Proof Is in the Patent

Apr. 24, 2014
Yoseloff Gaming Innovation Program helps students take ideas from classroom to casino floor with help from industry leaders; 13 student projects in patent process.

The next new table game you play in a casino may just be the brainchild of a UNLV Harrah Hotel College student. After just the first semester of The Dr. Mark Yoseloff Gaming Innovation Course, more than a dozen student inventions are in the process of being filed for provisional patents.

“I was impressed by the students’ ingenuity. They started off with raw ideas which, when refined, evolved into remarkable products with enormous potential,” said Mark Yoseloff, a gaming innovator and former CEO of SHFL Entertainment, Inc., who has more than 100 issued patents. “With mentorship from hospitality and gaming company leaders, UNLV students have a place to ignite their creative spark and get their concepts to the casino floor.”

The semester-long course is taught primarily by Yoseloff and connects students with established gaming leaders who serve as guest lecturers and mentors. Classes focus on gaming commercialization concepts and technology, the patent process, and successful business strategies.

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