Patents Examined by Eugene Kim
  • Patent number: 7425002
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention provides apparatus comprising an input for receiving a lottery number, K, from a lottery draw or other source of unpredictable numbers, and an output for presenting a graphical selector comprising N options. The graphical selector steps in sequence through said N options in accordance with the received lottery number K to select an option. The output can be incorporated into a broadcast television signal as part of a lottery program, and used to drive other material in the program, as well as providing an application for other platforms, such as mobile telephones and the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Randomaker Ltd.
    Inventor: Chris Goss
  • Patent number: 7422531
    Abstract: The killer applications of golfrisbee are comprised of the golh club, golfrisbee disc, golfrisbee basket, golfrisbee target, golfishing, grenade, water golh gun club, etc. The golfishing is to throw the fishing line far away with flying object and monitoring the fishing activities with golfishing golfrisbee. The core technologies are the swiveling club throwing technology, wind-bell-chain or wind-chime reverted-umbrella golfrisbee basket and the universal direction wing flying disk technology. Swiveling the golh club, the flying object is thrown to fly into the golfrisbee basket. The golfrisbee basket has either the wind-bell-chain or the wind-chime reverted umbrella structure to protect the golfrisbee from damage. The flying object is the golfball, golfrisbee disk, golfring, disk-ring, boomerang, polygon boomerang, multi-boomerang ring, multi-boomerang disk-ring, golfishing, golh hunting practice, grenade, gun golh club, water grenade, water gun golh club, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Tang System
    Inventors: Min Ming Tarng, Mei-Jech Jane Lin, Eric Yu-Shiao Tarng, Alfred Yu-Chih Tarng, Angela Yu-Shiu Tarng, Jwu-Ing Tarng, Huang-Chang Tarng, Shun-Yu Nieh
  • Patent number: 7410405
    Abstract: The subject invention provides an amusement device and method of play using the device, wherein the device includes a gun for shooting a liquid and/or a light beam, wherein the gun comprises a generally elongated barrel, a tank for containing a liquid, a source of power, a pump for pressurizing the tank, valve structures suitable for controlling the flow of the liquid, at least one light source, and a trigger mechanism which may selectively cause a stream of liquid to be discharged and one of more of the light sources to be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Paul M. Brown, Joseph L. McGowan
  • Patent number: 7404561
    Abstract: A Lemonade Stand playing card game has a box; playing cards and a set of rules and a die, the playing cards including financial cards which constitute the majority of the playing cards and which teach the value of money in business, timing cards which constitute the minority of the playing cards and which teach the value of time in business, and activity cards which constitute less than ten percent of the playing cards and which teach the value of actions in business; a set of rules; and a die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Inventor: Clay Savage
  • Patent number: 7401781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of playing a game of chance and entertainment, which incorporates an element of risk by rewarding a player for corresponding master and score value designations. One embodiment of the method of the present invention is played by at least one player. This embodiment is played with one master die and a plurality of scoring dice. The master die has a plurality of master sides, each master side bearing a master value designation thereon. Each scoring die has a plurality of scoring sides, with each scoring side of each scoring die bearing a score value designation corresponding to one of the master value designations. In a turn, the player shakes the master die and the plurality of scoring dice to obtain an upwardly facing master side and a plurality of upwardly facing scoring sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Winsor Concepts
    Inventors: Reynolds W. Guyer, Thomas W. Guyer
  • Patent number: 7396015
    Abstract: A method of playing a poker-type game where two cards are revealed in each of a plurality of hands followed by a player wagering on at least one of the hands. Three community cards are revealed followed by a second round of wagering where the player must either raise or fold each hand wagered on in the previous wager round. The three community cards are part of each hand. Two more community cards are revealed and the winning hand is determined where each hand is a combination of the first two cards and the five community cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: New Vision Gaming & Development, Inc.
    Inventor: John Feola
  • Patent number: 7393294
    Abstract: A ball catching and delivery head including a frame and a base for a lacrosse stick is provided. In addition to a socket for receiving a handle, the base includes a cavity for receiving a flexible cartridge and also trusses laterally located relative to the base that terminally connect with the frame and the base. The frame is vertically flexible relative to the base and the extent to which the frame is so flexible is dependent upon the cartridge flexibility and compressibility. The trusses prevent lateral movements of the frame relative to the base. Different cartridges made of different materials may be substituted for one another to achieve different flexing characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Easton Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Filice, Dean E. Meyer, Larry Carlson
  • Patent number: 7384323
    Abstract: An air-operated sound producing device includes a main housing including a downwardly curved reed-plate formed thereon with a plurality of variously sized sound channels formed therein, a reed assembly having at least two vibratable reeds formed thereon, and a means to secure the reed assembly over the downwardly curved reed-plate. The reed-plate provides a portion between the sound channels for center support and vibration of the reed. The reed assembly of the sound producing device is vibratable in whole, or in part, over multiple sound channels. The device is particularly suited for the use of thin, relatively wide reeds. Further, the device provides for the adaptation of a variety of interchangeable variously sized reeds produced from a single piece of material. The disclosed novel device can produce a wide variety of unusual and desirable sounds of considerable volume and has applications to hand-held musical instruments, toys, novelty items, and wildlife attraction devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Edward J. Sceery
  • Patent number: 7381112
    Abstract: A device typically adapted for association with an air diffuser of a ventilation system of a dwelling. The device redirects an air stream from a forced air column received through the diffuser. A novelty item is disposed to depend from structure associated with the base for rotation of the novelty item by the air stream. An operable suspension system includes a magnet assembly and a magnetically attracted bearing element. Desirably, a safety catch is included to maintain the novelty item in proximity to the base in the event of decoupling between the magnet assembly and the bearing element. One preferred base is adapted to form a slip-on fit to a diffuser register of a dwelling's ventilation system. Certain novelty items are sized to provide a self-packaging capability for commercial display. An alternative base is structured to look like furniture, and may include a plurality of internal passageways through which air may selectively be directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Greg L. Symes
  • Patent number: 7374469
    Abstract: A method of making a toy ball having a toy figurine fixed therein includes the steps of: preparing an upper mold and a lower mold; preparing a toy figurine; inserting and fixing the toy figurine to an iron needle of the lower mold; injecting liquid polyurethane glue into the upper mold, combing the lower mold with the upper mold, and turning the combined mold upside down; placing the combined mold on a rotational molding machine for spin-molding the polyurethane glue; cooling the liquid polyurethane glue, and then opening the upper mold and taking out the toy ball from the lower mold; injecting liquid doping with glitter powder or fluorescent powder into the toy ball; sealing a through hole of the toy ball using a plastic sealing needle and then cutting a part of the plastic sealing needle that remains outside the toy ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Chia-Yen Lin
  • Patent number: 7374503
    Abstract: When a rod extending out of the bottom of a hollow rigid plastic trunk encasing a collapsible basketball backboard is pushed up, the backboard comes out of the top of the trunk and opens and a rim rotates 90 degrees to an “up” position perpendicular to the trunk. A pulley system inside the trunk, one end of which is connected to the push rod, controls rotation of a hinge attached to a rim, the hinge sitting in an opening in the top of the trunk. When the rod is pulled, the planar segments of the backboard fold to a point one behind the other and go downward to fit into the trunk and the hoop moves to a “down” position. In open position the backboard segments fan out. The rod has a V-shaped attachment piece connecting the top of the rod to the common bottom border of the backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Hewitt Mullins
  • Patent number: 7371147
    Abstract: The invention concerns a system for realizing complex constructions, characterized in that it comprises a plurality of basic elements, and a plurality of constructive and/or figurative elements, that can be coupled with said basic elements, each basic element being comprised of ferromagnetic material, to be coupled with a first type of constructive and/or figurative magnetic elements, said basic elements being further provided with not-magnetic coupling means, for coupling with at least a second type of plastic material elements, said plastic material elements being provided with coupling means corresponding to the coupling means provided on said plurality of basic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventor: Edoardo Tusacciu
  • Patent number: 7371194
    Abstract: This invention is a portable playing field for a plastic ball and bat game that can be easily set up in the backyard, park or beach, be used indoors or outdoors and professionally or a non-competitive environment. Hit markers automatically determine singles, doubles, triples and homeruns. The strike zone automatically determines if the pitch is a strike or ball. No bases are used so the game can be played with as few as 1 or 2-10 players. The field is adjustable to accommodate playing area or player use needs. A miniature size can also be used as a “table top” game that includes release buttons to pitch the ball and for the player to swing the bat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Babiak, Lawrence A. Wiltbank
  • Patent number: 7371196
    Abstract: A lacrosse handle having two sidewalls each with a channel and two arched walls extending between the sidewalls is disclosed herein. The channels contribute to increased gripping ability by the user and overall increased strength of the handle. Each channel is capable of receiving an insert that includes individualized information, for example, a school name or colors. Further, one of the arched walls may have a textured surface and the other arched wall may have a smooth surface to provide the user with a more accurate handle to head orientation than conventional lacrosse handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: David Morrow, Andrew Maliszewski
  • Patent number: 7371145
    Abstract: Souvenir kits are disclosed, the kits including an assortment of multiple parts including a front member, a rear member, and at least one side member. At least the front member is thematically representative of an aspect of a particular travel destination. At least the front member is configured for connection to one or more other parts in the kit in multiple respective ways so as to make a selected souvenir assembly of at least three possible souvenir assemblies, each having a different use, that can be made from the parts in the kit. Exemplary assemblies include bookends, wall-hangings, enclosures (e.g., planters), light-switch covers, object-holding devices, and wind chimes, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Ridge, George G. Ridge
  • Patent number: 7367564
    Abstract: A method for playing a mathematics game includes the steps of providing playing cards including a plurality of numeric cards, at least one operational card, and at least one equal sign card; constructing a numeric sentence framework; dealing a select number of the plurality of numeric cards to a select number of players to provide each player with a hand of numeric cards; and creating a first true numeric sentence by playing into the numeric sentence framework at least one or more of the numeric cards in a player's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Latell
  • Patent number: 7364488
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enhancing an inflatable device. In one example, a first component adapted to generate at least one of light and sound is coupled to a second component that is adapted to facilitate insertion into an inflatable device. The first component may be an LED-based light source configured to generate single or multi-colored light in an interior space of the inflatable device once inserted into the inflatable device. The second component may be particularly configured with one or more valves or seals to facilitate a transfer of a substance (e.g., an inflating substance) into the inflatable device once the first and second components are inserted into the inflatable device. The second component also may be configured to conveniently facilitate an effective seal between the second component and the inflatable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Philips Solid State Lighting Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Ralph Osterhout, Kevin J. Dowling
  • Patent number: 7364489
    Abstract: A toy includes a body, a motor within the body, an appendage coupled to the body of the toy, a tail device coupled to the body of the toy, and a neck device coupled to the body of the toy. The appendage is actuated by the motor to move along a first path. The tail device is actuated by the motor to move along a second path. The neck device is actuated by the motor to move along a third path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Iaconis, Jeffrey M. Ford, Leif J. Askeland, Peter Hall, Richard Maddocks
  • Patent number: 7364490
    Abstract: A toy vehicle including: a housing defining an interior section of the vehicle; a motor mounted in the housing; a drive shaft operatively connected to the motor and extending through an opening in the housing; and a propeller or wheel mounted on an end portion of the drive shaft. The drive shaft includes a polygon shaped driving element that is countersunk into a rear portion of the propeller/wheel for providing reliable transfer of power from the motor to the propeller/wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: New Bright Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keung Lee
  • Patent number: 7364163
    Abstract: A Big Money playing card game has a box; playing cards and a set of rules and a die, the playing cards including financial cards which constitute the majority of the playing cards and which teach the value of money in business, timing cards which constitute the minority of the playing cards and which teach the value of time in big business, and activity cards which constitute less than ten percent of the playing cards and which teach the value of actions in big business; a set of rules; and a die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Clay Savage