Patents Examined by Joseph B Baldori
  • Patent number: 10279277
    Abstract: A balloon holder includes a cup portion having a stem with a barb extending therefrom, and a conical cup defined by a sidewall extending from the stem to define a top edge of the conical cup. The balloon holder further includes a stick portion including an elongate stick body extending from a first end to a second end, a stem receptacle at the first end, and a barb receptacle provided in the stem receptacle, wherein a portion of the stem is received in the stem receptacle such that the barb locks into the barb receptacle to join the cup portion and the stick portion together to form a complete balloon holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, Wesley A. Schroeder, Chase E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10279278
    Abstract: A fusible toy bead scraper set includes: a main body; a spatula portion formed on a front side of the main body; and guide portions. The guide portions extend from left and right end surface of the main body to define a space between left and right end portions of the main body, have lower surfaces, and are disposed on left and right sides of the main body, for guiding forward and rearward movement of the spatula portion. The set also includes fusible toy beads and a rectangular holding tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: EPOCH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Ryo Sakai
  • Patent number: 10238957
    Abstract: The invention provides a game apparatus having matched inner and outer vessels and a set of cards that can be used to play a game. Each vessel of the game apparatus is configured to hold a liquid such as water or beer, which can be dispensed into the vessel body through the open top. The outer vessel is larger than the inner vessel and configured to hold the inner vessel in a substantially upright position and rotatable in its hollow interior. The matched inner and outer vessels can be used to play a game in which two or more players take turn adding at least a drop of water to an inner vessel placed in a fluid-filled outer vessel until a player loses by causing the inner vessel to sink by adding more fluid than the inner vessel can hold. The invention also provides a plurality of karma cards that are content matched to a two-vessel game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Rodems
  • Patent number: 10220298
    Abstract: Provided are a chopsticks handling game device capable of supporting not only the pinching of objects of various sizes but also a stabbing and cutting operation using the chopstick tips and a gaming method using the same. The chopsticks handling game device of the present invention includes a combination of a pair of chopsticks and a plurality of rings having different outside diameters, wherein the plurality of rings can be concentrically arranged in accordance with the size of the outside diameter. The gaming method of the present invention comprises lifting rings by pinching the outer circumferential sides of concentrically arranged rings with the tips of a pair of chopsticks sequentially from the outermost ring to the innermost ring and concentrically rearranging the rings in an adjacent position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KOMY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Sakae Komiyama, Toshiyasu Tamura
  • Patent number: 10201735
    Abstract: A sports device configured to generate thermal energy to warm surfaces. In one implementation, the sports device embodies a lacrosse stick with a shaft and head. The shaft includes a thermal core with a phase change material that can retain and dissipate heat over an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Marc Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10195537
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for a toy race track. Preferred embodiments of the present invention operate in conjunction with a vehicle affixed to a track, wherein the track is supported in relation to at least one fixed surface via a plurality of support structures. In one embodiment, the track comprises a plurality of flexible sections, allowing a user to construct a track resembling a rollercoaster, having steep curves, upside-down portions, etc. In one embodiment, the vehicle includes a plurality rollers that can be used to both affix the vehicle to the track and propel the vehicle along the track. By affixing the vehicle to the track, the vehicle is prevented from leaving the track during extreme situations (e.g., steep curves, upside-down portions, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Streamline Design, LLC
    Inventors: David Yakos, Joel Switzer
  • Patent number: 10188956
    Abstract: The evolutionary game system includes a combination of malleable and rigid pieces that are assembled on a series of structural ribs malleable to generate the body and limbs of a diverse number of animals. The system includes extendable components of a base body. The system also includes structural joint pieces of the base body and rigid components of the base body. The evolutionary game system allows for a combination of shapes and is adaptable to constant and demanding changes that are required by children for their games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Manuel Torner Morales
  • Patent number: 10183230
    Abstract: To entertain viewers more by adopting motions different from the conventional ones, there is provided an eyeglasses toy having an eyeglasses frame comprising a rim member and temple members, eyeball members fixed to the rim member and comprising spherical surface portions which project forwards from the rim member, rotational eyelid members which are provided rotatably so as to cover and expose the spherical surface portions of the eyeball members, biasing members which bias the rotational eyelid members in a direction in which the rotational eyelid members expose the spherical surface portions of the eyeball members, and operating members or strings which rotate the rotational eyelid members in a direction in which the rotational eyelid members cover the spherical surface portions of the eyeball members against biasing forces of the biasing members, wherein the strings have a chin locked portion which is locked on the chin of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Genie Toys plc
    Inventor: Shinji Todokoro
  • Patent number: 10183226
    Abstract: A spinning top toy including a body and a separate shaft portion. The body has a first hook and the shaft portion has a second hook. The body and the shaft portion are switchable between couplable and decouplable states depending on a relative rotational position. The first hook and the second hook are vertically aligned in the couplable state, and are vertically misaligned in the decouplable state. An urging unit brings an upper face of the first hook and a bottom face of the second hook into contact by an urging force of a spring in the couplable state. The body and the shaft portion enter the couplable state by turning and pushing. The body and the shaft portion engage each other by bringing the upper face of the first hook into contact with the bottom face of the second hook by the urging force of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOMY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Muraki, Takeaki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10130893
    Abstract: An interlocking structure is provided. The interlocking structure includes a floor panel which has a floor tab, a floor groove, and a floor tenon. A side panel includes a first side tab, a second side tab, and a side groove, wherein the side groove is removably coupled to the floor groove. A top panel has a top tab, a top groove, and a top tenon, wherein the top tab is removably coupled to the side groove and the top groove is removably coupled to the first side tab. A back panel has a back tab, a back groove, a first back mortise and a second back mortise. The first back mortise is configured to receive the floor tenon and the second back mortise is configured to receive the top tenon. A rod is removably coupled to at least one of the floor tenon and the top tenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Christian G. Heston
  • Patent number: 10124269
    Abstract: An assembly block with a servomotor includes: a block main body having at least one connector including a protrusion or a recessed portion; a servomotor; and a rotation shaft which is configured to be rotationally driven by the servomotor. The assembly block with the servomotor is connectable to a basic block by fitting the at least one connector of the block main body to one or more connectors of the basic block. The assembly block with the servomotor includes a rotary block which is defined as a polyhedron, has, on a surface thereof, at least one connector including a recessed portion or a protrusion, and is fixed to one end of the rotation shaft such that the rotary block can rotate. An assembly block kit includes the assembly block with the servomotor, and basic blocks connectable to the assembly block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ARTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasumasa Uno
  • Patent number: 10105591
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus, a system, and method for automatically launching roulette balls into a ball track of a roulette wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Haven A. Mercer, Troy D. Nelson, James P. Helgesen, Paul K. Scheper, Jamal Hani Kotifani, Georg Fekete
  • Patent number: 10086302
    Abstract: The presented cell phone-enabled doll companion allows a child novel ways to self-select and self-execute applications while requiring no intervention or supervision from the parent. Further, it provides learning, entertainment and safety by integrating cell phone communication, education, entertainment, alert and monitoring systems. While providing a convenient means of communication between the child and parent, the system allows surveillance of a child's real-time environment, GPS monitoring and SIDS/health monitoring. The functionality and the physical elements of the system are programmable through installation of applications downloadable from an application store. Various options for parental access to a configuration interface to modify settings and download applications are provided, including via a cell phone, a website, customer service call center and/or the doll companion touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas T Boeckle
  • Patent number: 10076701
    Abstract: A ball-launching system mounts to a top rim of a roulette wheel and positions a ball launcher configured to launch a roulette ball into the roulette wheel. The ball-launching system includes an outer jaw and an inner jaw, which clamp to the top rim. At least a part of a ball launcher extends into a concave bowl of the roulette wheel and facilitates launching the roulette ball directly into a ball track underneath the top rim within the concave bowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Haven A. Mercer, Troy D. Nelson, James P. Helgesen, Jamal Hani Kotifani, Georg Fekete, James B. Stasson, Ronald R. Swanson
  • Patent number: 10070737
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus comprising a table with a generally horizontal top surface, an opening in the top surface, a receptacle located beneath the opening, a piston located inside the receptacle, and a means for moving the piston from a first vertical position to a second vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Elliott Leonard, William Joseph Leonard
  • Patent number: 10071281
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods for using virtual or augmented reality in sports training, an exemplary method including detecting a position of a real ball, determining a trajectory for a virtual ball, the trajectory intersecting with the detected position of the real ball, displaying, by a virtual or augmented reality display device, a virtual pitch of the virtual ball along the trajectory intersecting with the detected position of the real ball, detecting, by a sensor included in a glove worn by the player, vibrations caused by an impact between a bat held by the player and the real ball, determining whether a level of the vibrations is within a predetermined range, sending a signal, to a speaker, when the level of the vibrations is within the predetermined range, to cause the speaker to emit an audible tone, and emitting, by the speaker, the audible tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Robosport Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Salvatore Loduca
  • Patent number: 10065095
    Abstract: An object toss game has a ball connected to an elastic cord. The ball has a surface with fasteners. Two board assemblies are positioned at a distance apart. Pads are arranged on a top panel of each board assembly. Players toss the ball toward a pad on the board to remove the pad from the top panel. The ball then bounces from the top panel to remove the pad from the top panel. The first player to remove the pads from a board positioned opposite to the player wins the game. Alternately, players take turns tossing darts at regions on the board assemblies that are assigned points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Martin Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10026333
    Abstract: The application provides for a system and method of playing an educational balancing game. An electronic game spinner is used to select a category to be tested, as well as a specific question within this category. Once the specific question has been selected, potential answers are shown on an electronic game board whereby a user must then use their body to select a circle containing an answer. The game board may also be constructed out of plastic, where the answers are fixed, however, the electronic game spinner scans a code on the game board so that appropriate questions are used with the printed answer selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Alexandra Rose Huffman
  • Patent number: 10022637
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a hand-held yo-yo ball capable of manually storing energy, comprising two rotating bodies and a connecting shaft, where each rotating body comprises a disk body and a shell; one disk body is internally provided with a clutch mechanism, the other disk body is internally provided with an energy storage mechanism; two ends of the connecting shaft are respectively connected with the clutch mechanism and the energy storage mechanism; the rotating body at the end where the clutch mechanism is located is manually rotated, energy is stored in the energy storage mechanism, then the meshing state of the clutch mechanism is manually removed, so that the energy storage mechanism releases the energy to drive the two rotating bodies to rotate synchronously. In this way, the yo-yo ball can be rotated without throwing a ball body of the yo-yo ball by a rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co., Ltd., Guangdong Auldey Animation & Toy Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Alpha Culture Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dongqing Cai
  • Patent number: 9999841
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a construction toy element is provided and includes a body and a first circumferential row of arms extending from the body. The body has an axis, and has a first axial end and a second axial end. A first circumferential row of arms extends from the body. Each arm includes a root end and a free end, and has a first connecting member thereon that is configured for connecting the construction toy element to another construction toy element. The root end projects from the body in a direction that is angled towards one of the first and second axial ends relative to a normal direction to a surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SPIN MASTER LTD.
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Reynolds