Patents Examined by William M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 10272297
    Abstract: A golf club according to one aspect of the present invention includes a shaft, a golf club head including a hosel containing a hole to attach the shaft, and a sleeve system including a body attached to a tip of the shaft and inserted together with the shaft into the hole of the hosel and an adaptor attached to the body so as to enable an adjustment of an axis-directional position with respect to the body and engaging with an upper end of the hosel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Naruhiro Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10272322
    Abstract: Game apparatus comprising a plurality of multi-sided, game and base pieces having notches whereby the pieces may be interlocked, and said pieces having two faces with indicia or other markings on at least some of the faces whereby words and/or equations and/or other things can be formed along horizontal and/or vertical and/or diagonal axes by placing game pieces adjacent to each and/or game pieces and/or base pieces interlocked into each other. Methods for playing games with said apparatus in two and/or three dimensions is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Douglas Shin Kim
  • Patent number: 10265588
    Abstract: The golf club set according to the present invention is a golf club set constituted by a plurality of numbered golf clubs with different loft angles. In each of the golf, a crown portion has a main body portion that connects to the sole portion and a raised portion that rises to form a step from the main body portion and extends in a toe-heel direction along a boundary with the face portion. In at least one pair of a lower numbered golf club and a higher numbered golf club, among the plurality of golf clubs included in the golf club set, a length of the step in a face-back direction along a perpendicular plane that passes through a sweet spot and a center of gravity of the golf club head is longer in the lower numbered golf club than in the higher numbered golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomotaka Aramaki
  • Patent number: 10258846
    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: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Christopher A. G. Nunez, James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt, Evan D. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10238933
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a plurality of adjustable stiffening members 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 stiffening members, each of which comprises a rod and a tube, may be adjusted to be in compression or tension, thereby preloading the body and affecting the stresses experienced by the golf club head upon impact with a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Christopher A. G. Nunez, Matthew Myers, Denver Holt
  • Patent number: 10213662
    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 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 10213661
    Abstract: A golf club head comprising a body and a plurality of tubes is disclosed herein. The body comprises a face section, a sole section with a protrusion extending upward and a crown section. The body defines a hollow interior. Each of the plurality of tubes extends from the crown section to the protrusion of the sole section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: James A. Seluga, Matthew Myers
  • Patent number: 8070164
    Abstract: A child's memory game utilizes a plurality of miniature chairs and smaller play pieces. The play pieces all depict characters related to a particular subject, e.g. breakfast food. The chairs are lined up with their backs facing the players. One character play piece is placed on each chair, out of sight of the players. The players alternate guessing the location of play pieces and are awarded the chairs and play pieces when they guess correctly. The player with the most chairs and play pieces is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Alice Gaehring
  • Patent number: 8020866
    Abstract: A game to be modified in accordance with the invention involves a first random outcome and a second random outcome that are combined according to game rules to produce a game outcome. The game is administered by receiving a player request for a specific entry, the specific entry replacing one of the random outcomes and being selected from a finite set of possibilities not determined by chance. The requested specific entry affects the probable outcome of the game. The specific entry is combined with the remaining one of the random outcomes according to the game rules to determine the game outcome. According to one embodiment, the specific entry may be a score such as 18 which replaces the player's hand in the game of blackjack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Peter Kim, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Andrew P. Golden, Russell Pratt Sammon, Norman C. Gilman
  • Patent number: 8006978
    Abstract: A gaming table, method and device including a plurality of rotors interchangeably operable in a decoupled mode and a coupled mode. The system includes a rotor coupler and a coupler actuator. The system provides an award associated with an indication of a combination of symbols of the rotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: David K. Bontempo, Mark C. Nicely, Benjamin J. Zoltewicz
  • Patent number: 7997581
    Abstract: A set of game cards, such as bingo cards (10) which each display an arrangement of game indicia, such as bingo numbers (27) are configured for use in combination with jackpot tickets (12) in a game of chance, such as bingo or keno, in which numbers are drawn at random from a pool. The jackpot tickets provide chances for a winner of a bingo game played with the bingo cards to be eligible for a jackpot award. The jackpot tickets (12) each include a set of jackpot numbers (28) selected from the same pool as the bingo numbers (27). These are compared with the bingo numbers on the winning bingo card to determine whether the winning card is eligible for a jackpot award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Arrow International, Inc.
    Inventor: James William Brennan
  • Patent number: 7950664
    Abstract: A device and method for determining the personality type of a person or a group of persons in the tradition of the Enneagram. The device includes a number of cards and each of the cards has at least a color band, an image and a group of words, which collectively identifies an ego type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: John Lap Man Chan
  • Patent number: 7942421
    Abstract: A kit for promoting social interaction includes a plurality of containers in the form of boxes held by a larger vessel. Each of the containers encloses a message designed for stimulating conversation and includes an instruction that the container is to be used for purposes of stimulating conversation. The instruction may be carried on the substrate together with the message. Alternatively or additionally, the messages may be provided on inside surfaces of the containers while the instruction may be printed on the outside of the individual containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventors: Melanie Franklin, Antony H. Lee, Camilo E. Cucalon
  • Patent number: 7938401
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gaming machine that displays a plurality of indicia-bearing game pieces 12 on a gaming grid 14. A player then selects game pieces 12 that are adjacent and that have matching indicia 16. Preferably, the matching adjacent game pieces 34 that are selected are then removed from the gaming grid 14. One or more prizes are awarded in association with the selection and removal of the matching adjacent game pieces 34. Preferably, the player is also provided with the ability to shuffle any remaining non-selected game pieces 32, after all matching adjacent game pieces that are perceived by the player are selected and removed. In this regard, it is possible that the player may overlook some matching adjacent game pieces 34. Additionally, some preferred embodiment gaming machines incorporate the use of multiple indicia 16 on each game piece 12 for potentially matching with adjacent game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mickey Roemer, David B. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7905490
    Abstract: A multi-player interactive card game, preferably having character cards with images of people with different occupations and different types of animals. An oval face cutout is included on each of the character cards. Game play involves impersonations and guessing along with prompts for players to raise and position the character cards such that a player's face completes a visual image of the identity of the character card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rehkemper, Daniel Kim, Kerry Phillips
  • Patent number: 7854431
    Abstract: A table bingo game. The table bingo game is played by one to n players and makes use of a table having a table surface and a table grid marked out on the table surface. The table grid comprises m rows and n columns to provide an m by n matrix defining a rectangular array of preselected numbers therein. Each number in the m by n matrix has an integer value between 1 and y. A deck of bingo cards is provided having integer numbers printed thereon. A set of n player cards is provided each having a player grid printed thereon with four corner numbers. For each set of four corner numbers there is a column in the table grid having four matching numbers. The winner is the player with a player card that matches a column on the grid four matching bingo cards laid out thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: William Barnwell
  • Patent number: 7850171
    Abstract: A gaming table, method and device including a plurality of rotors interchangeably operable in a decoupled mode and a coupled mode. The system includes a rotor coupler and a coupler actuator. The system provides an award associated with an indication of a combination of symbols of the rotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: David K. Bontempo, Mark C. Nicely, Benjamin J. Zoltewicz
  • Patent number: 7828293
    Abstract: A game assembly and its method of play. The game assembly has a game board. A three-dimensional underlay is positioned under the game board. Openings are formed through the game board that enable a person to see into the underlay. The underlay is comprised of a basin that is partially occupied with fill material. Search objects are mixed with the fill material. Sometimes the search objects are covered by the fill material, at other times they are not. Cover structures are provided. The cover structures selectively cover the openings in the game board. To play the game, a player selects a search object. A player also selects a cover structure. The cover structure selected by the player is removed and the player looks through the exposed opening for the selected search object. The game is won when a predetermined number of search objects are found by a single player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: Alan Pruzan, Andrew Forrest, Jay Wheatley
  • Patent number: 7828294
    Abstract: A gaming system and method involving a dice game. The gaming system displays a plurality of wager areas. Each wager area is associated with a wager area value. The gaming system indicates a plurality of different reward ratios associated with the wager areas. One or more of the wager areas are selectable by the player for wagering. A plurality of dice are simulated as rolled. If the sum of the stopped dice is equal to the value of any of the wagered upon areas, the gaming system provides an award. If a bonus condition is satisfied, the gaming system provides a bonus outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Mark C. Nicely, Paul D. Miltenberger
  • Patent number: RE43002
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a net scoring system for accurate and convenient scoring of a sporting contest. The net scoring system has a game net which is of a generally rectangular shape and has a periphery defined by a top edge, a bottom edge, and opposing side edges. The net scoring system also includes at least one indicating device for displaying a game score that is connected to the game net. The indicating device may be located on at least one of the top edge, the bottom edge, and the opposing side edges. The indicating device includes a plurality of scoring symbols and a symbol indicating assembly that selectively emphasizes one of the plurality of scoring symbols to represent a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Sportcraft, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Nally, David Rossi, Beth Shergalis