Patents Examined by James S. McClellan
  • Patent number: 11915558
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that modify one or more symbols based on an accumulation of such symbols at one or more symbol display positions over a plurality of plays of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: David Ceniceroz
  • Patent number: 11915541
    Abstract: A display, as for an electronic gaming machine, includes one or more rotatable mechanical reels including at least one variable displaying position at which the display may be varied. Content is displayed at the variable displaying position when the variable displaying position registers with the display. One or more reels can include a reel strip which includes at one location a pre-printed symbol and at another location a window. A video display can be arranged, configured and controlled by a processor to cast a display at the inside of the reel to impart light and video effects to pre-printed symbol locations or to cast video content through the reel strip window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Philip Jeffery Anderson, Linn Anthony McKay, Scott Monroe Stewart, Anthony Wayne Bond
  • Patent number: 11915560
    Abstract: A gaming system including a cascading symbol or tumbling reel game which utilizes zero, one or more multiple symbol display position elements. Each multiple symbol display position element is configured to occupy or span a plurality of symbol display positions of a symbol display position matrix. For a generated multiple symbol display position element to be removed from the symbol display matrix, each of the individual symbols of the multiple symbol display position element must individually qualify to be removed from the symbol display matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Mark C. Nicely
  • Patent number: 11908275
    Abstract: In a gaming method and system, a player is permitted to move funds from a gaming machine at a casino, such as funds won at the gaming machine or input into the gaming machine, with a funds account which the player can utilize to fund remote or mobile gaming. When a player of a gaming machine is identified, such as by detecting or sensing the player's mobile communication device or by a player's use of a player card or the like, a gaming machine may be configured or triggered to activate one or more funds association options, such as to offer the player the opportunity to associate funds provided to the gaming machine with their account for use in remote or mobile gaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: VULCAN GAMING LLC
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 11908278
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide an information processing apparatus that enables a player to more easily understand a bet amount. The information processing apparatus is provided with: multiple types of paper stock having currency information including currency units; an insertion slot into which the multiple types of paper stock are inserted; a reading device for reading the multiple types of paper stock inserted into the insertion slot; a display device for displaying a bet amount, for starting a process, together with currency information, based on currency information corresponding to each of the multiple types of paper stock read by the reading device; and an input device capable of inputting the bet amount displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuki Emori
  • Patent number: 11908280
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing multiple spins during gaming events to provide increased opportunities to receive winning outcomes. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to have a plurality of reels with multiple symbols on each reel. A portion of the symbols on each reel are displayed on a game grid having a number of symbol positions. During a gaming event, the symbols are randomly arranged via a first spin on game grid to generate a first configuration and a determination is made as to whether the first condition satisfies a predetermined condition. When the predetermined condition is satisfied, the reels or symbols in the symbol positions associated with the predetermined condition are held while the remaining reels or symbol positions are subjected to a second spin to randomly generate a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro
  • Patent number: 11908279
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for associating a player identifier with a financial account. The financial account can holds funds that are accessible through the player's use of a payment vehicle. Information associated with transactions using the payment vehicle can be used for player relationship purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Sightline Payments LLC
    Inventors: Kirk E. Sanford, Thomas M. Sears, Omer Sattar
  • Patent number: 11904243
    Abstract: A location-based game system is provided. Such a system may take the form of any device (e.g., a wireless telephone) that includes a locating device (e.g., a GPS system). One such location-based game may operate such that the actual, physical location of a user on a physical playfield corresponds to the location of a virtual character on a virtual playfield. Such location based games are referred to herein as actuality games. In one multiplayer actuality embodiment, two game devices may communicate location, and other, information to a remote database such that the two user's may interact on different physical playfields, but play on the same virtual playfield. A number of wireless communications protocols, self-configurations, and auto-download software applications are also provided to optimize integration with, for example, a wireless telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Mullen
  • Patent number: 11900762
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that activate progressive award opportunities responsive to accumulations of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Darcy McCormick
  • Patent number: 11900233
    Abstract: In example embodiments, a method of interactive imitation learning method is disclosed. An input is received from an input device. The input includes data describing a first set of example actions defining a behavior for a virtual character. Inverse reinforcement learning is used to estimate a reward function for the set of example actions. The reward function and the set of example actions is used as input to a reinforcement learning model to train a machine learning agent to mimic the behavior in a training environment. Based on a measure of failure of the training of the machine learning agent reaching a threshold, the training of the machine learning agent is paused to request a second set of example actions from the input device. The second set of example actions is used in addition to the first set of example actions to estimate a new reward function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Unity IPR ApS
    Inventors: Arthur William Juliani, Jr., Mohamed Marwan A. Mattar
  • Patent number: 11896900
    Abstract: A computer system and method for presenting windows in a dynamic menu are provided. The dynamic menu presents windows corresponding to an active application according to a first order, whereby windows are arranged based on recent interaction. The dynamic menu also presents windows corresponding to one or more inactive applications according to a second order, whereby windows are arranged based on relevance to a user of the computer system. The windows are presented in a first presentation state, and are expanded to a second presentation state or a third presentation state in response to user interaction. The third presentation state is reached via the second presentation state, thereby reducing latency and complexity of menu navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kobayashi, Katsuya Hyodo, Toru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11895795
    Abstract: An extendable cover for a portable electronic device including a first back panel having a first edge portion and a second back panel having a second edge portion. The first back panel and the second back panel being linearly slidable to move the first and second edge portions relative to each other along a sliding axis, wherein the first and second edge portions are opposite ends of the extendable cover along the sliding axis. The cover may include an electrical cable management arrangement having a rotatable hub disposed at the second back panel, and a hub-biasing mechanism coupled between the rotatable hub and the second back panel to bias the rotatable hub in a biased rotational direction to reel in a first electrical cable extending between the first back panel and the rotatable hub as the first and the second edge portions are moved towards each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Razer (Asia-Pacific) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil Palma Guerrero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11886688
    Abstract: A system for presenting a skill-based game, the system includes at least one server to serve a set of matchups of participants of an event, to a plurality of presentation devices, the plurality of presentation devices displaying the set of matchups on a display; to receive over the wide area network data from the presentation devices characterizing a set of user selected winners of the matchups made by the users; update the event data pertinent to participants in the actual events; using the updated data to calculate and assign payoffs to the users based on fixed payoff odds. A related computer-implemented method provides participant matchups to an operator organizing such a skill-based game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Vetnos LLC
    Inventors: James Morrison, Daniel K. Orlow, David Manpearl, Kenneth White, Benjamin Scott Stahlhood, II
  • Patent number: 11887439
    Abstract: Innovations in game design features of an electronic gaming device are presented. Groups of players can be defined that may win an award that is also available to non-group based players. If the award is won by a group-based player, the award can be distributed to at least a portion of the group members in addition to the player who won the award. A group profile can define criteria for group membership, awards associated with the group, how awards will be distributed among the group, and how and when groups can be altered. Groups can be associated with awards other than those associated with gaming activity. In addition, a value of a gaming award can be increased based on non-gaming activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Santisi, T. Grant Bolling, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11887434
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for implementing an incrementing feature in gaming devices. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to generate a game outcome in response a wager and determine if an incrementing symbol is present on a game grid when the generated game outcome is shown on a display of the gaming device. When the incrementing symbol is present, a processor is further operable to increment the incrementing symbol while maintaining at least the initial position of the incrementing symbol in the game grid during a subsequent game event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 11878230
    Abstract: A let detection system includes a sensor including an accelerometer attached to a tennis net. The sensor is in wireless communication with an umpire device able to send a message to the sensor, wherein the message causes the sensor to calibrate and begin monitoring for a let. The sensor determines a three-dimensional (3D) vector representing the gravity acting on the sensor as a baseline. When the sensor detects vertical acceleration of the net relative to the baseline and the vertical motion is above a preset threshold, the sensor automatically transmits a let notification message to the umpire device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Frank C. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11878246
    Abstract: Various aspects of the subject technology relate to systems, methods, and machine-readable media for rendering audio via a game engine for a game. Various aspects may include determining sound source reverb metrics and listener reverb metrics. Aspects may include determining reverbs within a reverb possibility space for all rooms or spaces of the game rendered by the game engine. Aspects may also include determining sound tuning parameters describing reverb attenuation over distance. Aspects may include calculating acoustic parameters based on the reverb metrics, relative positions, and sound tuning parameters. Aspects may include rendering audio according to a fit of determined reverbs to the acoustic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew David Smith, Hugo David Elmoznino, Giselle Olivia Martel
  • Patent number: 11875643
    Abstract: A wagering system is associated with a first wagering facility, communicably coupled with a network and includes a memory operable to store betting odds on a plurality of wagering events hosted by the first wagering facility. The system includes a processor coupled to the memory and operable to receive via the network a first bet on a particular event comprising at least one of the wagering events hosted by the first wagering facility. If a second bet is received within a predetermined period of time after the first bet is received, the processor recalculates the betting odds on the particular event based upon the first bet and the second bet. If a second bet is not received within a predetermined period of time after the first bet is received, then the processor recalculates the betting odds on the particular event based upon the first bet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Asher, Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 11869312
    Abstract: A continuous symbol sequence supplemental game features is described. A gaming device randomly triggers, based on a random number generator, a continuous symbol sequence supplemental game feature. The gaming device randomly determines, based on the random number generator and triggering the continuous symbol sequence supplemental game feature, a number of credit symbols to add to a continuous symbol sequence. The gaming device randomly determine, based on the random number generator, the credit values for the credit symbols. The gaming device presents the continuous symbol sequence, wherein the credit values of the credit symbols in the continuous symbol sequence are arranged in a designated order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christmas Uberuaga, Daniel Mirjavadi, Allon Englman
  • Patent number: 11869298
    Abstract: A method of interacting with an electronic gaming machine that executes a program for a wagering game includes generating a video image including the electronic gaming machine, the electronic gaming machine is within a view of a player, generating virtual content associated with the game executed by the electronic gaming machine, and displaying the virtual content to the player to augment the player's view of the electronic gaming machine, the virtual content appears to the player to be on or adjacent to the electronic gaming machine. Related electronic gaming machines and electronic gaming systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: David Vincent Froy, Jr.