Patents Examined by Marissa Ferguson-Samreth
  • Patent number: 10296103
    Abstract: A wireless keyboard wirelessly connects to a desktop computer, a tablet and/or a cellular phone, and carries the tablet and/or cellular phone in a dock. The dock has a slot formed in an upper wall of a keyboard panel. A bar with a channel is pivotally carried by the keyboard panel and pivots in the slot. One or more ribs and/or notches on an exterior of the bar are engaged by a pawl in the keyboard panel to releasably maintain a position of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZAGG Intellectual Property Holding Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Carreon, Kelly A. Harward, Paul Faerber
  • Patent number: 10295961
    Abstract: A process for decorating a dial includes a step (E1) of engraving a pattern in a pad-printing cliché with a femtosecond laser, then a step (E20) of transferring said pattern to the dial using the pad-printing cliché. The process can include surface structuring of the dial, then transferring the pattern to the dial at least partially superposed on surface-structuring obtained by the surface structuring, and can also include an intermediate coloring of the decorated or to be decorated surface in the surface structuring, using a different color from the color used in the transferring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Alexandre Oliveira
  • Patent number: 10289067
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit to form an image on a sheet, a sheet ejection section to which a relay unit and a sheet processing apparatus are removably coupled, a driving-side ejection roller disposed in the sheet ejection section, to eject the sheet outside the apparatus, a plurality of driven-side ejection rollers that are replaceable, one of which is disposed facing the driving-side ejection roller, and a roller holder removably secured to the sheet ejection section to hold the one of the plurality of driven-side ejection rollers. Each driven-side ejection roller has a shaft and a plurality of roller bodies attached to the shaft and lined in an axial direction of the shaft. The driven-side ejection roller is replaced with another driven-side ejection roller in accordance with whether or not the relay unit and the sheet processing apparatus are coupled to the sheet ejection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadayasu Enomoto, Shintaroh Yamada
  • Patent number: 10288912
    Abstract: A transfer plate and an orientation film generation system are provided. The transfer plate includes a bottom plate and a plurality of relief plates, wherein, the bottom plate is disposed on a printing cylinder and is distributed with a plurality of engagement holes, each of the engagement holes has a plurality of stopper locations configured to provide different engagement depths; and the plurality of relief plates and the plurality of engagement holes are disposed in one-to-one correspondence, and each of the relief plates is provided with an engagement pin cooperated with the stopper locations of a corresponding engagement hole, wherein the relief plate is made of permeable materials. The orientation film generation system includes the above transfer plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jing Wang, Jinbo Ding, Ying Zhang, Changjiang Wang, Xuchen Yuan, Xin Li
  • Patent number: 10286684
    Abstract: An apparatus for printing on containers includes a transport arm and a lift that cooperate to form a first container-transport device that moves a container at a container-loading position into a printing position. The transport arm is arranged on the lift and pivotable about a pivot axis thereof. The lift is axially displaceable and displaces the transport arm axially in relation to the pivot axis. At the printing position, a print head prints on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schach, Gyula Varhaniovszki, Markus Reiniger
  • Patent number: 10286701
    Abstract: A hand stamp with a use count mechanism and security elements for preventing unauthorized use. The use count mechanism includes a magnet mounted on an inner shell for relative movement with a stamp image platen carried by an outer shell, a magnetic field sensor carried by the outer shell for sensing movement between the magnet and the outer shell when the platen is moved to a stamping position, and an MCU for converting sensor signals to signals for a display. The security elements include print sensors mounted on the outer shell for sensing the finger prints of a user, with the MCU configured to convert these signals for transmission via a Bluetooth module to a smart phone containing finger print signals of an authorized user. If the fingerprint signals match, the smart phone sends an authorization signal to the MCU, which responds by unlocking the hand stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Shengbo Zhu, Su Shiong Huang
  • Patent number: 10279582
    Abstract: There is described a combined printing press (10; 10*) for the production of security documents, in particular banknotes, comprising a screen printing group (2; 2*) and an intaglio printing group (3) adapted to process substrates in the form of individual sheets or successive portions of a continuous web. The screen printing group (2; 2*) is located upstream of the intaglio printing group (3) and comprises at least one screen printing unit (20; 20*) designed to print a pattern of optically-variable ink onto one side of the substrates, which optically-variable ink contains flakes that can be oriented by means of a magnetic field. The screen printing group (2; 2*) further comprises a magnetic unit (24; 24*) located downstream of the screen printing unit (20; 20*), which magnetic unit is designed to magnetically induce an optically-variable effect in the pattern of optically-variable ink applied by the screen printing unit (20; 20*).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 10272666
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices, methods, and kits for applying stencil patterns to surfaces, particularly to surfaces made of fabric or fabric-like materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: John G. Swisher, Janna Makaeva, Aleksandr Aliskerov
  • Patent number: 10214005
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for changing a blade of a rotary die cutter, particularly for flexographic printing machines: a magnetic cylinder (3) configured to receive and support a die-cutting blade (5, 5?); a station (7) for inserting the blade (5, 5?) has a retention device (70) configured to retain the blade (5) in the insertion station; a guiding device (71) guides the blade (5, 5?) toward the magnetic cylinder (3); a station (9) for extracting the blade (5, 5?), has an extraction device (90) configured to remove the blade (5, 5?) from the magnetic cylinder (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOBST FIRENZE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Ugo Bagnoli, Federico D'Annunzio, Giacomo MacCalli, Mauro MacCalli
  • Patent number: 10201966
    Abstract: An apparatus for pad printing includes a printing pad (12). A textured transfer member (13) is configured to be pressed alternately by the printing pad (12) against an ink carrier (17) and against a substrate (24) so as to transfer an ink pattern to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Yacov Shneider, Orna Ternyak, Svetlana Yofis
  • Patent number: 10179475
    Abstract: A surface marking system, kit, and method enables a user to mark a pattern upon a surface. The components may include a rectangular marking material transfer body, a particularly marked alignment tape, and a series of spacer elements. The marking material transfer body includes a fixed dimension and at least one marking material transfer portion. The outer perimeter includes opposed mark-alignment edges. The alignment tape has a fixed width, a select length, and a marked anterior surface. The marked anterior surface includes a series of width-wise marks and a length-wise mark. The length-wise mark is centered relative to the fixed tape width. A select body dimension is firstly and successively positioned at a select number of sequentially spaced width-wise marks and mark-alignment edges are firstly and successively alignable with parallel length-wise marks. The spacer elements ensure parallel arrangement of the length-wise marks and provide overlap sections adjacent the mark-alignment edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Edward Roth
  • Patent number: 10173413
    Abstract: A rotary printing machine includes a printing cylinder, at least one clamping unit mounted on a printing surface of the printing cylinder, and a feeding control mechanism and an unloading control mechanism mounted to a lateral side of the printing cylinder for changing the clamping state of the clamping unit. When the clamping unit is moved to an unloading position, the unloading control mechanism can be operated to control the clamping unit to maintain a closed state, so that a workpiece can be brought by the printing cylinder to a feeding position again. Then, the feeding control mechanism can be operated to control the clamping unit at the feeding position to maintain a clamped state, so that printing can be repeated on the workpiece to form multiple layers of ink and create three-dimensional printed layers showing a specific visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Tung Chin Chen
  • Patent number: 10160615
    Abstract: A roll holding apparatus includes a pair of holding members and an advancing/retracting support device. The pair of holding members is configured to be inserted into an inner periphery of a print-receiving paper roll. The pair of holding members is configured to rotatably support the print-receiving paper roll. The advancing/retracting support device is configured to support the holding member to switch an advancing/retracting state of the holding member into a first state, second state, or a third state. A tip end portion of the holding member protrudes to a first position in the first state. The tip end portion lies inward along an axial direction of the print-receiving paper roll than the first position in the second state. The tip end portion lies outward along the axial direction from the first position in the third state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidenori Jo, Keiji Seo, Takamine Hokazono, Kenji Kurita, Hitoshi Sanada
  • Patent number: 10155375
    Abstract: A mandrel wherein a portion of the mandrel body outer surface is cortical; i.e., flared outwardly, is provided. In this configuration, the necked can is drawn against the conical portion of the mandrel body outer surface while a generally cylindrical portion of the mandrel body extends into the can. Further, the space between the cylindrical portion of the mandrel body and the can is pressurized so as to resist deformations in the can during the decorating process. In an exemplary embodiment, the mandrel includes an elongated mandrel body with an outer surface, a proximal, first end, a proximal medial portion, a distal medial portion, and a distal, second end and having an axis of rotation. The mandrel body outer surface includes an elongated conical portion; the mandrel body outer surface conical portion is disposed adjacently about the mandrel body first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Stolle Machinery Company, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Joseph Vella
  • Patent number: 10150285
    Abstract: A method of forming an image and a crease on media by an image forming system includes forming a crease formation pattern on an impression media received by an impression member. The method also includes forming the image on an image forming blanket of an intermediate transfer member by a print unit. The method also includes pressing the media against the impression member by the image forming blanket to transfer the image onto the media and to establish contact with the crease formation pattern to form the corresponding crease on the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Itzik Shaul, Gilad Greenberg, George Trendafilov
  • Patent number: 10152092
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes a link mechanism provided in a body chassis and configured to operate in linkage with a rotational moving operation for rotationally moving a display chassis relative to a body chassis by a hinge mechanism and a drive wire that is a drive member configured to couple between the link mechanism and a keyboard unit and operate in linkage with the link mechanism, thereby to change relative height positions between a key top and a frame, in which the drive wire is extended to the outside of the keyboard unit through an insertion port formed in a side wall of a base plate and is coupled with the link mechanism and the body chassis includes a drainage passage at a position located under the insertion port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10131175
    Abstract: A print pattern of a printing plate used in intaglio printing includes plural partition walls and a groove-shaped cell unit. The plural partition walls are continuously extended in a printing direction, and arranged at predetermined intervals in an orthogonal direction. The cell unit is formed between the partition walls adjacent to each other, and a printing paste (conductive paste) is retained in the cell unit. Plural printing direction walls that are arranged in a zigzag manner in the printing direction are coupled to each other by a coupling walls that are arranged in the printing direction walls adjacent to each other in the printing direction, thereby forming the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kanayama, Hideo Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10134924
    Abstract: Screen-printing system comprising a metal stencil (12), and a cloth (15) fixed to the entire periphery of said metal stencil (12) to form a trampoline assembly, characterized in that the cloth (15) fixed to the metal stencil (12) has at least one free end, in order to decrease or prevent deformation under the effect of a doctor blade (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Armand Bettinelli
  • Patent number: 10131136
    Abstract: There is described a recto-verso printing press (100*) adapted to carry out simultaneous recto-verso printing of sheets, the printing press (100*) comprising a main printing group (5, 6, 15, 16, 25, 26) with first and second printing cylinders (5, 6) cooperating with one another to form a first printing nip between the first and second printing cylinders (5, 6) where first and second sides of sheets are simultaneously printed, the first printing cylinder (5) acting as a sheet conveying cylinder of the main printing group (5, 6, 15, 16, 25, 26). The printing press (100*) further comprises an additional printing group (7, 8, 17, 18, 27, 28) with third and fourth printing cylinders (7, 8) cooperating with one another to form a second printing nip between the third and fourth printing cylinders (7, 8) where the first and second sides of the sheets are simultaneously printed, the third printing cylinder (7) acting as a sheet conveying cylinder of the additional printing group (7, 8, 17, 18, 27, 28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KBA-NOTASYS SA
    Inventor: Johannes Georg Schaede
  • Patent number: 10124575
    Abstract: A method and a device for printing and drying a plastic film web, especially a polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), or polyethylene (PE) film web, employ several offset printing mechanisms for printing the film web with different ink applications and at least one flame drying station. The device also includes a drawing roller, which is arranged between a last printing mechanism and the at least one flame drying station, contacts the unprinted surface of the film web, and applies tension to the film web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: RPC Bebo Print Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Volker Engelmann