Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Eugene I. Shkurko
  • Patent number: 8351828
    Abstract: A printer having a developer station for holding a supply of developer which includes magnetized carrier particles, a magnetized development roller, and an imaging roller proximate the development roller which collects carrier particles during operation of the printer. A scavenger proximate the imaging roller and the development roller removes the carrier particles from the imaging roller during operation of the printer which are then urged through a slot in the scavenger by the magnetized development roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Brown, Michael T. Dobbertin, Dennis J. Grabb
  • Patent number: 8345057
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating a coordinated image display. A computer system comprising stored digital templates for said image display can be operated by a user to generate the image display. The templates each have a plurality of digital openings for displaying digital images and each of those openings has a required image attribute. The group of required attributes for the openings are stored as a template recipe. The template recipe includes a required image attribute for a dependent opening. The dependent opening is dependent on an image attribute of an image captured by a capture device coupled to the computer system, which includes scanners and cameras. The captured image can be of a paint swatch, a fabric, furniture, carpeting, or any other item or image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Raymond W. Ptucha, Laura R. Whitby, William Bogart
  • Patent number: 8341216
    Abstract: A method for processing digital image files including providing local and remote network-connected computing resources. A digital image stored on a local resource is used for calculating a local turnaround time for processing the digital image file and also for calculating the remote turnaround time for processing the digital image. Either the local or remote resources are selected for processing the digital image in response to which resource is capable of processing the digital image faster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Ronald S. Cok
  • Patent number: 8335509
    Abstract: A method for performing cell re-selection in a cellular network includes a subscriber terminal measuring received powers of neighbour cells in accordance with system information received from a current cell, selecting one of the neighbour cells as a new cell, the subscriber terminal receiving a part of the system information sent by the new cell, calculating the time used for receiving the system information of the new cell by employing the length information in the system information part sent by the new cell, and deciding whether to continue the re-selection of said new cell on the basis of the calculated time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Antero Lundell, Lars Dalsgaard
  • Patent number: 8332427
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for automatically generating an artist coordinated image display based upon a user's favorite image or images. A plurality of digital image templates are stored in a computer accessible memory each having programmed characteristics associated therewith that are designed by an artist with one window being a primary window. The characteristics of the template can be programmed and stored, including number, location, shape, color, etc, of windows in the digital template. Color and texture characteristics of a body of the template can be selected to resemble, for example, a frame, which will eventually hold the printed images of the template for display. The windows of the template have stored image attribute requirements associated therewith that are designed by the artist are correlated to match image attributes of at least one user selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Laura R. Whitby, Raymond W. Ptucha, William Bogart
  • Patent number: 8328183
    Abstract: A printer comprising a media stopper element held in position by a rotatable shaft. The shaft comprises a lever which can be moved in order to rotate the shaft and move the media stopper element out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Wayne E. Stiehler, Sivanandam T. Sathiyamoorthy
  • Patent number: 8321795
    Abstract: A method of offering a promotional product to a user at a digital imaging device having a display. The method comprises the steps of: receiving an order from the user at the digital imaging device for an imaging service or product; and simultaneously processing the order for the imaging service or product at the display and displaying, on the display, a motion image comprising the promotional product, wherein the promotional product is different than the imaging service or product. In a preferred embodiment, the promotional product displayed on the display comprises a user-supplied image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Felix Blanco, Timothy J. White, James M. Burniche, John R. Fredlund, Joseph A. Manico
  • Patent number: 8313181
    Abstract: A method of extracting air from an inkjet printhead includes using an air extraction chamber connected to the printhead. The air extraction chamber comprises an air chamber, a one-way relief valve having open and closed positions used in venting of the air chamber. A compressible member is provided to vent a quantity of air from the air chamber through the one-way relief valve when it's compressed. The compressible member also expands so that a reduced air pressure is applied to the printhead when the one-way relief valve is in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Murray
  • Patent number: 8308279
    Abstract: A sealing device is disclosed that includes a latching feature configured to facilitate latching of the sealing device to a fluid reservoir; a first region configured to seal or substantially seal a fluid-discharge port on the fluid reservoir from fluid loss when the sealing device is latched to the fluid reservoir; and a second region configured to protect a circuit device on the fluid reservoir when the sealing device is latched to the fluid reservoir. Accordingly, the presently disclosed sealing device provides an effective solution to not only sealing the fluid-discharge ports on the fluid reservoir, but also protecting the circuit device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Diana C. Petranek, Douglas H. Pearson, Charles E. Follett, Mark D. Perkins
  • Patent number: 8312111
    Abstract: A computer system connected to a communication network processes image files. A second computer connected to the network includes the image files and the program for processing the image files. The first computer includes a costing program for determining a time cost for the first computer to process the image files stored there, and for determining a combined cost of the first transfer cost, the second processing cost, and the second transfer cost. The image file(s) are transferred over the network from the first computer to the second computer if the costing program determines that the combined cost is smaller than the first processing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Ronald S. Cok
  • Patent number: 8302957
    Abstract: A pick-up assembly moves a sheet of recording medium from a stack of recording media. The pick-up assembly includes a pick arm having a first end and a second end. Notably, a pivotal mounting is located proximate the first end of the pick arm; and a pick-up roller is mounted proximate the second end of the pick arm. Lastly, a motor and a transmission are located inside the pick-up roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard A. Murray, Juan Manuel Jimenez, Wayne Edward Stiehler
  • Patent number: 8289340
    Abstract: A method for creating a coordinated image display by designing a digital template for the image display. The template includes a number of openings for displaying digital images. Each of the openings has at least one stored required image attribute that must be satisfied to a programmed degree according to the artistic design of the template. A template recipe includes an image attribute for a dependent opening, which means that it's defined to be dependent upon at least one image attribute of an image in another opening of the template. The computer system automatically searches an image database for an image satisfying the required image attribute for the dependent opening. If a user of the computer system manually replaces or modifies an image upon which another image depends, the computer system will automatically search the image database for a new image that satisfies the required dependency upon the replaced or modified image, if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Raymond W. Ptucha, Laura R. Whitby, William Bogart
  • Patent number: 8272639
    Abstract: A document processing device capable of detecting a multifeed condition is configured to determine criteria of the multifeed or condition. If a detected multifeed meets the criteria, a detection of the multifeed or condition may be ignored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Roland Simonis, Paul Ridl
  • Patent number: 8267501
    Abstract: A nozzle for a drop ejector is shaped as a plurality of lobes adjoining a central opening region and extending along a radial direction away from the central region. Each lobe increases in width as distance from the central region increases. The nozzles include sidewalls that converge toward the central opening region of the nozzle, giving the lobe a teardrop shape. Because the central part of the nozzle opening is constricted the ink that is ejected pinches off in the center and provides several advantages such as straighter trajectory, shorter tails, better accuracy, smaller ink volume, and less satellite effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Yonglin Xie
  • Patent number: 8251497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fluid ejection assembly that includes an injection-molded mounting substrate that is formed by a two-shot injection molding process, wherein a housing portion of the mounting substrate is formed by a first shot molding, and a die-attach portion of the mounting substrate is formed within the housing portion by a second shot molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Dwight J. Petruchik
  • Patent number: 8235514
    Abstract: An inkjet printhead assembly comprising an array of nozzles fed by a corresponding ink inlet. An ink chamber corresponding to the array of nozzles is fluidly connected to the ink inlet. An air extraction chamber includes an air chamber, a one-way relief valve having an open position that allows venting of the air chamber to ambient, and a closed position that does not allow venting of the air chamber to ambient. A compressible member forces air to be vented from the air chamber through the one-way relief valve in its open position. It also applies a reduced air pressure to a membrane while the one-way relief valve is in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Richard A. Murray
  • Patent number: 8237819
    Abstract: A method of operating a digital image capture device including storing a plurality of digital image template files, each of the digital image template files include features of a digital image template such as a number, location, and shape of openings in the digital image template. Image attribute requirements are also stored in association with each of the openings for screening images to be disposed in an opening. The templates are displayed to a user for selecting a template. Images are captured and stored and each of the images include image attribute data. Stored images are automatically searched to identify images that may be automatically digitally placed into openings in the digital template. The image attributes of found images are those which satisfy image attribute requirements of the openings. A file containing a digital image template together with the images digitally disposed therein is saved in the capture device for future use such as printing the file or transmitting the file over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eugene I. Shkurko, Laura R. Whitby, William Bogart, Raymond W. Ptucha
  • Patent number: 8235609
    Abstract: A method of adjusting the spacing between a portion of a printhead and a portion of a media support in a printing system. The spacing is easily adjustable at least at the time of manufacture for locking a printhead at a selected distance from the media support. A rotatable variable spacer is abutted against an anti-rotation rail to lock into place the printhead at the selected distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Siew Pern Chuang
  • Patent number: 8223348
    Abstract: A printing system includes a media input location for storing a recording medium prior to transport within the printing system for subsequent printing; a light source directed toward an extended region of the media input location; an array of photosensors restricted to only a substantially perpendicular movement relative to a plane of the media input location; and an optical path including a first optical path section from the light source to the extended region of the media input location and a second optical path section from the extended region of the media input location to the array of photosensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas D. Pawlik, Yang Shi, David J. Glacherio, John S. Badger
  • Patent number: 8224113
    Abstract: A system for generating an image enhanced output product and method for operating the same are provided. An image enhanceable product is identified having a tangible surface and a printing map is defined that defines a plurality of window areas in which images are to be printed on the tangible surface. A desired visual impact characteristic is determined based upon the appearance of the image enhanceable product and the printing map and a selection of a plurality of digital images are received. An image processing method is selected method based upon the determined visual impact characteristic and at least one of the digital images is automatically processed in accordance with the selected image processing method. At least some of the digital images, including the automatically processed image, are provided on the tangible surface according to the printing map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James M. Devoy, Megan M. Schneider, Kimberly B. Hajec