US Patent No: 6,375,568

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Interactive gaming system and process

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Abstract

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An interactive gaming process and system. The system comprises a plurality of gaming machines to be played by plurality of players. The system can be configured such that the gaming machines are either located in a casino or at internet locations. Each gaming machine comprises a wagering game and a theme game, respectively. The wagering game has features that correspond to the theme game wherein the results of the wagering game influence the results of the theme game as the wagering game is being played. The system also includes a controller for electronically linking the gaming machines and providing stimuli to the gaming machines so as to effect gaming machine outputs that are impartial and random. In one embodiment, the plurality of players play the wagering game as a group wherein if one player's theme game results meet predetermined criteria, that particular player will play for the group. The group will then have the opportunity to split a jackpot. In another embodiment, the plurality of players play as a group wherein activation of each player's wagering game either helps or hinders the group as a whole in its effort to achieve a predetermined goal. In a further embodiment, the players play their respective wagering game so as to directly compete against each other in the theme game. The results of the wagering games determines the winnings of each player, the eventual winner of the theme game and/or any predetermined jackpot.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ROFFMAN, DAVIDORANGE, CT1
ROFFMAN, ELIZABETH M.ORANGE, CT1

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Roffman, Arnold P Woodbridge, CT 1 255
Ross, Mark J New Haven, CT 2 271

Cited Art Landscape

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ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
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MULTIMEDIA GAMES, INC. (2)
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ZYNGA INC. (2)
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6,319,122 Electronic amusement device and method for providing payouts based on the activity of other devices 186 1998
 
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
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SIERRA DESIGN GROUP (1)
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Trump Taj Mahal Associates (1)
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WMS GAMING INC. (1)
6,203,429 Gaming machine with bonus mode 593 1998

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IGT (116)
6,731,313 Gaming device having touch activated alternating or changing symbol 84 2000
6,939,223 Gaming device providing pay table information for a symbol through selection of the symbol 32 2000
6,656,041 Gaming device for changing a player's environment 26 2000
6,837,788 Method of playing a dual wagering game 133 2001
7,500,915 Method and apparatus for rewarding multiple game players for a single win 60 2002
7,918,730 Trajectory-based 3-D games of chance for video gaming machines 10 2002
7,351,147 Standard peripheral communication 36 2002
6,899,627 USB device protocol for a gaming machine 73 2002
7,901,291 Gaming device operable with platform independent code and method 4 2002
7,794,322 System for awarding a bonus to a gaming device on a wide area network 2 2002
8,702,492 Methods and apparatus for employing audio/video programming to initiate game play at a gaming device 0 2003
7,819,750 USB software architecture in a gaming machine 15 2003
7,704,147 Download procedures for peripheral devices 32 2003
7,290,072 Protocols and standards for USB peripheral communications 45 2003
7,789,748 Gaming device having player-selectable music 3 2003
7,695,363 Gaming device having multiple display interfaces 3 2003
7,819,746 System for awarding a bonus to a gaming device on a wide area network 1 2003
7,156,735 Parallel games on a gaming device 34 2003
7,727,070 Method and apparatus for authenticating and verifying communication on a network of gaming devices 2 2004
7,722,456 Method and apparatus for associating symbols with a state of a gaming device 6 2004
7,526,736 Gaming device having touch activated alternating or changing symbol 4 2004
7,351,140 Method and apparatus for rewarding multiple game players for a single win 33 2004
7,699,699 Gaming device having multiple selectable display interfaces based on player's wagers 5 2004
8,025,566 Gaming device methods and apparatus employing audio/video programming outcome presentation 1 2005
7,281,977 Gaming device providing touch activated symbol information 6 2005
7,666,093 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 15 2005
7,854,654 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 14 2005
7,666,081 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 16 2005
7,621,809 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 16 2005
7,607,976 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 21 2005
7,607,977 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 13 2005
7,585,219 Gaming device having a matching symbol game 10 2005
7,785,191 Slot machine game having a plurality of ways for a user to obtain payouts based on selection of one or more symbols (power pays) 1 2005
7,744,458 Slot machine game having a plurality of ways for a user to obtain payouts based on selection of one or more symbols (power pays) 6 2005
7,597,621 Gaming device having progressive awards and supplemental awards 16 2005
7,500,913 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 29 2005
8,651,939 Gaming system having a plurality of adjacently arranged gaming machines and a mechanical moveable indicator operable to individually indicate the gaming machines 0 2005
8,043,155 Gaming device having a plurality of wildcard symbol patterns 0 2005
7,780,520 Gaming device having multiple different types of progressive awards 17 2006
8,029,353 Gaming device methods and apparatus employing audio/video programming outcome presentation 1 2006
8,029,362 Gaming device methods and apparatus employing audio/video programming outcome presentation 1 2006
8,025,562 Gaming device methods and apparatus employing audio/video programming outcome presentation 1 2006
7,905,777 Methods and apparatus for auctioning an item via a gaming device 0 2006
8,070,597 Gaming device and method having multiple progressive award levels and a secondary game for advancing through the progressive award levels 11 2006
8,702,517 Gaming device methods and apparatus employing audio/video programming outcome presentation 0 2006
8,216,065 Gaming system having multiple adjacently arranged gaming machines which each provide a component for a multi-component game 4 2006
8,137,188 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 1 2006
8,128,491 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 3 2006
7,841,939 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 14 2006
7,568,973 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 22 2006
8,523,665 Gaming system and method having multi-level mystery triggered progressive awards 0 2006
7,892,093 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 15 2006
8,491,392 Gaming system and method having promotions based on player selected gaming environment preferences 0 2006
7,942,737 Gaming device having a game with multiple selections and progressive game incrementation 10 2006
7,857,699 Gaming system and method of operating a gaming system having a bonus participation bidding sequence 6 2006
7,789,755 Gaming system and method having award distribution using shares 8 2006
7,828,649 Gaming system and method for providing group play with divided bonus features 21 2006
7,819,745 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 6 2006
7,753,782 Gaming system and method for providing multiple players multiple bonus awards 8 2006
7,963,845 Gaming system and method with multiple progressive award levels and a skill based determination of providing one of the progressive award levels 7 2006
7,931,531 Gaming system and method providing an interactive game with automatic wagers 8 2006
8,105,149 Gaming system and method providing venue wide simultaneous player participation based bonus game 11 2006
7,806,764 Parallel games on a gaming device 7 2006
8,113,935 System and method for presenting payout ranges and audiovisual clips at a gaming device 0 2007
7,950,993 Gaming system and method providing an interactive game with automatic wagers 5 2007
8,556,710 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 0 2007
8,449,380 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 1 2007
8,444,480 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 1 2007
8,430,747 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 1 2007
8,251,791 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 0 2007
8,235,808 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 3 2007
8,216,060 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 0 2007
8,128,492 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 0 2007
8,021,230 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 9 2007
7,985,133 Gaming system and method for providing an additional gaming currency 9 2007
7,963,847 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 26 2007
7,905,778 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 6 2007
7,780,523 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 4 2007
7,753,783 Gaming system and method for providing multiple players multiple bonus awards 4 2007
7,722,464 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 6 2007
7,713,124 Gaming system and method for providing group play with divided bonus features 6 2007
7,690,977 Gaming system and method for providing multiple players multiple bonus awards 6 2007
7,654,896 Gaming system which provides multiple players multiple bonus awards 13 2007
7,585,223 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 13 2007
8,500,548 Gaming system and method for providing team progressive awards 1 2007
8,292,723 Gaming system and method for providing team play 3 2007
8,562,423 Method and apparatus for rewarding multiple game players for a single win 0 2008
8,092,297 Gaming system and method for providing a bonus based on number of gaming machines being actively played 2 2008
8,591,308 Gaming system and method providing indication of notable symbols including audible indication 0 2008
8,376,836 Server based gaming system and method for providing deferral of bonus events 1 2008
8,506,380 Gaming system, gaming device, and method for enabling a player to select volatility using game symbols 0 2008
8,162,743 Elimination games for gaming machines 3 2008
7,753,784 Gaming device having progressive awards and supplemental awards 4 2009
8,342,947 Gaming system, gaming device and method for determining an outcome of a secondary game based on one or more events which occur in association with a primary game 1 2009
8,408,993 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 2 2010
8,221,218 Gaming device having multiple selectable display interfaces based on player's wagers 0 2010
8,337,298 Gaming device having multiple different types of progressive awards 1 2010
8,727,871 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 0 2010
8,167,709 Methods and apparatus for auctioning an item via a gaming device 0 2011
8,210,937 Gaming device having a game with multiple selections and progressive game incrementation 3 2011
8,430,735 Gaming system and method providing an interactive game with automatic wagers 3 2011
8,328,631 Gaming system and method with multiple progressive award levels and a skill based determination of providing one of the progressive award levels 2 2011
8,216,062 Gaming system and method for providing an additional gaming currency 1 2011
8,419,524 Gaming device having a plurality of wildcard symbol patterns 1 2011
8,371,931 Gaming system and method for providing a bonus based on number of gaming machines being actively played 1 2011
8,702,488 Server based gaming system having multiple progressive awards 0 2012
8,632,394 Methods and apparatus for auctioning an item via a gaming device 0 2012
8,678,918 Gaming device having a game with multiple selections and progressive award incrementation 0 2012
8,708,804 Gaming system and method providing a collection game including at least one customizable award collector 0 2012
8,512,121 Gaming system having multiple adjacently arranged gaming machines which each provide a component for a multi-component game 0 2012
8,636,582 Gaming system and method for providing team play 0 2012
8,753,196 Gaming device having multiple different types of progressive awards 0 2012
8,777,733 Gaming system, gaming device and method for determining an outcome of a secondary game based on one or more events which occur in association with a primary game 0 2012
8,801,520 Gaming method and device involving progressive wagers 0 2013
8,727,866 Gaming device having a plurality of wildcard symbol patterns 0 2013
8,753,197 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 0 2013
 
WMS GAMING INC. (68)
6,786,818 Gaming machine with interacting symbols on symbol array 59 2000
7,160,187 Gaming machine with superimposed display image 75 2002
7,077,745 Slot machine with win completion feature 28 2003
7,963,846 Gaming machine having multiple level progressive feature with player controlled outcome 0 2003
7,662,040 Gaming machine having a community game with side wagering 32 2003
7,510,475 Gaming machine with superimposed display image 36 2003
7,972,206 Gaming machine and display device therefor 10 2003
8,460,083 Gaming terminal with multi-level progressive jackpot 0 2004
7,850,524 Progressive jackpot game with special bonus 1 2004
7,510,473 Wagering game having progressive amounts represented in various ways 17 2004
7,980,938 Wagering game with video lottery bonus game 2 2005
7,874,915 Wagering game providing free game play as a progressive award 8 2005
8,038,528 Wagering game with enhanced progressive game 0 2005
7,419,430 Wagering game for tracking various types of wager inputs 21 2005
8,353,753 Wagering game with randomly funded progressive amounts 0 2005
8,137,180 Wagering game having progressive amounts displayed in a matrix 1 2005
7,780,531 Gaming machine having a community game with side wagering 19 2005
8,545,304 Wagering game with bonus game triggered by linked terminal 0 2005
7,775,873 Wagering game with shared payoff based on multiple player selections 10 2005
7,874,920 Wagering game with unilateral player selection for developing a group 15 2005
8,113,947 Wagering game with award unlocking feature 8 2005
8,556,708 Wagering game with player-determined symbol function 0 2006
8,133,120 Wagering game with alternating picks 1 2006
7,927,209 Wagering games with pooling of awards 2 2006
7,618,315 Wagering game with wrap-around paylines 5 2006
8,342,956 Progressive wagering game with funding distribution feature 0 2006
8,147,320 Adjustment of awards in progressive system based on wager 1 2006
7,833,094 Wagering game with community award based on best selection from all players 6 2006
8,216,052 Sharing game assets in a wagering game network 1 2006
8,591,311 Gaming system with challenge feature 0 2006
8,328,626 Wagering game with progressive game triggered by multiple players 1 2006
8,303,402 Wagering game with special event shared by adjacent gaming machines 2 2006
7,585,220 Gaming machine with superimposed display image 21 2006
8,231,464 Multigame gaming machine with transmissive display 0 2006
8,182,338 Wagering game with multiplier for progressive fund pool 19 2007
8,460,087 Community wagering game with multiple player selections 0 2007
7,458,890 Reel spinning slot machine with superimposed video image 22 2007
8,251,795 Wagering game with simulated mechanical reels 3 2007
8,128,477 Wagering game with simulated mechanical reels 7 2007
8,096,878 Wagering game with simulated mechanical reels 10 2007
7,654,899 Wagering game with simulated mechanical reels 18 2007
8,267,777 Wagering game with progressive award indicator having an incrementing feature 1 2007
8,235,804 Wagering game 0 2008
8,460,086 Wagering game for tracking various types of wager inputs 0 2008
8,262,467 Wagering game system for providing gaming establishment with guaranteed theoretical winning percentage 1 2008
8,317,587 Gaming system having free spin enhancement features 1 2008
8,262,457 Wagering game apparatus and method to provide a trusted gaming environment 2 2008
8,403,743 Wagering game with simulated mechanical reels 1 2008
7,988,552 Wagering game having progressive amounts represented in various ways 0 2009
7,971,879 Gaming machine with superimposed display image 4 2009
8,282,474 Wagering game providing a progressive award having an actual value determined by follow-up game play 0 2009
8,210,936 Wagering game providing a progressive award having a numerical unit value and a non-numerical fraction 0 2009
8,187,089 Wagering game providing player options for time-based special event 2 2010
8,696,445 Gaming machine having a community game with side wagering 0 2010
8,622,814 Gaming machine having a community game with side wagering 0 2010
8,512,147 Wagering game with shared payoff based on multiple player selections 0 2010
8,562,418 Gaming system with non-cash-based progressive awards 1 2010
8,506,391 Wagering game with multi-level progressive jackpot with partial reset 0 2010
8,622,805 Wagering game for awarding positional game modifiers in a plurality of plays 0 2010
8,591,313 Wagering game for awarding attributes in a plurality of plays 0 2010
8,506,390 Wagering game having game assets with multiple levels of enhancement 0 2010
8,403,758 Wagering game with unilateral player selection for developing a group 0 2010
8,414,383 Wagering games with pooling of awards 0 2011
8,628,400 Progressive wagering game having symbol-triggering award feature 0 2011
8,360,851 Wagering game with progressive game award values associated with reel symbols 0 2011
8,641,520 Wager equalized bonus trigger allocation and redemption 0 2011
8,684,808 Wagering game with overlaying transmissive display for providing enhanced game features 0 2011
8,616,981 Systems, methods, and devices for playing wagering games with location-triggered game features 0 2013
 
SCIENTIFIC GAMES INTERNATIONAL, INC. (28)
6,648,753 Method of playing a group participation game 134 1998
6,692,354 Method of playing a group participation game 109 2002
7,134,959 Methods and apparatus for providing a lottery game 36 2003
7,147,557 Method of playing a group participation game 21 2004
8,221,210 Lottery game having secondary game with multiplier and second payout 0 2005
7,621,814 Media enhanced gaming system 0 2005
7,631,871 Lottery game based on combining player selections with lottery draws to select objects from a third set of indicia 3 2005
7,410,168 Poker style scratch-ticket lottery games 0 2005
7,429,044 Scratch-ticket lottery and promotional games 0 2005
7,485,037 Fixed-odds sports lottery game 1 2005
7,726,652 Lottery game played on a geometric figure using indicia with variable point values 5 2005
7,213,811 Extension to a lottery game for which winning indicia are set by selections made by winners of a base lottery game 44 2005
7,699,314 Lottery game utilizing nostalgic game themes 3 2006
7,662,038 Multi-matrix lottery 5 2006
7,824,257 On-line lottery game in which supplemental lottery-selected indicia are available for purchase 3 2006
7,601,059 Word-based lottery game 0 2006
7,481,431 Bingo-style lottery game ticket 1 2006
8,262,453 Combination lottery and raffle game 1 2006
7,874,902 Computer-implemented simulated card game 1 2006
7,837,117 Embedded optical signatures in documents 0 2006
8,033,905 Preprinted lottery tickets using a player activated electronic validation machine 3 2006
7,654,529 Combination scratch ticket and on-line game ticket 5 2006
8,308,162 Combination scratch ticket and on-line game ticket 4 2009
8,056,900 Grid-based lottery game and associated system 4 2010
8,109,513 Lottery game played on a geometric figure using indicia with variable point values 0 2010
8,177,136 Embedded optical signatures in documents 0 2010
8,808,080 Grid-based lottery game and associated method 0 2011
8,460,081 Grid-based multi-lottery game and associated method 0 2011
 
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8,353,766 Gaming machine 1 2003
8,337,286 Gaming machine with image display assistance feature 2 2003
8,096,867 Gaming machine and display device with fail-tolerant image displaying 6 2003
8,016,669 Gaming machine 8 2003
8,123,609 Gaming machine 5 2005
8,133,108 Gaming machine and game control method 0 2007
8,216,068 Gaming machine 0 2008
8,197,332 Gaming machine and playing method thereof, in which gaming machine bet amount for special payout is added to bet amount placed at gaming terminal designated to be shooter of common game 1 2010
8,545,329 Gaming machine which determines whether common game start condition is met for each gaming terminal, and gaming method thereof 0 2010
8,382,587 Gaming machine which runs common game at plurality of gaming terminals and a playing method thereof 1 2010
8,409,012 Gaming machine and game control method thereof, capable of skipping common game resulting in a draw 1 2010
8,647,189 Gaming machine capable of displaying information for a description of bet types including a winning condition 0 2010
8,241,121 Gaming machine with a light guiding plate subjected to a light scattering process and having a light deflection pattern 0 2011
8,602,870 Gaming machine and game control method 0 2012
 
ZYNGA INC. (9)
7,695,358 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 4 2004
7,387,571 Method and apparatus for linked play gaming 43 2006
7,637,811 System and method for facilitating casino team play 7 2006
8,047,909 Method and apparatus for linked play gaming with combined outcomes and shared indicia 10 2007
8,235,782 Method and apparatus for team play of slot machines 4 2010
8,262,468 Viral dynamic rewards in a multiuser online game network 2 2010
8,690,683 Social requirement for online game asset acquisition 0 2011
8,690,684 Player recruitment for online game rewards 0 2011
8,348,767 Dynamic asset and obstacle generation in online games 0 2011
 
ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED (2)
8,475,276 Gaming system 0 2007
8,162,749 Gaming system and a method of gaming 0 2008
 
ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC. (1)
8,172,666 Slot machine 0 2009
 
CORK GROUP TRADING LTD. (1)
7,993,192 Control system 0 2003
 
Gyro Golf Systems, Inc. (1)
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INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
8,684,825 Multiplayer gaming device and methods 0 2012
 
KONAMI GAMING, INC. (1)
7,128,648 Game machine and method for controlling the game machine 9 2002
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (1)
7,497,776 Multiplayer game mode with predator feature 2 2004
 
Paludi, Louis B. (1)
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PROFESSIONAL VIRTUAL SPORTS, LLC (1)
7,901,286 Video gaming device and method of wagering on a virtual football game 0 2007
 
PTT L.L.C. (1)
7,749,072 Method of providing free games on a slot machine device 0 2005
 
SIERRA DESIGN GROUP (1)
7,419,425 Shared secondary game station and system 6 2002
 
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC (1)
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WALKER DIGITAL, LLC (1)
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7,285,048 Restricted multimedia episode distribution with synthetically generated random outcomes to players with intra-episode biometric image based authentication 17 2002
8,814,669 Systems and methods for post-play gaming benefits 0 2005
8,123,618 Systems for distributing entertaining episodes and crediting payouts to authorized remote-player's wagers 3 2007
8,814,648 Gaming system having multiple gaming machines which provide bonus awards 0 2012
8,814,667 Wagering game providing a progressive award having an actual value determined by follow-up game play 0 2012