Patents by Inventor Francois Droz

Francois Droz has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10314216
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fabricating electronic cards by A) forming a plurality of card bodies in the form of a thick sheet with a plurality of electronic units or modules embedded in the sheet; B) printing a plurality of first patterns on a first face of the thick sheet in a printing station where ink is applied on the first face; C) applying a first at least partially transparent coating on each printed first pattern, that adheres to the card body. The method can also include printing a plurality of second patterns on the inner surface of a film forming the first coating. Preferably, the printing of the first patterns is carried out in an offset type station for printing high definition patterns, essentially of the security type. The second patterns define personal data. The printed thick sheet defines an intermediate product according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Patent number: 10064290
    Abstract: The invention relates to an external connector for the production of an electronic card comprising an insulating support that defines an outside face and an inside face opposite one another and a plurality of external metal contact pads. This external connector additionally comprises a plurality of metal projections located on the side of the inside face of the insulating support and respectively connected electrically to at least one subassembly of the plurality of external metal contact pads and/or to contact pads linked to an electronic unit, which is arranged on the inside face of the insulating support, wherein these metal projections are intended to be inserted into individual cavities of the body of the electronic card, and metal contact pads linked to an electronic unit inside the card body and/or an antenna incorporated in this card body are located at the base of these cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Patent number: 10040308
    Abstract: The card forming a support for a valuable object, particularly a small precious metal ingot incorporated in said card, includes a core with a through aperture in which said valuable object is arranged, said through aperture having larger dimensions than those defined by the contour of said valuable object in the main geometric plane of said card. This valuable object is located in a central area of the through aperture so that a transparent peripheral area surrounds the valuable object inside said through aperture. The valuable object is embedded in a transparent resin which entirely fills the area peripheral to said valuable object between said object and the contour of the through aperture, so that the space remaining in the aperture around the valuable object is entirely filled by the resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FINE SWISS METALS AG
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Patent number: 9944011
    Abstract: The plastic sheet (22), involved in the formation of a plurality of smart cards which respectively include a plurality of electronic units, is formed of a first material (2), having a first hardness or a first Vicat softening temperature, and of a second material (6) having a second hardness lower than the first hardness, respectively a second Vicat softening temperature lower than the first Vicat softening temperature. The second material is located in a plurality of areas of the plastic sheet which are respectively intended to at least partially receive said plurality of electronic units, via penetration of this plurality of electronic units into the second material during fabrication of the plurality of smart cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20180068209
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a data recording medium (1) comprising at least one data storage element (7), the data stored in the data storage element (7) being able to be read by a reading device, the medium (1) being produced in such a way that it is transformable so that this data recording medium (1) can become readable by a standardized bank payment card reading device. The present invention also relates to a method of using a data recording medium (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20180018548
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a device comprising at least one electronic element (3) associated with a substrate (1) and an antenna (4) <sic. (2)>. According to the invention, this method comprises the following steps: the antenna (2) is disposed on the upper face (6) of the substrate the electronic element (3, 10) is introduced at least partially into the substrate (1); the assembly is laminated in a way allowing the antenna (2) and the electronic element (3, 10) to enter into the substrate (1) completely; and the laminated substrate (1) is cooled under a press. The invention also relates to a device obtained in this way, either as a finished product or a semi-finished product. This device can find application as a chip card or in a passport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20170341290
    Abstract: A plastic sheet for manufacturing of a plurality of smart cards which respectively include a plurality of electronic units, includes a first sheet formed of a first material having a first hardness or a first Vicat softening temperature, the first sheet including a plurality of apertures and/or cavities. The plastic sheet includes a second material having, when the first material has the first hardness, a second hardness lower than the first hardness, and when the first material has the first Vicat softening temperature, a second Vicat softening temperature lower than the first Vicat softening temperature, the second material being located inside the apertures and/or cavities in the first sheet. The apertures and/or cavities with the second material located inside the apertures and/or cavities are configured to respectively receive said electronic units via an at least partial penetration from the electronic units into the second material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventor: Francois DROZ
  • Patent number: 9684863
    Abstract: A smart card is provided, including an external connector formed of an insulating support and a plurality of external metal contact pads arranged on an external face of the support, and a card body having a housing in which the external connector is arranged and includes an electronic unit and/or an antenna electrically connected to a plurality of internal metal contact pads arranged underneath the external connector and respectively aligned with the external pads. The external pads are respectively electrically connected to the internal pads by a plurality of metal parts, which are each at least partially formed by a solder material and which traverse the insulating support through respective apertures. The metal parts are respectively covered by the external pads, which close the apertures on the external face of the support, and respectively form connecting bridges between rear surfaces of the external pads and the internal pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Patent number: 9471867
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing at least one card each including an electronic module (2), this method providing a frame (14) or a plate (18) having at least one aperture (16) provided for receiving said electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Publication number: 20160234946
    Abstract: The invention relates to an external connector for the production of an electronic card comprising an insulating support that defines an outside face and an inside face opposite one another and a plurality of external metal contact pads. This external connector additionally comprises a plurality of metal projections located on the side of the inside face of the insulating support and respectively connected electrically to at least one subassembly of the plurality of external metal contact pads and/or to contact pads linked to an electronic unit, which is arranged on the inside face of the insulating support, wherein these metal projections are intended to be inserted into individual cavities of the body of the electronic card, and metal contact pads linked to an electronic unit inside the card body and/or an antenna incorporated in this card body are located at the base of these cavities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois DROZ
  • Patent number: 9367789
    Abstract: The invention relates to an external connector for the production of an electronic card comprising an insulating support that defines an outside face and an inside face opposite one another and a plurality of external metal contact pads. This external connector additionally comprises a plurality of metal projections located on the side of the inside face of the insulating support and respectively connected electrically to at least one subassembly of the plurality of external metal contact pads and/or to contact pads linked to an electronic unit, which is arranged on the inside face of the insulating support, wherein these metal projections are intended to be inserted into individual cavities of the body of the electronic card, and metal contact pads linked to an electronic unit inside the card body and/or an antenna incorporated in this card body are located at the base of these cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20160132762
    Abstract: Method of manufacturing at least one card each including an electronic module (2), this method providing a frame (14) or a plate (18) having at least one aperture (16) provided for receiving said electronic module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Applicant: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Patent number: 9320186
    Abstract: A method for fabricating electronic cards by A) forming a plurality of card bodies in the form of a thick sheet with a plurality of electronic units or modules embedded in the sheet; B) printing a plurality of first patterns on a first face of the thick sheet in a printing station where ink is applied on the first face; C) applying a first at least partially transparent coating on each printed first pattern, that adheres to the card body. The method can also include printing a plurality of second patterns on the inner surface of a film forming the first coating. Preferably, the printing of the first patterns is carried out in an offset type station for printing high definition patterns, essentially of the security type. The second patterns define personal data. The printed thick sheet defines an intermediate product according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Publication number: 20160098628
    Abstract: A smart card is provided, including an external connector formed of an insulating support and a plurality of external metal contact pads arranged on an external face of the support, and a card body having a housing in which the external connector is arranged and includes an electronic unit and/or an antenna electrically connected to a plurality of internal metal contact pads arranged underneath the external connector and respectively aligned with the external pads. The external pads are respectively electrically connected to the internal pads by a plurality of metal parts, which are each at least partially formed by a solder material and which traverse the insulating support through respective apertures. The metal parts are respectively covered by the external pads, which close the apertures on the external face of the support, and respectively form connecting bridges between rear surfaces of the external pads and the internal pads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Francois DROZ
  • Patent number: 9247643
    Abstract: The smart card (98A) comprises an external connector (90), which is formed of an insulating support (6) and a plurality of external metal contact pads (4) arranged on the external face of said insulating support. The card body has a housing in which the external connector is arranged and includes an electronic unit and/or an antenna electrically connected to a plurality of internal metal contact pads (20), which are arranged underneath the external connector and respectively aligned with the plurality of external metal contact pads. The plurality of external metal contact pads are respectively electrically connected to the plurality of internal metal contact pads by a plurality of metal parts (100), which are each at least partially formed by a solder material and which traverse said insulating support through respective apertures (92).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20150379386
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fabricating electronic cards by A) forming a plurality of card bodies in the form of a thick sheet with a plurality of electronic units or modules embedded in the sheet; B) printing a plurality of first patterns on a first face of the thick sheet in a printing station where ink is applied on the first face; C) applying a first at least partially transparent coating on each printed first pattern, that adheres to the card body. The method can also include printing a plurality of second patterns on the inner surface of a film forming the first coating. Preferably, the printing of the first patterns is carried out in an offset type station for printing high definition patterns, essentially of the security type. The second patterns define personal data. The printed thick sheet defines an intermediate product according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Patent number: 9107336
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fabricating electronic cards by A) forming a plurality of card bodies in the form of a thick sheet with a plurality of electronic units or modules embedded in the sheet; B) printing a plurality of first patterns on a first face of the thick sheet in a printing station where ink is applied on the first face; C) applying a first at least partially transparent coating on each printed first pattern, that adheres to the card body. The method can also include printing a plurality of second patterns on the inner surface of a film forming the first coating. Preferably, the printing of the first patterns is carried out in an offset type station for printing high definition patterns, essentially of the security type. The second patterns define personal data. The printed thick sheet defines an intermediate product according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: NagraID S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20150144703
    Abstract: The invention relates to an external connector for the production of an electronic card comprising an insulating support that defines an outside face and an inside face opposite one another and a plurality of external metal contact pads. This external connector additionally comprises a plurality of metal projections located on the side of the inside face of the insulating support and respectively connected electrically to at least one subassembly of the plurality of external metal contact pads and/or to contact pads linked to an electronic unit, which is arranged on the inside face of the insulating support, wherein these metal projections are intended to be inserted into individual cavities of the body of the electronic card, and metal contact pads linked to an electronic unit inside the card body and/or an antenna incorporated in this card body are located at the base of these cavities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Patent number: 8993045
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing boards that comprises depositing a liquid resin (22) on and/or under a plurality of electronic units for forming a plate defining a plurality of boards or board bodies. In order to do so, and in order to reduce as much as possible the residual air bubbles in the manufactured plate, the method comprises depositing the resin in the form of resin beads (26) initially having between them grooves (28) defining air discharge channels. The resin in uniformly spread using a pressing roller for one end of the plate to a second opposite end of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: NagraID S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz
  • Publication number: 20140283978
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for fabricating electronic cards, that comprises the following steps: A) forming a plurality of card bodies in the form of a thick sheet (36) in which is respectively imbedded a plurality of electronic units or modules (28); B) printing a plurality of first patterns (14) on a first face (21) of said thick sheet in a printing station in which ink is applied on the first face for making said first patterns; C) applying a first at least partially transparent coating (38) on each printed first pattern, that adheres to said card body. In an advanced embodiment, the method also comprises printing a plurality of second patterns (40) on the inner surface of a film (38) forming said first coating. Preferably, the printing of the first patterns is carried out in an offset type station for printing high definition patterns, essentially of the security type. The second patterns define personal data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: NagraID S.A.
    Inventor: François Droz