Patents by Inventor Clifton E. Lind

Clifton E. Lind has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9558614
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a cabinet having a main video display mounted on a front side of the cabinet. The gaming machine also includes at least one additional video display mounted on the front side of the cabinet either above or below the game video display. The player controls include a separate player control touch screen mounted on a deck projecting forwardly at the front side of the gaming machine cabinet, and facing upwardly to present reconfigurable player touch controls for the gaming machine. These controls may be reconfigured within a game or to change the game presentations on the machine in response to player commands or gaming network conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Robert F. Lannert, Joseph R. Enzminger
  • Publication number: 20160300435
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a cabinet having a main video display mounted on a front side of the cabinet. The gaming machine also includes at least one additional video display mounted on the front side of the cabinet either above or below the game video display. The player controls include a separate player control touch screen mounted on a deck projecting forwardly at the front side of the gaming machine cabinet, and facing upwardly to present reconfigurable player touch controls for the gaming machine. These controls may be reconfigured within a game or to change the game presentations on the machine in response to player commands or gaming network conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Robert F. Lannert, Joseph R. Enzminger
  • Patent number: 9373215
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a cabinet having a main video display mounted on a front side of the cabinet. The gaming machine also includes at least one more additional video display mounted on the front side of the cabinet either above or below the game video display. The player controls include a separate player control touch screen mounted on a ledge projecting forwardly from the front side of the gaming machine cabinet, and facing upward to present reconfigurable player touch controls for the gaming machine. These controls may be reconfigured within a game or to change the game presentation on the machine in response to player commands or gaming network conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Everi Games Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Robert F. Lannert, Joseph R. Enzminger
  • Patent number: 8905835
    Abstract: A method for conducting bingo games includes using a server to collect game play requests from a plurality of electronic player stations. The server determines if a group of the collected game play requests meets one or more predefined conditions for establishing a quorum, and if so conducts a game with the group of game play requests. Even after the game is started, the server continues to collect game play requests in preparation for conducting additional games. When enough game play requests are collected, the server starts the next game, even if previous games are still in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Rodney L. Willyard, Naveen Malhotra, Martin A. Keane, Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Gordon T. Graves
  • Publication number: 20140221086
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a cabinet having a main video display mounted on a front side of the cabinet. The gaming machine also includes at least one more additional video display mounted on the front side of the cabinet either above or below the game video display. The player controls include a separate player control touch screen mounted on a ledge projecting forwardly from the front side of the gaming machine cabinet, and facing upward to present reconfigurable player touch controls for the gaming machine. These controls may be reconfigured within a game or to change the game presentation on the machine in response to player commands or gaming network conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Robert F. Lannert, Joseph R. Enzminger
  • Publication number: 20130316785
    Abstract: A method for conducting bingo games includes using a server to collect game play requests from a plurality of electronic player stations. The server determines if a group of the collected game play requests meets one or more predefined conditions for establishing a quorum, and if so conducts a game with the group of game play requests. Even after the game is started, the server continues to collect game play requests in preparation for conducting additional games. When enough game play requests are collected, the server starts the next game, even if previous games are still in progress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Rodney L. Willyard, Naveen Malhotra, Martin A. Keane, Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Gordon T. Graves
  • Patent number: 8500540
    Abstract: A method for conducting bingo games includes using a server to collect game play requests from a plurality of electronic player stations. The server determines if a group of the collected game play requests meets one or more predefined conditions for establishing a quorum, and if so conducts a game with the group of game play requests. Even after the game is started, the server continues to collect game play requests in preparation for conducting additional games. When enough game play requests are collected, the server starts the next game, even if previous games are still in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Rodney L. Willard, Naveen Malhotra, Martin A. Keane, Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Gordon T. Graves
  • Patent number: 8439745
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed wherein a reveal request is initiated through a result reveal station by a person (user) who has previously made some purchase or donation and has been assigned one or more sweepstakes entries in an assignment order from a set of available sweepstakes entries for a sweepstakes game. This reveal request represents a request to reveal one or more of the results associated with the corresponding sweepstakes entries that have been assigned to the user. The reveal station employs a game presentation including various graphics and audio effects to show sweepstakes results in an entertaining fashion. In response to the reveal request, or perhaps even prior to the reveal request, one or more sweepstakes entries are selected to be revealed for the reveal request. The sweepstakes entries are selected in an order different from the order in which the sweepstakes entries were assigned to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind, Brian A. Watkins, Eric W. Brown
  • Patent number: 8439738
    Abstract: A lottery gaming system utilizes one or more distribution groups of game play records. The gaming system preferably distributes a distribution group of game play records to each of a number of assignment components in the gaming system. Various ones of the game play records are assigned from a distribution group in response to game play requests from respective players. The game play records that remain unassigned after a collection condition is met are collected and used to form a new distribution group available for re-distributing to an assignment component in the gaming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Patent number: 8419522
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for presenting multiple bingo game results on a common display. A bingo game player may participate in a number of bingo games and obtain results for each of those games. These bingo game results are combined to amount to a cumulative result, and a common graphic display is produced that is representative of the cumulative result. The common graphic display is then shown to the player on the display device of a particular electronic player station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Patent number: 8376828
    Abstract: A gaming system utilizes a game designation generating component, a gaming establishment component, and a set of predefined bingo card representations. Each bingo card representation is stored in electronic format as a data structure or data record defining a predefined pattern of game designations chosen from a pool of available designations. The game designation generating component generates sets of game designations from a pool of available designations. The method employed in the gaming system includes pre-matching the bingo card representations to a given set of game designations to produce a matched card set. This pre-matching occurs prior to the sale, distribution, or assignment of card representations to players in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Gary L. Loebig, Jefferson C. Lind, Joseph R. Enzminger
  • Patent number: 8267775
    Abstract: A processing device measures the time it takes for a player to take some action in a game and bases the award or result in the game for the player at least in part on that measured time. A player receives a more desirable result or outcome for a particular game play in response to a shorter player action time and/or receives a less desirable result or outcome for a particular game play in response to a longer player action time. Providing more desirable results for shorter player action times or less desirable results for longer player action times provides players an incentive that influences them to take the appropriate player actions more quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Lannert, Brendan M. O'Connor, Joseph R. Enzminger, Gary L. Loebig, Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Patent number: 8251793
    Abstract: At least one pool of game play records is stored at a central processing system. Each game play record includes a record index selected from a set of unique index values, each associated with a different result type. A record index associated with a particular game play record is communicated from the central processing system to the player terminal in response to a game play request which a player has entered at the player terminal. The player terminal responds to the received record index by generating display commands using data at the player terminal to produce a graphic representation at the player terminal. This graphic representation is consistent with the result type associated with the index value comprising the particular record index which has been communicated to the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Clifton E. Lind
  • Publication number: 20120202578
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for presenting multiple bingo game results on a common display. A bingo game player may participate in a number of bingo games and obtain results for each of those games. These bingo game results are combined to amount to a cumulative result, and a common graphic display is produced that is representative of the cumulative result. The common graphic display is then shown to the player on the display device of a particular electronic player station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Publication number: 20120108314
    Abstract: At least one pool of game play records is stored at a central processing system. Each game play record includes a record index selected from a set of unique index values, each associated with a different result type. A record index associated with a particular game play record is communicated from the central processing system to the player terminal in response to a game play request which a player has entered at the player terminal. The player terminal responds to the received record index by generating display commands using data at the player terminal to produce a graphic representation at the player terminal. This graphic representation is consistent with the result type associated with the index value comprising the particular record index which has been communicated to the player terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Clifton E. Lind
  • Patent number: 8167706
    Abstract: Players participate in bingo games through player stations each having a suitable player interface. The player may manually select between multiple modes in which the player's bingo card representations are daubed. In one daub mode, once a player is assigned a bingo card representation and a game designation set is associated with the bingo card representation, daubing the bingo card representation must be performed manually by the player at the player's respective player station using a suitable interface at the player station. In a card daub mode, one or more of the player's bingo card representations is automatically daubed in response to a card daub input made by the player at the player station using a suitable input device. In a game daub mode, one or more of the player's bingo card representations are daubed without any action by the player other than the player's selection of the game daub mode and the player's submission of a request to enter a bingo game offered by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Robert F. Lannert, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Publication number: 20120100906
    Abstract: A method for conducting bingo games includes using a server to collect game play requests from a plurality of electronic player stations. The server determines if a group of the collected game play requests meets one or more predefined conditions for establishing a quorum, and if so conducts a game with the group of game play requests. Even after the game is started, the server continues to collect game play requests in preparation for conducting additional games. When enough game play requests are collected, the server starts the next game, even if previous games are still in progress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Gary L. Loebig, Rodney L. Willard, Naveen Malhotra, Martin A. Keane, Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Gordon T. Graves
  • Patent number: 8157637
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described for presenting multiple bingo game results on a common display. A bingo game player may participate in a number of bingo games and obtain results for each of those games. These bingo game results are combined to amount to a cumulative result, and a common graphic display is produced that is representative of the cumulative result. The common graphic display is then shown to the player on the display device of a particular electronic player station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Patent number: 8137178
    Abstract: Gaming systems, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed with player selectable gaming modes for players to participate in wagering games. The disclosed gaming systems and apparatuses provides for players to manually select between multiple playing modes, such as automatic game play operation or player participatory game play operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton E. Lind, Brendan M. O'Connor, Robert F. Lannert, Jefferson C. Lind
  • Patent number: 8092294
    Abstract: At least one pool of game play records is stored at a central processing system. Each game play record includes a record index selected from a set of unique index values, each associated with a different result type. A record index associated with a particular game play record is communicated from the central processing system to the player terminal in response to a game play request which a player has entered at the player terminal. The player terminal responds to the received record index by generating display commands using data at the player terminal to produce a graphic representation at the player terminal. This graphic representation is consistent with the result type associated with the index value comprising the particular record index which has been communicated to the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Multimedia Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Enzminger, Jefferson C. Lind, Clifton E. Lind