U.S. Patent 7657910 was awarded to EOSpace Inc. on 2010-02-02 and describes a “Distributed electronic entertainment method and apparatus.” This patent has been cited 344 times by other U.S. patents which places it in the top 500 cited patents since 2010 according to our law firm research, and makes it of the most innovative furniture, games patents in the field of other fields. The abstract states:
A distributed electronic entertainment method and apparatus are described. In one embodiment, a central management resource is coupled to multiple out-of-home venues through a wide area network (WAN). The central management resource stores content and performs management, monitoring and entertainment content delivery functions. At each venue at least one entertainment unit is coupled to the WAN. Multiple entertainment units in a venue are coupled to each other through a local area network (LAN). In one embodiment, an entertainment unit includes a user interface that comprises at least one graphical user interface (GUI). The entertainment unit further comprises a local memory device that stores entertainment content comprising music, a peripheral interface, and a user input device. A plurality of peripheral devices are coupled to the at least one entertainment unit via the peripheral interface, wherein a user, through the user input device and the user interface, performs at least one activity from a group comprising, playing music, playing electronic games, viewing television content, and browsing the Internet. Link: U.S. Patent 7657910
This patent was originally filed on 2000-03-03 which gives it a processing time of 3623 days, compared to an average processing time of 2404 in the field. EOSpace Inc. has 16 total patents. The first named inventor is Roger D. McAulay of San Francisco, CA. The primary examiner was Andrew Joseph Rudy.
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