Patents Examined by Syvila Weatherford
  • Patent number: 10427054
    Abstract: A computer program for marketing fantasy sports and/or stock market teams to potential investors, where an investor in a fantasy team shares in the winnings of that team. An owner of a fantasy sports team or a fantasy stock market portfolio offers his/her team up for sale or investment. The team can be sold in its entirety, or only a partial stake in the team can be sold, at the discretion of the owner. Potential investors view teams which are up for sale or investment, research team background and performance, and if desired, make an offer to buy a share of a team. Offers to sell and buy can be handled as either fixed price transactions or as auction-style bidding. Team owners split profits with investors according to ownership percentage. Investor pools and partnerships are possible, and many other features for facilitating investment transactions are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FANTASY INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Jay Wolgin
  • Patent number: 10427049
    Abstract: A communication play is performed between a master machine and a slave machine. The slave machine can obtain an item according to the result of the communication play and the item is deposited to the master machine. After the communication play ends, if a cartridge is mounted to the slave machine and the master machine and the slave machine perform communication, the item that has been deposited to the master machine is delivered to the slave machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventor: Noriyoshi Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10406431
    Abstract: A hand-held controller includes a controller body having a front and a back, with at least one thumb control on the front of the controller body. A back shell on the back of the controller body has left and right portions, each having top and bottom regions. A first force sensitive resistor (FSR) underlies the top region of the left portion of the back shell. A second FSR underlies the bottom region of the left portion of the back shell. A third FSR underlies the top region of the right portion of the back shell. A fourth FSR underlies the bottom region of the right portion of the back shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Campbell, Jeffrey Bellinghausen, Scott Dalton
  • Patent number: 10398983
    Abstract: In at least one aspect, methods and corresponding systems operable to perform the methods are provided herein that allow multiple players, registered and unregistered, to play a game wherein players submit predictions for box office revenue for a plurality of films and, in certain instances, are awarded points for the proximity of the prediction to actual revenues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Costakis, Jeffrey Hartke, Tzukai Hung
  • Patent number: 10391386
    Abstract: A video game processing apparatus for controlling progress of a video game is provided. An image display device is caused to display operating section images in an operating section image display area on a display screen in an arrangement pattern corresponding to arrangement positions of respective operating sections. The operating section images are operating section images respectively corresponding to the operating sections arranged in the operational input section. Identification display allowing a player to identify the operational function associated with the corresponding operating section is made for each of the group of operating section images. When to receive an operational input in response to an operation of any of the plurality of operating sections by the player, the video game processing apparatus carries out operation correspondence processing that indicates processing to exert an operational function associated with the operating section operated by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Hiroshi Minagawa, Kazutoyo Maehiro
  • Patent number: 10347077
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine constructed to receive real credits, including a real world engine configured to provide a randomly generated payout for a gambling game and a game world engine configured to manage an entertainment software engine to provide outcomes based upon a player's skillful execution of an entertainment game are provided. In operation, an amount of real world credits are wagered in the real world engine, a randomly generated payout of real world credits is determined based upon the wagered amount using the real world engine, a number of elements are added that are ascribed to a player and that are scaled according to a scaling ratio set by the game world engine relative to the payout of real world credits using the game world engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10272329
    Abstract: A design for a cooperative live action virtual reality experience is described. A client makes use of a 360-degree display unit to play a 360-degree video file, a corresponding audio file, and an annotation requesting the user to make a selection that will dictate the progression of the virtual reality experience. The user input is processed in view of a script tree to determine the subsequent 360-degree video, audio, and annotation to send to the client. In some embodiments, progression of the virtual reality experience is dictated by annotation selections made by a second user or by both users who are cooperatively participating in the virtual reality experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: David Linder, Scott D. Lange, Alexander Rothera
  • Patent number: 10262496
    Abstract: A method of operating a gaming system having a random number generator, a credit meter, and a first hybrid game containing an entertainment game portion and a gambling game portion. Skill play in the entertainment game is used to provide entrance to an asynchronous hybrid game tournament. The award for the asynchronous hybrid game tournament uses contributions from the real credit wagers in the gambling game of the first hybrid game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10249139
    Abstract: This invention in certain example instances relates generally to coin-operated video entertainment systems. More particularly, certain exemplary aspects of the invention provide methods and/or systems for controlling access to a portable coin-operated interactive entertainment device that may be used to play video games and access other forms of entertainment as well as providing features via such portable coin-operated interactive entertainment devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOUCHTUNES MUSIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dominique Dion, Kenneth J. Fedesna, Mark D. Loffredo, Edward J. Suchocki, Edward E. Pellegrini, Frank J. Pellegrini, Edward F. Hicks, Cary M. Mednick
  • Patent number: 10242241
    Abstract: A mobile communications device including a transceiver, a motion input or other optical device, and a system for supporting single or multi-player gameplay is described. A method of playing a game is provided including transmitting and receiving information between one or more devices through a mobile communications system with use of one or more tethered and/or wireless links; and playing a game on the mobile communications device. Further one or more players either creating or receiving one or more motions, thereby communicating through the device, receiving and/or transmitting some or all of the game data and may also receive/transmit one or more motion results and having the ability to send and/or receive one or more motion instructions to/from another one or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: Carey Leigh Lotzer
  • Patent number: 10235828
    Abstract: The present invention is a device embodying a reel-based game. The reel-based game includes a plurality of reels and a plurality of mini-reels. The mini-reels replace one or more of the plurality of reels or may replace one or more symbol-bearing positions of the reels. The added feature of the plurality of mini-reels enables the possible attainment of a greater number of symbol combinations and winning outcomes by replacing standard paylines associated with the reel or reel position with sets of paylines that cover all mini-reel-based outcomes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lightning Box Games, Pty Ltd
    Inventor: David Anthony Little
  • Patent number: 10235836
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for electronically transferring currency from a source user account to a target user account in relation to a game application. A payment service provider may receive a request to transfer an amount of currency from the source user account to the target user account to be used for the game application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Lucy Ma Zhao
  • Patent number: 10220299
    Abstract: A field of play may include linearly arranged locations in which a game piece, e.g., representative of a letter, may be played, in an attempt to form words. An example field of play includes a 5×5 grid formed of squares. Each playable location in the field of play is randomly assigned a unique integer number from 1-n, where n is the total number of playable locations. Each of two or more players use identically shaped fields of play, but having different randomly assigned numbers. Players take turns placing letters in their field of play to form words and, as they do so, the same letter is automatically placed into all opponent's fields of play at the same numbered location, thereby obstructing the opponent's progress in forming his own words in his own field of play. Scoring may be based on the number and length of words formed by each player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ThinAir Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Moag
  • Patent number: 10220301
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying dynamically changing content within scrollview class applications are described. In some example embodiments, an intermediate module fetches images from an underlying layer of a webview module, and provides the images to a scrollview module, which presents the images via a scrollable user interface on a computing device, such as a scrollable user interface within a game application presenting an online game via a user interface of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Nishchaie Khanna, Shivkumar Ramamurthi
  • Patent number: 10212986
    Abstract: A system for automatically identifying performance of workout routines is provided. The system includes a set of sensors wearable on a body of an exerciser during performance of exercises. Each sensor is configured to measure a parameter selected from motion, acceleration, position, and applied force, and to communicate parameters measured. The system also includes a device configured to receive a set of parameters measured over a period of time by the set of sensors and to access stored pattern information corresponding to a plurality of predetermined exercise activities and a plurality of predetermined workout routines to identify one or more performed exercise activities performed by the exerciser and to identify a performed workout routine performed by the exerciser during the period of time. Apparel and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Mark G. DePietro, Stewart M. Wiener
  • Patent number: 10207171
    Abstract: An integrated golf club comprising standard golf club shaft and an integrated electronics system golf club head apparatus for directly measuring physical parameters of the golf club head motional acceleration swing forces and golf club head face and golf ball impact forces and further processing those measurements and transmitting the measurement data wirelessly to a user interface device. The integrated electronics system golf club head comprises several optimized assemblies that support electronic measurement, processing and wireless communication functions that are integrated with a customized golf club head shell and club face to provide a golf club head with physical properties that are substantially similar to that of a regulation play golf club head of same type. The user interface device that receives wirelessly transmitted data further processes the data and provides the golfer with useful golf swing and impact metrics in multiple different user selectable formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOLF IMPACT, LLC
    Inventor: Roger Davenport
  • Patent number: 10210709
    Abstract: Gaming chips are provided with embedded radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tags incorporated into a gaming chip for identifying and tracking the gaming chips within a casino, and even upon a gaming table. The gaming chips have a body in the shape of a disc which has a loss tangent of 0.0078 or less, and more preferably of 0.007 or less. For chips operating at 900 MHz, the body has a dielectric constant of 5 or less, and preferably 3-5. For chips operating at 2.45 GHz, the body has a dielectric constant of 5-8. Preferably, the body is made of a blend of plastic, such as PVC, and a dielectric ceramic. The RFID is preferably sandwiched between layers of a high frequency circuit material including top and bottom layers and a center layer have a hole for receiving the RFID. Preferably, the layers of high frequency circuit material have a dielectric constant of 2.5-4 and a loss tangent of 0.002-0.006.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: David Nissen
  • Patent number: 10186118
    Abstract: A gaming machine of the present invention stores a bet area on which a bet is placed through a gaming terminal and a game value placed as the bet, determines a resulting symbol from a plurality of symbols, rotates the wheel based on an operation of the lever in one of the plurality of gaming terminals, whose lever has been activated, stops the rotation of the wheel so that the pointer points at a symbol arrangement area with the resulting symbol, and awards a payout based on the resulting symbol and the odds set for the bet area in which the bet is placed through the gaming terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kido, Hiroki Munakata
  • Patent number: 10163302
    Abstract: A gaming system which enables a player to purchase an amount of virtual currency from an online casino wherein the purchased virtual currency includes a predetermined component and a variable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Double Down Interactive LLC
    Inventor: Andrea Moro
  • Patent number: 10155159
    Abstract: A tactile feedback system for use with a virtual reality system comprises a support structure and tactile feedback units coupled to and spaced apart around the support structure. A microcontroller is coupled to the tactile feedback units to independently control their activation. The microcontroller has a communication interface configured to communicate with the virtual reality system to receive control signals for controlling operation of the tactile feedback units. The microcontroller activates the tactile feedback units in response to control signals received from the virtual reality system to indicate aspects of the virtual reality experience. In another aspect, a haptic gun for use with a virtual reality system has tactile feedback units and a linear actuator for simulating a recoil of firing the gun. In another aspect a video game system provides a single game play instance for multiple clients utilizing different game platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.
    Inventor: Allan Jones