Patents Examined by Steven B. Wong
  • Patent number: 11441868
    Abstract: A launching and/or catching toy kit has a football and at least one associated slingshot. The football includes a generally elongated spheroidal body, a support non-movably attached to the body, a tail, and a first and a second elastic band hook oppositely disposed. The slingshot is configured to launch the football from a first user to a second user. The slingshot includes a handle and a pair of prongs connected and/or extending from the handle top. At least one elastic band is connected to each prong. Each of the at least one elastic bands are releasably captured by their respective first or second elastic band hook on the football during launching by the first user. When two slingshots are available, the users can shoot and catch the football between each other allowing for a game of catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventor: Marc Gregory Martino
  • Patent number: 11426637
    Abstract: A tennis ball including a spherical core. The spherical core including an outer surface and a raised wall integrally molded as part of the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Frank M. Simonutti, Chloe J. Lee, Robert T. Thurman, William E. Dillon, David A. Vogel
  • Patent number: 11413505
    Abstract: A strip subassembly (2) which may be used to form a takraw ball or a similar woven ball, includes a backbone strut (4) and one or more pads (6) attached to the backbone strut (4). In the woven ball, the pads (6) form an even surface which is comfortable for the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Satian Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Boonchai Lorhpipat, Sarun Lorhpipat, Jirasak Suwannaset, Suttiphun Jumpon
  • Patent number: 11413511
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a golf tool kit, and more particularly, to a golf tool kit including a tool box part in which an inner surface of a front case and an inner surface of a rear case are coupled to face each other with a buffer part provided therebetween and which has a belt clip formed on an outer surface of the rear case, a tee storage part in which a tee is stored by being inserted into an upper portion of the tool box part, a golf accessory storage part formed to arrange golf supplies on a surface of the tool box part, and a towel part formed in a lower portion of the tool box part so that a towel is changeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Sun yoeng Lee
  • Patent number: 11400353
    Abstract: A tool for a golfer for manipulating a golf ball and a golf tee while in a standing position includes an elongated body having a fixed handle and a pivotable trigger fixed proximate an upper end thereof. A setting block is fixed at a lower end of the elongated body and is adapted for receiving either the golf ball or the golf tee partially therein. A pivotable grasping finger is fixed proximate the lower end of the elongated body proximate the setting block. A linkage is secured at a lower end thereof with the grasping finger, and at an upper end thereof with the trigger. As such, the grasping finger moves from the open position to the closed position when the trigger is moved from the first position to the second position, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Doyle Mecham
  • Bat
    Patent number: 11389703
    Abstract: A bat includes a ball hitting portion. The ball hitting portion includes a plurality of fiber-reinforced resin layers stacked in a radial direction relative to a center axis of the ball hitting portion. The plurality of fiber-reinforced resin layers include a first fiber-reinforced resin layer disposed at an outermost circumference in the radial direction among the plurality of fiber-reinforced resin layers. The first fiber-reinforced resin layer has a plurality of first fiber bundles and a plurality of second fiber bundles. The plurality of first fiber bundles are disposed side by side in a short side direction of each of the plurality of first fiber bundles. The plurality of second fiber bundles are disposed side by side in a short side direction of each of the plurality of second fiber bundles. The plurality of first fiber bundles and the plurality of second fiber bundles are woven across one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Yamashita, Katsuhisa Hirano
  • Patent number: 11376480
    Abstract: A golf tee is disclosed, which is resistant to breaking and resistant to flying. The golf tee herein comprises a head; a wider stem; a ground-gripping ring or rings; and a wide and sturdy pointy contoured tip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Trevor Palairet
  • Patent number: 11369850
    Abstract: A golf caddy tool assembly for fulfilling a variety of maintenance needs for the game of golf includes a handle that has a recess integrated therein. A ball marker is removably positionable in the recess for marking the location of a golf ball on a golf course. A divot fork is slidably coupled to the handle for lifting and repairing divots in the golf course. A brush is slidably coupled to the handle for scrubbing implements for playing golf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Tomas Regalado
  • Patent number: 11369856
    Abstract: A first down indicator assembly includes cart that is rollable along a sideline of an American football field. A pair of laser units is each of the laser units is coupled to the cart. Each of the laser units emits a location beam outwardly onto the American football field. The laser units are spaced 10.0 yards apart from each other thereby facilitating officials to determine when a first down is achieved by a football team. An American football visibly renders the location beam from a respective one of the laser units when a football team achieves the first down. A display unit is coupled to the cart thereby facilitating the display unit to be visible to players on the American football field. The display unit displays a variety of indicia for indicating information relating the American football.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Raymond Ashley
  • Patent number: 11344794
    Abstract: A safe puzzle is configured with deep cutouts inside a base block, and inside the cutouts are respective pegs that are shielded by the surrounding walls. The base block may have multiple cutouts and inside each one is a peg that serves as the puzzle for the child. The cutouts can have a square peg, triangular peg, circular peg, and ovular peg that extends in a vertical direction from a floor of each cutout. A gap between the peg and the cutout's walls surrounds the pegs so that the child and a parent have sufficient space for their hand to manipulate the blocks, such as place the blocks over the pegs and remove the blocks from the pegs. The pegs have a height that is equal to or below the base block's top surface to create a safer environment for toddlers when playing with the puzzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Tatonetti
  • Patent number: 11331542
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a luminous ball and relates to the technical field of ball products. The luminous ball includes a bladder and an outer cover. The bladder is provided with a plurality of first fixing blocks therein. A side of each of the plurality of first fixing blocks is hinged with a telescopic device. Output ends of the telescopic devices are hinged with a gravity ball. The gravity ball is provided with a first rectangular slot therein. According to the present disclosure, one side of the first fixing block is hinged with a telescopic device, such that during the movement of the ball, the gravity ball can expand and retract, and the movement of the gravity ball is facilitated. Through the hinging the telescopic device with the first fixing block and the gravity ball, the movement of the gravity ball in any direction inside the bladder is facilitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Manna Zhou
  • Patent number: 11325010
    Abstract: A system and method for playing a pin based game with an impact resistant ball and process of forming an impact resistant ball are provided. The impact resistant ball has an increased resistance to damage caused to a ball by repeated impact with objects such as a game board and game pins thereby decreasing the frequency with which the ball must be replaced. The impact resistant ball also has utility to afford a larger segment of the population the ability to properly grip and throw the impact resistant ball by providing an increased length gripper able to accommodate a greater range of hand sizes. The impact resistant ball has further utility to automatically identify and transmit data including the impact of the ball with the game pins and ball metrics including speed, pressure and weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: FOWLING ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Hutt
  • Patent number: 11318370
    Abstract: A polyhedron (100) configured to be removably coupled by shape with another polyhedron (200) to form a Yoshimoto cube (1), such polyhedron (100) comprising: eight half-cubes (101, 102) equal to each other, each of which being delimited by three outer faces (1011, 1012, 1013), having a substantially square configuration, arranged orthogonally to each other whereby each outer face (1011, 1012, 1013) is delimited by two edges (10111, 10112) in common with the other outer faces (1012, 1013) and two free edges (10113, 10114), and by 6 inner faces (1014, 1015, 1016, 1017, 1018, 1019), having a substantially triangular configuration, wherein each inner face (1014, 1015, 1016, 1017, 1018, 1019) extends between a vertex (V), in common with the other inner faces of the half-cube (101), substantially coinciding with the geometric centre of a cube delimited by said three outer faces (1011, 1012, 1013), and a respective base, corresponding to a free edge (10113) between two free edges of one of said outer faces (1011, 101
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Filippo Guenzani
  • Patent number: 11318369
    Abstract: A multiple rhombic dodecahedron puzzle includes a plurality of wooden puzzles arranged in a multiple rhombic dodecahedron. The multiple rhombic dodecahedron is equivalent to a cube formed by a plurality of rhombic dodecahedrons connecting to each other. Each of the wooden puzzles includes two unit elements. The two unit elements are connected to each other and are the same others. Each of the two unit elements has a plurality of surfaces. Each of the surfaces has a diamond shape or a triangular shape. Two of the surfaces which in the triangular shape are connected to each other in order to form a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: NATIONAL TSING HUA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Wen-Liang Hung, Ku-Yu Fan
  • Patent number: 11312173
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-purpose pairable puzzle system with hanging 3-dimensional puzzle element 100. In the preferred embodiment 100, the system includes a three-dimensional wooden board 146 with a shape or a plurality of shapes 144 cut through and then separated, thus forming a hole through the board 128 having a defined shape 148 through which the complementary three-dimensional shape 102 that was cut out and separated can be fitted to form a completed puzzle. The removable complementary three-dimensional shape 102 will have a small opening 124a, at the top surface through which a ribbon 124 is inserted for the purpose of hanging the removable three-dimensional shape 102. In another embodiment, the entire rear surface 108 of the wooden board 146 will have a paper element 220 fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Ganna Golovata
  • Patent number: 11311795
    Abstract: A smart cube is disclosed. An embodiment of the present disclosure may provide a smart cube, comprising: a main frame; and a plurality of unit blocks coupled to the main frame and constituting six faces of a regular hexahedron, wherein the unit block comprises: a display unit disposed on a surface of the unit block that is exposed to an outside; and a plurality of terminals disposed on a facing surface of the unit block facing another unit block for transferring electric power and data for the display unit, wherein the terminal is retrievably disposed in an insertion hole formed on the facing surface of the unit block, and wherein the terminal includes a permanent magnet for allowing a polarity of a retrieved end of the terminal to be opposite to a polarity of a retrieved end of a terminal of the other unit block such that the terminal is retrieved from the insertion hole and adhered to the terminal of the other unit block by a magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Unha Lee, Changsu Jung, Sangmin Lee
  • Patent number: 11278779
    Abstract: A spiked ball marker connected to a rotating alignment component is provided. The ball marker is designed to prevent rule violations for compromising the golf ball location on the putting surface when marked. The alignment component is adjustable and moves while the connected spiked ball marker is not allowed to move at all. The spikes of the spiked ball marker penetrate the ground to prevent the ball marker from moving as the alignment component is adjusted. The alignment component provides a golfer the option of adjustment by use of a putter in order to gain visual perspective of the putting surface terrain while in the act of adjusting the alignment component for the purpose of enhancing the accuracy of aiming towards a desired trajectory at the golf hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Jeffrey James Gardner
  • Patent number: 11279065
    Abstract: Closed cell foam articles, such as sports balls, and related manufacturing methods are disclosed herein. The article includes a main body made of closed-cell elastomeric resin foam having a density ranging between about 0.050 sg and about 0.800 sg after curing. Some articles are assembled by inserting a cured core into a main body so that the core is secured in the main body via an interference fit, and the core has one or more portions extending to the exterior surface of the main body such that the an exposed surface of the one or more exposed portions of the core blend substantially with the exterior surface of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Troy Lewis
  • Patent number: 11278778
    Abstract: A crossed golf tee that assists with the alignment of a golf shot when using the golf tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Elliot James Dean, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11266883
    Abstract: A sports ball includes sensing electronics embedded therein. The electronics are supported on an inner surface of the wall of the ball within an elastomeric boot that extends inwardly toward the center of the ball. The elastomeric boot is configured to protect the electronics from damage due to shock as the ball is used, and to have little if any effect on the performance characteristics of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: DDSports, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce C. Ianni, Davyeon D. Ross, Michael Maziarz, Clint A. Kahler