Data Storage Or Retrieval (e.g., Memory, Video Tape, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/43)
  • Patent number: 10305883
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for commonly using the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a memory disposed in the housing, a communication circuit in communication with at least one external device, and a processor electrically connected to the memory and the communication circuit. The processor is configured to control for installing at least one application on the memory in response to a login request from a user, receiving a logout request from the user after the at least one application is installed, transmitting data associated with the at least one application to the at least one external device using the communication circuit in response to the logout request, and deleting at least a portion of the at least one application and the data associated with the at least one application from the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In Ku Kang, Young Sik Kim, Yu Seung Kim, Tae Hyun Kim, Dushyant Vipradas
  • Patent number: 10296566
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for outputting web content. The apparatus and method can prevent rendering performance from being degraded in some operating systems when web content (web document) is output through a web browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nohyun Kwak, SangSeok Lim
  • Patent number: 10296862
    Abstract: A method includes processing one or more mission plan inputs to generate a mission definition file (MDF) that includes mission data that describes one or more plans for one or more manned or unmanned vehicles. The method includes evaluating planned tasks against defined scoring criteria specific to each task type and specific to each task to generate individual task achievement quality scores for each of the planned mission tasks. The method includes processing the MDF, the individual task quality scores, and route costs to generate a mission plan to enable evaluation and comparison of one or more mission plans. The method includes generating graphical output data from the output quality scores where the graphical output data can be configured as a mission plan evaluation chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis Oddo, Devang R. Parekh, William Parsons, Henry H. Fung, Feng Cao, Miteshkumar K. Patel
  • Patent number: 10298668
    Abstract: Provided is an interactive system in which program processing which is performed by a server apparatus in response to a request from a terminal apparatus can be preserved in a desired condition. An interactive system includes a terminal apparatus that is connected to a server apparatus via a network, requests the server apparatus to perform program processing, receives a processing result from the server apparatus, and displays the processing result, and the server apparatus that performs program processing in response to a request from the terminal apparatus, and transmits a processing result to the terminal apparatus, in which the terminal apparatus determines a predetermined condition in which execution of a display process of displaying the processing result from the server apparatus is suspended, and transmits a suspension signal to the server apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 10286300
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling access to wireless gaming devices and networks are provided. For example, access is controlled through one or more levels of security checks, such as a hard security check instead of or in addition to a soft security check. In a hard security check, the user employs an apparatus such as a card or other physical token that can be used to access the wireless gaming device. Such an apparatus may communicate information that identifies the user to the device or may simply be used to produce a signal without which the device is locked to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Dean P. Alderucci, Joseph M. Asher, Robert F. Bahrampour, Kevin Burman, James J. Coffey, Ronald Rushin
  • Patent number: 10282943
    Abstract: A record display system includes an interactive controller configured to: communicate, to an application controller, application telemetry; display initial outcomes; receive a record indicating an official result of a series of wagers associated with the user interaction; and display the record; a wager controller constructed to: receive a wager request; determine a wager outcome; communicate the wager outcome; and communicate the record; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive the application telemetry; communicate the wager request; receive the wager outcome; receive the record; communicate the record, wherein the record comprises the official wager outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10223448
    Abstract: The disclosed technology provides a game assistance system which allows a game helper to select audio data corresponding to game judgments and a game progress and allow the selected audio data to be output through a stadium speaker, and comprises: an information storage unit for storing game progress information; a signal receiving unit for receiving a game progress request signal from a game helper terminal; a control unit for selecting in the information storage unit the game progress information corresponding to the game progress request signal; and a signal transmission unit for transmitting the selected game progress information to the game helper terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: I-ON COMMUNICATIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Cheol Oh
  • Patent number: 10201759
    Abstract: A video game processing program product for causing a server to realize functions to control progress of a video game is provided. The functions include: a function to generate content in which at least one of the user or a character operated by the user is allowed to participate, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied; a function to store the number of participants who participate in first content and a clear time indicating a time required to clear the first content in a predetermined storage medium; a function to set up the degree of difficulty for second content indicating content to be generated newly; and a function to detect whether a generation condition contained in the predetermined condition to generate the second content is satisfied or not. The generating function includes a function to generate the second content with the degree of difficulty thus set up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Gondai, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi Yokozawa, Takashi Sugi
  • Patent number: 10198903
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing a wagering system. In one exemplary embodiment, state information of a live event such as a sports game may be received in real time. During the event, a plurality of possible future states of the event and their associated probabilities (and odds) may be determined based on the state information, historical information, and current in-game information. A betting market is created for betting on the possible future states at determined odds. The betting market is closed, and winning and losing bets are resolved based on updated state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CG TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Amaitis, Andrew Garrood, Mike Colbert, Heather Parks, Anthony Storm, Foster Barton, Thomas D. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 10163297
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a gaming system and method are disclosed as having increased efficiency in game evaluations. The gaming system may incrementally evaluate a predetermined quantity of symbol sets for winning symbol combinations rather than evaluating all or substantially of the predetermined quantity of symbol sets at substantially the same time. The gaming system may also incrementally reveal the predetermined quantity of symbol sets to increase player anticipation of increased winnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ADP GAUSELMANN GMBH
    Inventors: Wojciech Bosak, Juergen Retzer, Dennis Bernert
  • Patent number: 10143924
    Abstract: An application is executed in a hosted environment in one or more computing devices. A user may experience difficulty in the application at a particular point in the application. Input commands may be obtained from a stored past session of the application. The stored past session of the application may correspond include another user successfully completing the particular point in the application. The input commands may be provided to the application to help the user get past the difficulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce J. McKenzie, Adam J. Overton, Brian D. Fisher, Isaac J. Shepard, Eden Ashley Jnbaptiste, Eric M. Zhang, Jason C. Jenks, Patrick G. McCuller
  • Patent number: 10143929
    Abstract: A portable electronic device 100 includes a horizontally long casing, both ends of which are gripped by a user's both hands, respectively. The device further includes a LCD fit into the front face of the casing 10. Outwardly projecting bulges are respectively formed at both sides of the rear face of the casing where fingers of the user gripping the casing 10 placed. Since the fingers and palms are naturally flexed to fit to the dome-like bulges 42L, 42R, the portable electronic device 100 fits comfortably in the user's hands. The operability is hard to be degraded even if the device is vibrated strongly during a game play with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi Ogasawara, Masayasu Ito, Hajime Ishihara, Nobutoshi Hamada, Shuuichi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10140815
    Abstract: A skill-based progressive interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive controller connected to an application controller, and configured to: communicate application telemetry; communicate an indication to purchase a ticket; display ticket information; communicate an indication to use the ticket; provide the multi-user tournament application; communicate secondary telemetry; receive and display award information; a wager controller connected to the application controller, and constructed to: receive wager request instructions; determine and communicate the wager outcome; and the application controller connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, connected to a session controller, and constructed to: receive application telemetry and the wager outcome; receive indication to purchase the ticket; communicate ticket purchase; receive ticket; receive indication to use the ticket; communicate ticket consumption; receive the secondary telemetry; determine whether an award shou
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 10108627
    Abstract: A system for collaborating on a component according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a multi-user CAx environment including a data module and an editing module. The data module is configured to access a database corresponding to a component design. The component design corresponds to a group of predetermined functions. The editing module is configured to generate at least one user-defined function operable to characterize the component design, and configured to cause the data module to store data corresponding to the at least one user-defined function to the database. A method for collaborating on a component design is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Sowa, Joshua Daniel Winn, Charles Gregory Jensen
  • Patent number: 10105596
    Abstract: Providing extended content to a player of a game depending upon whether the player broadcasts the gameplay to viewers is disclosed. A content item server communicates game output to a plurality of user devices operated by participants in an online game. A game participant selects to stream output from the online game to one or more viewers via a broadcast streaming server. The content item server receives an indication from the broadcast streaming server that the game participant is broadcasting output from the online game to one or more viewers. Based at least upon the indication that a game player is broadcasting game output, the content item server determines to provide additional or extended game content to the game participant who is broadcasting the gameplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Twitch Interactive, Inc.
    Inventor: Katherine Marie Mann
  • Patent number: 10088996
    Abstract: One or more processors provide a first instruction to a first user. One or more processors receive a user input in response to the first instruction provided to the first user. One or more processors determine whether the user input is a correct response to the first instruction. Responsive to determining that the first user input to the first instruction is the correct input, one or more processors provide a second instruction to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Arning, Klaus Rindtorff
  • Patent number: 10089826
    Abstract: A record display system includes an interactive controller configured to: communicate, to an application controller, application telemetry; receive application resources; display initial results of a user interaction; receive a record indicating an official result of wagering associated with the user interaction; and display the record; a wager controller constructed to: receive a wager request; determine a wager outcome; communicate the wager outcome; and communicate the record; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive the application telemetry; communicate the wager request; receive the wager outcome; communicate application resources; receive the record; communicate the record, wherein the record comprises the official wager outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10068419
    Abstract: Techniques for reducing electromagnetic (EM) emission in a wager-based gaming machine. A gaming machine includes one or more processors configured to generate a bus clock signal having a fundamental frequency and fundamental spectral components at harmonics of the fundamental frequency. The fundamental spectral components each have a fundamental amplitude. A signal processor is configured to generate a spread spectrum clock signal having a nominal frequency substantially equivalent to the fundamental frequency of the bus clock signal as well as nominal spectral components at harmonics of the nominal frequency. However, the nominal spectral components each have a nominal amplitude less than the fundamental amplitude of a fundamental spectral component at the same harmonic. A bus connects the signal processor with one or more elements and carries the spread spectrum clock signal to the one or more elements, thereby reducing EM emissions from the bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Calvin DeCoursey, Gene E. Powell
  • Patent number: 10062239
    Abstract: An electronic gaming system including a mobile device providing an interactive controller constructed to communicate application telemetry associated with an interactive application provided by the interactive controller. The system also includes a wager controller constructed to communicate a wager result associated with a received wager request. The system also includes the application controller operatively connected to the interactive controller and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive application telemetry; upon receiving application telemetry, determine whether to trigger a supplementary mode; when triggering the supplementary mode is determined, communicate a notification to provide a supplementary mode session. The interactive controller is further constructed to: provide the supplementary mode session upon receiving the supplementary mode notification; communicate results of the supplementary mode session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10042506
    Abstract: There is provided a method for use by an interactive story development system. The method includes receiving a story state including an attribute state of each of a plurality of items present in a storyline, wherein the plurality of items include a plurality of objects of the storyline and a plurality of characters of the storyline. The method also includes creating a story web, wherein the story web includes a node for every possible interaction between the plurality of objects and the plurality of characters in the storyline, and calculating a narrative value for each of the nodes of the story web, receiving a first input from a user selecting user criteria including at least one of a story telling option of the storyline and a sentiment selection, and determining based on the narrative value and the user criteria, a plurality of candidate nodes of the story web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mubbasir Kapadia, Robert Sumner, Alexander Shoulson
  • Patent number: 10026232
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed apparatuses, methods and systems provide manipulation of a virtual world three dimensional (3D) space based on input translated from the real world. Elements in the virtual world may have an associated charge and field. An element in the virtual world becomes interactive with an element translated from the real world when the translated real world element interacts with a field associated with the virtual element according to the charges. Forces may be applied to the virtual element using a real world physics model to determine a response by the virtual element to the applied force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Meta Compnay
    Inventors: Raymond Chun Hing Lo, Yishai Gribetz
  • Patent number: 9999832
    Abstract: A first game execution unit executes a first game. A second game execution unit executes a second game. The second game execution unit sets particular first game data or a first game mode which is accessible in the first game so as to be inaccessible in the second game when an execution result of the first game does not satisfy a predetermined condition, and sets the particular first game data or the first game mode so as to be accessible also in the second game in response to the execution result of the first game having satisfied the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Game Freak, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeru Ohmori, Toru Nagihashi
  • Patent number: 9987560
    Abstract: A non-limiting example game apparatus includes a CPU, and the CPU performs non-contact communication with an IC tag that is incorporated in a figure by using a non-contact communication module. During playing a course game, if a player instructs transformation, a player character is transformed into another character after attesting the figure. Furthermore, if the player instructs writing of a score when the course game is finished, the score is written in the IC tag after attesting the figure. Furthermore, if the player instructs to acquire a predetermined item, after attesting the figure, the predetermined item is acquired by using virtual money. As a level is raised, for example, the number of transformable times is increased, and a kind of acquirable predetermined item is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensuke Tanabe, Risa Tabata, Ayako Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 9962611
    Abstract: Methods enable creation of a game slice from a game. Plurality of games is provided for presentation on a display device. Each game is identified by an image. Selection activity is detected at the image of one of the games. In response to the selection, game code of the selected game is executed to enable game play of an unlocked game. The selected game is streamed to the display device. User interaction related to the game play is received. A recording of the game play is examined to identify portions of the game for generating a game slice, which are returned in a suggested list for selection. Game slice is generated for a selected portion from the list. A recording of the game play for the game slice is associated as a primary video segment. The game slice and the primary video segment are provided for sharing over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Victor Octav Suba Miura, Warren Benedetto
  • Patent number: 9961482
    Abstract: A portable electronic equipment including a main body configured to be worn on a user's neck; a user input unit on the main body; a short-range wireless chipset loaded in the main body and configured to perform wireless communication with a host media device; and a controller configured to sense, via a sensor, whether or not the user is wearing the main body on their neck, and selectively control the short-range wireless chipset to perform the wireless communication with the host media device via a designated profile supported by the host media device and a function implemented by the host media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunsu Park, Hyunsun Yoo, Sooyong Shim
  • Patent number: 9952445
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide an optical image stabilization circuit that synchronizes its gyroscope and drive circuit using gyroscope data ready signals and gyroscope reset signals. In response to a gyroscope data ready signal, the optical image stabilization circuit synchronously obtains position measurements of a camera lens when power drive signals are not transitioning from one power level to another power level, and synchronously transitions the power drive signals simultaneously with gyroscope reset signals. By synchronizing the gyroscope and the drive circuit, the gyroscope and other onboard sensing circuits are isolated from noise generated by the drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Tai, Felix Kim, Mark A. Lysinger
  • Patent number: 9950264
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed towards providing walkthroughs. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention are configured to allow for the recording, playback and usage of enhanced walkthroughs, such as for use with video games. Preferred embodiments of the present invention provide multimedia walkthrough content in conjunction with visual representation of control utilization during playback of a video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Hain, Svetlana Astakhova, Maxim Gutchenko
  • Patent number: 9922495
    Abstract: A transaction based interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive controller configured to: communicate a wager setup indication; receive wager parameter display instructions; display wager parameters; communicate an indication to trigger a wager; display award; a wager controller constructed to: receive wager request instructions; determine a wager outcome; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, and operatively connected to a transaction controller, the application controller constructed to: receive the wager setup indication; communicate the user information request; receive user information data; determine wager parameters; generate a wagering event identification; communicate the wager parameters; receive the indication to trigger the wager; communicate the wager request; receive the wager outcome; determine the award; communicate the award display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9886282
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a wagering game machine includes: a carrier board comprising a first network port and a second network port, the first network port having a first network address and the second network port having a second network address; a processor located on the carrier board; a first nonvolatile memory located on the carrier board and communicatively coupled to the first network port, the first nonvolatile memory configured to store the first network address; and a second nonvolatile memory located on the carrier board, wherein the second nonvolatile memory is configured to store Basic Input and Output System (BIOS) code that includes a system BIOS code and an application BIOS code, wherein the BIOS code is hardware write-protected, wherein the processor is configured to derive the second network address from the first network address during execution of boot-up operations of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Canterbury, Vernon W. Hamlin, Scot W. Salzman, Jorge L. Shimabukuro, Craig J. Sylla
  • Patent number: 9878242
    Abstract: A method for generating a gameplay video of a video game is provided. The method initiates with recording a user's gameplay of the video game. The user's recorded gameplay is analyzed to determine a region of interest, the region of interest being a region of the video game having social network sharing levels that exceed a predefined threshold. Boundaries are defined within a gameplay context of the video game based on the determined region of interest that define options for selection of a beginning and an end for the gameplay video. The gameplay video of the video game is generated based on the selection defined from the boundaries. The gameplay video of the video game is shared over the social network to one or more additional client devices for viewing by one or more additional users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Victor Octav Suba Miura, David Perry, Philippe Dias, Kelvin Yong
  • Patent number: 9876729
    Abstract: An emulation system for efficient data streaming is provided. The emulation system comprises a first device configured to product machine readable binary data, and a second device configured to receive the data. The emulation system further comprises a centralized first-in first-out (FIFO) memory unit. The centralized FIFO memory unit interfaces between the first device and the second device. The centralized FIFO memory unit is configured to receive the data from the first device, and transmit to the second device on receiving a transfer request from the first device or the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kun-Hsu K. Shen
  • Patent number: 9868061
    Abstract: The moving images of a program being executed on one terminal can be effectively viewed on another terminal even if the state of communication between the program-executing terminal and the server or the other terminal is not good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiya Ikenaga
  • Patent number: 9838516
    Abstract: A system for tangible configuration of a modular mobile electronic device includes a set of emulator modules, each comprising a processor and configurable to represent any of a set of full modules available for use with the modular mobile electronic device a chassis that mechanically couples to at least one of the set of emulator modules, and a module configurator that associates each of the set of emulator modules with an emulation profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Eremenko, David Fishman, Jason Chua, Andrew Viny
  • Patent number: 9824500
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed for controlling virtual object placement and movement in a physical space as viewed on or through a display. An example method includes receiving a count indicating a number of occupancy transitions over time for a plurality of regions in the physical space, displaying a virtual object in an initial location selected based on the counts for each of the plurality of regions in the physical space, and determining an updated location of the virtual object in the physical space as viewed on or through the display based at least on the initial location of the virtual object and the counts for each of the plurality regions in the physical space. The example method further includes displaying the virtual object in the updated location, the virtual object being controlled to move in the physical space based at least on movements of physical objects through the physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 9808721
    Abstract: A video game includes conditional access to areas of the game. An area may be unlocked when particular game characters are at an entrance to the area. An area may be unlocked for a particular character, for all characters, or for categories of characters. Categories of characters may include characters of a particular type, characters of a particular skill level, characters controlled by a particular game player, and characters previously played in the video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Reiche
  • Patent number: 9808708
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to adjusting virtual item bundles made available to users of on online game based on user gameplay information. In implementations, information relating to prospective usage of the online game is used to classify users according by user type. Responsive to the determined user type of a user, customizations of item bundles in the online game made available to individual users for purchase within the online game may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Clifford J. Harrington, Matthew Curtis, James Koh, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 9792168
    Abstract: A remediation server receives a service request from a data processing device, the service request to diagnose a failure to load an operating system at the data processing device. A data storage device local to data processing device is identified, the data storage device storing the operating system. A diagnostic process is provided at the remediation server, the diagnostic process to mount the data storage device. A diagnostic service is performed based on information stored at the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Anantha Boyapalle, Yuan-Chang Lo, Todd E. Swierk, Carlton A. Andrews
  • Patent number: 9786126
    Abstract: A skill-based progressive interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive controller connected to an application controller, and configured to: communicate application telemetry; receive application credit (AC) information and a wager outcome; communicate an indication to purchase a ticket; display ticket information; communicate an indication to use the ticket; provide the secondary application; communicate secondary telemetry; receive and display certificate information; a wager controller connected to the application controller, and constructed to: receive wager request instructions; determine and communicate the wager outcome; and the application controller connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, connected to a session controller, and constructed to: receive application telemetry and the wager outcome; receive indication to purchase the ticket; communicate ticket purchase; receive ticket; receive indication to use the ticket; communicate ticket consumption; recei
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Frank Cire
  • Patent number: 9776085
    Abstract: An example system includes: a plurality of information processing devices each having a game processing unit for performing processing involved in a game, a reproduction data generating unit for generating reproduction data to be used for reproducing game play, a relevant information accepting unit for accepting input of relevant information concerning the reproduction data, and a post transmitting unit for transmitting reproduction data and relevant information; and a server machine having a post receiving unit for receiving reproduction data and relevant information transmitted from the information processing device, a storage unit for storing reproduction data and relevant information in association with each other, and a relevant information transmitting unit for transmitting relevant information stored in the storage unit to the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shiraiwa, Kenta Sato, Shoichi Obayashi, Ryuhei Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9781185
    Abstract: A method for transmitting encoded media data on the basis of a layer model includes dividing the media data onto a basic layer and at least one additional enhanced layer, transmitting the basic layer and the at least one enhanced layer via at least two network accesses, selecting a first network access to transmit the basic layer that has a network quality and/or stability that is sufficient for transmitting the basic layer; and selecting at least one second network access from among the network accesses depending upon the bandwidth of the first network access and the quality and stability of the network accesses for transmitting the at least one enhanced layer. An apparatus can be configured to execute the method. In some embodiments, the apparatus can include a communication system, a server computer device and/or a mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lukasz Budzisz, Michael Doering, Adam Wolisz, Phuoc Tran-Gia, Thomas Zinner, Steffen Gebert, Frank Lehrieder, Martina Zitterbart, Denis Martin
  • Patent number: 9773486
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed at methods and systems for implementing and scoring a vocal improvisation feature in a music video game. This feature can allow players of music video games to sing improvised harmonies for a song using a microphone controller. The improvised harmonies can be musically consonant with a pre-authored melody track programmed into the music video game. The improvised harmonies can comprise pre-authored notes programmed into the pre-authored melody track, or can be generated by the music video game during run-time based on the pre-authored melody track. The music video game can also display guidelines visually showing permissible harmony tracks in relation to the pre-authored melody track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Lopiccolo, David Plante, Sharat Bhat
  • Patent number: 9761085
    Abstract: A record display of an interleaved wagering system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9757652
    Abstract: An example system includes: a server machine having a storage unit for storing reproduction data involved in reproduction of game play and a data transmitting unit for transmitting reproduction data stored in the storage unit; and an information processing device having a data receiving unit for receiving reproduction data transmitted by the server machine, a reproduction processing unit for displaying reproduction of game play at a display unit in response to reproduction data received by the data receiving unit, a character display processing unit for displaying one or a plurality of character objects at the display unit during reproduction of game play by the reproduction processing unit, and a character action processing unit for causing a character object displayed by the character display processing unit to take a predetermined action with reproduction of game play by the reproduction processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Obayashi, Chiharu Shizukuishi, Mai Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9700792
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for a game server carrying out actions, including: generating a selection screen that presents a plurality of reproduction data items, each for reproducing a state of a respective point in time during execution of a game and allowing a user of a game device to select one of the reproduction data items, each reproduction data item representing a respective state of the game achieved by the user while engaged in game play on the game device, the selection screen presenting a first reproduction data item, which is one of the plurality of reproduction data items, in association with a second reproduction data item, wherein the selection screen provides an indication to the user of whether the second reproduction data item reproduces a state of a point in time at which the game has progressed with reference to the state reproduced by the first reproduction data item; and transmitting the generated selection screen to the game device over a network such that the game device may display
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Seiichi Takamura, Kazuki Ohara, Hideaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9687734
    Abstract: A game system includes a plurality of pedometers. The plurality of step count data respectively counted by the plurality of pedometers are acquired in the game apparatus. In the game apparatus, by utilizing the plurality of step count data, a predetermined arithmetic operation is executed, and the result of the arithmetic operation is reflected on the game. Alternatively, in a server, a predetermined arithmetic operation is executed by utilizing the plurality of step count data, and the result of the arithmetic operation is reflected on the game in the game apparatus. For example, game processing depending on the number of players walking in the same time slot is executed, or game processing according to the totalized value of the accumulated total step count values of the plurality of pedometers is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc.
    Inventors: Naoya Morimura, Hirofumi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9690442
    Abstract: A method to receive an image to be displayed within an animation sequence. The method also including calculating position data identifying a position of the image within a display area, the position data calculated using a physics property attributed to the image. Further, the method including the transmission of the position data for use in generating the animation sequence. Additionally, a method is provided that includes making a request for an animation sequence that includes an image and position data for the image, the position data identifying a plurality of positions relative to a display area and calculated though applying a physics property to the image. This method further includes receiving the animation sequence for display in a display area. The method additionally includes displaying the image in the display area based upon the position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcos Weskamp, Lori Behun
  • Patent number: 9682312
    Abstract: An example system includes: a reproduction processing unit for displaying reproduction of game play at a display unit on the basis of reproduction data to be used for reproducing game play; a relevant information accepting unit for accepting input of relevant information, which is relevant to game play by the reproduction processing unit, during reproduction of the game play; and a post transmitting unit for transmitting the relevant information accepted by the relevant information accepting unit to a predetermined server machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Shiraiwa, Kenta Sato
  • Patent number: 9685041
    Abstract: Systems and methods for conducting on-line tournaments, and in particular such tournaments as permit participants to receive prizes without having to place wagers. Participants are permitted to enroll in an on-line tournament pool and submit tokens. The tokens act as each respective participant's prediction regarding the outcome of one or more events associated with a sporting event or other contest. Tokens may be completed “brackets” representing a participant's prediction of winners of all games in various rounds of a sporting event, or partially completed brackets representing the participant's prediction of winners of only some games thereof. Cash prizes are awarded for top scoring participants but no wagers or entry fees of any kind are accepted from or required to be paid by the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KIZZANG LLC
    Inventor: Robert Alexander
  • Patent number: 9662581
    Abstract: Player character related information stored in a player character related information memory changes in accordance with progress of a video game. Initial area information stored in an initial area information memory indicates an initial state of each of a plurality of areas on which a player character can move. Latest area information stored in a latest area information memory indicates a progress status of the video game in the same area as the area indicated by the initial area information, and is updated in accordance with progress of the video game in the area. It is determined whether to use the initial area information or latest area information in response to an operation of the player. The player character related information is updated in accordance with control content using the latest area information in a case where it is determined to use the latest area information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventor: Yoshiki Kashitani
  • Patent number: 9630097
    Abstract: A user-activity video signal can be received. The user-activity video signal can comprise a video capture characterizing a user's interaction with a software application on a client. The software application can have an interface display space on the client and the software application can execute on the client in operation with at least one remote backend computing system. Backend user interaction data corresponding to the user's interaction with the software application as generated by the at least one remote backend computing system can be received. A new video comprising a plurality of divided segments of the user-activity video signal can be generated automatically using the backend user interaction data and a plurality of predefined rules. The new video can be provided. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Skillz Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Paradise, James Daniels, Jason Petralia