Patents by Inventor Dennis J. O'Patka

Dennis J. O'Patka 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: 6558225
    Abstract: An electronic figurine has at least one appendage, a means for displaying electronic images in relation to a virtual character, and a circuit board. The circuit board is programmed to generate images of the virtual character including facial expressions, symbols, virtual activates, games and animated sequences. The electronic figurine further includes means for activating pre-programmed responses when a user interacts with the appendages or orientation of the figurine. Moreover, the electronic figurine may also include various audible sounds and responses that may also be activated and interacted with by a user interacting with the physical figurine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Richard X. Zawitz, Daniel Bryce, Dennis J. O'Patka
  • Patent number: 6525706
    Abstract: The electronic picture book of the present invention includes a plurality of pages graphically depicting or telling a story. The book further includes an LCD screen and a speaker to provide a reader with animation sequences and sounds that relate to the graphical pictures on the pages. A set of buttons is provided to trigger the animation sequences and sounds. While reading the book, each page indicates a button to depress. The reader, depressing the correct button, is then provided with animation sequences and sounds indicative to the graphic representations on the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Dennis J. O'Patka
  • Patent number: 6287193
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to electronic and electromechanical games having a visual display in which the user can obtain feedback on his or her performance during, or after, play, play a game stored in memory, and/or interact with a virtual pet or other character and, more particularly, to a hand-held game apparatus comprising a rotatable body rotating about an axis of rotation incorporating a display coupled to the apparatus for displaying graphics and textual images, a controller coupled to the apparatus for receiving, processing, and outputting data, graphics, and textual images to the display, memory coupled to, and accessible by, the controller for storing information relating to the electronic game, a sensor coupled to the controller for receiving information related to the use of the electronic game and for transmitting the information to the controller, and one or more user inputs for inputting commands to the electronic game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventors: Steven F. Rehkemper, Jeffrey G. Rehkemper, Dennis J. O'Patka, Ronald L. Black, Michael M. Kass
  • Patent number: 5462285
    Abstract: A game includes a manual actuator, an animated character that is animated by actuation of the manual actuator, and a random integer generator such as a spinner. The animated character includes an ejector, an object such as a ball positioned in the ejector, a mechanical counter that is incremented by actuation of the manual actuator, and a release mechanism responsive to the mechanical counter to activate the ejector and thereby cause the ejector to eject the object when the counter is incremented to a sufficient number. A player of the game generates a random integer by spinning the spinner and actuates the manual actuator a number of times corresponding to the random integer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventors: Dennis J. O'Patka, Craig C. Williamson, Burton C. Meyer, John R. Wildman
  • Patent number: 5342064
    Abstract: An acquisition game is played on a concave playing field defining a nadir with a plurality of movable game pieces removably disposed on the field for movement thereabout. Each player has an acquisition tool for removing at least one of the game pieces at a time from the field, the acquisition tool also being for moving the game pieces and an interposing member about the field. An interposing member (preferably in the form of an animal such as a crab) is removably disposed on the field for movement thereabout when the interposing member vibrates. The interposing member is substantially greater in size than any of the game pieces and defines passages therethrough configured and dimensioned to enable movement of the game pieces through the passages so that the interposing member impedes access of the acquisition tool to at least those of the game pieces in the passages. A motor is provided for vibrating the interposing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Western Publishing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Williamson, Mark Luecke, John R. Wildman, Dennis J. O'Patka
  • Patent number: 4798455
    Abstract: User reconfigurable novelty glasses include separate eye frames and separate temple pieces that may be readily combined with each other and with other separate eye frames and separate temple pieces by the user to form a variety of outrageously designed novelty sunglasses. Each eye frame may be used for either the user's right or left eye and each temple piece may be used over either the user's right or left temple and ear. Eye frame designs include simulated representations of a watch, a television set, a box of popcorn, a grand piano and the like, while the temple pieces include simulated representations of a lighting bolt, a pencil, a toothbrush and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Craig S. Yoe, Michael R. Gibson, Dennis J. O'Patka, Wayne A. Kuna