Patents by Inventor Joseph M. Caruso

Joseph M. Caruso has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9084653
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes providing a first set of digital data corresponding to an upper arch image of at least a portion of an upper dental arch of a patient, providing a second set of digital data corresponding to a lower arch image of at least a portion of a lower dental arch of the patient, providing bite alignment data representative of the spatial relationship between the upper dental arch and the lower dental arch of the patient, and aligning the upper and lower arch images relative to one another based on the bite alignment data until an aligned upper and lower arch image is attained. The aligned upper and lower arch images are moved towards each other until a first contact point is detected and at least one of the upper and lower arch images is moved relative to the other in one or more directions to a plurality of positions for determining optimal occlusion position of the lower and upper dental arches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignees: CADENT, LTD., 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Russell A. Jordan, James D. Hansen, Joseph M. Caruso, Patrick B. Dufour, Baruch Nissenbaum
  • Publication number: 20120041802
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for business transformation of business performance indicators. Exemplary embodiments include a method for business transformation of business performance indicators, the method including building and refining a process model in a process modeler, defining metrics, key performance indicators and events, and creating metrics for capturing working duration and decision paths, specifying and preparing the process model for deployment, deploying the process model, calculating the working durations, the decision paths and the key performance indicators, measuring the process model real-time and feeding the working duration and decision percentage data into the process modeler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph M. Caruso, Salvatore Potenza
  • Publication number: 20090150196
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for business transformation of business performance indicators. Exemplary embodiments include a method for business transformation of business performance indicators, the method including building and refining a process model in a process modeler, defining metrics, key performance indicators and events, and creating metrics for capturing working duration and decision paths, specifying and preparing the process model for deployment, deploying the process model, calculating the working durations, the decision paths and the key performance indicators, measuring the process model real-time and feeding the working duration and decision percentage data into the process modeler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph M. Caruso, Salvatore Potenza
  • Publication number: 20090042164
    Abstract: An orthodontic driver tip according to the invention is configured for screwing and unscrewing an orthodontic bone screw. Such a driver tip includes an elongated inner rod having an enlarged diameter front tip portion with a frontwardly opening recess, which tip portion comprises at least two frontwardly extending resilient arms which define the frontwardly opening recess between them, and a rear connecting portion by which the driver tip can be removably secured to a handle. A sleeve is mounted on the rod rearwardly of the enlarged diameter front tip portion, the sleeve having a front end of lesser diameter than a maximum diameter of the arms of the tip portion. A locking mechanism releasably secures the sleeve against lengthwise movement along the rod when the sleeve is moved forward to a position wherein the arms are bent into engagement with the head of a bone screw disposed inside the front tip portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: William C. Machata, Joseph M. Caruso
  • Publication number: 20080215099
    Abstract: A mechanism for separating the driver tip (28) of a driver tool (27) from an orthodontic bone screw (25) is shown. The mechanism includes a driver sleeve (36) formed with a female thread (38) that is threaded onto a male threaded portion (39) of the driver tool adjacent to the driver tip with the sleeve adapted to engage and push-off the head of the bone screw when rotated sufficiently.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Alan R. Balfour, William C. Machata, Joseph M. Caruso, Joseph Edward Carchidi
  • Patent number: 7347690
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes providing a first set of digital data corresponding to an upper arch image of at least a portion of an upper dental arch of a patient, providing a second set of digital data corresponding to a lower arch image of at least a portion of a lower dental arch of the patient, providing bite alignment data representative of the spatial relationship between the upper dental arch and the lower dental arch of the patient, and aligning the upper and lower arch images relative to one another based on the bite alignment data until an aligned upper and lower arch image is attained. The aligned upper and lower arch images are moved towards each other until a first contact point is detected and at least one of the upper and lower arch images is moved relative to the other in one or more directions to a plurality of positions for determining optimal occlusion position of the lower and upper dental arches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventors: Russell A Jordan, James D Hansen, Joseph M Caruso, Patrick B Dufour, Baruch Nissenbaum
  • Publication number: 20020048741
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes providing a first set of digital data corresponding to an upper arch image of at least a portion of an upper dental arch of a patient, providing a second set of digital data corresponding to a lower arch image of at least a portion of a lower dental arch of the patient, providing bite alignment data representative of the spatial relationship between the upper dental arch and the lower dental arch of the patient, and aligning the upper and lower arch images relative to one another based on the bite alignment data until an aligned upper and lower arch image is attained. The aligned upper and lower arch images are moved towards each other until a first contact point is detected and at least one of the upper and lower arch images is moved relative to the other in one or more directions to a plurality of positions for determining optimal occlusion position of the lower and upper dental arches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Russell A. Jordan, James D. Hansen, Joseph M. Caruso, Patrick B. Dufour, Baruch Nissenbaum
  • Patent number: 6325622
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket assembly includes a bracket and latch coupled to the bracket. The latch is movable between a slot-open position to enable removal or insertion of an archwire in an archwire slot of the bracket, and a slot-closed position to retain the archwire in the archwire slot. The latch includes a first portion that is received in a passage that extends in a generally occlusal-gingival direction through a body of the bracket, and a second portion that is received lingually of at least one bracket tiewing when the latch is in the slot-closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John S. Kelly, Joseph M. Caruso
  • Patent number: 6322359
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of creating a dental model for use in dental articulation includes providing a first set of digital data corresponding to an upper arch image of at least a portion of an upper dental arch of a patient, providing a second set of digital data corresponding to a lower arch image of at least a portion of a lower dental arch of the patient, and providing hinge axis data representative of the spatial orientation of at least one of the upper and lower dental arches relative to a condylar axis of the patient. A reference hinge axis is created relative to the upper and lower arch images based on the hinge axis data. Further, the method may include bite alignment data for use in aligning the lower and upper arch images. Yet further, the method may include providing data associated with condyle geometry of the patient, so as to provide limitations on the movement of at least the lower arch image when the arch images are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Russell A. Jordan, James D. Hansen, Joseph M. Caruso, Patrick B. Dufour, Baruch Nissenbaum
  • Patent number: 6152731
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of creating a dental model for use in dental articulation includes providing a first set of digital data corresponding to an upper arch image of at least a portion of an upper dental arch of a patient, providing a second set of digital data corresponding to a lower arch image of at least a portion of a lower dental arch of the patient, and providing hinge axis data representative of the spatial orientation of at least one of the upper and lower dental arches relative to a condylar axis of the patient. A reference hinge axis is created relative to the upper and lower arch images based on the hinge axis data. Further, the method may include bite alignment data for use in aligning the lower and upper arch images. Yet further, the method may include providing data associated with condyle geometry of the patient, so as to provide limitations on the movement of at least the lower arch image when the arch images are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Russell A. Jordan, James D. Hansen, Joseph M. Caruso, Patrick B. Dufour, Baruch Nissenbaum
  • Patent number: 5692896
    Abstract: Orthodontic brackets made of a light-transmissive material such as plastic or ceramic have a removable, water-based colorant to facilitate identification of the bracket and alignment of the bracket on the patient's tooth. The colorant is received in a ligature channel of the bracket and is visible through adjacent tiewings of the bracket. The colorant is protected by the overlying tiewings from inadvertent damage or removal as might otherwise occur during initial handling and placement of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Jirina V. Pospisil, John S. Kelly, Joseph M. Caruso
  • Patent number: 5380196
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket, such as a bracket made of ceramic material, is provided with a liner that enhances sliding mechanics between the bracket and an archwire. A portion of the liner projects beyond the bracket body and optionally includes an occlusal, gingival or lingual section that extends over a mesial or distal side of the bracket body. A bottom surface of the liner is located a distance from a bottom wall of a channel receiving the liner, and the distance optionally varies along the length of the archwire slot in order to urge the attached tooth to rotate as needed about its long axis. The liner is bonded to the bracket body in such a manner that the bracket body is thereafter held by the liner in compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: John S. Kelly, James D. Hansen, Joseph M. Caruso
  • Patent number: 5161969
    Abstract: An orthodontic bracket has been designed which can be made of ceramic material. The bracket can be used for correcting Class II and Class III malocclusions without the use of a Kobiashi tie, ball hook, or power hook, which had previously been used to make such corrections. This invention, on the other hand, employs an integral hook design, which makes use of the same mechanics, but without requiring any brazing or welding of the hook to the body of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jirina V. Pospisil, Joseph M. Caruso, John S. Kelly, Jerold S. Horn