Patents Examined by B. Shewareged
  • Patent number: 7378146
    Abstract: The present invention related to an improved structure of an optically transparent element that can be used in optical scanners, supermarket scanners, lenses for eyeglasses, etc. The application of oxynitride PECVD films provide good hardness and optical transparency. Such films displaying these physical properties are extremely useful as a scratch resistant coatings in lenses and systems in which an article contacts a transparent surface, such as in scanners and in environments in which intermittent, environmental contact occurs such as in displays for computers and suchlike and in liquid crystal displays, touch displays and compact disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Curtis Hedrick, David Andrew Lewis, Stanley Joseph Whitehair
  • Patent number: 7264856
    Abstract: An inkjet recording element comprising, over a porous, ink-receiving layer, a fusible, porous topmost layer comprising a film-forming, hydrophobic binder and fusible, polymeric particles of a non-segmented polyurethane, or salt thereof, comprising repeat units derived from a diisocyanate and a diol component comprising a mixture of diols, said diol mixture comprising: an anionically-substituted diol selected from carboxylic acid-, sulfonic acid-, and phosphonic acid-substituted diol and an ether containing short chain aliphatic diol, wherein the polyurethane has a Tg greater than about 70° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Allan Wexler, Paul D. Yacobucci, Kurt M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7264867
    Abstract: The invention relates to a receiver sheet for electrophotography comprising a base material having thereon at least one toner receiver layer comprising a mixture of polyolefin and at least one member selected from the group consisting of polyolefin copolymers, amide containing polymers, and ester containing polymers, wherein a measured Tg of said at least one receiver layer comprises a Tg of less than 5° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Narasimharao Dontula, Terry A. Heath, Michael R. Brickey, Mridula Nair
  • Patent number: 7255913
    Abstract: A laminated panel unit (1) comprising at least one image layer (3) between at least two panels (2), wherein for an area-contact gluing of the image layer (3) with neighboring panels (2), one intermediate adhesive layer (4, 4?) is provided on each side thereof, wherein the two intermediate adhesive layers and/or panels following each image layer (3) have a different thermal expansion behavior so that the image layer (3), due to the inhomogeneous laminate, is tensioned in case of temperature changes; as well as a method for producing a laminated panel unit (1), wherein the image layer (3) is connected with area contact on either side thereof with the panels (2) by using intermediate adhesive layers (4, 4?), the intermediate adhesive layers (4, 4?) and/or the panels (2) having a different thermal expansion behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignees: Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Bele Marx, Gilles Mussard, Kurt Bernhart
  • Patent number: 7244488
    Abstract: An electrophotographic transfer paper has a substrate and a thermoplastic foamed resin layer which is provided on at least one surface of the substrate and has pores. In the electrophotographic transfer paper, the temperature at which the viscosity of the thermoplastic foamed resin layer becomes 1×10 4 Pa·s ranges from 60° C. to 100° C. and a gradient R of a viscosity-temperature curve of the thermoplastic foamed resin layer defined by the following Equation (1) ranges from 0.02 to 0.10: R={Log(?t)?Log(?t+20)}/20 ??(1) where ?t indicates 1×104 Pa·s and ?t+20 indicates the viscosity (Pa·s) of the thermoplastic foamed resin layer at the temperature higher by 20° C. than the temperature showing the viscosity ?t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eizo Kurihara, Ryosuke Nakanishi, Tsukasa Matsuda, Tomofumi Tokiyoshi, Fumihiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7244478
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a recording medium with an excellent productivity is provided. The method provides a recording medium having excellent ink absorbency and coloring property and includes an ink-receiving layer in which a binder is restricted and controlled. The present invention provides a method of manufacturing a recording medium including the steps of: performing a surface treatment on a substrate; and forming an ink-receiving layer using at least a pigment, polyvinyl alcohol, and a coating liquid that contains at least one selected from the group consisting of boric acid and borate. In this method, the surface-treatment step includes a first surface treatment and a second surface treatment. In the first surface treatment, a coating liquid that contains at least one selected from the group consisting of boric acid and borate is applied followed by being dried and solidified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Kondo, Shigehira Iida, Tsuyoshi Santo, Motoaki Sato, Kenichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 7229676
    Abstract: Processes for effecting thermal transfer of electroactive organic material are disclosed wherein unwanted portions of a layer of electroactive organic material supported by a donor element are removed or transferred from the layer by thermal transfer, particularly laser-induced thermal transfer, leaving a desired pattern of the electroactive organic material on the donor element. The electroactive organic material may be an organic material exhibiting electroluminescence, charge transport, charge injection, electrical conductivity, semiconductivity and/or exciton blocking. The layer of electroactive organic material may comprise more than one layer of different types of electroactive organic material. The exposure pattern is a negative image of the desired pattern. The electroactive organic material of the desired pattern is not, therefore, exposed to the heat which can cause decomposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Graciela B. Blanchet-Fincher
  • Patent number: 7226647
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing permanent ink-jet images are provided. In one embodiment, a system comprises a media substrate coated with a porous media coating, wherein the porous media coating comprises inorganic porous particulates, and wherein at least a portion of the inorganic porous particulates have a first reactive group covalently attached thereto. The system further includes an ink-jet ink containing a dye, wherein the dye comprises a second reactive group, and wherein the first reactive group and the second reactive group are configured to react with one another upon contact to form a covalent bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Vladek P Kasperchik, Palitha Wickramanayake, James P Shields, Gary Allan Ungefug
  • Patent number: 7205041
    Abstract: An ink-printed substrate web exhibiting ink rub-off resistance is disclosed. The substrate web is printed with an ink composition to form an ink film on the substrate web. The ink-printed substrate web being coated with a coating composition to form a coating film on the ink film. At least one of the ink composition and the coating composition forms a cross-linked structure within the film thereof and forms a cross-linked structure with the other composition between the ink film and the coating film. A disposable absorbent article using the ink-printed substrate web is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Radhakrishnan Janardanan Nair, Shunketsu Sue
  • Patent number: 7195811
    Abstract: A transfer capable of applying one- or multi-colored patterns to textiles under heat and pressure comprises a carrier sheet (1) having a non-binding surface which carries (a) a one- or multi-colored pattern (5) printed on the carrier sheet using a digitally controlled color printer; (b) a transparent (6) or white-pigmented (7) elastomer layer of a polymer having a high plasticizing point printed configuratively on the pattern (5); and (c) a heat-activatable thermoplastic polymeric glue layer (8) printed configuratively on the transparent (6) or white-pigmented (7) elastomer layer or a heat-activatable hot melt granulate sprinkled on the elastomer layer while said layer was still wet. An even better encapsulation of the colored pattern is obtained when the carrier sheet has printed thereon a first transparent elastomer layer of a polymer having a high plasticizing point, and the pattern is printed on this elastomer layer using a digitally controlled color printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Reflex Holding A/S
    Inventor: Kell Erik Franke
  • Patent number: 7182984
    Abstract: An ink jet-printing medium comprising a substrate and an ink-receptive layer which has at least one layer and is formed on at least one major surface of the substrate, in which at least one layer of the ink-receptive layer contains fibrous fine powder as a pigment in an amount of at least 20% by weight of the total weight of the whole pigment contained in the layer which contains the fibrous fine powder. This medium can be produced at a low cost and has high printing quality while suppressing the discoloration or fading of the prints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kohno, Noriaki Ohtani
  • Patent number: 7153557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-adhesive or thermally bondable security document that can be affixed to an article, characterized in that it comprises at least one medium capable of receiving print on the front side, said medium having, on its reverse side, at least one self-adhesive or thermally adhesive layer and at least one marker that emits a characteristic signal by itself, such that, after the document has been bonded by means of said adhesive layer to the article, in the event of disbandment of the document at least part of said marker detaches from the medium. The invention also relates to a method of authenticating the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Arjowiggins Security
    Inventor: Sandrine Rancien
  • Patent number: 7147909
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image receiving element comprising in order a support, at least one polyolefin resin coating and at least one toner receiver layer wherein said toner receiver layer comprises fuser-oil sorbent additive and a carboxylic acid containing thermoplastic polymer, wherein said sorbent additive is present in an amount greater than 10% by weight of said toner receiver layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mridula Nair, Tamara K. Jones, Faye Transvalidou, Bonnie A. Maye, Joseph S. Sedita
  • Patent number: 7141280
    Abstract: The invention provides an ink receiving medium comprising a macroporous substrate having a fluid management system and having a pigment management system in contact with surfaces of macropores of the substrate therein. In one embodiment, the pigment management system comprises water-soluble multivalent metal salt and the fluid management system comprises surfactant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Mark F. Schulz, Omar Farooq
  • Patent number: 7138171
    Abstract: The invention discloses an identifiable flexible printed circuit board (PCB) and a method of fabricating the same. The identifiable flexible PCB includes a flexible substrate, a conductive layer, and a printing ink layer. First, the conductive layer is formed over a surface of the flexible substrate. Second, the printing ink layer is formed on the surface of the flexible substrate by coating, exposing, and developing to uncover parts of the conductive layer. Also, at least one identifiable area is formed on the printing ink layer and one can easily and correctly identify the cartridge with the flexible PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Benq Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Ching Chen, Yi-Jing Leu
  • Patent number: 7097899
    Abstract: An information carrier comprising a support and a receiving layer is disclosed, together with the method of preparation. The information carrier further comprises (optionally personalized) information applied, preferably by ink jet printing, on the receiver layer, and a new type of watermark, obtained by applying pattern-wise a curable varnish and curing it, and by curing an overall applied curable lacquer. One of the varnish and the lacquer have the ability upon penetration into the receiving layer of changing its transparency, thus creating a transparent watermark on an opaque background, or creating a opaque watermark on an transparent background. The finished information carrier is preferably cut in a set of multiple identification (ID) cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Eddie Daems, Luc Leenders
  • Patent number: 7087275
    Abstract: A coating fluid for application to a support to prepare an ink jet recording medium comprises an aqueous dispersion of a synthetic polymer hydrogel and gelatin, the amount of the synthetic polymer hydrogel being from 5 to 50% by weight of the combined weight of synthetic polymer and gelatin. Preferably the coating fluid also contains a mordant, an aliphatic alcohol to assist dispersion of the hydrogel polymer and a particulate material to impart a porous structure to the coating. The invention also provides an inkjet recording medium comprising a support on which is an ink-receiving layer comprising the gelatin and a synthetic polymer hydrogel. The amount of the latter may be from 0.3 to 5 g/square meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Julie Baker, Malcolm D. Purbrick
  • Patent number: 7074465
    Abstract: An inkjet recording element comprising an ink-permeable microvoided substrate comprising a porous ink-receiving layer over and adjacent to an ink-permeable microvoided substrate layer comprising, in a polyester continuous phase, a polyester ionomer, wherein the microvoided substrate layer and the porous ink-receiving layer both having interconnecting voids. Also disclosed is an inkjet printing process, comprising the step of providing an ink-jet printer with such an inkjet recording element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Bruce C. Campbell, Thomas M. Laney, Mridula Nair, Lisa B. Todd, Kenneth W. Best, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7074477
    Abstract: A transfer label comprises a support layer (1), further an overprint layer (5) detachably affixed by adhesive to the support layer (1) and affixable to an object, and a protective film (3) mounted between the support layer (1) and the overprint layer (5) and detachable from the support layer (1). The protective film is substantially non-plasticizing and directly adheres to the support layer (1) but is detachable from the label substantially independently of label temperature and is a thoroughly polymerized material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Zweckform Etikettiertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Ast
  • Patent number: RE39347
    Abstract: A device, and a method for forming a softgel having multiple gelatin layers and softgels having multiple gelatin layers are disclosed. In particular there is provided a device for forming a gelatin sheet having at least two gelatin layers. Each gelatin layer has a thickness. The device comprises a gelatin spreader box which includes at least one opening for extruding a gelatin sheet. The device also includes a first and a second height adjustable gate disposed at least partially across the opening; and a first and a second height adjustment control. Adjustment of the first height adjustment control varies the height of the first gate and adjustment of the second height adjustment control varies the height of the second gate, thereby controlling the thickness of the at least two gelatin layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Banner Pharmacaps, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee Ikemoto