Patents Examined by Jeffrey K. Wong
  • Patent number: 11986300
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating emotional states, moods, affects of an individual and providing feedback to the individual or others are disclosed. Systems and methods that provide real time detection and monitoring of physical aspects of an individual and/or aspects of the individual's activity and means of estimating that person's emotional state or affect and change to those are also disclosed. Real time feedback to the individual about the person's emotional change, change or potential change is provided to the user, helping the user cope, adjust or appropriately act on their emotions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Gregory Charles Flickinger
  • Patent number: 11989998
    Abstract: A gaming machine that provides an operation unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The operation unit receives an operation of a player. The display unit displays a rotating selector device including a plurality of cells arranged in a grid. The grid has a column and a plurality of rows. A reel strip having a plurality of segments is associated with the column. Each segment has a plurality of segment symbol positions. Each segment symbol position having an associated symbol. During a game, the control unit displays and rotates the selector device and establishes a stop segment based on the timing of player input. The control unit select a symbol position of the stop segment to establish an outcome of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Hirai, Yuji Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11983981
    Abstract: A gaming system including a housing and a reel assembly supported by the housing, the reel assembly including a frame, a plurality of individually rotatable reels supported by the frame, and one or more supplemental image displays supported by the frame and associated with the rotatable reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Tai Rosander, Allan C. Snippen
  • Patent number: 11941944
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including an interface capable of receiving identification information on a user retrieved by an information reading apparatus installed in a gaming hall, and a controller capable of retrieving locational information on an object related to the user in the gaming hall from a storage device based on the identification information on the user and performing image processing to create a floor map of the gaming hall in which an image associated with the object is mapped to a corresponding position of the object in the gaming hall. The storage device stores identification information for identifying the object together with the identification information on the user and further stores the locational information for locating the object together with the identification information on the object. The information processing apparatus enables grasp of objects related to the user in the gaming hall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Kengo Takeda
  • Patent number: 11941946
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that employ a plurality of mechanical reels for a plurality of plays of a plurality of different games, wherein the different games are associated with different attributes conveyed via a video transmissive display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony Baerlocher, Cullen O'day, Jason R. Mead
  • Patent number: 11931656
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a fantasy sports game. In some embodiments, an expected performance value may be determined that may affect the outcomes of a fantasy game. In some embodiments, player location may affect available opponents for a game. Groups may play against one another in a fantasy competition. Various examples of fantasy gaming options are given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Matthew Holt, Quinton Singleton, Ian Epstein
  • Patent number: 11935361
    Abstract: A gaming device comprises a display, a processor, and a memory storing (a) reel strip data defining a set of reel strips, each reel of the set of reel strips comprising prize value symbols and non-prize value symbols, wherein at least one reel strip of the set of reel strips comprises a designated symbol and (b) instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Chan, Blake Davis, Igor Suslik, Xin Liu, James Loader, Rahul Ahuja, Luke Ireland
  • Patent number: 11931648
    Abstract: The present invention allows stress of a user that may occur until matching is completed when carrying out matching of a plurality of users with each other to be reduced. The users are arranged by taking into consideration a waiting time of a user who has never cleared content. When the user carries out a play request for content, the user is arranged in the content. The content in which the user is arranged is extracted by using an extraction condition regarding the waiting time of a non-cleared user. The plurality of users arranged in the content are thus matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD., SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Takemura, Yoshinori Aoyagi, Mitsutoshi Gondai, Tsuyoshi Yokozawa
  • Patent number: 11928934
    Abstract: Gaming systems and methods that randomly modify a value of an accumulated symbol upon each occurrence of a modification event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michael DeBrabander, Jennifer Warner, Kelsy Foster, Boris Hallerbach
  • Patent number: 11928937
    Abstract: A gaming system including a gaming machine, a host computer, and a computing device of a user connected through a network is provided. The gaming machine may include a storage device that may store user media data corresponding to a player of the gaming machine, the user media data being received from a host computer. The gaming machine may also include a controller that may modify at least one parameter of a wager game being wagered on by the player based on the user media data by inserting at least one of an image, a video, and an audio of the user media data into the at least one parameter. The gaming machine may further include a display that may output the wager game having the at least one parameter modified with the user media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Angelo Palmisano
  • Patent number: 11922769
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a processor configured to control a display device to display a matrix of symbol positions and a bonus meter, where the bonus meter displays a bonus prize. In response to a bonus game trigger condition being satisfied, the processor is configured to control the display device to display a plurality of volatility options, each being player selectable and associated with a number of free spins and a multiple or another percentage of the bonus prize. A player selection of one volatility option is received, and a plurality of free spins are initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Ludwick
  • 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: 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: 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: 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.
  • 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: 11861985
    Abstract: A gaming device for dynamically configuring a composite feature game based on a first feature game and a second feature game. When the composite feature game is triggered, a game controller determines respective current states of a first feature game and a second feature game. The current state of the first feature game comprises a first unenhanced state that has a first unenhanced play characteristic and a first enhanced state that has a first enhanced play characteristic. The current state of the second feature game comprises a second unenhanced state that has a second unenhanced play characteristic and a second enhanced state that has a second unenhanced play characteristic. The game controller dynamically incorporates one of the first enhanced play characteristic and one of the second unenhanced play characteristic and the second unenhanced play characteristic into a composite play characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.
    Inventors: James Loader, Karen Kendall, Luke Ireland, Antoon Visser, Joshua Matos
  • Patent number: 11854349
    Abstract: A gaming system that uses multiple ghost reels to trigger a jackpot feature. During the jackpot feature, a gaming system performs a first spin of a jackpot prize reel that includes multiple jackpot prize symbols. After the first spin, each of the displayed jackpot prize symbol replaces a jackpot symbol displayed on the same line of an adjacent first ghost reel. Afterwards, the gaming system performs a second spin of the jackpot prize reel that generates a second set of displayed jackpot prize symbols. The gaming system then replaces the jackpot symbols of an adjacent second ghost reel according to the displayed jackpot prize symbols located on the same line. If the jackpot prize symbols populated on the ghost reels and the jackpot prize reel produces a same line match, the gaming system awards a jackpot prize corresponding to the matched jackpot prize symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Colin Fong
  • Patent number: 11839473
    Abstract: Systems and methods for estimating emotional states, moods, affects of an individual and providing feedback to the individual or others are disclosed. Systems and methods that provide real time detection and monitoring of physical aspects of an individual and/or aspects of the individual's activity and means of estimating that person's emotional state or affect and change to those are also disclosed. Real time feedback to the individual about the person's emotional change, change or potential change is provided to the user, helping the user cope, adjust or appropriately act on their emotions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventor: Gregory Charles Flickinger