Patents Examined by Joshua D Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10875336
    Abstract: An indexing image for craft stamps that is opaque to the eye but transparent to UV light is produced by printing a wavelength-specific solvent-based ink on the stamp substrate. This eliminates the step of printing a separate adhesive-backed indexing image sheet and applying it to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: CHEMENCE, INC.
    Inventor: John P. Maneira
  • Patent number: 10875346
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lithographic printing plate precursor that enables a lithographic printing plate formed therefrom to have excellent image visibility and a long press life, as well as a lithographic printing plate manufacturing method and a printing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Nakamura, Atsushi Matsuura, Tsuyoshi Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10864716
    Abstract: A dampening fluid recycling system may include a print station having an imaging member with a reimageable surface, a dampening fluid deposition subsystem for applying a layer of dampening fluid onto the reimageable surface, and a dampening fluid recovery subsystem configured to remove excess dampening fluid vapor that does not condense over the reimageable surface. The dampening fluid deposition subsystem may include a dampening fluid supply chamber, a dampening fluid supply channel, and a dampening fluid supply channel outlet. The dampening fluid supply chamber may include an inlet tube and a tube body that may be a split tube. The dampening fluid supply channel may attach to the split tube and descend towards the imaging member to deliver fluid vapor from both parts of the first split tube onto the reimageable surface of the imaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Francisco Zirilli
  • Patent number: 10865518
    Abstract: A paperless transfer printing method includes the following steps: (a) printing, by a printing machine, aqueous ink onto a transfer printing temporary carrier in a set pattern, wherein a surface of the transfer printing temporary carrier is made of an elastic polymer material and a surface tension of the aqueous ink is less than the critical surface tension of the transfer printing temporary carrier; (b) drying the to-be-transferred pattern on the transfer printing temporary carrier; (c) wetting the transfer printing temporary carrier by using an aqueous surface tension increasing liquid; and (d) separating the aqueous solution or the aqueous dispersion liquid from the transfer printing temporary carrier at a tight-contact position between the transfer printing temporary carrier and the fabric, so that an aqueous ink dye is transferred onto the fiber of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: NEWTECH TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Po-Wen Chung
  • Patent number: 10857826
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a photosensitive CTP flexographic printing original plate wherein no wrinkle is generated during handling of the CTP printing original plate against environmental changes throughout the year and barrier property is also excellent. A water-developable photosensitive CTP flexographic printing original plate which is characterized in that it comprises at least a support, a photosensitive resin layer, a barrier layer and a heat-sensitive mask layer which are sequentially layered, that the barrier layer contains a polyamide resin (A) containing a basic nitrogen atom in a molecule and a polyamide resin (B) containing 40 to 70% by mass of an alkylene glycol structural unit in a molecule, and that a content of the polyamide resin (B) to a total content of the polyamide resin (A) and the polyamide resin (B) is 25 to 52% by mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Matsuo, Hiromichi Yonekura
  • Patent number: 10850548
    Abstract: Provided is a precursor for lithographic printing having excellent printing durability and ink repellency as well as high reproducibility of the high definition images. The precursor for lithographic printing includes, at least a heat sensitive layer and an ink repellent layer wherein the ink repellent layer has an elastic modulus of the plate surface under the surface load of 14000 N/m2 of at least 25 MPa and up to 35 MPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yasunori Kuse, Yuki Kase, Takejiro Inoue
  • Patent number: 10828884
    Abstract: Lithographic printing plate precursors are prepared with a unique substrate and one or more radiation-sensitive imageable layers. The substrate is prepared by two separate anodizing processes to provide an inner aluminum oxide layer having an average dry thickness (Ti) of 650-3,000 nm and a multiplicity of inner micropores having an average inner micropore diameter (Di) of ?15 nm. A formed outer aluminum oxide layer comprises a multiplicity of outer micropores having an average outer micropore diameter (Do) of 15-30 nm; an average dry thickness (To) of 130-650 nm; and a micropore density (Co) of 500-3,000 micropores/?m2. The ratio of Do to Di is greater than 1.1:1, and Do in nanometers and the outer aluminum oxide layer micropore density (Co) in micropores/?m2, are further defined by the outer aluminum oxide layer porosity (Po) according to the following equation: 0.3?Po?0.8 where Po is 3.14(Co)(Do2)/4,000,000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Oliver Merka, Jan-Phillip Kemmling, Oliver Richard Blum, Benedikt Uhl
  • Patent number: 10821763
    Abstract: A method of roughening a surface of a printing form precursor. The method comprises subjecting at least a part of the surface to energy in the form of pulses of electromagnetic radiation to produce a uniformly hydrophilic roughened surface on at least a part of the printing form precursor and optionally converting the uniformly hydrophilic roughened surface of the printing form precursor to a uniformly hydrophobic roughened surface. The method is useful for providing a surface for use in a subsequent imaging and/or printing process in lithographic printing. Methods of providing a printing form comprising an image formed of hydrophobic regions and hydrophilic regions using said method and a method of printing using said method are also described, as are printing forms so produced and imaging devices and apparatus for carrying out the said methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Zhong Chuang Green Plate Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: John David Adamson, Peter Andrew Reath Bennett, Dun Liu
  • Patent number: 10814611
    Abstract: A dampening fluid deposition system includes a vapor generator adjacent an air supply channel and in fluid communication with a dampening fluid supply to produce dampening fluid vapor. The vapor generator includes a vapor channel having an interior in communication with air confined within the air supply channel. The vapor generator may include a liquid reservoir receiving dampening fluid from the dampening fluid supply and a heater that heats the received dampening fluid into dampening fluid vapor. The liquid reservoir may include a wick that stores dampening fluid and releases dampening fluid vapor into the vapor channel and a heat conductive tub that holds the wick and dampening fluid. The passive dampening fluid deposition system mixes the dampening fluid vapor with the confined air to form an air/vapor mix that is condensed as a layer of dampening fluid onto the reimageable surface of an imaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Francisco Zirilli
  • Patent number: 10814610
    Abstract: Provided is a lithographic printing plate precursor having: a support; and an image-recording layer as an outermost surface layer on the support, in which the image-recording layer includes a hydrophilic polymer, an ion intensity derived from the hydrophilic polymer has a maximum value I1, the ion intensity being measured by a time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry in such a manner that cutting is carried out from an image-recording layer surface in a direction of the support by an Ar gas cluster ion beam method, a ratio d0/d1 of a thickness d0 of the image-recording layer to a depth d1 from an outermost layer at which the I1 is obtained is 2.0 or more, and a ratio I1/I0 of the I1 to an ion intensity I0 derived from the hydrophilic polymer at a depth from the outermost layer of the d0 is 1.5 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kenjiro Araki, Shizuka Ishikawa, Taira Murakami
  • Patent number: 10807401
    Abstract: Provided is to provide a cylindrical printing plate with which printing of excellent solid density and high halftone dot quality is made possible, and further print medium followability and printing durability are excellent, a cylindrical printing plate precursor, a method for manufacturing a cylindrical printing plate precursor, and a method for manufacturing a cylindrical printing plate. A cylindrical printing plate includes a relief layer having a first hard layer, a soft layer, and a second hard layer in this order from a printing surface side, in which a hardness K1 of the first hard layer is 10 MPa or more and less than 20 MPa, a ratio K1/K2 of the hardness K1 of the first hard layer with respect to a hardness K2 of the soft layer is 2.7 or more, a ratio K3/K2 of a hardness K3 of the second hard layer with respect to the hardness K2 of the soft layer is 1.2 or more, a thickness of the first hard layer is 0.05 mm or more and 0.3 mm or less, and a thickness of the soft layer is 0.3 mm or more and 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Shirakawa, Yusuke Namba
  • Patent number: 10807400
    Abstract: The present invention provides a photosensitive resin composition for a relief printing original plate which can achieve both of a printing reproducibility of gradation of a highlight part and a printing durability, and can further achieve a low plate surface tackiness. A photosensitive resin composition for a relief printing original plate containing water-soluble or water-dispersible polyamide, a photopolymerizable unsaturated compound and a photopolymerization initiator as essential ingredients, characterized in that a total of a content of an alicyclic structural unit obtained from diamine and a content of an alicyclic structural unit obtained from dicarboxylic acid in the polyamide is 30 to 90 molar %, and the content of the alicyclic structural unit obtained from dicarboxylic acid in the polyamide is 20 molar % or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOBO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Yoshimoto, Atsushi Tatsuyama, Jun Hasuike
  • Patent number: 10800195
    Abstract: Provided are a lithographic printing plate precursor including: a hydrophilized aluminum support, and a water-soluble or water-dispersible negative type image recording layer provided on the aluminum support, in which an arithmetic average height Sa of a surface of an outermost layer on a side opposite to a side where the image recording layer is provided is in a range of 0.3 ?m to 20 ?m; a method of producing the lithographic printing plate precursor; a lithographic printing plate precursor laminate formed of the lithographic printing plate precursor; and a lithographic printing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Ikeyama, Shumpei Watanabe, Atsushi Oshima, Shuji Shimanaka
  • Patent number: 10792909
    Abstract: A laser-engravable pad printing plate comprising at least (a) a metal support, (b) an adhesion layer, (c) a laser-engravable recording layer having a layer thickness of 20 ?m to 200 ?m, (d) a cover film, characterized in that the laser-engravable recording layer (c) comprises (c1) 40 to 95 wt % of a polyvinyl alcohol, (c2) 5 to 50 wt % of an IR absorber, (c3) 0 to 30 wt % of an inorganic filler, (c4) 0 to 20 wt % of a crosslinker, and (c5) 0 to 10 wt % of further additives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Flint Group Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Mühlfeit, Alfred Leinenbach, Jochen Unglaube
  • Patent number: 10788749
    Abstract: An imprinting method and system in which, a template is imprinted onto formable material at a plurality of locations on a substrate. A template filling time varies among the plurality of locations. The template filling time for each of the locations is determined prior to applying the formable material to the substrate. The template is aligned to the substrate each time the template is imprinted onto the formable material during an alignment convergence period that is determined to have completed when real time alignment data indicates that alignment of the template and the substrate is within specified limits. The alignment convergence period and the template filing period overlap. Curing the formable material in the template at each of the plurality of locations after both the alignment convergence period has completed and the template filing period has expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Craig William Cone
  • Patent number: 10759209
    Abstract: Provided are a lithographic printing plate precursor for furnishing a lithographic printing plate in which adhesion to interleaving paper is prevented, contamination inside a device is prevented, and edge stain does not occur; a method of producing the same; and a printing method using the same. The lithographic printing plate precursor includes: a support; and an image recording layer on the support, in which a region of a surface of the lithographic printing plate precursor at a side of the image recording layer, which is from an end portion of the lithographic printing plate precursor to a portion inside the end portion by 5 mm, contains at least-one polymer selected from polyamide, polyurethane, polyurea, polyester and polycarbonate, and has a content of the polymer per unit area which is greater than a content of the polymer per unit area in a region other than the above-described region by an amount of 10 mg/m2 or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Wariishi
  • Patent number: 10744754
    Abstract: Ink-based digital printing systems useful for ink printing include a photoreceptor layer configured to receive a layer of liquid immersion fluid. The liquid immersion fluid includes dampening fluid, dispersed gas particles, and charge directors that impart charge to the solid particles. The photoreceptor surface is charged to a uniform potential, and selectively discharged using an ROS according to image data to form an electrostatic latent image. The charged liquid immersion fluid adheres to portions of the photoreceptor surface according to the electrostatic latent image to form a fountain solution image. The fluid portion of the fountain solution image can be partially transferred to an imaging member and/or transfer member to form a dampening fluid image, either or both of which may be electrically biased. The dampening fluid image is inked on the transfer member, and the resulting ink image transferred to a print substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Antonio St. Clair Lloyd Williams, David K. Biegelsen, David Mathew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10723118
    Abstract: A system and method for the overprint on flexible supports are described. In particular, the overprint system 1 comprises a printing unit 2 comprising a rotatable printing cylinder 3, having printing zones at the surface thereof, and first actuating means 14, configured to drive in a controllable manner the printing cylinder 3 rotation. The system further comprises a first reel 5 for unwinding a flexible support 4 to be printed, which has preset zones to be overprinted, and a second reel 8 for rewinding the flexible support 4, once it has been printed. A plurality of winding rolls 7 arranges an unwinding path, for the flexible support 4, comprised between the first 5 and the second 8 reels, and passing through the printing unit 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ROTOPRINT SOVRASTAMPA S.R.L.
    Inventor: Gian Carlo Arici
  • Patent number: 10712660
    Abstract: A template for imprint lithography can include a body. The body can include a base surface and a recession extending from the base surface. The recession can have steps and a feature. The steps can include a distal step that is farther from the base surface as compared to any other step, each step having a corresponding height. The feature can include the distal step includes a rounded or tapered sidewall; a surface along a deepest part of the recession is non-planar; or the height corresponding to the distal step is different from an average height corresponding to remaining steps. The template can be used in an imprint lithography apparatus. The template can be used in manufacturing articles when patterning different layers at the same time. The template is well suited for forming 3D memory arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Byung-Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 10703127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of the intaglio printing process. In particular, the present invention relates to a method that combines intaglio inks curable by oxidation with UV-VIS-curable intaglio inks on one intaglio plate or cylinder. The disclosed method results in an intaglio printed security element using advantageously the unalike properties of the different inks while enabling the printing on a standard printing press in one printing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Olivier Lefebvre, Patrick Magnin, Christophe Schaller, Pierre Degott, Jean-Daniel Spitteler