Property Or Commodity Transactions Patents (Class 273/256)
  • Patent number: 11040282
    Abstract: A computer system a plurality of user devices, each in communication with the server via a communication network. Each user device user plays a game and uploads game data. The user devices receive event data from the server and display an indicator of an event based on the event data at a navigable image rendered on the display. The event is associated with a location icon rendered on the display at the user device. The event data defines a game mode object accessible by a user at the location icon, the game mode object, when accessed providing a game mode which provides an interaction with other users at the user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: KING.COM LTD.
    Inventors: Sebastian Knutsson, Bjorn Ritzl
  • Patent number: 10512834
    Abstract: Present invention, “BiggieBills”, is an interactive business strategy multi-player game played among 4 to 8 teams using plurality of cards. It can be played “Face to Face” or “Online.” The teams play “Growth Cards” to progress from Stage 1 to 4 while managing possible “Challenge Cards” played by opposing teams, managing the random changes in “Industry Rules” every “Business Cycle,” and attempt to earn “Bonus Cards.” The unique value propositions are: a) dynamic real-time experience; b) knowledge from the field of strategic management for the managers (students); c) the debrief provides the core learning as a follow-up to the game; and d) customization of the game is possible by altering industry conditions to suit client needs. BiggieBills has a three-pronged approach: a) corporate training; b) education (undergraduate, graduate, executive); and c) entertainment. It may be redesigned to teach subjects such as entrepreneurship, economics, innovation management and general business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Maheshkumar P. Joshi, Tej M. Joshi, Swati Choksi
  • Patent number: 10387955
    Abstract: An electronic trading system is described herein. More specifically, the electronic trading system may relate to the substantially simultaneous trading of cash instruments and their related futures contracts for interest-rate related instruments. The electronic trading system may also be used to allow a user (such as a market maker or other suitable participant) to gauge his chance of success at completing both sides of a basis trade within a preferably pre-determined or pre-set interval, while knowing in advance the specific weighting algorithm that will be applied to the basis trade. The electronic trading system may also be used to allow a user to predetermine the exact weighting algorithm to be used on such a basis trade, and to adjust those preferences where necessary or desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BGC PARTNERS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard P. Goodman, Michael Sweeting
  • Patent number: 9597581
    Abstract: A board game that combines the traditional Asian counting system of tally marks; basic addition skills; vertical and horizontal tracking of tally numeral combinations; and strategic sequential placement of same-color Game Tiles is disclosed. Generally, the goal is to place five same-color game tiles in a sequential row or column—and have their collective tally sum equal to the white tally numeral on the black tiles that flank both ends of the sequential row or column. The center of the Game Board has a total of 25 squares (five rows and five columns of five squares each) providing 10 options for players to make a winning combination of five sequential same-color game tiles. Players take turns, one at a time moving clockwise around the table, placing one colored game tile on one Game Board square, simultaneously blocking their opponents game play options while increasing their strategic advantage (see Game Play instructions below).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Warifu, LLC
    Inventor: Mimi Kingsley
  • Patent number: 9595155
    Abstract: A gaming system having an input device for receiving a wager to play a wagering game including a trail-based game. A display for displaying the trail-based game is also included. The trail-based game includes a plurality of elements along a trail. Each of the plurality of elements has an associated award. In response to a player meeting a predetermined criterion, the player is awarded the associated award for all of the plurality of elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Allon G. Englman, Benjamin T. Gomez, Michael W. Mastropietro, Bradley A. Rose
  • Patent number: 9245411
    Abstract: A gaming system includes an input device, at least one display, and at least one controller. The input device receives a wager input for playing a wagering game. The at least one display displays a basic wagering game and a community bonus game. The at least one controller is operative to provide a player with a bonus-game asset that is usable in at least a first play of the community bonus game. The bonus-game asset is capable of having at least a first level and a second level that provides a higher bonus-game enhancement than the first level. The at least one controller is further operative to determine if that the bonus-game asset is available to the player for use in a second play of the community bonus game and to alter the level of the bonus-game asset from the first level to the second level for use in the second play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie W. Vann, Alexander J. Gobe
  • Publication number: 20140265121
    Abstract: Methods for implementing a consumer game are provided that include: distributing at a retail location a game board and at least one game ticket, that includes at least one game marker, where the game board includes a plurality of sets of locations, each set corresponding to one of a plurality of different games, a first of the plurality of game includes a plurality of locations for collecting a set non-duplicate game markers, and a second of a plurality of games includes a plurality of locations for collecting a set of duplicate game markers; distributing at the retail location at least one other game ticket, that includes at least one other game marker; and distributing a prize in response to receiving a set of duplicate game markers collected in accordance with the second of the plurality of games.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TCC Retail Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: James Homer, Ted A. Davies, JR.
  • Patent number: 8757621
    Abstract: A game apparatus and method of playing a game for forming magic squares is provided. The game apparatus provides for various means for forming a magic square in a N×N matrix. The method provides for various means for performing a formation of a magic square in a N×N matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Lionel Harris
  • Patent number: 8731833
    Abstract: Technology is generally described for computing paths between geographical localities. In some examples, the technology can receive a request for a path between two or more geographical localities, and compute a path based at least on a popularity rating of intermediate geographical localities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Arvind Vijay Keerthi
  • Publication number: 20140125011
    Abstract: A game comprising: a board, game pieces, money, game cards, assets, charitable objects, dice and rules, the game so constructed and arranged that acquisition of the assets must be balanced by contribution to a community in order to win the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Andrea Ruth Thompson
  • Patent number: 8672327
    Abstract: A global property trading board game having a game board with a continuous travel path divided into stations being associated with respective countries and having markings, including economic values representative of the respective countries' gross domestic product. Movement of a game-piece along the travel path is determined by a chance-controlled device. Each player is allocated a line of credit represented by international business cards in various monetary denominations. The respective players are further assigned a global region constituting a trade-bloc of countries. A player may acquire the assets of any country corresponding to the station in which the game-piece is located, assuming the assets are not owned by another player, by payment of the designated economic value utilizing the player's international business cards. When a competing player's game-piece is located within a station wherein the assets are owned by another player the competing player must pay a tax to that player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Griffith
  • Publication number: 20130341865
    Abstract: A board game for drug dealing sensitivity, which includes a playing board, a pair of dice, a plurality of chips/cards, and a plurality of playing pieces. The playing board has a path thereon. The path of the playing board is in a generally figure 8 configuration and is divided into a plurality of landing spaces. The plurality of landing spaces of the path of the playing board have instructional indicia thereon, respectively, instructing what to do if landed upon. The plurality of chips/cards have instructional indicia thereon, respectively. Each chip/card is disposed adjacent to a corresponding landing space and whose instructional indicia corresponds to the instructional indicia of the corresponding landing space of the path of the playing board. The pair of dice determine an amount of landing spaces of the path of the playing board that a respective playing piece moves along the path of the playing board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry Lamar Mallett
  • Patent number: 8560238
    Abstract: Technology is generally described for computing paths between geographical localities. The technology can receive a request for a path between two or more geographical localities, and compute a path based at least on a popularity rating of intermediate geographical localities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Arvind Vijay Keerthi
  • Patent number: 8506390
    Abstract: A gaming system includes an input device, at least one display, and at least one controller. The input device receives a wager input for playing a wagering game. The at least one display displays a basic wagering game and a community bonus game. The at least one controller is operative to provide a player with a bonus-game asset that is usable in at least a first play of the community bonus game. The bonus-game asset is capable of having at least a first level and a second level that provides a higher bonus-game enhancement than the first level. The at least one controller is further operative to determine if that the bonus-game asset is available to the player for use in a second play of the community bonus game and to alter the level of the bonus-game asset from the first level to the second level for use in the second play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Jamie W. Vann, Alexander J. Gobe
  • Patent number: 8459648
    Abstract: A game for teaching financial skill and responsibility to a plurality of players. Each player initially is given a predetermined amount of spending capital representing earned income and credit available, with the object to generate debt. Players move pieces around a board, incurring debt by making mandatory payments or purchasing items and pursuing opportunities based upon the spaces landed upon. A player that has accumulated the most debt may proceed to answer a change question presented by one or more financial advisors in an attempt to win the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Lottie Kimbrough
  • Patent number: 8447662
    Abstract: The present invention implements an auction in which multiple types of goods may be auctioned in a dynamic process. In a preferred embodiment, the present invention is a system and method for computer implemented dynamic multi-unit auction in which the price paid or received by bidders tends to be independent of their own bids, in which participants may be provided with information concerning their competitors' bids as the auction progresses, and in which the confidentiality of high values may be maintained. Participants' quantities bid at a given time may be restricted to be less than or equal to the quantities bid at an earlier time. These features provide the advantage of improving economic efficiency of the auction design over the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Efficient Auctions LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Ausubel
  • Publication number: 20110285085
    Abstract: A trading simulation game that emulates the roles of market makers and traders involved in the securities market. The simulation allows for random market activity by specifying a starting market price and employing a subset of a pool of market-affecting items to modify the starting price and determine the final game price. Items in the subset are incrementally revealed to simulation participants during play, and designated participants may make the first offer to trade. All participants simultaneously make and accept offers to buy and sell the simulated security without restriction, based on the public and private information they have and their dynamic estimates of the final game price. Trades are tracked with a novel tally sheet or game status board, and they are settled at the final game price when all items are revealed. The use of a subset of a pool of market-affecting items allows for probability-based strategy similar to popular card games like blackjack and poker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Charles Pickelhaupt
  • Publication number: 20110221130
    Abstract: A trivia game and a method for two or more players playing a trivia game is provided. The method includes selecting one of a plurality of trivia cards and performing one of a plurality of predetermined tasks associated with the selected one of the plurality of trivia cards. The plurality of trivia cards includes two or more sets of trivia cards and each of the two or more sets of trivia cards includes trivia cards of only one of at least two types of trivia cards, one of the plurality of predetermined tasks being associated with each of the two or more sets of trivia cards. The one of the plurality of predetermined tasks associated with the one of the two or more sets of trivia cards of the selected one of the plurality of trivia cards is performed in accordance with the associated one of the at least two types of trivia cards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: FRANKLIN GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: King Poh Yeap, Donald Tracy Ward
  • Patent number: 7976377
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a display and a game controller arranged to control images of symbols displayed on the display. The game controller is arranged to play a game wherein at least one random event is caused to be displayed on the display. If a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize. The game includes a bonus feature which, when triggered, results in the display of a plurality of devices, each of which animates to reveal a number, a prize awarded being a product of the numbers displayed by the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: George Roukis
  • Publication number: 20110123963
    Abstract: A game is disclosed which teaches a comprehensive understanding of fundamental aspects of personal (family) finances—including insurance, working with debt, investing and securing financial objectives, and which enables players to understand principles upon which significant wealth may be accumulated, and also teaches financial advisors how to organize finances of their clients. The game teaches skills concerning personal finances, including insurance, working with debt and investing, and securing financial objectives. The game also teaches the fundamental aspects of working with the cash flow one has, and it teaches players to understand principles upon which significant wealth may be accumulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Karel Koreny
  • Patent number: 7926809
    Abstract: An automatic playing card dispensing system includes a scanner for recognizing the card suits and card values of the dispensed playing cards, a display, a set of indicator lights, and a driver unit for controlling dispensing of the playing cards and driving the display to display the card suits and card values of the dispensed playing cards been scanned by the scanner and the indicator lights to give a respective indication that indicates “Banker Win”, “Player Win” or “Tie Win”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Tzu-Hsiang Tseng
  • Publication number: 20110057389
    Abstract: A financial board game for use with a targeted population subset, typically including at least one child, is disclosed. The board game includes a board indicating at least one path including a plurality of spaces, wherein each space represents a single playing piece step, wherein each space corresponds to at least one color of a plurality of colors, a plurality of cards, wherein each card specifies at least one financially related question, each of the plurality of cards corresponding to at least one color of the plurality of colors, a plurality of pieces, wherein each pieces represents a player or a plurality of players, each of the plurality of pieces corresponding to at least one color of the plurality of colors, each of the plurality of pieces corresponding to the color of the start position, and a dice or die to generate random criteria for advancing each of the plurality of pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Indiana State University
    Inventor: Elizabeth Coit
  • Publication number: 20110018199
    Abstract: A board game with a continuous track separated into discreet steps uses a random number device to determine an advancement of players' tokens. Designated game events reflect life occurrences and choices. A monetary currency is gained and lost. A second, non-monetary, currency is also gained and lost. That second currency is representative of a player's health status and is not freely exchangeable with any pecuniary currency. While a pecuniary currency is useful in securing the health representative currency, in scoring and in determining winners and losers only the health related currency is determinative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Justin Peterson
  • Patent number: 7778856
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a method of modeling operational risk comprising the steps of: defining one or more reporting hierarchies, wherein said reporting hierarchies are composed of operational units; associating operational risk data to one or more of said operational units, wherein said operational risk data includes data associated with a plurality of first loss events; and calibrating a plurality of loss processes and a plurality of loss process attributes using said plurality of first loss events, wherein a plurality of loss processes are generated for use in at least one of risk management, operations management, and financial management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Algorithmics International Corp.
    Inventors: Diane Reynolds, Dan Rosen, David Syer
  • Patent number: 7769661
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for determining stock option pricing in which the interplay of short-term interest rates and expected long-term rates of return on the underlying security results are factored to yield a more accurate forecast of options prices as compared to conventional models. The method of the present invention employs an expected long-term rate of return parameter and a conditional probability volatility parameter and an adjustment factor to address the put-call parity theorem which addresses the accuracy problems of the Black-Scholes model. The method can also be applied using a known current option prices to determine an assumed long-term rate of return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Richard R. Joss
  • Patent number: 7736148
    Abstract: A method of teaching accounting principles is disclosed in which two different colors are used to distinguish that which is owned and owed from that which has been used and earned. This is to establish the concept of double entry accounting. Question sets are used to distinguish assets, liabilities, income and expenditure from one another to facilitate their proper treatment in books of account. Words other than commonly accepted accounting words are used to denote accounting concepts before the teaching method moves on to using the commonly accepted accounting words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Comes Alive International, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Lawrence Frampton
  • Publication number: 20100019452
    Abstract: A commodity board game teaches reducing risk by accumulating indicators that support the direction of the trade. The more indicators accumulated to support a trade, the less risk the player has in making a profit, which is similar to real-life commodity trading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Michelle Ann Woestman, Jacqueline Ann Woestman, Julie Marie Woestman, Michael Anthony Woestman, Bernice Woestman
  • Publication number: 20090236801
    Abstract: A business game apparatus based on Islamic values comprising a playing board (100), card sets, transaction records, information cards, game money, dice and tokens. The playing board (100) comprises circuits (102, 104, 106) and card placement regions (108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118). Each circuit comprises a series of divisions and each card placement region is designated to a circuit. The card sets comprise at least one set of cards with a selected subject matter wherein each card set is designated to a card placement region. The dice is for directing participants advancement within a circuit as provided on the playing board (100) and the tokens are for indicating participants position on the playing board (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: JOHOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Muhammad Ali Bin Hashim
  • Patent number: 7584964
    Abstract: An apparatus including a board for playing a game is provided, the board typically including a plurality of spaces. Each of the plurality of spaces has a depiction of a person who appears on a monetary item. The monetary item may be a coin or a bill. The board may include a square of spaces, each of which has a childhood depiction of a person who appears on a monetary item. The board may also include a ring of spaces, each of which has an adult depiction of a person who appears on a monetary item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Carmiletta C. Wiggins
  • Publication number: 20090102124
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for use with a board game including a board, mock currency, and one or more tokens. The system includes a plurality of liability cards allowing players of the board game to assume an amount of liability less than or equal to a liability limit and including a liability balance, as well as a tracking system for monitoring the liability assumed by each of the players. During play of the board game, the players can upgrade from one liability card to another upon meeting predetermined criteria. Additionally, the present disclosure relates to a board game itself that includes a board, one or more tokens movable relative to the board, and the aforementioned plurality of liability cards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Adam Ross Kornblum
  • Patent number: 7472907
    Abstract: A board game for 2 to 8 players about the movie business industry, consisting of a square playing board divided into 52 playing spaces, 12 on each side, plus 4 corner “Start Here” squares. Within the interior of the playing board are four “Theater” archways, each showing two “Film Genres.” In the center of the board is the “Spinning wheel,” whereby the player acquires (or loses) the movie industry titles “Producer,” “Director,” “Writer” or “Agent.” The players begin the game by placing a game token on 1 of 4 inside corners to earn a “Salary” through dice rolls before proceeding to one of the “Start Here” squares. The players then enter the “Theater” archways after acquiring from 1 to 8 of the “Film Genre” cards and from 1 to 4 “Industry Title” rings, accumulating the pre-determined amount of money and winning the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew James Pomeroy
  • Publication number: 20080290599
    Abstract: A board game is configured for learning and practicing principles of wealth development. The board game broadly includes, among other things, a game board, game tokens for tracking player movement during the game, activity cards that players draw in response to landing on board spaces, and a worksheet for tracking various financial metrics used for playing the game and for determining the winner. Each of the board spaces are associated with one or more wealth-building activity categories and direct the players to follow instructions that correspond with the respective categories. The worksheet includes sections for tracking financial metrics such as the player's income, expenses, assets, liabilities, and net worth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Francisco DeLaCruz-Newlan, Christopher Burford, Loral Langemeier
  • Publication number: 20080237982
    Abstract: A game apparatus and method for playing an educational and recreational game about principles of democracy and politics is disclosed. The game includes a board, member certificates as well as a first set of cards about key aspects necessary for the function of a democratic society, which bear instructions to be enacted by the players and a second set of cards elated to spaces in which players will create political organizations and support democracy pillars, these cards also bear specific instructions to be enacted by the players. The game includes moving a player piece along a path of movement on the game board. A booklet including topical questions for educational purpose may also be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Orlando David Garcia
  • Publication number: 20080224397
    Abstract: Disclosed is a highly interactive board game that teaches wealth building principles in the context of business, real estate, and other investments decisions, and that teaches self-improvement through character-strengthening exercises related to integrity, spirituality, cooperation and service to others. The game as disclosed includes four closed loop paths. The first three, inside paths represent the lives of the poor, the middle-class, and the rich. The three inside paths are circumscribed by a fourth closed loop path representing an abundant life of both wealth and happiness. Each of the loops is divided into game spaces which correspond to various game events. The game events include investment opportunities, changes in prevailing market conditions, and events and challenges related to personal growth and character development. Progress between the loops is a function of the player's decisions concerning both character-building and wealth related events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: BRANDON J. BROADWATER, Lesly Broadwater
  • Publication number: 20080179829
    Abstract: A money management board game comprising a playing board having a board surface with a plurality of marked spaces formed into a continuous track, one of such spaces designated as a starting space, at least one space designated as a first type of card space, at least one space designated as a second type of card space, and at least one space designated as a third type of card space. A plurality of games may be played on the playing board based on instructions printed on first, second and third types of cards. Each player is represented by one player token. Each player advances a player token by the sum of numbers shown upon a roll of a pair of dice. Each player at the start of game is provided with an equal allotment of currency-representing paper bills. The player at the end of the game with either the least amount or the largest amount of paper bills, depending upon which game is played, is declared the winner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Ezra L. Randle
  • Patent number: 7386498
    Abstract: A transaction assisting apparatus capable of automatically transacting chain orders. Chain order input unit accepts entry of a chain order and supplies the input chain order to chain order storing unit to be stored therein. Order detecting unit is supplied with an input buy order, and if the buy order placed is for the chain order, it notifies chain order processing unit that the buy order has been placed for the chain order. The chain order processing unit performs a selling/purchasing process with respect to the chain order for which the buy order has been placed. When the selling/purchasing process is completed, deleting unit deletes the corresponding chain order from the chain order storing unit. In the event the price of chained goods has changed, price changing unit changes the price of chain goods correspondingly in an interlocked manner. Display unit selectively displays, on display units, only those chain orders which satisfy certain conditions such as the presence of chained goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Miyazaki, Atsuko Okajima, Shigehiko Terashima
  • Publication number: 20080111302
    Abstract: A global property trading board game having a game board with a continuous travel path divided into stations being associated with respective countries and having markings, including economic values representative of the respective countries' gross domestic product. Movement of a game-piece along the travel path is determined by a chance-controlled device. Each player is allocated a line of credit represented by international business cards in various monetary denominations. The respective players are further assigned a global region constituting a trade-bloc of countries. A player may acquire the assets of any country corresponding to the station in which the game-piece is located, assuming the assets are not owned by another player, by payment of the designated economic value utilizing the player's international business cards. When a competing player's game-piece is located within a station wherein the assets are owned by another player the competing player must pay a tax to that player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Griffith
  • Publication number: 20080106036
    Abstract: A board game for 2 to 8 players about the movie business industry, consisting of a square playing board divided into 52 playing spaces, 12 on each side, plus 4 corner “Start Here” squares. Within the interior of the playing board are four “Theater” archways, each showing two “Film Genres.” In the center of the board is the “Spinning wheel,” whereby the player acquires (or loses) the movie industry titles “Producer,” “Director,” “Writer” or “Agent.” The players begin the game by placing a game token on 1 of 4 inside corners to earn a “Salary” through dice rolls before proceeding to one of the “Start Here” squares. The players then enter the “Theater” archways after acquiring from 1 to 8 of the “Film Genre” cards and from 1 to 4 “Industry Title” rings, accumulating the pre-determined amount of money and winning the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew James Pomeroy
  • Patent number: 7341455
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided which enable students to participate in a simulated, electronic trading environment. The concept is one where the eSpeed rules based system and GUI may be used to educate students on the trading of financial products. The system may be “live” using real-time information and held either in a private virtual community (i.e. intra-school) or a wider community (i.e. inter-school). Fixed rules may be pre-programmed into the system or modified/customized by the participants. Participants may access the simulation via, for example, the Internet. The products traded in the simulation may include any simulated fixed income financial product. However, the simulation may not involve trading real financial products where there would be real financial risks. Simulated trading may be compared to real-world trading to create new financial products that may be tested and traded in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.
    Inventors: June Colaio, legal representative, Mark Colaio
  • Publication number: 20080023914
    Abstract: The instant invention is a board game that anticipates the career path possibilities of a rock star, singer or musician. Players move instrument shaped pieces across a board while garnering managers, contracts, and gigs. Players can sign with recording studios, take tours cross country or even around the world, and eventually make it to Hollywood. Pitfalls are available, too, like lawsuits and illness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald Locke
  • Patent number: 7320466
    Abstract: A method of playing a board game comprising the steps: providing players each given money and starting at a first rank; providing dice; providing a game board having a plurality of playing spaces, that are either owned or available businesses, arranged around the outside of five connected boroughs of New York City; performing alternating player turns comprising the steps of: rolling dice; moving the player around spaces in a number corresponding to the roll; determining the ownership status of the space. If the space is owned and the owner of the space is of a higher rank the player must pay the owner, if the owner is of the same or less rank the player pays nothing. The owner may also offer the space for sale. If available, the player may purchase the space. The purpose is to purchase spaces or properties to move up to the highest rank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventors: David Ruggiero, Paul Todaro
  • Publication number: 20070267814
    Abstract: A board game, for play by competing players and in which each player conducts business in an urban environment for the purposes of accumulating greater wealth than competitors, includes: a plurality of tokens, a game board having a plurality of marked spaces on which the tokens may sit or be moved by the players, a form of currency that the players use to conduct business, a chance device that is used by a player to determine the movement of his/her token, wherein the business actions that can be taken in the game are chosen from the group of business actions identified herein as “connecting,” “taking a street risk,” “vending,” “promoting,” “gambling” or establishing a “street business.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Publication date: November 22, 2007
    Inventor: Kelvin Johnson
  • Patent number: 7287753
    Abstract: A game for a plurality of players includes a playing area having playing stations which form a path along which the players move game pieces. The playing area includes a plurality of franchise site playing stations which represent a franchise location, such as a city. The players each pick a business entity such as a particular fast food chain. The object of the game is for a player to establish a franchise for his/her chosen business entity at each franchise site playing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Frank J. Brigidi
  • Publication number: 20070235932
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting a game including a first question and answer round (or alternatively, a physical challenge round) where a contestant can accumulate points and a second auction round where the contestant can bid on lots/prizes with the accumulated points. The system and method provide for presenting at least one of a mental or physical challenge to the at least two players; crediting a predetermined number of points to each of the at least two players based on an outcome of the challenge; auctioning at least one predetermined prized to the at least two players, the at least two players using the credited points to bid for the predetermined prize; and awarding the at least one predetermined prize to one of the at least two players with the highest bid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: BobKat Production, LLC
    Inventors: Kathy Karwat Singer, Christopher Teas, Jay Gissen, William Shapiro
  • Patent number: 7275745
    Abstract: A board game and method of playing the board game wherein players move their game pieces in a path on the game board having landing spots in accordance with a combination of a numbers die and a words die. A spinner having a finger-activated spinning arrow pivotally attached at the center is used in conjunction with the words die. Play money in a plurality of denominations is awarded or taken away in accordance with the consequences determined by the dice, the spinner, and the instructions on the landing spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Derel Dacosta Alleyne
  • Publication number: 20070200295
    Abstract: An apparatus including a board for playing a game is provided, the board typically including a plurality of spaces. Each of the plurality of spaces has a depiction of a person who appears on a monetary item. The monetary item may be a coin or a bill. The board may include a square of spaces, each of which has a childhood depiction of a person who appears on a monetary item. The board may also include a ring of spaces, each of which has an adult depiction of a person who appears on a monetary item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventor: Carmiletta C. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 7204693
    Abstract: The game includes a playing board having a predetermined continuous path with spaces for movement of pieces therealong in accordance with rules. The playing board includes: (i) marked historical location spaces designating a specified historical location based on a predetermined theme, especially Egyptian pyramids, the spaces identifying its specified historical location by name, pictorial representation or combinations thereof, and having a specified cost to operate value and a landing fee value. (ii) marked action spaces, each designated so as to require a specified action of a player when a piece lands thereon; (iii) marked event spaces, which may initiate a payment or other event of a player when a piece lands thereon. Random movement is established with at least one die, which has six major facets, forming a cube, and eight minor facets. There is a set of operation papers, a set of event cards, a plurality of different icon pieces for use by a plurality of players, and a set of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: George L. Nagle
  • Patent number: 7185890
    Abstract: A method of playing a stock trading simulation game is disclosed and includes providing a game apparatus including a game board having a plurality of spaces marked thereon defining a path of movement on the game board, with a portion of the plurality of spaces representing individual stock positions. The method further includes a plurality of methods for ending play of the game, establishing an Exchange for handling exchange of game money and stock positions during play of the game, and taking a turn by one of the players, with the turn comprising taking a hidden turn and taking an open turn. A game apparatus may include the game board, a trade transaction sheet for recording trades of stock positions, a hidden bid card for secretly recording hidden bids, and a number of game pieces including open turn and hidden turn game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: A.A.M., LLC
    Inventor: Hariprasad S. Trivedi
  • Patent number: 7086647
    Abstract: A method for playing a game related to trucking where the player is one or more of a truck driver, a federal or state official regulating the truck driver, or owner of a 1) service center, 2) insurance company, 3) truck stop having a restaurant, 4) produce broker, shipper, 5) casino, 6) tow service, 7) truck payment center, 8) tire service, and/or 9) farmers' market. The method includes the step of winning the game by building a fleet of trucks of a predetermined number. The game board apparatus includes a course having a number of spaces, game truck or markers for moving along the spaces, bills representing money, chance cards, and a chance element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Greg J. Novak
  • Patent number: 7044466
    Abstract: There is provided a food preparation recipe game and a method for playing the game. A spin wheel having a pointer is provided and includes a plurality of encoded possible landing spaces. A plurality of recipe cards is provided, each of which lists a plurality of ingredients. A plurality of question and answer cards are also provided. Each question and answer card has a plurality of questions and answers which are encoded for various degrees of difficulty. The encoding for the landing spaces on the spin wheel corresponds to the encoding for the question and answer cards. A plurality of ingredient cards are provided. Each ingredient card lists an ingredient for a food recipe, which ingredient may or may not correspond to an ingredient of a particular recipe card. Each player is entitled to draw an ingredient card by correctly answering a question from a question and answer card and the first player to complete his recipe is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Laibson, Barbara Laibson