US Patent No: 7,458,892

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Systems and methods for facilitating play of a casino game via expiring prepaid plays of the casino game

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Abstract

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In accordance with at least one embodiment, an expiring prepaid casino account is disclosed. The expiring prepaid casino account has associated therewith an amount of money, time, and/or game plays. The amount of money, time, and/or game plays expires in predetermined portions over a plurality of defined expiration periods, thus encouraging a player to return to a casino during each of the predefined expiration periods. The present invention may be implemented via either a brick-and-mortar casino or an online casino.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
IGTRENO, NV2670

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Fincham, Magdalena M Norwalk, CT 331 3502
Gelman, Geoffrey M Stamford, CT 659 7328
Jorasch, James A Stamford, CT 1489 33618
Van, Luchene Andrew S New York, NY 300 5060
Walker, Jay S Ridgefield, CT 1932 45080

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PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY (4)
8,657,662 Gaming device having variable speed of play 0 2008
8,602,866 Method and apparatus for generating a virtual win 0 2009
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IGT (2)
7,862,424 Methods and apparatus for facilitating a flat rate play session and for extending same 8 2005
7,862,426 Systems and methods for facilitating play of a casino game via expiring prepaid plays of the casino game 3 2008
 
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Maintenance Fees

Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee due date
7.5 Year Payment $3600.00 $1800.00 $900.00 Jun 2, 2016
11.5 Year Payment $7400.00 $3700.00 $1850.00 Jun 2, 2020
Fee Large entity fee small entity fee micro entity fee
Surcharge - 7.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge - 11.5 year - Late payment within 6 months $160.00 $80.00 $40.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unavoidable $700.00 $350.00 $175.00
Surcharge after expiration - Late payment is unintentional $1,640.00 $820.00 $410.00