US 9,017,188 C1 (89th)
System and method for improving a basketball player's shooting including a detection and measurement system
John G. Joseph, Upper Sandusky, OH (US); Troy David Geiser, Findlay, OH (US); and Albert Charles Abnett, Nevada, OH (US)
Filed by John G. Joseph, Upper Sandusky, OH (US); Troy David Geiser, Findlay, OH (US); and Albert Charles Abnett, Nevada, OH (US)
Assigned to Shoot-A-Way, Inc.
Supplemental Examination Request No. 96/000,187, Feb. 21, 2017.
Reexamination Certificate for Patent 9,017,188, issued Apr. 28, 2015, Appl. No. 13/529,917, Jun. 21, 2012.
Application 96/000,187 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/420,122, filed on Apr. 8, 2009, granted, now 8,206,246.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate from Reexamination Ordered under 35 U.S.C. 257 issued on Oct. 30, 2017.
Int. Cl. A63B 69/00 (2006.01); A63B 24/00 (2006.01); G01S 13/66 (2006.01); G01S 13/72 (2006.01); G09B 19/00 (2006.01); A63B 71/06 (2006.01); A63B 69/40 (2006.01); A63B 63/00 (2006.01)
CPC A63B 69/0071 (2013.01) [A63B 24/0021 (2013.01); A63B 24/0062 (2013.01); A63B 24/0075 (2013.01); A63B 69/40 (2013.01); A63B 71/0619 (2013.01); G01S 13/66 (2013.01); G01S 13/726 (2013.01); G09B 19/0038 (2013.01); A63B 2024/0037 (2013.01); A63B 2024/0056 (2013.01); A63B 2063/001 (2013.01); A63B 2208/0204 (2013.01); A63B 2220/13 (2013.01); A63B 2220/17 (2013.01); A63B 2220/805 (2013.01)]
OG exemplary drawing
AS A RESULT OF REEXAMINATION, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT:
The patentability of claim 1 is confirmed.
Claims 2-8 are cancelled.
New claims 9, 10 and 11 are added and determined to be patentable.
1. A basketball launcher which enables a player to practice basketball, comprising:
a gun/ejector which launches a sequence of basketball passes to the player;
a display or interface for controlling or programming said gun/ejector which:
i) indicates several different positions at which said gun/ejector may pass said basketball passes;
ii) accepts input from a user which selects a sequence of said basketball passes;
iii) said display or interface has a plurality of indicia for selecting a plurality of predetermined different locations at which one or more of said basketball passes will be launched by said gun/ejector on a basketball court;
said plurality of indicia arranged in spaced angular positions on said display or interface to generally correspond to said plurality of predetermined different locations corresponding to spaced angular positions on said basketball court; and
each of said plurality of indicia having an indicator that shows which one of said plurality of indicia has been selected or actuated and said indicator is located at each of said spaced angular positions on said display or interface;
wherein said display or interface allows programming of a desired time delay between passes and programming of a number of shots that said gun/ejector passes to each of said plurality of different locations at which said gun/ejector passes said basketball passes;
wherein said gun/ejector further comprises a controller that counts the number of made-shots or missed-shots at each of said predetermined different locations at which basketballs were shot.
[ 9. The basketball launcher according to claim 1, wherein said plurality of indicia are individually and directly selectable.]
[ 10. The basketball launcher according to claim 1, wherein said controller separately records the number of made-shots and missed-shots at each of said predetermined different locations.]
[ 11. The basketball launcher of claim 1, wherein said basketball launcher further comprises a collection net comprising a front portion, a rear portion, and two side portions, wherein an upper edge of said front portion is configured to extend above the rim of said basketball goal, the two side portions are configured to substantially abut the backboard of said basketball goal, and the rear portion is configured to extend below the rim of said basketball goal, such that the collection net collects basketballs contacting the front surface of the backboard of the basketball goal.]