Patents Examined by Sunit Pandya
  • Patent number: 10438454
    Abstract: Various card devices and methods involving card devices are described. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Miller, Dean P. Alderucci, Thomas D. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 10438444
    Abstract: A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming machines. In one embodiment, the gaming system provides players with one or more enhanced wagering opportunities. One enhanced wagering opportunity enables a player to continue playing one or more primary games at the maximum wager even if the player's continued play causes the gaming device's credit meter to fall below zero credits. In one such embodiment, after playing one or more maximum wager games which cause the credit meter to drop below zero, the player's player tracking account is utilized to cover any amount of credits the gaming device's credit meter is below zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Daniel J. DeWaal, Hans Elias, Richard J. Schneider, Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10429165
    Abstract: A tared caliper having a measuring bar with a fixed jaw, a moving frame with a measuring indicator and with a moving jaw, an accurate feed mechanism, a measurement effort device with a calibrated flexible member. The calibrated flexible member in form the non-fixed replaced cylindrical compression spring with effort from 0.5 . . . 3 N to 25 . . . 60 N. The non-fixed replaced cylindrical compression spring coaxial into the rod inside the body by the measurement effort device. The body is connected to a moving frame. The force indicator includes from the marking window on the body and from the force scale on the rod. The rod is connected to an accurate feed mechanism. The rod is pressed to the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Sergii Kramarenko
  • Patent number: 10424160
    Abstract: A system and method of providing wagering over a computerized system. The system includes a computerized multi-player game. The game includes an integral game mechanics module for providing a game-play session over a computerized network. The game mechanics module is in real-time communication with a wagering module and therethrough the wagering module automatically receiving real-time game event information. The game mechanics module provides a wagering option to a player in real-time that is selectable by a game-play action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Gary Martin Denham, Bruce Alan Evenson, Jason P. Webb
  • Patent number: 10413796
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying surf training instructional information is used to improve a user's pop-up, as it relates to popping up on a surfboard, and improving one's surf fitness. The visual illustrations indicates the position of a surfer's hands, their body when lying on their surfboard and/or where their feet should land when they pop-up into their surfing stance on a surfboard, which can engraved, drawn or painted onto a surface of any type. The system and method also has visual instructional guidelines for performing exercises and stretches that can be done to improve a user's surf strength, balance, flexibility and endurance. By using this system and method a user will improve their pop-up (jump) and overall surf fitness in order to become a better surfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan Goodson, Christine Decker
  • Patent number: 10410465
    Abstract: A physical playing card gaming system includes a gaming table including at least one dealer position and at least one player position. The system includes a physical playing card handling device that is configured to read at least one of a card rank and card suit of physical playing cards. The system also includes at least one processor in communication with the physical playing card handling device and a video monitor. The at least one processor is programmed to determine the composition of at least one dealer hand and at least one player hand based on the at least one of card rank and card suit read. The at least one processor is programmed to cause game information based on the determined hands to be displayed in response to dealer input. Methods of operating such a physical playing card gaming system include displaying the game information upon dealer request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 10385824
    Abstract: The present invention is a wind turbine that includes a mandrel, a plurality of supporting arms or trusses, and a plurality of umbrella-like vanes. The wind mandrel is adapted for rotating in a generally circular orientation with respect to a vertical axis of a turbine-receiving structure during operation wherein the circular orientation is generally parallel to a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Bruce Logan Shrewsbury
  • Patent number: 10384126
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to systems and methods to provide graphical user interfaces in computer-implemented multiplayer games. The graphical user interface includes a friends panel that is operable between a collapsed condition and an expanded condition. The friends panel provides friends information display functionality, social network management functionality, and/or messaging functionality both in the collapsed condition and in the expanded condition. In the collapsed condition, the friends panel may comprise a friends bar that shows a row of friend cards or chiclets associated with respective friends of a host player associated with a displayed game instance, the friends bar being clear of a view of a virtual in-game environment shown in the game display, while the expanded friends panel may comprise a grid of friend cards or chiclets that functionally obscures the in-game environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Lee
  • Patent number: 10384134
    Abstract: A game provided to users of a game space may include a task to be performed by the users. A plurality of virtual chance items may be composed. Individual ones of the virtual chance items may be configured to be activated by the users in the game space to obtain virtual awards in the game space. The virtual awards may include one or more primary awards and one or more secondary awards. Composing the virtual chance items may include determining probabilities that the individual virtual chance items will provide a primary award and/or a secondary award upon activation. The virtual chance items may be distributed to the users that complete the task responsive to these users completing the task. The virtual awards may be provided to the users in accordance with the probabilities assigned to the virtual chance items in response to the users activating the virtual chance items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Caldarone, Stephanie Schultz
  • Patent number: 10363772
    Abstract: A display device for spreading a turkey's tail feathers in a fan-like display is provided. The device consists of a U-shape with 3 rubber quill clips, 1 located at the top, 1 located on one end of the device and 1 located on remaining end of the device. The rubber clips allow the quills in the middle of the fan as well as the quills near the base on opposite sides to be used to hold the turkey fan in a set position. When installed the device is invisible to view. This device is a multipurpose toot and can be used for taxidermy use in preserving the turkey fan. This device may be used as a mounting mechanism for wall display. A mounting mechanism may further be provided for the mounting of an object to the turkey fan such as the beard, or a pole for the use of the fan as a decoy in the field or a mount on the wall or shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Derron Brown
  • Patent number: 10360524
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and a method for the risk management through ratio scale measures. The present invention identifies the risk of occurrence of events, develops ratio scale measures for impact of events and likelihood of events and deriving the risk of the events by multiplying the ratio scale measures for impacts with the ratio scale measures for likelihoods of the identified risk events. The ratio scale measures for impact of risk events is the sum-product of the ratio scale measures of the importance of the objectives and ratio scale measures of the impact of associated risk events on the objectives. The ratio scale measures for likelihoods of risk events is the sum-product of the probabilities of the identified causes times the probability of the risk events given the identified causes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Ernest Forman
  • Patent number: 10354495
    Abstract: A system and method for selling pre-printed instant-winner lottery tickets by use of a central computer communicating with widely-distributed enclosed vending machines and other terminals, with each ticket providing a traditional instant-winner game with a chance for an added instant-winner progressive jackpot prize. The identification code printed on each ticket is read by a code reader, after the ticket has been issued from a vending machine or selected from an accessible display of inactive tickets, and the computer determines whether the ticket is a progressive jackpot winner, and notifies the terminal at which the ticket is a processed of the win or loss. If the ticket has not been activated, the computer activates it. If necessary, the computer also supplies play data to be printed on the ticket or separate paper, or displayed to complete the traditional game and indicate the winning or loss of that game as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Frederick Sandvick
  • Patent number: 10339764
    Abstract: The present invention combines aspects of social media with traditional lottery games. In one aspect, the present invention provides a lottery game for drawing-based and instant-based games, where the numbers or icons that are traditionally used are replaced by player profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: IGT Global Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Babineau, Amy Morin, Todd Nash, Kenneth Perry, Nicolas Seccatore, Christopher Simonelli, John Taylor, Jess Wright
  • Patent number: 10337833
    Abstract: A method for providing highly accurate coordinates and elevation of a remote terrestrial-based location is described. The method also provides for the determination of a number of high-accuracy values including the location and elevation of the point of observation, and the distance and bearing from the point of observation to the remote location. Also described is a method for compensating for unknown effects of the associated atmospheric refractivity, and errors in input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen David Knapp
  • Patent number: 10311460
    Abstract: A method and program product includes accessing a customer account on a server system. A revolving list of tasks associated with the customer account is received. The revolving list of tasks at least includes a plurality of businesses and at least one action to be completed for each business. The plurality of businesses are selected by the server system from a group of associated businesses using a selection algorithm. The selection algorithm at least in part uses a random selection. A completion of a one of the tasks is communicated, wherein the server system removes the task from the list creating an empty slot, and assigns a reward to the customer account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Jenson
  • Patent number: 10290224
    Abstract: Systems and methods for learning one or more subject areas. The methods may comprise an interactive outline learning system, in which the subject area may be organized into one or more multi-layered outlines, and lines may connect elements in each layer with related elements in adjacent layers. Each layer of the outline may correspond to one or more steps in the analysis of a question presented about the subject area. The systems may include a user interface component which may receive input comprising a first selection of an element from the first level of the outline, and then selections from subsequent layers of the outline. The methods may include determining whether each selection correctly corresponds with a step in the analysis of the question, and may visually indicate the correct element and/or connecting lines in response to a correct selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas William Nececkas
  • Patent number: 10282680
    Abstract: A ridesharing with a surprise destination based on a reservation is disclosed. A user can request a ridesharing service for the reservation. The request may include a set of ridesharing preferences. The pickup location for the ridesharing service to pickup the user is determined along with a pickup time before the reservation time based on the ridesharing preferences. The system may request a ridesharing vehicle to pick the user at the pickup location and deliver the user to the surprise destination. Furthermore, a driver of the ridesharing vehicle may be instructed not to reveal the surprise destination. Furthermore, an application associated with the ridesharing may hide a set of revealing information for the reservation. Upon determining the ridesharing vehicle has reached the surprise destination based on the reservation, the reservation may be revealed. Furthermore, the ridesharing vehicle may pickup additional users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SplitTix LLC
    Inventor: Kathy Seacat
  • Patent number: 10272336
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, and computing devices are described herein for restoring gameplay by replaying past inputs. During gameplay, capture logic captures participant inputs that were received to change states of game objects. The capture logic stores the captured information in an electronic record of period(s) of the gameplay. After the period(s) of gameplay, replay logic receives a request to initiate subsequent gameplay beginning from a point in time from a period of past gameplay. The replay logic causes the subsequent gameplay to begin from the point at least in part by loading saved state information and replaying the captured participant inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Chimes, Dave Lawrence, Alan Dabiri, James Anhalt, Eric Sutton
  • Patent number: 10265615
    Abstract: A game for multiple players in which a player wins a round of play by predicting another player's perception of the reaction of a person, fictional character, or personified thing to performing a described activity, being in a described situation, or being characterized as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: David Lynn Ostler
  • Patent number: 10250288
    Abstract: A hand wearable electronic device uses a space on a back-side of a human hand, between the wrist joint and the finger joints, the space referred to as opisthenar, has mounted or worn thereon a wear mechanism for an electronic device. The device has functions of (i) receive/transmit RF electronics, (ii) a touch/display screen, (iii) a battery, and (iv) external switches; and a logic in the device that provides for the device use as an extension device for use with a smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Tara Chand Singhal