Patents Examined by William M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 11541300
    Abstract: A system for preventing ball return stops in automatic pinsetter machines includes a substantially wedge-shaped solid body mounted in a specific location along a transport band of an automatic pinsetter machine. The solid body is shaped, configured, and made of a material conducive to deflecting bowling pins away from a ball return door as bowling pins travel on a transport band towards a pin elevator. A method for preventing ball return stops in automatic pinsetter machines using an apparatus for preventing ball return stops in automatic pinsetter includes the steps of configuring the said apparatus for preventing ball return stops in automatic pinsetter machines, selecting an optimal location to mount the said apparatus for preventing ball return stops in automatic pinsetter machines, and mounting the said apparatus for preventing ball return stops in automatic pinsetter machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventor: Edward Funke
  • Patent number: 11541289
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club head body and a weight member that is secured to the body. The weight member is constructed to utilize lateral forces to couple to the head body to minimize the structure required to retain the weight member, and the weight member is preferably constructed so that it has a low profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Richard L. Cleghorn, David Cornelius, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Dustin Barksdale
  • Patent number: 11529554
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bowling game apparatus for a flying disc and, more particularly, to a bowling game apparatus, for a flying disc, which is automated such that a user does not have to set bowling pins and recover a thrown flying disc. Since the user does not have to set the bowling pins and recover the flying disc, user convenience is enhanced. The bowling game apparatus has a simple structure and thus can be manufactured at a low cost and can easily be installed in a limited space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventor: Tae Kweon Lim
  • Patent number: 11529556
    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: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Stephen C. Tulley, Daniel E. Tedesco, Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 11517796
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a crown, a sole, and 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. An elongate weight is insertable into the bore. The elongate weight is rotatable between a first angular position and a second angular position. The golf club head can further include a compliant stop positioned to contact a protrusion of the elongate weight, such that a torque threshold must be overcome to rotate the elongate weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua Boggs
  • Patent number: 11511168
    Abstract: Embodiments of putter golf club heads with an elastomer is enclosed herein. Other embodiments and methods may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony D. Serrano, Les J. Bryant, Guillermo G. Vald'Via
  • Patent number: 11511166
    Abstract: Summary A golf club face member is made by a manufacturing process, such as 3D printing, for a complex topology that is sturdy with good CT. 3D printing creates a face in which struts, a lattice-like structure, a waffle-iron pattern, or interior voids provide great strength and low mass. A golf club head has a club head body defining a heel portion and a toe portion and a hosel extending upward from the heel portion when the club head is at address. A face member is disposed between the heel portion and the toe portion such that it faces forward when the club head is at address. At least portion of the face member comprises a 3D printed material such as a 3D printed or sintered metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Cobra Golf Incorporated
    Inventors: Ryan L. Roach, Cameron J. Day, D. Clayton Evans, Steven M. Mitzel
  • Patent number: 11504588
    Abstract: Described herein is a golf club head. The golf club head comprises a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, opposite the heel portion, a top portion, opposite the sole portion, a rear portion, and a front portion, opposite the rear portion and comprising a strike face. An outer surface of at least the rear portion and at most a limited part of the strike face is made of a non-oxidizable metal material. At least a part of the strike face is made of an oxidizable metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Barker, Paul Demkowski, Giancarlo Bruschi, Bill Price
  • Patent number: 11478683
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a golf club body including a crown, a sole, and a skirt connected between the crown and the sole, the golf club body including a front including a leading edge and a back including a trailing edge, and a hosel connected to the golf club body; a face connected to the front of the golf club body, the face including a geometric center, the golf club head including modifiable boundary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kraig Alan Willett, Matthew Greensmith, Andrew James, Jason Andrew Mata, Matthew David Johnson, David Anderson, Brandon H. Woolley
  • Patent number: 11452920
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with energy storage characteristics are presented herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a body comprising a strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a crown, and an internal radius transition from the strikeface to at least one of the sole or the crown. In many embodiments, the internal radius transition region is not visible from an exterior of the golf club head and comprises a first tier, a second tier and a tier transition region between the first tier and the second tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales, Cory S. Bacon, Calvin Wang, Xiaojian Chen, Ryan M. Stokke
  • Patent number: 11439875
    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: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua M. Boggs, Kevin Harper, Eric A. Larson, Michael T. Prichard, Hiromitsu Akiyama, Yoshimasa Fujita
  • Patent number: 11439876
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club head main body and a crown. The club head main body includes a main portion, and a receiving portion connected to the main portion. The main portion has an outer shell surface, and an upright side wall surface interconnecting the outer shell surface and the receiving portion. The crown includes a covering portion, and a protrusion protruding upwardly from an outer periphery of the covering portion, adjoining the side wall surface, and having a to-be-ground surface flushing with the outer shell surface. A height difference between the protrusion and the covering portion prevents the covering portion from being ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL MULTITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akinori Sasamoto, Ming Fu Su, Chun-Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 11413508
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads with energy storage characteristics are presented herein. In some embodiments, a golf club head comprises a hollow body comprising a strikeface, a heel region, a toe region opposite the heel region, a sole, a top rail and an inflection point. The inflection point provides increase bending of the strikeface thereby providing performance enhancement over clubs without an inflection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Martin R. Jertson, Eric J. Morales, Cory S. Bacon, Calvin Wang, Xiaojian Chen, Travis D. Milleman
  • Patent number: 11369847
    Abstract: Embodiments of golf club heads, golf clubs, and methods to manufacture golf club heads and golf clubs are generally described herein. In one example, a golf club head may include a body portion made from a first material with a first density and having an interior cavity, a toe portion with a toe portion edge, a heel portion with a heel portion edge, a front portion, a back portion with a back wall portion including a back opening portion, a top portion with a top portion edge, and a sole portion with a sole portion edge. A back cover portion made from second material with a second density different from the first density is coupled to the body portion to close the back opening portion. The back cover portion includes a port extending through the back cover portion. A filler material is injected into the interior cavity from the port. A mass portion is inserted into the port to close the port. The mass portion made from a third material with a second density greater than the first density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Parsons, Michael R. Nicolette, Bradley D. Schweigert, Caleb S. Kroloff, Daniel C. Kirtley, William N. Knopka
  • Patent number: 11369848
    Abstract: A golf club head having a milled planar strike face formed of oxidizable metal material and a plurality of primary grooves, and a first oxidation-prevention coating permanently covering at least a portion of the body. The primary grooves have toeward ends that may be unaligned vertically. A temporary user-removable cover may cover at least a portion of the oxidizable strike face surface area and obscure the view of at least a portion of the plurality of primary grooves, and may incorporate an opening to display a portion of the face and a portion of the plurality of primary grooves, a non-stick tab coupled to a periphery of the temporary user-removable cover, and/or an external layer of plastic-based shrink wrap. The temporary user-removable cover may be adhesively attached to the face to seal an underlying area from environmental exposure and inhibit oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Barker, Paul Demkowski, Giancarlo Bruschi, Bill Price
  • Patent number: 11364423
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a stiffening structure is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section, and a crown section, and defines a hollow interior. The stiffening structure extends within the hollow interior from the crown section to the sole section to reduce stresses placed on the face section during impact with a golf ball. The stiffening structure is entirely located within 0.500 inch of a rear surface of the face section measured along a plane normal to the center of the face, and within 1 inch of the center of the face section along a horizontal axis parallel to the face section, and comprises heel and toe connectors connected to one another by a middle connector, such that the stiffening structure has an approximately X- or H-overall shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. G. Nunez, James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt, Evan D. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 11325013
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a plurality of stiffening members, the tension or compression of which can be adjusted, is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section, and a crown section or a return section, and also defines a hollow interior. Each of the plurality of stiffening members is at least partially disposed within the hollow interior, and extends from the crown section or return section to the sole section to reduce stresses placed on the face during impact with a golf ball. The compression or tension of the stiffening members may be adjusted to affect the stresses experienced by the golf club head upon impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Jeremy R. Hanhart, Michael Hallack, Homer G. Aguinaldo, James A. Seluga, Christopher A. G. Nunez, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt
  • Patent number: 11318367
    Abstract: A card shuffler system includes an automatic card shuffler for shuffling playing cards and a shuffler transport device coupled to the automatic card shuffler to move and support the automatic card shuffler. The shuffler transport device includes a base assembly for moving along a ground surface, a vertical support, and an adjustment assembly coupled to the vertical support. The vertical support extends from the base assembly and is coupled to the automatic card shuffler to cantilever the automatic card shuffler over the base assembly. The adjustment assembly adjusts the height of the automatic card shuffler between at least a first height and a second height along a vertical axis. The vertical adjustment of the shuffler may facilitate installation of the shuffler at an installation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Haven A. Mercer, Christopher J. Hannigan, Jamal Kotifani, Matthew J. Lucchetti, Paul K. Scheper, Michael Vizzo
  • Patent number: 11318366
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning belts of a bowling pinsetter comprising at least one cleaning member for cleaning at least one belt of the bowling pinsetter and a frame for coupling the at least one cleaning member to the bowling pinsetter. The apparatus further comprises at least one positioning member comprising a mechanism for moving and guiding the at least one cleaning member between a cleaning position and a non-cleaning position, wherein the cleaning member is coupled with the bowling pinsetter in the cleaning position and in the non-cleaning position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: FINEMS OY
    Inventor: Marko Lindeman
  • Patent number: 11305163
    Abstract: Disclosed golf club heads include a body defining an interior cavity, a striking surface, a sole, a crown, and a hosel, which is configured to provide improved aerodynamic and inertia generating properties of the golf club head. Certain embodiments include an inertia generator positioned in the sole between an area proximate the club head's center of gravity and a position toeward of the center of gravity at the rear of the golf club head. Some embodiments include fixed or removable mass elements, weights or weight assemblies positioned in the sole, including, in some instances, within or adjacent to the inertia generator. In particular embodiments, one or more weight assemblies are movably retained within a weight channel defining a path along the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew David Johnson, David Bennett, Dana Ehyaei, Robert Story, Jake Feuerstein