Patents by Inventor Jay S. Walker

Jay S. Walker 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).

  • Publication number: 20190139166
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a system is operable to generate at least two alternative travel packages to offer to a user, each travel package being defined by a distinct value for each of: (i) a first component of the travel package; (ii) a second component of the travel package; (iii) a price of the travel package; (iv) an amount of savings to be realized by purchasing the travel package; and (v) a value of a reward to be provided to the user in exchange for purchasing the travel package. In accordance with one embodiment, one of the offered travel packages is within an initial scope of the user's preferred itinerary and offers a relatively lower value of reward to the user while another of the offered travel packages is outside the initial scope and offers a relatively higher value of reward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Timothy Scott Case, Emily Katherine Dresner, Timothy I.C. Fisher, Sofia K. Heisler, Phillip Armour, Mark Hanson
  • Patent number: 10249133
    Abstract: A method and system is provided wherein an event experienced by a player is documented and the documentation of the event is stored. One example of an event experienced by a player is an outcome obtained by a player on a gaming device. In such an embodiment the documentation of the event may comprise an image of the player's reaction to the outcome and/or a still or video image of the outcome. In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention a player may subsequently access an output of the documentation. In one embodiment an outcome of a prior game play that was documented is replayed. When the outcome of the prior game play is output, the outcome may be output in a manner that indicates to a viewer that the outcome is an outcome of a prior game play and not an outcome of a current game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 10235702
    Abstract: A system to determine offers and/or to determine the acceptability of offers based on received information relating to product redemption at a third party. According to one embodiment, the system includes arrangement for a customer to redeem a product from a third party, reception of information relating to a redemption of the product by the customer, reception of an offer to purchase a product for an offer price, determination to accept the offer based on the received information relating to the redemption, determination of an assigned third party at which the offer product may be redeemed based on the received information, and transmission of an acceptance of the offer and an indication of the assigned third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Jose A. Suarez, T. Scott Case, Michiko Kobayashi, Andrew P. Golden
  • Publication number: 20190050927
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. An audio query describing information requested by the user is received. The audio query is processed to identify at least one category corresponding to the information requested by the user. At least one selected from the group of an image, audio data, and textual information to be presented on a user interface of the device is transmitted over the network connection. The at least one of the image, the audio data, and the textual information is associated with the identified at least one category in response to the received audio query describing the information requested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20190050928
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. At least one image of an item is received one or more computing devices from a device associated with a user. The at least one image of the item is compared to a plurality of images of corresponding items for sale using artificial intelligence running on the one or more computing devices. A set of matching images is identified from the plurality of images of the corresponding items for sale matching the at least one image of the item based on the use of the artificial intelligence running on the one or more computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 10204483
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for offering a benefit to a player of a first electronic game device. In an embodiment, the method includes determining if a player of a first electronic game device qualifies to receive at least one benefit associated with an award value, and then outputting an offer to provide the at least one benefit. In some embodiments, the offer requires use of a second electronic game device. The method may also include receiving a request for the benefit at the second electronic game device, and then providing at least one benefit to the player. In some embodiments, the offer includes such benefits as additional game play, one or more bonus-round game outcomes, a monetary payout, a game play modification, additional comp points, loss insurance, a multimedia option, and acquisition of at least one unit of media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
  • Publication number: 20190043111
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. Audio information describing an item for purchase is received and analyzed to at least one corresponding item category related to the item for purchase. At least one selected from the group of a picture, audio data, and textual information of at least one item for sale associated with the identified at least one corresponding item category is transmitted to be provided for display to a buyer on a display of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20190043110
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for facilitating commerce. A set of images of a first item and information associated with the first item is received and analyzed to determine at least one corresponding item category for the first item. A query for a second item is further received. The second item is determined to correspond to one of the at least one item category. In response to determining that the second item corresponds to the one of the determined at least one item category, at least one of the set of images of the first item and at least a portion of the information associated with the first item is transmitted to be presented to the second user on a display of the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel E. Tedesco, Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Evan I. Schwartz, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 10198906
    Abstract: A gaming device is described that provides a number of different methods for cashing out credit balances from a gaming device. These methods include providing incentives, such as benefits, to a player for selecting particular monetary forms in which to receive the cash out. Non-preferred cash out forms may be associated with disincentives, such as penalties, to dissuade players from selecting these types of monetary transfers. In certain embodiments, incentives and disincentives may be associated with a variety of available monetary forms for cash out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 10169791
    Abstract: A system to determine offers and/or to determine the acceptability of offers based on received information relating to product redemption at a third party. According to one embodiment, the system includes arrangement for a customer to redeem a product from a third party, reception of information relating to a redemption of the product by the customer, reception of an offer to purchase a product for an offer price, determination to accept the offer based on the received information relating to the redemption, determination of an assigned third party at which the offer product may be redeemed based on the received information, and transmission of an acceptance of the offer and an indication of the assigned third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Jose A. Suarez, T. Scott Case, Michiko Kobayashi, Andrew P. Golden
  • Patent number: 10147268
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which includes enabling a player to initiate a play of a game, for the initiated play of the game: (i) randomly generating a game outcome, (ii) displaying to the player the randomly generated game outcome, (iii) determining any award associated with the displayed game outcome, and (iv) displaying to the player any determined award, enabling the player to invite a quantity of other players to each initiate a play of at least one game, the quantity of other players being greater than zero, and if the player invited the quantity of other players, providing the player a benefit, an amount of the benefit being based on the quantity of other players invited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Geoffrey M. Gelman, James A. Jorasch, Stephen C. Tulley, Steven M. Santisi, Daniel E. Tedesco, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 10140812
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided allowing a player to play a gaming device and receive a predetermined number of outcomes in exchange for a payment. The gaming device generates at least the predetermined number of outcomes, and adjusts a balance of the player device based on the outcomes. The player can continue playing regardless of whether the balance is less than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Stephen C. Tulley, Steven M. Santisi, Norman C. Gilman
  • Patent number: 10096197
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a video roulette flat rate play session is facilitated. The flat rate play session may be associated with at least one of a wagering restriction applied to one or more bets during the flat rate play session and a net maximum payout per spin applicable to one or more bets during the flat rate play session. In one embodiment, a player is provided with a plurality of wagering units at the beginning of the session. A monetary value of the plurality of wagering units may be greater than a monetary value of a flat rate price paid for the flat rate play session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay S. Walker
  • Patent number: 10074235
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for planning and customizing a gaming vacation. Initially, a central controller receives preference and configuration data from a user at a user terminal. A preparation code is then determined and associated with the configuration data. The configuration data and the associated preparation code are transmitted from the central controller to a casino server. The central controller provides feedback regarding the user's requests. The feedback may include, for example, marketing offers for the user and/or configuring a gaming device according to the configuration data associated with a preparation code received from a user at the gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Norman C. Gilman, Scott T. Friesen, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 10055939
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for a gaming device to determine when to offer a player an opportunity to play using a “jackpot only” pay table. The player may choose to accept the gaming device's offer to switch from using a conventional pay table to using a pay table that only pays top payout amounts. Play with a jackpot only pay table may only require a small wager amount as compared to play with a conventional pay table. Play with a jackpot only pay table may be automated to generate outcomes quickly to allow a player to relatively inexpensively avoid spending time playing a gaming device perceived to be in a “cold period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Scott T. Friesen
  • Patent number: 10043339
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes for one or more players (e.g., for a keno game, for a bingo game). The video presentation is recorded onto a tangible medium (e.g., DVD or CD-ROM) or otherwise provided to one or more players (e.g., a player may access the video presentation online). This allows one or more players to purchase a video presentation of (e.g., predetermined) outcomes in a jurisdiction in which gambling is legal yet view the presentation at the player's convenience (e.g., from any jurisdiction and at any time). At least one player who is associated with such a video presentation may subsequently redeem it for a redemption value associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Michael W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10026260
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a plurality of outcomes are generated and used to create a video presentation of representative outcomes (e.g., for a roulette game) for one or more players. The video presentation is recorded onto a tangible medium (e.g., DVD or CD-ROM) or otherwise provided to one or more players (e.g., a player may access the video presentation online). This allows one or more players to purchase a video presentation of (e.g., predetermined) outcomes in a jurisdiction in which gambling is legal yet view the presentation at the player's convenience (e.g., from any jurisdiction and at any time). At least one player who is associated with such a video presentation may subsequently redeem it for a redemption value associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Jay S. Walker
  • Publication number: 20180193726
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a system for facilitating a card game is equipped with RFID antennas or interrogators operable to detect initial wagers placed by players on a table surface of the system. The system is further equipped with an electronic shoe which deals cards for the game and a processor with is operable to receive data both from the RFID antennas and the electronic shoe. Upon receiving data from an RFID antenna that a player has placed an initial wager based on initial odds and receiving data identifying some (but not all) cards dealt for a hand, the processor is operable to calculate adjusted odds for a re-characterization wager that would replace the initial wager, and output on a display of the system an offer for the re-characterization wager that corresponds to adjusted odds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventor: Jay S. Walker
  • Patent number: 10002493
    Abstract: A method for facilitating asynchronous group play of an online casino game is provided. A group session is initiated over the Internet, including a plurality of players. A group objective defines a requirement of two or more of the plurality of players achieving winning outcomes that result from initiation of player decisions occurring in relative proximity to each other. For each player, outcomes of player decisions occurring during a period of gameplay are stored to a current session database defined in a storage device, wherein the periods of gameplay of at least two of the plurality of players are asynchronous. The current session database is analyzed to identify outcomes of two or more of the plurality of players occurring within a predefined number of player decisions of each other. The identified outcomes are combined and compared against the group objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman, David F. Zucker, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 10002490
    Abstract: A wagering method is provided that allows players or gaming establishments to specify conditions which when satisfied, reconfigure the gaming device to change game play from a first game to a second game. The condition may depend upon the value of a parameter—generally related to game play—to determine if the condition is valid and triggers the reconfiguration. The second game may be selected from a game on the same gaming device, from a game on a different gaming device, or a game played by a specific player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley