Patents Examined by Kyle Grabowski
  • Patent number: 10017001
    Abstract: Laser-personalizable security articles include multi-layer security documents. The multi-layer security document includes an optically transparent cover layer, a composite image and an imagable layer adjacent to the cover layer. The first surface of the cover layer is at least partially a microstructured surface, where the microstructured surface forms microlenses or a lenticular surface. The composite image is made by a collection of complete or partial images viewed through the microstructured surface of the cover layer. The composite image is located on or within the second surface of the cover layer. The imagable layer is a laser imagable layer. When imaged, a personalized second composite three dimensional image is created on or in the imagable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Kui Chen-Ho, Christopher K. Haas, Douglas S. Dunn, Steven Hin-Chung Kong, David B. Olson, Randy A. Larson, Travis L. Potts
  • Patent number: 10011141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security structure (10), comprising at least one first fluorescent composition (13) and at least one second phosphorescent composition (12), the first and second compositions being simultaneously excitable by a predefined illuminant from a single first surface (14) of the structure, the security structure (10) being provided in the form of a security thread, a security film, or a patch, wherein the first fluorescent composition is at least partially stacked on the second phosphorescent composition and/or the first and second compositions are used for the reference marking on the security structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Henri Rosset
  • Patent number: 9997090
    Abstract: A display includes a first optical effect layer including a first interface part, the first interface part being provided with recesses or protrusions arranged two-dimensionally at the minimum center-to-center distance in a range of 200 nm to 500 nm, each of the recesses or protrusions having a forward-tapered shape; a reflective material layer covering at least a part of the first interface part; and a second optical effect layer including, at a position of a first portion of the first interface part that is covered with the reflective material layer, a portion that faces the reflective material layer with the first optical effect layer interposed therebetween or faces the first optical effect layer with the reflective material layer interposed therebetween, the second optical effect layer containing at least one of a cholesteric liquid crystal, a pearl pigment and a multilayer interference film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Manabu Watanabe, Mihoko Nagayoshi, Takashi Uehara, Hideki Ochiai
  • Patent number: 9987873
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the invention relates to an optical security component intended for being observed under direct reflection. The component comprises a structure engraved on a layer of a material having a refraction index n2, a thin layer of a dielectric material having a refraction index n1 other than n2, deposited on the structure, and a layer of a material having a refraction index n0 other than n1, encapsulating the coated structure of the thin layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SURYS
    Inventors: Valéry Petiton, Vincent Tollet
  • Patent number: 9969201
    Abstract: A book having a page construction for improved page manipulation. The book includes a plurality of pages bound together at an edge margin, wherein each page includes a bound edge and a plurality of free edges. At least one of the free edges of at least one of the pages includes an edge relief. The pages may comprise cardboard or other stiff material having a thickness. The free edges include opposed top and bottom edges and a side edge. The edge relief may extend along the entire side edge or only a portion thereof. The edge relief may be in the form of, for example, a chamfer, a bevel, a radius, a notch, a step, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Kinch Robert Reindl
  • Patent number: 9962988
    Abstract: A method for producing a book-like security and/or value document includes: A) at least two layers of a data sheet formed from organic polymeric materials are brought together, one inner layer having smaller dimensions than at least one adjacent layer, the data sheet forming a gap or a step along an edge, the gap/step being filled with an auxiliary piece having a thickness which substantially corresponds to the thickness of the inner layer and formed from a material which is not laminable with the at least two layers, B) all layers of the stack of step A) are laminated with each other, not with the auxiliary piece, C) auxiliary piece is removed, D) a data sheet region of a cover tab is introduced into the gap/step and connected with the data sheet, E) a cover region of the cover tab is bound into the cover of the security and/or value document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Edward Springmann
  • Patent number: 9956805
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeit medium, a method for manufacturing the same and a method for preventing counterfeiting are provided. The anti-counterfeit medium includes a retardation layer having birefringence and a reflection layer, and identification data is recorded in the anti-counterfeit medium. The identification data is divided into a plurality of partial images, and a plurality of transparent areas which correspond to the plurality of partial images are disposed adjacent to each other in the same plane so as to form the retardation layer, the plurality of transparent areas having optical axes which are oriented in different directions from each other in a rotation direction. The identification data includes biometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Mihoko Ohkawa, Hideki Ochiai, Kota Aono, Yuki Kotegawa
  • Patent number: 9956806
    Abstract: An article includes a first layer comprising a substrate having one or more images applied thereto. A second layer applied on each image and comprising one or more first and second portions, the first portion and second portions each in communication with a first image area and a second image area of an image, respectively. The second layer comprises a coating composition comprising fully exfoliated single sheets of graphene. The first and second portions comprise first and second detectable properties, respectively, having a value correlated with the graphene. The first and/or second detectable properties each comprise a first X-ray diffraction pattern, a first electrical conductivity, and one or more of a thermal conductivity, an optical property. The first and second detectable properties together create a distinctive signature for the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: John S. Lettow, Dan Scheffer
  • Patent number: 9956808
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatic circulation binder, comprising a housing (1), a pair of pivotable hinged plates (2) which are located in the housing (1) and are tightly clamped by the housing (1), and multiple pairs of half ring elements (3) respectively fixed on the pair of hinged plates (2), wherein the half ring element (3) extends out of an upper surface of the housing (1); the automatic circulation binder also comprises a push rod (4) which is located in the housing (1) and capable of moving in an axial direction of the housing, the push rod (4) is located below the hinged plates (2), and a first through groove (5) and a second through groove (6) are successively provided on the push rod (4) from the left to the right in the axial direction of the housing, wherein an automatic rotation push rod locating sleeve (7) is provided in the first through groove (5) and an upper end of the automatic rotation push rod locating sleeve (7) is fixedly connected to an inner surface of the housing (1), a return spring (8) is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Jiagui Zhong
  • Patent number: 9950552
    Abstract: An identity document includes in a single plane a two-dimensional image and under optical elements a ghost image for verifying the authenticity of the two-dimensional image. The ghost image is a stereo image and the stereo image is based on the two-dimensional image. The stereo image includes at least two images of the person on the identity card wherein at least one of the two images is a calculated image. The stereo image may further include a floating image, the floating image being arranged to be perceived to float over the ghost image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MORPHO B.V.
    Inventor: Jan Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 9944109
    Abstract: An identification assembly for an identity document (10) includes a substrate (12) with a substantially planar configuration, and an adjacent surface (13, 14) hingeably attached to the substrate (12) and provided adjacent to the substrate (12). The substrate (12) includes at least two image areas (18, 20), a first image area (18) having a first image (19), and wherein the substrate includes a second image area (20) including a second laser produced image (21), and a third image (22) corresponding to the second image (21) is provided through the second image area (20) onto the adjacent surface (13, 14), the third image (22) being visible for a user by hinging the substrate away from the adjacent surface (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MORPHO B.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Gerardus Maria Nijssen, Jan Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 9938667
    Abstract: A security document (1) comprises a paper document substrate (11) and a security element (2) embedded in said document substrate (11). The security element comprises an element substrate (21) and a material (22) sensitive to laser light. The method comprises the step of directing laser light (41) onto the document substrate (11) so as to alter said material (22), so as to provide said security element (2) with a detectable marking (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Antonio Olmos, Maurizio Lazzerini, Vicente Garcia Juez
  • Patent number: 9930879
    Abstract: A visual cue system associated with a plurality of consumer product packages includes a first visual cue with at least a first symbol and first text associated therewith and is further associated with a first consumer product. A second visual cue has at least a second symbol and second text associated therewith and is further associated with a second consumer product. A regimen key is associated with at least one of the first or second consumer products. Further, the first and second consumer product packages are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
    Inventors: Gary D. Weintraub, Lynn Templeton
  • Patent number: 9925821
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method for marking collectible items to increase their collectible uniqueness includes creating a multiplicity of unique date codes, each of the multiplicity of unique date codes including a representation of a calendar month and a representation of a day in the calendar month, randomly selecting one of the multiplicity of unique date codes, and affixing the randomly selected one of the multiplicity of unique date codes to a collectible item. According to other embodiments, a system with a computer and a marking device may apply a date code to a collectible item. According to yet other embodiments, a method for marking collectibles includes creating at least three hundred sixty-five collectibles in a time period shorter than a year, and marking each with a unique date code combination such that no two visually identical collectibles share the same date code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Crystalier, Limited
    Inventor: Andre Alan Yerkes
  • Patent number: 9914320
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide secure value bearing indicia using clear media are shown. Embodiments of the invention provide value bearing indicia on clear media having security features to discourage reuse and/or copying. Embodiments provide value bearing indicia on clear media having controlled cuts in the surface of the clear media to facilitate the destruction of the value bearing indicia when removal is attempted after affixing to a host object. Patterns in which controlled cuts are provided in the clear media are preferably adapted to facilitate desired destruction of the value bearing indicia on clear media. Embodiments may utilize adhesive patterning to facilitate destruction or otherwise disabling the clear fungible postage indicia when removal from a host object is attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery M. Carberry, David E. Rosen, John R. Clem, Haining B. Zhang
  • Patent number: 9914321
    Abstract: A ring binder mechanism that includes a housing, first and second hinge boards positioned in the housing that cooperate to define a slot having a closing edge and an opening edge. The hinge boards are pivotable between open and closed positions. A plurality of pairs of semi-rings include first and second ring members mounted on the first and second hinge boards, respectively. A travel bar is positioned below the hinge boards and moveable with respect to the housing and the hinge boards between an open position and a closed position. The travel bar includes at least one top bar extending from a top surface thereof that includes inclined opening and closing surfaces. The top bar extends through the slot in the hinge boards and is biased toward the open position. The inclined opening surface of the top bar contacts the opening edge of the slot to pivot the first and second hinge boards to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Jiagui Zhong
  • Patent number: 9914070
    Abstract: A folding book moves between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration. The book includes a book body and a plurality of layers forming the book body. Each layer moves between a folded configuration and an unfolded configuration. The folding book moves from the collapsed configuration to the expanded configuration by moving each layer of the plurality of layers from the folded configuration to the unfolded configuration in a predetermined order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Foliage Library
    Inventors: Emily Brooks, Matthew Holbein
  • Patent number: 9908361
    Abstract: There is described a printed security feature (10) provided onto a printable substrate, which printed security feature includes a printed area (11) with at least a first printed section consisting of a multiplicity of geometric elements (GE, 15) printed with a given distribution over the printed area. The geometric elements are printed with at least first and second inks which exhibit the same or substantially the same optical appearance when illuminated with visible white light, such that the printed security feature produces a first graphical representation (A1) when illuminated with visible white light. At least the first ink is an ink which responds to non-visible light excitation by producing a characteristic optical response differentiating the first ink from the second ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NotaSys SA
    Inventors: Johannes Georg Schaede, Alexander Fellmann
  • Patent number: 9908356
    Abstract: A carbonless copy note pad includes a stack of note sheet sets. Each of note sheet sets includes first and second paper sheets, first and second adhesive layers, a color-developing coating layer, and a coarse particle coating layer. The color-developing coating layer is formed on at least one of the first and second paper sheets. The coarse particle coating layer is formed on a lower surface of the second paper sheet, and has a roughened surface to prevent a scribbling pressure applied to a writing surface of the first paper sheet of a topmost one of the note sheet sets from affecting a next one of the note sheet sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Hopax Chemicals Mfg. Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Tien Kuo, Hsien-Min Kuo, Ho-Tsai Lin, Ming-Yang Li
  • Patent number: 9908360
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security feature for securing documents of value having a plurality of microcapsules, which respectively have a wall and in which is respectively contained a liquid medium in which are distributed several magnetic particles which are movable in the liquid medium and whose arrangement within the microcapsule is changeable by the action of a magnetic field, whereby the magnetic particles are configured to arrange themselves within the microcapsule such that they form a light-diffractive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Johann Kecht, Stephan Steinlein