Patents Examined by Justin V Lewis
  • Patent number: 11222550
    Abstract: A phosphorescent writing sheet and system along with methods of production and use are provided. The writing/drawing system includes a writing sheet and a light source. The writing sheet includes a generally transparent substrate sheet or film, phosphorescent paint, and a generally transparent covering sheet or film. To create the writing sheet, a thin layer of the phosphorescent paint is deposited onto the inner surface of the substrate. When the paint is dry, the covering sheet is positioned above the paint layer. The layers are then laminated to adhere the substrate layer to the covering layer with the paint enclosed between them to form the transparent or translucent writing sheet. To use, the light source is run along either the front or back outer surface to create a track, which triggers the phosphorescent paint to luminesce to create glowing traces along the track of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventor: Amanda Autumn Morrison
  • Patent number: 11220127
    Abstract: A method of processing sheet stock in the creation of plastic cards, such as gift cards or credit cards that include special effects and/or security measures. A card formed by such methods is also disclosed. The method provides for two or more dissimilar materials to be bonded together while maintaining the integrity of the card and as any graphics, security features, and/or special effects provided thereon. Thermoset and thermobond adhesive layers are placed between a first material layer and a second material layer of the sheet stock. The thermoset and thermobond adhesive layers allow the first and second material layers to move independently and to expand and contract at different rates relative to each other. The adhesive layers enable the sheet stock to be rolled up for shipping or storage and further enable the end product produced therefrom to have a planar profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Griff and Associates, L.P.
    Inventor: Timothy Roche
  • Patent number: 11222662
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the field of functional materials, and particularly relates to a directly printable image recording material, a preparation method and application thereof. The image recording material comprises 25 to 78.8 parts by mass of a photopolymerizable monomer, 0.2 to 5 parts by mass of a photoinitiator, 20 to 70 parts by mass of an inert component, and 0.05 to 2 parts by mass of a thermal polymerization inhibitor, and has an initial viscosity of 200 to 800 mPa·s. The photopolymerizable monomer includes a thiol monomer and an olefin monomer, at least one of which is a silicon-based monomer with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane as a silicon core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Haiyan Peng, Guannan Chen, Xingping Zhou, Xiaolin Xie, Yonggui Liao, Hongwei Ge, Zhifang Yang, Xiaomei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11214090
    Abstract: A binding device and method that allows pages or documents to be secured in a binder while providing a recyclable, transparent and printable cover. The binding device includes a flexible sheet having a front surface, a rear surface, a first, second, third and fourth edge, a fold parallel to the first edge on the flexible sheet that extends from the second edge to the fourth edge, a plurality of spaced apart die cuts adjacent the fold shaped to form tabs, a transparent flexible front cover having a front surface, rear surface, a first, second, third and fourth edge, the first edge of the front cover overlapping and affixing to the front surface of the flexible sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Spiral Binding LLC
    Inventor: Humberto Luis
  • Patent number: 11207910
    Abstract: A method of forming a security device includes selectively providing a high refractive index (HRI) layer to a first outwardly facing surface of a security device substrate, the HRI layer having a substantially transparent host material and particles having a dimension along at least one axis less than 200 nm, such that they are substantially non-scattering to visible light and the HRI layer is substantially transparent to visible light, and wherein; the particles have a refractive index of at least 1.8 and are present within the host material in a proportion such that the resultant refractive index of the HRI layer is at least 1.6. A corresponding security device, as well as security articles and security documents, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Holmes
  • Patent number: 11198316
    Abstract: A document, product, or package, such as a banknote, passport or the like comprises structures having dichroic effects that change color with viewing angle in both transmission and reflection. Such structures can be useful as security features that counter the ability to effectively use counterfeit documents, products, packages, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Roger Winston Phillips, Christopher Chapman Rich, Joel Mikael Petersen
  • Patent number: 11186109
    Abstract: A booklet includes a cover including an integrally formed front cover sheet and a rear cover sheet connected by a hinge fold around which the front cover sheet is pivoted relative to the rear cover between a closed position and an open position, and at least first and second leaves therein. Each leaf includes at least one integrally formed leaf sheet and spine sheet connected together at a hinge fold. Upon pivoting the front cover sheet between a closed position and an open position, the interior leaves move relative to the front cover sheet and a step display tab area on each interior leaf is progressively revealed. A method of forming the booklet is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: The Segerdahl Corp
    Inventors: Steven Buechel, Randy Van Oost
  • Patent number: 11186113
    Abstract: Security article and method for producing a security article. The method includes microprinting on a patch an array of microimages, placing a first translucent layer over the substrate and first patch, and laminating the substrate, the patch, and the first translucent layer using a lamination tool. The resulting security product includes a microlens array is located in the first translucent layer in register with the patch such that microimages have a one-to-one correspondence with lenses of the array of microlenses, wherein when the microimage array is viewed by a viewer through the microlens array, a composite image is visible to a viewer of the security article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Teemu Pohjola, Christopher Knud Haas
  • Patent number: 11186112
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method and computerized means for creating dynamically evolving moiré shapes on curved surfaces. The method applies geometrical transformations in order to obtain curvilinear moirés and creates the moirés on curved surfaces by applying mappings from planar space to 3D space. The method relies on the superposition of a base layer with base bands and of a revealing layer with sampling elements. The dimensions of the revealing layer sampling elements such as cylindrical or spherical lenses as well as the distances between the base and revealing layer surfaces are adapted to the space between neighbouring isoparametric lines that define the curved surface. The resulting moiré shapes evolve smoothly on the specified curved surface and show recognizable shapes such as words, letters, numbers, flags, logos, graphic motifs, drawings, clip art, and faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Innoview ARL
    Inventor: Roger D. Hersch
  • Patent number: 11179960
    Abstract: A pocket structure including a first panel, and a second panel coupled to the first panel to define a pocket with the first panel. The second panel has an opening intersecting an outer edge thereof. The opening has a transverse portion oriented generally parallel to the outer edge and a leg portion oriented generally perpendicular to the outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Witter
  • Patent number: 11179959
    Abstract: A security element, including: a substrate having a first structured major surface and a second structured major surface; and a first metal layer coated on the first structured major surface, wherein the transparency of the first metal layer is between 10% and 90%; and a second metal layer coated on the second structured major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Ta-Hua Yu, William Blake Kolb, Douglas S. Dunn
  • Patent number: 11167583
    Abstract: A combination multiple pocket folder and document stand includes a first rising panel having a first edge and a second edge; a second rising panel, having a first edge attached to the second edge of the first rising panel and a second edge; a base panel, having a first edge attached to the second edge of the second rising panel and a second edge; a flap attached to the first edge of the first rising panel and having a tab at a distal edge thereof; and a slot provided along the second edge of the base panel for receiving therein the tab of the flap. The flap, which preferably includes accordion folds, cooperates with the slot to transform the folder into a document stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Teresa M. Jarzombek, Ralph P. Jarzombek
  • Patent number: 11161362
    Abstract: A method of enhancing a fluorescent image on a substrate, the method including forming the fluorescent image on the substrate, the fluorescent image including a fluorescent marking material, forming a border on the substrate adjacent to the fluorescent image, the border including a non-fluorescing marking material and a thickness, wherein the border at least partially circumscribes the fluorescent image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eliud Robles Flores, Andrew William Beams
  • Patent number: 11155113
    Abstract: There is provided a holographic security element including a substrate; and an array of nano-reflectors configured to form a pattern on the substrate and to generate a holographic image corresponding to the pattern at a predetermined distance from the substrate when irradiated with a predetermined light source. In particular, the array of nano-reflectors is configured to generate the holographic image at the predetermined distance to have a size that is larger than a size of the pattern. There is also provided a method of forming the holographic security element, and an article having one or more holographic security elements incorporated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Kun Huang, Jinghua Teng, Xiao Ming Goh, Junhao Shawn Tan
  • Patent number: 11155112
    Abstract: A method and a security element with a front side and a rear side lying opposite the front side, wherein the security element has two or more security features, wherein a first security feature of the two or more security features has one or more first layers and a second security feature of the two or more security features has one or more second layers, wherein the first security feature and the second security feature are in particular arranged in register with each other, wherein the first security feature generates at least one first optically variable effect and the second security feature generates at least one second optically variable effect, wherein the at least one first optically variable effect has a first color and the at least one second optically variable effect has a second color, wherein the first color and the second color differ from each other, as well as a method for producing a security element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Inventors: Ludwig Brehm, Anja Cathomen, Christian Schulz, René Staub, Harald Walter
  • Patent number: 11148447
    Abstract: An intaglio printing ink includes capsule luminescent pigments and a further machine-readable feature substance. The capsule luminescent pigments include at least one core with a luminescent substance and one shell encapsulating the at least one core. They are characterized by their high luminescence intensity and high chemical stability, which enables a simultaneous loading of the intaglio printing ink with a further machine-readable feature. A printing method and a printed product include the intaglio printing ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Johann Kecht, Stephan Steinlein, Thomas Giering
  • Patent number: 11150595
    Abstract: An optical article printed on a substrate may include an organic binder; and a plurality of reflective magnetic platelets provided in the organic binder, wherein the plurality of reflective magnetic platelets are substantially aligned in accordance with at least part of a surface of revolution, and wherein the plurality of reflective magnetic platelets are aligned to cause a first reflective effect of the optical article when the substrate is rotated around a first axis and to cause a second reflective effect of the optical article when the substrate is rotated around a second axis, wherein the first reflective effect is different from the second reflective effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir P. Raksha, Cornelis Jan Delst
  • Patent number: 11148457
    Abstract: A value document has a security marking in the form of two luminescent substances whose the emission spectra partially overlap in a primary emission range. The emission spectra have a degree of overlap of less than 80% and more than 5%, wherein the luminescent substances have different individual decay times in the primary emission range. The individual decay times of the luminescent substances differ from each other by more than 50% with reference to the shortest individual decay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventor: Johann Kecht
  • Patent number: 11148459
    Abstract: The present invention is directed at a method for manufacturing a card-shaped data carrier, in which a material from nature, for example wood, is installed in a particularly advantageous manner. The invention is further directed at a correspondingly adapted apparatus for manufacturing the card-shaped data carrier as well as at the data carrier itself. Further, a computer program product is proposed, having control commands that implement the method and/or operate the proposed apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Günter Endres, Thomas Tarantino
  • Patent number: 11142017
    Abstract: A system of notebooks that are color-coded to relate to a particular class or subject. For example, a green notebook could relate to a Science class, a red notebook could relate to Math, etc. The notebooks are fashioned to employ different calligraphy. The system further includes control articles such as an agenda to track student progress using indicia and give rewards to the student for achieving predetermined milestones. The indicia correlates sections in the control article (agenda) with the notebooks or other items. Said indicia visually aids students, parents and teachers to track the student's progress and creating a habit of having an organized schedule for school.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Frances Marie Ramos-Dones