Patents Examined by William M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10434378
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a metal portion adhered to a polymeric portion to define a closed internal volume. The polymeric portion defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight. The bore is aligned on a longitudinal axis that intersects the face. The polymeric portion includes a polymeric wall extending within the closed internal volume and transversely outward from a sidewall that defines the bore. The polymeric wall is adhered to the metal portion of the golf club head and is operative to both reinforce the sidewall and to transfer impact stresses from the sidewall to the metal portion of the golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 10427028
    Abstract: A tile-on-shape puzzle game is disclosed using a plurality of unique shape designs having one or more tile projections disposed on one or both faces of the shape. The tile projections are adapted to fit in a recess on a play tile. Optional play cards are used to provide clues or shape designations and scores. Shapes are played to form a puzzle, with each player selecting where to place a shape, thereby forming a unique puzzle each time the game is played. Tiles must fill every play space on a shape to form a word or numerical/shape sequence. Gameplay provides a means to simultaneously generate and solve puzzles. Play options include competitive or cooperative play, and may be varied based on age and skill level, such as limiting the word or sequence direction to left-right, up-down, diagonal, or a combination thereof, or forming pathways with the puzzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas H. Greenawalt
  • Patent number: 10427018
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns embodiments of a badge and golf club head having a badge therein that can dampen the impact sound made when a hitting surface (a.k.a., face) of the golf club head impacts a golf ball. In one embodiment, a golf club head includes: a face portion surrounded by a topline portion, a toe portion, a sole portion and a heel portion, the face portion having a front striking surface and a back surface; and a badge coupled to the back surface of the face portion, the badge including a planar main body portion and at least one structural member extending outwardly from the main body portion, wherein the at least one structural member includes a lower portion and an upper portion disposed between the topline portion and lower portion, and wherein the at least one structural member has a maximum height, above the main body portion, at the lower portion and a minimum height at the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Taylor, Jason Issertell
  • Patent number: 10427030
    Abstract: A roulette table allows players to make customized betting selections and customize the layout of the betting options that appear on the player station of the roulette table. In particularly contemplated embodiments, players may add, delete, or modify the appearance of betting options through a user interface so that the players may more readily indicate desired wagers. This functionality may not only speed up game play, but also make the betting layout more intuitive for each user resulting in increased attendance of roulette games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Stephen C. Tulley, Daniel E. Tedesco, Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 10427015
    Abstract: A golf putter club head that is adjustable in loft. A face component with a blade adjustably engages a housing component that is attachable to a golf club shaft. At least one of a plurality of adjusting components is engaged to adjust the loft of the blade relative to the housing component. A securing component is engaged to temporarily fix the loft by securing the face component to the housing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ringertown Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Balest
  • Patent number: 10420987
    Abstract: A hollow golf club head has: a moment of inertia Ix around a vertical axis of 4500 to 5900 g sq·cm; and a moment of inertia Iy around an inclined axis of 5300 to 6800 g sq·cm, which satisfy Iy=<1.071 I×Ix+482 g sq·cm. The vertical axis passes through the center of gravity of the head under a standard state in which the head is set on a horizontal plane so that a shaft center line is inclined at a lie angle of 60 degrees with respect to the horizontal plane within a vertical plane and a club face lies at the loft angle. The inclined axis passes through the center of gravity of the head and is inclined downwardly toward the toe from the heel at 62 degrees with respect to the horizontal plane within a plane parallel with the above-mentioned vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Kimizuka, Masahide Onuki
  • Patent number: 10420988
    Abstract: A club 2 includes a head 4, a shaft 6, and a grip 8. A club length L1 is 43 inches or greater and 48 inches or less. A ratio (Wh/Wc) of a head weight Wh to a club weight Wc is equal to or greater than 0.66. An inertia moment Ix about a swing axis is 7.20×103 (kg·cm2) or greater and 7.50×103 (kg·cm2) or less. A static moment Mt (kg·cm) of the club is equal to or greater than 16.0 (kg·cm). The inertia moment Ix (kg·cm2) is calculated by the following formula (1). Lc is an axial-directional distance between a grip end and a center of gravity of the club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10420991
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a golf club head with an insert. Other embodiments for related golf club heads and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Petersen, Ryan M. Stokke, Cory S. Bacon, Eric J. Morales
  • Patent number: 10406408
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body, a variable face thickness pattern, and a plurality of solid metal stiffening rods, and which satisfies the equation Vballnorm?0.0356x+140.82, is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face, a sole, and a return section, and defines a hollow interior. Each of the rods extends from the return section to the sole within the hollow interior proximate the face to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The rods are all located within 1 inch of a rear surface of the face measured along a plane normal to the center of the face, and are spaced a distance of 0.500 to 2.00 inch from one another within the hollow interior. The variable face thickness pattern preferably comprises a plurality of concentric rings, with a center ring having a thickness that is less than a thickness of an intermediary ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10376752
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a golf club head comprising a body having a strike face, a heel portion, and a toe portion, a hosel having a body with a first end, extending from the heel portion of the body of the club head, and a second end, configured to receive a shaft, a cavity positioned adjacent to the body of the hosel, and an insert configured to be secured within the cavity are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Higdon, Travis D. Milleman
  • Patent number: 10357694
    Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole. The channel may have a cross-sectional profile that is asymmetric with a front wall and a rear wall where the front wall is longer than the rear wall. The channel may also have a center thickness that is different than a thickness at the heel and toe sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 10350481
    Abstract: Card handling devices comprise a card handling zone. A card infeed tray is configured to pass cards to the card handling zone and a separate card output tray is configured to receive cards from the card handling zone. A control system of the card handling device comprises at least one electronic signal processor, at least one memory device in electrical communication with the electronic signal processor, and a computer program stored in the memory of the memory device. The computer program is programmed to cause the control system to selectively control at least one of a card infeed system, the card handling zone, and a card output system of the card handling device and to receive an input from a user input to selectively perform at least one of a shuffling operation, a sorting operation, and a dealing operation using the card handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul K. Scheper, Peter Krenn, Attila Grauzer, Ernst Blaha
  • Patent number: 10343035
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with cavities and methods to manufacture golf club heads with cavities are generally described herein. Some embodiments include a golf club head comprising a body. The body comprises a strikeface, a backside of the strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, and a rear portion opposite the strikeface. In many embodiments, the body further comprises a first cavity at the backside of the strikeface and located between the strikeface and the rear portion, and a second cavity at the rear portion. In some embodiments, the first cavity and the second cavity are directly coupled to each other to form a single, aggregate cavity. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaojian Chen, Martin R. Jertson
  • Patent number: 10335651
    Abstract: In general, aspects of this invention relate to blade-type iron golf clubs or golf club heads. The blade-type golf club head may comprise a body forged of a metal material. The body may include a hosel, a top surface, a sole, a heel, a toe, a ball striking surface, and a rear surface opposite the ball striking surface. The rear surface may have recess in which a dual-density insert is affixed. The dual-density insert may have a first portion or first insert with a density greater than a second portion or second insert with a lesser density located closer to the toe than the first portion or first insert located closer to the heel. The mass distribution of the dual-density insert moves the center of gravity of the club head closer or substantially coincident to the face center location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy N. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10328332
    Abstract: A machine for setting up bowling pins in predetermined positions. The machine includes: a movable distributing arm, suitable for releasing the pins one by one each at one of the predetermined positions, and a primary system for positioning the distributing arm with respect to the predetermined positions. The primary system is devised for an operating cycle moving the distributing arm according to a fixed sequence. A lifting wheel sweeps away the pins and delivers the pins to the distributing arm. A motor moves the distributing arm, the primary positioning system and the lifting wheel (3). A secondary system interferes with the primary positioning system enabling the user to define a position chosen from the predetermined positions with a view to the set-up, by the machine, of a pin in the chosen position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MULTI INTERVENTIONS BOWLING (MIB)
    Inventor: Hicham Kribib
  • Patent number: 10328333
    Abstract: An improved game surface for a table game system includes a random number generator for identifying one or more numbers relevant to determining an outcome of a game of chance. The table game surface includes a game layout, including a plurality of player positions and a plurality of wagering areas corresponding to different possible outcomes. Each wagering area includes at least one illumination source associated therewith that can be switched between an on condition and an off condition. Each at least one illumination source may be configured to switch to the on condition when the wagering area with which it is associated is a winning outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10322326
    Abstract: In a golf club according to one aspect of the present invention, a first coupling portion of a first adapter, to which the shaft is fixed, and a hosel first coupling portion of the golf club head are coupled so as to be incapable of axial rotation, and thus the shaft is attached to the golf club head so as to not be capable of axial rotation. Accordingly, the second adapter coupled to the first adapter at least does not need to be configured so as to be incapable of axial rotation, thus making it possible to increase the degree of freedom in adapter design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Naruhiro Mizutani, Kiyofumi Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10322322
    Abstract: A golf club head has a stranded structure such as a cantilevered strand or a beam strand. The stranded structure causes changes in acoustic properties from that of a standard golf club. A gap or through-hole around the stranded structure may be filled with a vibration dampening material, such as flexible polymer, to further adjust the acoustic properties of the golf club. Vibration frequency regions in a golf club may be modified by incorporating stranded structures in the vibration frequency regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventors: Nick Frame, Richard L. Cleghorn
  • Patent number: 10286264
    Abstract: A golf club set includes golf clubs with different club numbers and loft angles. Each golf club head of golf clubs includes a crown portion, a face portion, and a sole portion. The sole portion includes a front region and a rear region, the front region being arranged on the face side, and the rear region being arranged on the back side. The front region has a flat front surface, and the rear region has a curved rear surface continuous with the front region. Among the golf clubs included in the golf club set, out of at least a pair of golf clubs having adjacent club numbers, the radius of curvature of the rear surface of the golf club having the higher club number is smaller than the radius of curvature of the rear surface of the golf club having the lower club number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10279230
    Abstract: Provided is a golf club head that is able to suppress lowering of the pitch of a ball hitting sound. The golf club head according to the present invention includes a crown portion, a face portion, and a sole portion having at least one recessed portion. The recessed portion is configured to house a weight member such that the weight member does not protrude externally. The sole portion is provided with a placement region connected to the face portion and to be at least partially placed on a placement surface in a reference state, and a rear region arranged further to a back side in a face-back direction than the placement region and in which the recessed portion is arranged. The rear region inclines upward relative to the placement region toward the back side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Naruhiro Mizutani, Daisuke Kohno