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Amusement devices: games August inventions list 08/10Below are recently published patent applications awaiting approval from the USPTO. Recent week's RSS XML file available below.
Listing for abstract view: USPTO application #, Title, Abstract excerpt,Patent Agent. Listing format for list view: USPTO National Class full category number, title of the patent application. 08/26/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list
20100216530 - System and method configured to provide a location-based vehicular racing videogame: A system and method are configured to provide a videogame to one or more players. The videogame may involve a series of different virtual geographic locations at which players perform activities. A group of players may be associated with each location. The players may include virtual players controlled by artificial... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
20100216531 - Method and system for dealing out at least one hand of cards: The invention relates to a method of dealing out at least one hand of cards. Further, the invention relates to a corresponding system. The method of dealing out at least one hand of cards comprises generating electronic game data comprising at least one hand in means for generating game data;... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20100216533 - System and method for card game betting based on burn cards: A system and method of side betting based on burn cards is provided. The method enhances enjoyment of a card game and increases house revenue, without slowing or detracting from the game itself. Before a card gamer round is dealt, players make bets predicting the identity of a burn card... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20100216532 - System and method of conducting a poker game: A system and method of conducting a poker game in a manner which contends with bad beats. It comprises the steps of: selecting a distinct percentage (e.g. 70.0% or 80.0%) as a Bad Beat Cutoff %; selecting a specified amount as the Bad Beat Amount; conducting the selected poker game... Agent: Aaron J. Halverson
20100216534 - Computerized method and system for reassignment of unengaged players in an on-line gaming system: A method and system for operating an online game such as poker that will monitor the status of player participation and reassign a player to a different virtual table upon detecting a reassignment request. The system may interpret a fold as a reassignment request or may reassign upon detection of... Agent: Dr. Brian R. Peck
20100216536 - Gaming system having challenge gameplay: A gaming system comprises a wager input device for receiving wagers and at least one display for displaying a challenge-play game. The system further comprises a controller operative to detect an issuance of a challenge by a first player and an acceptance of the challenge by a second player to... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100216535 - Pic poker game: A method for playing a casino poker game, including providing a chance device such as a roulette wheel or a six-sided die, a poker deck of playing cards, and a wagering surface for betting options that include options regarding a subset of a dealt poker hand as well as the... Agent: Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC
20100216537 - Progressive gaming system, apparatus and method providing a primary game in conjunction with an independent progressive game: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed that include generating a set of primary game outcomes with each primary game outcome being associated with a result in a primary game. A set of progressive prize bearing outcomes are associated with the set of first game outcomes according to a progressive... Agent: Multimedia Games, Inc.
20100216538 - Gaming system, apparatus and method with a player decision field for providing interactive game results: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed wherein a decision field is displayed having a number of result tokens spaced apart at different locations about the decision field, with each result token displaying a respective potential result. A decision point is also displayed within the decision field. This decision point... Agent: Russell D. Culbertson The Culbertson Group, P.C.
20100216541 - Apparatus and methods for implementing bonuses in gaming machine networks using weighted pay tables: Disclosed is a gaming system for awarding a bonus to a player of a wager-based game of chance. The gaming system includes one or more gaming devices configured to play games of chance and one or more host devices in communication with the gaming devices over a network. The host... Agent: Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP - Igt Attn: Igt
20100216540 - Gaming method and apparatus for portioning a play area: A method and apparatus for use in gaming activities, such as in a slot machine. A first grid comprising a plurality of elements overlayed a second grid comprising a plurality of elements is presented. At least some of the elements of the first grid and the second grid are marked.... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk, LLC Suite 320
20100216539 - Reel and rings display device: A gaming system includes a display for indicating a game outcome generated for a gaming device. The gaming display includes a central reel at the center of one or more ring displays. A game controller controls the reel and the ring displays to display arrangements of symbols that indicate the... Agent: Ian F. Burns & Associates
20100216542 - Agreements in video games permitting virtual and real world penalties obligations and remedies: Video game methods and apparatus permit contracts to be formed and enforced within a video game. Virtual and/or real world obligations, penalties and remedies are available for entities that are parties to or breach contracts or other obligations in virtual contracts.... Agent: Andrew Van Luchene
20100216543 - Gaming machine and method for validating a voucher: A method of validation of a voucher in a gaming machine includes receiving the voucher in the gaming machine from a user. The voucher includes first coded indicia having first identification data and value data. The voucher also includes second coded indicia being generally non-viewable and having second identification data.... Agent: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
20100216544 - Gaming system having cycling eligibility for supplemental features: A method of operating a wagering game comprises receiving a primary wager, receiving an activation input from a player, and in response thereto, activating an auto-cycle feature. The auto-cycle feature is associated with a plurality of supplemental features. The method further comprises activating a first period of eligibility for a... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100216545 - Enhanced parimutuel wagering: Methods and systems for engaging in enhanced parimutuel wagering and gaming. In one embodiment, different types of bets can be offered and processed in the same betting pool on an underlying event, such as a horse or dog race, a sporting event or a lottery, and the premiums and payouts... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
20100216546 - Game system, and jackpot drawing apparatus and participation processing apparatus constituting the game system: In order that a game apparatus is made to participate in a jackpot drawing that responds to a request made by a manager or the like, who manage the game apparatus, the present game system includes a participation processing apparatus for selecting, for each game apparatus, one or at least... Agent: Ditthavong Mori & Steiner, P.C.
20100216547 - Disc jockey video game and controller: A disc jockey music-based video game with a controller for the same. The disc jockey music-based video game presents instructive cues for manipulation of the controller and evaluates game player's performance based on the player's compliance with the instructive cues. A display with visual indicators of instructive cues and visual... Agent: Klein, O''neill & Singh, LLP
20100216548 - Multiply interconnectable environmentally interactive character simulation module method and system: The present invention relates to a game, including a first module having a housing, a processor, a display operably coupled to the processor and an electrical contact positioned such that access is available to the electrical contact of the first module through the first module housing, and a second module... Agent: Kolisch Hartwell, P.C.
20100216549 - System and method for network communication of music data: A system, computer readable storage medium, and method for communicating musical data over a network, comprising: connecting one or more player modules to a network; providing an unassigned channel of prerecorded music data; providing an assigned channel of prerecorded music data; displaying the assigned channel; playing the unassigned channel while... Agent: Jason P. Webb
20100216550 - Game device, game control method, and game control program: A game device includes a shape data storage which stores data of an object disposed in a three-dimensional space, a first rendering unit which sets a point of view and a line of sight and renders the object by referencing data stored in the shape data storage, a viewpoint changing... Agent: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
20100216551 - Video game and peripheral for same: A video game controller with a position sensor and a proximity sensor provides user input signals for use in determining game states. The video game controller can have a board or deck like surface similar to that of a skateboard, and the proximity sensor can be used to determine if... Agent: Klein, O''neill & Singh, LLP
20100216552 - System and method for communicating game information: A method and system for transmitting game related information from a hand-held gaming device through a game console to a game controller and vice versa. In one aspect, the game related information comprises command information that causes the game controller to respond either by vibrating, rumbling or other action associated... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20100216553 - Social network system and method for use with and integration into a video game: A centralized social network tool is configured to interface with and integrates into one or more videogames and/or videogame series. The social network tool may be integral to the theme of the games and be pervasive within game play. The social network may drive progression of the story and interaction... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
20100216554 - Music genre judging device and game machine having the same: The music genre judging device comprises: a signal processing unit 10 for outputting integration value and differential value for each of low-frequency component and high-frequency component of music reproduction signal inputted from a music reproduction device 100 to a line input terminal 4; a data generation unit 30 for inputting... Agent: Darby & Darby P.C.08/19/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list
20100210330 - Method and system for a fantasy sports draft game: A fantasy sports game provides for a league of fantasy teams, each managed and owned by a fantasy game contestant. A contestant selects a set of games for a game day from a screen of such sets, pays an entry fee in points, and then drafts players from the teams... Agent: Lewis And Roca LLP
20100210331 - Systems and methods for providing advertisements in a fantasy sports contest application: Systems and methods are presented for presenting advertisements to users of a fantasy sports contest application. Advertisements are displayed in conjunction with fantasy sports contest information and may be interactive in nature. The advertisements may be used to inform the user of prizes being awarded for performance in the fantasy... Agent: Ropes & Gray LLP
20100210332 - Computer-readable storage medium having stored therein drawing processing program, and information processing apparatus: First, a designated position on a display screen is continuously obtained based on a designation performed by a pointing device. Next, it is detected that a sound which satisfies a predetermined condition is inputted to sound input means. Then, while it is detected that the sound which satisfies the predetermined... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, P.C.
20100210333 - Dynamic reverse engineering: A computer-implemented method of reverse engineering items in a computer game, including: selecting a first loot item; selecting a reverse engineering tool; placing the first loot item in the reverse engineering tool; and implementing a reverse engineering function on the reverse engineering tool. Keywords include MMO, crafting, reverse engineer, and... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
20100210334 - Method for poker side-betting based on burn cards: A method of poker side betting based on burn cards is disclosed. The method enhances enjoyment of a poker game and increases house revenue, without slowing or detracting from the game itself. Before a poker round is dealt, players make bets predicting the identity of a burn card poker hand... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500
20100210337 - Game system including slot machines and game control method thereof: A game system for playing a basic game, includes: slot machines which, when a combination of “BONUS” symbols stop in a winning line, transmit a signal for switching to a roulette game; a second game device, separate from the slot machines, which executes a second game; and a display for... Agent: Ndq&m Watchstone LLP
20100210335 - Game system, and game apparatus and total performance processing apparatus constituting the game system: The present game apparatus includes: two or more types of game apparatuses having hardware configurations different from each other, each of the game apparatuses including a performance unit for carrying out a performance visually and audibly appealing to a player, and a game progress control unit for controlling game progress... Agent: Ditthavong Mori & Steiner, P.C.
20100210338 - Method for playing a video gaming machine: A method for playing video gambling games whereby pay tables vary from play to play, or, alternatively, whereby a plurality of pay tables are possible within a game. For example, in a video poker game a player wagers against a first pay table. If a winner occurs, the next game... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20100210336 - System, apparatus, and method for facilitating guaranteed number of wins events in conjunction with a gaming activity: A primary gaming activity is provided to a player via a gaming machine that involves engaging the player in a plurality of play events. A win threshold involves a number or quantity of winning events of the plurality of play events. The player continues to be engaged in the plurality... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk, LLC
20100210340 - Gaming system, machine and method with a scannable physical component associable with a game: A system, apparatus, and method are disclosed that include generating a scannable physical gaming component associable with a game. The disclosed method also includes identifying a game structure at a player station through a scan of the gaming component, receiving a game play request from a player at the player... Agent: Russell D. Culbertson Shaffer & Culbertson, L.L.P.
20100210339 - Multi-player bingo game with multiple alternate outcome displays: The invention is directed to methods and gaming units for conducting a multi-player wagering game, such as a Bingo game, in which at least one of the players may win the occurrence of the wagering game by matching a predetermined game-winning pattern of game indicia on one or more game... Agent: Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP - Igt Attn: Igt
20100210342 - Binomial and multinomial-based slot machine: e
20100210348 - Gaming system having a common display, a first bonus game or a first bonus game paytable and an option to purchase a second bonus game or a second bonus game paytable with relatively expected higher values: A gaming system including a plurality of gaming devices and a shared or a common secondary display associated with the gaming devices. In one embodiment, the shared display is adjacent to one or more of the gaming devices of the gaming system. The gaming system includes at least one primary... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20100210343 - Gaming system having revealed mystery symbols: A method for conducting a wagering game comprises receiving a wager and displaying a randomly selected outcome, the randomly selected outcome comprising a plurality of symbols arranged in an array. The array comprises a plurality of symbol positions, the plurality of symbols occupying the symbol positions. Each of the plurality... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100210341 - Method of gaming, a game controller and a gaming system: A method of gaming comprising: (a) defining a target outcome to be achieved in respect of a game, the target outcome having an associated award; (b) allocating a number of game rounds to achieve the target outcome; (c) conducting the allocated game rounds, each of which can result in a... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20100210347 - Networked gaming devices with remote display device: A gaming system is provided with a display device for generating display events, such as a jumbled ball selection, that represent gaming outcomes at one or more gaming devices. In order that the display device may be located remotely from the gaming devices, a video camera may be provided to... Agent: Ian F. Burns & Associates
20100210346 - System and method for rewarding consecutive wins in gaming activities: A system and method for rewarding a participant of a gaming activity for achieving a succession of winning results for a corresponding succession of game segments. If winning results are achieved for multiple, consecutive game segments, then the participant is rewarded by augmenting the current payout with a portion of... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk, LLC
20100210345 - System, apparatus, and method for facilitating secondary winning events in conjunction with a primary gaming activity: A plurality of events associated with the primary gaming activity of a gaming machine is detected. In response to the events, a dynamic symbol is generated having a value that is independent of the respective primary gaming event. A monetary award is provided to the player based on a value... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk, LLC
20100210344 - Wagering a potential future award for a greater award opportunity: A wagering game has an overall payback percentage and a portion of the wagering game has a default expected value. A gamble feature is offered to the player prior to play of the portion of the wagering game but after a wager has been received. The gamble feature has a... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100210349 - Customized enhancement system: A computer-implemented method of creating enhancements in a computer game for a recipient experiencing a performance, the method including: selecting an enhancement to apply to a recipient; modifying the enhancement; and applying the modified enhancement to the recipient, wherein the modified enhancement is effective for a fixed duration of time... Agent: Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
20100210352 - Accessing wagering game services by aiming handheld device at external device: A portable wagering game machine includes a signal receiver and motion sensors. The signal receiver receives signals from a signal emission device that are used to determine the position and orientation of the portable wagering game machine relative to a gaming establishment devices and locations. The position and orientation information... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/wms Gaming
20100210355 - Gaming system: A gaming system is provided enabling real-time cash management to be performed, even while in the play of a game to be performed by employing game media rendering their items of recorded information readable. Having received a result of detection of game chips on a game betting board from a... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.
20100210354 - Gaming system having movable display dividers: A gaming system comprises a wager input device, a display for displaying at least a portion of a wagering game, and a divider overlying the display and dividing the display into at least a first display region and a second display region. An actuator is coupled to the divider, the... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100210353 - Presenting wagering game content: Techniques for processing and presenting wagering data are presented herein. In one embodiment, a method comprises configuring a wagering game terminal for contemporaneously presenting content for a plurality of wagering games. Configuring the terminal can include dividing a player interface into a plurality of areas, wherein each of the areas... Agent: Wms Gaming (delizio Gilliam) C/o Delizio Gilliam, PLLC
20100210351 - System, apparatus, and method for providing gaming awards based on replay events: Apparatuses and methods for providing a gaming experience involve facilitating player interaction with a plurality of gaming events via a gaming apparatus. In response to the completion of a gaming event selected from the plurality of events, a replay of the selected gaming event is presented to a player of... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk
20100210350 - Problem gambling detection in tabletop games: A gaming establishment may determine the existence of problem gamblers within its halls by monitoring player behavior with one or more sensors from an array of sensors. The player's behavior is then compared to normal behavior and/or problem gambling behavior to determine if the player is potentially a problem gambler.... Agent: Walker Digital Management, LLC
20100210356 - System for computerized multiplayer tournament gaming and a method thereof: The present invention discloses a computerized gaming system for multiplayer tournaments, a method of operating the system, a module to be used in conjunction with the system, and a method of playing the game. The method of operating the system comprises a) setting and accommodating a configuration comprising one or... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20100210357 - Overlay content in a gaming environment: A method of overlaying content in a computer gaming environment includes loading a binary executable form of a computer program, analyzing graphical elements in the computer program while the computer program is in operation, receiving criteria to configure overlay content slots, and modifying an import address table of the binary... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP
20100210359 - Computer videogame system with body position detector that requires user to assume various body positions: A videogame may include providing body position challenges to one or more players to assume various target body positions at, or within, a predetermined time. Body position challenges may be provided to the one or more players by displaying body position challenge representations that prompt the one or more players... Agent: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
20100210360 - Game program and game apparatus in which non-player characters have act tendencies: When a player character performs an act tendency (boom) triggering act, the act number counters are updated for each non-player character associated with the boom triggering act. The value of each act number counter is periodically added to an act tendency value for each non-player character. After an act tendency... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, P.C.
20100210358 - Modification of images from a user's album for spot-the-differences: A computer implemented system and method for generating a game, such as spot-the-difference are provided. The method includes receiving a user-selected original image and storing the image in memory. From the original image, the method includes automatically generating a pair of images which are visually identical except for a predetermined... Agent: Fay Sharpe / Xerox - Rochester
20100210361 - System and method for providing user interaction with projected three-dimensional environments: There is provided an interactive device capable of providing input data to a computer program in response to user interactions, the interface device comprising a first position sensor reading a sensed location of the interface device having a free roaming movement in a three-dimensional space, a direction vector determination device... Agent: Disney Enterprises C/o Farjami & Farjami LLP
20100210363 - Gaming system, machine and method with user selectable game interactive mode: A gaming system, apparatus, and method are disclosed which provide a player selectable option to manually interact by selecting game elements or initiate an automated mode whereby the gaming apparatus selects game elements in accordance with the rules of the game being played. An example disclosed embodiment includes a player... Agent: Russell D. Culbertson Shaffer & Culbertson, L.L.P.
20100210362 - Methods and systems for multiplayer elimination tournaments: Disclosed herein are methods, devices, and systems for on-line multiplayer elimination tournaments. Preferably, a number of client devices join a tournament hosted by a server device. These client devices contend with one another at a game of chance over a series of rounds. At least one client device may be... Agent: Mcdonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
20100210364 - Management of gaming data: Systems and methods for managing gaming data are provided. The system may include at least one computing device coupled to a gaming service. The computing device may be configured to execute a gaming engine configured to generate a first character profile based on a user's interaction within a gaming environment... Agent: Microsoft Corporation08/12/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list
20100203932 - Interactive play devices for water play attractions: A system of interactive game play is provided wherein the gaming is carried out within a pool, water park or water attraction. The game utilizes electronically identifiable objects, such as waterproof wands, cards, bands, tags and/or the like, to provide an interactive game play experience generally simulative of a computer... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
20100203933 - Entertainment system and method: An entertainment system comprises a remotely controlled toy having a video camera operable to capture video images of a real environment and an entertainment device operable to communicate using a data communications link with the remotely controlled toy, in which the device comprises transmitting means operable to transmit, via the... Agent: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
20100203934 - Method of providing game and system thereof: A system for providing a game includes: a sponsor-league-providing-server which transmits a sponsor league list to an electronic device according to a sponsor league selection signal received from the electronic device, and transmits advertisement data registered in a particular sponsor league when executing a game corresponding the particular sponsor league... Agent: Cha & Reiter, LLC
20100203937 - Game device, method of controlling a game device, and information storage medium: An operation subject changing section changes a state of a game character, which is being operated by the user, to a state in which the game character is operated by a computer, and also changes a state of one of operation subject candidates selected from among a plurality of game... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
20100203936 - Method and system for administering a fantasy game: Disclosed is a system for administering a plurality of fantasy games having a game server for hosting the plurality of fantasy games, a client for connecting to the game server, a virtual lobby for accessing the plurality of fantasy games hosted on the game server, a first fantasy game which... Agent: Holland & Knight LLP
20100203935 - Method and system for conducting an online fantasy game: Disclosed is a method for conducting a plurality of fantasy games including creating a fantasy game on a game server, collecting a first round of wagers, assigning a first fantasy player and a second fantasy player to the community team, assigning a third fantasy player and a fourth fantasy player... Agent: Holland & Knight LLP
20100203938 - Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: wagering on hands of cards: Games related to the provision of information are described. Games may be formulated to exploit biases such as long shot bias and favorite bias. Games related to the provision of information are described. Games may be formulated to exploit biases relating to the Monty Hall paradox. Games related to the... Agent: Innovation Division
20100203939 - Gaming system and a method of gaming: A gaming system is disclosed which is arranged to implement a base game and a feature game. The gaming system comprises a trigger determiner arranged to determine whether a trigger condition exists during the base game, and a feature implementer arranged to implement a feature game when a trigger condition... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20100203940 - Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: expected biases such as long shot and favorite bias: Games related to the provision of information are described. Games may be formulated to exploit biases such as long shot bias and favorite bias. Games related to the provision of information are described. Games may be formulated to exploit biases relating to the Monty Hall paradox. Games related to the... Agent: Innovation Division
20100203941 - Bonus games coordinated over network: A bonusing game and method usable with games of chance in which all participating machines are synchronized so their independent bonus rounds play simultaneously. In one embodiment, one player terminal triggers a bonus round and is deemed a “seller” in a simulated auction, and all other active player terminals in... Agent: Bally Gaming Inc.
20100203943 - Rolling raffle game, prize method and distribution method: For a premium wager, a raffle game is added to a lottery game play. All players of the base game (who purchased the add-on game or not) who achieve a pre-determined outcome receive a raffle game play which is entered into a raffle drawing at no additional cost. The raffle... Agent: Michael Hughes
20100203944 - Selection apparatus: A selection apparatus adapted to be used with a gaming apparatus comprising a set of selectable outcomes. The selection apparatus comprises: a first array of identifier areas; and a second array of selection areas alternately interspaced between the identifier areas of the first array such that each selection area of... Agent: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP
20100203942 - Systems and methods for determining a lottery winner based on a plurality of lottery tickets: In accordance with some exemplary and non-limiting embodiments, a method, an apparatus and a computer readable medium are provided for receiving a request from at least one lottery player to purchase at least one lottery ticket comprising a plurality of symbols, issuing the at least one lottery ticket to the... Agent: Walker Digital, LLC
20100203945 - Chance-board game method and system: A method and system for a chance-board-game with a board presentation and numerical matrix to define position and focus for chance game. The apparatus (G-Box) is a portable gaming device which includes an addressable touch screen with advanced networking, security and video graphics enabling a player to concurrently participate in... Agent: Marc J. Miller, Esquire Suite 205
20100203947 - Electronic amusement device and method for operating a game offering continuous reels: A gaming device and method for controlling operating the gaming device is disclosed. The gaming device initiates a paid play, and determines an outcome of the play. The outcome is visually displayed using at least two graphical displays. The graphical displays comprise a first and second visual continuum, without discrete... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20100203949 - Gaming display with moveable indicator and methods of use: A gaming apparatus includes a display device comprising a display surface. The display surface comprises a plurality of indicia. A display device actuator moves the display surface on a first predetermined path. A moveable indicator may be moved by an actuator along a second predetermined path to one of a... Agent: Ian F. Burns & Associates
20100203948 - Gaming machine and game having multiple levels: A game has the potential for multiple levels. The game initiates with a base or first level of one or more symbols. If an advancing outcome is received, the game advances to a second level. In one embodiment, the game builds as successive levels are played, such as by adding... Agent: Weide & Miller, Ltd.
20100203946 - Gaming system and a method of gaming: A gaming system is disclosed which comprises a symbol selector arranged to select a plurality of symbols from a set of symbols for display in a display area at a plurality of display positions, and an instruction selector arranged to select an instruction from a plurality of instructions, at least... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20100203950 - Configuration for a hybrid game: A process generates, with a wager slip generation apparatus, a plurality of wager slips corresponding to a hybrid game such that each wager slip indicates a plurality of parallel matrices that each has a set of corresponding parallel matrix specific numbers. Further, the process generates, with a prize category display... Agent: Patent Ingenuity, PC
20100203951 - Configuration for a supplemental game: A process generates, with a prize category display module, a display that indicates (i) a first prize and a second prize for a primary game and (ii) a supplemental game prize, the first prize being won by a player that provides a first wager and has a match between a... Agent: Patent Ingenuity, PC
20100203952 - Object based observation: Embodiments of the present invention provide a library of video related to game play involving the use of particular objects. By observing game play of users in a game play environment, determinations may be made as to users who excel at the use of a particular object. Video of game... Agent: Carr & Ferrell LLP
20100203953 - Amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on relative odds of a card combination and/or where chance is a factor: the monty hall paradox: Games related to the provision of information are described. Games may be formulated to exploit biases such as long shot bias and favorite bias. Games related to the provision of information are described. Games may be formulated to exploit biases relating to the Monty Hall paradox. Games related to the... Agent: Innovation Division
20100203954 - Flex-time scheduling of electronic gaming machines: An illustrative method controls changes to be made in electronic gaming machines (EGMs) that permit wagering on games. A schedule of conditions to be implemented by one or more EGMs is stored in memory. The schedule includes records containing the identity of an EGM, conditions to be implemented by the... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100203957 - Gaming system and method including anonymous player tracking: A gaming system and method are disclosed that include anonymous and identified player tracking, wherein gaming data is collected over one, two, or more gaming sessions, the data is analyzed to determine whether a selected criterion or selected criteria have been met, and if so, then initiating a response, such... Agent: Russell D. Culbertson The Culbertson Group, P.C.
20100203956 - Method and system for converting landbased players to on-line players: A method of converting a landbased gaming machine prize or balance comprising a sum, to on-line gaming environment credit, including the steps of: receiving a landbased gaming wining document or balance indication from a player; determining at least one alternative for converting at least a part of the sum of... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC
20100203955 - Trusted initialization for wagering game machines: Systems and methods for trusted initialization of wagering game machines are described herein. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving, from a wagering game machine, a request for an operating system image that includes a first component for booting the wagering game machine. The method can also include transmitting the... Agent: Wms Gaming (delizio Gilliam) C/o Delizio Gilliam, PLLC
20100203959 - Gaming machine with eligibility for participation in features: A gaming machine includes a display for displaying symbols relating to a base game. A controller, including a processor, controls operation of the base game. A controller, including a processor, controls operation of the base game and, between wagers placed on the game to determine whether the wager is to... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20100203958 - Progressive game scheme for machine play and lotteries: A progressive jackpot gaming system that includes a central server, central controller or remote host in communication with a linked plurality of gaming machines or gaming devices is disclosed. The gaming devices are capable of generating video or mechanical images, and are programmed to allow a person to make a... Agent: Precedent Gaming, Inc.
20100203961 - Network gaming maintenance and repair history: Some embodiments include a computer-implemented method for tracking, over an electronic wagering game network, services performed on a wagering game machine. The method comprises: receiving, in the wagering game machine, a wagering game machine access identifier, wherein the wagering game machine access identifier indicates identity of a technician accessing a... Agent: Wms Gaming (delizio Gilliam) C/o Delizio Gilliam, PLLC
20100203962 - Verification system and method: A verification system has an operational component registry that includes an interface, a memory device, and a processor. Preferably, the interface in the operational component registry communicates the installed identification data from the gaming units to the operational component registry. The memory device preferably stores registered identification data for the... Agent: Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
20100203960 - Wagering game with encryption and authentication: A computerized wagering game system includes a gaming module comprising gaming code which is operable when executed on to conduct a wagering game on which monetary value can be wagered, and a security module operable to perform at least one encryption function on information communicated via a network connection. The... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner/wms Gaming
20100203963 - Integrating social contact identifiers into wagering games: Described herein are processes and devices that integrate social contact identifiers into wagering games. One of the devices described is a social contact identifier integrator. The social contact identifier integrator can display one or more elements of a wagering game, such as graphics that are part of, or connected to,... Agent: Wms Gaming (delizio Gilliam) C/o Delizio Gilliam, PLLC
20100203964 - System and method for facilitating trades for bonus activity in gaming systems: A system and method for allowing gaming device participants to effect trades of player assets for improved odds of attaining gaming bonus events. A player engages in play of a gaming activity, such as a slot game, which includes a standard mode of play and a bonus mode of play.... Agent: Hollingsworth & Funk, LLC Suite 125
20100203966 - Cashless gaming system: apparatus and method: A gaming machine, and method for a gaming machine, in which player identification data (e.g., from a player card and personal identification number) is communicated via a link to a remote computer system. Player information (e.g., perquisites information) is retrieved from the remote computer system. A graphical presentation system presents... Agent: Mcandrews Held & Malloy, Ltd
20100203965 - Display device, system and methods for a craps table: Embodiments include a device, system and method for display for a craps table. In one example, a display may include a display portion operable to display a representation of data relating to a current die pair rolled by a shooter; and a display portion operable to display a representation of... Agent: Speed Law Firm
20100203968 - Apparatus and method of avatar customisation: An entertainment device comprises skeletal modelling means to control placements of a three dimensional mesh representing some or all of a user avatar in response to the position of one or more skeletal components of the user avatar, skeleton modification means to modify one or more physical properties of one... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20100203967 - Exercising game system and method thereof: An exercising game system and the method thereof are provided. The system collects a speed parameter and a time parameter of an exerciser, and compute to obtain a distance parameter for extracting a corresponding virtual image. This solves the problems that the exerciser may cheat during the game and that... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC
20100203969 - Game device, game program and game object operation method: [Means for Solving the Problems] A game device, where an operation signal to operate a character displayed on a screen is input to proceed a game, is provided with a controller 1c that has an acceleration sensor to detect acceleration in a predetermined direction, a GUI control unit 24 that... Agent: Maier & Maier, PLLC
20100203970 - Automatically generating a book describing a user's videogame performance: Systems and methods are provided that record data in a videogame, such as a user's character and performance in the videogame, and generate a book, e-book, or comic book based on the recorded data. A narrative data structure generated from the recorded data may include pregenerated text and images, and... Agent: Apple Inc. C/o Fletcher Yoder, PC
20100203971 - Entertainment apparatus and method: An entertainment device comprises communication means for communicating with a remote device over a network; program code and resources for running a full version of the program, the program code being operable to interact with remote devices also running a full version of the program; and program resource classification means,... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik
20100203972 - Method and system for mobile game using location-based service: A method and a system for a mobile game using an actual location-based service of the users as a basis for virtual commercial transactions. The method for the mobile game using a portable terminal includes: receiving, by the portable terminal, current location information of the portable terminal; transmitting, by the... Agent: Cha & Reiter, LLC
20100203973 - Media controller with fingerprint recognition: A system and method for retaining, associating, and reloading a user's preferences in a video game system without requiring active participation from the user is provided. The system may include an object control mechanism for receiving a passive indication from the user to perform a fingerprint scan of the user's... Agent: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.l.l.c.08/05/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list
20100197374 - Fantasy football system and method: An on-line, multi-player internet based application that is adapted for playing fantasy football in the trenches, i.e., for playing fantasy football in a way that accounts for the values associated with the contributions to the overall game made by the special units and players who fight in the trenches, that... Agent: Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP
20100197375 - Game control program, game device and game control method: A game device includes an object arrangement changing unit for changing the arrangement of objects, which are of plural kinds, placed in a game field following an instruction from a user, an arrangement condition determining unit for determining objects that meet an arrangement condition for erasure out of a plurality... Agent: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
20100197376 - System and method for streaming a lottery game: A system and method for streaming a lottery game is described. The system includes a lottery ticket, a gaming server, a paytable, a video server, a network access device, an encryption module, and IP address associated with the network access device. The lottery ticket has a first plurality of numbers.... Agent: KerrIPGroup, LLC Michael A. Kerr
20100197378 - Wagering game having display arrangement formed by an image conduit: A gaming system for conducting a wagering game comprises a display device and an image conduit. The display device develops or includes images of symbols associated with the wagering game. The image conduit is located in front of the display device and has a first end and a second end.... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100197377 - Wagering game with persistent wild symbol reel positions: A gaming system for conducting a wagering game comprises a display including a plurality of symbol-bearing reels having a plurality of symbol locations and symbols that indicate a randomly selected outcome of the wagering game. In response to a certain event, at least one symbol on the reels in a... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100197379 - Class of feature event games suitable for linking to multiple gaming machines: A gaming method, apparatus and system for playing a game of chance is disclosed in which a plurality of gaming machines may be linked together for mutually competitive play. According to one embodiment, two or more gaming machines are linked to a centrally located display exhibiting a game board comprising... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20100197380 - System and method of conducting simulated combat: The present invention is a system and method of simulated combat which can be incorporated in an online multiplayer game. The game, which can be played using multiple human players competing against each other or playing against a computer, begins with a randomly chosen player going first. The randomly chosen... Agent: Patentmetrix
20100197381 - Gaming machine, gaming method, and gaming program: A gaming machine is provided which includes: an operation sequence table 211 storing an operation sequence in which one or more groups of time-series input timings are associated with operation means to be operated for input by a player based on the group of the input timings; operation instructing means... Agent: GlobalIPCounselors, LLP
20100197382 - Apparatus and methods facilitating the use of financial transactions in a virtual environment: This disclosure includes systems which generate a video game or other virtual environment, and institutions and transactions of a financial nature are facilitated by the video game. Some types of financial transactions may be guaranteed, such as by real world financial devices including credit cards.... Agent: Andrew Van Luchene
20100197383 - Secure smart card operations: Various embodiments described or referenced herein are directed to different devices, methods, systems, and computer program products for facilitating cashless digital transactions (e.g., in a casino environment). A wager-based gaming machine may include a memory device capable of storing a first credit balance representing an amount of credit available for... Agent: Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP - Igt Attn: Igt
20100197384 - Apparatus and method for determining the award of a plurality of prizes: Apparatus is disclosed for determining the award of a set of prizes where each prize in the set has a respective prize value. The apparatus includes memory for storing prize data indicative of the prize values in the set. An input device is responsive to input signals from a respective... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C.
20100197386 - Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers: A method of gaming is disclosed wherein progressive award values may be increased in response to certain pre-established game outcomes, wager amounts or random events. The increased progressive award values may be based on a primary game or secondary game outcome. Another innovation is the resetting of progressive awards upon... Agent: K&l Gates LLP
20100197387 - Gaming system with modifiable prize distribution assignment method: A gaming system is disclosed wherein an outcome probability is determined for each of a number of possible outcomes achievable in a wagering game. Different subsets are then associated with each different prize level in a desired prize distribution. The possible outcomes and their respective probability are assigned or mapped... Agent: Russell D. Culbertson Shaffer & Culbertson, L.L.P.
20100197385 - Wagering game with dual-play feature: Multi-player games that foster cooperation or competition between players. A multi-player wagering game system includes a first display to display a first wagering game; a first input device corresponding to the first display to accept input from a first player; a second display to display a second wagering game, the... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100197389 - Game control program, game device and game control method, management server, and data managing method: A designer terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention is a game device operated by a designer. The designer terminal includes a stage setting unit that generates design data on a virtual space, in which players play games, according to instructions from the designer, a stage distributing unit... Agent: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
20100197394 - Game machine, game information display method and game program: A game machine comprises a game progress controller which accepts operational information entered from a touch panel and from other game machines and successively obtain tile objects representing tiles of individual players, a main image display controller which defines arrangement zones for the tile objects representing the tiles of the... Agent: Jordan And Hamburg LLP
20100197390 - Pose tracking pipeline: A method of tracking a target includes receiving from a source an observed depth image of a scene including the target. Each pixel of the observed depth image is labeled as either a foreground pixel belonging to the target or a background pixel not belonging to the target. Each foreground... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197391 - Visual target tracking: A target tracking method includes representing a human target with a machine-readable model including a plurality of skeletal points. The plurality of skeletal points are adjustable into a plurality of different legal poses. The method further includes receiving an observed depth image of the human target from a source and... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197392 - Visual target tracking: A target tracking method includes modeling the target in a first frame with a first frame iteration of a machine-readable model and receiving an observed depth image of a second frame of a scene including the target. The first frame iteration of the machine-readable model is then adjusted into a... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197393 - Visual target tracking: A target tracking method includes representing a human target with a machine-readable model configured for adjustment into a plurality of different poses and receiving an observed depth image of the human target from a source. One or more push force vectors are applied to one or more force-receiving locations of... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197388 - Wagering game with auto-triggered player device: A gaming system including an input device for receiving a wager to play a wagering game. The gaming system also includes a display for displaying a randomly selected outcome of the wagering game and a touch-screen input device in association with the display. In response to a predetermined criterion, a... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP
20100197397 - Electronic gaming machine: The present invention relates to a gaming machine and/or entertainment machine, in particular in the form of slot machines and/or gambling machines operable by coins and/or by monetary equivalents, having a plurality of screens for the presentation of information, in particular of game contents and/or of game information, which are... Agent: Levine Bagade Han LLP
20100197396 - Game apparatus, game character displaying method, and recording medium: The present invention relates to a game apparatus that can play a plurality of games using a specific player character. The game apparatus includes an item display data specifier that specifies display data of items based on attributes set to the items and a design table where a correspondence relationship... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C
20100197398 - Gaming machine, gaming method, and gaming program: A gaming machine is provided which includes: at least one operation means that accepts an input operation performed by a player when pressing down on the at least one operation means; at least one display unit having a display the player is able to see through the surface of the... Agent: GlobalIPCounselors, LLP
20100197395 - Visual target tracking: A method of tracking a target includes classifying a pixel having a pixel address with one or more pixel cases. The pixel is classified based on one or more observed or synthesized values. An example of an observed value for a pixel address includes an observed depth value obtained from... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197399 - Visual target tracking: A method of tracking a target includes receiving an observed depth image of the target from a source and obtaining a posed model of the target. The model is rasterized into a synthesized depth image, and the pose of the model is adjusted based, at least in part, on differences... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197400 - Visual target tracking: A target tracking method includes representing a human target with a machine-readable model configured for adjustment into a plurality of different poses. The machine-readable model includes a plurality of joints, including one or more magnetism joints, and each joint has a three-dimensional world space position. The method further includes receiving... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197401 - Reliable, efficient and low cost method for games audio rendering: An efficient method for a reliable and accurate rendering of audio in a virtual reality environment, such as computer gaming. It excels other known rendering methods in its ability to achieve high quality audio rendering in real time conditions using a regular personal computer without any need for a special... Agent: Dr. D. Graeser Ltd.
20100197403 - Portable electronic device and computer software product: The invention relates to a portable electronic device and computer software product. The portable electronic device comprises a motion detector for generating motion data characterizing the local movement of the portable electronic device, a motion intensity determiner for determining a instantaneous motion intensity value of the user of the portable... Agent: Hoffmann & Baron, LLP
20100197402 - Secure and/or lockable connecting arrangement for video game system: Compatible mechanical and/or electrical connections to video game system accessories provide unique shape, design and dimensions that discourage or prevent non-compatible devices from being connected, connector configurations that allow connection only in a proper orientation to ensure electrical compatibility and eliminate the possibility of short-circuits, quick release locking arrangement firmly... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC
20100197404 - Gaming console wireless protocol for peripheral devices: Methods of wireless communication between a gaming console and a wireless accessory using a protocol. The protocol is used in a TDMA frequency hopping spread spectrum system to enable simultaneous communication of voice and data between a plurality of wireless accessories and the gaming console. The protocol provides specific time... Agent: Woodcock Washburn LLP (microsoft Corporation)
20100197407 - Game apparatus, server apparatus, program, and recording medium: An object of the present invention is to provide a game server that can simulate the sensation of competing in a game against an actually existing specific person. The game server of the present invention offers a plurality of options for the actions that gamer A can select in game... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
20100197408 - Match-up game system: A match-up game system includes a game database providing step of providing a game database based on a data record regarding a previous match of the virtual characters from the game server computer to the headquartered computer; a ranking data record generation step in which the headquarter server computer generates... Agent: Kubotera & Associates, LLC
20100197405 - Method and apparatus for thwarting traffic analysis in online games: The subject disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for routing data in a network-based computer game via proxy computers. The method and system includes a set of techniques that utilizes the proxy computers to thwart traffic analysis in high-speed games while continuing to satisfy the games' latency requirements. The... Agent: Microsoft Corporation
20100197410 - System and method for providing enhanced services to a user of a gaming application: A system for providing enhanced services to users of a gaming application comprises a server and a platform remotely coupled to the server. The server executes a gaming application. The platform receives a request for enhanced services, and establishes an enhanced services session with a user of the gaming application... Agent: Baker Botts L.L.P.
20100197406 - System and method for vehicular ad-hoc gaming networking: A game is provided which can be played over a vehicular ad hoc network. Because vehicles may rapidly change locations, the game is capable of switching to new instances of the same game with relatively seamless transitions. Players who are no longer in a new instance, but were in the... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.C./fgtl
20100197409 - System which manages relationships between characters in a video game or other virtual environment: This disclosure includes systems which generate a video game or other virtual environment, and player characters in the video game can form relationships of various natures. Certain relationships provide benefits and/or obligations. The video game facilitates the monitoring, forming and terminating of various kinds of relationships.... Agent: Andrew Van Luchene
20100197411 - Interactive media: A removable storage medium comprising media content, and further comprising supplementary data for use with interactive toys, the supplementary data being categorised according to one or more criteria selected from the list consisting of: i. physical capabilities of an interactive toy; ii. target age-range of a user of an interactive... Agent: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & MentlikPrevious industry: Books, strips, and leaves for manifolding
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