Patents Examined by Mark Sager
  • Patent number: 7286793
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for evaluating the performance of an individual. In one aspect, the invention includes a method of encoding questions used in an examination in order to accurately identify and evaluate deficiencies in an individual's knowledge. In another aspect, an improved method of evaluating responses to the encoded questions is disclosed. Adaptive structuring of subsequent exam questions and/or topics is also provided. A computer program and associated apparatus for administering and evaluating performance is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Frank R. Miele
  • Patent number: 7285045
    Abstract: An off-line remote lottery system which enables players to purchase instant-type lottery game outcomes from a randomized prize data stream in a central computer, and view the outcomes on remotely disposed gaming computers which do not require an on-line connection during play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Schneier, Jay S. Walker, James Jorasch
  • Patent number: 7285049
    Abstract: A new method and system for displaying winning and non-winning game results in a traditional gaming environment is disclosed. The system of the present invention uses an overlay game to present an entertaining display to a player upon the occurrence of a win or trigger event. An overlay game has limited capabilities, and additionally is engineered to be usable on a variety of gaming machines. To be usable on a variety of gaming machines, the overlay game is intentionally kept simple; in one case, it comprises a visual display that is shown to a player upon the occurrence of a trigger event. In another embodiment, it requires a simple button press to start the overlay game. The overlay games are downloaded on an as-needed basis, run on the gaming machine, and then discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Sierra Design Group
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., Warren R. White
  • Patent number: 7281976
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a game board 3 formed from a light-transparent member; a projecting device 42 for projecting a game medium onto the game board; a plurality of entrances 10 adapted to receive the game medium projected onto the game board; a display device 4 having a game proceeding/result display area 18 for displaying a plurality of first identification information items in a predetermined mode and entrance number display areas 17a to 17p adapted to display respective second identification information items corresponding to the entrances 10a to 10p, the display device being disposed such that the display areas are viewable through the game board 3; an online number arrangement changing button 7 for making an instruction to change the display of the display areas; and online number arrangement determining means 58 for receiving the instruction from the online number arrangement changing button 7 for a predetermined period, and changing the display of the display areas according to thus received inst
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Aruze Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Okada, Jun Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7278915
    Abstract: A game machine includes a first display and a second display. The first display displays an image of a first game. The first game provides a plurality of symbols in either a moving condition or a stopping condition, and provides a state being advantageous to a player in the case that a predetermined pattern of the symbols is constituted when the plurality of symbols are stopped. The second display displays an image of a second game which is different from the first game. The first game and the second game proceed simultaneously The image of the first game and the image of the second game are concurrently displayed in the first display and the second display respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Konami Gaming Incorporated
    Inventor: Masanori Suganuma
  • Patent number: 7278923
    Abstract: A discard rack moves and reads suit and rank of individual cards. The cards are provided to a card in-feed area and moved to a card collection area. Both suit and rank of each card is read in the card in-feed area or between the card in-feed area and the card collection area. The discard rack comprises a) a card in-feed area with card moving elements that move only a bottom card from a set of cards in the card in-feed area, b) a card collection area that receives cards from the card moving area in the same sense as cards are received in the card in-feed area, c) an image capture device that captures data from a card while the card is between the card in-feed area and the card collection area, d) preferably a communication port to send out captured data to a processor, and e) an elevator that lowers to maintain a level at which cards are received in the card collection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Grauzer, Oliver M. Schubert, James V. Kelly, James B. Stasson, Paul K. Scheper
  • Patent number: 7275991
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus which comprises a slat machine capable of accepting either paper currency, preprinted coupons, or cash out slips. The slot machine also includes a printer that prints and dispenses cash out slips which include a bar code representing a unique identification that provides the amount of “winnings”. The cash out slips can be scanned into a separate currency dispenser at a Cashier's Station for receiving currency, either from the dispenser or from an attendant. A central processing unit (CPU) generates the unique codes for regulating the game to be played, the wager limits of the game and the validity of the free play coupons or the cash out tickets. The above gaming system avoids having to use coins or tokens in the operation of slot machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: MGM Grand, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Burns, Robert R. Maxey
  • Patent number: 7275993
    Abstract: A camera picks-up an image external of a game machine and outputs image pick-up data Dv. A display control part controls the camera to pick-up an image and outputs the image pick-up data DV to an external device. In this case, a display device for displaying an image for a game is provided. When prescribed conditions are satisfied, the display control part controls the display device to display an image based on image data Dp extracted from the image pick-up data Dv as a part of the image for a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Hosaka, Masafumi Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 7275986
    Abstract: A game performing method for making a computer device execute a predetermined game by generating a first object and a second object as seen from a virtual camera, has: judging whether there is a hit between the first object and the second object; judging whether a predetermined event occurrence condition is satisfied if it is judged that there is the hit between the first object and the second object; generating a first image which is an internal structure object of the second object if it is judged that the predetermined event occurrence condition is satisfied; and generating a second image which is the internal structure object with a predetermined part thereof changed after the first image is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Namco Bandai Games Inc.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Mori, Takahiro Fukuda
  • Patent number: 7273414
    Abstract: A loop track for racing objects is disposed at the center of a race game device, for example for a simulated horse race. A plurality of racing objects, such as race horses, run on the track. The X- and Y-directional positions of the race horses are detected by a separable position detecting means underlying the track. The separable position detecting means allows for easier maintenance, transport, assembly, and disassembly of the device. Information regarding the positions of the horses is displayed on a game screen. Players can write memos to themselves on individual game screens by pressing a trace over the game information on the game screen. A control unit provides game information corresponding to other races other than a current race, including future races, and players may select information corresponding to future races on the individual game screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Nagao, Takanori Akiyama, Naoki Kawajiri, Seiji Hayashi, Susumu Murata, Koji Yamaguchi, Yuji Ikeda, Mitsuru Todaiji, Yasuhiro Takagi, Shunichi Nakamura, Keiji Yano, Muneoki Kamata, Shingo Kataoka, Koji Osuka
  • Patent number: 7267612
    Abstract: Improved electronic gaming apparatus, including a cabinet for housing video and sound generating electronics, coin-handling and pay-out mechanism and a video display screen. The display screen is substantially taller than it is wide and may have a touch screen associated therewith. Although the displayed video presentation may take any form, the display may include graphics replicating the standard play board at top, game board in middle, and principal user input interface below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Allan E. Alcorn, Harry H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7264546
    Abstract: An interactive wagering system is provided that promotes wagering to users at user equipment. The user equipment may be based on a set-top box and television, a personal computer, a cellular telephone with a display, or other such devices. Wagering may be promoted by notifying the user of an opportunity to place a wager on a given race. Wagering may also be promoted by providing the user with an on-screen opportunity to sign up for a wagering television channel or interactive wagering service. The on-screen promotions that are displayed to the user may be targeted based on the television programming that is being displayed or the user's interests. The user's activities may be monitored to collect information on the user's interests. If a particular race or the like is being discussed during a television program, the user may be provided with an opportunity to wager on that race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: ODS Properties, Inc
    Inventors: Connie T Marshall, Masood Garahi, Jody M Brown
  • Patent number: 7261635
    Abstract: A gaming device, such as a slot machine, determines a balance and a “dispensed amount” that is less than the balance. The dispensed amount may be determined by, for example, receiving signals from one or more key presses that specify the dispensed amount. Alternatively, the dispensed amount may be determined in accordance with one or more “balance management rules”. The gaming device in turn dispenses the dispensed amount, for example, by dispensing an amount of currency, transferring the dispensed amount to an account or adjusting a balance of a remote gaming device. The balance is adjusted by the dispensed amount, and this adjusted balance is available for initiating a subsequent play of the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 7258612
    Abstract: A system providing greatly improved monitoring against wrong or fraudulent acts. A game facility monitoring system includes game machines or game-related devices provided with detectors that detect the state of a device and the operation of the device resulting from wrong or fraudulent acts, detects the state of the device and the operation of the device possibly resulting from wrong or fraudulent acts, and gives out a notification. The system may also include an anomaly warning unit that operates, when any of the detectors is triggered, a warning operation determined by an anomaly level corresponding to the detected contents of multiple anomaly levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignees: Seta Corporation, Aruze Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7258614
    Abstract: A mechanism is disclosed for engaging in interactive photo gaming with user ratification. The mechanism can be used to provide a picture-tag game or other games. In a picture-tag game, for instance, a user designated as “IT” tags another user by capturing a photo of the other user. The photo is then transmitted to a game host, which distributes it to the participating players' devices. Upon receipt of the photo, a device presents the photo and prompts a user to acknowledge that the photo represents the user, i.e., that the user has been tagged. The device then sends the acknowledgement to the game host, and the game host notifies the players who is now designated as IT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Jesse Kates, Robert Brian Landers, Balaji Thenthiruperai, John Everson, Jason Delker, Randy Ulvenes
  • Patent number: 7255646
    Abstract: A video gaming console comprising a housing, the housing incorporating a receptacle for receiving detachable storage means, the detachable storage means containing a computer gaming program, the housing including: communication means for receiving interaction data from at least one control device operable by a user; processing means for executing said computer gaming program at least partially in reliance upon the interaction data, thereby to generate display image data and one or more gaming images; a display output terminating in a connector configured to enable connection of the video gaming console to a television or computer monitor, the display image data being output via the display output for display on the television of computer monitor; and a printer apparatus including a color printhead, a print media feed mechanism, an ink supply unit and print media supply, said printer apparatus being operatively associated with said processing means to print the one or more gaming images onto print media in res
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 7247097
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical device for providing an input to a computer program and said computer program providing a tactile output through said electro-mechanical device to a user. More specifically, the present invention provides an electro-mechanical virtual sword game apparatus that receives positional information from sensors on the sword apparatus and the sword apparatus contains a propulsion gyrostat that under the control of a computer process may be topple to provide a torque on the housing of the sword apparatus that may be used to simulate the impact of sword blows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas G. Woolston
  • Patent number: 7247094
    Abstract: A game machine is provided that comprises a main controller to record reserved number data readably in an external device and a data communication unit. A lending management unit selectively performs either settlement lending processing to lend game balls corresponding to a lending fee when the lending fee of the game balls has been settled according to a predetermined settlement method, or reservation lending processing to lend game balls within the range of the reserved number of game balls specified on the basis of the reserved number data recorded in the external device. A game mechanism is constructed to cyclically use a predetermined number of game balls, supplying to a game ball shooting section all those balls that have passed through the winning section and that have been collected through a game ball collection pocket, and that have been contained in a game ball receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Hosaka
  • Patent number: 7247092
    Abstract: A video poker gaming device, a method of operating a gaming device and a method of playing a poker game including a plurality of cards displayed to a player where the cards are drawn from a deck of fifty-two cards including at least one modifier card. The gaming device deals a first draw of the cards to form a player's hand. Any multiplier cards in the player's hand are replaced by a non-multiplier card. The gaming device enables the player to hold any of the cards in the hand and then determines if any winning card combinations are indicated by the non-multiplier cards in the hand. An award associated with any indicated winning card combinations is provided to the player. The award is multiplied by the multipliers associated with any multiplier cards in the player's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Eugene P. Jarvis, Andrew W. Eloff
  • Patent number: RE39817
    Abstract: A gaming device of the type wherein a play generates one of multiple possible outcomes having reverse payout information. The gaming device comprises a memory device containing a first set of data correlating possible outcomes to a first set of payouts and a second set of data correlating possible outcomes to a second set of payouts second set of data correlates a majority of outcomes to positive payouts and the first set of data correlates a majority of outcomes to other than positive payouts. The gaming device also includes a payout selector indicating which of the first set of data and the second set of data the gaming device is to access. In an alternate embodiment, the gaming device includes a memory having only the second set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Thomas M. Sparico