Patent filings around Slot Machine hold interesting insights into the innovation, research and development within the space. With the help of Patent iNSIGHT Pro, we will analyze the all the patent data around slot machines to find answers to the following:
- What does the IP publication trend for Slot Machine look like and how has activity around filings evolved?
- Who are the top assignees or key players in Slot Machine and what are their technology wise trends?
- How is Assignee Portfolios spread across different Slot machine types?
To get a more accurate and all round perspective on these the patent set has been classified into these two categories.
- Bonus Multiplier Slots
- Buy-a-Pay Slots
- Loyalty Slot Machines
- Multipayline Machines
- Progressive Slot Machines
- Straight Slot Machines
- a) Bonus Slots
- b) Feature Slots
- c) Multi Line Slots
- d) Single Line Slots/Classic Slots
- Video/ Online Slots
- Bill Validator
- Cash Tray
- Circuit Boards
- Coin Counter
- Coin Hopper
- Drop bucket or drop box
- Random Number Generators
- Reel Assembly
The illustration below shows the different categories prepared and the number of records in each. The categorization involved defining a search strategy for each topic and then conducting the search using the Advanced Searching capability in Patent iNSIGHT Pro. Details of search strings used for each category are given in Appendix B.
What has been the IP publication trend for Slot Machines?
Patents related to Slot Machines can be traced back to before 1950, although the number of filings remained relatively low all the way up till the year 2000. Noticeably there was a very large spike in publications for 2009 which saw around 1300 patents published during the year. Just a month and a half into 2011 and we are already seeing around 300 patents. It’s clear that this technology picked up slowly, grew consistently and is evidently on an upward trend.
Who have been the top assignees or the key players within this industry?
The top assignees are:
1. UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORP
2. INTERNATIONAL GAME TECHNOLOGY
3. WMS INDUSTRIES INC.
4. ARISTOCRAT LEISURE LTD.
5. BALLY TECHNOLOGIES INC.
6. KONAMI CORP
7. WALKER DIGITAL LLC
8. SHUFFLE MASTER INC.
9. LOTTOMATICA S.P.A.
10. SCIENTIFIC GAMES CORP11. MULTIMEDIA GAMES INC.
13. KABUSHIKI KAISHA ACE DENKEN
14. CFPH LLC
15. AC COIN & SLOT SERVICES CO INC.
16. MOODY ERNEST W
17. AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY LTD.
18. DRAGON CO. LTD.
19. ACRES-FIORE INC.
20. LABTRONIX CONCEPT INC.
How is research in slot machines spread across different countries?
In terms of regional pockets where patent protection is being sought most frequently for these technologies, the US is in the lead, followed by JP and AU. The map below breaks down slot machine patenting activity priority country wise from 1950. The table below ranks the top 10 priority countries and therefore provides an indication of where the innovation in this technology area is originating:
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Patent Analytics Report on Slot Machines