicating that the extracted game content objects are the original pre-fusion game content objects that can be fused with the game content objects, which are associated with the selected game stage as fusion source material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Kunugi
  • Patent number: 9842313
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for wellness tracking and recommendations. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide wellness applications that integrate wearable devices with Human Resource (HR) and other enterprise application data. According to one embodiment, providing integrated wellness information can comprise retrieving enterprise application data from one or more data sources, retrieving data from one or more wearable devices of one or more employees, and applying analytics to the retrieved enterprise application data and the data retrieved from the wearable devices. The integrated wellness information can be generated based on the applied analytics and can be provided to the one or more employees through a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Reza B'Far, Elizabeth Lingg, Kent Spaulding, Malini Chakrabarti, Christopher Leone
  • Patent number: 9830772
    Abstract: An electronic wager based gaming system includes one or more communication devices, a game administration server component, and a player account server component. The game administration server component administers wager based game play and communicates results thereof. The player account server component facilitates the deposit of monetary funds by the player into a player account, which can be done by providing to the player a display having a plurality of deposit buttons of different monetary amounts that can be selected. The customized deposit button amounts can be based on previous deposit amounts, deposit history, game play patterns, types of games played, betting limits, bonus acceptance history, and the like. At least one deposit button amount can reflect a determination of the biggest deposit likely to be made by the player. One or more deposit buttons can have a bonus amount, if selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mobile Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Reaves, George Weinberg
  • Patent number: 9824542
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a fantasy sports games or other type of gaming options. A gaming entity may establish a fund of money that is to be exposed to a gaming market in an attempt to win money from risking the fund of money. A gaming operator may use the pool or fund to create liquidity in a gaming market. Various gamers may enter into games with the gaming entity by matching with various portions of the pool or fund.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Jacob Loveless, Quinton Singleton, Paul Williams
  • Patent number: 9814970
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method, apparatus, and system of authenticating a mobile server may have at least one mobile server configured to execute games of chance on a plurality of mobile gaming devices and an authentication server configured to: determine a location of the at least one mobile server; determine a wireless communication means to communicate with the at least one mobile server based on the location of the at least one mobile server; communicate with the at least one mobile server via the determined wireless communication means; and initiate authentication, by an authentication server, of the at least one mobile server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9811972
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of authenticating a memory of a gaming machine is provided. The method uses a computing device having a processor communicatively coupled to a memory. The method includes identifying a first area of the memory including one or more operational data components associated with operating the gaming machine. The first area further includes a public key associated with an original memory area. The method also includes authenticating, by the processor, the first area using at least the public key from the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Oberberger
  • Patent number: 9792774
    Abstract: A method of allowing a player to play a gaming machine is described herein. The method includes the steps of displaying a game including a plurality of reels including a reel strip having a plurality of normal symbols positions and a plurality of special symbol positions. The method includes randomly generating a first outcome of a game, responsively awarding a first award to the player based on the first game outcome, and determining if a triggering condition occurs in the first game outcome, wherein the triggering condition including a plurality of adjacent special symbol positions being displayed in at least one reel within the display area. The method includes randomly selecting a special symbol and replacing the symbols being displayed in each adjacent special symbol position with the selected special symbol to generate a subsequent second game outcome including the selected special symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Rucker, Satoshi Suda
  • Patent number: 9773376
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for enabling a player to use tickets printed at a casino when the player wants to play games in an on-line casino associated with the land-based casino using a virtual ticket system. The method includes: installing a mobile application for the virtual ticket system on a player's mobile device; registering the player with the virtual ticket system using a mobile number of the mobile device; sending a validation key to the mobile number to validate the mobile device; enabling the player to plays a game on a gaming machine at the land-based casino; after the player has completed game play in the land-based casino, providing the player with an opportunity to create an electronic ticket that is usable in the on-line casino; and enabling the player to engage in game play in the on-line casino using the player's mobile device or a desktop computer platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Yogendrasinh Hematji Rajput, Gautam Parameshwar Hedge, Karthik Shyama Udupa, Vamsi Krishna Gandu, Ravi Subramanian
  • Patent number: 9770664
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to providing an online shooting game by a game server communicatively connected to a player terminal. The player terminal may display a virtual online shooting game environment based on information received from the game server. Providing an online shooting game may include: selecting a basic identification range within a virtual online shooting game environment displayed on the player terminal; detecting one or more enemy characters that are within the basic identification range; determining one of the detected one or more enemy characters as an automatic tracking object; and allowing an aiming point to automatically track movement of the automatic tracking object within the basic identification range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventors: Chang Hyun Jo, Ki Hoon Lee, Jung Ho Lee, Sae Rom Kim
  • Patent number: 9770650
    Abstract: The game program according to the present invention directs a computer to execute processes whereby a graphic pattern input is accepted in response to a pointing location on a game screen being moved as a result of manipulation by a player; probabilities are calculated, with which a graphic pattern inferred from a pointing location trajectory matches each of respective multiple preset graphic patterns in a state in which the movement of the pointing location is maintained; a graphic pattern satisfying a preset criterion is selected from among the multiple graphic patterns based on the result of calculating a probability of match for each of the graphic patterns; and the action of a player character operated by the player is controlled in accordance with the character action associated with the selected graphic pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Nishino, Takashi Ninjouji
  • Patent number: 9737811
    Abstract: Techniques for simulating destruction in a simulated space, for example, terrain, are disclosed herein. In some cases, one or more textures may be associated with an area of a simulated space, which may include a three dimensional space. A destructibility value, which may indicate the area's resilience to destruction or strength, may be associated with the area of simulated space. One or more textures of the simulated space may be changed or updated based on the occurrence of a destruction causing event. The change in one or more textures of the simulated space may be determined based at least in part on an intensity associated with the destruction causing event and the destructibility value of the affected simulated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeev Varma Penmatsa, Jordan Ross Lehmiller
  • Patent number: 9734671
    Abstract: A method of allowing a player to play a gaming machine is described herein. The method includes displaying a game including a plurality of reels displayed in a display area. Each reel of includes a reel strip including a plurality of normal symbols positions and a plurality of special symbol positions. The method includes randomly generating an outcome of the game and displays the game outcome on the display device, wherein the game outcome including at least one special symbol position being displayed on at least one reel of the plurality of reels in the display area. The method also includes determining a symbol selection factor as a function of the generated game outcome, randomly selecting at least one special symbol as a function of the symbol selection factor, and displaying the game outcome including the selected special symbol displayed in the special symbol position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Arthur Lee
  • Patent number: 9734663
    Abstract: Various aspects described or referenced herein are directed to different methods, systems, and computer program products for implementing automated money laundering detection, notification, and reporting techniques implemented at casino gaming networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Fresh Idea Global Limited
    Inventors: Jay Chun, Binh Nguyen