And Transparent Laminate Patents (Class 283/109)
  • Patent number: 10899160
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for applying a ghost image to an identification document that include the actions of obtaining a first image of an object. Identifying a first portion of the first image that corresponds with the object and a second portion of the first image that does not correspond with the object. Generating a second image by converting the first image to a negative image, and removing the second portion of the first image that does not correspond to the object. Generating a halftone image from the second image. Causing optically variable media to be applied to the identification document based on the halftone image. The optically variable media has a first appearance when viewed from in reflected light at a first angle and a second, different appearance when viewed in reflected light at a second, different angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Idemia Identity & Security USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Jones, Yecheng Wu, Daoshen Bi
  • Patent number: 10682879
    Abstract: A credential with one or more security features is disclosed. The disclosed credential includes a windowed security feature. The windowed security feature is taught to include a mirror element positioned in proximity with a transparent window and a first photo-luminescent feature positioned relative to the transparent window and the mirror element such that the mirror element enhances a luminescence of the first photo-luminescent feature when viewed and illuminated through the transparent window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Brett Barton Erickson
  • Patent number: 10654308
    Abstract: A unisometric reflection display has a light transmissivity and includes reflectors included in a reflector holding layer of a thin film form. The reflector holding layer has a plurality of sections divided in a direction of a plane of the reflector holding layer. In each of at least two of the sections, reflectors inside incline in a fixed direction and a fixed angle. A direction and/or an angle in which reflectors incline differ between the two sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yashiki
  • Patent number: 10434813
    Abstract: A method for producing a security document, with a thermographic substrate wherein the thermographic substrate is caused to undergo a color change depending on temperature effect in at least one first region A film element is arranged in such a way that the film element is arranged between the at least one first region of the thermographic substrate and a thermal print head. At least one first item of information is introduced by means of the thermal print head by activation of the color change in the at least one first region of the thermographic substrate, wherein the thermal print head, during the introduction of the at least one first item of information is in contact with the film element in such a way that the temperature effect causing the activation of the color change is transferred from the thermal print head through the film element to the at least one first region of the thermographic substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: LEONHARD KURZ STIFTUNG & CO. KG, OVD KINEGRAM AG, KURZ TYPOFOL GMBH
    Inventors: Achim Hansen, Kilian Schuller, Anja Cathomen, Sascha Falsch, Philipp Schuler
  • Patent number: 10281732
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating an autostereoscopic display include a holographic optical element (HOE) recorded using coherent light divided into diverging reference and object beams that illuminate the HOE from opposite sides. The object beam passes through first and second diffusers with one diffuser being a directional diffuser to more uniformly illuminate the HOE. Optic elements may be used to more closely match beam diameters and/or profiles of the recording wavelengths. Baffles may be positioned on opposite sides of the HOE with openings aligned proximate the reference beam and object beam paths, respectively, to reduce stray reflections and provide ambient air flow attenuation or damping. One or more edges of the HOE are masked to reduce or prevent stray light from entering and reflecting within the HOE during recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Kughn Absolute Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Mark L. Dell'eva, Hans Ingmar Bjelkhagen
  • Patent number: 10259256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for securing an identification document and to a secure identification document. More particularly, the process uses UV sensitive ink(s) to define a pattern only visible under UV radiations, by printing a first layer of a transparent ablation varnish (13), printing a layer (14) of UV sensitive ink(s) over said first layer of transparent ablation varnish, removing parts of the layer (14) of UV sensitive ink(s), by means of a laser beam, some remaining areas of said UV sensitive ink(s) defining said pattern to be revealed in color under UV radiations, and some areas, where the UV sensitive ink(s) has been removed and the laser beam has interacted with the ablation varnish (13), absorbing the UV radiations with effect of creating black color. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventor: Jarmo Nikkila
  • Patent number: 10207532
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved security document having a “see-through” security feature that protects a window of the security document in which personalization information may be displayed, such as an image of the authorized document holder. The “see-through” security feature is provided by front and back side images, such as text (e.g. micro-text or encoded indicia), graphics or other image type, that may be laser marked onto the document substrate from a front side thereof through the window to a back side of the window. At least a part of the front image and at least a part of the back image are in front-to-back registration in window, the registration of the images being subject to verification by suitable inspection of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited
    Inventor: Thivaharan Thurailingam
  • Patent number: 10173452
    Abstract: To provide an information storage medium and a method for printing on the information storage medium that can improve a quality of printing on a laser coloring layer in a lower than a functional film layer. A card 1 includes: a base material 11; a laser coloring layer 12 that is laminated upper Z2 than the base material 11 and produces color by laser irradiation; a transparent layer 13 that is laminated upper Z2 than the laser coloring layer 12 and is translucent; a Lippmann hologram layer 14 that is laminated upper Z2 than the transparent layer 13 and is translucent; and a transparent layer 15 that is laminated upper than the Lippmann hologram layer and is translucent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ayumi Motoi, Tatsunosuke Ogawa, Toru Nishioka, Takumi Motoi
  • Patent number: 10124620
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for constructing an optical device having a substrate and a filter layer provided on the substrate. The filter layer includes features that render a first image and gaps between the features. An image layer is provided on the filter layer and includes image elements provided within the gaps between the features. The first image is rendered in reflected light and the second image is rendered in transmitted light. According to one example, a second filter layer may be provided on a second side of the substrate such that features of the filter layer and second features of the second filter layer may be at least partially out of vertical alignment in order to define a plurality of light ray entry angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Graphic Security Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Cary M. Quinn
  • Patent number: 10076921
    Abstract: A description is given of a document with a hologram as a security feature, in particular an identity card (12), consisting of a polycarbonate card body (10), which has a volume hologram label (2, 9) embedded therein. A description is additionally given of a method for producing the document, in which volume hologram labels (2) arranged on a carrier sheet are brought into contact with adhesive regions (4) on a thermoplastic sheet (5.1), the adhesive surfaces are cured and the carrier sheet is then removed. A second plastics sheet (5.2) is then adhesively bonded onto the first plastics sheet (5.1), bearing the hologram labels, using a second adhesive (7) in the region of the hologram labels (2) to form a two-layered sheet composite (6) which, finally, is laminated, together with further thermoplastic sheets, in a card-lamination press, under the action of pressure and temperature, to give a card body (10), individual identity cards (12) being punched out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HOLOGRAM INDUSTRIES RESEARCH GMBH
    Inventors: Irina Menz, Andreas Wanke, Günther Dausmann, Philippe Huet, Hugues Souparis
  • Patent number: 9987872
    Abstract: A security document includes a substrate, and an imaging thermal coating on at least a portion of the surface of the substrate for thermal printing on the security document. The imaging thermal coating is soluble in one or more solvents. A warning message is printed on the substrate in an ink which is substantially insoluble in the one or more solvents. An obscuring coating on the substrate covers the warning message such that the warning message is not apparent to an observer. The obscuring coating is soluble in the one or more solvents, such that the obscuring coating is removed from the substrate if the document is subjected to washing with the one or more solvents to remove printed images on the imaging thermal coating. By this arrangement, an attempt to alter the security document by washing the security document with the one or more solvents is made apparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Taylor Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajendra Mehta, John Harden, David Lienesch, Brian Berg
  • Patent number: 9718302
    Abstract: There is provided a decorative laminate having a first laminate layer, a second laminate layer, and a decorative layer disposed selectively between the first laminate layer and the second laminate layer. The decorative layer includes one or more visible materials, and one or more non-visible light activated materials that change from a non-visible state to a visible state when exposed to a light source. The light source includes an ultraviolet (UV) light source or an infrared (IR) light source. The decorative laminate further has a resin layer disposed on the second laminate layer. The first laminate layer, the decorative layer, the second laminate layer, and the resin layer are laminated together to form the decorative laminate configured for application to a structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Young, Carl A. Davison
  • Patent number: 9630439
    Abstract: A printing method is provided. In this printing method, a printing ink composed of pigment-based solvent UV ink or UV ink is applied onto a transfer sheet capable of transmitting an ultraviolet light, and then the printing ink is cured to form a printing ink layer. Thereafter, a bonding ink composed of solvent UV ink or UV ink for bonding the printing ink layer to a medium is applied onto the printing ink layer. Subsequently, the bonding ink is pressed against the medium. In this state, irradiation with the ultraviolet light from an opposite surface of the transfer sheet to a surface having the printing ink layer formed thereon is performed, such that the bonding ink is completely cured to form a bonding ink layer. Thereafter, the transfer sheet is peeled off from the printing ink layer, whereby the printing ink layer is transferred onto the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 9594016
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for photometric measurements of a liquid sample. The methods and devices use one or more diffractive reflective surfaces to enable a light beam incident on a measurement chamber to be steered so as to be reflected inside the measurement chamber to achieve relatively long optical paths in the measurement chamber. The liquid sample may be blood or blood serum. The measurement chamber may be provided in a microfluidic device, for example a centrifugal microfluidic device. Some embodiments enable multiplexing of different wavelengths or path lengths. Some embodiments make use of multiple returned beams to determine the position and/or orientation of the measurement chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Biosurfit, S.A.
    Inventor: Joao Manuel De Oliveria Garcia Da Fonseca
  • Patent number: 9511561
    Abstract: Multi-layer forms and methods of producing the same are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first substrate first layer having a first side and a second side. The apparatus includes a second substrate first layer having a third side and a fourth side. The second side is coupled to the third side. The first substrate first layer and the second substrate first layer are embossed. The apparatus includes a second substrate second layer having a fifth side and a sixth side, the fourth side coupled to the fifth side. The apparatus includes a second substrate first layer having a seventh side and an eighth side. The seventh side is coupled to the sixth side. The second substrate first layer and the second substrate second layer are not embossed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: R.R. DONNELLEY & SONS COMPANY
    Inventors: Joshua Johnson, Lynn Baeten, Eric M. Wood, Kevin Pulley
  • Patent number: 9403318
    Abstract: A method of joining a first thermoplastic component with a second thermoplastic component includes abutting a joint surface of the first thermoplastic component against a joint surface of the second thermoplastic component. The first thermoplastic component includes a thermoplastic protrusion extending from the joint surface, and the joint surface of the second thermoplastic component defines a receiving pocket adapted to receive the thermoplastic protrusion. Abutting a joint surface of the first thermoplastic component against a joint surface of the second thermoplastic component further includes inserting the thermoplastic protrusion into the receiving pocket. Once abutted, thermal energy is applied to a heat-apply surface of the second thermoplastic component, that is opposite the joint surface. The thermal energy is sufficient to melt a portion of the thermoplastic protrusion and a portion of the joint surface of the second thermoplastic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Hesham A. Ezzat, Joseph M. Polewarczyk
  • Patent number: 9327484
    Abstract: A process of making an improved sheet/card laminate for packaging, signage, displays, transaction cards, ID cards and the like. The process comprises registering flat sheets to a film and then laminating the film or transferring coating(s) from the film to the individual, generally flat sheets via an adhesive. The film or coating(s) may include layered security, functional and/or decorative features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Herring, Shannon K. Crawford-Taylor, Suwit (John) Sangkaratana
  • Patent number: 9047713
    Abstract: A multisided card having at least two obverse faces and two reverse faces that are adjacent one another, can be used to print and store relatively insecure information of the obverse faces and to have more sensitive information stored and printed on the adjacent reverse faces. To protect privacy, a caricature or cartoon of an individual can he placed on an obverse face, or in a virtual card, wallet or purse, which image cannot be read by facial recognition techniques but could be recognized by human observers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Bryan P. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9033370
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multilayer information page (1) for a security document, which includes an information part (3) manufactured from a material allowing at least some identification information of the information page to be entered thereto by utilizing laser engraving, the identification information provided on the information page (1) being readable from an upper surface thereof, and a flexible and bending resistant connecting part (2) for connecting the information page (1) to the security document, the connecting part (2) comprising a fastening end (8) by means of which the connecting part (2) is fastened to the information part (3). In order to ensure that detachment of the information part and the connecting part from one another leaves visible marks, the fastening end (3) of the connecting part (2) is arranged to overlap with a lower surface of the information part (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Setec Oy
    Inventors: Taru Syrjänen, Mika Holmberg
  • Patent number: 8975211
    Abstract: A security document precursor including, in order, at least: a) a transparent biaxially stretched polyethylene terephthalate foil; b) a colorless color forming layer containing at least an infrared absorber, a color forming component and a polymeric binder; and c) a polymeric support; wherein the colorless color forming layer contains at least one component forming a compound having a melting temperature of less than 20° C. upon laser marking the colorless color forming layer with an infrared laser. Methods for securing a security document using the security document precursor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
    Inventors: Bart Waumans, Ingrid Geuens, Paul Callant, Hubertus Van Aert
  • Patent number: 8972277
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a layered image assembly and a marketing method are provided including a passive consumer behavior tracking method without requiring an “opt-in” process. The layered image assembly includes a base layer and a top layer with an inner area formed between. An opening is provided within a perimeter of the base layer to provide access to the inner layer. The inner layer is provided with a media that may comprise coupons, offers, advertisements, collapsible springs, animated collapsible springs having an image, etc. The media may include one or more symbols for conveying information. The layered image assembly may be attached to an item, such as a substrate, envelope, package, magazine, etc. The customer information relating to the item may be associated, or merged, with the information from the one or more symbols from the media. This merging of information may be used to track customer purchases, customer information, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Action Wobble, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Sullivan, Jeffrey S. Samson, Cory Price, Pedro Vaca, Basil Luck
  • Patent number: 8919821
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with providing security substrates, and documents made therefrom, such as banknotes, with features for visual inspection by members of the public. More specifically the invention relates to a novel security substrate containing at least two elongate security elements for the purposes of public and non-public verification. The security substrate comprises a substrate and at least two elongate security elements each having a width of less than or equal to 6 mm. The security elements are at least partially embedded within the substrate and running substantially parallel to each other with a gap therebetween of no greater than 10 mm. The total cross-directional width of a zone occupied by the two security elements and the gap is less than or equal to 18 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: De La Rue International Limited
    Inventors: Duncan Hamilton Reid, Gerald Sidney Payne, Paul Howland, Peter McLean Henderson
  • Patent number: 8921265
    Abstract: A security document precursor including, in order: a) at least one transparent biaxially stretched polyester foil; b) one colorless color forming layer containing at least an infrared absorber, a colorless dye-precursor and a polymeric binder; and c) a polymeric support; wherein the polymeric binder is copolymer including at least 90 wt % of a chlorinated ethylene and 1 wt % to 10 wt % of vinyl acetate both based on the total weight of the binder. Methods for making the security document precursor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
    Inventors: Hubertus Van Aert, Ingrid Geuens, Paul Callant, Bart Waumans
  • Patent number: 8844972
    Abstract: A self laminating wristband separable from a multi-ply page form has a plurality of separated imaging areas, with one larger imaging area for receiving printed data corresponding to the wearer such as his name, i.d. number, etc., with one or more second imaging areas adapted to receive either printed information or markers which may be adhered thereto. The separated imaging areas are aligned along the length of the wristband so that the gap between them acts as a natural hinge point which allows the imaging areas to lie flatter against the wearer's wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Laser Band, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Riley, Sanjay K. Jain, Mark Greer
  • Patent number: 8590939
    Abstract: A multi page product hang tag includes at least one overlay sheet having pages hingedly attached to a spine with the spine attached to a backing sheet. The backing sheet is attachable to a displayable product, e.g., a binder. Each overlay sheet has an interruption between each page and the spine connected by laminate material that forms a hinge along each interruption. In manufacture, an indicia carrying sheet, e.g., stock, is formed to remove material defining each page and spine along with the hinge-defining interruption therebetween. At least one bridge of the sheet extends between each page and spine above and/or below its corresponding interruption. After laminating the formed sheet, additional forming removes each bridge producing a multi-paged overlay sheet that is in turn attached to a backing sheet to form a product hang tag in accordance with the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Adam Merzon
  • Patent number: 8562025
    Abstract: An optical security label for security and anti-counterfeit applications comprises a first layer having an optically variable portion (diffractive, holographic or interference film) generating an optically variable effect secured to a support layer by a weak adhesive layer such that the first layer can be scratched off the third support layer to reveal underlying data and the label is affixed to a substrate by a pressure sensitive adhesive. The label or substrate carry the data to be protected such a printed or personalized paper or plastic substrate. In one aspect the scratch off region is patterned and also the data can comprise a pattern of alternate scratch off and permanent areas. In one aspect the label is a thin frangible structure delivered to the substrate with a weakly bound top carrier. In another aspect the optical variable device includes a covert image authenticated by a decoder carried on the top of the removable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Optaglio Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth John Drinkwater
  • Patent number: 8512857
    Abstract: This invention relates to a security label for the detection of counterfeiting and tampering. The invention comprises a combination of an iridescent laminated or multilayered material with a lenticular layer. The iridescent layer exhibits an angular dependence in its coloration in reflection and/or transmission and the lenticular layer acts as a filter to light of a given angle of incidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Qinetiq Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Robert Lawrence, Eoin Seiorse O'Keefe
  • Publication number: 20130140806
    Abstract: A method of producing an apparent etched or embossed effect in a print purely by the use of printing and lamination processes, in which a varnish 3 is pressed into to selected areas of a softer coating 2 to produce indentations in the coating layer 2 as during lamination of a printed article comprising a substrate 1 and an optional overlay 4, and a printed article obtainable using the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Philip Anthony Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8448991
    Abstract: Improvements that prevent tampering of images on identification documents for example identity cards, credit cards and the like, and passports. The document includes a full color image of a person, and a second, full, achromatic image of the person formed underneath and spaced from the color image and in congruence therewith using a laser. The second full image is not visible underneath the first full image during normal viewing of the document, and is only visible upon removal of all or a portion of the first full image. As a result, the document and the image have no outwardly apparent visual difference to the document holder or to a would-be counterfeiter. This provides a covert security feature that is not known or seen until the document is attacked by removing the first full image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: DataCard Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Baxter, Wim Tappij Gielen
  • Patent number: 8439403
    Abstract: A printed article is disclosed having a light transmissive substrate having a reverse printed region on a surface thereof in the form of a plurality of very closely spaced printed lines or regions. The printed regions and spaces therebetween are subsequently flood coated with special effect ink such as optically variable ink wherein the ink particle size is on average greater than the gap between reverse printed regions. The image is viewed from the non-printed side of the substrate and very fine lines of the special effect flood coated special effect ink appear as very clear sharp lines having a fine resolution. This eliminates the typical jagged edges that would otherwise be seen if the inked region was not present. This effect is due to the first printed inked regions or lines forming a mask through which the flood coated ink is seen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfred C. Kittler, Jr., Neil Teitelbaum
  • Publication number: 20130082458
    Abstract: A holographic overlay is formed using casting a diffractive structure upon a first side of a polycarbonate substrate, and providing a reflection-enhancing coating on at least a part of the diffractive structure. A second side of the substrate provides a substantially flat external surface of the overlay capable of fusing to a conforming surface in the presence of heat and pressure without an adhesive. Optionally, the overlay is laser-engraved so as to form ablated voids in the metal coating and carbonize the laser engravable polycarbonate under the ablated voids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventors: Lily O'Boyle, Garth Zambory
  • Patent number: 8409693
    Abstract: The invention relates to a data carrier into which, by means of a laser beam, identifiers are introduced that are visible in the form of irreversible changes, caused by the laser beam, in the optical properties of the data carrier. According to the present invention, the data carrier comprises a laser-sensitive layer (20) that is opaque in the visible spectral range, and that is combined with a securing layer (22) that is metallized at least in a sub-area, the identifiers (30, 32) being introduced by the laser beam simultaneously and in perfect register into the laser-sensitive layer (20) and the metallized sub-area (24) of the securing layer (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Endres, Georg Kruse, Josef Riedl
  • Patent number: 8403368
    Abstract: The invention concerns a security document comprising a translucent carrier substrate, in particular of paper and/or plastic material, and at least one security element which is applied to the carrier substrate or embedded in the carrier substrate and which presents at least one image when viewed in the transillumination mode from at least a first side of the security document and simulates a presence of at least a first watermark in the carrier substrate, wherein the security element has at least region-wise at least one layer which simulates the first watermark, wherein the at least one layer of the security element, that simulates the first watermark, imparts thereto unexpected optical effects in relation to security elements with conventional watermarks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wayne Robert Tompkin, Andreas Schilling, Rene Staub
  • Patent number: 8356841
    Abstract: The invention relates to a customized multi-layer support which takes the general form of a card, such as an identification card. The support includes a card body, the upper face of which is provided with externally-visible personal information; and a film which is at least partially transparent and which is fixed to the upper face of the card body. The support has boundary lines which define the areas of the aforementioned film with reduced or increased mechanical strength. The invention also relates to a method of producing one such customized support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Gemalto SA
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Lesur
  • Publication number: 20120326429
    Abstract: A form with an integrated folding card comprising a flat substrate and a multi-layer material adhesively bonded to at least one part-region of the rear of the substrate with a first adhesive layer. The multi-layer material comprises, as viewed from the substrate, the first adhesive layer, a first dividing layer, a carrier layer, a second dividing layer, a second adhesive layer, and an at least partially transparent top layer. The folding card comprises two core parts and two covering parts. The form, in the region of the multi-layer material, has a first punch made from the front which forms the two core parts. The form, in the region of the multi-layer material, has a second punch made from the rear as far as the carrier layer at the most which forms the two covering parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Jules Fischer, Walter Stutz
  • Patent number: 8246081
    Abstract: A security marking system for producing a secure marking label includes a support sheet, such as a silicon-containing sheet, having two separate flaps on a first folding line, the first flap supporting, on the recto side, a first holographic component whereof the surface contacting the support sheet is coated with an adhesive film. The second flap supports, on the same recto side, a second component formed by a film whereof the surface contacting the support sheet is coated with an adhesive film and the opposite surface bears personalizing indicia. The first flap includes a second folding line that is substantially parallel to the first folding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Hologram Industries
    Inventor: Hugues Souparis
  • Publication number: 20120153607
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security element for an article to be protected, having an upper face and a lower face, one or more imaging optical arrangements, which all image a respective associated object to a magnified scale only in front of the upper face, wherein the one optical arrangement or at least one of the optical arrangements comprises a plurality of reflective micro-imaging elements arranged two-dimensionally in a first pattern, and the associated object is in the form of a microstructure object having a plurality of microstructures, which are arranged in a microstructure pattern so matched to the first pattern that the microstructure object is imaged to a magnified scale in front of the upper face by means of the reflective micro-imaging elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Rahm, Wittich Kaule, Manfred Heim, Andreas Rauch, Josef Schinabeck, André Gregarek, Angelika Hilgenrainer
  • Patent number: 8196966
    Abstract: A laminate 40 for a tamper-resistant identity document, the laminate comprising: a carrier film (10, FIG. 1) having a first adhesive layer 11 on a surface thereof, the first adhesive layer 11 comprising one or more visible registration features 13; and a cover film (20, FIG. 2b) having a first surface (20a, FIG. 2b) removably bonded to the first adhesive layer 11 and a second surface (20b, FIG. 2b) having a printed security feature 41, 42, 43 and a second adhesive layer (32, FIG. 3b) thereon. The cover film may have a thickness of no greater than 12 microns. The printed security feature may be in predetermined registration with the one or more visible registration features of the first adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Philip John Allen, Andrew John Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8182893
    Abstract: A group of size-adjustable wristbands is disclosed. The group of wristbands includes a backing sheet that is connected to a stub area disposed at an end of the backing sheet. A plurality of elongated strips is connected to the stub area in a side-by-side fashion. Each strip includes a first end attached to an additional stub area and a second end attached to the stub area. Each strip further includes a top surface. The group of wristbands further includes a plurality of top sheets, each top sheet having a first end and a second end. The first end of each top sheet is attached to one of the strips along a top surface thereof. Each top sheet is clear and includes a bottom side coated with a top adhesive layer. Finally, the group of wristbands includes a plurality of top liners with each top liner being sandwiched between one of the top adhesive layers and one of the strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago, Tag & Label, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Paul Valenti, Jr., Carl Opel, Dan Hedger
  • Patent number: 8132830
    Abstract: The invention concerns a security and/or value document, in particular a banknote. The security and/or value document has a support (1) of a paper material and an in particular strip-form or thread-form film element (2) which contains one or more optical security features. The support (1) has one or more window-shaped openings (35) which are closed by means of the film element (2) which projects beyond the openings on all sides. Applied to the side of the support (1) of a paper material, which is in opposite relationship to the film element (2), is a sealing layer (4) which covers the surfaces of the film element (2) at least in the region of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ludwig Brehm, Klaus Weber
  • Patent number: 8123254
    Abstract: A non-cellulose based deformable substrate having at least one fold line is configured to be able to be directly mounted on a frame or included in a publication. The substrate is configured to reduce the propagation of stress along the at least one fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: G.B.D. Corp.
    Inventors: Helmut Horst Gerhard Conrad, Ron Hills, Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Kanevsky Conrad
  • Publication number: 20110291402
    Abstract: A privacy cover system for efficiently increasing the privacy of an information card by reducing the visibility of the card at offset angles. The privacy cover system generally includes a privacy cover to attach to an information card over at least a portion of information upon the information card, wherein the privacy cover aligns with the information of the information card. The privacy cover is adapted to allow viewing of the information of the information card through the privacy cover over a first range of angles (i.e. viewing angles) and is adapted to prevent viewing of the information of the information card through the privacy cover over a second range of angles (i.e. restricting angles).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Shawn M. Asbenson
  • Publication number: 20110266788
    Abstract: A method for interlaminating a transparent embossed hologram, the transparent embossed hologram comprising a support having two sides, at least one of the two sides either itself being embossed or having a layer thereon which is embossed and a layer of a HRI-material contiguous with the embossed side or embossed layer, comprising the steps of: a) providing the outermost surface of the layer of inorganic HRI-material with a layer of an adhesive composition containing a solution or dispersion of at least one polymer in an organic solvent medium; b) drying the layer of the adhesive composition on the outermost surface of the HRI-material thereby providing a conditioned outermost surface of the layer of inorganic HRI-material with a transparent continuous adhesive layer; and c) laminating the transparent continuous laminatable layer to a foil, wherein the organic solvent medium is selected from the group consisting of ketones, ethers, heterocyclic ethers, lactams, amides, halo-aliphatic compounds, nitriles and es
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: AGFA-GEVAERT N.V.
    Inventor: Ingrid Geuens
  • Patent number: 8025952
    Abstract: A security image and method of forming said image is disclosed wherein a substrate having an image or indicia thereon is coated with a dilute solution of pigment flakes in an ink or paint. The flakes are subsequently aligned in a magnetic field and are fixed after the field is applied. Most or all of the flakes in a region are aligned so as to be partially upstanding wherein their faces are essentially parallel. Coating the image with flakes yields a latent image which can be clearly seen at a small range of predetermined angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir P. Raksha, Cornelis Jan Delst, Paul G. Coombs, Charles T. Markantes, Alberto Argoitia
  • Patent number: 8011697
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of imagery or items comprising imagery using semiconductor processing or fabrication techniques and methods of using such techniques to make imagery. For example, according to one embodiment, a method of making imagery having nano-scale or micro-scale portions can include providing a silicon wafer, coating the silicon wafer with a layer of oxide, depositing a layer of photoresist onto the oxide layer, and removing a patterned portion of the photoresist to expose a patterned portion of the oxide layer. The method can also include removing at least some of the patterned portion of the oxide such that the patterned portion of the oxide layer has a predetermined thickness resulting in a predetermined viewable color. The patterned portion of the oxide layer can define at least one of the nano-scale or micro-scale portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Nanojewelry LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Adams, Steven Malekos, Grant Korgan, Al Brandano
  • Patent number: 8002197
    Abstract: An encoded transactional card unit having die cut components and a removable data component comprising a first or top protective plane, a second or bottom protective plane, a substrate, having at least one fixed region which is adhesively attached to said first protective plan and a second protective plane forming die cut components, and a portion or region wherein element with a removable data component may be removed and reused by application to another item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Michael L. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 7984926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security document and/or document of value comprising: at least one information vector; and at least one masking element in the form of a strip having at least one semi-reflecting region covering the information vector at least in part, the masking element being of a width that is less than the width of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Arjowiggins Security
    Inventors: Stephane Mallol, Ivan Thierry
  • Patent number: 7922209
    Abstract: An article bears an HVS-perceivable security pattern based on metamerism. The metamerism causes the security pattern to be perceived differently when viewed under two different light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Giordano Bruno Beretta
  • Patent number: 7850207
    Abstract: A multi-part label with variable data and method for its manufacture. First indicia may be printed on a first label face ply of a multi-ply label material in registration with an eventual location of at least one of a plurality of multi-part labels. The first indicia may be variable between at least two of the plurality of multi-part labels. A second label material may be removably adhered to the multi-ply first label material, thereby covering the first indicia. Second indicia may be printed on the face of the second label material. The second indicia may be variable between at least two of the plurality of multi-part labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Chicago Tag & Label, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Paul Valenti, Jr., Carl Opel, Daniel Hedger
  • Publication number: 20100308570
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security element (12) for securing value objects, with a thin film element (22) with color shift effect, a semitransparent ink layer (34), which is disposed on top of the thin film element (22) in first zones (30), wherein the color impression of the thin film element (22) is coordinated with the color impression of at least one subzone of the semitransparent ink layer (34) when viewed under predefined viewing conditions, and a transparent phase delay layer (36), which is disposed on top of the thin film element (22) in second zones, and which forms a phase-shifting layer for light in the visible wavelength range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Applicant: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventor: Manfred Heim