Point Counters And Score Indicators Patents (Class 273/DIG26)
  • Patent number: 6119623
    Abstract: A golf score keeping device is formed from a body 50 having interlocking front and back portions 100, 200. A preferred version of the front portion includes five slides, each slide defining a slide trough within which at least one slide indicator may travel. A similar back portion includes six slides having a total of four slide troughs. A slide channel between the slides of each body portion provides spaced teeth which are engaged by an arm extending from the slide indicator, thereby providing a distinct click as the slide indicator is moved a discrete distance. Slide indicators traveling in the slide trough of one portion 100, 200, extend through the slide channel of the other portion 200, 100. Left and right end covers 300, 400 secure the front and back portions, and protect the slide indicators from contact with a flat supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: Richard W. Penland, Jeffrey L Bendio
  • Patent number: 6012987
    Abstract: Apparatus to facilitate the playing of a recreational game. The apparatus includes an electronic surveillance camera (8) and a motion sensor (20) mounted above and focused on a target area (2). The image data generated by the camera (8) and the data generated by the motion sensor (20) is transmitted to a central processing unit. The image of the target area transmitted by the surveillance camera (8) is displayed on the screen of a video monitor. Movement of an object on the target area (2) is detected by the motion sensor (20) and displayed on the monitor screen. The central processing unit includes a library of target area overlays to alter the viewed charateristics of the target area on the monitor screen. Each target area may include a marker surrounded by a spaced apart scoring ring or rings so that a ball lying on the target area can, if it lies within a predetermined area, be allocated a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Ralph Wynyard Nation
  • Patent number: 5992344
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a tournament scheduler wherein one disk is subdivided into a multiplicity of fields, with each field being assigned to one round of the tournament. Each field is provided with a multiplicity of receptions to which markers representing a respective team each may be fastened. These markers are slidingly displaced to the fields of a next round in the course of the tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Silvia Bader
  • Patent number: 5894261
    Abstract: A score keeping display apparatus includes a three-sided, generally triangular scoring display tier, each side of the display tier including two sets of dual character displays and two sets of LED indicators associated with each of the displays. The scoring display tier is supported on the upper end of a vertical post which is anchored at an opposite end to a base control unit. The base control unit is connectable to a power supply and contains a battery, battery charger, control circuit board, mini displays replicating the display tier, and control switches for operating the scoring display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: Richard Green
  • Patent number: 5818327
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a housing having a front panel with first, second, third, and fourth illuminatable indicia thereon. The first and fourth indicia are located at opposing ends of the panel and are identical, the second and third indicia located inwardly of the first and fourth indicia respectfully and are also identical. First and second operable switches are mounted on the housing, with the first switch connected to the first and second indicia for selectively illuminating either the first indicia, the second indicia, or neither indicia. The second switch is connected to the third and fourth indicia and operable to selectively illuminate the third indicia, the fourth indicia, or neither indicia. The first and second switches are operable independently of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas H. Berg
  • Patent number: 5755439
    Abstract: A new Disk Toss Game for offering a game of skill playable indoors and outdoors that requires a player to toss a game disk into a target hole on a target board. The inventive device includes a target board with a multi-sided bank shot wall and a target hole at one end, and a plurality of game disks that are tossed by a player at the target board from a predetermined distance so that the game disks may land in the target hole. The end of the target board is semi-octagonal in shape. Since the bank shot wall projects upward from the target surface along the edges of the end of the target board, the bank shot wall is multi-sided and is also semi-octagonal in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Rodney L. Turner
  • Patent number: 5736720
    Abstract: A paintball game scorekeeper and an associated paintball game playing system. The paintball game scorekeeper includes a switch member having plural control buttons insertably mounted in a recess formed in a front side surface of a housing. A printed circuit board to which the control buttons are electrically connected is inserted in a recess formed in a rear side surface of the housing. Provided on the printed circuit board is a memory subsystem for holding a countdown time and at least one interim time, a processor subsystem for counting down, from the countdown time, time remaining in the on-going game of paintball until time expires and for determining first and second elimination counts, and an LCD display, electrically coupled to the processor subsystem, for displaying the time remaining in the on-going game of paintball, the first elimination count and the second elimination count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: CM Support, Inc.
    Inventors: Roderick L. Bell, David W. Bell
  • Patent number: 5730658
    Abstract: A system for attaching a scoring display unit to a fastening band of a glove. The fastening band includes a top strap, and a back surface patch for the top strap. Confronting surfaces of the top strap and the back surface patch comprise cooperating interengaging means, such as hooks and loops of VELCRO fabric. The scoring device of the invention includes a rotary, numbered disc scoring device having protrusions around the periphery which are engaged by a finger to rotate the disc as each golf shot is taken. A scoring window in the front side permits viewing of the selected score number. A fabric hook strip is attached on each end of the scoring device, the unit is placed on the top side of the top strap, wrapped under the glove flap and the hook strip engages the loop fabric of the glove strap. The assembly is then placed over the top of a glove top strap and fastened to the loop VELCRO on the underside of the glove top strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1998
    Inventors: John G. Kurtz, Edward L. Zabelny
  • Patent number: 5704067
    Abstract: A sweatband adapted to be worn upon the wrist of a user during exercise activity is fabricated as a tubular elasticized band of water absorbent material having an external compliant pocket. A transparent window is centered in the pocket to permit visualization of cards insertable into the pocket and containing indicia related to the exercise activity. A border of attachment substrate is disposed about the perimeter of the pocket. First and second sets of markers are releasibly attached to the attachment substrate in a manner which can record the progress or status of the exercise activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Philip Brady
  • Patent number: 5702102
    Abstract: A dart score board has tokens moveable along tracks, each track corresponding to a region of a dart board. The score board also has point-score-keeping elements, such as sets of thumbwheels. Players record the progress (status) of a dart game by moving the tokens along the tracks and by advancing the point-score-keeping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Philip R. Ballard
  • Patent number: 5683303
    Abstract: An electronic golf scorecard has a casing which can be opened to expose a keypad and a display. The keypad can be used to enter players' initials, handicap data and each player's score on individual holes during a game of golf. Circuitry within the scorecard, processes and stores the entered data and displays appropriate information so that each player's score can be visually determined. The scorecard keeps a cumulative total of the players' scores after each score entry. When the game of golf has been completed, the net scores for all players are automatically calculated and are displayed by selecting the appropriate key on the keypad. Unused memory locations can be used to keep track of other golfing data such as for example, the number of putts per hole, the holes won or lost during the match or the stroke holes in the match, to name but a few. This other golfing data can be displayed by selecting appropriate keys on the keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Lambus Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: G. Thomas Lambourne
  • Patent number: 5662333
    Abstract: Electronic detection and location of missiles, such as darts, are disclosed in which either ambient electromagnetic noise or specifically transmitted electromagnetic impressed signals are altered by interference from the missile, and this change is detected to detect the missile and its location. The material of the target area into which the missile is embedded is electrically nonconductive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Paramount Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Allen
  • Patent number: 5648752
    Abstract: A dart game electronic scorekeeping device including a case. The case has an upper surface and a periphery formed of a pair of opposed side edges, an upper edge, and a lower edge. A game switch selection mechanism is extended through the case for allowing selection of a particular dart game by a player. A keypad switching matrix extends from the upper surface of the case and is formed with plurality of keys arranged in a configuration to resemble a dart board and with each of the keys sized to represent a specific scoring space on the dart board. Each key of the keypad switching matrix is actuateable by the player for transmitting a point value indicative of the scoring space on the dart board where a dart of the player impinged during the particular dart game. A computation mechanism is coupled to the game switch selection mechanism and the keypad switching matrix and with the computation mechanism receiving the point values attained during play to generate a score value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Kip R. Alfrey
  • Patent number: 5639084
    Abstract: In a batting practice range where a pitching machine is installed to automatically pitch a ball toward a batter's box, hitting zones such as out zones, hit zones and home run zones are provided in front of the batter's box to detect a ball driven into either one of them from the batter's box for judging the ball as "Out", "Hit" or "Home run". An upright board is installed behind the batter's box and provided with a strike sensor for detecting vibration caused by a ball pitched by the pitching machine and struck the upright board and for judging the ball as "Strike". If a ball pitched by the pitching machine is not detected as any one of "Out", "Hit", "Home run" or "Strike" within a predetermined time, the ball is Judged as a foul ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Assignee: Kawasaki Corporation Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shozo Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5559490
    Abstract: An electronic scoring apparatus for use in a plurality of dart games, which apparatus minimizes a user's mathematical calculations, thus keeping scoring errors to a minimum and avoiding tedious mental calculations. The apparatus includes input switches to input data, lighted displays which inform the user, and selection input switches by which the user selects and customizes a plurality of games and enters scoring information. The apparatus is provided with displays which inform users and spectators of game circumstances. The apparatus suggests targets at which to throw, in response to game situations. Games can be played versus the apparatus at various selected skill levels. A plurality of games can be played with more than two teams. Lighted displays portray characters historically used in the dart game of Cricket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Majek, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. McDonald, Algis E. Karosas
  • Patent number: 5552758
    Abstract: A darts scoreboard having a plurality of tracks on a panel. Each track supports a horizontally reciprocal slide bar. The slide bar reciprocates back and forth across an opening to reveal one or more of three indicators. A column of indicia is provided on the panel adjacent to the openings so that each opening corresponds to one of the indicia. A keyboard and display may be mounted on the scoreboard to provide numerical computation capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Robert E. Tobin
  • Patent number: 5531453
    Abstract: A new boxing game system and method of play in which a team of boxers is used to win a boxing bout using a unique scoring system. The team of boxers consists of a plurality of boxers with each boxer representing a different divisional weight class. An open type of scoring apparatus is used to openly display each judge's score for each boxer throughout the entire boxing bout which will allow the public audience to know which boxer is winning during the boxing bout. A unique type of point scoring system is used to determine which boxing team will win the boxing bout. An audio visual indicator is used to notify a losing boxer that he cannot mathematically win the boxing bout by either a unanimous or split decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Philip A. Penston, III
  • Patent number: 5505665
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring game challenges is described which includes a microprocessor programmed to receive keypad input as to the identity of challengers making challenges and maintain such challenges in a chronological order sequence. A display is provided for visually displaying the identity of the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match. A keypad is provided for entering the identity of challengers making challenges into the microprocessor. The keypad includes one key dedicated to calling the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match. Upon the next challenger call key being pressed the system visually displays on the display the identity of the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match. The keypad also includes one key dedicated to advancing the challenger sequence should the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match not appear within a reasonable time of his identity being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: Robert Bumstead
  • Patent number: 5489122
    Abstract: A personal tennis score keeper comprising a strip of sheet material having an upper surface and a lower surface and with the upper surface thereof bearing squares arranged in a linear array and forming three columns, one of the columns bearing indicia indicating the number of games won by a player, another column bearing indicia indicating the number of games won by an opposing player, and the remaining column bearing indicia for indicating a score of each player during a game; and a plurality of scoring markers slidably secured to the strip in a juxtaposed slidable relation with respect to a column for marking a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: Dusan Pittner
  • Patent number: 5471191
    Abstract: A counter switch is depressed every stroke so that such stroke number is added up and displayed on a display. After completion of a first hole, a hole switch is depressed to be switched to a counter for a second hole, so that the count value for the first hole is fixed and a stroke number of the second hole is counted by the counter for the second hole and displayed on a respective display. The total stroke number of the out course is added up in a counter therefor and displayed on a respective display, and the total stroke number from the first is added up in a respective counter to be displayed on a respective display. When nine holes are completed and a next hole switch is depressed, the counter is switched to that for adding up the total stroke number of the in course, so that the stroke numbers of the respective holes are added up by respective counters and displayed on respective displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Inventor: Fujiaki Narita
  • Patent number: 5438950
    Abstract: A dartboard scoring system for allowing players to keep score of a variety of dart games comprising a pegboard bearing indicia for dividing it into a plurality of team zones, each team zone bearing indicia dividing it into a matrix of scoring spaces, each scoring space bearing corresponding indicia indicative for scoring dart games, each scoring space further having a mounting hole formed thereon adapted for receiving a scoring marker; a chalkboard associated with the pegboard with the chalkboard adapted to be written upon with chalk for tallying and indicating a player's score during a dart game; and a plurality scoring markers, each securable in a mounting hole of the pegboard for indicating status of scoring during a dart game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Inventor: John M. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 5401033
    Abstract: A dart game and a method of controlling a dart game wherein numbers corresponding to targets to be aimed at by a player are randomly generated throughout the play of the game until a predetermined number of target values have become fixed by being marked by a dart hit on the dart board. Prior to the start of a game, a predetermined number of target values are randomly generated and displayed. After each player's turn, the target values that have been marked by a dart hit on a corresponding section of the dart board are fixed for the remainder of the game. However, any unmarked target value is changed to a new, randomly generated value prior to the next player's turn. The random generation of target numbers continues until the predetermined number of target values have been marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Arachnid, Inc.
    Inventor: Ferdinand P. Lychock, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5388547
    Abstract: A fish score card for counting the number of fish caught during a fishing trip is disclosed. The score card includes a column for each fisherman on the trip and a row for each possible type of fish caught. Each time a fish is caught the fisherman places a peg in the appropriate hole of the appropriate row and column of the scorecard. In an alternatively preferred embodiment, the fish score card may be attached to a combination length gauge and scale. The length gauge is for measuring the length of the fish and the scale is for weighing the fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventors: Randy L. Lehr, Jean J. Hulstine
  • Patent number: 5384561
    Abstract: A portable electronic scoreboard for use with a game of darts is designed to be used with a real dart board without the need of connecting electronics. The scoreboard is totally self contained and provides the appeal of a high tech electronic scoreboard without the accompanying expense and complexity. The scoreboard can also be utilized to play the game of cricket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5377982
    Abstract: A portable electronic scorekeeper for a game is disclosed which allows the user to electronically document and record the plays and scoring in a game. The information regarding each play is manually input by the user via a keyboard. This information is then used to automatically update statistics for the pitcher, the batter and the fielders for immediate display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Oscar Villarreal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5377998
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for enabling tracking of the duration and type of effect in fantasy board games of various types. The device also keeps track of any character affected by the events taking place in fantasy board games. The device is formed of two or more towers, each resting vertically on a base, that can be weighted for stability. Each tower has one removable flag in the top. For example, one flag can be green, signifying "active", and the other, red, signifying "inactive". Any two towers are connected to each other by a plurality of horizontal crossbars, for example, sixteen such crossbars. Each of these crossbars supports a plurality of mobile beads, for example, thirty. One crossbar is in the lower most position and supports a plurality of mobile disks, for example 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Joshua Schainbaum
  • Patent number: 5359510
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system capable of scheduling conventional tournaments. The system may also be made universal in that the system may be adapted for use in different types of tournaments such as single or double elimination tournaments for any type of tournament event. The tournament management system includes a digital computer having a processor operating under a set of instructions, memory, at least one input port, and at least one output port. Also included is a data entry device such as a keyboard for entering and converting tournament information into machine readable data signals. The data entry device is connected to the computer via a first data transfer device. Tournament information data signals are received and stored in computer memory for processing by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Anthony L. Sabaliauskas
  • Patent number: 5348309
    Abstract: A new and improved sport net includes a net assembly which includes two long sides, a first short side, and a second short side. A first sleeve member is connected to the first short side of the net assembly, and a second sleeve member is connected to the second short side of the net assembly. The first sleeve member and the second sleeve member are capable of slipping over a top portion of respective support poles. A first ear assembly is connected to the first sleeve member. The first ear assembly includes a flap portion and a first aperture located within the flap portion, and a second ear assembly is connected to the second sleeve member. The second ear assembly includes a flap portion and a second aperture located with the flap portion, such that guy wires can be passed through the respective first aperture and the second aperture for reinforcing the stability of the poles and the apparatus attached to the poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Robert E. Queiros
  • Patent number: 5329874
    Abstract: A portable tennis score keeper designed to keep the set score in the game of tennis. The set score is most often the most disputed score in the game. This invention allows any one of the players to simply flip over numbered plates to reflect the progress of each team's set score. The score keeper is simple in design, and is small enough to allow every tennis player to have it as a standard item in their sports bag. The two sets of plates suspended from notches on both sides of an elongated support member have inverse color combinations to identify each of the teams. The numbers zero through six reflects the number of games each team can win in each set. The number six is the last plate and is the total number of games required to win a set. The first numbered plate bears the word "love" inside the zero, an indicia in historical tennis score keeping terms for zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: William L. Posey
  • Patent number: 5319548
    Abstract: An interactive golf game information system receives, stores, analyzes and outputs a plurality of different types of information related to golf. The system generates a golf play recording card for every hole on a golf course. The recording cards can be customized to display information on how previous rounds of golf on the same course were played or how the system recommends to play the course. A golfer uses these recording cards to record a single character for each stroke on each hole. Each single character represents one of a number of golf clubs used and a golf ball location on the actual golf course. After the golfer is finished playing, the cards are inserted into the system which reads the marks recorded on the golf play recording cards by recognizing each of the characters marked on each card. After the system reads and processes the information recorded on the cards, the system compiles statistical information and analyzes a golfer's performance based on information recorded read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Inventor: Craig D. Germain
  • Patent number: 5291850
    Abstract: In indicating devices of the invention, a slide member is disposed between two registering rectangular sheets forming a holding member and is guided for relative rectilinear movement in certain embodiments and for relative rotational movement in other embodiments, the position of the slide member relative to the holding member being adjustable according to differences in handicap and to indicate stroke holes on which strokes are to be given by one golfer to another golfer in a accordance with a particular order of handicap order numbers of a golf course. Certain embodiments are designed for use separately from a golf course score card while others include indicia to be usable as golf course score card and to more directly indicate stroke holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: LeRoy W. Gries, Van M. Lund
  • Patent number: 5290043
    Abstract: A game for improving soccer skills is provided which has a target preferably in the shape of a soccer goal. The target has a number of different sections which correspond to different point values based on the degree of difficulty in reaching the particular section The section boxes should be differentiated from one another in an easily identifiable manner, such as by color. Another element of game involves providing a mechanism for coordinating the different sections of the target to a particular section of the foot. This may be done, for example, by providing a shoe with different colored designations for various locations on the shoe. To play the game, one or more players take turns kicking a soccer ball from a set distance at the target. The player chooses which target section will be aimed for and takes notice of the color of the section. The player then kicks the ball with the portion of the shoe having the color which matches the chosen section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Blagoje Vidinic
  • Patent number: 5284346
    Abstract: An apparatus is arranged to include a game board, having a serpentine path formed of a plurality of spaces, each of the spaces arranged to indicate various directions relative to a token directed along the path relative to each individual player. Penalties and rewards are directed throughout the path, wherein an accumulation of a predetermined total number of points relative to a player permits award of that player as a winner of the game. Scoring apparatus is provided to maintain ease of scoring of the game in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventors: Regina M. Reinhardt, Henry E. Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 5251570
    Abstract: A scoreboard system for use in tournament play such as in golf, tennis and trap and skeet shooting events, which includes a plurality of scoreboard panels which are portable so as to be selectively moved between an outdoor support system and an indoor support system and wherein at least two of the scoreboard panels include two different player grid portions permanently displayed on the front and rear surfaces thereof for accommodating different types of tournaments having differing numbers of players and wherein the panels are reversible with respect to their support systems whereby, when the front surfaces are mounted in display relationship with respect to one another, a first grid pattern is established, and wherein, when the rear surfaces thereof are oriented in a display relationship, either a second or third grid pattern is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Eagle Scoring Systems
    Inventor: Eugene Creech
  • Patent number: 5181009
    Abstract: A timing and scorekeeping ring (10) designed to be worn on the finger (12) of an official's hand (14) for displaying information related to sporting events and games. The indicator ring (10) includes bands (24) for mounting the indicator ring (10) to the finger (12). An electronic display device (38) includes a rectangular window (40) for displaying downs and an adjacent seconds window (42) for displaying seconds. Actuation of a push button switch (52) controls the display of downs and a 25-second timer and a 60-timer displayed in the seconds window (42). Other timing and scorekeeping rings (60) and (62) are disclosed herein for use with basketball and baseball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Ronald J. Perona
  • Patent number: 5134565
    Abstract: A device for controlling tennis competitions with a scoring display for the public or in miniaturized form on a device carried by the tennis player. There are push-buttons for each opponent to enter the winning points into a computer and the scoring display shows the results in the usual way for tennis. An input before the match states the right of service for the following games including tie breaks, which will also be shown on the scoring display. With the inputs stop watch timer(s) start to run and control the time rules of the tennis competitions, which may be shown by analog signs around the circumference of the scoring display in one embodiment. With a functional push-button one can switch to the scoring display the real time and other important dates for tennis competitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Heinz Herbertz
  • Patent number: 5088739
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved game having an environmental theme. In the improved game, players work together to solve environmental crises within a specified number of turns. In a first embodiment, an inventive board game is disclosed wherein players travel along World Boards until the environmental crises are solved. Once the environmental crises are solved, the players may travel along an additional passageway on the World Boards and win the game. In a second embodiment, the inventive game is adapted for a television game show in which players compete to solve environmental crises. In the television game show, players are assigned particular environmental crises and, using a chance device, attempt to obtain the corresponding environmental solution to end the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Chez L.A. Salon Ltd.
    Inventor: Lu-Anne Mitchell
  • Patent number: 5071121
    Abstract: A game score computing device has first manually actuatable input switches for inputting data corresponding to game scores of game players, second manually actuatable input switches for inputting time data corresponding to the durations of the playing times of each of the game players and a data processor responsive to the game score data and the timing data for determining which of the game players is a winning player. A display responsive to the data processor provides a visual display identifying the winning player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Michael J. Garret
  • Patent number: 5054792
    Abstract: A scoring system for a dart game apparatus includes a target wall for mounting a dart board, a supply of at least two visually distinctive kinds of scoring markers for association with corresponding players of the game, the markers of opposing players being stackable, and a scoring panel having a modular pattern of marker positions in a plurality of array portions, each marker position being formed as a hole in the panel for releasably receiving the stem of a marker, and a pattern of score keeping indicia on the scoring panel for defining a scoring value and a required number of occurrences of the scoring value for at least one of the array portions for recording multiple required occurrences of predetermined game score increments in a first game, and for defining a scoring increment for each of at least two of the array portions, the increments being in a fixed ratio for indicating a player's score in a second game by the position of markers in the segments as a summation of the position of each marker in it
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Robert J. G. Danielson
  • Patent number: 5025748
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable scoring device which includes a retractable and extendable post section equipped with a ground penetrating tip and a foot brace for driving and anchoring the post section into the ground, a main frame for retractably housing the post section and supporting the post section in an extended and ground penetrating position, a score display panel affixed to the frame, and a latching mechanism for latching the post section to the frame in the extended and retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Inventor: Delmar D. Pettis
  • Patent number: 5027102
    Abstract: A scoring system for sporting contests includes positioning an appropriate number of judges about the site of the contest and providing each with a signalling device which is connected to a display which superimposes the points awarded on a picture of the contest. The picture is generated by a television camera positioned so as to present a view of the contest comparable to that of each judge. The signalling device for each judge is also connected to a computer which records and totals the scores thus provided and produces a total score. Variations of the system provide differential scores for the contestants for each increment of the contest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Inventor: Edward J. Sweeny
  • Patent number: 5020806
    Abstract: A multiple target electronic dart game having shared microprocessor that monitors and services operation of the electronic dart game. The multiple targets are mounted on opposite sides of a column which may be floor-standing or wall mountable. Affixed to the top of the column is visual display video monitor for providing players and observers with game scores and the like. The visual display video monitor is optionally capable of split-screen presentation. The novel design of the multiple target electronic dart game enables players to play dart games not previously available with single target dart games. Moreover, many components utilized by the controls are shared, thus enabling cost savings by eliminating substantial duplication of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Arachnid, Inc.
    Inventor: John Martin
  • Patent number: 4948148
    Abstract: A scoring system for a dart game apparatus includes a target wall for mounting a dart board, a supply of at least two visually distinctive kinds of scoring markers for association with corresponding players of the game, the markers of opposing players being stackable, and a scoring panel having a modular pattern of marker positions in a plurality of array segments, each marker position being formed as a hole in the panel for releasably receiving the stem of a marker, and a pattern of score keeping indicia on the scoring panel for defining a scoring value and a required number of occurrences of the scoring value for at least one of the array segments for recording multiple required occurrences of predetermined game score increments in a first game, and for defining a scoring increment for each of at least two of the array segments, the increments being in a fixed ratio for indicating a player's score in a second game by the position of markers in the segments as a summation of the position of each marker in it
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: Robert J. G. Danielson
  • Patent number: 4927160
    Abstract: An automated bag toss game, having a game board surface, with holes formed therein. Items are provided for being tossed toward and into the holes, and the game automatically keeps track of and displays running scores based on which holes the bags fall into. In some embodiments the items are bags containing pellets, "bean bags", and at least some of the pellets have magnetic properties. A wire coil is provided for each hole, disposed beneath the surface, for sensing the passage of the bag into one of the holes and producing a signal corresponding to that hole. An electronic circuit is provided for calculating and displaying a score based upon those signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignees: Thomas W. Nichol, Arlyn Johnson
    Inventors: Thomas W. Nichol, Edward T. Gisske, Arlyn Johnson
  • Patent number: 4922850
    Abstract: A golf glove having a golf stroke counter mounted on the back thereof which includes a cursor, which is either a straight member or a dial which is retained within layers of material on the back of a golf glove and which can be moved to positions designating the specific number of strokes taken and which is frictionally engaged in such positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventor: Michael J. Conley
  • Patent number: 4923201
    Abstract: An automated bag toss game, having a game board surface, with a plurality of holes formed therein. Bags are provided, each containing pellets, at least some of those pellets having magnetic properties. A wire coil is provided for each hole and disposed beneath the game board surface, for sensing the passage of the bag into one of the holes and producing a signal corresponding to that hole. An electronic circuit is provided for receiving the signal and calculating and displaying a score based upon that hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignees: Thomas W. Nichol, Arlyn Johnson
    Inventors: Thomas W. Nichol, Edward T. Gisske, Arlyn Johnson
  • Patent number: 4921251
    Abstract: A board game provides a representational baseball field upon which play is conducted pursuant to the contingency determined by a mathematical function of two die, commonly their multiplicative product. The board provides particular scorekeeping apparatus to indicate game condition and necessary information for play. Game play proceeds, upon contingent determinations of batter function, in substantially the same fashion as the play of a ordinary baseball game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Albert L. Kanenwisher
  • Patent number: 4900035
    Abstract: The play and entertainment value of a card toss game is substantially enhanced by combining the tossing of a plurality of cards, each having an erratic flight behavior or path, with a game board having a plurality of pockets defined therein for receiving the cards if successfully tossed and a counter built into the game board for accumulating scores attributed to the tossed cards and adding additional scoring values. The plurality of pockets of the game board are distinguished one from each other in that at least one of the pockets has a shape and size which allows cards to be more easily tossed therein than the others. Additional ones of the pockets are further uniquely associated with selected ones or suits of the cards so that scores within these pockets are counted depending upon the type of cards successfully tossed into each pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Inventor: Robert A. Carmo
  • Patent number: 4890845
    Abstract: A game apparatus comprising a plurality of spherical members, a frame member and detent means for biasing the rotation of the spherical members is disclosed herein. Each spherical member has an axle projecting from it and includes a plurality of indicia disposed about an equatorial periphery thereof. The frame member includes a plurality of stations configured to receive one of the spherical members. The frame member further includes bearing means for supporting the axle of the spherical member so that the spherical member is rotatable in its station. The rotation of the spherical member allows for a player to select a particular display of indicium located on the spherical member. The game apparatus further includes a detent means for biasing the rotation of the spherical member to a preselected position, the position corresponding to a particular display of indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Inventor: Sidney Gatewood
  • Patent number: 4877247
    Abstract: A structure for the backgammon board that combines means to; record cumulative and games-won scores, retain and display the doubling cube precisely, hold a dice-casting device, and retain, display and facilitate dispersement of stones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventor: Raymond L. Francis