Patents by Inventor Vincent H. Curley

Vincent H. Curley 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: 9367543
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 9355097
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Publication number: 20140051523
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Patent number: 8597125
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Patent number: 8585501
    Abstract: A game hosting service manages game sessions and groups of players. The service creates, starts, and ends a game session. The service also manages the joining and deleting of players and groups of players both prior to and during game play. The service collects, stores, and optionally arbitrates statistics for each player such a game score and relative ranking with other players. The service assigns a group ID to a group of players to allow the group to migrate across game sessions. The game hosting service utilizes session management APIs to nest multiple sessions, thus enabling groups of players to remain intact across multiple sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Shaw, Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Paul E. Newson, Johan Peter Hansen, Vincent H. Curley
  • Publication number: 20130252738
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Publication number: 20130244793
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8469805
    Abstract: A game console has the capability to execute programming to unlock an achievement. After the achievements are unlocked, a data store accessible by the game console over a network stores the information in the profile of the user. The achievements associated with the user profiles can be retrieved from the store along with an indicator, that is indicative of a tier level associated with the achievement where the tier indicates a certain performance level associated with unlocking a particular achievement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Kilgore, Michal Bortnik, Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Vincent H. Curley, Alan T. Shen
  • Patent number: 8454443
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8388449
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Patent number: 8323112
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8277325
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Publication number: 20110319174
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Publication number: 20110320018
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H. Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Publication number: 20110250959
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 8016677
    Abstract: Information is shared among users in a system by the use of a service. The service receives information from at least two different game applications that each have a configuration file (defined with a common schema) that defines information from the game application to share with a service. An intermediary program executing on a computer that is also executing one of said game applications receives information from the application as defined by said configuration files and stores at least a portion of the information received from the application. At least a portion of the information is sent to the service when the intermediary is in communication with the service over a network wherein the service provides information about a user of said at least two game applications based on information received by said service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. O'Kelley, II, Steven D. Lamb, Vincent H Curley, Ling Tony Chen, Michal Bortnik, James Hsi-Kai Jen, Jerry Alan Johnson, Johan Peter Hansen
  • Publication number: 20110136575
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Publication number: 20110118035
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James Hsi-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 7887419
    Abstract: Systems and method for providing a game achievements system where players are rewarded with game achievements based on mastering certain in-game facets of the games they play. Each game achievement may be conveyed in a profile as a badge or trophy, title, description, date, etc. Players may also accumulate points based on game achievements. A display interface may be made available such that a player may see his achievements and total points, as well as those of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Vincent H. Curley, James His-Kai Jen, James David Macauley, Ling Tony Chen, Steven D. Lamb
  • Patent number: 7841517
    Abstract: Mechanisms for visual identification of a user in a gaming environment. For example, a digital image is used to identify a user, whether the user is on-line or off-line. This digital image is easily verifiable as an appropriate and non-offensive image because it May come form a controlled digital image source (or set of sources). The digital image is also revocable in a variety of gaming environment contexts by a gaming authority. Lastly, the digital image is changeable depending on the context of the gaming environment, in one aspect, being configured to be visible to the entire gaming environment in one form, and being visible to a subset of the gaming environment in another form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Bortnik, Henry Paul Morgan, Steven Dale Lamb, Vincent H. Curley