Patents by Inventor Michael Catalano

Michael Catalano 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).

  • Publication number: 20170186629
    Abstract: A coating-removal apparatus may include a source positioned on a mounting plate, and operable to emit a laser beam at a first path, where the mounting plate is configured to receive an edge of a photovoltaic module in a designated region substantially proximate to the mounting plate, such that the first path intersects the designated region, and where the mounting plate is further configured to reposition the source to create an additional path that intersects with the designated region, where the additional path is distinct from the first path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Catalano, Stephen P. Murphy, Roland Mayerhofer
  • Publication number: 20140103580
    Abstract: A coating-removal apparatus may include a source positioned on a mounting plate, and operable to emit a laser beam at a first path, where the mounting plate is configured to receive an edge of a photovoltaic module in a designated region substantially proximate to the mounting plate, such that the first path intersects the designated region, and where the mounting plate is further configured to reposition the source to create an additional path that intersects with the designated region, where the additional path is distinct from the first path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Catalano, Stephen P. Murphy, Roland Mayerhofer
  • Publication number: 20130270744
    Abstract: A coating-removal apparatus may include a source positioned on a mounting plate, and operable to emit a laser beam at a first path, where the mounting plate is configured to receive an edge of a photovoltaic module in a designated region substantially proximate to the mounting plate, such that the first path intersects the designated region, and where the mounting plate is further configured to reposition the source to create an additional path that intersects with the designated region, where the additional path is distinct from the first path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Catalano, Stephen P. Murphy, Roland Mayerhofer
  • Patent number: 8334162
    Abstract: A method for removing coating from a substrate may include: locating an edge of a substrate; directing a laser beam along a first path to a first position on a surface of the substrate proximate to an edge of the substrate at an angle of incidence suitable to redirect the laser beam along a second path, through the substrate, to a second position on a second surface of the substrate corresponding to the located edge of the substrate, where the second surface can include a coating; and ablating at least a portion of coating at the second position on the second surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc
    Inventors: Michael Catalano, Stephen P. Murphy, Steven W. Diderich
  • Publication number: 20110162715
    Abstract: A coating-removal apparatus may include a source positioned on a mounting plate, and operable to emit a laser beam at a first path, where the mounting plate is configured to receive an edge of a photovoltaic module in a designated region substantially proximate to the mounting plate, such that the first path intersects the designated region, and where the mounting plate is further configured to reposition the source to create an additional path that intersects with the designated region, where the additional path is distinct from the first path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Catalano, Stephen P. Murphy, Roland Mayerhofer
  • Publication number: 20110095004
    Abstract: A method for removing coating from a substrate may include: locating an edge of a substrate; directing a laser beam along a first path to a first position on a surface of the substrate proximate to an edge of the substrate at an angle of incidence suitable to redirect the laser beam along a second path, through the substrate, to a second position on a second surface of the substrate corresponding to the located edge of the substrate, where the second surface can include a coating; and ablating at least a portion of coating at the second position on the second surface of the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: First Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Catalano, Stephen P. Murphy, Steven W. Diderich
  • Publication number: 20100228613
    Abstract: A user is rewarded for actions performed within an entertainment system. Digital content is provided to a client device over a network. Data is then received from the client device over the network. The received data represents an input from a user of the client device in response to the digital content provided to the client device. A value associated with the input from the user is determined. An account balance associated with the user is adjusted by a quantity of credit tokens. The quantity of tokens is determined by the value associated with the input from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew T. Anderson, Michael A. Catalano, Benjamin Silva, III, Mitchell Louis Berman, Matt McKee
  • Patent number: 7700369
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for moving material in a multi-well plate includes applying positive and negative pressure to one or more wells in the plate, e.g., to enhance a flow rate of material from the well through a filter element. Wells requiring application of positive pressure may be identified, e.g., by image analysis performed by a machine vision system. Those wells determined to require enhanced throughput may have negative and positive pressure applied to the well, while other wells have only negative pressure applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Protedyne Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Michael Catalano
  • Publication number: 20090216727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying media and associated information are disclosed. A hybrid user interface may include aspects of push and pull interfaces. In some embodiments, media may be characterized by parameters and values for the parameters. Parameters and values may be associated with a user's interests, and a user may identify media by searching for media using one or more preferred values of parameters of interest. In some cases, media are presented to a user. Presented media may share values for parameters associated with the user's interests. Certain embodiments deliver (e.g., play) items of media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: David Dozoretz, Michael A. Catalano, Mitchell Louis Berman, Benjamin Silva, III, Bradley S. Hochberg, Hunter Kuhnert, Simon Jasen Halpern
  • Publication number: 20090216621
    Abstract: A media based entertainment service provides user requested media to a user. Video, audio, images and other media may be provided to a user for a fee or free of charge. The media may be provided from the service provider to a client device over a network. When providing media without charge, the media service can incorporate one or more ads into the media. The ads may be targeted to the user, media content, and other features using advertisement parameters. The media service provides for revenue generation associated with the viewing of media files. The media service can generate revenue from advertising, pay-per-view, e-commerce, and other financial transactions associated with the media service while focusing on providing the service on user preferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Andrew T. Anderson, Benjamin Silva, III, Michael A. Catalano, Mitchell Louis Berman
  • Publication number: 20060088448
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for moving material in a multi-well plate includes applying positive and negative pressure to one or more wells in the plate, e.g., to enhance a flow rate of material from the well through a filter element. Wells requiring application of positive pressure may be identified, e.g., by image analysis performed by a machine vision system. Those wells determined to require enhanced throughput may have negative and positive pressure applied to the well, while other wells have only negative pressure applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Publication date: April 27, 2006
    Applicant: Protedyne Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Michael Catalano
  • Publication number: 20050026732
    Abstract: An electronically controlled front wheel drive limited slip differential assembly that is designed to allow an operator to manually or automatically control the limited slip function. The differential control and actuation assembly is located external to the front transaxle and differential case. The assembly includes an electric solenoid that modulates hydraulic pressure produced by a gerotor pump. When the limited slip differential control is in the ON position, hydraulic pressure produced by the gerotor pump engages a friction clutch pack, which couples the differential case to the front axle output shaft. When the limited slip function is in the OFF position, the electrical solenoid does not allow the gerotor pump to generate sufficient hydraulic pressure to actuate the clutch pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventors: James Krisher, Michael Catalano
  • Patent number: 6115678
    Abstract: A universal interface system for use with a data acquisition system including a data acquisition device such as a bar code scanner or scanner integrated terminal for providing digital data signals indicative of acquired data for transmission to a host device such as a computer, and a host device having host-specific input/output data format requirements. The universal interface system comprises universal data exchange means located in the data acquisition device for providing digital data signals in a universal data exchange format independent of the data format requirements of the host device; and a host interface cable coupled to the data acquisition device and to said host device, for transmitting acquired digital data from the data acquisition device to the host device, the interface cable comprising means for translating digital data from the universal data exchange format to the host-specific input/output data format requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lieb, Nicholas Buongervino, Patrick Mauro, Michael Rizzi, Ellen Oppenheim, Joseph Boriotti, Robert May, Sara Karcher, Anthony Biuso, Paul R. Poloniewicz, Daniel Brown, Anthony Fama, Robert Stein, Cary Chu, Michael Catalano, Altaf Mulla
  • Patent number: 5957380
    Abstract: A cigar humidification apparatus comprises a sealed hollow cylindrical container having at least one, and preferably two removable end caps; a porous material contained in the sealed container; and a humidification solution provided in the porous material. The porous material is preferably florists foam. The humidification solution consists of 1-10% propylene glycol; 10-24% water; and 70-80% saturated salt solution. The salt solution is preferably a saturated solution of sodium chloride in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventors: Milton Fitterman, Michael Catalano
  • Patent number: 5875415
    Abstract: A universal interface system for use with a data acquisition system including a data acquisition device such as a bar code scanner or scanner integrated terminal for providing digital data signals indicative of acquired data for transmission to a host device such as a computer, and a host device having host-specific input/output data format requirements. The universal interface system comprises universal data exchange means located in the data acquisition device for providing digital data signals in a universal data exchange format independent of the data format requirements of the host device; and a host interface cable coupled to the data acquisition device and to said host device, for transmitting acquired digital data from the data acquisition device to the host device, the interface cable comprising means for translating digital data from the universal data exchange format to the host-specific input/output data format requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lieb, Nicholas Buongervino, Patrick Mauro, Michael Rizzi, Ellen Oppenheim, Joseph Boriotti, Robert May, Sara Karcher, Anthony Biuso, Paul R. Poloniewicz, Daniel Brown, Anthony Fama, Robert Stein, Cary Chu, Michael Catalano, Altaf Mulla
  • Patent number: 5612530
    Abstract: An optical scanner for reading indicia such as barcode symbols is usable in a first, hand-held mode and in a second, hands-free mode in which the scanner is mounted to a fixed stand. Switching means are provided so that when the scanner is lifted from the stand, for hand-held use, it automatically switches to a first working range, and when it is replaced onto the stand it automatically switches to a second, closer, working range. In the first working range, the software is optimised to read barcode symbols at a relatively long distance from the scanner; in the second working range the software is optimised to read barcode symbols which are relatively close to the scanner. The switching means may comprise any type of contact or non-contact switch such as a reed switch or a Hall effect switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sanders, Altaf Mulla, Michael Catalano