Magnetic Patents (Class 273/239)
  • Patent number: 11136528
    Abstract: A method of reacting castor oil and an alkoxylated glycerin via a transesterification reaction to produce an estolide of castor oil alkoxylate. Compositions comprising an estolide of castor oil alkoxylate and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: INDORAMA VENTURES OXIDES LLC
    Inventors: Heather Byrne, George Smith, Hungchang Calvin Chiu, Jeffery Cellura, Xiaohua Fang, Anabel Rubio, Matthew T. Meredith
  • Patent number: 11029123
    Abstract: A toy projectile, such as a dart, ball or disc has a magnetic or magnetizable component associated therewith to facilitate the collection of toy projectiles which may be scattered on a floor or on the ground. A telescopic wand having a metal or magnetizable component may be used to pick up the toy projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Matt Andersen
  • Patent number: 11017927
    Abstract: A system and method for perturbing a permanent magnet asymmetric field to move a body includes a rotating body configured to rotate about a rotation axis, a permanent magnet arrangement arranged on the rotating body containing two or more permanent magnets, and a perturbation element. The permanent magnet arrangement is configured such that an asymmetric magnetic field is generated by the permanent magnets about a perturbation point. Actuation of the perturbation element at or near the perturbation point causes a tangential magnetic force on the rotating body and/or the permanent magnet arrangement, thereby causing the rotating body to rotate about the rotation axis. The disclosure may also be used for linear motion of a body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GREEN WAVE POWER SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence Clymer, Brenda Lee McConnell
  • Patent number: 10755531
    Abstract: Provided is a casino-style game for one or more players. A standard, shuffled four-suited deck of playing cards is provided, along with at least one wager-indicating marker is for each player. A playing field having indicia indicating designated areas is provided. The designated areas including integer spaces designated for the integers five through seventeen on which at least one wager-indicating marker is placed by a player. To determine an integer between five and seventeen, the cards are dealt sequentially until five cards of one suit have been dealt. The determined integer is the total numbers of cards dealt. Any bet made on the determined integer is paid according to predetermined odds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Flushed Game, LLC
    Inventor: David R. Buten
  • Patent number: 9821244
    Abstract: A magnetic wooden block toy configured to provide improved magnetic force between magnetic wooden blocks is provided. The magnetic wooden block toy includes a wooden body and at least one magnet casing embedded therein. The magnet casing includes a casing body, a flange having a sloped inner surface, and a top opening defined by the sloped inner surface. The magnet casing contains at least one magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CLICK-BLOCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Byung Hui Whang
  • Patent number: 9694280
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media for enabling cross platform access to a previously purchased product (PPP) are provided. Cross platform access to the PPP can be accomplished by using a datacenter capable of locally rendering content of the PPP and distributing the rendered content for consumption by a platform other than the platform for which the PPP was designed. This advantageously enables end users to use other platforms and experience the PPP in a manner that emulates or substantially replicates the same experience the user enjoys when interacting with the PPP on its designed platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Don Gordon, John Speck
  • Patent number: 9649552
    Abstract: Systems and methods for solving and generating a mathematical puzzle are presented. A puzzle may comprise areas comprising mystery number regions, pair clue regions interposing pairs of mystery value numbers, and a central clue region located centrally to the mystery number region. Solving a puzzle may comprise deterministic search methods coupled with heuristic approaches. Puzzle generation may comprise adding conforming clues until a puzzle has only one possible solution, the clues chosen based on heuristics for adding clues while minimizing incremental change in puzzle difficulty; or reducing the number of solutions/partial solutions to the puzzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TMGCL IP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Shohreh Blank, Manoochehr Azmoodeh, Nathan Frederick Alamo-Pritchard
  • Patent number: 9515967
    Abstract: This is directed to a method of sharing data among multiple devices, the multiple devices includes a server, a source terminal, and multiple receiving terminals. The method includes: receiving, on the server, account information associated with at least one of the multiple receiving terminals, receiving, on the server, data from the source terminal to be shared with at least one of the multiple receiving terminals, determining, based on the account information, at least one active receiving terminal, alerting the at least one active receiving terminal about the data shared by the source terminal, and receiving a response from the at least one active receiving terminal indicating an action with regard to the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Dong Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 9266015
    Abstract: A magnetic dominos game set with pieces that magnetically connect end to end, side to side and side to end, and methods for manufacturing and playing magnetic dominos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventors: Isaac Estrada, Zakkery D. Estrada
  • Patent number: 9242170
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of interactive gaming applied to an interactive case and a tablet, wherein the interactive case is arranged to be attached on the tablet, and the interactive case includes a transmission port arranged to communicate with the tablet and a plurality of notches. The method of interactive game includes determining whether at least one accessory medal is connected to the notch; when one of the accessory medals is connected to one of the notches, retrieving a predetermined data stored in the connected accessory medal; identifying the connected accessory medal according to the predetermined data of the connected accessory medal; and performing an application corresponding to the connected accessory medal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Te-Chun Lee, Yu-Liang Shih, Jyun-Jie Chen, Jung-Wen Chang
  • Patent number: 9240268
    Abstract: In one implementation, the present disclosure provides a method for imparting motion to a magnetically movable object. The method includes disposing the magnetically movable object over a display of an electronic device. The method further includes imparting motion to the magnetically movable object by adjusting a magnetic field that is produced by a magnetic field source, the magnetic field being applied to the magnetically movable object through the display of the electronic device. The adjusting the magnetic field can be based on a location of the magnetically movable object over the display. Furthermore, the display can be a touch sensitive display and the adjusting the magnetic field can be based on touch input of the touch sensitive display. The imparting motion can include moving the magnetically movable object around the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny Starkes Smoot, Jarvis Schultz
  • Patent number: 9164595
    Abstract: In combination with an electronic device including a touchscreen with a first user interaction surface and a second surface, a joystick apparatus includes a joystick with a handle portion and a cooperating base portion with an upstanding sleeve. The handle portion includes a skirt portion for operably engaging the sleeve to thereby secure a first magnetic member therebetween. An attachment member is positioned on the second surface of the touchscreen and includes a second magnetic member for engaging the first magnetic member. The base portion of the joystick includes a conductive member for contacting the first user interaction surface of the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Darren C. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9158390
    Abstract: A mechanical actuator apparatus for an electronic device having a touch sensing surface, includes a mechanical actuator having a base for accommodating a first magnetic member, an attachment member having a second magnetic member for engaging the first magnetic member, wherein the attachment member includes a surface configured to mount directly over and engage the touch sensing surface. The mechanical actuator further includes a conductive member for contacting the touch sensing surface, and a non-conductive member for spacing the actuator a distance from the touch sensing surface. The mechanical actuator can be a joystick, knob, directional pad, slider, or the like input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Darren C. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9132340
    Abstract: A toy figure including one or more appendages each made of a coil spring and a magnet disposed at an end portion of each of the one or more appendages. A plurality of such toy figures may be used in a board game that requires players to position a respective one of the toy figures relative to a game board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KMA Concepts Limited
    Inventor: Peter Alan Fish
  • Patent number: 9056242
    Abstract: The board game that allows girls be the first one to complete the makeover of their chosen girl on the sketch pad. Players move around the board trying to land on the designated spots to color or apply make-up to their girl. The first one to finish (brows, eye shadow, blush, lips and earrings), and get tiara without having the facemask on wins the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Debbie Decker, Lynn Enyart
  • Publication number: 20150145206
    Abstract: It is provided a game platform which includes a receiving board, a magnetic board fixedly hosting magnetic elements, and means for positioning of the magnetic board in a predetermined position. Each magnetic element has either a north polarity or a south polarity facing the receiving board. The receiving board receives a game card at a predetermined position. The game card has sites for receiving magnetic game pieces. The game pieces are distinguishable in accordance with their magnetic polarity by a non-magnetic distinctive feature, like color, shape, weight, scale, and external texture. For determining its position, the magnetic board has a far state and a close state relative to the receiving board, and a spacing mechanism switches between the far state and the close state. The receiving board and the magnetic board are positioned coaxially around a common axis, around which magnetic board is free to rotate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Itzhak Grinold
  • Patent number: 8976501
    Abstract: In one implementation, the present disclosure provides a method for imparting motion to a magnetically movable object. The method includes disposing the magnetically movable object over a display of an electronic device. The method further includes imparting motion to the magnetically movable object by adjusting a magnetic field that is produced by a magnetic field source, the magnetic field being applied to the magnetically movable object through the display of the electronic device. The adjusting the magnetic field can be based on a location of the magnetically movable object over the display. Furthermore, the display can be a touch sensitive display and the adjusting the magnetic field can be based on touch input of the touch sensitive display. The imparting motion can include moving the magnetically movable object around the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny Starkes Smoot, Jarvis Schultz
  • Patent number: 8925924
    Abstract: A football simulation table game device is used for contests simulating American football. The device includes a slotted wall extending along a defensive end of a table. A defensive handle extends through the wall having a first end extending over a perimeter edge of the table. A defensive player form coupled to the defensive handle is selectively positionable between lateral sides of the table by manipulation of the defensive handle. Each of a plurality of rollers is coupled to a slope wherein the slope is moveable across the top surface of the table. An offensive handle is coupled to the slope to selectively adjust a position of the slope on the table. A sled is selectively couplable to the slope and slidable from a top end of the slope towards the defensive end of the table. An offensive player form is coupled to the sled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Craig T. Urban
  • Patent number: 8876112
    Abstract: A travel game-board activity kit is provided. The activity kit includes a plurality of dry-erase marking instruments, a plurality of magnetic game pieces, and a plurality of pages having game-board images printed thereon. The plurality of pages includes one or more magnetic sections, and a surface configured to accept markings from the plurality of dry-erase marking instruments and to allow erasure of the markings. The surface of the plurality of pages that accepts dry-erase markings may also include one or more dry-erase sections configured to aid players in tracking game progress, such as on a dry-erase scoreboard. The activity kit may also include a storage container attached to the plurality of pages, which holds the dry-erase marking instruments and/or the magnetic game pieces. In some embodiments, the activity kit includes an electronic component coupled to the plurality of pages for providing desired information, lights, and/or sounds usable for play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Crayola LLC
    Inventor: Craig Skinner
  • Patent number: 8851477
    Abstract: An educational device comprising a game board demarcated with a plurality of positions, each position having associated with it and actuator, actuation of which causes the communication device to provide instruction to the player as to what the player is supposed to do. A player can activate a random number generator to determine how many positions to move. Once instruction has been received, the player utilizes game pieces on the game board to execute the instruction. By going through this process, any player can learn a particular skill or gain particular knowledge that can be applied in life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce Ward
  • Publication number: 20140197596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-player magnetic element stacking game played on one or more shafts attached to a base and exploiting the phenomena of magnetic attraction or repulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: PlaSmart, Inc.
    Inventor: Tracey McIlwaine
  • Publication number: 20140175744
    Abstract: A game board assembly is disclosed herein. The game board assembly includes a foldable game board and a plurality of mounts. The foldable game board has a main portion and a plurality of peripheral edge portions that surround the main portion. The game board has a planar configuration where the main portion and the plurality of peripheral edge portions are positioned to be substantially co-planar with one another. The peripheral edge portions are selectively foldable to be non-planar with respect to the main portion. The mounts are each configured to engage the game board in the planar configuration. The mounts are configured to releaseably mount to a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Yu, Damon Saddler, Paul James
  • Patent number: 8737035
    Abstract: In one implementation, the present disclosure provides a method for imparting motion to a magnetically movable object. The method includes disposing the magnetically movable object over a display of an electronic device. The method further includes imparting motion to the magnetically movable object by adjusting a magnetic field that is produced by a magnetic field source, the magnetic field being applied to the magnetically movable object through the display of the electronic device. The adjusting the magnetic field can be based on a location of the magnetically movable object over the display. Furthermore, the display can be a touch sensitive display and the adjusting the magnetic field can be based on touch input of the touch sensitive display. The imparting motion can include moving the magnetically movable object around the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lanny Smoot, Jarvis Schultz
  • Publication number: 20140110900
    Abstract: This invention consists of a set of six unique shapes that can be freely arranged on a two-dimensional surface to create a composite image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Shayne
  • Patent number: 8651915
    Abstract: One embodiment may take the form of a flexible creation animated by magnets or electromagnets brought near the flexible creation. Iron particles blended with a flexible material of the flexible creation may interact with the magnetic fields generated by the magnets, causing the object or portions of the object to move toward or away from the controlling magnets, thereby animating the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Holger Irmler, Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 8585055
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a racing table game and method for playing. Game components include, but are not limited to: a table gaming surface having a plurality of lanes with start and finish lines; a plurality of racers; at least two dice; and a plurality of race tickets each corresponding to a racer. In one embodiment of a method of play, game setup and dealer selection occurs. The dealer then randomizes and distributes the race tickets. A player rolls the dice and acts either by paying chip(s) into a purse or moving a racer, as instructed by the dice. Play continues with each player rolling the dice and acting, until a winner is determined with a racer crossing the finish line. That race is over and the purse is divided into shares and distributed to winning ticket holders. When the role of the dealer is transferred, the next race commences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Leonard P. Pardo, Ramona Pardo
  • Patent number: 8533985
    Abstract: The invention provides a simple, yet flexible mechanism for affixing items to a magnetic board such that they are accurately aligned to the board and to one another. Such mechanism allows positioning and repositioning of the items as desired by the user, including stacked configurations. Contact between the items and the board is aesthetically pleasing, and provides a bearing surface that allows for repositioning of items using a sliding motion. Further, aligning the items is convenient for the user and does not distract from the primary task at hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventor: W. Daniel Hillis
  • Patent number: 8505918
    Abstract: A three-dimensional tic-tac-toe game including a game board having a plurality of modules adapted to be interconnected to one another, a plurality of X-shaped game pieces, and a plurality of O-shaped pieces. Each of the X-shaped game pieces and O-shaped pieces includes protrusions at one end and recesses in an opposite end. Each of the modules includes recesses. The protrusions of each of the X-shaped and O-shaped pieces are adapted to engage the recesses of the modules, as well as the recesses of other X-shaped or O-shaped pieces. The X-shaped and O-shaped pieces may be stacked on top of one another for three-dimensional game play. Alternately, the modules and the X-shaped and O-shaped pieces include magnets to engage one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Accomplice Productions, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Appelblatt
  • Publication number: 20130116035
    Abstract: A travel game-board activity kit is provided. The activity kit includes a plurality of dry-erase marking instruments, a plurality of magnetic game pieces, and a plurality of pages having game-board images printed thereon. The plurality of pages includes one or more magnetic sections, and a surface configured to accept markings from the plurality of dry-erase marking instruments and to allow erasure of the markings. The surface of the plurality of pages that accepts dry-erase markings may also include one or more dry-erase sections configured to aid players in tracking game progress, such as on a dry-erase scoreboard. The activity kit may also include a storage container attached to the plurality of pages, which holds the dry-erase marking instruments and/or the magnetic game pieces. In some embodiments, the activity kit includes an electronic component coupled to the plurality of pages for providing desired information, lights, and/or sounds usable for play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Crayola LLC
    Inventor: Crayola LLC
  • Publication number: 20130106055
    Abstract: A magnetic piece for a display board is disclosed. The magnetic piece includes a housing, a chamber defined by the housing and a magnet disposed within the chamber. A magnetic display board incorporating such as magnetic piece is also disclosed. The magnetic display board incorporates a base, a ferrous surface engaged with the base, a sheet disposed above the ferrous surface and a brace. The magnetic piece is disposed within a void defined by the ferrous surface and the sheet. The magnetic display board also includes a magnetic stylus for moving the at least one magnetic piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Knox
  • Patent number: 8282102
    Abstract: A board game based on the sport of fishing having a board surface having various features and players are given special privileges in order to catch fish according to a set of rules and steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Samuel Garnier Letourneau
  • Publication number: 20120235354
    Abstract: A game is provided including an attractive cardboard, with folding borders dividing the attractive cardboard into several mutually alignable portions, and removable play pieces attractable to the attractive cardboard and to each other. The attractive cardboard is folded and placed on a substantially horizontal plane such that mutually alignable portions are vertically disposed. The removable play pieces are placed on the vertical portions without falling. The attractive cardboard may include magnets, Velcro or glue. The folding borders divide the cardboard into three portions disposable on a substantially horizontal plane as a room having two adjacent walls and a floor in between. The game may also include a booklet having a plurality of scenarios to be reproduced on the cardboard using the removable play pieces. The game may be implemented as a computerized game over a variety of mobile devices or a personal computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Itzhak Grinold
  • Publication number: 20120200035
    Abstract: My child educational board game, “Word Battle Generation 2”, embodies a simplified game configuration that requires players to approach word learning, sequencing, and construction from a naval/military strategist point of view in that instead of targeting objectives in a mere hit-or-miss situation, where the goal in and of itself is to reach and eliminate occupied coordinates, he/she must locate and actually identify the quality of opponents' pieces (these being letters) before the other competitors capture or eliminate out of play all his/her own word patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Milner Benedict, III
  • Publication number: 20120200036
    Abstract: A board game device is disclosed in which each player has a board and a plurality of game pieces which movably cooperate with a series of fixed locations on the board. The arrangement is such that when a game is being played, movement of the game pieces between the fixed locations depends on a value indicated by a thrown die. The game device includes a plurality of the boards which are substantially identical to each other so that several players can interactively play the game with each player being assigned one of the boards. Each board has a first surface and a second surface which is disposed spaced and parallel relative to the first surface. The first surface of each board defines the series of fixed locations, the series including a base row for each of the player's game pieces. Each board defines a first interlocking portion and a second interlocking portion, the second interlocking portions being spaced relative the first interlocking portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Jack Klopfenstein
  • Patent number: 8210893
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may involve a flexible material infused with fine iron particles to form at least a portion of a flexible character or object. The flexible creation may be animated by one or more magnets or electromagnets brought near the flexible creation such that the iron particles blended with the flexible material may interact with the magnetic fields generated by the magnets. The infused iron particles may be attracted to the magnets, causing the object or portions of the object to move toward or away from the controlling magnets, thereby animating the object or portions of the object. Another implementation may use a magnetic field of a magnet to create an iron-infused flexible plant-like object that may be animated by a magnet. The object may be constructed of a flexible iron-infused material that is introduced into the magnetic field while the material is in a liquid or semi-liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Jackson, Holger Irmler
  • Patent number: 8186680
    Abstract: A strategy dice game that incorporates a game platform that includes four color-coded pegs inserted into holes formed on the platform with an equal same number of twenty matching color discs placed thereon. The game also includes at least one numbered die and three colored die. Each numbered die includes twelve sides with two sides assigned to dots one thru four. Each colored disc also includes twelve sides. The first colored die has six faces with one dot that matches the color of one stack of disc and six faces with one dot that matches the color of another stack of discs. A second colored die has twelve faces divided so that four faces have three different colored dots. The third colored die has twelve faces divided so that three faces have four different colored dots. During play, each player takes turns simultaneously tossing the numbered die and one colored die. The player having the option of removing discs for from their assigned stack of discs or blocking other players from removing discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Donald Henry Pullman
  • Patent number: 8123225
    Abstract: A game apparatus for play by at least two players, having game pieces that are manually rotated in at least four slideably mounted, apertured slats, each having at least four apertures with a rotating game piece, and a base assembly for slideably mounting the slats, such that the slats can be moved, and the game pieces rotated in the apertures, at the option of each of the players who take turns in playing the game. The game pieces are generally grouped in two different colors. The number of slats are generally the same as the number of apertures, and are preferably four or eight in number. The method of play by two players of apparatus involves each of the players taking turns that are selected from two possible moves: rotating a game piece in one of the apertures on one of the slats or linearly displacing one of the slats one stop. The game commences with all pieces on the board rotated to a neutral color, and with no home area for determining opening and winning of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Patricia Marie McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 8118306
    Abstract: The present invention includes at least one magnet attractant dry erase type board, a game board that may be rolled up for easy storage, and a unique game piece containing a hollow substantially transparent body with a top end and bottom end. The game piece may comprise a cap that attaches to the top end of the game piece body and a magnet that attaches to the bottom end of the game piece body. An image paper can be rolled up and placed inside the game piece body. This image paper may change the appearance of the game piece depending on the printing on the image paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Denise Kean
  • Patent number: 8066572
    Abstract: One or more systems for transmitting real-time game information for a game to a remote device are provided. The system can include at least one remote terminal unit adapted to be communicated with a controller associated with a game information display device. The remote terminal unit can communicate with a network in communication with each remote terminal unit and with a game server. The game server can include a game server processor. The game server processor can be in communication with each remote terminal unit. A game server data storage can be in communication with the game server processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Scores Two Go, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Timmons, Daryl Burttschell, Howard Burttschell
  • Patent number: 8020868
    Abstract: An insert has a bottom with sides and a contoured top. The container has semi-spherical concave valleys. The valleys are positioned in rows and columns. The insert is fabricated of a resilient non-magnetically-responsive material. A plurality of magnets is provided. Each magnet has faces defining a thickness and a periphery. The periphery of the magnets have various geometric shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Steven Velte
  • Publication number: 20110089634
    Abstract: A gaming table with an upper surface that includes a gaming chip placement area and a lower surface opposite the upper surface is provided. The gaming table also includes a housing coupled to one of the upper surface and the lower surface of the gaming table, an antenna coupled to the housing, wherein the antenna is configured to form an electromagnetic field that defines a zone of communication in which a gaming chip including a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag can be read.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Ernest Thorson, John Laurence Minck, JR.
  • Patent number: 7896348
    Abstract: A method to play wave surfing comprising sliding one magnetic figure holder over a coated wave wall by magnetically engaging the figure holder to one magnetic handle and by manipulating the magnetic figure holder with the magnetic handle to avoid the detachment of the magnetic figure holder while at the same time avoiding obstacles placed on said coated wave wall. A surfing board game comprising, at least one wave wall, at least one magnetic handle, the handle further comprising at least one magnet within the handle and at least one magnetic figure holder, the holder further comprising at least one magnet that is placed within the figure holder, further comprising at least action figure that is placed on the magnetic figure holder. Where the magnetic figure holder is slidably placed onto said wave wall and is magnetically coupled to the magnetic handle to create at least one game level of difficulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Carlos Echecopar
  • Patent number: 7862882
    Abstract: A re-positionable magnetic art apparatus which is provided in a variety of shapes and sizes. Characters of the apparatus are attracted to a sheet which underlies a picture within a frame, the frames provided in a variety of shapes. A clear laminate covering the picture separates the removably positionable characters from the picture, thereby providing for picture clarity throughout the life of the apparatus. Pictures are provided with characters which match both picture theme and picture scale, ensuring realistic artistic expression. Accessory character material is available which is printable on an inkjet printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Michelle M. White
  • Publication number: 20100117298
    Abstract: A board game for developing skills in the functional and ornamental design of a land vehicle and land vehicle systems comprising an assortment of tiles magnetically retained to a board, having images of portions of a vehicle, for creating alternate vehicle designs that share common tiles, a board for assembling an arrangement of some of the tiles to images of vehicles that share common files and a design aid for creating a new ornamental and functional vehicle design comprised of a reference underlay for defining a minimum envelope for circumscribing a vehicle design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: James W. Grey, Alex Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20100066017
    Abstract: A portable activity device for playing entertaining and educational games and activities. The activities may also be adapted for provision of physical therapy and occupational therapy. The device features a case having an accessible cavity for storage of activity components. A side surface of the case is magnetically receptive to the activity components which have magnets upon them. The device maintains the activity pieces in place in moving vehicles allowing children to play games during travel without the risk of sharp movements causing the game parts to fall. A white board on the exterior surface is provided which may be employed with markers stored in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: Maya Gowri, Karthik Arunachalam
  • Publication number: 20090261528
    Abstract: Apparatus for playing a game, comprising: a base board having a support member configured to rotate upon a support surface by manual operation; a playing board configured to fold into a three-dimensional shape so as to present a plurality of playing surfaces when mounted on the base board; and a plurality of magnetic playing pieces movable over each of the playing surfaces and configured to be retained magnetically upon a playing surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: SIONICA LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark David Oliver, Simon Daniel Rowell
  • Publication number: 20090243214
    Abstract: The present invention includes at least one magnet attractant dry erase type board, a game board that may be rolled up for easy storage, and a unique game piece containing a hollow substantially transparent body with a top end and bottom end. The game piece may comprise a cap that attaches to the top end of the game piece body and a magnet that attaches to the bottom end of the game piece body. An image paper can be rolled up and placed inside the game piece body. This image paper may change the appearance of the game piece depending on the printing on the image paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Denise Kean
  • Publication number: 20090230622
    Abstract: A chess piece is embedded with a light unit; a central lead and peripheral lead are made on its bottom. A chess board comprises a top electrode plate and a bottom electrode place. The top electrode plate has a plurality holes where the central leads electrically couples to a bottom electrode plate. The chess piece is lit when placed in position on a chess board where the central lead electrically couples to the bottom electrode plate and the peripheral lead electrically couples to the top electrode plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventor: Jiahn-Chang WU
  • Patent number: 7497440
    Abstract: A board game combining an element of chance (via a random event generator, such as a die) with strategy to decide the outcome of the game. Game pieces are moved along a numerically sequenced series alternating in a pattern from inside a dividing line to outside of this same line and back again until a game piece reaches the free-throw line, at which time it may be “shot” in order to score, provided that the required character is generated by the random event generator. Whether a game piece may come into the game and whether it may advance along the sequential series depends on the random event generator. However, which game piece to play, assuming a valid move can be made, is up to the player(s) of the team, and the strategy followed by the team player(s) can have a major impact in the outcome of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Royer Corporation
    Inventor: Michael B. Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20090051111
    Abstract: Game pieces with non-magnetic ferrous metal and/or magnetic portions are used to simulate a group activity, such as combat or a team sport. The pieces are adapted to releasably adhere or repel by magnetic forces during play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Home Focus Development Ltd., a corporation of the British Virgin Island, TrustNet Chambers Limited,
    Inventor: Jacob R. S. Andersen