Patents by Inventor Kenichi Kamano

Kenichi Kamano 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: 10977891
    Abstract: A gaming machine is described herein. The gaming machine includes a control unit programmed to display a primary game screen including a plurality of virtual reels, receive a signal indicating a wager being placed on the primary game, and initiate a bonus feature selection game by displaying a bonus feature selection game screen including a plurality of bonus features. The processor receives a signal indicating one or more wagers being placed on the bonus feature game by the player, and responsive to each wager, randomly selects a bonus feature from the plurality of bonus features and modifies a bonus feature image to indicate a number of times the corresponding bonus feature has been randomly selected. The processor receives a signal to terminate the bonus feature game and initiates an instance of the primary game using the selected bonus features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20200326050
    Abstract: The present disclosure enables lighting performance which appears as if there are more light sources than the actual number of light sources, and reduces brightness unevenness. A vehicular light-emitting device includes a plurality of light-emitting units, each of which includes an LED part and a lens configured to diffuse and emit the light received from the LED part, the plurality of light-emitting units being arranged side by side. The plurality of light-emitting units are arranged so that one or more brightness peak values exist between adjacent light-emitting units. Moreover, the light emitted from the lenses of the light-emitting units has a plurality of brightness peaks with respect to the spreading direction of the light, and the arrangement interval of the plurality of light-emitting units is set so that the plurality of brightness peaks of the light emitted from the plurality of light-emitting units are aligned at substantially equal intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Masahiro Nomura, Noriyuki Yamato, Kenichi Kamano
  • Patent number: 10654405
    Abstract: The present disclosure enables lighting performance which appears as if there are more light sources than the actual number of light sources, and reduces brightness unevenness. A vehicular light-emitting device includes a plurality of light-emitting units, each of which includes an LED part and a lens configured to diffuse and emit the light received from the LED part, the plurality of light-emitting units being arranged side by side. The plurality of light-emitting units are arranged so that one or more brightness peak values exist between adjacent light-emitting units. Moreover, the light emitted from the lenses of the light-emitting units has a plurality of brightness peaks with respect to the spreading direction of the light, and the arrangement interval of the plurality of light-emitting units is set so that the plurality of brightness peaks of the light emitted from the plurality of light-emitting units are aligned at substantially equal intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Nomura, Noriyuki Yamato, Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20190318569
    Abstract: A gaming machine is described herein. The gaming machine includes a control unit programmed to display a primary game screen including a plurality of virtual reels, receive a signal indicating a wager being placed on the primary game, and initiate a bonus feature selection game by displaying a bonus feature selection game screen including a plurality of bonus features. The processor receives a signal indicating one or more wagers being placed on the bonus feature game by the player, and responsive to each wager, randomly selects a bonus feature from the plurality of bonus features and modifies a bonus feature image to indicate a number of times the corresponding bonus feature has been randomly selected. The processor receives a signal to terminate the bonus feature game and initiates an instance of the primary game using the selected bonus features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20180215310
    Abstract: The present disclosure enables lighting performance which appears as if there are more light sources than the actual number of light sources, and reduces brightness unevenness. A vehicular light-emitting device includes a plurality of light-emitting units, each of which includes an LED part and a lens configured to diffuse and emit the light received from the LED part, the plurality of light-emitting units being arranged side by side. The plurality of light-emitting units are arranged so that one or more brightness peak values exist between adjacent light-emitting units. Moreover, the light emitted from the lenses of the light-emitting units has a plurality of brightness peaks with respect to the spreading direction of the light, and the arrangement interval of the plurality of light-emitting units is set so that the plurality of brightness peaks of the light emitted from the plurality of light-emitting units are aligned at substantially equal intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Masahiro Nomura, Noriyuki Yamato, Kenichi Kamano
  • Patent number: 8425315
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprising a external storage device provided with a first game region in which a first game file containing a program and data to realize a first game is stored and a second game region in which a second game file containing a program and data to realize a second game is stored, in which the first game and the second game are selectively played, and an extended device connected to the gaming machine as a physically separate device from the external storage device, wherein the extended device is provided with a determination device that determines whether a predetermined condition is met and a switching device that switches a game played in the gaming machine between the first game and the second game when the predetermined condition is met based on a determination result of the determination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Konami Gaming Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20120282999
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprising a external storage device provided with a first game region in which a first game file containing a program and data to realize a first game is stored and a second game region in which a second game file containing a program and data to realize a second game is stored, in which the first game and the second game are selectively played, and an extended device connected to the gaming machine as a physically separate device from the external storage device, wherein the extended device is provided with a determination device that determines whether a predetermined condition is met and a switching device that switches a game played in the gaming machine between the first game and the second game when the predetermined condition is met based on a determination result of the determination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: KONAMI GAMING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Kenichi KAMANO
  • Patent number: 8096866
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gaming machine that includes a slot machine, a bonus device and a device controller. The device controller remotely operates the bonus device and the bonus device provides a bonus award independently from the slot machine. The bonus device describes a bonus display information upon receiving from the device controller with a condition independent from a game result of the slot machine. Also, the device controller can collect a wager from one or more slot machines, determine a bonus content based on the collected wager, remotely operate one or more bonus devices, and transmit same or different bonus display information for each bonus device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20110294569
    Abstract: A gaming system providing a game and/or gaming services to a player or user at a gaming or gaming services device. The device receives streaming audio-video representing the game or gaming services and plays streaming audio-video at a device. The device also receives input related to the play of the game or the gaming services from the user/player and relays the input to the gaming system. The system includes a storage device and a controller. The storage device stores elements of the game and/or gaming services. The game controller receives the input from the user/player and responsively retrieving the elements of the game and/or gaming services from the storage device, dynamically creates an audio-video stream as a function of the retrieved elements and the input, and broadcasts the audio-video stream to the gaming and/or gaming services device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Norio Tone, Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20110207526
    Abstract: A gaming machine management controller including at least a gaming machine, which receives a bet for a game, performs a plurality of games in a first session and a second session, and performs a payout, a bonus pool device, which accumulates a bonus pool amount from each of a plurality of games performed during the first session, and a bonus controller, which recognizes a bet amount and a payout amount of a player from each of the plurality of games, and determines a bonus pool amount to be accumulated into the bonus pool device, wherein the bonus controller controls the bonus pool device to stop accumulating the bonus pool amount in the case that a predetermined condition associated with the bonus pool device is satisfied, and starts paying out a predetermined bonus award amount every time when the player wins the game performed in the second session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20100113130
    Abstract: The present invention is a gaming machine for providing a display and paying out award, including a storage device which stores a game data to implement at least two games of the same type, an extended device which adds a game element to the two games and a game device which implements the two games of the same type, wherein the extended device works independently of the game device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kamano, Toshiaki Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20100081493
    Abstract: The present invention is a gaming machine for providing a game play and a payout according to a game result, including a storage device which stores a game using a symbol with a function, an executor which executes the game and an extended device which adds other function to the symbol, wherein the extended device works independently of the executor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20080248855
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gaming machine that includes a slot machine, a bonus device and a device controller. The device controller remotely operates the bonus device and the bonus device provides a bonus award independently from the slot machine. The bonus device describes a bonus display information upon receiving from the device controller with a condition independent from a game result of the slot machine. Also, the device controller can collect a wager from one or more slot machines, determine a bonus content based on the collected wager, remotely operate one or more bonus devices, and transmit same or different bonus display information for each bonus device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Applicant: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Kamano
  • Publication number: 20070265094
    Abstract: A gaming system providing a game and/or gaming services to a player or user at a gaming or gaming services device. The device receives streaming audio-video representing the game or gaming services and plays streaming audio-video at a device. The device also receives input related to the play of the game or the gaming services from the user/player and relays the input to the gaming system. The system includes a storage device and a controller. The storage device stores elements of the game and/or gaming services. The game controller receives the input from the user/player and responsively retrieving the elements of the game and/or gaming services from the storage device, dynamically creates an audio-video stream as a function of the retrieved elements and the input, and broadcasts the audio-video stream to the gaming and/or gaming services device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Inventors: Norio Tone, Kenichi Kamano