Patents Examined by Raleigh W. Chiu
  • Patent number: 11124253
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, coordinate dynamic adjustments of a trailer based in part on a user profile associated with a user physically present at the trailer and an activity profile associated with an activity selected to be performed at the trailer. A dynamic adjustment may modify a tilt of a lower surface of the trailer. A dynamic adjustment may modify a dimension(s) of the trailer based in part on a detected object(s). Various dynamic adjustments may occur concurrently, individually and/or sequentially. The trailer may be a moveable trailer for temporary attachment with a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Yang and Cohen Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Adeel Yang, Michael Leong, Ahmad Yang
  • Patent number: 11110333
    Abstract: A scoring receptacle for a game of toss may include a first receptacle having at least one first receptacle sidewall. The at least one first receptacle sidewall may define a first receptacle cavity. The scoring receptacle may also include a second receptacle having at least one second receptacle sidewall. The at least one second receptacle sidewall may define a second receptacle cavity. The second receptacle may be configured to be disposed within the first receptacle cavity. A position of the second receptacle relative to the first receptacle may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Edward R. Stikeleather
  • Patent number: 11097165
    Abstract: A weaving tool for weaving strings in a string bed of a tennis racket is disclosed. The weaving tool has one or more connection bars extending horizontally. Pivotably connected to the connection bars are a plurality of guide bars. The guide bars extend into the string bed of the racket prior to weaving cross strings. The guide bars have perpendicular string channels for receiving the strings in the string bed. The connection bar is moved to the side which moves the strings into an alternating up and down position and allow for a straight space for a cross string to pass through. There are channels in the guide bars which allow a cross string to pass through. There are also string retention members which hold the cross string against the guide bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Vaclav Zdrazila
  • Patent number: 11090540
    Abstract: Game systems and methods of use thereof. Such a game system includes a pair of game boards each having a platform that defines an inclined surface, a pair of stakes each configured to protrude from one of the surfaces of the game boards, and at least two sets of game pieces, each game piece having two weighted tossable objects tethered to one another by a connecting member, each set of game pieces being readily identifiable from the other. A game may be played by tossing the game pieces towards the surfaces of the platforms and calculating a score based on the interaction between the game pieces and the stakes of the game boards and their surfaces, wherein the game ends when a predetermined total score is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: David Voss
  • Patent number: 11058926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a monofilament string for a racket, comprising a core consisting of a single filament and a sheath extending around the core and in contact with the core, the monofilament string being characterized in that: the core (2) is made of a first material comprising polyamide 6 and a first copolymer of polyamide 6 and polyamide 6.6, the sheath (3) is made of a second material comprising a second copolymer of polyamide 6 and polyamide 6.6, the first material having a greater tensile modulus than the second material. The present invention also related to a process for manufacturing such a filament string, by co-extrusion of the core and the sheath and stretching of the co-extruded string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SPEED FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Sebastien Duval
  • Patent number: 11058927
    Abstract: An automatic string weaving system for weaving strings for a stringed sports racquet, comprising a weave assembly that the strings for the stringed sports racquet are weaved through; and an automated string feeder assembly to automatically weave the strings for the stringed sports racquet through the weave assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Young
  • Patent number: 11033790
    Abstract: A multiple sports game board system having a display surface that is reconfigurable to simulate multiple sports games playable by tossing bean bags thereat. The display surface including a large diamond extending from side to side and top to bottom of the display area, and having a plurality of equal size small diamonds formed in the large diamond. Each of the small diamonds having a doorway extending therethrough configurable to close and opening an opening extending through the display surface within the respective small diamond to receive bean bags through the doorways that are disposed in the open position to obtain points for a plurality of different sports games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Nicholas Manou
  • Patent number: 11007416
    Abstract: A deployable pickleball barrier includes a plurality of panels having a first rigid surface, a second rigid surface, and a substantially straight channel coupling the rigid surfaces. Each of the plurality of panels are coupled with another of the plurality of panels by an interpanel joint that includes a rigid bond and a plurality of fold lines formed in the first rigid surface to form a rightwardly biasing hinge. Each of the plurality of panels includes an intrapanel joint including a plurality of fold lines formed in the second rigid surface to form a leftwardly biasing hinge. The deployable pickleball barrier can be folded at each of the hinges to alternate between a deployed configuration and a folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: David Miller
  • Patent number: 11007417
    Abstract: The multisport space includes a plurality of different fields for goal sports and net sports. There is a first square or rectangular area for goal sports delimited by a vertical wall. The first goal sports area has a goal sports field in which the goals are vertical and extend from ground level. There is a goal sports field in which the goals are horizontal and placed at a certain height. The panels of the vertical wall form nets for a plurality of net sports fields arranged on either side of the panels of the vertical wall. Extensions of panels, leading from their respective implantation axes, also form nets for net sports fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Francois Emmanuel Vigneau
  • Patent number: 10987564
    Abstract: An apparatus for a ball stowable support is provided. The apparatus includes a frame, an elastic cover secured to the frame, and at least one leg supporting the frame. Each leg of the at least one leg has an opening. The opening is configured to retain a ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Kevin Chunhao Tsai
  • Patent number: 10981041
    Abstract: A two-player versus game system which can be completely disassembled and stored for easy storage and transport, and which can quickly be assembled into a functioning game system. The system includes a central tower from which a ring or a ball on a string hangs over the playing area. A scoring element is extended vertically on either side of the player area, one for each player. The base of the container can include score-keeping devices attached thereto, such as sliding beads on a rod for quickly tabulating when a player scores a hook on a ring or a ball in a basket. The scoring elements and the central tower both can all be removed from their respective receivers within the base of the container and laid flat within the container, and the lid can close the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Kyle P. McGetrick
  • Patent number: 10974114
    Abstract: A toss game target assembly includes a first target platform having a frame, multiple legs supporting the frame, and a first target surface supported by the frame. The first target surface has a first target hole for receipt of a projectile. A column supports a second target structure for receipt of a projectile above the first target surface. The first target surface may be a taut flexible mat. The second target structure may include a net. A multiplayer game system includes two of the target assemblies, and multiple projectiles each having a flexible tassel assembly attached to a deformable ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Anthony John Kwiatek
  • Patent number: 10974100
    Abstract: A racket includes: a grip; an annular frame; and a shaft coupling the grip and the frame together; wherein a projection is provided to an outer peripheral face on a leading end half of the frame in a predetermined range including a location of maximum curvature in a peripheral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Naoto Ogawa, Masato Kawabata, Hitoshi Kato, Tsutomu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10967238
    Abstract: A golf swing training apparatus and method of using the same. The swing training apparatus includes an orbital track and a carrier plate that connects a club shaft to the orbital track. The golf swing training apparatus guides the swing of the club shaft on a swing plan plane that is adjusted automatically to the golfer's anthropomorphic dimensions. A tension system provides a resistance during the golf swing to strengthen the muscles used in the golf swing. Repeated use of the golf swing training apparatus develops the golfer's muscle memory for maintaining the club shaft in a desired swing plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Charles Thomas Young
  • Patent number: 10960287
    Abstract: A pendulum stroke teaching device formed from a one piece coupling element for use with conventional golf alignment sticks and an individual's putter club. The coupling element includes two spaced apart apertures for receipt of the distal ends of the alignment sticks. A centrally disposed cavity between the apertures is constructed and arranged for receipt of a putter shaft. The coupling element operates to secure the alignment sticks and putter in a fixed position. The ends of the alignment sticks are placed between the torso and the inner upper arms of the golfer. When the golfer grasps the putter grip, movement of the putter can only take place by use of a pendulum stroke. The teaching device is used for training the golfer to use a repetitive and consistent swing for improving their golf experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Richard A. Whitfield
  • Patent number: 10957165
    Abstract: A crane game is provided with a gantry supporting a claw mechanism for grabbing bundles of tickets having RFID tags. A solid playing floor supports the bundles of tickets. An internal housing unit is supported on the playing floor and defines a prize chute. A claw mechanism grabs a bundle of tickets. The claw mechanism is lowered into the internal housing unit where a shielded RFID reader reads the RFID tag of the bundle of tickets. The internal housing unit has internal first, second, and third deflection walls that meet with one another at a peak and they slope in a direction towards the playing floor. If a bundle of tickets falls out of the claw mechanism while it is in the internal housing unit, then the bundle of tickets hit one of the first, second, or third deflection walls and exits through first, second, or third internal housing unit exits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Ed Dluzen, John Mecca, Alex Wangler
  • Patent number: 10946253
    Abstract: A racquet extends along a longitudinal axis and is capable of being tested under a racquet lateral bending test and a racquet torsional stability test. The racquet lateral bending test includes mounting the racquet in a first orientation to a first test fixture at a first longitudinal location, attaching a clamp to the racquet at a second location, operably engaging a deflection indicator to the clamp, applying a first predetermined weight to the racquet at a third location, and removing the first weight to obtain a lateral deflection measurement of the racquet with respect to the longitudinal axis. The racquet torsional stability test includes mounting the racquet to second and third test fixtures at sixth and seventh locations of the racquet, respectively, placing a third predetermined weight on an arm extending from the second test fixture, removing the third predetermined weight to obtain an angular deflection about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: William D. Severa, Dale J. Zwack, Robert T. Kapheim, Eloisa M. Compostizo
  • Patent number: 10933292
    Abstract: A sports training aid having a base member, a center pole secured to the base member, at least one body panel rotatably secured to the center pole, and a plurality of elastic legs connected between the at least one body panel and the base member. The at least one body panel is configured to rotate in a first direction about the center pole when impacted by an object, the at least one body panel rotating from an original position to a deflected position. The elastic legs are configured to cause the at least one body panel to rotate in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, when a force from the impact subsides, thereby returning the at least one body panel to the original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Implus Footcare, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel C. Fuchs, Richard R. Huth, III, Randall A. Yarborough
  • Patent number: 10926150
    Abstract: A sports training/exercise apparatus attached to a swinging sports apparatus, typically a racquet and most specifically a tennis racquet. The apparatus includes a drag chute with a rigid member disposed therearound and a clamp secured to each side of the drag chute. A transverse support rod is positioned between the clamps and includes an aperture therein. The apparatus further includes brackets at the top and bottom of the racquet head. A longitudinal support rod is positioned between the brackets and extends through the aperture in the transverse support rod. Thus, the transverse support rod, the side clamps, and the drag chute are slidable along the longitudinal support rod to adjust resistance. A locking mechanism can be used to lock the transverse support rod in a position along the longitudinal support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CPY 2 LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Yablonowski, Randall Yablonowski, James Yablonowski
  • Patent number: 10902704
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an arcade type crane game that includes a target support structure with cylindrical, open ended target holders to prevent targets from toppling before, during, and after playing the game. Here, cylindrical is used in its broadest sense to mean a regular upright structure that supports a target that is round, square, oval, rectangular, etc., and not limited to circular cross sections. The cylindrical holders allow the targets to be lifted upward out of the holder without resistance, but prevents targets from tipping over and knocking other targets over in the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Stephen P. Shoemaker Trust
    Inventor: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr.