Patents by Inventor Joseph E. Kaminkow

Joseph E. Kaminkow 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: 10431052
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. A server is configured to provide access to remote users having user accounts for playing the online slots game over a network connection and is configured to establish a plurality of tiers for playing the online slots game that includes turns. Each tier is assigned an odds value for winning a chance to play a bonus game that is different from the online slots game. The method enables play of each turn, wherein chances to win the bonus game at each turn are based a selected tier. The method includes presenting to the graphical user interface images associated with the bonus game when a player wins the chance to play the bonus game during a turn, and presenting to the graphical user interface options to send challenge bonus game to a friend. Play by the friend of the sent challenge game adds to winnings of said bonus game to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 10089818
    Abstract: A gaming device including a plurality of reels or cards having several symbols. The symbols include at least two complimentary symbols that form resultant symbols on related reels or cards. In one embodiment, the resultant symbol is similar to a symbol and acts as a substitute for other symbols on the reels or cards. In another embodiment, the resultant symbol transforms adjacent symbols into symbols or other symbols on the reels or cards. In a further embodiment, the resultant symbol transforms a predetermined or random number of symbols on the reels or cards into symbols or other symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kaminkow, David H. Muir, Gregg J. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20180102029
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. A server is configured to provide access to remote users having user accounts for playing the online slots game over a network connection and is configured to establish a plurality of tiers for playing the online slots game that includes turns. Each tier is assigned an odds value for winning a chance to play a bonus game that is different from the online slots game. The method enables play of each turn, wherein chances to win the bonus game at each turn are based a selected tier. The method includes presenting to the graphical user interface images associated with the bonus game when a player wins the chance to play the bonus game during a turn, and presenting to the graphical user interface options to send challenge bonus game to a friend. Play by the friend of the sent challenge game adds to winnings of said bonus game to the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 9842474
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Publication number: 20170270753
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 9672699
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 9430916
    Abstract: A gaming device having a wild activation symbol is displayed on a set of reels or set of cards within a display device. The processor causes other symbols or cards to become wild within the display device when the wild termination symbol is displayed. When the wild activation symbol is displayed, the present invention may also provide a wild termination symbol on the set of reels or the set of cards within a display device. The processor may then stop symbols or cards from becoming wild based on the position of the wild termination symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Paulina Rodgers, Karen Cregan, Anthony J. Baerlocher, Joseph E. Kaminkow
  • Patent number: 9349250
    Abstract: A linked gaming device system in which a plurality of gaming devices are linked by a common bonus event is provided. In one embodiment, the linked gaming device system includes a shared symbol generation display positioned adjacent to each of a plurality of associated gaming devices and having a plurality of sections and values displayed at each section. Upon a triggering of the bonus event, any player eligible to participate in the bonus may achieve an outcome generated from the bonus event including the shared display. When the shared display is activated, it simultaneously generates an individual outcome associated with each gaming device. The outcomes are spatially related to one another so that a random generation of an outcome associated with one gaming device automatically generates random outcomes associated with each gaming device. However, each gaming device receives the outcome only if it has participated in the random generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kaminkow, Anthony J. Baerlocher, Zeke Brill, Hans Elias, Paulina Rodgers, Kehl T. LeSourd, Eric L. Wagner, Christopher D. Carlisle, Kirk A. Tedsen, Michael MacVittie
  • Patent number: 9286767
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for allowing players to challenge other players in an online game to compete by playing a modular game within the online game. One method includes an operation for providing an interface to a first player for challenging a second player to compete in the modular game after detecting completion of the modular game by the first player. The modular game is played within an online game. Further, the method includes operations for sending a challenge to the second player, and for detecting that the second player completed the modular game in response to the challenge. The first player is rewarded a challenge award if the first player obtained a higher score than the second player in the modular game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E Kaminkow
  • Publication number: 20160042590
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Publication number: 20160012669
    Abstract: A gaming device including a plurality of reels or cards having several symbols. The symbols include at least two complimentary symbols that form resultant symbols on related reels or cards. In one embodiment, the resultant symbol is similar to a symbol and acts as a substitute for other symbols on the reels or cards. In another embodiment, the resultant symbol transforms adjacent symbols into symbols or other symbols on the reels or cards. In a further embodiment, the resultant symbol transforms a predetermined or random number of symbols on the reels or cards into symbols or other symbols.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kaminkow, David H. Muir, Gregg J. Palmer
  • Patent number: 9171429
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 9159192
    Abstract: A gaming device including a plurality of reels or cards having several symbols. The symbols include at least two complimentary symbols that form resultant symbols on related reels or cards. In one embodiment, the resultant symbol is similar to a symbol and acts as a substitute for other symbols on the reels or cards. In another embodiment, the resultant symbol transforms adjacent symbols into symbols or other symbols on the reels or cards. In a further embodiment, the resultant symbol transforms a predetermined or random number of symbols on the reels or cards into symbols or other symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Joseph E. Kaminkow, David H. Muir, Gregg J. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20150126265
    Abstract: A gaming device having a wild activation symbol is displayed on a set of reels or set of cards within a display device. The processor causes other symbols or cards to become wild within the display device when the wild termination symbol is displayed. When the wild activation symbol is displayed, the present invention may also provide a wild termination symbol on the set of reels or the set of cards within a display device. The processor may then stop symbols or cards from becoming wild based on the position of the wild termination symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Paulina Rodgers, Karen Cregan, Anthony J. Baerlocher, Joseph E. Kaminkow
  • Patent number: 8968076
    Abstract: A gaming device having a wild activation symbol is displayed on a set of reels or set of cards within a display device. The processor causes other symbols or cards to become wild within the display device when the wild termination symbol is displayed. When the wild activation symbol is displayed, the present invention may also provide a wild termination symbol on the set of reels or the set of cards within a display device. The processor may then stop symbols or cards from becoming wild based on the position of the wild termination symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Paulina Rodgers, Karen Cregan, Anthony J. Baerlocher, Joseph E. Kaminkow
  • Publication number: 20150045104
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for allowing players to challenge other players in an online game to compete by playing a modular game within the online game. One method includes an operation for providing an interface to a first player for challenging a second player to compete in the modular game after detecting completion of the modular game by the first player. The modular game is played within an online game. Further, the method includes operations for sending a challenge to the second player, and for detecting that the second player completed the modular game in response to the challenge. The first player is rewarded a challenge award if the first player obtained a higher score than the second player in the modular game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E. Kaminkow
  • Publication number: 20150045105
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for adjusting bonus winning odds while playing an online slots game. One method includes an operation for receiving user input during a session of an online slots game, where the user input is defined to spin wheels of the online slots game. In addition, the method includes an operation for defining an initial tier and one or more additional tiers for play of the online slots game during the session, each tier being assigned an odds value that changes with each assigned tier, and each tier being defined to have a set of spins. Further, the method includes operations for assigning tiers with changed odds when an option to play a bonus game is not presented during the predefined set of spins for each tier, and for assigning the initial tier upon determining that the bonus game was played during the session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Leslie, Joseph E Kaminkow, Kin Hang Chan
  • Patent number: 8864579
    Abstract: A gaming device having one or more primary games. The primary games may be played simultaneously. Each primary game has a triggering event which corresponds to an award or bonus game. If multiple triggering events occur in the same play, the player receives a multi-trigger bonus or bonus game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Joseph E. Kaminkow
  • Patent number: 8747214
    Abstract: A gaming device having a transformable wild symbol or card on a set of reels or a transformable wild card in a set of cards, wherein the transformable wild symbol or card provides a signal to a player through a wild indicator or a non-wild indicator. The wild indicator indicates that the transformable wild symbol or card is in a wild state. The non-wild indicator indicates that the transformable wild symbol or card is in a non-wild state. In a wild state, the transformable wild symbol or card acts as a wild symbol or card on a set of reels, or a wild card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Joseph E. Kaminkow
  • Patent number: D850536
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jim Stair, Dominic J. Demarco, Joseph E. Kaminkow