Patents by Inventor Kevin M. Kidnie

Kevin M. Kidnie 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).

  • Publication number: 20190258152
    Abstract: An imageable material can be used to form a mask element that in turn is useful for providing relief images such as in flexographic printing plates. The imageable material has, in order: (a) a transparent polymeric carrier sheet; (b) a non-ablatable light-to-heat converting having an average dry thickness of 1-5 ?m and comprising: (i) an infrared radiation absorbing material at 0.1-5 weight %; (ii) a thermally crosslinked organic polymeric binder material; and (iii) non-thermally ablatable particles having an average particle size of 0.1-20 ?m in an amount of 0.2-10 weight %; and (c) a non-silver halide thermally-ablatable imaging layer (IL) disposed on the LTHC layer, the IL comprising a second infrared radiation absorbing material and a UV-light absorbing material dispersed within one or more thermally-ablatable polymeric binder materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Elsie Anderson Fohrenkamm, M. Zaki Ali
  • Publication number: 20190258154
    Abstract: A relief image is prepared by: A) imaging an imageable material to form a mask element; B) exposing a relief-forming precursor through the mask element; C) removing the mask element; and D) developing the imaged relief-forming precursor. The imageable material has, in order: (a) a transparent polymeric carrier sheet; (b) a non-ablatable light-to-heat converting having an average dry thickness of 1-5 ?m and comprising: (i) an infrared radiation absorbing material at 0.1-5 weight %; (ii) a thermally crosslinked organic polymeric binder material; and (iii) non-thermally ablatable particles having an average particle size of 0.1-20 ?m in an amount of 0.2-10 weight %; and (c) a non-silver halide thermally-ablatable imaging layer (IL) disposed on the LTHC layer, the IL comprising a second infrared radiation absorbing material and a UV-light absorbing material dispersed within one or more thermally-ablatable polymeric binder materials. The imageable material can be included in a relief image-forming assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Elsie Anderson Fohrenkamm, M. Zaki Ali
  • Patent number: 9250527
    Abstract: An imageable material can be used to form a mask image for providing a relief image. This imageable material has a simplified structure and consists essentially of, in order: a transparent polymeric carrier sheet and a barrier layer comprising a first infrared radiation absorbing compound. A first ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound is provided in the transparent polymeric carrier sheet or the barrier layer. A non-silver halide thermally sensitive imageable layer is disposed on the barrier layer and comprises a second infrared radiation absorbing compound and a second ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound. A relief image is formed by imaging the imageable material to form an imaged mask material, exposing a relief-forming material with curing radiation through the imaged mask material to form exposed regions and non-exposed regions, and developing the imaged relief-forming material to form a relief image by removing its non-exposed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Publication number: 20150093707
    Abstract: An imageable material can be used to form a mask image for providing a relief image. This imageable material has a simplified structure and consists essentially of, in order: a transparent polymeric carrier sheet and a barrier layer comprising a first infrared radiation absorbing compound. A first ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound is provided in the transparent polymeric carrier sheet or the barrier layer. A non-silver halide thermally sensitive imageable layer is disposed on the barrier layer and comprises a second infrared radiation absorbing compound and a second ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound. A relief image is formed by imaging the imageable material to form an imaged mask material, exposing a relief-forming material with curing radiation through the imaged mask material to form exposed regions and non-exposed regions, and developing the imaged relief-forming material to form a relief image by removing its non-exposed regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Patent number: 8945813
    Abstract: An imageable material can be used to form a mask image for providing a relief image. This imageable material has a simplified structure and consists essentially of, in order: a transparent polymeric carrier sheet and a barrier layer comprising a first infrared radiation absorbing compound. A first ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound is provided in the transparent polymeric carrier sheet or the barrier layer. A non-silver halide thermally sensitive imageable layer is disposed on the barrier layer and comprises a second infrared radiation absorbing compound and a second ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound. A relief image is formed by imaging the imageable material to form an imaged mask material, exposing a relief-forming material with curing radiation through the imaged mask material to form exposed regions and non-exposed regions, and developing the imaged relief-forming material to form a relief image by removing its non-exposed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Publication number: 20140315129
    Abstract: An imageable material can be used to form a mask image for providing a relief image. This imageable material has a simplified structure and consists essentially of, in order: a transparent polymeric carrier sheet and a barrier layer comprising a first infrared radiation absorbing compound. A first ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound is provided in the transparent polymeric carrier sheet or the barrier layer. A non-silver halide thermally sensitive imageable layer is disposed on the barrier layer and comprises a second infrared radiation absorbing compound and a second ultraviolet radiation absorbing compound. A relief image is formed by imaging the imageable material to form an imaged mask material, exposing a relief-forming material with curing radiation through the imaged mask material to form exposed regions and non-exposed regions, and developing the imaged relief-forming material to form a relief image by removing its non-exposed regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Patent number: 8632961
    Abstract: A processing solution (or developer) has been designed for use to washout non-polymerized photopolymer compositions to prepare flexographic printing plates having flexographic relief images. This processing solution includes one or more esters of monobasic carboxylic acids represented by one or both of Structures (I) and (II) defined herein and one or more aliphatic or aromatic alcohols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Elsie A. Fohrenkamm, M. Zaki Ali, Michael B. Heller, Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Publication number: 20120308935
    Abstract: A flexographic printing plate can be prepared with relief images using a processing solution. This processing solution includes one or more esters of monobasic carboxylic acids represented by one or both of the following Structures (I) and (II): R1—C(?O)O—(CH2)n—Ar1??(I) wherein R1 is an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, Ar1 is a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl or naphthyl group, and n is 1 to 3, and H—C(?O)OR??(II) wherein R is a hydrocarbon having 6 to 15 carbon atoms, and b. one or more aliphatic alcohols, or a combination of one or more aliphatic alcohols and one or more aromatic alcohols.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Elsie A. Fohrenkamm, M. Zaki Ali, Michael B. Heller, Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Patent number: 8199176
    Abstract: Thermal transfer donor elements can be used to transfer color images to receiving elements to provide various elements such as color filters. The thermal transfer donor elements include a transparent polymeric substrate and, in order: a propellant layer comprising a gas-producing polymer that is capable of producing a gas upon heating by a thermal layer, and an infrared radiation absorbing compound, a barrier layer, and a thermal dye transfer layer one or more thermally transferable colorants. The barrier layer comprises a hydrophilic material and is transferred with the colorant to provide a transparent overcoat in the final color image. Color transfer can be achieved using laser thermal imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Pao Vang
  • Publication number: 20110292155
    Abstract: Thermal transfer donor elements can be used to transfer color images to receiving elements to provide various elements such as color filters. The thermal transfer donor elements include a transparent polymeric substrate and, in order: a propellant layer comprising a gas-producing polymer that is capable of producing a gas upon heating by a thermal layer, and an infrared radiation absorbing compound, a barrier layer, and a thermal dye transfer layer one or more thermally transferable colorants. The barrier layer comprises a hydrophilic material and is transferred with the colorant to provide a transparent overcoat in the final color image. Color transfer can be achieved using laser thermal imaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Pao Vang
  • Publication number: 20110183260
    Abstract: A processing solution useful for providing flexographic relief images includes one or more esters of monobasic carboxylic acids represented by one or both of the following Structures (I) and (II): R1—C(?O)O—(CH2)n—Ar1??(I) wherein R1 is an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, Ar1 is a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl or naphthyl group, and n is 1 to 3, and H—C(?O)OR??(II) wherein R is a hydrocarbon having 6 to 15 carbon atoms, and b. one or more aliphatic alcohols, or a combination of one or more aliphatic alcohols and one or more aromatic alcohols.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Elsie A. Fohrenkamm, M. Zaki Ali, Michael B. Heller, Kevin M. Kidnie
  • Publication number: 20100157394
    Abstract: A thermal element has a support and either a thermal donor layer or a thermal dye receiving layer. The thermal element also includes a spirobiindane in an amount of at least 20 mg/m2 that provides improved dye image stability. These thermal dye elements can be used for color proofing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Pao Vang, Linda A. Kaszczuk
  • Patent number: 7226709
    Abstract: A masking film has a unique polymeric binder in the imageable layer that enables the imaged film to be readily solubilized in non-chlorinated developers when it is used to form a relief image in a radiation-sensitive element, such as a UV-sensitive flexographic printing plate precursor. The polymeric binders in the imageable layer are resins that can be dissolved or dispersed in cyclohexane at 10% solids at 23° C. within 24 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Pao Vang
  • Patent number: 7172992
    Abstract: The present invention provides a receptor element for use in thermal transfer imaging. The receptor element includes a coating having a polymeric binder and a biguanide bleaching agent. The biguanide bleaching agent is capable of bleaching an infrared-absorbing dye when the biguanide bleaching agent and the infrared-absorbing dye are in contact. A particularly suitable biguanide bleaching agent is 1-(o-tolyl)biguanide. The invention also provides compositions and methods for manufacturing a receptor element. Also provided by the invention is an imaging system for thermal transfer imaging. The imaging system includes a color-bearing element and a bleaching element, wherein the bleaching element includes a coating having a polymeric binder and a biguanide bleaching agent. The invention further provides methods useful in the production of integral proofs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Richard R. Ollmann, Pao Vang
  • Patent number: 7147902
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a multi-layer thermal imaging receptor having superior transferability and image color stability for color proofing applications where the images are generated by a laser thermal process. The present invention includes a first support coated by at least, in order, a heat sensitive releasable transfer layer coated, an interfacial bonding layer and an image receiving layer of the present invention adapted to adhere to a second support when heated. The interfacial bonding layer is adapted to enhance adhesion between the heat sensitive releasable transfer layer and the image receiving layer. The present invention further provides a method of making a multi-layer thermal imaging receptor and a method of imaging using the receptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Michael B. Heller, M. Zaki Ali
  • Patent number: 6962765
    Abstract: A UV-mask, a system and method for making the mask and a method of using the mask for producing an image a print medium are disclosed. The system includes a donor element having a substrate coated with a layer of IR-sensitive material and a layers of UV-absorbing material, and a receptor element. The IR-sensitive material is capable of detaching a significant portion of the itself and the UV-absorbing material from the donor element and transfer the detached materials to the receptor element when irradiated by an IR radiation. The method for making a UV-mask includes irradiating such a donor element with an IR radiation. The method of using includes overlaying a digital UV mask on a UV-sensitive medium, exposing the medium to a UV radiation through the UV mask, and developing the UV-sensitive medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
    Inventors: Donald L. Swihart, Kevin M. Kidnie, Richard C. Buchholtz
  • Patent number: 6899988
    Abstract: A laser-induced thermal imaging system having a multi-layer construction donor element and a receptor element for the preparation of a metallic digital half tone color proof having an improved shiny metallic appearance. The donor element includes a substrate on which is coated at least two layers. The donor element includes a first layer coated on one side of the substrate having at least a first donor binder and a cationic infrared absorbing dye. The donor layer also includes a distinct second layer coated on the first layer. The second layer includes at least a second donor binder, a cationic infrared absorbing dye, a latent crosslinking agent, a fluorocarbon additive, metallic flakes and a dispersible material. The receptor element of the present invention includes a substrate coated with at least a receptor binder and a bleaching agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Elsie A. Fohrenkamm, Gregory L. Zwaldo
  • Patent number: 6855474
    Abstract: A donor element for proofing having at least a transfer material disposed on a substrate for the preparation of a digital halftone proof having consistent dot density characteristics over time. The donor element includes a transfer material having a donor binder, a cationic infrared absorbing dye, a thermally activated crosslinking agent and a dispersible material The donor element can also include a distinct, intermediate transfer layer disposed between the substrate and the transfer material. The donor element can be used in conjunction with a receptor element to provide a thermal imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, M. Zaki Ali, Pao C. Vang
  • Publication number: 20040253534
    Abstract: A laser-induced thermal imaging system having a multi-layer construction donor element and a receptor element for the preparation of a metallic digital half tone color proof having an improved shiny metallic appearance. The donor element includes a substrate on which is coated at least two layers. The donor element includes a first layer coated on one side of the substrate having at least a first donor binder and a cationic infrared absorbing dye. The donor layer also includes a distinct second layer coated on the first layer. The second layer includes at least a second donor binder, a cationic infrared absorbing dye, a latent crosslinking agent, a fluorocarbon additive, metallic flakes and a dispersible material. The receptor element of the present invention includes a substrate coated with at least a receptor binder and a bleaching agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Elsie A. Fohrenkamm, Gregory L. Zwaldo
  • Patent number: 6001530
    Abstract: A black donor for use in a laser addressable thermal transfer system, wherein the black donor comprises a substrate having coated thereon at least one black color layer comprising a binder and colorants. The colorants include a non-infrared absorbing black dye or pigment and about 10% to about 50% of a carbon black pigment, based on the total weight of the colorants in the black color layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Kidnie, Richard R. Ollmann, Jr., Richard A. Gaboury, Gregory L. Zwadlo