Miscellaneous Patents (Class 283/117)
  • Patent number: 10259257
    Abstract: A divider assembly is shown and described herein. The divider assembly may divide a stack of sheets, the divider assembly may include a body and a tab extending from the body. A first side of the body and a first side of the tab may include a cover or coating. The cover or coating may include designs or indicia. A second side of the body may include a covered portion and a non-covered portion. A second side of the tab may be non-covered. Non-covered portions may be compatible with more or different writing instruments than covered portions. The divider assembly may be reversible such that the first side or the second side may be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Regina Reichert, Summer Marker, Alan Jameson, Jenifer Do
  • Patent number: 10071590
    Abstract: A greeting card having an audio message recording and playback device permits recording of personalized audio messages to be played upon opening of the greeting card. The recording device is operable in either a trial mode or a use mode. In the trial mode, which would be applicable when the card is displayed in a store, a potential purchaser may experience the functionality of the card by recording their own test message. The test message is played back initially for the potential purchaser but is not subsequently played back to be later heard by other potential purchasers. In the use mode, which the card may be switched to after purchase by removal of a trial mode panel from the greeting card, a user recorded message is played repeatedly upon subsequent openings of the card. The user recorded message may be followed by a prerecorded recording, such as a song. Additional prerecorded messages, such as voice prompts with instructions for recording a message, may also be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Timothy J. Lien, Randy S. Knipp, John B. Watkins
  • Patent number: 10013406
    Abstract: A container is created that includes two sides. A front side of the container displays viewable content. A back side of the container displays editing controls corresponding to the viewable content. A button may be displayed that, when activated, switches the display between the front side and the back side. The button may be displayed only while the editing controls are displayed and hidden while the content is displayed. While the content is displayed, the entire display area may be responsive to a user input to cause display of the editing controls. Switching between the front-side element display and the back-side editing display may be accompanied by a flipping animation. Enabling the flip-to-edit container may be based on permissions of a user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Hans-Michael Graf
  • Patent number: 9875555
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a computer-implemented method for partitioning an image. The method comprises displaying an image that comprises a border; drawing a curve over the image; computing all closed areas delimited by the curve and the border of the image, each closed area being independent from the other computed closed areas and individually selectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: DASSAULT SYSTEMES
    Inventors: Frederic Letzelter, Amelie Renard, Laura Peythieux
  • Patent number: 9643355
    Abstract: A dental sensor holder including a loop of material and an adjustable bond. The adjustable bond portion is located on the inside of the loop which may selectively be engaged to join adjacent portions of the loop into a functional bitewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ProEdge Dental Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Frampton
  • Patent number: 9610787
    Abstract: A tape member having a length direction and a width direction includes: a folded tape main body that was formed by folding a tape main body in two along the length of the tape member, the folded tape main body having a print portion on a first side of a fold and a non-print portion on a second side of the fold, wherein the folded tape main body further includes an adhesive layer that pastes the print portion and the non-print portion together, and an outermost surface of the print portion forms a print surface and the adhesive layer is provided on an inner surface of the print portion that is opposite from the print surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kubota, Hideki Sakano
  • Patent number: 9576230
    Abstract: A manufacture for encoding information from which a position of an optical pen tip can be derived, said manufacture includes a display medium having a supporting base and upon which is encoded a two dimensional code pattern that is continuously arranged on an entire surface of the supporting base; wherein the pattern is formed by a sequence of narrow parallel bands, including at least two parallel lines, of which one line is a base line the remaining lines are secondary lines; wherein each narrow parallel band includes a sequence of dots, the dots being arranged in a pre-determined position in order to represent a number at a selected number base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Marcelo Amaral Rezende
  • Patent number: 9557881
    Abstract: A system for generating a graphical user interface for tracking and displaying user activities over a predetermined time period is provided. The system includes a presentation component configured to display a graphical user interface that facilitates receiving user input regarding daily activities of the user, wherein the interface comprises a chart comprising a plurality of input compartments defined by a plurality of concentric circles divided into a plurality of slices, wherein each of the concentric circles are associated with a different input category and each of the slices are associated with a different time frame of a time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Nibha Jain, William Davis Bates, Heather Lynn Traher
  • Patent number: 9352206
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, the inventive mat comprises a planar member. A first marking is disposed on the planar member corresponding to the position of the ball of the foot of the first foot at a first swing first point in time during the execution of a first tennis swing. The first swing first point in time is relatively proximate to the commencement of the execution of the first tennis swing. The first foot is the right foot of a right-hand dominant player or the left foot of a left-hand dominant player practicing a two-handed backhand. The first marking may comprise an indication of the sole of a first shoe and indicate the placement of the heel of the first shoe. A second marking is disposed on the planar member corresponding to the position of the sole of the second foot at the first swing first point in time during the execution of the first tennis swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Gordon A. Uehling, III
  • Patent number: 9296199
    Abstract: An embossing apparatus includes an embossing die that includes a printed relief pattern made up of multiple layers of a deposited material. A resilient surface presses media against the embossing die such that embossed features corresponding to the embossing die are formed in the media. A method for embossing media includes forming an embossing die by depositing multiple layers of ink on a impression layer to form a relief pattern and pressing media against the embossing die to transfer the relief image to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Sandler, Shai Lior, Eyal Peleg, Nati Sinuany, Dror Kella, Shahar Stein, George Trendafilov, Tsahi Rosenbaom
  • Patent number: 8898939
    Abstract: A combination gift card holder and message delivery package facilitates the identification of a gift card contained within the package while presenting the recipient with an accompanying message prior to fully revealing the gift card. The package includes first, second and third panels. The first and second panels and the second and third panels are connected with one another along a common edge and are pivotable with respect to each other. The panels have cutouts therein. The gift card is positioned in the package between the second and third panels thereby exposing a portion of a front surface of the gift card through the cutout in the third panel and exposing a portion of a rear surface of the gift card through the cutout in the second panel, thereby partially concealing the gift card while exposing an identification marking thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Sara F. Kibbe, Timothy G. Bodendistel
  • Patent number: 8801044
    Abstract: A method for producing a continuous web of printed material for use in creating mailpieces. The continuous web has a width and a length, the length comprised of a series of attached sheets. The series of attached sheets are comprising envelope sheets and rectangular content pages. The content pages are rectangular in shape and may be oriented relative to the envelope sheets in a number of different configurations. In some configurations, two sets of content pages and/or envelope sheets can be printed across the width of the web. Sheets for forming business return envelopes may be printed in series with the content pages and envelope sheets. BREs may include individualized return addresses. A control code may be printed on one or more of the sheets for a given mailpiece, providing information for controlling assembly of the mailpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Denis J. Stemmle, Clare E. Woodman, John W. Sussmeier, Michael J. Cummings
  • Patent number: 8554606
    Abstract: A system and method for managing sponsorships by a sponsor, in which the party requesting the sponsorship requests to use content owned and protected by the sponsor, such as trademarks, logos, and copyrighted material. An embodiment of the method involves receiving, at a computer network site, a request for sponsorship from a requestor and responding to the request by sending either an approval or a rejection. If an approval is sent, the method further involves providing the requestor with access to content of the sponsor through the site. As part of providing this access, the method can involve requiring the requestor to accept an agreement posted on the site. The method can also include monitoring the requestor's actual use of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marcus Delgado, Sandra J. Evans, Harrison P. Lantz, Amy L. Sherwood, David L. Furth
  • Patent number: 8468703
    Abstract: An image card has an image formed on a card base by engraving striped grooves having different angles according to the degree of shading of the image by the engraving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Semco Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Hoshiyama
  • Patent number: 8285586
    Abstract: A system and method for managing sponsorships by a sponsor, in which the party requesting the sponsorship requests to use content owned and protected by the sponsor, such as trademarks, logos, and copyrighted material. An embodiment of the method involves receiving, at a computer network site, a request for sponsorship from a requester and responding to the request by sending either an approval or a rejection. If an approval is sent, the method further involves providing the requestor with access to content of the sponsor through the site. As part of providing this access, the method can involve requiring the requestor to accept an agreement posted on the site. The method can also include monitoring the requestor's actual use of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I. L.P.
    Inventors: Marcus Delgado, Sandra J. Evans, Harrison P. Lantz, Amy L. Sherwood, David L. Furth
  • Patent number: 8096584
    Abstract: Techniques are described for authenticating security documents having security images that incorporate multiple security features. The techniques may produce robust template matching results in situations of lighting unevenness, even with stronger occluding objects. The techniques may be particularly useful in validating a security document having a security image composed of one or more “virtual” retroreflective images formed over a background of a repeating retroreflective image. The virtual retroreflective images within the security image provide strong signals that may dominate analysis and validation of the background retroreflective image, thereby resulting incorrect authentication. The techniques provide a modified normalized cross-correlation analysis that masks out the strong signals contributed by the additional security features, such as the retroreflective virtual images, while still allowing for fast and efficient template matching to be performed with respect to the background image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Yiwu Lei
  • Publication number: 20110283903
    Abstract: Method of printing and printing apparatus whereby the repeat length is greater than the circumference of the rotary printing screen (5). This may be achieved by controlling the rotation of the screen as a non-printing zone (2) of the screen passes a moving web (w) such that an associated non-printed region formed on the screen has a length that is greater than the non-printing zone. This, in turn, may be achieved by suspending the rotation of the screen or reducing the speed of rotation when the non-printing zone is in registration with the web and then increasing the speed of rotation to a predetermined printing speed as a printing zone (1) of the screen comes into registration with the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Emerson & Renwick Limited
    Inventors: Colin Hargreaves, David Hargreaves
  • Patent number: 8047575
    Abstract: The invention relates to reflective and non-reflective features formed from multiple inks. In one embodiment, the printed feature comprises a substrate having a first region and a second region, the first and second regions having different surface characteristics; a first printed element disposed on the first region; and a second printed element disposed on the second region, wherein the first printed element is more adherent than the second printed element to the first region. In another embodiment, the printed feature comprises multiple layers formed from different inks exhibiting enhanced durability. The invention is also to processes for forming these features, preferably through a direct write printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cabot Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Einhorn, Mark Hanpden-Smith, Scott Haubrich, Rimple B. Bhatia
  • Patent number: 8031374
    Abstract: A control section 9 of a thermal printer 1 performs CMYK/RGB-gray conversion, gradation conversion, halftone conversion for an input image data 3, and performs shift processing and rotation processing in accordance with the resolution and the number of lines of the thermal printer 1. The control section 9 performs heat-accumulation correction processing for the image data subjected to the halftone processing, and the image data subjected to the shift processing and the rotation processing, and then prints a hairline image. When a circular hairline is printed, the control section 9 defines a pattern of circular hairlines, and produces a horizontal hairline pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Ohkubo, Kenichi Aso, Yoshihiko Tamura
  • Patent number: 8021731
    Abstract: An adhesive sheet (10) for use in affixing a badge to a garment comprises a plurality of cutouts (18, 20, 22, 24), each cutout having a shape (19, 21, 23, 25) that approximately matches a shape of a badge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Badge Magic, LLC
    Inventors: David N. Herbig, Christopher A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7924657
    Abstract: A cyclical or non-linear time management system and method of managing time, and a time and time management teaching system and method of teaching time and time management is disclosed. The system relates a user's schedule to an actual or imagined clock face to give the user a better perspective and understanding of the flow of events and tasks in the day, and relates intuitive concepts such as the transit of the sun to both the clock and the user's schedule. The system can be used to manage a user's time, taking advantage of the user's familiarity with telling time by an analog clock, and further can be used to educate a user about telling time drawing on the user's familiarity with a daily routine or schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Liebowitz
  • Patent number: 7922208
    Abstract: An envelope used in voting by mail includes a signature area on which the signature is affixed and a concealing portion structured to cover the signature area thereby concealing the signature. The concealing portion includes a concealing layer that is preferably positioned on top of a protective layer. The protective layer is positioned between the signature area and the concealing layer when the concealing portion covers the signature area. The concealing layer is formed from a material that is normally opaque but becomes at least partially transparent when one or more chemicals are applied to the concealing layer. The protective layer protects the signature from the one or more chemicals since the protective layer is impermeable to the one or more chemicals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Bertrand Haas, Douglas B. Quine, Bradley R. Hammell, Matthew J. Campagna
  • Patent number: 7921058
    Abstract: A method of creating, selling, converting, and redeeming exchangeable instruments that may result in favorable tax and/or accounting treatment for a company that is a parent to an issuing subsidiary. The parent company transfers a conversion option to a wholly owned subsidiary. The subsidiary attaches the parent's conversion option to its own nonconvertible debt instrument, creating an exchangeable instrument to be issued to investors. Payment for the exchangeable instrument is remitted to the parent for the value of the conversion option and to the subsidiary with respect to the nonconvertible debt instrument. The split obligations of parent and subsidiary may result in a relatively high tax interest expense and relatively low accounting interest expense. Use of a net share settlement feature may result in reduced dilution of the parent's equity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Charles J. Nelsen, Jonathan M. Ross, Craig W. McCracken
  • Publication number: 20110031736
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for repurposing consumer materials. A user may repurpose an article of consumer material by reusing, recycling and sharing the consumer material with another subsequent user. A user of repurposable consumer material may track the transmission of the consumer materials by using information and resources provided and enterable into a tracking system and the process may be substantially repeated with subsequent users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Christine J. Eichers
  • Publication number: 20100213699
    Abstract: Various thematic sets of paper napkins are comprised of individual napkins, each of which is imprinted with different question or group of questions relating to a specific subject, theme, age group, interest and/or social setting. The questions are imprinted on an outer ply of the napkin, while answers and/or hints to the questions can be imprinted on the inner plies of the napkin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Maureen Tremper
  • Publication number: 20100206243
    Abstract: A canine exercise and mobility product, kit, and system is disclosed. The product may include a reconfigurable canine exercise, and mobility, apparatus. The apparatus may be reversibly reconfigurable between a first configuration and a second configuration. A contact element may be attached to a platform in the first configuration, to contact an underlying surface, and to allow the platform to tilt, and/or to wobble, while the canine stands or leans on the platform. The platform may be configured to be held by human user to control an amount, and/or a rate, of tilt, and/or wobble. A translational element may be attached to the platform in the second configuration to support the platform in a substantially stable manner, and to allow the platform to translate across the surface while supporting at least a portion of the canine's weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Maria C. Caiozzo
  • Publication number: 20100192793
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing panels of the type having at least a substrate and a printed decor with a relief provided on the substrate involves printing, whether or not by the intermediary of primer layers, at least a portion of the decor onto the substrate and forming the relief. The relief is formed at least partially after the portion of the decor has been printed on the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Bart Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 7758081
    Abstract: A method of preparing documents for the transmission of secure information comprises the steps of preparing a first laminar element (13; 37) with a peripheral region (15) separable from a central region (14), printing the secure information on the central region (14) of the first laminar element (13; 37), or on a central region (19) of a second laminar element (12; 36), positioning the two laminar elements (13; 37, 12; 36) in face-to-face relation, with the face of the element bearing the information facing the said other element, and securing the element together around the peripheral regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: QTAC Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter John Prater
  • Patent number: 7744130
    Abstract: A tag with features to enable its authenticity to be determined includes a hidden code intermixed with a visible pattern such that the hidden code is not readily detectable under ambient light condition, without the use of a specially designed reader. In one embodiment the tag is formed with a first layer containing a hidden code, formed of reflective elements, which overlies a second layer which is designed to absorb light having a predetermined wavelength (e.g., IR light). The hidden code can be detected by projecting a light source having the predetermined wavelength (e.g., an IR source) at a predetermined angle on the tag and using a sensor to sense the reflection from the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventors: Victor Zazzu, Wenyu Han
  • Patent number: 7744131
    Abstract: A one-piece adhesive label is provided incorporating an integral tear strip. The tear strip is formed as the user grasps one activation tab that resides on either opposite end of the label. Preferably, one tab is formed at each opposite end. Slits formed on the opposite ends of the label adjacent the tabs enable the label to be torn in a uniform manner, taking advantage of the particular material characteristics of the label sheet that has unidirectional fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Corporate Express US Inc.
    Inventor: Debra A. Urbanek
  • Patent number: 7744129
    Abstract: An areal security element for security papers, documents of value and the like, with at least two different areal security features (20, 22) disposed one above the other, which each are recognizable upon viewing the security element from opposite sides, wherein the first security feature (20) has a thin-layer element (42) provided with an areal diffraction structure (46) with color shift effect, which contains a first reflection layer (40) with a first color effect, the second security feature (22) has a second reflection layer (44) provided with an areal diffraction structure (46) for producing a diffractive image, which shows a second color effect different from the first color effect, and wherein the thin-layer element (42) of the first security feature (20) and the reflection layer (44) of the second security feature (22) are provided with the same areal diffraction structure (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Heim
  • Publication number: 20100156086
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes a leaflet obtaining section, a leaflet analysis section that extracts information on the leaflet obtained by the leaflet obtaining section and updates leaflet list data, the leaflet list data being a list of the information extracted from a plurality of the leaflets, a preference analysis section that calculates the number of appearances of information of the same keyword in the leaflet list data and generates preference data in which a correspondence between the keyword and the number of appearances thereof has been recorded, a recommendation information generation section that selects a keyword based on the number of appearances in the preference data, extracts information including the selected keyword from the leaflet list data, and generates recommendation information based on the extracted information, and a recommendation information providing section that provides the recommendation information to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuki YAI, Tetsuya MIZUKAMI, Kensuke OKANO
  • Patent number: 7740282
    Abstract: A cable port identification system is disclosed that provides identification facilities for communication, data, other cabling and/or wires and the connectors to which they are coupled found in a multi-port station. In some implementations the identification facilities can include label retention and protection and may also include label magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick S. McNutt, Phillip Phung, James Lee Martin
  • Patent number: 7740280
    Abstract: In an embodiment, there is disclosed a product labeling system comprising: a first high energy electromagnetic or particle wave generator, at least one second high energy electromagnetic of particle wave generator; and a controller operatively configured to direct wave produced by said first generator and the wave produced by said second generator onto a portion of the subsurface of the product to mark the product at said subsurface without generating any substantial disruption of the surface of said product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Steven J. Moore
  • Patent number: 7740281
    Abstract: A system for generating secure documents includes a station for generating a plain document and a security image generator that generates a security image. The security image is then incorporated into the plain document. Each security image consists of a plurality of secure elements, each secure element being defined by two sets of parallel lines. Each secure element defines an alphanumeric character or other unique image that is visible under certain conditions, i.e., when inspected through a viewer. The technique can also be used to provide security images on a web page as a means of indicating that the web page is genuine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: The Ergonomic Group
    Inventors: Gene F Gaffney, William R O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20100140914
    Abstract: An organizer for assisting a medical patient to record information provided by a physician or other healthcare provider for later review by the patient or patient caregiver includes a front and back cover bound together and to interposed sheets, dividers and other materials disposed between the covers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Laurel Stoll
  • Patent number: 7731239
    Abstract: A card forming sheet includes an opaque printing sheet and a transparent film placed over the printing sheet, so that the transparent film can be peeled away from the printing sheet and cannot be re-bonded to the printing sheet. Moreover, the card forming sheet includes a transparent adhesive and a peeling sheet placed over the adhesive layer. The printing sheet is divided into a substantially rectangular address describing part, an information describing part adjacent to one side of the address describing part, and a concealing part adjacent to another side of the address describing part. The card forming sheet is folded along a boundary between the address describing part and the information describing part. The two sides are bonded together so that the printing sheet is placed to the outside, and the card forming sheet is then folded along a boundary between the concealing part and the address describing part and bonded together, removably concealing the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Kalbas Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Nishida, Takao Tsubouchi, Mariko Ueki, Kenji Hirose
  • Patent number: 7726696
    Abstract: A label assembly that includes a face sheet with at least one label shape defined by one or more tearable lines of separation, a back sheet adjacent to the face sheet, and an adhesive material disposed between the face sheet and the back sheet. The back sheet has a removable panel disposed over the label shape adhesive material and a registration structure aligned with the label shape. The registration structure is raised or raisable above the back sheet to allow an object for labeling to be positioned against the registration structure for proper alignment with the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Continental Datalabel, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Flynn, Patrick J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 7722083
    Abstract: A labeling apparatus has a source of printed labels that have adhesive backing, a vacuum pickup with two opposable arms, a blower bar to support a label on air. Each opposable arm has its own vacuum head and each head is removably attachable to a respective end portion of the label. The apparatus also has a label position sensor, and the vacuum pickup is movable from a pickup position to a wrap position. Each pickup arm has a plurality of spring loaded pins. A two layer label has a backing strip, an inner layer, and an outer layer, and at least one removable portion of the outer layer. The label has a neck portion and two end portions, such that the label set may be wrapped a container with the two end portions adhered back to back to each other. The neck portion is relatively narrower than either of the two end portions and is relatively offset so that it is closer to a front edge of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Talyst Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. McCarthy, James E. Torina, Darcy Clarke, John Andrew Moulds, Thomas E. Vorndran
  • Patent number: 7722082
    Abstract: A system for inserting numeric labels automatically includes: a setting module (10) configured for setting label properties of inserting numeric labels to define a numeric labels configuration; an input/output module (12) configured for reading the label properties, importing a technical drawing file to be inserted with the numeric labels; a selecting module (14) configured for extracting an array of references to be inserted with the numeric label from the technical drawing file; and a labeling module (16) configured for labeling the references in the array of references with numeric labels correspondingly according to the numeric labels configuration. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Kuang Chang, Xin-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 7717469
    Abstract: A sheet of embossed paper including a sheet-like body portion, at least one embossed or depressed line located on the body portion, and at least one printed line located on and extending at least partially along the embossed or depressed line. The invention may also include a notebook including a plurality of sheets of paper, each sheet including a sheet-like body portion, at least one embossed or depressed line located on the body portion, and at least one printed line located on and extending at least partially along the embossed or depressed line. The notebook may include binding means binding the plurality of sheets together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: J. Michael Tims, Catherine Ayres, Sandra L. Cashman
  • Publication number: 20100118261
    Abstract: Novel polymers for biomedical use, especially rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are based on bulky side-chain siloxane cross linkers. The siloxanes, either alone, or as copolymers with bulky and non-bulky mono-functional polymerizable siloxanes, fluoro monomers, such as hexafluoroisopropyl methacrylate, and hydrophilic monomers, result in transparent, high oxygen permeable polymers possessing excellent lathing and milling characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph A. McGee, Jay F. Kunzler, Richard M. Ozark, Joseph C. Salamone
  • Patent number: 7703811
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a security element for security substrates, such as those used for banknotes and the like, having enhanced public recognition, anti-counterfeit and detection properties. A security element comprising an elongate strip of a light transmitting polymeric substrate, said substrate being provided with a magnetic feature and a metallic design, the metallic design being provided by a combination of metal and non-metallic regions and comprising indicia, characters, patterns, designs, or geometrical shapes or a combination of the aforesaid design comprising at least one repeating pattern or which one or more of the frequency, the instantaneous amplitude and/or the maximum amplitude of the pattern varies along the length of the element, said pattern being positioned relative to the magnetic feature such that it does not overlap therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: De La Rue International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Roland Isherwood
  • Patent number: 7699352
    Abstract: A method for producing a continuous web of printed material for use in creating mailpieces. The continuous web has a width and a length, the length comprised of a series of attached sheets. The series of attached sheets are comprising envelope sheets and rectangular content pages. The content pages are rectangular in shape and may be oriented relative to the envelope sheets in a number of different configurations. In some configurations, two sets of content pages and/or envelope sheets can be printed across the width of the web. Sheets for forming business return envelopes may be printed in series with the content pages and envelope sheets. BREs may include individualized return addresses. A control code may be printed on one or more of the sheets for a given mailpiece, providing information for controlling assembly of the mailpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Denis J. Stemmle, Clare E. Woodman, John W. Sussmeier, Michael J. Cummings
  • Publication number: 20100089266
    Abstract: A method for making a broadsheet newspaper is provided. The method includes the steps of printing an image on a web, longitudinally folding the web to form a half-fold, cross-cutting the web to form signatures and cross-folding the signatures at a height of 33% or less or 67% or more. A further preferred method for making a broadsheet newspaper is provided. The method includes the steps of printing an image on a web, longitudinally folding the web to form a half-fold, cross-cutting the web to form signatures and cross-folding the signatures at a height 10.5 inches or more from an edge of the newspaper. Broadsheet newspapers are also provided. A printing press is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John Sheridan Richards
  • Patent number: 7686341
    Abstract: The invention relates to a data carrier having a security element that is at lest visually testable and has an embossing in at least a partial area, the embossing being a halftone blind embossing executed by inkless line intaglio printing, and to a method for producing the data carrier and a printing plate for blind-embossing a security element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Roger Adamczyk, Reinhard Plaschka, Karlheinz Mayer, Peter Franz
  • Patent number: 7681921
    Abstract: A system, method, computer program, and business form that may be used to more quickly, accurately, and efficiently label, identify, track, and inventory new and previously-owned vehicles on an auto dealer's lot. Many aspects may also be used to track other objects such as hotel keys. The computer program and method include the steps of: receiving vehicle information for at least one vehicle to be delivered to the auto dealer; storing the vehicle information in a vehicle database accessible by the computer; receiving data obtained from the vehicle when the vehicle is delivered to the auto dealer; comparing the data to the vehicle database to determine if vehicle information has been received for the vehicle; and directing a printer to print at least a portion of the vehicle information on an identifier to be applied to the vehicle if the data corresponds to the vehicle information in the vehicle database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Ward-Kraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Merlin Mercer, James P. Harman, Jr., Loyce W. Harman, legal representative, Mary Lillian Sisseck, Lance J. Triplett, Duane L. Zimmer, Billy G. Cowan
  • Patent number: 7677601
    Abstract: A patient starter kit for distributing a product sample together with educational materials or additional product samples is disclosed. Integral to the kit is a one or a two-compartment packaging technique that provides pharmaceutical product samples in the same container as other patient drug information, disease state material and consumer product samples, coupons, other forms of media and/or related consumer products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: John Garett
  • Patent number: 7654575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include personalized books as well as methods and kits for providing personalized books. One method includes: providing an adult with a list of interview information to be obtained from a child; providing the adult with a list of particular drawings to be obtained from the child; obtaining the interview information from the child in the form of a number of personal comments provided by the child; obtaining a number of drawings from the list of particular drawings, the number of drawings independently created by the child at the direction of the adult; and creating a personalized book by combining the obtained number of drawings created by the child and the obtained number of personal comments in a particular arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: I See Me! Inc.
    Inventor: Maia B. Haag
  • Patent number: 7654579
    Abstract: The invention concerns an object of value (15), for example a credit card, banknote or identity card. The object of value (15) has a carrier layer (1), at least one first layer (21) containing a moiré pattern and at least one second layer (31, 33) containing a moiré analyzer for the moiré pattern of the first layer (21). That second layer is arranged above or beneath the first layer in a fixed position relative to the first layer in such a way that the moiré pattern of the first layer (21) and the moiré analyzer of the second layer (31, 33) are permanently optically superimposed at least in region-wise fashion, whereby a permanent moiré image is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: OVD Kinegram AG
    Inventor: Achim Hansen