Jigsaw Elements Having Indicia Thereon Patents (Class 434/406)
  • Patent number: 8573596
    Abstract: A picture puzzle kit is provided for coloring duplicate picture puzzles marked with distinct indicia corresponding to multiple colors. The picture puzzle kit comprises two or more sets of puzzle pieces comprising parts that define a picture puzzle. The puzzle pieces in one set are duplicates of corresponding puzzle pieces in another set. The puzzle pieces in one set are marked with indicia corresponding to a color, which are distinct from indicia marked on the puzzle pieces in another set. Opposing sides of the puzzle pieces can be marked with distinct indicia. Two or more color charts display colors corresponding to the distinct indicia marked on the puzzle pieces. Coloring tools are used to color the puzzle pieces based on the colors corresponding to the distinct indicia, displayed on the color charts. Corresponding colored puzzle pieces in the sets are interchanged for creating duplicate picture puzzles of different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kopykatkids LLC.
    Inventor: Anita Jane Gearty
  • Publication number: 20100032899
    Abstract: A picture puzzle kit is provided for coloring a picture puzzle marked with indicia corresponding to multiple colors. The picture puzzle kit comprises puzzle pieces, color charts, and coloring tools. The puzzle pieces comprise parts of a picture and are marked with indicia corresponding to different colors. The color charts display colors corresponding to the indicia marked on the puzzle pieces. In an embodiment, multiple removable layers are stacked one above the other on each of the puzzle pieces. In another embodiment, an embedded audio assembly is provided in each of the puzzle pieces and the color charts for audibly indicating characteristics of the puzzle pieces and the color charts respectively. The puzzle pieces are linked to assemble the picture puzzle. The coloring tools enable the user to color the puzzle pieces using the colors displayed on the color charts corresponding to the indicia marked on the puzzle pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Anita Jane Gearty
  • Patent number: 7227558
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to assign line break numbers to locations where line breaks have been made in order to separate a series of figures configured by connecting a number of figures into parts in a manner which makes it easy for a user to view a drawing including the series of figures, or a series of figures. In response to a line break operation for separating a series of figures configured by connecting a plurality of figures into parts, line break numbers displayed at line break locations are sorted based on a positional relationship of the line break locations. The series of figures with the sorted line break numbers assigned to the line break locations is displayed after performing the line break operation. The line numbers are therefore assigned in a consecutive manner for each series of figures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Kazunori Arata
  • Patent number: 6702586
    Abstract: A teaching puzzle comprises a book in combination with a game board. The book includes a plurality of pages, each page having a written passage printed thereon and a respective puzzle piece removably attached thereto. Each puzzle piece has front and back sides with a respective first indicia on the back side related to the written passage. The game board has a display area with a piece receiving portion for each puzzle piece demarcated thereon, each piece receiving portion being marked with the same first indica as the back side of the respective puzzle piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Sharmac Designs LLC
    Inventor: Sharon A. Miller
  • Publication number: 20030162160
    Abstract: The invention provides an interactive, electronic, talking puzzle for amusing and creatively stimulating children. The interactive map includes form-fitting trays, which accept similarly shaped puzzle pieces. Additionally, the trays define hollows, which accept projections formed by the undersides of the puzzle pieces. When a puzzle piece is oriented properly and fitted into the matching tray, the projection of the puzzle piece penetrates the hollow of the tray. Further insertion of the puzzle piece into the tray depresses a membrane switch or other actuating button located in the hollow, so as to trigger a predetermined audio response. The response is programmed to relate to the State, region, American flag, Statue of Liberty or compass point that is represented by the puzzle piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Jack Horchler, Daman Mucaro
  • Publication number: 20030162161
    Abstract: The invention provides an interactive, electronic, puzzle for amusing and creatively stimulating children. The interactive puzzle includes a tray that accepts puzzle pieces. Each of the puzzle pieces is shaped or marked to correspond to a concept in a unifying theme, such as a nursery rhyme. The tray includes sensors that cooperate with actuators located on the undersides of the puzzle pieces. When a puzzle piece is oriented properly in the tray, the puzzle piece actuates a predetermined sensor to trigger a predetermined audio response as a reward. The audio response can be a song, a story, a poem, a character, an object or an event referenced in a nursery rhyme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Applicant: Tek Nek Toys International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack Horchler
  • Patent number: 6213465
    Abstract: An entertainment kit including a colored jigsaw puzzle which consists of a colored drawing mounted on a first substrate which is cut into jigsaw puzzle pieces. The kit also includes an uncolored jigsaw puzzle which is a line drawing mounted on a second substrate which is cut into jigsaw puzzle pieces. The line drawing corresponds to the colored drawing except for the absence of color and is adapted to be manually colored by the user. Preferably, coloring instruments such as crayons or the like are included in the kit, along with an audio and/or visual recording. The latter contains subject matter related to the jigsaw puzzle drawings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph Jacoby
  • Patent number: 5820383
    Abstract: A book having at least one fold out page with a metal insert which assists the placement or arrangement of magnetic manipulatives onto a page of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Levins
  • Patent number: 5743741
    Abstract: An educational jigsaw puzzle (20) in accordance with a first embodiment of the invention including a plurality of substantially flat components (22) having various beginning members (23, 24). Beginning mathematical expressions (26, 27) located on components (24, 25) are directionally combined with same-component expressions (28, 29), and equivalent expressions (30) are located on components (22) with matching edges. These equivalent expressions (30) are then directionally combined with same-component expressions (32), and new equivalent expressions (30) are located on components (22) with matching edges. The process of combining new equivalent expressions with same-component expressions continues until final equivalent expressions (34) are found. Components (22) not containing mathematical expressions are either blank or contain portions of pictures (38). Guidelines (36) and pictorial representations (40) of mathematical expressions may be contained on numerous components (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Patricia Fife
  • Patent number: 5720481
    Abstract: An educational toy puzzle set having separate interconnecting puzzle pieces each shaped as the silhouette or outline of an animal, plant, or toy with one side including a word description or name of the animal or plant, which can be used as a play item independent of puzzle usage, and an interlocking puzzle border comprised of border pieces, which when assembled, secure and hold together the assembled puzzle pieces; said puzzle border colored and patterned proximate each puzzle piece with a pictorial setting of the eco-system or environment where an adjacent animal or plant puzzle piece is found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Inventor: Stanford A. Graham
  • Patent number: 5683251
    Abstract: The invention is a device for teaching children about good nutrition, comprising a board divided into a plurality of regions and a plurality of tokens adapted to stick to the board. The tokens comprise at least:a) a plurality of first tokens, each of the first tokens corresponding to a single portion of a food or beverage item selected from a first specific food group; andb) a plurality of second tokens, each of the second tokens corresponding to a single portion of a food or beverage item selected from a second specific food group. The regions on the board comprise at least:a) a first region, where the first region is labelled as corresponding to the first specific food group; andb) a second region, where the second region is (1) labelled as corresponding to the second specific food group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventors: Kathleen Logan, William J. Curry, Lauren C. Curry
  • Patent number: 5643084
    Abstract: A computer-generated jigsaw puzzle game including a method of generating a jigsaw puzzle game on an electronic display and controlling the play of the game in response to play operations. The method includes the steps of displaying a jigsaw puzzle comprising a plurality of puzzle pieces on the electronic display, where each puzzle piece comprises a video image region on the display. A plurality of video image blocks is sequentially displayed in the video image region of each puzzle piece to generate a moving video image in the video image region of each puzzle piece. Pieces of the puzzle are moved on the display in response to play operations to solve the jigsaw puzzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Basic Software Limited Partnership 95, a Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Richard M. Mirsky
  • Patent number: 5575658
    Abstract: An assembly is provided having at least two sets of pieces representing characters of a known set. The pieces may be connected to form an assembled puzzle of the pieces wherein the completed assembled puzzle arranges the puzzle pieces in a known order for a known set. Preferably, the pieces are letters of an alphabet wherein one portion of the puzzle pieces are lower case letters of the alphabet and another set of the puzzle pieces are upper case letters, of the alphabet. The lower case letters fit into the upper case letters to complete the upper case letters, and the upper case letters fit into another conventional puzzle piece which, following assembly of the conventional pieces, place the known set of characters in the known order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Fundustry, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Barnard
  • Patent number: 5573246
    Abstract: This invention relates to a building block-jigsaw puzzle which is composed of a plurality layer of building blocks and a case, each layer of.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Chi-Yang Liao
  • Patent number: 5296845
    Abstract: A computer system having a computer keyboard for use with software for playing games or solving puzzles is disclosed, which includes software for playing a puzzle game, a central processing unit for processing the software, a monitor for the display of information receiving from the central processing unit and a keyboard connected to the central processing unit for manipulating information displayed on the monitor. The keyboard includes a keypad having a rectangular pattern of keys for a direct exchange of positions occupied by two partial pictures. The direct exchange is carried out by depressing any two keys of the keypad, thus, permitting the exchange of partial pictures not necessarily located within a common row or a common column, nor located at an end of a row or an end of a column. The exchange of partial pictures corresponds to the keys so depressed within a rectangular picture displayed on said monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Amit Haller
  • Patent number: 5213507
    Abstract: The present invention is an instructional child's story and picture book including a front cover, a back cover, and a plurality of pages pivotally disposed between the front and back covers. At least one of the pages includes text on one or more sides and a puzzle on the other side. The puzzle includes a plurality of interlocking puzzle pieces to provide a hand and eye coordination and recognition manipulative for children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: Aaron B. Ozrovitz
  • Patent number: 5149098
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a game using jigsaw puzzle like game boards but wherein each game piece in the form of a jigsaw puzzle piece and the underlying board both have matching letter and number identifications facilitating locating where the game piece is to be placed. Certain game pieces have a unique indicia, such as the word "Scramble" which, after being placed on a board, results in the game boards of all players being shifted one player position. The game boards are like jigsaw puzzles with borders to retain the game pieces on the board. Each player has a board, and all game pieces are piled on the playing table. The first player selects a number of game pieces, such as ten, and places those matching his board on his board, and those not matching are returned to the pile. The first player to complete a puzzle is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Bianchi
  • Patent number: 4961708
    Abstract: An educational puzzle includes a base panel and a set of puzzle pieces. The base panel has a number of holes through it, while the puzzle pieces have mating pegs extending through them, to both sides. The arrangement is such that the puzzle pieces can be arranged in on the front face of the base panel and with the pegs registering with the holes in the base panel, and arranged in another array on the bottom of the base panel, with the puzzle pieces inverted. The base panel and the puzzle pieces are marked with corresponding or related indicia on their front faces. They may carry similar markings on their back faces, where the puzzle pieces may be arranged with sequential markings designating the sequence in which the puzzle pieces are to be assembled. The puzzle may be used from either side of the base panel as two puzzle features to teach very different yet related concepts: number sequencing or number counting; alphabetical sequencing or word recognition; and other skills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Inventor: William Van Niekerk
  • Patent number: 4937181
    Abstract: An educational visual display system for teaching geography in which objects having some geographical or topographical significance, e.g., states of the Union, may be detachably affixed and arranged to demonstrate relationship between the objects. The preferred system includes (1) a primary background surface of iron velvet fabric material to which hook type fasteners may be detachably adhered, (2) a plurality of primary objects having geographical significance and comprising a soft foam core with a layer of iron velvet fabric on one side and a plurality of hook type fasteners on the other side, the primary objects being arrangeable to represent in combination a larger geographical unit, and (3) a plurality of secondary objects each having geographical or topographical significance and having hook type fasteners on one side thereof for being detachably affixable to the layer of iron velvet fabric of the primary objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Inventor: John Rogers
  • Patent number: 4776802
    Abstract: A learning aid comprisinga. a disk having a plurality of sectors, each of the sectors having a descriptive matter section adjacent the periphery of the disk, the descriptive matter section occupying a portion of each of the sectors,b. a plurality of removable puzzle pieces for each of the sectors, each of the puzzle pieces being able to occupy a portion of its corresponding sector, each of the puzzle pieces being of a different shape from one another, each of the puzzle pieces having an identifying word, letter or number associated therewith which describes the descriptive matter. The learning aid is particularly useful is teaching young children how to read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Inventors: Shlomit Rind, Bruce Rind
  • Patent number: 4640512
    Abstract: An interactive book-puzzle instructional entertainment system envisions a story book of consecutively-arranged pages with different indicia and a portion of a complemental supporting story imprinted on each of the consecutive pages, and a jigsaw puzzle including a plurality of separable playing pieces. Each piece bears on one side a duplicate representation of an indicia appearing on one of the pages of the book and bears on the opposite side a portion of a complete picture. The participant matches the indicia of each page of the book with the indicia on each playing piece with each successive piece being playable according to the consecutive order of their appearance in the book. That is, the pieces are playable consecutively, each piece is interlocked so that the second piece is interjoined with the first piece and the third piece is interjoined somewhere along the continuous edge provided by the previously interjoined first and second pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: William B. Burke
  • Patent number: 4422642
    Abstract: A novelty educational puzzle for instructing users in multidirectional, mathematical and grammatical skills that is restrictive as to both the answers and problems in both the vertical and horizontal directions as well as being color coded to further aid the user and facilitate proper assembly and simultaneous solution to the problems thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1983
    Inventor: Leslie S. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 4361328
    Abstract: A sheet interfitting section puzzle includes incongruent pieces with complementary indicia which are physically separated by the puzzle piece internal edges and complementally abuttable internal edges which may be arranged in only one combination with all internal edges in complementary abutting relationship. When so arranged the complementary indicia are adjacent. Internal edges may be identical and therefore pieces may fit in an incorrect location while the puzzle is being constructed, in which location indicia adjacent to complementally abutting sides would not be complementary, but all the pieces must be located in their correct locations for the puzzle to be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Inventors: Age Stein, Douglas E. Winters