Patents Examined by Shauna-Kay Hall
  • Patent number: 10373437
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for implementing a dice game having a re-roll feature on a gaming device. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to roll multiple virtual dice on a game display and determine if the result of the dice roll satisfies a predefined criterion. When the result of the initial dice roll satisfies the predefined criterion, one or more of the multiple virtual dice is re-rolled. The gaming device then evaluates a game result after the re-roll, where the combination of the displayed faces from any initially rolled dice that were not re-rolled and the displayed faces from the re-rolled dice are used in the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Bradley Berman
  • Patent number: 10369479
    Abstract: A content execution unit executes a game program, and a sharing processing unit manages the control right of a content. A distribution processing unit transmits content image data to a different information processing apparatus. The sharing processing unit includes an information acquisition unit acquiring operation information of a controller from the different information processing apparatus, an operation data provision unit providing the acquired operation information to the game program, a control data acquisition unit acquiring control data for a control target unit of the controller from the game program, and a control data provision unit providing the control data to a controller of the different information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Suwa, Yoshiyuki Imada, Shigetaka Kudo
  • Patent number: 10363479
    Abstract: Methods and systems of pairing controllers for game play are presented. In one example, a method of pairing controllers to a base computing device for playing a game executed on the base computing device is provided. The method includes receiving a pairing request from one of a first or a second controller. The pair request is generated in response physical contact between the first and second controllers. The method assigns the first and second controllers as a first pairing for a first player and assigns the first pairing to a first color. The method includes transmitting the first color to the first or second controllers, such that at least one of the first and second controllers for the first pairing is configured to illuminate in the first color. Additional pairs of controllers will be assigned a different color, so that each player has a differentiated color on their respective controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic S. Mallinson, Anton Mikhailov
  • Patent number: 10360816
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to simulate a fetal heart rate to train clinicians in using a Doppler probe. The apparatus includes an enclosure housing a bladder, with a piece of deformable material to be placed in contact with the bladder and the Doppler probe. The bladder is selectively pressurized by a source of compressed gas, the flow being controlled by a flow valve. A pressure release valve is provided to reduce pressure in the bladder. A pressure sensor monitors the bladder pressure. The flow valve may be controlled by a software run on a processor to achieve pre-determined bladder pressures to mimic a fetal heart rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Dynasthetics, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Orr
  • Patent number: 10362034
    Abstract: An online gaming registration system allows online gaming patrons to register once and use this registration to create online gaming accounts with gaming Web sites, thereby avoiding having to show proof of residency, age and other requirements set by regulatory entities multiple times. Residency rules and other requirements vary from one jurisdiction to another and the present invention addresses some of the issues that arise from this. An online gaming Web site receives a login from an online player over the Internet. The site determines that the player has an account with the online gaming site and that the account is linked to an online gaming registration system account. The online gaming site receives claims-based data relating to the online player and accepts the player as verified for online gaming at the gaming Web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin M. Higgins, Erik B. Petersen, Steven G. LeMay
  • Patent number: 10354816
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an operating device including: a circuit board; a frame arranged on top of the circuit board; a plate-shaped operating member located relative to the frame and including a surface touched by a user's finger and a touch sensor adapted to detect the position of the user's finger that has touched the surface, the plate-shaped operating member being arranged to be able to move up and down so that the operating member can be pressed by the user; and an elastic member arranged between the frame and operating member to bias the operating member upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Masaho Morita
  • Patent number: 10350484
    Abstract: A learning game platform, system and method, for an electronic device executing an app comprises a server for reading medium and storing user information and games, scores, and user progress within a play and learn app platform. The server communicates through the Internet with electronic devices having Internet access operated by at least one player. Registration means allows the player to register with and logon to the play and learn app. Preference selection means enables the player ability to enter user preferences, including age, game selection, skill level. Performance review means determines strength and weaknesses of the player. The platform provides a plethora of game play variations to facilitate learning in a fun inclusive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Lucille A. Lucy
  • Patent number: 10349250
    Abstract: A user may create a customized virtual game character and the customized virtual game character may be physically substantiated. In some embodiments the virtual game character is physically substantiated by printing a representation of the virtual game character on a card, which in some embodiments has computer readable information regarding the virtual game character. In some embodiments the virtual game character is physically substantiated by making a toy in the form of the virtual game character, which in some embodiments has computer readable information regarding the virtual game character. In some embodiments the toy is made by way of 3-D printing, with for example character information uploaded from a user's game machine to a 3-D printing facility, which may also receive additional detailed information about parts of the character from a third party server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Reiche, Robert Leyland
  • Patent number: 10332345
    Abstract: A casino credit access instrument comprises a source of funds for a player, such as for placing wagers to play casino-style games or to purchase other goods or services. The instrument defines a period of timed during which credit may be accessed up to a predetermined amount, defines a redemption period during which any accessed credit may be re-paid, and defines settlement terms if the instrument is not redeemed. Credit may be granted based upon financial collateral, which collateral may be executed upon to settle the instrument. The instrument provides a convenient source of funding for player at low risk to the casino or other lender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Everi Payments Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Brian Richards, Kurt Douglas Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10315104
    Abstract: A game apparatus can cast various attacks only by pressing a same operating button without performing any complex operation. Attack methods are each provided with a priority, and also may be provided with a positional condition regarding a positional relationship between a player character and an enemy character, for executing an attack on the enemy character by the player character. For example, the positional condition is “less than 3 m from player character” and the attack method is “close attack with ax.” Since the positional condition “less than 3 m from player character” is given priority over an attack according to the positional condition “3 m or more and less than 10 m from player character,” when an attack operation instruction is received, the player character does an attack with an ax on the enemy character present at a distance of less than 3 m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Tabata, Kenichiro Yuji
  • Patent number: 10307672
    Abstract: A distribution system is provided, the distribution system including a mobile communication terminal for detecting a gesture of a user by using a gesture detection device that is wirelessly connected, and a distribution device that can communicate with the mobile communication terminal, the distribution system including an accepting unit configured to accept registration of first acceleration data expressing a variation in acceleration within a predetermined time, and advertisement data indicating an advertisement to be displayed on the mobile communication terminal; a distributing unit configured to distribute the first acceleration data and the advertisement data to the mobile communication terminal; a comparing unit configured to compare the distributed first acceleration data with second acceleration data expressing the gesture of the user sent from the gesture detection device; and a first outputting unit configured to output the advertisement data, when the comparing unit makes the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Moff, Inc.
    Inventors: Akinori Takahagi, Motohiro Yonesaka
  • Patent number: 10300391
    Abstract: A management device includes: a controller configured to control an invitation processing for introducing a first application from a first terminal of a first user to a second terminal of a second user. The first application and a second application have been executed in the first terminal. The first and second users are inter-related with respect to the second application. The controller further includes: an invitation request receiver configured to receive, from the first terminal of the first user, an invitation request information for inviting the second user to the first application; and an invitation notifier configured to transmit, to the second terminal of the second user, an invitation notification information that is based on the invitation request information for inviting the second user that has been received by the invitation request receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Shinsaku Inukai, Daisuke Sato, Masato Miyazaki, Kenshiro Hanamoto, Hiroyuki Hosoyama
  • Patent number: 10300378
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations for providing an online game experience using multiple devices are generally disclosed including methods and devices for, in some examples, receiving first data from a first device, the received first data being associated with a first interaction with the online game, receiving a request to utilize a second device and responsive to the received request, transmitting second data to the second device, the second data being associated with a second interaction with the online game, the second interaction related to first interaction but being different from the first interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Yang-Won Jung
  • Patent number: 10304290
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for systems and methods slot-style games having a locking feature. In one example, the locking feature may be activated based on whether a winning outcome was determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventor: Hans Elias
  • Patent number: 10293255
    Abstract: A computer implemented method is performed in a device. One or more first game objects is displayed. In response to user input one or more collectable game objects, are accumulated. It is determined if a number of accumulated collectable game objects has reached a predetermined value, and if not, a further set of first game objects is displayed only if a game level has been played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KING.COM LTD.
    Inventor: Marc Garcia Villoria
  • Patent number: 10286327
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems presented herein may identify users to play a multiplayer video game together using a mapping system and machine learning algorithms to create sets of matchmaking plans for the multiplayer video game that increases player or user retention. Embodiments of systems presented herein can determine the predicted churn rate, or conversely retention rate, of a user waiting to play a video game if the user is matched with one or more additional users in a multiplayer instance of the video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Su Xue, Kazi Atif-Uz Zaman, Navid Aghdaie, John Kolen, Zhengxing Chen
  • Patent number: 10290188
    Abstract: A game machine is provided. The machine comprises a display and a controller. The display is configured to display a plurality of symbol cells displayed in a grid. The grid defines a plurality of columns, each column having an associated reel, each reel having an associated reel strip, each reel strip including a plurality of symbol positions and a plurality of game symbols displayed in each of the symbol cells in a predetermined order defining a reel layout, at least one of the reel strips having a second reel layout, the second reel layout having an identical symbol in a plurality of consecutive symbol positions. The controller is configured to replace the reel layout with the second reel layout in the at least one of the reel strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Delekta, Keith Rucker, Satoshi Suda
  • Patent number: 10290183
    Abstract: In at least some aspects, a method includes the acts of operating a wagering game with a player on a first game platform, suspending the wagering game operating on the first game platform at a game state, automatically authenticating the player at a second game platform different than the first game platform, resuming the wagering game from the game state on the second game platform, and operating the resumed wagering game with the player differently on the second game platform than on the first game platform, the second game platform having one or more different components than the first game platform to cause the wagering game to be operated differently on the second game platform than the first game platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter R. Anderson, Vincent P. Chan, Mark B. Gagner, Daniel Murphy, Larry Pacey, Craig J. Sylla, Matthew J. Ward
  • Patent number: 10286306
    Abstract: An example of a game controller includes a key top of an operation button, a tubular light-guiding portion surrounding a periphery of the key top, a light-shielding portion surrounding a periphery of the light-guiding portion, an elastic member placed immediately below the key top and configured to allow light to pass therethrough, a switch placed below the elastic member, and an LED. The key top and the light-guiding portion are exposed through a surface of a housing of the game controller. Light from the LED is incident on the light-guiding portion and guided to a surface of the housing through the inside of the light-guiding portion. The light-guiding portion is surrounded by the light-shielding portion, and therefore, light does not come out to the periphery of the light-guiding portion. Consequently, it is possible to cause the periphery of the operation button to emit light in a ring-shaped manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takanori Okamura
  • Patent number: 10290174
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a system for facilitating a card game provide for outputting a game interface which includes a plurality of card positions into which cards are placed, the card positions being configured in a triangle configuration, wherein the plurality of card positions include at least one subset of card positions within the triangle configuration, each of the at least one subset arranged in a respective sub-triangle located within the triangle configuration into which the plurality of card positions are arranged. A plurality of cards are dealt for a game event and placed into the card positions. If the plurality of dealt cards includes a first winning combination of cards, a prize is awarded to the player. In some embodiments, a prize is also awarded for any sub-combination of cards in a subset of card positions that qualifies as a winning card combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jagbir Rehill, Hans Elias, Thomas David James Aicken