Patents Examined by William M. Brewster
  • Patent number: 8920235
    Abstract: A game system has at least two modes of operation, that is, a monitor game mode and a terminal device game mode. In the monitor game mode, a main game image is displayed on a monitor and a sub game image is displayed on an LCD of a terminal device. In the terminal device game mode, the main game image is displayed on the LCD of the terminal device. The mode of operation can be switched in accordance with a mode switching instruction from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Nogami, Tomoaki Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8915781
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods of selecting and placing real-world wagers responsive to one or more wager triggers, obtaining outcomes of the real-world wagers, facilitating user interactions with various interactive media, and revealing the outcomes of the real-world wagers through the interactive media to give an appearance that the outcomes of the real-world wagers resulted from the user interactions even though the outcomes resulted from the real-world wagers and were determined before the user interactions. The system may provide mirage reveals that give an appearance to the user that an objective may be achieved to obtain a reward. However, the objective may not be achievable, thereby guaranteeing a loss. The mirage reveals may be used to reveal a loss resulting from a real-world wager in a manner that the loss appears to result from the failure to achieve the objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Game Play Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell M. Fine, Jamison Selby
  • Patent number: 8915780
    Abstract: A lottery data transfer method for processing lottery ticket data piggybacks on a merchant's existing debit or credit card interchange system. A BIN is assigned to lottery tickets that is unique in the merchant's credit or debit card interchange, the BIN associated with a lottery data blob also provided on the lottery ticket. The lottery BIN and data blob are into the merchant's existing credit or debit card activation barcode protocol to initiate transfer of the lottery data to a central lottery site via the interchange. At a processor within the interchange, the unique lottery BIN is flagged to initiate special routing to and further processing of the lottery data blob at the lottery central site, wherein the lottery data blob is processed outside of the interchange's debit or credit card data transfer and processing procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Earl Irwin, Jr., Edward J. Stanek, William J. Huntley
  • Patent number: 8900054
    Abstract: A gaming machine operating system is disclosed that includes download and configuration modules enabling the conducting of external communications and internal operations to receive downloads of game and game machine content and features and to modify game and game machines accordingly. Gaming machines and methods are also described which implement the download and configuration capable gaming machine operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Pravinkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 8900043
    Abstract: A computer-generated puzzle game can enable any appropriate image (e.g., a still image, video, or animation) to be used as a puzzle image. The puzzle game can utilize a framework including a portion of the puzzle image such that the user can determine where to place the puzzle pieces without having to see a version of the final image, which can save display real estate as well as provide suspense and additional challenge for the user. The puzzle pieces also can include a portion of the image, such that the player can determine where the pieces are to be placed in the framework without having to worry about rotating or properly positioning the pieces, which can be difficult on at least certain computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Skaff Elias, Richard Channing Garfield
  • Patent number: 8894461
    Abstract: A system and method for interactive play that includes an object having a visible characteristic such as a color pattern that is recognizable in an image. The color pattern may be associated with an instruction. An imager in a toy captures an image of the object that is processed by a processor in the toy. The processor identifies the visible characteristic and finds the instruction associated with the visible characteristic. The processor may signal an output device of the toy to take an action in accordance with the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Eyecue Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronen Horovitz
  • Patent number: 8894488
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a control lever gripped by a player, a display configured to display an effect image, and a controller programmed to execute a predetermined process. The control lever includes a rotation axis, a reel handle configured to rotate the rotation axis, a rotation sensor configured to detect the number of rotation of the rotation axis, and a rotation resistance imparting unit configured to impart resistance to the rotation axis such that the torque increases in accordance with the rotational speed in one direction of the rotation axis. In accordance with the game status of the game, the controller causes the rotation sensor to detect the number of rotation of the rotation axis which is rotated as the reel handle of the control lever is rotated, and changes the content of the effect image displayed on the display in accordance with the detected number of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroki Munakata, Gou Miyamoto, Daisyun Okamoto, Kensaku Yoshikawa, Kazuo Okada
  • Patent number: 8888582
    Abstract: A primary array of symbol positions arranged in a plurality of columns and a feeder array of symbol positions arranged in one or more columns are displayed. A plurality of symbols including a special symbol is randomly distributed such that (i) each of the symbol positions of the primary and feeder arrays is associated with one of the plurality of symbols thereby forming a first outcome. In response to one of the symbol positions of the primary array being associated with the special symbol, one or more of the symbols associated with the feeder array is visually transferred to the primary array of symbol positions. The first outcome is modified with the one or more transferred symbols thereby forming a second outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Louie, Jamie W. Vann
  • Patent number: 8876603
    Abstract: A videogame controller device with a videogame controller housing, the housing having a firearm accessory exterior contour one or more firearm mounts on the videogame controller housing, the one or more mounts for connecting the videogame controller housing to a firearm; and a trigger switch jack for operating a button to simulate firing in a videogame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Welch
  • Patent number: 8864597
    Abstract: A weight shift feedback apparatus senses a weight shift in a golf swing motion of the user, collects, synchronizes and stores the sensed weight shift information, analyzes a weight value applied to each foot of the user with respect to time based on the stored data, and extracts important points of a swing. The weight shift of the user may be evaluated based on an address point, a backswing top point, an impact point, and a point where the weight value applied to each foot has a maximum value, and the feedback information for the evaluation may be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Jin Wook Kim, An Jin Park, Hyeong Rae Choi, Sung Kuk Chun, Dong Hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 8858331
    Abstract: An exercise game system of the present invention includes a plurality of game clients and a game server. The game clients transmit over a network, exercise intensity information in which exercise intensities of the players performing various types of exercises are measured. The game server drives an exercise game by receiving exercise intensity information of the respective players from the game clients over the network, and by determining a motion of a game object to be displayed on a game screen based on exercise intensity information that is balanced according to a predetermined balancing rule about at least one element of exercise intensity, a change rate, and a duration time according to different types of exercises. In this instance, the game screen is represented to be capable of recognizing the motion of the game object that is affected by adjusting the intensity of exercise performed by the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: June-Hwa Song, Tai-Woo Park, Soun-Eil Park, Chung-Kuk Yoo, Byung-Lim Park
  • Patent number: 8852012
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing storage at indoor golf driving ranges. In various embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods permit golfers to store their baggage in close proximity to the golfers while the golfers practice their swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Brendan O'Grady, Sam S. Han
  • Patent number: 8851971
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamically binding prizes to a multi-outcome game. The invention allows an enterprise to generate a playerlist of customer names from a CRM database of the enterprise and send a game application from a content server to the customers on the playerlist while dynamically binding prizes and outcomes of the game application just prior to or during transmission of the game application to the data capable communication devices of the customers on the playerlist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Joingo, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen S. Boyle, Russell S. Greer
  • Patent number: 8845428
    Abstract: Coordinating real-world gatherings to promote an online community, the method including: encouraging participants of the online community to participate in a real-world gathering by providing incentives for the participants; promoting familiarity among the participants by providing and introducing online community titles of the participants at the real-world gathering; and providing online benefits or rewards to the participants for participating in the real-world gathering. Keywords include socializing in the real world, community building and bridging the gap between the game world and the real world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertianment America LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Khan
  • Patent number: 8840471
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a system for electronic trading is provided. The system includes an interface application having an associated mapping module that defines a plurality of controller signal relationships. Each controller signal relationship associates a game controller signal with a trading system command associated with the electronic trading of financial instruments. The interface application is operable to receive a particular game controller signal, determine the trading system command associated with the particular game controller signal using the mapping module, and communicate the determined trading system command such that the trading system command is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: BGC Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Longman
  • Patent number: 8834228
    Abstract: A method of insert molding a preformed item into a molded product, the molded product being formed by injecting a moldable material into a mold, is disclosed. The method includes adhering the preformed item to a surface of the mold with an adhesive, wherein the surface to which the preformed item is adhered is free of any features provided for holding the preformed item in place on the mold surface. The method next includes injecting the moldable material into the mold such that the moldable material at least partially surrounds the preformed item, and curing the moldable material. Articles molded via the disclosed method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon C Marine
  • Patent number: 8834254
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include detecting, wirelessly, an identifier associated with a portable wireless device. In some embodiments, the identifier is assigned to a wagering game player account. The operations can further include initiating a wagering game session for the wagering game player account, via a wagering game machine, in response to detecting the identifier. The operations can further include detecting, wirelessly, a use of the portable wireless device in response to player input via the portable wireless device and, based on the use of the portable wireless device, authorizing initiation of the wagering game session and/or performing one or more activities via a wagering game application during the wagering game session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale R. Buchholz, James J. Getz, Erhard W. Rathsack, Pamela S. Smith, Noel S. Steere
  • Patent number: 8834262
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system of gaming where players contribute money to win a prize and a part of the money is allocated for public benefit such as charities and other welfare causes. The system gives the player control over certain features such as selecting a cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Robert Amour
  • Patent number: 8827787
    Abstract: Gaming devices, gaming systems, methods of conducting wagering games, and computer programs for executing wagering games are disclosed. A gaming system for playing a wagering game is disclosed which includes one or more processors and one or more memory devices storing instructions that, when executed by at least one of the processors, cause the gaming system to: receive a wager to play the wagering game; direct a display device to display a randomly determined outcome of a base game of the wagering game; in response to a triggering event, initiate play of a non-skill-based game feature and, further in response to receiving a player selection of a skill-based game feature, initiate play of the skill-based game feature; determine an award value for the skill-based game feature; determine an award value for the non-skill-based game feature; and, award to the player only the higher of the two award values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Smith, Joel R. Jaffe, Sean P. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8827789
    Abstract: An information processing device according to the present invention selects a predetermined number of game contents from multiple game contents stored in a storage unit to form a deck to be used in a game by a player. The information processing device determines a predetermined number or less of game contents out of the predetermined number of game contents included in the formed deck to be game contents to be replaced. The information processing device then generates a game screen including proposal information for recommending the player to replace the determined game contents to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Otomo