Patents Examined by B. Hamilton Hess
  • Patent number: 7282256
    Abstract: A photosensitive resin laminate for a sign board is provided, which laminate has a support and a photosensitive resin layer having a thickness of not less than 500 ?m formed at least on the support via an adhesive layer, wherein the photosensitive resin layer has an absorbance at 400 nm of not more than 0.4 and the support is a modified polyethylene terephthalate layer on which a UV quality change preventive layer is formed. A sign board obtained using a photosensitive resin laminate of the present invention has a transparent and colorless support having superior design and superior light resistance with a smaller coloring level due to UV. In other words, the photosensitive resin laminate of the present invention can provide a suitable sign board and greatly contributes to the industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignees: Anderson & Vreelan, Nova Polymer, Inc., Toyo Boseki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Howard B. Vreeland, Jr., James Chapman, Yuji Taguchi
  • Patent number: 7273830
    Abstract: A dye-donor element, a method of printing using the dye-donor element, and a print assembly including the dye-donor element are described, wherein the dye-donor layer of the dye-donor element includes hydroxyalkyl cellulose as a binder. The dye-donor element is capable of printing a defect-free image on a receiver element at a line speed of 2.0 msec/line or less while maintaining a print density of at least 2.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Walter H. Isaac, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, David M. Teegarden, Dennis J. Massa
  • Patent number: 7264857
    Abstract: A constructional unit has a frame and a cover. The frame and the cover are formed of materials with different coefficients of thermal expansion. A plurality of spacers is arranged between the frame and the cover and defines a gap therebetween. An adhesive is provided in the gap to attach the frame to the cover and simultaneously seal the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Pretema GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lorenz Berchtold, Dietmar Kurzeja, Guenter Lugert, Thomas Riepl, Robert Ingenbleek
  • Patent number: 7261936
    Abstract: An insulation material having insulative properties of a synthetic down, while have a fir-tree structure more similar to natural down, and being in a blown form. The blowable insulation material is composed of plural units each having a number of filaments that are fused at one end of the unit and are open at an opposite end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Trent W. Davis, Victor P. Laskorski
  • Patent number: 7255914
    Abstract: A new class of composite polymer films where the refractive index can be varied by simple compressive or extensive forces. The films are comprised of alternating layers of an elastomer and a glassy polymer or two different elastomers. When the layer spacing is much less than the wavelength of the probe light, these materials behave as effective medium composites. The layer thickness of the elastomer component and thus the effective index of the composite can be varied by compression, tension or shear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: James S Shirk, Eric Baer, P. Anne Hiltner
  • Patent number: 7232601
    Abstract: An improved method enables preparation of articles for a variety of applications, including embossing or otherwise shaping to form a variety of articles. A plurality of thin, preferably resin-impregnated, flexible graphite sheets are arranged to form zones in a composite material having a graded density or other characteristic. Variation of properties between zones in the stock material formed is useful for achieving a desired set of properties in the formation of articles such as those useful in electrochemical fuel cells and double-layer capacitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Angelo Mercuri, Jeremy Klug, Matthew George Getz, Thomas William Weber
  • Patent number: 7226665
    Abstract: A multilayer composite contains a gel coat layer, a laminate layer, and a barrier layer disposed between the gel coat and the laminate layer. The laminate contains from 40–80% by weight paste and from 20–60% by weight reinforcing fibers. The barrier coat also comprises a cured polyester resin, and contains reinforcing fibers shorter than those in the laminate layer. The barrier layer has sufficient flexibility to avoid cracking during demolding and handling. Preferably, the barrier layer exhibits an elongation at break of more than 1%, and more preferably about 2% or more. The resin of the barrier layer can contain up to about 25% by weight of the resin of an isophthalic acid based polyester resin. The composites can be made using an open tool molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hamid G Kia, Terrence J Wathen, Mark A Buffa, Harry A Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7223717
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermal transfer image receiving sheet having a good productivity, capable of inexpensively obtaining an image with high density and high resolution. A dye receiving layer is provided on one surface side of a base material film, and a porous layer with hollow particles bonded by a binder resin provided on the other surface side, respectively. The porous layer is attached with a base material via an adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takenori Omata, Taro Suzuki, Katsuyuki Oshima
  • Patent number: 7223483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a light-emitting material having high emitting efficiency, high luminance and durability for use in an organic light-emitting device and to an organic electroluminescent (EL) device, in which the light-emitting material is used. The light-emitting material contains a light-emitting substance which is spatially constricted and confined in an order of two dimensions or more, thus providing a high efficient organic light-emitting device based on emission of phosphorescence from an excited triplet state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventors: Koro Shirane, Motoaki Kamachi, Naoko Ito, Tamami Koyama
  • Patent number: 7192904
    Abstract: The present invention provides a heat-sensitive recording material comprising a substrate and a heat-sensitive recording layer provided thereon, the layer comprising a color forming system that combines an electron-donating colorless dye and an electron-accepting compound, in which the electron-accepting compound is a compound represented by the formula R1-Ph-SO2R2 (wherein R1 represents a hydroxyl group or an alkyl group, R2 represents -Ph, —NH-Ph, -Ph-OR3 or —NH—CO—NH-Ph, R3 represents an alkyl group, and Ph represents a phenyl group), and at least the heat-sensitive recording layer is formed by curtain-coating a coating solution for the heat-sensitive recording layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Iwasaki, Tsutomu Watanabe, Hirofumi Mitsuo, Hirokazu Kitou
  • Patent number: 7182900
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a winding tape (10) of unsintered polytetrafluoroethylene wherein polytetrafluoroethylene powder is mixed with a lubricating or slip agent, the material is molded into a cylindrical blank (1) and the blank (1) is first extruded as a strand with small outer dimensions and subsequently calendered into the tape (10) in the forming gap (13) of a pair of rolls (8,9). The surface of at least one roll is deformed under compression during calendering of the round rope (6) into the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Hew-Kabel/CDT GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Schwamborn, Walter Steffes
  • Patent number: 7176161
    Abstract: There are disclosed imaging members wherein a chemical compound in a crystalline form is converted, at least partially, and preferably substantially completely or completely, to a liquid in the amorphous form, the liquid having intrinsically a different color from the crystalline form. Also described are imaging methods utilizing the imaging members. The conversion of the compound from the crystalline form to the liquid form can be effected by the application of thermal energy or by other imaging techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Zink Imaging, LLC
    Inventors: Peter K. Chu, Chien Liu, Stephen J. Telfer
  • Patent number: 7135432
    Abstract: Non-photosensitive direct thermographic materials comprise a reducing agent that is a specific ortho-amino-phenol, para-amino-phenol, or hydroquinone compound. These compounds can reduce silver(I) ion to metallic silver to produce a dense black silver image under the short time and high temperature conditions that occur when using thermal print-heads during direct thermal printing. The materials are characterized by their calculated aqueous deprotonation and their calculated anion HOMO energies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David R. Whitcomb, Leif P. Olson, Peter J. Cowdery-Corvan, Kumars Sakizadeh, Takuzo Ishida
  • Patent number: 7101826
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide recording paper and label paper with excellent waterproof properties, reduced curling from heat when used as recording paper in a heat-fixing type electrophotographic printer, a heat-fixing type electrophotographic copier or a direct heat-sensitive printer, excellent paper delivery properties, and capable of providing continuous printing of multiple sheets. A further object of the invention is to provide recording paper and label paper with excellent waterproof properties as the base materials of masking seals and re-covering-preventing labels, and requiring no special process to start peeling. The present invention provides recording paper comprising resin film (A) containing a thermoplastic resin, and at least one of inorganic fine powder and an organic filler, wherein the heat of crystallization is 60 J/cm3 or lower, and label paper using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Yupo Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Iwasa, Masaaki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 7094731
    Abstract: A recording material comprising: a support; and (A) a recording layer capable of forming color due to application of at least one of heat and pressure thereto; and between the support and the recording layer, (i) a layer containing acetoacetyl denatured polyvinyl alcohol, partially saponified polyvinyl alcohol, and a film hardening agent, (ii) a layer containing acetoacetyl denatured polyvinyl alcohol and a film hardening agent, and (iii) a layer containing acetoacetyl denatured polyvinyl alcohol whose degree of polymerization is 1000 or more, or (B) between the support and the recording layer, at least one layer containing acetoacetyl denatured polyvinyl alcohol, partially saponified polyvinyl alcohol, and a film hardening agent, wherein the layer is coated with a coating solution whose viscosity is no more than 0.3 Pa·s at 40° C. by using a gravure roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Serizawa, Yasuhiro Ogata, Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7091157
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an image-receiving layer comprising a polyester, or a polyester blend, which exhibits excellent lightfade and high dye transfer efficiency, as well as low materials cost. In particular, the invention relates to an image recording element comprising a support having on one side thereof an image-receiving layer comprising a polyester comprising at least 0.1 mole percent of a multifunctional polyol having more than two hydroxy groups and/or a polyacid having more than two carboxylic acid groups, including derivatives thereof, based on the total acid derived units. The invention is useful, for example, as a dye-receiver element for thermal dye transfer having on one side of the support a dye-image receiving layer. The polyester is especially advantageous for use in dye-receiving layers that are extruded instead of solvent-coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Teh-Ming Kung, Paul D. Yacobucci, Eric E. Arrington
  • Patent number: 7083861
    Abstract: An EL element comprising a light transmitting substrate, a light transmitting electrode formed on the substrate, a light emitting layer containing a positive ion absorber, a dielectric layer and a back electrode. Further, an EL element of the present invention contains a positive ion absorber in the dielectric layer. An EL element in accordance with an embodiment comprises a light emitting layer formed of a resin, a phosphor and a positive ion absorber, the positive ion absorber being 1-400 parts by weight to a 100 parts of the resin in the light emitting layer. An EL element in another embodiment comprises a dielectric layer formed of a resin, a high dielectric constant inorganic filler and a positive ion absorber, the positive ion absorber being 0.5-50 to a 100 parts of a total amounts of the resin and the filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Tanabe, Yosuke Chikahisa, Naohiro Nishioka
  • Patent number: 7078368
    Abstract: Thermal-dye-transfer labels, and pre-label media from which they are made, comprising an extruded pragmatic polymer film comprising a microvoided layer, a continuous phase of which comprises a polylactic-acid-based material. A method of making sheets for such media is also disclosed involving an extrusion process. High-quality pressure-sensitive labels for application to packages are obtainable by the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas M. Laney, Kenneth W. Best, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7078365
    Abstract: A thermosensitive recording material is provided having improved resistance to heat and chemicals, and having improved sensitivity to image formation while minimizing background coloring, wherein the thermosensitive recording material has a substrate, on which is a thermosensitive recording layer containing a leuco dye, a developer of formula (I) and at least two sensitizers, the two sensitizers being 4-hydroxy-4?-allyloxy diphenylsulfone and 4,4?-diallyloxy diphenylsulfone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kajikawa, Toshiaki Ikeda, Mitsuru Naruse
  • Patent number: 7078367
    Abstract: Disclosed is a thermal dye-transfer dye-image receiving element comprising a thermal dye-transfer receiver element comprising a dye-receiving layer 1; beneath layer 1, a substrate layer 2 containing a microvoided layer 2 comprising, in a continuous phase, a polylactic-acid-based material, wherein microvoids in said microvoided layer provide a void volume of at least 25% by volume, and wherein at least about half of the microvoids are formed from void initiating particles less than 1.5 micrometer in average diameter; and beneath layer 2, an optional support layer 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas M. Laney, Kenneth W. Best, Jr.