Patents Examined by James McClellan
  • Patent number: 8758114
    Abstract: A gaming machine executes a process with new entertainability. The game executes a normal game accepting an input of selecting any of the plurality of the specific symbols stop-displayed, in response to a fact that a plurality of the specific symbols are stop-displayed, in the normal game executed. A benefit is awarded according to the specific symbols selected. Whether or not to generate a specific game state is determined, in response to the specific symbols selected. An input of selecting a specific symbol other than the specific symbol previously selected is accepted from among the plurality of specific symbols stop-displayed, in response to a fact that it is determined that the specific game state has been generated. A benefit is awarded according to the specific symbol selected in the last processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Takehisa Itagaki, Masahiko Konishi, Masaya Honda, Masahiro Yoshida, Hiroki Saito, Kazumasa Yoshizawa, Hiroki Nakamura, Kenta Sugano
  • Patent number: 8147334
    Abstract: A trusted disaster tolerant system architecture supporting concurrently a number of distributed online gaming operations such as slip-scan lottery, video lottery, fixed odd betting terminals, internet gaming, and interactive TV. A personality front end resolves the peculiarities of the various client systems before submitting the relevant transactional payload to a trusted transactional cache. A universal game random generator may be used either at the central game server or at each individual gaming machine, thus conferring a significant trust to the entire estate of gaming machines fitted with the game random generator. An auditable trusted log allows to rapidly resolve any dispute. The instant-draw model and the differed-draw model are supported. The system may advantageously be used in casino environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Thierry Brunet De Courssou, Pierre-Jean Beney
  • Patent number: 8133113
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gaming machine that can play both Class II and Class III games. Some implementations provide a gaming machine that has certain features (e.g., a true random number generator or “RNG”) enabled for Class III play and disabled for Class II play. Some aspects of the invention provide methods for determining when a Class III game is available. Other aspects of the invention allow a player to “line up” for a desired Class III game while playing another game, such as a Class II game or another Class III game, on the same gaming machine until the desired Class III game is available. Some such implementations grant higher priority to certain players according to their gaming history, e.g., as indicated by player tracking/player loyalty data. Alternative aspects of the invention allocate available Class III games in other ways, e.g., by playing a Class II game for a chance to play a Class III game, by lottery, or otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Binh Nguyen, James Stockdale, Bryan Wolf
  • Patent number: 8118675
    Abstract: A system and method for relaying race information related to a plurality of races, such as horse or greyhound races, typically held at racetracks. The system includes a computer system that receives and stores current race information from the plurality of races. The system also includes a remote device coupled to the computer system. A user operating the remote device can view race information and place wagers on the races. The method begins by the computer system sending initial race information to the remote device. As current race information is received from the racetracks, the computer system compares current race information with the initial race information sent to the remote device. The computer system then sends updated race information to the remote device. This updated race information includes only race information that has changed since the initial race information was sent from the computer system to the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Youbet.com, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey R Horowitz, Henry P Stapp, Ruben M Pegorer, Jeff Franklin
  • Patent number: 8113955
    Abstract: A game service system is provided for transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal and reproducing an image and an audio signal. This system allows a user not only to view TV programs broadcasted from a broadcasting station, but also to order a desired game program, receive the selected game program from a broadcasting station, and execute the selected game program. In addition, because the game program can be transmitted through the broadcasting media, a plurality of users can receive a desired game program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kuk Ho Bae, Kwang Chul Ju
  • Patent number: 8075393
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, the present invention is directed to a gaming apparatus. The gaming apparatus may include a housing defining a display area on which at least one indicium representing at least one prize is displayed. The gaming device also may include a plurality of display characters. At least one of the display characters is configured to move and indicate at least one indicium. The gaming apparatus further includes a controller in communication with at least one of the plurality of display characters and configured to direct the movement of the display character. The controller is also configured to generate a random number and generate a game outcome based on the random number. The controller is configured to move at least one display character to indicate at least one indicium that corresponds to the game outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Atlantic City Coin & Slot Service Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerald C. Seelig, Lawrence M. Henshaw
  • Patent number: 8052534
    Abstract: An interactive entertainment system including numerous thematically-related elements, and particularly including one or more pliant, design-bearing ornaments which are transferable and/or attachable nearly anywhere. Each ornament includes and defines a character embodied in a design fixed thereupon, and such characters provide a thematic-basis and continuity throughout the numerous features and elements of the invented entertainment system. The ornaments are typically universally-interchangeable within the system embodiments, being operably attachable and detachable via reciprocal hook and loop fastener, for example, with any of a great variety of structures, each structure configured for coupling an ornament with one or more of a great variety of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Pak Nak, LLC
    Inventors: Marissa Beth Crouch, Anne Frances Mersereau, James Stewart, Patrick D. Boyd
  • Patent number: 8047917
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for playing a game of chance. The game of chance may include, for example, a lottery-type game. A result of the game of chance is revealed to a player in another medium. In one example, the result is revealed during multiple game instances of one or more online games. In one example, the online game is a game in which elements are selected, and in response to the selection, a prize is revealed (or not) to the player. In another example, the player is permitted to predict the outcome of a characteristic of the online game, a game-playing computer determines an outcome to be displayed to the player that reflects a result of the game of chance. In one example game format, the player is permitted to predict the most frequently-occurring element in a group of drawn game elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Scientific Games Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Steven N. Kane, Dow Hardy, Mark E. Herrmann
  • Patent number: 8029349
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a game play input preferably in a gaming network. This game play input specifies a wager in a primary game in which a player is participating through the network, and is typically entered through a player station connected in the network. A secondary game play is generated in response to the game play input. This generation of the secondary game play is separate from any actions taken in the gaming network in connection with the primary game in response to the game play input. The secondary game play includes one or more entries in a secondary game that is distinct from the primary game, and the number of entries included in the secondary game play is determined by the wager in the primary game. Each entry included in the secondary game play is associated with a chance in the secondary game and is ultimately analyzed to identify a result of the secondary game play for the secondary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefferson C. Lind
  • Patent number: 8024380
    Abstract: Storing static data in a secondary storage and varying data in a database server. The static data can be stored in the database server also. In an embodiment, all the read/write requests related to the static data are sent to the secondary storage. Any updates to the static data are then propagated from the secondary storage to the database server at periodic intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Amulya Mishra
  • Patent number: 8016676
    Abstract: A child's car seat assembly includes built-in components enabling wireless gaming applications. A child's car seat assembly includes built-in components enabling two-way, person-to-person communications. A child's car seat assembly includes built-in components enabling both wireless gaming applications and two-way, person-to-person communications. The child's car seat assembly of the invention is intended for use with an infant or toddler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Revolutionary Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Carter
  • Patent number: 7261191
    Abstract: In a brake disc rotor 1, at least a road wheel mounting plane 6 is covered with a rust preventive coating 8 of rust preventive paint. The rust preventive paint is water-borne acrylic-denatured epoxy resin paint containing aluminum zinc phosphomolybdate as a rust preventive pigment, and is applied in such a manner that the coating 8 attains a thickness t of 1 to 20 ?m, preferably 5 to 15 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignees: Kiriu Corporation, Nippon Paint Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Takakusagi, Hiroshi Uehara, Atsushi Sutou, Sadahiko Sakamoto, Hiroshi Fujii, Hiroaki Konse
  • Patent number: 7258404
    Abstract: An anti-skid brake control system for a multi-wheeled vehicle includes both a paired function and an individual function. The paired function controls the wheels of the vehicle in unison. The individual function controls the wheels of the vehicle individually. A paired/individual logic circuit alternatively activates and deactivates the paired function and the individual function. A method for controlling the skid of a vehicle utilizing a paired function and a individual function is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Hydro-Aire, Inc.
    Inventors: Harris K. Butler, III, Scott A. Brittian
  • Patent number: 7243764
    Abstract: A friction damper with a housing including a cavity. The damper includes a first member disposed in the cavity and movable in the cavity; a second member disposed in the cavity; an intermediate member between the first and second members, the first member being in frictional engagement with the intermediate member; and at least one magnetic field generator mounted to magnetically couple the first and second members thereby maintaining the first member in frictional engagement with the intermediate member and wherein the first member is movable against the intermediate member to generate a damping force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventor: J. David Carlson
  • Patent number: 7244002
    Abstract: A brake-by-wire type vehicle brake system is arranged to return a piston of a master cylinder to a normal position by opening a shutoff valve so as to supply a hydraulic pressure of a pump to the master cylinder when the shutoff valve is closed and a stroke simulator is put in shutoff state and to close the shutoff valve when the stroke simulator is put in communicating state by returning the pistons of the master cylinder to the normal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tsunehara
  • Patent number: 7244000
    Abstract: A rider surface maintenance vehicle with variable dynamic braking, in contrast to a mechanically-engaged braking system that uses a brake cable. A brake pedal engages a sensor that encodes the pedal position as an electronic signal. The electronic signal, along with the vehicle velocity, determines a machine deceleration rate, or braking rate, either by calculation, lookup table, or a combination of the two. The braking rate may be tuned so that the of the brake mimics or approximates the feel of a conventional mechanically-engaged brake that uses a brake cable. During stopping, once the vehicle passes below a threshold velocity, a parking brake is automatically engaged. The braking rate is converted to a duty cycle, and the braking is preferably accomplished by pulse width modulation (PWM) of an electrical load applied in parallel to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Tennant Company
    Inventors: Peter Alexander Loring, Steven Vincent Feeny, Robert J. Erko, Paul Groschen, Richard Milun
  • Patent number: 7234573
    Abstract: In a brake shoe (1) comprising a carrier plate (2) having arranged thereon first a dampening and noise-reducing intermediate layer (4) and then a friction lining (6), it is provided that the intermediate layer (4), on the side thereof facing towards the friction lining (6), comprises a three-dimensional surface structure, and that the friction lining (6) on the carrier-plate side is adapted to the surface contour (5) of the intermediate layer (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: TMD Friction GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Kurz, Wilfried Schnell, Georg Eichner, Wolfgang Hoffrichter
  • Patent number: 7228944
    Abstract: In a method for determining the temperature of a wheel-braking device of a brake system, the current disc temperature of the brake disc is determined based on the last-determined disc temperature, the energy supplied to the brake disc since the last temperature determination, and the energy discharged by the brake disc since the last temperature determination. The current caliper temperature of the brake caliper of the wheel-braking device is determined by means of the current disc temperature of the brake disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Fischle, Alexander Hohnwald, Taner Kandemir, Thorsten Klepser, Frank Tietze, Peter Woll
  • Patent number: 7222704
    Abstract: A selective damping apparatus includes at least one sensor for detecting, and producing signals indicative of at least the frequency and amplitude of vibrations of a first structural component (a “resonant structure”) having one or more resonant frequencies. At least one vibration generator is provided for generating damping vibrations for application to the resonant structure, as well as a controller for controlling the operation of the vibration generator in delayed response to the signals produced by the at least one sensor. The at least one sensor and at least one vibration generator are adapted to cooperate with a second structural component (a “non-resonant structure”) that is relatively insensitive to the resonant frequencies of the resonant structure. The nonresonant structure is connected or coupled to the resonant structure either directly or indirectly, via one or more intermediate structural components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: John B. Pearson, Philip A. Emery
  • Patent number: 7222703
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling brakes in bicycles and the like, made with a pump connected to a relevant reservoir, characterized in that the reservoir is disposed inside a containment body and exhibits a concave portion shaped complementarily to a handlebar's portion to which the body is to be fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Formula S.R.L.
    Inventors: Samuele Laghi, Andrea Fiorenzo Becocci