Patents by Inventor Michael Castro

Michael Castro 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: 10492769
    Abstract: An oral retraction device comprises a tongue depressor blade, an articulation assembly constructed and arranged to articulate the tongue depressor blade with at least three degrees of freedom, and a support element constructed and arranged to provide a stabilizing force to the articulation assembly during articulation of the tongue depressor blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Medrobotics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Castro, Joseph Karcsmar, R. Maxwell Flaherty, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Publication number: 20190342236
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a system includes a messaging platform configured to facilitate an exchange of messages between user accounts of the messaging platform, and a client application configured to communicate with the messaging platform. The messaging platform is configured to store a UI process flow relating to the on-boarding process, where the UI process flow defines a flow logic for a plurality of nodes representing tasks to be executed by the client application, and each node is defined by one or more generic UI components and configuration data that configures the generic UI components to render UI objects on a user interface of the client application. The messaging platform is configured to modify one or more of the tasks or the flow logic to change at least one aspect of the on-boarding process without requiring the client application to implement a software update.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Ricardo Castro, Aastha Bhargava, Murph Finnicum, Vince Lee, Abe White, Kai Xiao Fang, Zhen Yuan, Michael Lin, Miguel Cervera
  • Publication number: 20190308864
    Abstract: A system for opening a secure specimen sample bottle includes a base having a first area and a first raised hollow portion for receiving and holding the specimen sample bottle. The first raised hollow portion has a groove formed along an outer surface thereof. The system includes a cutter for cutting a first portion of the specimen sample bottle. The cutter has a handle at a first end and a second end portion that receives the first portion of the specimen sample bottle and a blade for cutting the first portion. The second end portion has a flange with a raised rail formed along an inner surface of the flange, with the raised rail being received within the groove to couple the cutter to first raised portion during performance of a cutting operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Fedoruk, Jon Coyles, Sandi Briggs, Tylor Garland, Stephen Bradford, Cezanne Farris-Gilbert, Michael Latham, Robert Reich, Andrew Castro, Elliott Davis, David N. Huang, Will Song, Shane Baxley, Ryan Cohn
  • Publication number: 20190307382
    Abstract: A secure specimen sample bottle includes a base container for receiving a specimen. The base container has a plurality of locking protrusions formed along an inner surface of the base receptacle. A bottle includes a lock ring that has an upright spire structure that has a closed top end and the opposing open bottom end including a plurality of flexible fins that are configured to interlockingly mate with the locking protrusions so as to prevent removal of the lock ring relative to the base container upon engagement of the flexible fins to the locking protrusions. A removable cap is coupled to the lock ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Fedoruk, Jon Coyles, Sandi Briggs, Tylor Garland, Stephen Bradford, Cezanne Farris-Gilbert, Michael Latham, Robert Reich, Andrew Castro, Elliott Davis, David N. Huang, Will Song, Shane Baxley, Ryan Cohn
  • Publication number: 20190245946
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to techniques for referencing a change in data utilizing a network resource locator. An interface component can receive one or more requests that are associated with a data set from a client, and send, based on the one or more requests, a network resource locator and at least one portion of the data set to the client. Further, a data service component can compute a parameter that is associated with a change of the data set, and include the parameter in the network resource locator. In other embodiments, the data service component can receive a request utilizing the network resource locator, determine the change of the data set based on the parameter, and send the change of the data set to the client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Alex James, Michael Pizzo, Pablo Castro, Mike Flasko, Lance Olson, Jason Clark, Sid Jayadevan
  • Patent number: 10325446
    Abstract: A visually uniform multi-level, multi-sectioned deck for a gaming machine player interface is disclosed. Sections of the interface are configured with modular panel assemblies having corresponding sets of electronic components. The panel assemblies may be exchanged to customize and flexibly configure the player interface. The deck includes partitions housing individual modular panel assemblies engaged via mated fastener components, shielding visibility of the installed electronic components from the player position until activated. A plurality of the modular panel assemblies, each having distinct and functional sets of electronic components, are available for engagement in each of the partitions of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Louis Castro, Robert James Glenn, II, Paul Michael Lesley, Timothy C. Loose
  • Patent number: 10320949
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to techniques for referencing a change in data utilizing a network resource locator. An interface component can receive one or more requests that are associated with a data set from a client, and send, based on the one or more requests, a network resource locator and at least one portion of the data set to the client. Further, a data service component can compute a parameter that is associated with a change of the data set, and include the parameter in the network resource locator. In other embodiments, the data service component can receive a request utilizing the network resource locator, determine the change of the data set based on the parameter, and send the change of the data set to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alex James, Michael Pizzo, Pablo Castro, Mike Flasko, Lance Olson, Jason Clark, Sid Jayadevan
  • Patent number: 10290175
    Abstract: A gaming terminal includes a first display screen operative to display a wagering game that includes a lower section. A second display screen is operative to display images of input buttons and includes a touchscreen operative to receive inputs at the input buttons to play the wagering game. The second display screen is smaller than the first display screen. The second display screen is positioned forwardly relative to the lower section of the first display screen such that the second display screen is closer than the first display screen to a player position in front of the gaming terminal. The second display screen is inclined relative to horizontal such that an imaginary plane containing the second display screen intersects the lower section of the first display screen thereby creating an infinity pool effect when viewing the first display screen relative to the second display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Louis Castro, Joel Roger Jaffe, Paul Michael Lesley, Larry J. Pacey, Jesse M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20160287224
    Abstract: An oral retraction device comprises a tongue depressor blade, an articulation assembly constructed and arranged to articulate the tongue depressor blade with at least three degrees of freedom, and a support element constructed and arranged to provide a stabilizing force to the articulation assembly during articulation of the tongue depressor blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Michael CASTRO, Joseph KARCSMAR, R. Maxwell FLAHERTY, J. Christopher FLAHERTY
  • Publication number: 20110147999
    Abstract: The invention relates to a high gloss, non-feathering topical composition comprising at least one water-insoluble, fatty alcohol-soluble polysaccharide polymer and a liquid polymeric polyol ester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Dexin Luo, Tian Xiang Wang, Arlette Palo, David Walter Culhane, Michael A. Castro, Clara G. Mercado, Paula R. Frischberg
  • Publication number: 20100298864
    Abstract: An articulating grasper includes an elongate shaft having an articulating distal section and a pair of jaw members on the articulating distal section. A first actuation member is coupled to the articulating distal section and is longitudinally moveable to pivot the articulating distal section. A second actuation member is coupled to at least one of the jaw members and is longitudinally moveable to pivot at least one of the jaw member between open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Castro
  • Publication number: 20100298636
    Abstract: Medical instruments suitable for use in minimally invasive medical procedures have a first, highly flexible, state which allows the instruments to be easily passed into a body cavity through a trocar, cannula, catheter, or other access device positioned to give access into the body cavity. The instruments can then be arranged into a chosen shape, and rigidized in the chosen shape, allowing the user to use the instruments in a shape most suitable for the surrounding anatomy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Salvatore Castro, Michael Castro
  • Publication number: 20090177239
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus, method and kit for placing and securing an implant to vertebral bodies of a spine. The apparatus may have an implant engaging base having implant engaging limbs coupled to a handle and an aligning member pivotally coupled to the handle by a spring loaded collar where the aligning member may be rotated and locked into fixed positions. The aligning member may receive a cannula for guiding instruments and tools into the surgical field. A method is presented which includes turning locking screws to frictionally engage rounded screws to secure the implant to the vertebral bodies. Flats on the head of the locking screws may be turned by a screwdriver having corresponding flats dispositioned to align in a coaxial manner to the flats on the heads of the locking screws. A kit is presented including the apparatus, the screws, and the screwdriver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Castro
  • Publication number: 20080200918
    Abstract: A surgical driver includes an elongated drive shaft engageable with a surgical bone anchor in torque transmitting relationship, a locking sleeve, and a sleeve locking member. The locking sleeve is mounted to the drive shaft and is engageable with the head of surgical bone anchor. The sleeve locking member is mounted for relative motion between a first position in which it is simultaneously engaged with both the drive shaft and the locking sleeve in rotationally fixed relationship and a second position in which it is disengaged from the rotationally fixed relationship with at least one of the drive shaft and locking sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: James Spitler, Michael Castro, Rex Shores
  • Publication number: 20080015601
    Abstract: A reduction device and a method for using such a device are provided. In one example, the reduction device includes a sleeve, a coupling member configured to couple to a surgical device, and a linkage assembly. The linkage assembly may include multiple links pivotally coupled to the sleeve and coupling member, and a threaded member pivotally coupled to the links. A rotational position of the threaded member may define a position of the sleeve relative to the coupling member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventors: Michael Castro, James Spitler
  • Patent number: 7303584
    Abstract: A method for facilitating fusion of bone structures includes providing an implant member for positioning between opposed bone structures, the implant member having a first end and a second end, and a segmentable portion having an outer wall defining an internal cavity for reception of bone growth inducing substances. The outer wall has at least one groove which extends substantially continuously about the outer wall to define a plurality of discrete ring-like segments. Each ring-like segment includes a plurality of apertures extending therethrough in communication with the internal cavity to permit fusion of vertebral bone tissue. The vertebral space defined between adjacent vertebral bodies is accessed, and the desired implant member length for insertion into the space between adjacent vertebral bodies is determined. The implant member is cut to the desired length and advanced within the vertebral space between the adjacent vertebral bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Castro, Herb Cohen, David Nichols, R. Scott Graham
  • Publication number: 20060019848
    Abstract: The invention relates to a high gloss, non-feathering topical composition comprising at least one water-insoluble, fatty alcohol-soluble polysaccharide polymer and a liquid polymeric polyol ester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Inventors: Dexin Luo, Tian Wang, Arlette Palo, David Culhane, Michael Castro, Clara Mercado, Paula Frischberg
  • Publication number: 20050187630
    Abstract: A method for facilitating fusion of bone structures includes providing an implant member for positioning between opposed bone structures, the implant member having a first end and a second end, and a segmentable portion having an outer wall defining an internal cavity for reception of bone growth inducing substances. The outer wall has at least one groove which extends substantially continuously about the outer wall to define a plurality of discrete ring-like segments. Each ring-like segment includes a plurality of apertures extending therethrough in communication with the internal cavity to permit fusion of vertebral bone tissue. The vertebral space defined between adjacent vertebral bodies is accessed, and the desired implant member length for insertion into the space between adjacent vertebral bodies is determined. The implant member is cut to the desired length and advanced within the vertebral space between the adjacent vertebral bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Publication date: August 25, 2005
    Applicant: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Castro, Herb Cohen, David Nichols, R. Graham
  • Patent number: 6899734
    Abstract: A fusion implant apparatus for facilitating fusion of bone structures includes an implant member for positioning between opposed bone structures having a first ring-like segment and a second ring-like segment which engage one another in an end-to-end manner. Each ring-like segment includes an outer wall which defines an internal cavity for the reception of bone growth inducing substances. Each ring-like segment also includes a plurality of apertures which extend through the outer wall of the ring-like segments in communication with the internal cavity to permit fusion of vertebral bone tissue. The first ring-like segment includes first and second mechanical interfaces. The first mechanical interface is dimensioned to engage a corresponding mechanical interface disposed on the second ring-like segment and the second mechanical interface is dimensioned to mechanically engage an end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Castro, Herb Cohen, David Nichols, Scott R. Graham
  • Patent number: 6783547
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating fusion of adjacent vertebral portions includes an implant member dimensioned for positioning between adjacent vertebral portions and defining a longitudinal axis. The implant member includes an outer member having an exterior wall defining an internal cavity and a clip receiving opening subtending a peripheral portion of the exterior wall, an inner member telescopically received within the internal cavity of the outer member to permit relative movement of the outer and inner members and a locking clip dimensioned for at least partial reception within the clip receiving opening of the outer member. The inner member includes an exterior wall defining an internal cavity and having a plurality of locking slots spaced along the longitudinal axis. The locking clip includes a clip base and locking clip legs depending from opposed ends of the clip base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Howmedica Corp.
    Inventor: Michael Castro