Santa Clara Engineer Receives Patent for Rally Pong, High Tech Table Tennis System

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The inventor of Rally Pong has received patent protection for his innovative game, which promises to revolutionize the world of table tennis. Features include an automated talking score and digital display, continuous automated ball retrieval and 4 serving guns.

Independent inventor and table tennis enthusiast Steve Martin announced this week that he has secured a patent from the US Patent Office for several key components of his revolutionary Rally Pong System.

The patent, number 8,162,783, Table Tennis Game with Automated Serving and Scorekeeping, marks a major milestone for Martin, who over the last several years has worked to perfect what he touts as “the funnest reinvention of the game ever.”

The Rally Pong system represents a modern overhaul of classic table tennis, with a variety of new functions that include an automated talking score and digital display, continuous automated ball retrieval, and four serving guns with random automated serving functions. Rally Pong allows for exciting rallies unencumbered by scorekeeping, ball retrieval or serve-turn tracking, and even enables high-speed single player rallies.

Keith Kline, a patent attorney with the Menlo Park-based law firm Carr & Ferrell, LLP, has represented Martin since 1995, and said that this newest patent underscores the novelty of the innovations underlying the Rally Pong system. “The issued patent certainly legitimizes Steve’s claims that the game is unique and an advancement over anything previously seen in the field,” Kline said.

Patent ‘783 is the third that Martin, a retired Lockheed Martin Firmware Engineer, has received for his game system, which he designed, built and field tested in his garage. As a next step on his journey to revolutionize the world of table tennis, Martin will seek investor funding required to bring Rally Pong to market. The inventor sees boundless potential applications for his product in schools, hotels, clubs, arcades and on cruise ships.

"My sincere thanks to Keith Kline and Carr & Ferrell, LLP for the comprehensive utility patent that now protects all of my ideas and designs for Rally Pong." Martin said upon word that his patent had been granted. " Also, I would like to thank the California Billiard Club and all of the players that participated in the two month free Rally Pong demonstration. It was very satisfying for me to watch hundreds of new players enjoy the Rally Pong Game."

For a video demonstration of the Rally Pong System, please visit

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