Patents Examined by Delbert B. Lowe
  • Patent number: 4105210
    Abstract: The present invention is an action game apparatus for two or more players and includes a disc, or puck, capable of simulating a mouse and a shell housing enclosing a playing surface and having a plurality of apertures creating an appearance of a Swiss cheese cake. An L-shaped stick is utilized by the respective players for insertion through the apertures to strike the game disc. A plurality of goal openings are mounted about the periphery of the shell housing and a player scores when a disc is propelled through a goal. A scoring device including a peg and a plurality of holes can also be mounted adjacent the shell housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1978
    Assignee: California R & D Center
    Inventors: Lawrence T. Jones, William Jacobs
  • Patent number: 4082284
    Abstract: A game apparatus comprising a game board provided with a playing area which simulates the geographical outline of a country and having a plurality of routes extending across the playing area and having strategic point indicia located on the playing area; two sets of player tokens to be moved along the routes; a die element showing the distance to move a player token along a selected route; command cards giving instructions to a captured player token; an escape die to allow a captured player token to escape. The object of the game is for a player to move all of his player tokens across the board from start to finish after overcoming obstacles and evading capture by the opposite team of player tokens. While children are playing the game they are able to learn about interesting geographical features of the country on the game board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1978
    Inventor: John N. Jennings
  • Patent number: 4076249
    Abstract: A game played on a board marked as a residential subdivision. Markers are moved about the board by the players in response to the play of dice, with the players representing buyers, developers and sellers of residential and commercial lots marked on the board. The board is marked with a layout of a continuous path of blocks representing a route along several joining streets, with individually numbered building lots marked adjacent each block of the route. The game includes markers for representing each player's position on a block of the route, miniature houses to represent buildings constructed by a player on a lot adjacent to his marker position, play money which may be borrowed by a player from a bank, cards representing engineering, sewer and water, paving, building, and sales and rentals contracts, together with two sets of penalty or reward cards. Individual blocks of the route are marked with colors to indicate the application of the penalty or reward cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Sneathen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4076250
    Abstract: A board game for two or more players simulating convict retrieval in the wild west. A game board is provided simulating a first town with streets and buildings with entrances with an "out of town" street surrounding at least a portion of the first town, the "out of town" street starting at a second town. The streets are laid out with rectangular adjacent areas for movement thereon of game pieces in accordance with numbers provided by a throw of dice. Discs with predetermined symbols or no symbol are placed in each building with symbol face down for use by a player entering the building with his game piece according to the symbol on the disc. The object of the game is to enter a building in the first town having a disc with a first predetermined symbol, then enter a building with a second predetermined symbol, and then move the game piece to the second town without running into any impediments as provided by the game rules, the first player to return to the second town being the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1978
    Inventor: Emilio Azcarate
  • Patent number: 4074906
    Abstract: Game apparatus is disclosed having a game card playing chance taking apparatus for randomly determining the play of the game cards. The preferred embodiment of the game apparatus further includes a set of game playing cards and chance taking apparatus. The playing cards, in the preferred embodiment, include three separately identifiable portions, with the first and second portions having a random numerical value associated therewith and the third portion having a numerical value associated therewith which is equal to the sum of the associated numerical values of the first and second portions. The chance taking apparatus randomly identifies one of the three card portions. The game card playing chance taking apparatus is shown in a first preferred form as a game board and game markers and is shown in a second preferred form as spinner apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1978
    Assignee: Wicks & Nemer, P.A.
    Inventor: David L. Magiera
  • Patent number: 4070026
    Abstract: A game is provided with a map board subdivided into a plurality of territorial entities such as geographical or political entities, such as the states of the United States of America. Each state is assigned a value corresponding to, for example, its population. A grid of recesses is provided on the top surface of the game board which allows for the movement of game pieces therealong. The grid of recesses is formed into a plurality of vertical rows and a plurality of horizontal rows, and the game pieces move therealong a distance equal to a number shown by a first-game-piece control member, such as an eight-sided die, while the direction of movement of the game pieces along the grid of recesses is also determined by a game-piece control member, such as a second eight-sided die which has a plurality of directions indicated on the surfaces thereof. A state is claimed by any player whose game piece lands in a recess within the boundary of the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1978
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Cambardella
  • Patent number: 4068848
    Abstract: Apparatus for playing an adult game based upon possible legal and business activities and possible experiences of selected professional type persons. Spaces are provided on a board for the movement of symbolic elements representing each professional person with the number of spaces moved determined by chance, subject, however, to specific instructions affecting the movement of the symbolic elements as determined by instructions on the spaces on the board. A stack of cards is provided for each professional space on the second board, with each card providing either good or bad information concerning a client's relationship with the person of that profession and on the basis thereof, if the card information is good, indicating the amount of money to be paid by the client to the professional person; or, if bad, a basis for a malpractice suit and the formula for a possible monetary recovery against the professional person through suit or arbitration of the matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1978
    Inventors: Allan S. Lichtman, Rosemary R. Lichtman
  • Patent number: 4067579
    Abstract: A game apparatus comprising a game board having a playing field comprising a map, a plurality of terminals, a plurality of routes across the map, each route extending between a pair of terminals and divided into a plurality of playing spaces some of which bear instructional indicia; a plurality of cards from among which a player draws one or more cards bearing indicia instructing the player; a plurality of playing tokens (such as miniature trucks) for representing a player's location on the playing field; a die for randomly designating the number of playing spaces to be moved by a player along one of the routes during the player's turn; and imitation money for transactions calling for payment or receipt of money during the course of play. Advertising copy related to the trucking industry is displayed on the game board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1978
    Assignee: Sandstorm Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: George McCoy Boofer
  • Patent number: 4067578
    Abstract: Chess board and pieces provided for playing by four persons, comprise a chess board having a "central field" of 8 .times. 8 squares. Sixteen diagonally disposed squares in the central field are called "combat bases," and extending from each side of the central field is an 8 .times. 4 squares "domain" for each player. Four sets of chess pieces each having 16 men are provided as in the conventional set and positioned respectively in two rows in the domain of each player just like those in the conventional set. Each chess piece is of a cube form having six faces, with four out of the six faces painted with different colors representing each player's "country" and marked with the symbol of a man. Each player positions his pieces and turns up the face having his own color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1978
    Inventor: Chiu-Hua Chang
  • Patent number: 4065131
    Abstract: A board game apparatus includes a board having first and second alternate travel paths which have different numbers of movement steps and which are coincident in certain portions thereof. The players of the game evaluate and assess the relative risks and merits in selecting the alternate paths of movement during play of the game. Each traverse around the board corresponds to a college semester. A manual is provided with special entries indicating bonuses and penalties which correspond to typical college experiences. The bonuses and penalties are divided according to classification: freshman, sophomore, etc., with different bonuses and penalties being indicated depending upon the particular path of travel selected. The object of the game is to graduate having the highest grade point average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1977
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Martin, Jr., David Michael Engert
  • Patent number: 4063735
    Abstract: A competitive citizen's band (CB) radio game employing at least one toy radio with play or game pieces representing vehicles which move along major routes and past various hazards or obstacles according to chance selection until a winner reaches a set destination first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Inventor: Dan P. Wendel
  • Patent number: 4063734
    Abstract: A game and gameboard for two players comprising a flat board surface having thereon a play field having holding means adapted to receiving playing pieces of two colors representing two players, a pair of adjacent record fields in the form of smaller replicas of the play field having holding means adapted to receive record pieces in the form of smaller replicas of the playing pieces to record the completion of a selected series of moves on the play field representing a winning series for a player and a pair of lines of numbered holding means on opposite sides of the board adapted to receive the said record pieces to tally a player's number of winning games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Inventor: Edward G. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4062545
    Abstract: A downhill ski racing game includes a playing board having a three-dimensional upper portion, wherein a ski route having a pair of paths is disposed on the upper surface of the upper portion, wherein each path is formed from a plurality of contiguous squares. A pair of dice are provided as well as chance cards for determining the number of contiguous squares to move each playing piece. Mishap cards are also provided and can cancel a player's turn or remove him from play. A mechanism is provided for sloping and maintaining the playing board upwardly from the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Inventor: Brian G. Witney
  • Patent number: 4061336
    Abstract: A travel game uses a puzzle map of the United States of America with the removable states as the playing surface. Tokens reflecting different modes of travel are used to represent a player's position in making trips between a start state and a destination state, each being marked with an "S" or "D" token. Spinners are used to randomly determine a player's mode of travel and the length of his move. Reward cards and penalty cards contain special instructions modifying a regular move. Optional insurance is available to protect against some of the penalties. Play money is used to pay fees and penalties. Bonuses and rewards may be collected during play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Inventor: Launa J. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 4061337
    Abstract: A game is provided having educational and entertainment value with regard to music. The game includes a game board having spaces providing a path of movement for a game piece about the periphery of the board. Each movement of the game piece is determined from instruction cards placed face down on the game board in separate stacks each covered by a control card visibly depicting a different musical note. The game further includes chance cubes each having a different character letter thereon which corresponds to a note depicted on one of the control cards. The cubes are housed in a container and withdrawn one at a time by a player. In order to gain access to an instruction card to enable movement of his game piece, a player must compare the character letter on the cube with the notes depicted on the control cards and recognize the depicted note which corresponds to the character letter. Having done so the player is entitled to remove the underlying instruction card and move his game piece accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Inventor: William Boyd Callender
  • Patent number: 4061335
    Abstract: The present invention provides a game apparatus in the form of a chance device for use by a plurality of players in combination with a game board. The game board includes a central area and a playing area peripheral thereto with the playing area being defined by a path along which playing pieces are advanced by players of the game. In the preferred form, the playing path is an endless path defined by a series of playing stations. The central area of the board provides a support surface for the chance device. The chance device constitutes a receiver or depository device, preferably in the form of a wishing well or like structure, for receiving value or barter items, such as play coins, deposited therein through an opening. The depository device is partitioned to include a plurality of hidden compartments for receiving the value items at random from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4059276
    Abstract: A game which utilizes a flat game board containing two hundred and fifty-six squares some containing dollar amounts indicated thereon, some containing safe spaces and the rest blank. Fourteen pieces per player are used and dice determine the amount to be moved. Money is collected from a bank depending upon the amount on the square occupied. The person obtaining the most money wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Inventor: Robert W. Weniger
  • Patent number: 4058318
    Abstract: A backgammon game board for simultneous play of at least three players. The game board is divided by transverse and longitudinal lines to provide eight adjoining boards, each of said boards including six points. Each player has a pair of said boards and color coded playing pieces. The complete board contains forty-eight playing points, and each player moves his playing pieces through both his pair of boards and those of an opponent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Inventors: Robert Melvin Thomas, Robert Edward Thomas
  • Patent number: 4058319
    Abstract: Backgammon game board for the simultaneous play of four players. The game board is divided by transverse and longitudinal line to provide eight boards, each board including six points, said boards being symmetrically disposed about a central playing area. The central playing area contains selectively eight, 10 or 12 playing points through which each player must move his playing pieces from his two outer boards to his two inner boards. The eight boards contain 48 playing points which may be color coded in a manner corresponding to the color coding of the playing pieces so as to identify the flow of each player's playing pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1977
    Inventors: Robert Melvin Thomas, Robert Edward Thomas
  • Patent number: 4057253
    Abstract: A maze game having a plurality of game boards, each game board comprising individually identified delineated boxes, and grooves disposed peripherally of and between the boxes, and a plurality of walls insertable into the grooves between each set of adjacent boxes so as to form a wall therebetween, and wherein a series of such walls defines a maze on the board, and a token piece for moving step-wise from one box to an adjacent box through the maze as it is being defined, and a plurality of game sheets having like individually identified delineated boxes corresponding to the game board for each player to define a maze thereon without disclosure to the other player. The object of the game is to move the token piece step-wise on one player's board though the secreted maze configuration to the secreted end-square of the other player, before the other player defines the secreted maze configuration of the first player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1977
    Assignee: Fun Things, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank S. Csoka