Patents Examined by Michael Cuff
  • Patent number: 10207186
    Abstract: In an embodiment there is provided a computer implemented method of providing a game, the method comprising the following implemented by at least one processor and at least one memory of a device retrieving from at least one memory information associated with a plurality of first objects and one or more characteristics of said first objects and causing said objects with said one or more characteristics to be displayed on a display in an arrangement, executing at least one algorithm which: responsive to detected user input rearranges said first objects to provide a sequence of at least three adjacent first objects sharing at least one same characteristic, determines an upgrade level of each of said at least three adjacent first objects, and in response to said determination selecting one of said at least three adjacent first objects for upgrading, and causes an updated arrangement to be displayed with said selected one of the said at least three adjacent first objects being upgraded and having said same charac
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KING.COM LTD.
    Inventors: Constantin-Gabriel Cirlig, Teodor Catalin Gospodin, Catalin-Stefan Saitan
  • Patent number: 10204471
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system involving augmenting content. The system augments content for an active event subject to a focus of a user, in an environment including a presentation of two or more active events. The system includes: a user focus determination unit including a camera that captures video data associated with the focus of the user; a memory and a buffer that store digital fingerprints from the events; an active content determination component that compares one or more digital fingerprints from an active event with the captured video for determination of the event being focused on by the user; and a display that displays content and augments the determined active event being focused upon by the user that was identified by the active content determination component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin S. Lyons, Bryan M. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10195530
    Abstract: A system and method for providing in-game advertising to assist in recruiting of affiliation members in an online game. The system and method include receiving affiliation advertising bids from affiliations for advertising opportunities. A bid indicating an aggregate amount of consideration is pledged by multiple users in an affiliation on behalf of the affiliation in a competitive auction with other affiliations for an advertising opportunity and determining winning affiliation advertising bids in competitive auctions for advertising opportunities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Wynne Chyou, John Kim, Kevin Chanthasiriphan, Albert Wei, Chris Yu
  • Patent number: 10198902
    Abstract: A gaming machine, such as a video slot or video poker machine located in a casino or other gaming environment, may be configured to provide simultaneous play by both an in-person player and one or more remote players. Session identifiers may be assigned to the gaming machine that correspond to the game session of the in-person player and the game session of any remote players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Paul B. Walkingstick
  • Patent number: 10186113
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an intermediary gaming trusted electronic device for use with an untrusted PED may include a position sensor configured to acquire position information, a memory configured to store at least game session data, and a processor configured to at least: securely communicate with a gaming apparatus via the wireless transceiver; securely communicate with the associated untrusted PED; determine whether a gaming session is permitted based on the position information; receive gaming data from the gaming apparatus if it is determined that the gaming session is permitted; transmit presentation data to the associated untrusted PED for presentation on a display of the associated PED, wherein the intermediary gaming trusted device is able to support interaction between the gaming apparatus and the associated untrusted PED so that the associated untrusted PED, when coupled to the intermediary gaming trusted device, can execute a gaming software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Binh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10186111
    Abstract: Wagering game systems, methods and associated operations are described herein. The operations can include presenting one or more browsers on display device. A browser area can be presented in at least a portion of at least one browser. An ownership of the browser area can be determined. The browser area can be customized in accordance with the ownership of the browser area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan D. Antkowiak, Jesse L. Garvey, Daniel J. Gazdic, Damon E. Gura, Budyanto Himawan, Audrey F. Y. Ho, Robertus A. I. Kloes, Jeffrey M. Leverenz
  • Patent number: 10173135
    Abstract: A data processing method includes: determining, after receiving a casting instruction input by a user for a specified skill, first-type action data corresponding to the specified skill, the first-type action data being data that can be displayed before a server makes a response; sending a data requesting message to the server, the data requesting message being used for requesting second-type action data corresponding to the specified skill, and displaying the first-type action data, the second-type action data being data that cannot be displayed until the server makes a response; and receiving the second-type action data sent by the server, and displaying the second-type action data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Xichang Mo, Liang Huang, Chaofan Wang, Zheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10143923
    Abstract: An electronic game-providing device is provided that stores log information relating to electronic game play conducted by an invitor user in association with link information used to access said log information, in the form of a game play database; transmits invitation information containing the link information to an invitee user; and, upon receipt of a link information selection from the invitee user, refers to the game play database and transmits the log information associated with the selected link information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshinori Suzuki, Makoto Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Inagawa, Yoshiro Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 10137365
    Abstract: A first control unit includes a first operation data generation section for generating first operation data in accordance with a motion of a first control unit body included in the first control unit. A second control unit includes a second operation data generation section for generating second operation data in accordance with a direction input operation performed by a player or a motion of a second control unit body included in the second control unit. Further, one of the first control unit and the second control unit includes a transmission section for transmitting the first operation data and the second operation data to a computer at a predetermined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akio Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10130880
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device capable of accepting operation information from a game controller. An acceptance section accepts operation information from a terminal device different from the game controller. An application execution section executes an application in accordance with operation information accepted by the acceptance section. A delivery processing section transmits application image data to the terminal device. An auxiliary storage device holds input assignment information of the terminal device. The delivery processing section transmits, to the terminal device, input assignment information of the application under execution held by a storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takenori Oshima, Masanori Nomura
  • Patent number: 10124254
    Abstract: A video game processing apparatus for controlling progress of a video game is provided. In the video game, a plurality of players addresses a common task. The video game processing apparatus includes a processor and a display controller. The processor specifies a task corresponding to a task providing request of a first player and generates player related information of a second player corresponding to the specified task. The display controller displays, on a task screen, an image including a character string in association with the second player. The character string satisfies a display condition during progress of the specified task. The task screen indicates the specified task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Sato, Naofumi Takuma, Hiroaki Iwano
  • Patent number: 10127768
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a gambling hybrid game having manual triggering of gambling events is disclosed. The systems and method involve providing a proposition of a gambling event to a user and receiving an input accepting the proposition from a user. The gambling event that is associated with the proposition is then resolved. The results of the gambling event are then determined and the wagers are resolved. The results of the gambling event are then used to change variables in a set of game variables that are applied in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10127769
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to implementing a system to encourage cross platform operation in an online game. The online game may provide the ability to provide incentives for participating in cross platform game play. The system may monitor the player's performance on a particular console and provide incentives to accomplish tasks through game play on a different platform than the player is currently operating to play the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Harrington, Kent Wakeford
  • Patent number: 10118097
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for automated image processing to improve visibility of similar luminosities in a digital media application are disclosed. The systems and methods can determine a Daltonization value based on the color palette of a frame in the digital media and modify a local contrast parameter and a local brightness parameter of the frame by applying an enhanced Daltonization process to the frame. The enhanced Daltonization technique can create a color shift in the frame. In some embodiments, after the frame is optimally Daltonized, the local brightness and contrast parameters are rebalanced to shift colors back to light hues to compensate for the initial shift to darker colors. The systems and methods can return the optimized frame to a colorblind person for view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventor: Karen Elaine Stevens
  • Patent number: 10118096
    Abstract: An example system includes a contactless communication part that performs contactless communication with a data storage medium having a contactless communication function; a data writing part that writes data to the data storage medium by the contactless communication part; a storage part that stores the data written by the data writing part; and a data determination part that determines whether the data stored in the data storage medium and the data stored in the storage part have a predetermined relationship with each other or not. When the data determination part determines that both of the data do not have the predetermined relationship with each other, the data writing part overwrites the data stored in the data storage medium with the data stored in the storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: NINTENDO CO., LTD., AMBRELLA CO., LTD., THE POKÉMON COMPANY
    Inventors: Hiroshi Momose, Kaori Ando, Hideaki Araki, Takayuki Ito, Nayuta Taga, Yoshihiro Hatta
  • Patent number: 10121320
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for promoting game play frequency of online games. Embodiments include displaying a plurality of positioned game elements, wherein each positioned game element is associated with a game time period; displaying a game indicia associated with a positioned game element if a player has acquired a game piece during the game time period associated with the positioned game element; selecting one or more positioned game elements after a game duration; and awarding one or more prizes if the selected positioned game elements are associated with a game indicia. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Alexander Sandford Todd Young, Thomas David James Aicken, Robeson Mandela Reeves
  • Patent number: 10099116
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system comprises a game controller module, a trigger satisfaction module, a metadata module, and a marker module. The game controller module may be configured to receive user control signals and execute gameplay based on the user control signals. The trigger satisfaction module may be configured to determine whether one or more events that occur during the gameplay satisfy one or more trigger conditions of a trigger. The metadata module may be configured to generate one or more trigger satisfaction indicators based on the satisfaction of the one or more trigger conditions of the trigger. The marker module may be configured to associate the one or more trigger satisfaction indicators with video of the gameplay to generate one or more game event markers to be used to enable a viewer to jump to one or more game segments associated with the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Michael Lewis, Hans Van Veenendaal, Jonathan Back, Thomas Bruckschlegel
  • Patent number: 10099137
    Abstract: A server includes a storage unit storing characteristic data objects of each user, each characteristic data object having a first parameter value representing an ability of the characteristic data object to exert power, a second parameter value representing an ability to reduce the first parameter value of each characteristic data object of another user different from the user having the characteristic data object, and one of attributes having a superiority-inferiority relationship relative to each other. The server further includes a receiving unit receiving a game proceeding instruction from a device of each user, and a parameter adjusting unit adjusting the second parameter value of each characteristic data object of the user of the device, based on a first number of characteristic data objects of the user that have an attribute superior to a first attribute assigned among characteristic data objects of a second user different from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Masaru Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10102766
    Abstract: A portable information processing apparatus, comprising: an execution part which executes an application of a test; an input part which inputs answer data of an examinee of the test; a storage part which stores the answer data in association with identification information of the examinee; and a sending part which sends the identification information and the answer data stored in the storage part to a server during the test or after completion of the test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BENESSE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Komiyama
  • Patent number: 10092821
    Abstract: Card-handling devices may include a randomizer configured to randomize ordering of playing cards in a set of playing cards. An output may be configured to present a group of cards at a time from the randomizer for removal from the card-handling device. An image capturer may be positioned and configured to capture image data of at least a portion of each playing card handled by the randomizer, the image data comprising at least a suit and a rank of each playing card. A nontransitory memory device may be operatively connected to the randomizer and to the image capturer, the nontransitory memory device configured to store at least the image data and group assignment data of each playing card in each group of cards presented for removal by the output. A display may be operatively connected to the nontransitory memory, the display configured to display a history of the image data and group assignment data of each playing card in each group of cards presented for removal by the output upon request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynn C. Hessing, Daniel J. Mahoney, Steven J. Blad, Thompson A. Baker