Path Is Circular Patents (Class 273/368)
  • Patent number: 9427643
    Abstract: A game for at least 2 players wherein one of the players attempts to score points by hurling a plastic ball with the aid of a scoop racket into one of three scoring areas of their opponents “goal”. Opposing players stand at opposite ends of a playing field with said goal(s) positioned in front of each player. Goals are situated a certain distance apart from each other, the three scoring areas are mounted at adjustable heights above the playing surface and can be positioned in a common plane (or not). Said scoring areas are of various diameters and point values. Said scoring areas are distinctly apart from each other (not abutted) and are attached to a fixed post (standard). Points are awarded to players for hurling the ball into one of their opponent's scoring areas with point values inversely proportional to the diameter of the scoring area scored upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: William F. Kidd, III, Andrew E. Matthews
  • Patent number: 9364733
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to a toss game. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, a toss game is provided that may comprise a toss object; a vertical support having a top portion and a bottom portion, the bottom portion adapted to support the vertical support in a vertical position; and a first receptacle disposed on the vertical support, the receptacle having a first game score value and adapted to receive the toss object and allow the toss object to come to rest within the receptacle; and a second receptacle disposed on the vertical support, the second receptacle having a second game score value and adapted to receive the toss object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony J. Esposito
  • Patent number: 9228809
    Abstract: A target practice apparatus adapted to receive projectiles fired at it by a remotely positioned shooter includes a motor having an output shaft, a motor housing, and a post secured to the motor and motor housing. A target disc is secured to the output shaft and rotates with it. A frame supports the motor housing and the target disc. An L-shaped elbow member is attachable to the frame in a plurality of differing configurations. The post is also attachable to the frame in a plurality of differing configurations and is further attachable to the L-shaped elbow member in a plurality of differing configurations. This enables the target disc to be positioned in a vertical plane facing the shooter or on edge to the shooter and a horizontal plane on edge to the shooter. A non-rotating blocker disc having window openings partially obscures the target disc in the shooter-facing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Carousel Targets, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Relyea
  • Patent number: 8262473
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an amusement device, the amusement device having: a display device rotatably mounted to a structure, the display device being configured to create a plurality of images via a persistence of vision effect; a device for rotating the display device; a sensor for determining whether an object has hit one of the plurality of images; a microcontroller in operable communication with the sensor and the display device, the microcontroller changing the appearance of at least one of the plurality of images when the sensor determines that an object has hit at least one of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Civettini, Douglas P. Snook, Luke J. Orland, Todd M. Bailey, Christopher Hardouin
  • Patent number: 8240671
    Abstract: A roping practice apparatus for realistically simulating motion of the head of an animal to train a roper in roping skill. The roping practice apparatus includes: a steering unit drivable and rotatable by a power source; a transmission section rotatable in response to the rotation of the steering unit, the transmission section having a first end mounted on the steering unit and a second end; a universal actuator to which the second end of the transmission section is pivotally connected; and a driven section mounted on the universal actuator and rotatable in response to the rotation of the transmission section. A head model is connected with the driven section and drivable by the driven section to swing back and forth and left and right within a range of 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Eastwest International (Taiwan) Enterprises
    Inventor: Hsi-Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 8172231
    Abstract: A target system providing various target arrangements is provided. The varying target arrangements provide different visual presentations to the shooter to increase the shooting experience. Various target arrangements include auto-resetting targets that do not require user input to reset. Further, one target arrangement is an active target that continuously changes its visual presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas M. Massier
  • Patent number: 8109518
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a game in which players launch, shoot, or propel objects at a target, and more specifically, to a game in which players launch, shoot, or propel objects in an attempt to attach the objects to a target that may be in motion, or to dislodge objects that are hanging from the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Blagg, Janice E. Ritter, Stephen Pang Kwai Lau, Sammy Wai Nang Lam
  • Publication number: 20110233868
    Abstract: A target system providing various target arrangements is provided. The varying target arrangements provide different visual presentations to the shooter to increase the shooting experience. Various target arrangements include auto-resetting targets that do not require user input to reset. Further, one target arrangement is an active target that continuously changes its visual presentation to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas M. Massier
  • Patent number: 7780171
    Abstract: A game machine (1) includes a game board (3) having a housing section opened on a game surface, a target which is provided to the housing section so as to freely appear and disappear, and a target driving mechanism which is provided into the game board and allows the target (9) to appear and disappear from and into the housing section. The game machine is provided with a supporting pedestal (2) which supports the game board, a rotation driving device (20) which rotates the game board supported to the supporting pedestal about a pivot axis line RC extending to a direction where the line crosses the board surface in a reciprocating manner, and a tilt giving mechanism which is provided between the supporting pedestal and the game board and gives a motion to the game board according to the rotating motion of the game board about the pivot axis line RC so that the game board tilts with respect to the pivot axis line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigehito Mukasa, Koki Atobe, Hironori Takahashi, Kazufumi Koike
  • Patent number: 7611147
    Abstract: A moving target practice apparatus adapted to be used in the home or easily portable by a user, and increasing the challenge to a user by creating unpredictable and moving targets, including moving target areas disposed on the front of the apparatus comprising a series of apertures that align to create an opening at various intervals in time to receive a projectile and/or a series of moving toppling targets traveling around the apparatus which are automatically resetable to an upright position once hit by a projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Brent Sheldon
  • Patent number: 7469902
    Abstract: A motorized moving target device having a chassis with an attachable animal model is able to travel in a circuitous path, enabling hunters to practice bow hunting at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: David J. Hale
  • Publication number: 20080164657
    Abstract: A moving target practice apparatus adapted to be used in the home or easily portable by a user, and increasing the challenge to a user by creating unpredictable and moving targets, including moving target areas disposed on the front of the apparatus comprising a series of apertures that align to create an opening at various intervals in time to receive a projectile and/or a series of moving toppling targets traveling around the apparatus which are automatically resetable to an upright position once hit by a projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventor: Brent Sheldon
  • Patent number: 6695698
    Abstract: A dispensing game system includes a prize capsule storage hopper above two automatic hopper loaders that replenish the game below with prize capsules as needed. Two Ferris wheels carry free swinging gondolas that receive and hold the prize capsules from the loaders. Two or more player-activated actuator arms located next to the outer edge of the Ferris wheels are used to hit targets attached to the moving gondolas, in turn causing the gondolas to tip forward and release the prize capsule, which then falls down and rolls into the prize opening for the player to collect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Pixy Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Python Anghelo, Bryan Hansen, William Pfutzenreuter
  • Patent number: 6688299
    Abstract: A shooting game apparatus including a housing, an air compressor installed in the housing, and least one shooting apparatus for launching bullets using compressed air generated by the air compressor. The shooting game apparatus further including a bullet shooting pressure supplying device for supplying relatively high pressure to the shooting apparatus so as to launch the bullets, a bullet delivering pressure supplying device for supplying relatively low pressure using the compressed air to deliver bullets to the shooting apparatus, a pressure distributing valve for distributing the compressed air generated by the air compressor to the bullet shooting pressure supplying device and to the bullet delivering pressure supplying device, and a controller which is electrically connected to the air compressor, the shooting apparatus, the bullet shooting pressure supplying device, the bullet delivering pressure supplying device and the pressure distributing valve for controlling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Andamiro Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 6338487
    Abstract: The present invention disclose a game system in which a player shoots at a moving target with a bullet by means of a pneumatic gun. An embodiment of the invention includes a present-supply device having a plurality of holders, a plurality of targets, the target hanging a present and being made of materials which can be easily torn out, the targets being mounted on the holder, and a driving means for moving the holders. Further, it includes a present-delivery device for delivering the present separated from the holder when the target is torn out by its hit to a player, a bullet-supply device for feeding back the shot bullet to the pneumatic gun and a bullet-select device for selecting a proper bullet preserving the original shape, which is arranged between the present-delivery device and the bullet-supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Andamiro Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Woong Seok Kang
  • Publication number: 20010008329
    Abstract: The present invention disclose a game system in which a player shoots at a moving target with a bullet by means of a pneumatic gun. An embodiment of the invention includes a present-supply device having a plurality of holders, a plurality of targets, the target hanging a present and being made of materials which can be easily torn out, the targets being mounted on the holder, and a driving means for moving the holders. Further, it includes a present-delivery device for delivering the present separated from the holder when the target is torn out by its hit to a player, a bullet-supply device for feeding back the shot bullet to the pneumatic gun and a bullet-select device for selecting a proper bullet preserving the original shape, which is arranged between the present-delivery device and the bullet-supply device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Publication date: July 19, 2001
    Inventor: Woong Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 6217026
    Abstract: The present invention disclose a game system in which a player shoots at a moving target with a bullet by means of a pneumatic gun. An embodiment of the invention includes a present-supply device having a plurality of holders, a plurality of targets, the target hanging a present and being made of materials which can be easily torn out, the targets being mounted on the holder, and a driving means for moving the holders. Further, it includes a present-delivery device for delivering the present separated from the holder when the target is torn out by its hit to a player, a bullet-supply device for feeding back the shot bullet to the pneumatic gun and a bullet-select device for selecting a proper bullet preserving the original shape, which is arranged between the present-delivery device and the bullet-supply device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Kwang Su Kang
    Inventor: Woong Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 5967515
    Abstract: In an coin operated amusement game, a coin track is provided directing coins toward a plurality of target receptacles arranged to receive properly timed coins. Relative movement is provided between the target track and the receptacles. A properly timed coin inserted in the track will roll down the track, then travel through the air, and then land in and be retained in the target receptacle. Dump targets are provided wherein a properly timed coin will activate the dump target and cause the corresponding receptacle to be dumped and provide the player with an award corresponding to the number of coins dumped out of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Benchmark Entertainment L.C.
    Inventor: Ronald D. Halliburton
  • Patent number: 5605330
    Abstract: A portable container for playing games of chance comprises a box combined by a cover and a base, a rotatable means whose components are disposed in the cover and the base when carried. A number of bouncers are provided on the base for playing. Disks are inserted in the bouncers and bounced by the springs within the bouncers to the assembled rotatable means so that the positions of the rotatable means in which the disks drop determine the scores of the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventors: Wonder Huang, Victoria Ho, Wei-po Hsu
  • Patent number: 5496039
    Abstract: A dart game apparatus adapted for play in combination with darts is provided for. The dart game apparatus comprises a backstop. The backstop includes a vertical surface adapted to intercept errant darts. The dart game also includes a rotatable target assembly. The target assembly has a hub rotatably mounted to the backstop forward of the vertical surface, one or more arms radiating outward from the hub, and a dart board mounted on each of the arms. The dart boards include a plurality of target segments adapted to capture darts striking the target segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: Arachnid, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zammuto
  • Patent number: 5139272
    Abstract: A target game includes a rotating cylindrical housing, including a top surface with an interior cavity, with the top surface of the cylindrical housing demarcated into a multiplicity of segments to include a central area, medial segments, and outer segments, with each of the segments and central area demarcated into various scoring zones. A bottom surface of the top wall of the cylindrical housing includes magnetic strips mounted medially and radially relative to the outer segments, with a plurality of parallel magnetic strips positioned within the central and medial segments to accommodate ferrometallic discs directed onto the top wall to utilize rotational spinning of the housing in conjunction with magnetic forces to effect arbitrary point totals as the discs are projected into various of the segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Armando P. Villafuerte
  • Patent number: 4995618
    Abstract: A device for animating a steer for use in the practice of roping a steer. The device has a pedestal member and a guide arm rotatably secured to the pedestal member. A frame is connected to the guide arm and is for supporting a motor for driving the frame. A surface engaging member is mounted to the frame and is adapted to effect movement of the frame along an operating surface. The motor is mounted to the frame and is operative coupled to the surface engaging member for driving the same. A first speed reduction assembly is engaged releasably to a clutch which is operatively connected to the motor. A second speed reduction assembly is operatively engaged to the first speed reduction assembly and to the surface engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Ty Panzner
  • Patent number: 4960076
    Abstract: A simulated calf body is provided with a forward head and front-to-rear swinging rear legs. The body is guidingly supported for movement along a predetermined path and includes forward ground engaging support and drive wheel structure driven by a motor supported from the body, the motor also being drivingly connected to the rear legs for front-to-rear swinging thereof. The drive connection between the rear legs and the motor and the head each include motor control structure for terminating operation of the motor in the event a rope loop is properly placed about the head or engaged about the rear legs and has a rearward pull exerted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1990
    Assignees: Rope-O-Matic Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick R. Snorgrass, Gary K. Martin
  • Patent number: 4807886
    Abstract: A Gattling-gun-like amusement game provides for manual control of the rate of firing and dispensing of dislodged targets as prizes to the player. The gun fires balls at round targets supported on rotating carousels. Dislodged targets roll to the front of an enclosure for dispensing to the player. The balls are separated and fed by an Archimedes' spiral to a feed tube connected to the gun. A sensor is used with controls to limit the number of balls provided to a player. The balls are fed through two successive nip regions formed by pinch rollers. The first is manually controlled by a crank to vary the rate of firing. Balls delivered from the first nip region are fired at high speed by a fast rotating, fixed speed second pinch roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Atari Games
    Inventors: Daniel N. Van Elderen, Gerald J. Lichac
  • Patent number: 4787640
    Abstract: A tabletop action game for two, three or four players in which each player attempts to be the first to dispose of a predetermined number of marbles by propelling the marbles into targets being carried on a rotating turntable, while also rotating the turntable. The game includes a generally square, plastic frame having a central opening. A frusto-conical shaped turntable is rotatably mounted in the central opening. A lever operated mechanism for rotating the turntable is located at each corner of the frame. Also provided at each corner of the frame, adjacent the lever operated rotating mechanism, is a lever operated marble propelling mechanism. A chute is installed over each marble propelling mechanism to direct the propelled marbles onto the turntable. The targets includes a open top replica of a garbage truck and an open top replica of a trash container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Gordon Barlow Design
    Inventor: Gordon A. Barlow
  • Patent number: 4744566
    Abstract: A coin projecting game apparatus includes a transparent display housing having a rotating target carousel disposed therein. A plurality of player positions are spaced about the display housing, with non-player areas interposed therebetween. Each player position includes a coin projecting device which shoots a coin provided by the player toward the target carousel. The target carousel includes a plurality of annular shelves of decreasing diameter with increasing height, and upwardly extending target panels in regular polygon array separating adjacent shelves, the target panels rotating as a unit. Each target panel is provided with at least one jackpot opening dimensioned to receive a coin projected thereat. Within the carousel, a plurality of annular coin diverter slots are disposed in non-rotating fashion in confronting relation to each player position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventors: Gregory A. Malavazos, Alex J. Malavazos
  • Patent number: 4583743
    Abstract: A projectile catapult which is inherently energy dissipative or mechanically not efficient for "jumping" a simulated frog from the edge of a simulated lake or pond toward a moving lily pad target. The catapult is actuated by user-provided force but use thereof with game apparatus as an amusement device is determined not by user strength but rather by factors of chance and user skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Inventor: George L. Macek
  • Patent number: 4548414
    Abstract: At least one target (10, 11) is caused to move with complex motion combining rotation about an axis (5) which is approximately horizontal and translation along a direction which is approximately perpendicular to said axis (5) behind an opaque panel (3) delimiting a window (4). By giving suitable directions, amplitudes and speeds to these respective motions, the apparent motion of the target as seen through the window (4) is pseudo-random in time and concerning its trajectory between two passes behind the panel. This increases the difficulty, and hence the attraction of target shooting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Inventor: Bernard Denis
  • Patent number: 4340370
    Abstract: A linear motion and pop-up target training system is disclosed for training a marksman to fire a simulated weapon. Located upon the terrain surface of a modelboard are six pop-up targets and three bi-directional linear motion targets, each of which emits, when activated by a first microprocessor computer, a pulsed beam of infrared light. Mounted upon the weapon is a sensor which will sense the pulsed beam of infrared light emitted by the activated target. The sensor then supplied to a rifle electronics circuit an analog signal proportional to the amount of light received by the sensor, and the rifle electronics circuit converts the analog signal to a digital logic signal to be supplied to a second microprocessor computer. The second microprocessor computer then processes the digital logic signal in accordance with a predetermined computer program so as to determine whether the marksman has scored a hit, a miss, or a near miss upon the activated target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1982
    Inventors: Albert H. Marshall, Bon F. Shaw, Paul D. Grimmer, Herbert C. Towle, Gary M. Bond
  • Patent number: 4333657
    Abstract: An electronic dart game includes the provision of a housing and a plurality of generally radially positioned target areas. The housing may be self-supporting or may include means for supporting the housing on a vertical surface such as a wall or door. The targets comprise a plurality of generally tapered or pie-shaped segments, each segment being a depressible panel or switch for establishing an electrical contact when depressed. A plurality of projectiles, preferably loosely filled flexible packets, are hurled by the players toward the targets. Because of the proximity to one another and the adjacent nature of the innermost tips of the panels, a plurality of panels, or switches, may be actuated upon being hit by one of the projectiles. Each of the panels includes a light source, such as a light emitting diode, to indicate when the panel has been actuated. A microcomputer and associated circuitry is programmed to provide a plurality of games for a predetermined number of players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Eugene Jaworski, Harry Disko, Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4278256
    Abstract: A target game comprising a gun and an enclosed target area attached to the muzzle end thereof having a series of moving knock-down targets which are resetable to an upright position, the projectiles are automatically returned to the firing mechanism, and the shots are recorded on a counting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Inventor: Raymond J. Lohr
  • Patent number: 4266763
    Abstract: A facility intended for use on a commercial basis, both for recreational and amusement purposes, offers a plurality of basketball-like courts designed to be played in sequence and with each court having a different challenging situation at least one of which utilizes a pair of backboards mounted back to back with each mounting a goal at a different height and rotatable about a vertical axis between the backboards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1981
    Inventor: Andrew P. Collins
  • Patent number: 4253669
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a stationary base with a playing surface and housing rotatably mounted thereon in driving engagement with a spring motor. The playing surface includes a hemispherical central portion and a centrally mounted chute for dropping playing objects onto the playing surface. A circular flange is secured to the outer peripheral edge of the central portion and includes a plurality of receptacles, a first preselected number of which are of a configuration to retain the playing objects received from the central portion. A second preselected number of the receptacles are of a configuration to allow the playing object to pass therethrough. Pivotally mounted on the base are one or more player operated levers for engaging a playing object captured within one of the first type of receptacles for attempted dislodgement and movement to one of the second type for a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Michael J. Ferris, Burton C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 4226422
    Abstract: A novel type of game device is disclosed wherein the device comprises a controllable object adapted for movement relative to a rotating turntable which has a topographically-varying upper surface. The game device is intended to provide amusement and challenge for one or more players who alternately guide the controllable object relative to the turntable in such a way as to attempt certain pre-determined objectives. The object is suspended over the turntable by a string capable of winding on itself when one end thereof is rotated about its center axis. The object is controlled by selectively rotating the string fast enough in one direction and the other to cause the object to be selectively raised and lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1980
    Inventor: John A. Belli
  • Patent number: 4202543
    Abstract: A facility intended for use on a commercial basis, both for recreational and amusement purposes, offers a plurality of basketball-like courts designed to be played in sequence and with each court having a different challenging situation achieved by differences from court-to-court in goal constructions, required shooting stance, goal motions, play barriers, size of ball, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Inventor: Andrew P. Collins