Patents by Inventor Stephen P. Singer

Stephen P. Singer 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: 20090233247
    Abstract: A non-infrared sensitized low silver photographic element with a non-light sensitive layer, preferably an antihalation layer, containing a diphenylaminocyclopentene heptacyanine benzothiazolium infrared dye where the benzothiazolium groups have electron-withdrawing substituents on the phenyl ring and solubilzed alkyl groups on the nitrogen. The infrared dye can be present as a liquid-crystalline dispersion. This class of infrared dyes form J-aggregated species in a liquid-crystalline or a solid particle dispersion with high IR density and low visible absorbance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Paul L. Zengerle, John W. Harder, Steven P. Szatynski, Stephen P. Singer
  • Publication number: 20090234131
    Abstract: A non-infrared sensitized low silver photographic element with a non-light sensitive layer, preferably an antihalation layer, containing a diphenylaminocyclopentene heptacyanine benzothiazolium infrared dye where the benzothiazolium groups have electron-withdrawing substituents on the phenyl ring and solubilzed alkyl groups on the nitrogen. The infrared dye can be present as a liquid-crystalline dispersion. This class of infrared dyes form J-aggregrated species in a liquid-crystalline or a solid particle dispersion with high IR density and low visible absorbance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Paul L. Zengerle, John W. Harder, Steven P. Szatynski, Stephen P. Singer
  • Patent number: 7455959
    Abstract: The invention provides a color photographic element comprising at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer or a non silver-containing light-insensitive layer, in which at least one of these layers contains a colorless imidazole compound of formula (I) that undergoes less than 10% chemical or redox reaction with oxidized developer and which enables the photographic speed of the element to be increased by at least 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Bernard A. Clark, Philip A. Allway, Tania Zuberi, Stephen P. Singer, Charles E. Heckler, Louis E. Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20080248433
    Abstract: The invention provides a colour photographic element comprising at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer or a non silver-containing light-insensitive layer, in which at least one of these layers contains a colourless imidazole compound of formula (I) that undergoes less than 10% chemical or redox reaction directly with oxidized developer and which has a partition coefficient to enable the photographic speed of the element to be increased by at least 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Bernard A. Clark, Philip A. Allway, Tania Zuberi, Stephen P. Singer, Charles E. Heckler, Louis E. Friedrich
  • Patent number: 7354701
    Abstract: The invention provides a color photographic element comprising at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer or a non silver-containing light-insensitive layer, in which at least one of these layers contains a colorless heterocyclic compound having either one or two hetero atoms in the ring or ring system, being other than an imidazole compound, that undergoes less than 10% chemical or redox reaction directly with oxidized developer and which has a partition coefficient to enable the photographic speed of the element to be increased by at least 0.03 stop without increasing granularity, compared to the same element without the compound. The heterocyclic compounds increase speed without a concomitant increase in size of the light-sensitive silver halide grains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Bernard A. Clark, Philip A. Allway, Tania Zuberi, Stephen P. Singer, Charles E. Heckler, Louis E. Friedrich
  • Patent number: 7338756
    Abstract: A process for making a direct dispersion of a photographically useful material comprising: mixing (i) an aqueous phase and (ii) a liquid organic phase under conditions of shear or turbulence to form a dispersion of the organic phase dispersed in the aqueous phase; wherein the liquid organic phase comprises one or more photographically useful materials and one or more organic solvents having a boiling point of at least 150° C., a molecular weight less than or equal to 300, and a solvatochromic parameter ? value greater than or equal to 0.50, wherein the weight ratio of the sum of the solvents having a boiling point of at least 150° C., a molecular weight less than or equal to 300, and a solvatochromic parameter ? value greater than or equal to 0.50 to the photographically useful materials does not exceed 0.25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Paul L. Zengerle, Richard K. Rothrock, Jerrold N. Poslusny, Stephen P. Singer, Peter P. Garrisi, Paul B. Merkel
  • Patent number: 7175975
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multilayer silver halide photographic element, generally processed with phenylenediamine based developer solutions, comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprised of at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one cyan dye-forming coupler, a magenta dye image-forming unit comprising at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one magenta dye-forming coupler, and a yellow dye image-forming unit comprising at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one yellow dye-forming coupler, wherein at least one layer additionally contains a 2-substituted-5-amino-1-napthol DIR according to Formula (I): wherein: X is chosen from among hydrogen, halogen atoms, an alkyl group with 6 carbon atoms or less or a N-substituted carbamoyl group where the N substituent is either an alkyl group with 6 carbon atoms or less or an ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stephen P. Singer, Christopher Grote, Robert C. Stewart, John W. Harder, David S. Ross, Janet N. Younathan, Louis Elbert Friedrich
  • Patent number: 7108964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel kind of anthranilic acid compound that releases a UG as a function of chemical bond cleavage according to Formula (I): Q-(AAS)-UG where UG is an useful group and is chemically bonded to (AAS); (AAS) is an anthranilic acid switching group; and Q is a group in which the bond to (AAS) is broken so that the -(AAS)-UG fragment subsequently decomposes to the free UG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stephen P. Singer, Philip A. Allway, Trevor J. Wear, Louis E. Friedrich, Siu (Lambert) C. Tsoi, Bernard A. Clark, Paul L. Stanley
  • Patent number: 6893809
    Abstract: This invention relates to a negative silver halide photographic element comprising a support and a silver halide imaging layer containing a light sensitive silver halide imaging emulsion, said silver halide imaging layer further comprising a separately precipitated non-imaging intentionally fogged fine grain emulsion and an electron transfer agent releasing compound represented by formula (I): CAR1-(L)n-ETA??(I) wherein: CAR1 is a carrier moiety which is capable of releasing -(L)n-ETA on reaction with oxidized developing agent; L is a divalent linking group, n is 0, 1 or 2; and ETA is a releasable electron transfer agent, and (optionally) a development accelerator releasing compound represented by the formula (II): CAR2—(SAM)-NX1—NX2X3??(II) wherein: CAR2 is a carrier moiety which is capable of releasing —(SAM)-NX1—NX2X3 on reaction with oxidized developing agent; SAM is a silver absorbable moiety attached to the carrier moiety and is released on reaction with oxidized development agent; and —NX1—NX2X
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Reed, James A. Friday, John E. Keevert, Stephen P. Singer, Mary C. Brick
  • Patent number: 6887656
    Abstract: Disclosed is a color photographic element comprising at least one light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a compound that does not react with oxidized developer, has a Log Kow high enough to improve speed, compared to the same layer without the compound, and comprises (1) a thiadiazole, or (2) an oxadiazole, or (3) a 1,2,4 triazole bearing an amido substituent, and does not contain a hydroxyl or thiol group or their tautomeric equivalents on the azole ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Louis E. Friedrich, Philip A. Allway, Judith A. Bogie, Bernard A. Clark, Charles E. Heckler, Stephen P. Singer
  • Patent number: 6811963
    Abstract: This invention relates to a silver halide photographic element comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprised of at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one cyan dye-forming coupler, a magenta dye image-forming unit comprising at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one magenta dye-forming coupler, and a yellow dye image-forming unit comprising at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one yellow dye-forming coupler, wherein at least one of the dye image forming units contains layers of differing sensitivities, and the layer of highest sensitivity contains a development promoting agent or a specific coupler as described herein, or a combination thereof, and a silver halide emulsion comprising tabular silver halide grains having associated therewith at least two dye layers comprising (a) an inner dye layer adjacent to the silver ha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Sharon G. Johnston, Stephen P. Singer, Drake M. Michno, James A. Friday, David R. Foster
  • Patent number: 6794121
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of spectrally sensitizing a silver halide emulsion comprising the following steps in the following order a) providing a silver halide emulsion comprising tabular silver halide grains having an inner dye layer adjacent to the silver halide grain, said dye layer comprising at least one dye (Dye 1) that is capable of spectrally sensitizing silver halide, b) adding to the emulsion at least one dye (Dye 2) capable of providing a second dye layer adjacent to the inner dye layer, and c) adding to the emulsion a non-cationic surfactant or a scavenger for oxidized developer, or a combination of the two, to form a silver halide emulsion comprising silver halide grains having associated therewith two dye layers, wherein the dye layers are held together by non-covalent forces or by in situ bond formation; the outer dye layer adsorbs light at equal or higher energy than the inner dye layer; and the energy emission wavelength of the outer dye layer overlaps with the energy absorption
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David R. Foster, Stephen P. Singer, William J. Harrison, Alan R. Pitt
  • Patent number: 6790602
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of spectrally sensitizing a silver halide emulsion comprising the following steps in the following order a) providing a silver halide emulsion comprising tabular silver halide grains having an inner dye layer adjacent to the silver halide grain, said dye layer comprising at least one dye (Dye 1) that is capable of spectrally sensitizing silver halide, b) adding to the emulsion at least one dye (Dye 2) capable of providing a second dye layer adjacent to the inner dye layer, and c) adding to the emulsion a non-cationic surfactant or a scavenger for oxidized developer, or a combination of the two, to form a silver halide emulsion comprising silver halide grains having associated therewith two dye layers, wherein the dye layers are held together by non-covalent forces or by in situ bond formation; the outer dye layer adsorbs light at equal or higher energy than the inner dye layer; and the energy emission wavelength of the outer dye layer overlaps with the energy absorption
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David R. Foster, Stephen P. Singer, William J. Harrison, Alan R. Pitt
  • Patent number: 6780573
    Abstract: The invention relates to a color silver halide photographic element comprising a light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, said silver halide emulsion being in reactive association with an amino acid compound according to Formula (I): wherein: COUP is a moiety that reacts with oxidized developer to release the amino acid timing group but does not substantially contribute any density in the visible region to the element after processing is complete; n is 0 or 1; R1 is an alkyl or alkenyl group of 4 carbon atoms or more or an aryl group with 10 carbon atoms or more; R2 is an alkyl or aryl group so the sum total of carbon atoms in R1 and R2 together are at least 5; and PUG is a photographically useful group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stephen P. Singer, Christopher W. Grote, Robert C. Stewart, Janet N. Younathan, Jerrold N. Poslusny
  • Publication number: 20040146817
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of spectrally sensitizing a silver halide emulsion comprising the following steps in the following order
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventors: David R. Foster, Stephen P. Singer, William J. Harrison, Alan R. Pitt
  • Publication number: 20040146815
    Abstract: This invention relates to a silver halide photographic element comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprised of at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one cyan dye-forming coupler, a magenta dye image-forming unit comprising at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one magenta dye-forming coupler, and a yellow dye image-forming unit comprising at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one yellow dye-forming coupler, wherein at least one of the dye image forming units contains layers of differing sensitivities, and the layer of highest sensitivity contains a development promoting agent or a specific coupler as described herein, or a combination thereof, and a silver halide emulsion comprising tabular silver halide grains having associated therewith at least two dye layers comprising (a) an inner dye layer adjacent to the silver ha
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventors: Sharon G. Johnston, Stephen P. Singer, Drake M. Michno, James A. Friday, David R. Foster
  • Publication number: 20040142290
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of spectrally sensitizing a silver halide emulsion comprising the following steps in the following order
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: David R. Foster, Stephen P. Singer, William J. Harrison, Alan R. Pitt
  • Publication number: 20040142289
    Abstract: Disclosed is a color photographic element comprising at least one light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a compound that does not react with oxidized developer, has a Log Kow high enough to improve speed, compared to the same layer without the compound, and comprises
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Louis E. Friedrich, Philip A. Allway, Judith A. Bogie, Bernard A. Clark, Charles E. Heckler, Stephen P. Singer
  • Patent number: 6756188
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photographic element comprising a support and at least two silver halide emulsion layers further comprising, an electron transfer agent releasing compound represented by the formula (I): CAR1—(L)n—ETA  (I) wherein: CAR1 is a carrier moiety which is capable of releasing —(L)n-ETA on reaction with oxidized developing agent; L is a divalent linking group, n is 0, 1 or 2; and ETA is a releasable 1-aryl-3-pyrazolidinone electron transfer agent having a calculated log partition coefficient (c log P) greater than or equal to 2.40 and the total sum of the Hammett sigma(para) values of the substituents on the 1-aryl ring is 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John E. Keevert, Stephen P. Singer, Kenneth J. Reed, Kenneth J. Lushington, Mary C. Brick, James A. Friday
  • Publication number: 20040067455
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photographic element comprising a support and at least two silver halide emulsion layers further comprising an electron transfer agent releasing compound represented by the formula (I):
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John E. Keevert, Stephen P. Singer, Kenneth J. Reed, Kenneth J. Lushington, Mary C. Brick, James A. Friday