Patents Examined by William H. Grieb
  • Patent number: 6783464
    Abstract: This Continuation invention provides a system of self-contained swing motion sensors borne and powered by the golfer's body that permit a golfer to track his swing movements by artificial markers which assist him to visualize and rapidly memorize given swing action models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Edward A Romano
  • Patent number: 6155571
    Abstract: A toy target game includes a plurality of targets rotatably mounted on a shaft. Each of the targets is mounted inside a sleeve which is also rotatably mounted on the shaft. Each target includes a depiction of a first character on a first end and a depiction of a second character on an opposite second end. Each target is mounted on the shaft through a transverse opening in the target at a midpoint of the target. Each sleeve is rectangular in cross-section and includes slots on opposing sides of the sleeve, through which the shaft passes. When the targets are aligned in a normal, vertical position, each sleeve covers the end of the target which is below the shaft, while leaving the end of the target which is above the shaft exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Tormod K. Reinertsen
  • Patent number: 6132312
    Abstract: Gaming card arrays each formed of a plurality of symbols positioned in predetermined symbol display locations, are generated in a plurality of remote devices connected to a main station. The process includes the steps of developing seeds or a seed list to be utilized as input for generating gaming card arrays, and generating, at each remote device, gaming card arrays in accordance with input from the main station utilizing a pseudo-random number generator seeded by at least a portion of the seeds or seed list. In one form, a pre-processor screens potential seeds and saves only those capable of creating unique gaming card arrays in a seed list. Seeds from the seed list are accessed when needed and transferred to the remote devices whereat the gaming card arrays are created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Allen R. Hecht
  • Patent number: 6106407
    Abstract: A golf ball practice and swing analyzer that incorporates a golf ball positioner that swings in a vertical plane and resides only momentarily adjacent the tee and then retracts upwardly, thus permitting the golfer to begin his or her swing the instant the ball positioner begins to move upwardly, combined with systems for determining and displaying the two most important, and largely determinative characteristics of the golfer's swing, the swing speed and swing time, in a very economical design criteria is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Gilbert L. Peyton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6073931
    Abstract: The present invention provides a folding backboard for receiving a dart board thereon. The folding backboard protects a wall, or some other fixed surface, by being able to receive and secure poorly thrown darts without damage to the dart tips. The folding backboard comprises a first section which is foldably attached to a second section. The backboard unfolds into an open position in which the dart board is readily mounted to each section of the folding backboard, and folds into a closed position to minimize the width or height of the backboard for storing or transporting the backboard when the dart board is removed. The present invention also includes a dart center which incorporates the aforementioned folding backboard and further includes a dart board and throw-line marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Great Lakes Dart Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: Justin L. Voden
  • Patent number: 6066056
    Abstract: An improved head for a lacrosse stick having ridges extending along the exterior surface of the lip and depressions extending inwardly from the interior surface of the lip adapted to protect the lacings from abrasive contact with the ground and the ball. The ridges flank each aperture on the lip through which the lacings are thread. The depressions abut each aperture on the lip and are recessed from the apertures to the backlip portion. Ball retaining ridges extend along the interior surface of the sidewalls and serve to direct and retain the ball within the ball pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Warrior LaCrosse, Inc.
    Inventor: David Morrow
  • Patent number: 6062997
    Abstract: An attractive magnetic dart system provides exciting games which are fun, educational and entertaining. Advantageously, the user-friendly system utilizes safe magnetic darts which will not harm people or damage walls, furniture, etc. surrounding the target. The safe magnetic darts each have a magnetic head with a flat front face, which is preferably much larger than the body of the dart. In the preferred form, the magnetic darts have long fins fabricated of a sponge-like material, such as urethane, to. enhance and better stabilize the flight of the darts. Desirably, the magnetic heads of the darts are heavier than the combined weight of the bodies and fins of the darts to further enhance magnetic contact of the magnetic head of the dart to the target. The magnetic dart preferably has optical viewing portions to view the target when aiming the dart and to view the portion of the target that the dart has struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Elenco Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur F. Seymour
  • Patent number: 6062567
    Abstract: The invention contemplates to provide: a prize acquisition game machine capable of either recovering the prize, as having failed to acquire and fallen to the floor of the game machine automatically into the game machine body, or delivering the prize as in the acquisition success; a gripper capable of lightening the load on drive means such as a drive motor to prevent the individual parts such as hand members or gears and the prizes from being broken and changing the shape of the hand members; a prize suspender capable of adjusting the degree of difficulty in the prize acquisition automatically; and a game machine capable of changing the indication of play fare and number in association with a setting changing device disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Nihon Servo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Uetono, Yoshihisa Kanesaka
  • Patent number: 6056652
    Abstract: Basketball retrieval devices are provided. The devices have use and storage positions, whereby the devices include collapsible walls that permit the devices to be collapsed into a compact storage position and opened into a use position for permitting a player to practice foul-throw shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: HoopMaster, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles W. Lees, Jeffrey Sparr, Stephen Lane, Dan McGrail, Justin Sirotin, Aidan Petrie
  • Patent number: 6046850
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stereoscope apparatus comprising a left and right reflective sheets converging, in upright position at a predetermined angle in the range of 40 to 50 degrees, towards the line of sight of the viewer so that the left eye sees only the left reflective sheet and the right eye sees only the right reflective sheet. A pair of holding means for the pictures or images are disposed relative to the reflective sheets at angle of 40 to 50 degrees whereby the pictures or images held therein are simultaneously reflected to the respective left and right reflective sheets. The pictures or images are the corresponding left and right eye views of the pictures or images intended to be viewed. When viewed, the reflective sheets acting as the screen, imparts a three dimensional effect upon the eyes of the viewer. Enclosing walls, forming a box-type structure confine the reflective sheets and the holding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Candido C. Cunanan
  • Patent number: 6033309
    Abstract: A control pad with two input ports for establishing a connection with two three-axis input devices permits six-axis game play. The control pad contains a microprocessor which determines whether one or two three-axis input devices are connected thereto and generates an address signal for communication with a game console to inform a microprocessor of the game console on power up of an exact nature of peripheral input devices which are attached. A thumb-operated rotor assembly is fitted to a top of a joystick for z-axis control and thus allows single-handed three-axis control of computer games through the joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventors: Johnny D. Couch, James L. Huether
  • Patent number: 6015151
    Abstract: A new bocce ball type game device for playing a disc throwing game with rules similar to bocce ball. The inventive device includes a plurality of discs including a number of tossing discs and a marker disc. Each disc has a center, generally circular first and second faces, and a perimeter side edge between the first and second faces of the disc. Each disc has a generally cylindrical bore extending between its first and second faces. The device also includes a disc carrier comprising a generally U-shaped elongate handle rod having a pair of elongate arms and an elongate crossbar. The disc carrier also has an elongate carrying rod with one of the ends of the carrying rod coupled to the terminal end of one of the arms of the handle rod. The carrying rod is extended from the one of the arms of the handle rod towards the other arm of the handle rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventors: G. Walter Carovillano, Carrie A. Carovillano
  • Patent number: 6012722
    Abstract: Disclosed is a skill-based water gun game. In one embodiment, a water gun game apparatus includes a water tub and a water gun. The water tub has an inner chamber and an outer channel that forms a loop around the inner chamber. The inner chamber and the outer channel are in communication through a front aperture formed in the water tub. The water gun is capable of discharging water towards the water tub. The water gun is used to shoot targets that circulate in the outer channel into the inner channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: RLT Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman B. Petermeier, J. Richard Oltmann, Bryan M. Kelly
  • Patent number: 6010416
    Abstract: A portable field boundary for field sports such as soccer, football, flag football, rugby, field hockey, ultimate, lacrosse or others is formed of a flexible cord or twine with pennants or flags or other marking devices being permanently attached to the cord to denote appropriate desired points such as corners, goals, goal lines, mid-field, yardage increments or other desired elements. The boundary is designed to lay restingly on the ground with stakes or other anchoring devices used to affix the boundary to the desired surface defining the corners and perimeter of the playing field. The design is lightweight and durable to allow for multiple subsequent temporary applications, retrievals and storage of the apparatus, the duration of a single use typically being a single practice or competition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: John Garrett Frederick
  • Patent number: 6007437
    Abstract: A basketball backboard formed of a structural foam material such as structural foam polypropylene. The backboard is provided with an inmolded graphics sheet formed of the same material as that used to form the backboard. The graphics sheet of material is formed with pores to receive the printing inks whereby a desired visual graphics display is provided on an exposed facing surface of the graphics sheet. The backboard is formed as a high strength rigid structure having good rebound characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Huffy Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Schickert, James N. Fitzsimmons
  • Patent number: 6000698
    Abstract: A set of pieces facilitates the playing of a modified form of chess in which the captor of a piece can return that piece to the board as the captor's own. The set comprises two subsets of pieces, each piece having an upright stem having a shape which denotes the piece's denomination and a direction indicator which denotes the ownership of the piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Warren Woodward
  • Patent number: 6000700
    Abstract: A projectile trap assembly for capturing projectiles emitted along a line substantially parallel to a ground surface includes a support frame generally inclined relative to the line of the projectiles; a primary volume of particulate material disposed on the support frame for slowing down and capturing the projectiles, the primary volume including a target region in which a majority of the projectiles are captured; and the support frame having a trap door positioned proximate the target region, the trap door being arranged and configured to allow a portion of the primary volume of particulate material coinciding generally with the target region to be removed from the trap assembly through the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Caswell International Corporation
    Inventors: Leslie F. Nesler, Paul T. Faust
  • Patent number: 5997420
    Abstract: A net device for a ball game and for securing on a frame includies a woven outer member disposed in the peripheral portion for securing to the frame of the ball game. A resilient member is secured to the peripheral portion or engaged in the woven outer member of the net for increasing the resilience of the net and for allowing the net to be easily attached to the frame of the goal of the ball game. The resilient peripheral portion of the net may be used for absorbing the vibrations and shocks that may be transmitted to the net for preventing the net from being easily damaged by balls and players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Chien
  • Patent number: RE36574
    Abstract: A local video game (310) including a communicating controller (326). The controller (326) receives local command signals created by a set of player controls (316). The controller (326) also receives remote command signals received through a modem (324) which were created by a remote video game (320) through a similar set of player controls. The controller (326) includes a synchronizer (328) which produces synchronizing codes to be sent to the remote video game (320) to synchronize the games. The synchronizer (328) synchronizes the local and remote command signals such that both are received by a game microprocessor (322) simultaneously. Memory (336) stores the player parameters and are retrieved whenever the synchronization codas of the local (310) and remote (320) video games have not matched for a predetermined number of iterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventors: Peter Hochstein, Jeffrey Tenenbaum
  • Patent number: RE36641
    Abstract: A three-dimensional amusement device for transforming the outer appearance of a video terminal thus enhancing its appeal and improving the state of mind of the person requiring its use, particularly when that person is a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Tom Griffin