Patents Examined by William M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7677986
    Abstract: Bowling game apparatus allowing children to get strikes and spares for a high score. Two guides (10) are provided longitudinally along lane (3); two first retainers (15) are arranged outside the end of lane (3) near approach (2) for retaining first ends of the guides (10); two second retainers (20) for retaining the second ends of the guides (10) are provided over lane (3) between first retainers (15) and pins (5), and allow, as driven by a second-retainer drive unit, the guide second-end retaining portions of the second retainers (20) to shift between a guide position and a retract position apart from the guide position. The guides (10) diagonally intersect the longitudinal direction of the lane (3), where they come into contact with the height-wise center of a ball rolling down the lane (3) ball when the second-end retaining portions of the second retainers (20) are in the guide position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: BLD Oriental, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 7669857
    Abstract: An electronic game that awards the last player to correctly answer a question before the expiration of a timer. The game includes a plurality of buttons and corresponding indicators coupled to a housing. A question is provided to the players. A timer counts to a time interval. The controller activates an indicator associated with a button that was depressed last by a player that provides a correct answer to the question at the expiration of the timer. The last player can then move a token on a board. The player that moves their token to the end of the board wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rudell Design
    Inventors: Julio Sandoval, George T. Foster, Tom Grimm
  • Patent number: 7669854
    Abstract: A method of simulating a traditional craps game experience using a specially designed deck of thirty six (36) playing cards to determine play rather than rolling dice. The deck of playing cards includes one card for each possible roll combination of a pair of dice. The deck is shuffled so that the cards are drawn at random to simulate a player rolling dice. The stickman activates the shuffler to draw a card from the shuffled deck. A bar code on the drawn card is read into a computer via a scanner and the computer then provides a visual representation of a dice roll on the monitors provided on either end of the craps table with the visualization showing the dice landing on the roll combination dictated by the drawn card. The display is activated when the shooter rolls the trackball mouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Cherokee Nation Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Thompson, Steven Bilby, Steven Loyd, Duane D. Jennings
  • Patent number: 7665735
    Abstract: My child educational board game, “Word Battle”, requires players to approach word learning, sequencing, and construction from a naval/military strategist point of view in that instead of targeting objectives in a mere hit-or-miss situation, where the goal in and of itself is to reach and eliminate occupied coordinates, he/she must locate and actually identify the quality of opponents' pieces (these being letters) before the other competitors capture or eliminate out of play all his/her own word patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Milner Benedict, III
  • Patent number: 7661677
    Abstract: A wager for casino craps which allows a player to win when a come out shooter makes a hard point (e.g. rolls 2/2 or 3/3 or 4/4 or 5/5), and then the shooter makes the point (before the shooter rolls a seven) with the same hard point (e.g. 2/2 or 3/3 or 4/4 or 5/5). If the shooter does not roll a hard point (1/1 and 6/6 are considered ‘craps’ and are not points) or the shooter rolls a hard point on the come out roll but does not make the same hard point before rolling a seven (or makes the point without rolling the hard point), then the player loses the wager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Olympian Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Stacy Friedman
  • Patent number: 7654530
    Abstract: A source of symbols with two primary distinguishable characteristics is provided in a wagering environment. A player has wagering opportunities on a sequence of events, wagering on either of the primary distinguishable characteristics for each event in the sequence of events. Playing cards may be used as the source of symbols, such as a 52-card standard deck with one or two jokers or other non-standard cards. Wagers can be placed on each of the number of events in the sequence and special events that occur in the sequence (all symbols of the same characteristic, a particular card or other predetermined events). Side bets may also be placed on the events. Bets may be placed on the color of a limited number of cards dealt to a community flop, with the joker(s) providing a basis for house retention or profits on wagers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Ray Smith, Amanda Tears Smith
  • Patent number: 7654533
    Abstract: A game is provided wherein a player or team gains points by answering a question worded in such a way that the answer is always a number. In one embodiment, the questions are directed to points of trivia or general or specific knowledge, and the game includes a plurality of question cards, on the reverse side of which are the answers to the questions. The questions are such that players can make an informed or educated guess at the numeric answer. The object of the game is to answer each question by coming closer to the correct numeric answer than the opposing players. In one embodiment, players are given a preselected amount of time, as determined by a timing device, to write down their answers. Once the players have written down their answers, all players may display their numeric answers simultaneously. The player or team that comes closest to the answer given on the card gets more points than the other players or teams. In another embodiment, players or teams that come second closest, third closest etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Bernard Seal
  • Patent number: 7651095
    Abstract: A trivia game includes more than one answer choice to each question. The players generate each answer choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: North Start Games, LLC
    Inventors: Satish Pillalamarri, Dominic Crapuchettes
  • Patent number: 7651402
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bowling game system in which a play is possible without changing into bowling shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: BLD Oriental, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 7648139
    Abstract: A word association game played with a game-score card, a spinner wheel for selecting a letter to begin a word related to a topic category, adhesive labels, and at least one pencil in which players contrive words starting with a randomly selected letter, such words being associated with various categories agreed upon by the players, in which scoring is based upon originality of words contrived by the players for a topic category, and the time in which to complete each round of game play is determined by how quickly one of the players is able to complete each category with a word to stop the game play is disclosed. The present game promotes vocabulary skill development and creativity and awards originality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Viveen R. Jean
  • Patent number: 7644926
    Abstract: Embodiments pertain to a game for entertainment in which players draw cards to select game pieces and then place those pieces on a game board. In one embodiment, players place their game tiles next to tiles on the board, matching pips (spots) to pips, similar to the game of dominos. Players are assessed points for every pip that's on a light-colored square of the board. The game ends when all tiles have been placed on the board. The player with the fewest points wins the game. In other embodiments players place tiles in other ways, or score points in other ways, or do not score points at all. Also, in other embodiments, there are alternative ways in which the game ends, and/or alternative ways to determine the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Tod Teeple
  • Patent number: 7644923
    Abstract: An automatic card shuffler includes a card input unit, card ejection unit, card separation and delivery unit and card collection unit. A card ejection unit ejects cards in a singular fashion from a stack of cards placed into the input unit. The ejected cards are passed through a dynamic de-doubler that prevents more than a pre-established number of cards from passing through. The dynamic de-doubler is able to shift positions to accommodate card that are bent, impacted by environmental conditions and otherwise worn. The cards are ejected to a stop arm maintaining the entrance to the card separation unit. Upon processor command, the stop arm raises to allow a plurality of cards to pass under to the card separation and delivery unit. A series of rotating belts and rollers act to separate the cards and propel them individually to the collection unit. A floating gate slightly forward of the stop arm dictates that a minimum number of cards are managed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Shuffle Master, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Dickinson, Lynn Hessing
  • Patent number: 7637504
    Abstract: A wagering game between a dealer and one or more players involving one or more decks of cards, a plurality of betting boards and player markers. Each betting board has four betting places corresponding to one of four card suits and two betting places corresponding to one of two card colors. A ladder presenting progressively increasing designated odds payoff is represented above the betting places. Each player makes a bet by selecting a betting place with a marker. A dealer deals one card. If the betting place matches the suit or color of the card dealt, the player is a winner. The winner may accept the designated odds payoff or may continue play during the next iteration at a higher designated odds payoff. If the player's betting place does not match the suit or color of the card dealt, the player loses and the dealer is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventors: L. Scott Gallagher, Christina L. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 7631872
    Abstract: A preferred method includes displaying 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 methods incorporate the use of multiple indicia 16 on each game piece 12 for potentially matching with adjacent game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mickey Roemer, David B. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7625289
    Abstract: A martial arts demonstration bong is formed of highly polished transparent plastic and provided with end mounted illumination means directed inwardly in line with the bong shaft. The bong is provided with rank indicating colored ring indicators at the ends of a handgrip section in an unstressed section and may be provided with a surface air current whistling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: John Fagliarone
  • Patent number: 7618042
    Abstract: A word forming game with a plurality of chips, each bearing either a letter or a wild card symbol on one surface. Players take successive turns at flipping over chips until a timer indicates the end of play. Whenever a player can form an English word from at least three of the previously flipped over chips, the player says the word and then takes the letters and forms the word. If the previously formed word is owned by a different player, it is taken by the player forming the new word. At any time a player may challenge a word previously formed by another player. A wild card symbol allows the chip to be used as any letter of the alphabet. When the play ends, the score of each player is determined depending on how many words that player own and how many letters each word contains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: David A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7611413
    Abstract: A pinning system includes one or more pinning devices. A first elongated bar wherein one end of the first bar is for handling by an operator. The other end of the bar is for engagement of an individual. A head is located towards the end of the bar for engagement with the individual. In one pinning device, the head includes a hook, and the hook includes an elongated member for attachment to the first bar at a free end. The elongated member and free end are separated by a midsection such that the hook defines a substantially U-shaped member. In a second pinning device, an elongated bar includes a head located towards the end of the second bar for engagement with an individual. A mounting between the head and the end of the second bar permits the head to rotate relative to the bar. The head includes a relatively flat pad, and the pad is for engagement with the body of an individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: City of Los Angeles
    Inventors: George William Ryan, Michael Wayne Odle
  • Patent number: 7607991
    Abstract: A putter club head has a longitudinal body and a means of attaching a shaft thereto. The body may be solid, hollow, or partially hollow or solid. If hollow or partially hollow, the body may have a weighted mass therein. Such a weighted mass may be located towards a front section of the club head near a ball striking surface. The means to attach a shaft is located in the rear section of said body in proximity to the distal end of the rear section of said body. The shaft may curve and bend so that it is oriented near the center of the body and towards a golfer addressing a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Momentus Golf
    Inventor: James W. Sorenson
  • Patent number: 7604236
    Abstract: An educational board game that may be played in several ways by either a single player or two or more players in competition with each other is disclosed. Each player plays the game with a game board in conjunction with one or more sets of game cards. The game boards have on one or both surfaces vocabulary elements that may be one or more words or phrases in a first language or that may be an image representing one or more words or phrases. The game boards also may have on one of its surfaces a reference number. A set of game cards may be one-sided, in which case each card may have on a surface one or more words or phrases in a first language. A set of game cards also may be double-sided, in which case the cards may have on a first surface one or more words or phrases in a first language and on a second surface a translation of the words or phrases on the first surface. The double-sided game card also may have on a surface a pronunciation key, a reference number, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Sholeen Lou-Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7591469
    Abstract: A word puzzle game includes a grid (20) of blank answer spaces displayed on a gaming surface. The grid (20) includes a reference mark (32) that visually assists a user of the word puzzle game. The reference mark (32) associates a first answer space to a symmetric location of a second answer space in the grid of blank answer spaces. One example method of determining a location of symmetrically located space includes determining a location of a first space in the grid of blank answer spaces, associating the location of the first space with space with the reference mark, and determining a location in the grid (20) of the symmetrically located spaces based upon the association of the location of the first space with the reference mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Dowe