Patents by Inventor Wayne L. Mullins

Wayne L. Mullins 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: 20120203612
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an auction. The auction system provides a criteria for a seller to offer an item for sale with a discount off the bid that is displayed before a bid is made by the bidder, and/or a discount that is advertised from a minimum discount up to a maximum discount off the bid amount that is declared and displayed after the auction is closed. The discount(s) apply to the bidders initial bid and each raised bid and are not contingent on or to another condition. The auction system provides a mechanism to conduct an auction that allow persons to pay a bid fee to register as a bidder, register an opening bid with a discount that is stated before a bid is made by the bidder and a means for when the auction opens at a later date, to accept the registered opening bids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 8175915
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting an auction. The auction system provides a criteria for a seller to offer an item for sale with a discount off the bid that is displayed before a bid is made by the bidder, and/or a discount that is advertised from a minimum discount up to a maximum discount off the bid amount that is declared and displayed after the auction is closed. The discount(s) apply to the bidders initial bid and each raised bid and are not contingent on or to another condition. The auction system provides a mechanism to conduct an auction that allow persons to pay a bid fee to register as a bidder, register an opening bid with a discount that is stated before a bid is made by the bidder and a means for when the auction opens at a later date, to accept the registered opening bids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 6616531
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for playing one game and using elements from the one game to play at least another game. One game may be a lottery ticket game 11A and at least another game may be a symbol collection game 21A. Lottery ticket game 11A involves defining and using various symbols. Symbol collection game 21A involves using and collecting at least some of the symbols from lottery ticket game 11A. Game 5C comprises a TRILOGY BINGO lottery ticket game 11B and a TRILOGY BINGO letters collection game 21B. One of the letters of TRILOGY or other word or symbols is collected by collecting all of the BINGO letters 65 or one of the wild symbols from lottery ticket game 11B. A jackpot is won by collecting all TRILOGY letters or such and calling out a win notification or activating a button. The jackpot is won by only one winning player or split among other winning players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 6210276
    Abstract: A game 5 or 5A with multiple incentives and multiple levels. The game 5 or 5A has a first level 10 of game play with win opportunities that provides incentive to a player to play the game 5 or 5A and at least a second level 20 of game play with win opportunities that provides further incentive to the player to play the game. Contingencies of the first level 10 of game play need to be satisfied in order to enter and play the at least second level 20 of game play. The player 9 plays the first level 10 and the at least second level 20 of game play and wins accordingly only if the contingencies in the first level 10 of game play have been met by the player in order to play the at least second level 20 of game play. Otherwise, the player 9 only plays the first level 10 of game play and wins accordingly. Various game components are used to implement and play the game 5 or 5A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 5158293
    Abstract: A lottery game and a method for playing a lottery game which incorporates an instant play type lottery game combined with a jackpot type lottery game and also incorporates a second bonus jackpot type drawing where only selected tickets from the original lottery jackpot drawing are eligible to win and where the method of determining those tickets eligible in the bonus jackpot drawing is related to the results of the instant lottery game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4324080
    Abstract: A plurality of especially configured cementitious blocks arranged in a modular array with at least one planar polyurethane foam panel cast and cured in situ within the blocks to fusingly bond the blocks together and provide the modular array with an integral coextensive uninterrupted thermally insulative barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4274824
    Abstract: A mold box apparatus for casting cementitious building blocks having special channels formed in the sidewalls thereof in which thermally insulative foam is castable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4218206
    Abstract: Interlocking cementitious building blocks of special configuration are fabricated in a mold box apparatus which includes a pallet die, a mold box die and a head die which are used in conjunction with a conventional block making machine. The mold box assembly is a self-aligning apparatus for precision casting of the interlocking elements of the building blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4187069
    Abstract: A combination die and pallet assembly upon which mortarless interlocking cementitious blocks of the type having a plurality of cast male projections thereon, includes a die and pallet plate of solid heavy gage metal with a predetermined array of frustro-conical apertures formed therethrough, and a solid heavy gage metal backing plate removably disposed in contiguous engagement with the bottom surface of the die and pallet plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4186540
    Abstract: Cementitious building blocks having upstanding male projections on one planar surface so as to be disposed in a particular geometric array which locates the projections in the corners of passages extending through the blocks. The projections are supported on corner corbels which carry corner spanning shelves which extend inwardly into the passages so as to locate the projections in alignment with the open corners at the opposite ends of the passages. The open corners and aligned male projections allow self-aligning stacked interlocking mortarless assembly of a plurality of such blocks for the construction of buildings, walls and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1980
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4160507
    Abstract: After curing, cementitious blocks carried on a pallet are moved by a conveyor to a transfer apparatus which removes the blocks from the pallet and transfers them to another conveyor for delivery to a cubing mechanism. The transfer apparatus is provided with a block lift turn-over mechanism and a block push-off mechanism with those mechanisms selectively operable to provide two distinctive operational modes as necessitated by the types of blocks being transferred and the desired block attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1979
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4107894
    Abstract: Cementitious building blocks having upstanding male projections on one planar surface and recessed female cavities on the opposite surface. The male projections and female cavities are disposed in special identical geometric arrays which allows interlocked mortarless assembly of a plurality of such blocks for the construction of buildings, walls and the like. The blocks are further provided with passages extending therethrough which are especially configured for weight and aesthetic considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4093174
    Abstract: A combination die and pallet of honeycombed construction comprising an upper rectangular die plate having frusto pyramidal depressions stamped therein and side and end flanges integrally joined to and depending from the die plate together with a base plate of the same size and shape as the die plate having side and end flanges upstanding therefrom and overlapped by the flanges on the die plate and formed with longitudinal ribs pressed therefrom and extending between rows of depressions in the die plate with the base plate being spot welded on the bottom of the depressions and the overlapping flanges being welded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1978
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 4078760
    Abstract: A combination die and pallet of honeycombed construction comprising an upper rectangular die plate having frusto conical depressions stamped therein and side and end flanges integrally joined to and depending from the die plate together with a base plate of the same size and shape as the die plate. A plurality of inverted U shaped channel members are interposed between the die and base plates between longitudinal rows of the depressions and welded to the plates. The base plate has side and end flanges that are partially overlapped by the corresponding flanges on the die plate and welded thereto. The bottoms of the depressions are also welded to the base plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1978
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins
  • Patent number: 3998423
    Abstract: A combination die and pallet of honeycombed construction comprising an upper rectangular die plate having frusto conical depressions stamped therein and side and end flanges integrally joined to and depending from the die plate together with a base plate of the same size and shape as the die plate formed with longitudinal ribs pressed therefrom and extending between rows of depressions in the die plate with the base plate being spot welded to the bottom of the depressions and to the lower edges of the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1976
    Inventor: Wayne L. Mullins