Patents by Inventor Nicholas G. Pearson

Nicholas G. Pearson 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: 20220027589
    Abstract: An IR and/or UV machine-readable optical security device (e.g., micro-optic security thread) that is made up of at least one IR-absorbing component with a characteristic IR signature detectable at two or more IR-wavelengths, at least one UV-absorbing component with a characteristic UV signature detectable at two or more UV-wavelengths, at least one IR-absorbing component that absorbs IR light and emits light at a different invisible wavelength, at least one UV-absorbing component that absorbs UV light and emits light at a different invisible wavelength, or a combination thereof, is provided. The IR and UV machine-readable features do not interfere with the optical effects projected by the optical material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Inventors: Nancy J. Gettens, Nicholas G. Pearson, Eric M. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 10974536
    Abstract: Optically variable security devices, including security threads, patches, labels, strips, are disclosed herein. Certain security devices according to the present disclosure utilize a lens-less construction whereby multiple icon layers are coupled to produce a synthetic image or synthetic color that has an optically variable effect. Each icon layer includes an array of high-resolution icon elements that are aligned relative to each other and spaced apart from each other to produce the desired optically variable effect. Such security devices are particularly, though not exclusively, useful for authenticating security documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Crane & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Benjamin E. Bleiman
  • Publication number: 20210053381
    Abstract: A micro-optic security device with zonal color transitions includes a planar array of focusing elements, an image icon layer including a plurality of retaining structures, the plurality of retaining structures defining isolated volumes at a first depth within the image icon layer, a first zone of image icons, the first zone of image icons having a first predefined subset of the plurality of retaining structures, wherein the isolated volumes of retaining structures of the first predefined subset of the plurality of retaining structures contain cured pigmented material of a first color, and a second zone of image icons, the second zone of image icons including a second predefined subset of the plurality of retaining structures, wherein the isolated volumes of retaining structures of the second predefined subset of the plurality of retaining structures contain cured pigmented material of a second color, wherein the second color contrasts with the first color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Samuel M. Cape, Jonathan D. Gosnell, Benjamin E. Bleiman, Jennifer Cowan, Nicholas G. Pearson, Ryan Toole
  • Patent number: 10794005
    Abstract: A paper including one or more multi-tonal watermarks having full tonality (depth), and an improved watermarking tool for manufacturing such paper, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Crane & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Giles D. Prett
  • Publication number: 20200047537
    Abstract: Optically variable security devices, including security threads, patches, labels, strips, are disclosed herein. Certain security devices according to the present disclosure utilize a lens-less construction whereby multiple icon layers are coupled to produce a synthetic image or synthetic color that has an optically variable effect. Each icon layer includes an array of high-resolution icon elements that are aligned relative to each other and spaced apart from each other to produce the desired optically variable effect. Such security devices are particularly, though not exclusively, useful for authenticating security documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Benjamin E. Bleiman
  • Publication number: 20180258588
    Abstract: A paper including one or more multi-tonal watermarks having full tonality (depth), and an improved watermarking tool for manufacturing such paper, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Applicant: Crane & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Giles D. Prett
  • Publication number: 20180229536
    Abstract: An IR and/or UV machine-readable optical security device (e.g., micro-optic security thread) that is made up of at least one IR-absorbing component with a characteristic IR signature detectable at two or more IR-wavelengths, at least one UV-absorbing component with a characteristic UV signature detectable at two or more UV-wavelengths, at least one IR-absorbing component that absorbs IR light and emits light at a different invisible wavelength, at least one UV-absorbing component that absorbs UV light and emits light at a different invisible wavelength, or a combination thereof, is provided. The IR and UV machine-readable features do not interfere with the optical effects projected by the optical material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Crane & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy J. Gettens, Nicholas G. Pearson, Eric M. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 7704585
    Abstract: The invention relates to improvements in paper, and in particular to the use of watermarks and/or embossings for strengthening paper sheets and documents made therefrom. The invention therefore provides a sheet of paper having at least three corners and three sides joined at said corners, wherein corner reinforcing watermarks are provided at each of said corners. Alternatively, or in addition, corner reinforcing embossings are provided at each of said corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: De La Rue International Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Paul Howland
  • Publication number: 20080305308
    Abstract: The invention relates to improvements in paper, and in particular to the use of watermarks and/or embossings for strengthening paper sheets and documents made therefrom. The invention therefore provides a sheet of paper having at least three corners and three sides joined at said corners, wherein corner reinforcing watermarks are provided at each of said corners. Alternatively, or in addition, corner reinforcing embossings are provided at each of said corners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Paul Howland
  • Patent number: 7399513
    Abstract: The invention relates to improvements in paper, and in particular to the use of watermarks and/or embossings for strengthening paper sheets and documents made therefrom. The invention therefore provides a sheet of paper having at least three corners and three sides joined at said corners, wherein corner reinforcing watermarks are provided at each of said corners. Alternatively, or in addition, corner reinforcing embossings are provided at each of said corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: De La Rue International Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas G. Pearson, Paul Howland