Patents Examined by Mark Sager
  • Patent number: 7654901
    Abstract: A video game system using one or more bio-feedback devices for the monitor and transmission of physiological data of a participant of the video game system to the video game system where the data, along with conventional controller data is incorporated into game play provided by software through the video game system. A headset electrically coupled to a video game system, the headset including one or more bio-feedback devices for transmitting participant physiological data to the video game system for real-time incorporation into game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Joel S. Breving
  • Patent number: 7404766
    Abstract: The gaming machine has the game result display means for displaying a result concerning with a game and beneficial state generating means for generating a beneficial state for a player when a specific game result is displayed on the game result display means, wherein the game result display means includes first display means and second display means arranged at a more front side than a display area of the first display means when seen from a front side of the gaming machine, and the second display means has a symbol display area capable of transmittably displaying a display result of the first display means therethrough, and wherein display control means controls the second display means so as to move and display the game information 21a from the area (21L, 21C, 21R) including symbol display area to the area 23 not including the symbol display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: ARUZE Corp.
    Inventors: Takanobu Adachi, Tahei Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 7314413
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system including a machine capable of retrieving data from a recording medium and of executing a program retrieved from the recording medium in response to an instruction given by an operator to the machine. Particularly, the invention relates to a system which comprises of such machine and a control unit connected to the machine for controlling the machine. The control unit includes: a housing; a pair of diverging grips which are molded integral with said housing and are supportable by both palms of the operator; a plurality of finger-manipulatable controllers mounted on the housing; and a vibration motor mounted within at least one of the grips via a adapter. The vibration motor includes: a casing; a freely rotatable shaft supported by the casing; an eccentric member, mounted on the shaft, having a rotor mounted on the shaft and a plurality of coils mounted on the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroki Ogata, Toru Akazawa, Akihisa Ono
  • Patent number: 7311600
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for playing a game is provided. Unique indicia are assigned to each member of a plurality of groups. Each group is composed of entries that correspond to items that each have a value that is objective, arbitrary, and that fluctuates over time, e.g., the items in each group may correspond to the performance of openly traded instruments in the market. A performance value for of the each groups are calculated and displayed over a period of time. To play the game, a player makes of selection of one or more alphabetic characters to play in a race or a contest. The player may make the selection electronically by submission through a displayed user interface. In a set of games that lend itself to amusement and contests, the selection is scored based on the performance value associated with each unique indicium in the players selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Gameline, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Sundstrom
  • Patent number: 7311605
    Abstract: A player tracking system for tracking customer activity for a casino establishment having gaming sections and non-gaming sections. The player tracking system includes a plurality of player tracking cards for distribution to respective participating customers that incorporate respective customer accounts associated with respective customer IDs. The system further includes a plurality of gaming activity player tracking units positioned in the gaming section of the casino establishment proximate the gaming activity which cooperates with the player tracking cards to monitor the gaming activity data of the respective customer, and a plurality of non-gaming activity player tracking units positioned in the non-gaming section of the casino establishment proximate the non-gaming activity which cooperates with the player tracking cards to monitor the non-gaming activity data of the respective customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Timothy W. Moser
  • Patent number: 7311606
    Abstract: A method of managing bets is provided. The method includes identifying a set of participants in an event and receiving a group bet for the event. The group bet comprises a bet that one of an undefined subset of the set of participants will win the event. The undefined subset of participants associated with the group bet is defined at some time after receiving the group bet by determining participants for the subset of participants. For example, the undefined subset of participants may be defined after the close of betting on the event. Results of the event that identify a winning participant are received, and an amount of a group bet payout for the group bet is determined based at least on whether the defined subset of participants includes the winning participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Cantor Index, LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Amaitis, Joseph M. Asher
  • Patent number: 7306523
    Abstract: An electronic toy gun for a toy shooting game includes an infrared beam emitter, a trigger, a game data input device, and an internal processor. The infrared beam emitter is configured to emit an encoded infrared beam. The trigger is configured to activate a state of emission of the infrared beam by the infrared beam emitter so as to indicate that a weapon is being fired. The game data input device is configured to receive game data input from a user. The internal processor is configured to receive the game data input from the game data input device and to cause the infrared beam emitter to emit an infrared beam that is coded with one of a plurality of codes based on the game data input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventors: Robert W. Jeffway, Jr., Adam Kislevitz, Steven R. Casino
  • Patent number: 7297062
    Abstract: A secure and modular architecture for monitoring and controlling clusters of pay entertainment and gaming devices. The architecture allows flexible and secure use of state-of-the-art multimedia and Internet technologies to attract the younger player generation used to flashy and networked games. Cash or cash-less entertainment and gaming devices are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Cyberview Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Gatto, Thierry Brunet De Courssou, Pierre-Jean Beney
  • Patent number: 7291072
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a monitor system that measures flight characteristics of at least one object moving in a predetermined field-of-view using at least one fluorescent marker. The system may include a lighting unit with a light filter, at least one camera unit with a camera filter. The lighting unit directs light in the direction of the object. If there is a light filter the light is filtered prior to reaching the object. The camera unit is pointed toward the object and the camera filter inhibits all wavelengths except those in a certain range. The reflected light from the object is transmitted to the camera through the camera filter. In one embodiment, the system includes a camera filter that is electronically switchable between at least two colors. The present invention further includes methods for monitoring at least one object with at least one marker using filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Laurent C. Bissonnette, William Gobush, Diane I. Pelletier, Mitchell E. Lutz
  • Patent number: 7288025
    Abstract: A system and method for passively tracking the play of gaming devices which allows compulsive gambling to be controlled. Players provide identification information and physical recognition data is acquired. For each player an account file and a file of the image data is stored. When the player plays the device, a camera scans the player and acquires image data which is compared to stored data to identify the player. Optionally, an infrared light source enhances the image data acquired by the camera. The identified player's account file is opened and data from the device representing parameters of play, e.g. amounts wagered, is allocated to the identified player's account file. Doe image data and account files can be stored to allocate parameters for unidentified players. The acquired image data is then used to identify undesirables, such as compulsive players, and control their activity including the automatic disablement of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Biometric Recognition, LLC
    Inventor: Blake Cumbers
  • Patent number: 7288024
    Abstract: A gaming machine, with which a plurality of players who join a game from the beginning can enjoy the game by the end of the game, is provided. The gaming machine is equipped with a rank determination means and a win/loss determination means to provide the gaming machine with an arrangement by which players provided with benefits are determined so as to be a combination of the player of the highest rank as determined by the above-mentioned rank determination means and players of ranks that are not in the order of results starting from the highest rank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Aruze Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirobumi Toyoda
  • Patent number: RE45769
    Abstract: An IC Card comprises a first device, including a first processor and a first memory unit, to communicate with a handset, and a second device. The second device includes a second processor and a second memory unit, to communicate via a wireless communication with an electronic apparatus external to the handset, the second device providing predetermined services. Each predetermined service is programmed to receive a wireless message from a respective electronic apparatus, to execute a predetermined elaboration operation, and to return a result to the respective electronic apparatus. The second memory unit stores a plurality of additional programs for executing additional elaborations operations, each program being associated to one of the predetermined services. The second device has a run-time environment for executing the additional programs when the corresponding predetermined services receives the wireless message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventors: Francesco Varone, Amedeo Veneroso
  • Patent number: RE45984
    Abstract: A method for setting up a radio traffic channel in a 3G-network shared between at least two operators. The network's traffic channel resources are divided into operator specific parts, the parts not sharing any common traffic channels. User equipment is allocated channel resources in accordance with it's associated operator, according to a coarse level allocation control, which may be overridden in case no idle traffic channels are available. The allocated traffic channel is preferably associated with the user equipment operator and is furthermore idle in as a large area as possible and/or exhibits an optimum QoS, thereby maximizing network capacity and throughput by minimizing the probability of inter-frequency handover signalling and compressed mode operations. A radio network controller includes installed software, which carries out the traffic channel allocation and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: TELIASONERA AB
    Inventors: Peter Karlsson, Rickard Ljung
  • Patent number: RE46040
    Abstract: A wireless communication system and method employing channel transport format allocation in a shared uplink channel between a UE and a Node B, and wherein the UE can determine a transport format combination which it can support, by: detecting in the UE a change in transport format combination that the UE can support; and sending to the Node B an indication of transport format combination that the UE can support, whereby efficiency of channel transport format allocation in the system may be improved. A conditional delay mechanism may be employed to reduce signalling overhead. This allows uplink shared channels to be efficiently used by providing a means by which UTRAN (UMTS terrestrial radio access network) is informed of the TFCs within the TFCS which can be used in the uplink by the UE. A wireless network for configuring transport format combinations (TFCs) is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Golden Valley Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Timothy James Speight
  • Patent number: RE46223
    Abstract: A near-field coupling device that may facilitate communications with a transponder is provided. The near-field coupling device may include a ground plane, a dielectric substrate, one or more conductive strips and a terminating load. The conductive strips together with the ground planes form coupling elements. The near-field coupling device further includes one or more switching elements for selectively connecting and disconnecting the coupling elements with a transceiver. The connected coupling elements define a total characteristic impedance. Using the switching element, the ratio between the total characteristic impedance of the connected coupling elements and the terminating load may be changed in order to adjust the distribution of an electromagnetic field along the coupling elements according to the type and position of the transponder to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Mao Tian, Karl Torchalski, Boris Y. Tsirline
  • Patent number: RE47099
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for avoiding interference resulting from data transmission between an adjacent second base station and a second relay station placed within the coverage of the adjacent second base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Han-Byul Seo, Byoung-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: RE47200
    Abstract: 23A wireless communications device has a first security key, a second security key, and established channels. Each established channel has a corresponding security count value, and utilizes a security key. At least one of the established channels utilizes the first security key. The second security key is assigned to a new channel. A first set is then used to obtain a first value. The first set has only security count values of all the established channels that utilize the second key. The first value is at least as great as the x most significant bits (MSBx) of the greatest value in the first set. The MSBx of the initial security count value for the new channel is set equal to the first value. If the first set is empty, then the initial security count is set to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: L2 Mobile Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Sam Shiaw-Shiang Jiang, Richard Lee-Chee Kuo, Chi-Fong Ho
  • Patent number: RE47259
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for a Node B to transmit Reference Signals (RS) from multiple antennas to enable User Equipments (UEs) to perform demodulation of received information signals and to estimate Channel Quality Indication (CQI) metrics. To minimize overhead and enable backward compatible operation with legacy systems, RS from a first set of Node B antennas are transmitted in every transmission time interval and substantially over the whole operating BandWidth (BW). RS from a second set of Node B antennas serving for CQI estimation are periodically transmitted, substantially over the whole operating BW, with transmission period informed to UEs through broadcast signaling by the Node B and starting transmission sub-frame determined from the identity of the cell served by the Node B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Aris Papasakellariou, Joon-Young Cho, Ju-Ho Lee, Jin-Kyu Han
  • Patent number: RE47295
    Abstract: A method for efficiently transmitting and receiving a control channel and/or a data channel in a radio communication system using multiple carriers is described. The embodiments of the present invention provide various multi-carrier system structures and various methods for setting a reference carrier in a multi-carrier system. The embodiments of the present invention also provide methods for efficiently transmitting control channels using a coordination field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: So Yeon Kim, Jae Hoon Chung, Hyun Soo Ko, Seung Hee Han, Moon Il Lee
  • Patent number: RE47326
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for a Node B to transmit Reference Signals (RS) from multiple antennas to enable User Equipments (UEs) to perform demodulation of received information signals and to estimate Channel Quality Indication (CQI) metrics. To minimize overhead and enable backward compatible operation with legacy systems, RS from a first set of Node B antennas are transmitted in every transmission time interval and substantially over the whole operating BandWidth (BW). RS from a second set of Node B antennas serving for CQI estimation are periodically transmitted, substantially over the whole operating BW, with transmission period informed to UEs through broadcast signaling by the Node B and starting transmission sub-frame determined from the identity of the cell served by the Node B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Aris Papasakellariou, Joon-Young Cho, Ju-Ho Lee, Jin-Kyu Han