Anti-photocopy Patents (Class 283/902)
  • Patent number: 9823608
    Abstract: A label forming method includes while transporting a base sheet having a print surface by a first transportation mechanism, forming a first pattern on the print surface and forming a marker at a prescribed position on the print surface; transporting the base sheet to a second transportation mechanism, the base sheet being transported by the first transportation mechanism and with the first pattern and the marker formed thereon; detecting a position of the marker on the base sheet; determining a position of the first pattern based on the prescribed position on the print surface and the detected marker position; deriving a position to form a second pattern according to the determined position of the first pattern; and while transporting the base sheet by the second transportation mechanism, forming a second pattern at the derived position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Sato
  • Patent number: 9367775
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes analyzing a meta-data structure corresponding to each tile of a sheetside image to detect a blank state of the sheetside image, detecting a sensing display item in a data stream and scanning the sheetside image in response to detecting the sensing display item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexandru-Virgil Panek, John Thomas Varga
  • Patent number: 8964231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device having a first determining unit configured to determine whether version information included in a two-dimensional code included in an input image is version information that is supported by the device and a second determining unit configured to determine to prohibit printing of the input image when the included version information is determined to be version information that is not supported by the device or to determine whether to permit or prohibit printing of the input image based on information other than the version information included in the two-dimensional code when the included version information is determined to be version information that is supported by the device. With this arrangement, it is possible to execute processing in accordance with version information included in a two-dimensional code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoya Kakutani
  • Patent number: 8913299
    Abstract: An analogical mark printed on a document that includes a distribution of dots defined by a digital file, having, as a result of unanticipated unknowns in printing, an unpredictable variation, dot by dot, of at least one geometric characteristic of the printed dots where dots of the distribution of dots have, in the digital file, at least one geometric characteristic that digitally varies among dots, the geometric amplitude of the digital variation having the order of magnitude of said unpredictable variation and being less than an average dimension of the dots of the distribution of dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Track and Trace
    Inventors: Justin Picard, Jean-Pierre Massicot, Alain Foucou, Zbigniew Sagan
  • Patent number: 8876167
    Abstract: This invention relates to an anti-counterfeit printed matter, including securities such as banknotes, stock certificates, and bonds, various kinds of certificates, and important documents, which requires anti-counterfeit or anti-copy. [Solving Means] A visible image is formed by a first object group arrayed in a first direction at a predetermined pitch and a second object group arranged in the non-imaging area of the first object group. The second object group forms the negative and positive images of a first invisible image by arbitrarily arranging two kinds of objects in pairs in the on/off relationship. Addition, in the anti-counterfeit printed matter, the first object group includes object portions that are formed in at least two height levels from the surface of the printed matter so as to have a predetermined difference in height, thereby forming a second invisible image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: National Printing Bureau, Incorporated Administrative Agency
    Inventors: Masato Kiuchi, Toshihiro Kimura, Yoshinobu Matsumoto, Kenichiro Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 8760708
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device having a first determining unit configured to determine whether version information included in a two-dimensional code included in an input image is version information that is supported by the device and a second determining unit configured to determine to prohibit printing of the input image when the included version information is determined to be version information that is not supported by the device or to determine whether to permit or prohibit printing of the input image based on information other than the version information included in the two-dimensional code when the included version information is determined to be version information that is supported by the device. With this arrangement, it is possible to execute processing in accordance with version information included in a two-dimensional code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoya Kakutani
  • Patent number: 8681384
    Abstract: For image processing for printing an original, first and second ground patterns are generated. The first ground pattern can be recognized with naked eyes in the original but cannot be recognized with naked eyes in a reproduction of the original obtained by an image forming apparatus, while the second ground pattern has a latent image which cannot be recognized in the original but can be recognized in the reproduction of the original. The first ground pattern and the second ground pattern are synthesized, and print data to be printed by the image forming apparatus is created. The print data has an image of the original, and the synthesized first and second ground patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 8593696
    Abstract: The document securization method includes: a step of printing a distribution of dots on the document, the printing, as a result of unanticipated unknowns in printing, causing an unpredictable variation, dot by dot, of at least one geometric characteristic of the printed dots and prior to the print step, a step of generating the distribution of dots so that dots of the distribution have at least one geometric characteristic that varies among dots, the geometric amplitude of the generated variation having the order of magnitude of the unpredictable variation. Preferably during the generation step, in the dot distribution: at least half the dots of the distribution are not laterally juxtaposed to four other dots of the dot distribution, and at least one dimension of at least one part of the dots of the dot distribution is of the same order of magnitude as the average for the absolute value of the unpredictable variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Track and Trace
    Inventors: Justin Picard, Jean-Pierre Massicot, Alain Foucou, Zbigniew Sagan
  • Patent number: 8587832
    Abstract: A dual color matching feedback control method, system and processor-readable medium for hiding an infrared marking in a wide range of customer selectable colors. The approach includes an inline spectrophotometer sensor to measure at least two color mixtures and a matching color feedback control unit adjusts the two mixtures to match each other in color appearance. A customized color can be selected from a smaller gamut of darker color by a customer and a sufficient difference in a black toner (k toner) between the two color mixtures can be maintained to provide sufficient contrast for the infrared detection. An initial match can be provided by incorporating a color model that is similar to a predicted color mixture. The two colors can then be rendered and adjusted for better match prior to rendering the hidden mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Edward Hoover
  • Patent number: 8526063
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is described. The image forming apparatus includes a pattern detection unit to detect whether an input image includes a specific pattern as a portion of the image, a conversion unit to convert the specific pattern into data in a predetermined format, an encryption unit to encrypt the data in the predetermined format and to generate an encryption pattern from the encrypted data, and an output unit to output an image that is similar to the input image except for the portion of the image, which includes the encryption pattern rather than the specific pattern in the output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hae-Kee Lee, Ho-Keun Lee
  • Patent number: 8526028
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer usable program product for avoiding redundant printing are provided in the illustrative embodiments. An application executing in a data processing system receives a request to print a document. A determination is made whether a valid shared print of the document is available, the valid shared print being a hard-copy of the document that is currently within a validity period and is available for sharing among multiple entities. The shared valid print is requested from a current owner of the shared valid print. If the request is successful, possession of the shared valid print is changed in a prints repository from the current owner to a new owner and a new printing of the document according to the request to print the document is suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Remo Freddi, Antonio Mangiacotti
  • Patent number: 8508792
    Abstract: In prior art, there are some occasions where functions of a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern are impaired when printed on a sheet after rotation because of the level difference appearing between the density level of a latent image portion and the density level of a background portion of a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern. To cope with the problem, the image processing apparatus which has a generating unit for generating copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image data and a rotation unit for rotating the generated copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image data, wherein the generating unit generates the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image data to be rotated by the rotation unit in accordance with a rotation angle in the rotation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junya Arakawa
  • Patent number: 8498022
    Abstract: A process for securing a document including a step of printing a distribution of dots on said document, said printing, as a result of unanticipated unknowns in printing, causing an unpredictable variation, dot by dot, of at least one geometric characteristic of the printed dots and prior to said print step, a step generating said distribution of dots so that at least half the dots of said distribution are not laterally juxtaposed to four other dots of said dot distribution, and at least one dimension of at least one part of the dots of said distribution of dots is of the same order of magnitude as the average for the absolute value of said unpredictable variation. In embodiments, during the step generating the dot distribution, more than half the dots do not touch any other dot of said distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Track and Trace
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Massicot, Alain Foucou, Zbigniew Sagan
  • Patent number: 8444181
    Abstract: A verifiable/copy-protected document features a combination of nearly identical line-screen patterns for embedding latent images within visually integrated settings. The latent images can be detected for purposes of verification with a matching viewer but are indistinguishable from their visually integrated settings under ordinary viewing conditions. The line-screen patterns, which can be incorporated into document artwork, are printed at certain combinations of line frequencies and print densities so that the line-screen patterns digitally reproduce as a largely undifferentiated solid tint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Document Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Wicker, David M. Wicker, Michael Scott Caton
  • Patent number: 8363284
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to an aspect of the present invention includes an identifying unit configured to identify a printing capability of an apparatus that is a transmission destination of first image data, and a converting unit configured to convert the first image data, which has been instructed to be printed with a transparent recording material, into second image data that can be printed by the transmission destination apparatus, on the basis of the identification result of the identifying unit and information attached to the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitake Mizuno
  • Patent number: 8355180
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a methodology, apparatus and product, of combining a void pantograph security feature with a faux watermark feature creating a resilient void pantograph digitally manipulated in an electronic format and printed through any digital platform from high resolution output devices such as but not limited to film/plate image setters used in standard offset printing, high speed commercial digital ink or toner based presses and printers, and low resolution output devices such as all ink/toner based desktop printers, multifunction printers, in which the amalgamation of the two features authenticate the other feature to produce a document security feature which is self authenticable. Such electronic format can conveniently be issued on-demand onto plain paper using any digital output device driven by an executable software, print driver and/or printer firmware application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventors: Judy Wailing Wu, Robert Andrew McTaggart
  • Patent number: 8355179
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a printed multi-tonal document with enhanced copy evident distortions security features and a method of printing such document. The document may include a multi-tonal background screen image area including a first set of halftone elements and a multi-tonal foreground hidden warning text and/or graphic screen image area including a second set of halftone elements, wherein the first set of halftone elements may be smaller in size than the second set of halftone elements. The multi-tonal foreground hidden warning text and/or graphic image area, when electronically copied, may appear different from the background of the copy of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Judy Wailing Wu
  • Patent number: 8289579
    Abstract: A variable guilloche includes at least two guilloche curves, printed in a common space and having at least one point of overlap. The at least two curves are plotted from equations having variables corresponding to a specified data string of steganographic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven J. Simske, Henry Sang, Philippe Mucher
  • Patent number: 8248661
    Abstract: A method for creating a differential gloss image includes providing first and second anisotropic halftone structures. The first and second anisotropic structures have different orientations. One of the first and second anisotropic structures is applied to image data in a first region of an image to be halftoned. The other of the first and second anisotropic structures may be applied to image data in a second region of an image to be halftoned. A mixture of the first and second anisotropic structures is applied to image data in a third region of the image to be halftoned, whereby when printed, the three regions each have a gloss characteristic which differs from that of the other two regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Shen-Ge Wang, Reiner Eschbach, William A. Fuss
  • Patent number: 8203728
    Abstract: A print device includes a print data acquisition unit that acquires print data having a plurality of signature attachment areas defined thereon, each signature attachment area having electronic signature data produced therefor and attached thereto, a range data acquisition unit that acquires data indicative of a range of a print target area defined on the print data, and a verification unit that verifies, before completion of acquisition of the print data by the print data acquisition unit, the electronic signature data attached to the signature attachment area containing at least a part of the print target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8155376
    Abstract: The image processor includes: an acquisition unit acquiring a read-out image read out by an image reading apparatus; a detection unit detecting, from the read-out image, an embedded image including a first specified image having a first shape and a second specified image having a second shape; an adding unit adding attribute information to a specified region in the embedded image, in accordance with an appearance ratio of the first specified image in the specified region, and adding attribute information to other region surrounding the specified region, in accordance with an appearance ratio of the first specified image in the other region; and a determination unit determining whether or not the specified region is to be subjected to a predetermined processing using the first specified image based on whether or not the attribute information added to the specified region corresponds to the attribute information added to the other region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsugu Kamio
  • Patent number: 8130951
    Abstract: A network device includes a content processing module that is configured to perform intelligent document content processing, such as confidential information processing, content optimization and workflow optimization. The network device authenticates a user and determines electronic document data that is to be processed. The electronic document data may be created at the network device, e.g., by a scanning module on the network device, or at a client device, e.g., by a word processing application executing on the client device. The content processing module retrieves particular user preference data based upon the user authentication. The particular user preference data may specify confidential information preferences, content optimization preferences and/or workflow preferences. The content processing module performs intelligent document content processing on the electronic document data based upon the particular user preference data and generates processed electronic document data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Lifen Tian
  • Patent number: 8064102
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for generating an infrared mark indicator comprised of security information in a printed image. Image data is rendered to a CMYK image. A black plane of the CMYK image is separated and transformed to a frequency domain wherein the frequency components are alternated to encode the watermarking message. The CMY values are selected based on the encoded black value in order to maintain a same color appearance image for the printed image under a normal visual light illuminant. The image data is printed on the substrate in accordance with the transformed planes wherein upon the resultant printed image being exposed to infrared illuminant, a print pattern is detectable as an infrared mark when scanned with an infrared sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Yonghui Zhao, Zhigang Fan, Martin E. Hoover, Danield A. Robbins
  • Patent number: 8064100
    Abstract: A system is employed to reveal a watermark in a document. A watermark generator is utilized to select the placement and at least one colorant combination of an image and at least one colorant combination for a watermark on a document, where the at least one colorant combination of the image and the watermark form a metameric pair. A printing system receives data from the watermark generator and places the image and the watermark on the document. A decoder comprising a narrow band illumination element is selected or tuned to a wavelength corresponding to the colorant combinations utilized by the printing system to reveal the watermark placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Karen M. Braun, Raja Bala, Robert P. Loce
  • Patent number: 8055180
    Abstract: A primary test printing process of a plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by changing one or both of print densities of the latent-image and background-image parts in a first pattern on the basis of a predetermined parameter is performed. The user selects one copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image which has the latent-image and background-image parts with approximate print densities from the plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by the primary test printing process. A secondary test printing process of a plurality of copy-forgery-inhibited pattern images generated by changing one or both of print densities of the latent-image and background-image parts in a second pattern on the basis of the parameter used to determine the print densities of the latent-image and background-image parts of the selected copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomochika Murakami
  • Patent number: 8049933
    Abstract: A combination of a latent-image pattern which forms a latent-image part and a background pattern that forms a background-image part is determined so that the latent-image part and background-image part have equal print densities. The determined latent-image pattern and background pattern, color information used to determine a color of the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image, input image information as an image to be processed, copy-forgery-inhibited pattern basic information used to designate the latent-image part and background-image part, and camouflage region designation image information used to designate a camouflage region are input. A copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is generated on the basis of the input information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomochika Murakami
  • Patent number: 8009893
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to security documents (e.g., banknotes, ID documents, certificates, packaging, etc.). One claim recites a security document including a security pattern provided thereon. The security pattern includes a line structure in which lines width or line spacing is adjusted to convey a predefined, machine-readable pattern in a frequency transform domain. Another claim recites a security document including a security pattern provided thereon. The security pattern is provided in the security document through modifications to a color provided on the security document. The security pattern conveys a predefined, machine-readable pattern in a frequency transform domain. Of course, additional combinations and claims are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • 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: 7982917
    Abstract: A document comprising a latent security image that is visible when the document is reproduced after being scanned by a standard commercial bank scanner. The security image comprises a plurality of lines, dots, or spots having a frequency and a density such that the image is reproduced after being scanned by the standard commercial bank scanner. A method of making a reproducible document comprising a security device comprises generating the document by creating an original containing the security device, scanning the original to a digital computer using a conventional scanner, and converting the scanned original to a digital image file which is printable via a digital press, a color copier, etc. A document comprises a security image that is not visible under ordinary light, and is visible when the document is exposed to a predetermined type of light. The security image is printed with an ink visible under one of UV light, infrared light, X-rays, of Gamma rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Document Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Wicker
  • Patent number: 7979019
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus capable of restricting copying using, as a master copy, a copy of a produced work such as a book. An MFP is provided with a printing permission/prohibition judging section and an output paper sheet selection section. The printing permission/prohibition judging section judges whether or not restriction information for restricting image formation is contained in either (i) an information tag provided in a document, or (ii) image data acquired by an image scanning section. The output paper sheet selection section selects a regulatory-information-containing recording paper sheet (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Yoshino
  • Patent number: 7976068
    Abstract: A compound security feature is formed by printing latent images together with visually integrated settings using an invisible ink. Even if illuminated by a wavelength capable of rendering the inks visible, the latent images remain visually indistinguishable from their visually integrated settings. However, the latent images and visually integrated settings differ in one or more less obvious ways so that the latent images can be distinguished by using a visual aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Document Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Wicker, David M. Wicker, Michael Scott Caton
  • Patent number: 7920817
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus generates printing image data of a printing image and copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern-image data of a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image to be added to the printing image. The copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image includes a latent image and a background image. The apparatus includes a selecting unit and a printing-data generating unit. The selecting unit selects either the transparent-printing designation or overlay-printing designation, the transparent-printing designation is used for generating printing data so that the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is superimposed on the printing image, and the overlay-printing designation is used for generating printing data so that the printing image is superimposed on the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image. The printing-data generating unit generates printing data based on the printing designation selected by the selecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oomura, Yasuhiro Kujirai, Yoshihiro Takagi, Tatsuro Uchida, Masanori Aritomi
  • Patent number: 7916343
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of encoding a latent image. The method comprises providing a latent image to be encoded, the latent image having a plurality of latent image elements, each latent image element having a visual characteristic which takes one of a predetermined set of values, providing a secondary pattern having a plurality of secondary image elements, the secondary pattern being capable of decoding the latent image once the latent image has been encoded, relating the latent image elements to the secondary image elements, and forming a primary pattern comprising a plurality of primary image elements which correspond to the secondary image elements displaced in accordance with the value of the visual characteristic of the latent image elements to which said secondary image elements are related.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Lawrence David McCarthy, Gerhard Frederick Swiegers
  • Patent number: 7894103
    Abstract: A variable data pantograph is formed by receiving a variable data string and retrieving at least one character representation from a vocabulary of character representations stored in memory. The retrieved at least one character representation corresponds to the variable data string. Each of the character representations in the vocabulary include a foreground region including a character shape and a background region suitably sized and arranged for encompassing the foreground region. The background region incorporates a first pattern of elements and the foreground region incorporates a second pattern of elements. The retrieved at least one character representation is assembled to form a variable data pantograph, whereby when the variable data pantograph is rendered in an original document, the foreground and background regions are similar in tone, the foreground and background regions being substantially less similar in tone in a copy of the original document to render the character visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Shen-Ge Wang, Reiner Eschbach, Peter Stanley Fisher
  • Patent number: 7847958
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image reading section for reading an image of a book, to which an information tag is added, so as to acquire image data. Based on information stored in the information tag, the image forming apparatus controls an image forming section. The image forming apparatus further includes a tag addition determining section, an added information determining section, and a control section. The tag addition determining section determines whether or not the information tag is added to the book, and the added information determining section determines whether or not the image data contains added information indicating that the information tag is added to the book. Further, the control section controls the image forming section not to carry out image forming, both when the added information determining section determines that the added information is contained and the tag addition determining section determines that the information tag is not added to the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoya Ishikura
  • Patent number: 7742735
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus generates printing image data of a printing image and copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern-image data of a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image to be added to the printing image. The copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image includes a latent image and a background image. The apparatus includes a selecting unit and a printing-data generating unit. The selecting unit selects either the transparent-printing designation or overlay-printing designation, the transparent-printing designation is used for generating printing data so that the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is superimposed on the printing image, and the overlay-printing designation is used for generating printing data so that the printing image is superimposed on the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image. The printing-data generating unit generates printing data based on the printing designation selected by the selecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oomura, Yasuhiro Kujirai, Yoshihiro Takagi, Tatsuro Uchida, Masanori Aritomi
  • Patent number: 7703809
    Abstract: The printed product comprises a carrier of a main image applied thereon transmitted by an ordered screen having a specified angle and lineature and at least one additional latent image which is hidden from visualization and transmitted by a deformed-structure screen. Said latent image can be visualized when it is applied to the printed product of a test pattern embodied in the form of a transparent substrate which is provided with a linear screen applied thereto and which angle and lineature are identical to specified angle and lineature. Depending on the type of the screen deformation the latent image is displayable with preserved tints or in the form of contour lines. The method for producing of the printed product consists in introducing distortions in the ordered screen by shifting the centers of the screen grid structure or by inserting modified elements into the ordered screen said elements being embodied in the form of transition between the types of said ordered screen elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Milimarex Limited
    Inventor: Alexei Vadimovich Zaitsevsky
  • Patent number: 7654580
    Abstract: A self-authenticating article comprising a substrate having an image receiving surface and a lenticular lens is provided. The lenticular lens has a predetermined lens frequency and is configured for optically decoding encoded indicia viewed therethrough. The lens is attached to the substrate so that the lens can be selectively positioned to overlie the image receiving surface to decode encoded indicia printed thereon. The self-authenticating article further comprises an encoded image on the image receiving surface, the encoded image comprising at least one of the set consisting of printed indicia and indicia formed as variations in surface geometry of the image receiving surface. The surface geometry variations may comprise raised and non-raised areas surface areas that combine to define at least a portion of the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Graphic Security Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Alfred V. Alasia, Alfred J. Alasia, Thomas C. Alasia
  • Patent number: 7604855
    Abstract: An image is disclosed comprised of flakes in a carrier, such as an ink vehicle or a paint that can be aligned in a magnetic field. The flakes are aligned so as to produce one or more kinematic features such as a rolling bar that appears to move as the image is tilted. These images can provide security features on high-value documents, such as bank notes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir P. Raksha, Paul G. Coombs, Charles T. Markantes, Jay M. Holman, Neil Teitelbaum
  • Patent number: 7517578
    Abstract: Apparatus and related methods align magnetic flakes in a carrier, such as an ink vehicle or a paint vehicle to create optically variable images in a high-speed, linear printing operation. Images can provide security features on high-value documents, such as bank notes. Magnetic flakes in the ink are aligned using magnets in a linear printing operation. Selected orientation of the magnetic pigment flakes can achieve a variety of illusive optical effects that are useful for decorative or security applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Vladimir P. Raksha, Paul G. Coombs, Charles T. Markantes, Dishuan Chu, Jay M. Holman, Alberto Argoitia
  • Patent number: 7492920
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a method for applying a special mark, that is invisible to the naked eye, on a medium. That is, the example embodiments provide a method for generating and applying on a medium a digital spatial mark of X×Y dots in accordance with a resolution of d1x by d1y dots per surface unit, provided that the ratio d1x/d2x and or d1y/d2y is more than 1. The method further includes over-sampling the digital spatial mark in X based on a factor nx=d1x/d2x and in Y based on a factor ny=d1y/d2y; eroding the dots to be applied so as to leave one dot every nx dots in X and one dot every nx dots in Y; and applying the spatial mark on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Alpvision SA
    Inventors: Frederic Jordan, Martin Kutter
  • Patent number: 7489797
    Abstract: A method of fragile watermarking is characterized by the step of generating at least a first ill-conditioned operator, said ill-conditioned operator being related to values extracted from an image or portion thereof A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Ebroul Izquierdo
  • Patent number: 7467873
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to privacy film that can be used with documents. The privacy film has a light transmissive, polymeric base sheet that has opposing first and second surfaces. A plurality of light directing elements protrudes from the first surface of the base sheet. The base sheet can be constructed of a first polymeric material. The light directing elements can be constructed of a second polymeric material. The first and second polymeric material may be the same material. The light directing elements are substantially constant in its cross-section dimension and disposed substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Graham M. Clarke, Paul D. Graham, Brent R. Hansen, Travis B. Hoium, David F. Slama
  • Patent number: 7464868
    Abstract: Vouchers and methods for providing vouchers configured to assist in distinguishing unauthorized duplicate or counterfeit vouchers are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a voucher can include a substrate, a first indicia on the substrate, and a thermally responsive second indicia on the substrate. At least one of the first indicia and the second indicia can indicate a value of the voucher. A system which assists in detecting alteration of value documents or transmissions, such as a coin counter voucher is provided. Voucher information such as the voucher value is included in the voucher in an encrypted or otherwise modified form. When the voucher is presented for redemptions, the encrypted information is decrypted and compared to independently available voucher information. Failure of the information to match indicates that the voucher has been altered or should otherwise be further checked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Brown, Kirk Beach, Daniel A. Gerrity, Steven Geiger, Timothy Manion, Scott Scherer
  • Patent number: 7463752
    Abstract: An additional data useful for the management of copies of a document for an image forming apparatus is embedded in a hard copy of the document. The additional data is embedded in an inherent image of a document as discrete dots arranged in a prescribed format. Preferably, the size of each of said discrete dots is not so large as to be recognized easily with naked eyes. The additional data can be embedded in unit of blocks. Further, the density of the discrete dots is different from the density adjacent to the discrete dots. The image data for embedding an additional data can be obtained by reading a document, or by receiving data sent from a computer or read from a floppy disk. An additional data embedded in a hard copy can be extracted from the image data on the hard copy. Further, the production of a copy according to the image data can be controlled according to the extracted additional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Ikenoue
  • Patent number: 7455013
    Abstract: A method for implementing a secure printing campaign to thwart counterfeiting is provided. The method includes the steps of selecting a first secure print technology and a second secure print technology that is distinct from the first secure print technology, selecting a first secure print variable for the first secure print technology and a second secure print variable for the second secure print technology, and establishing a first plurality of discrete values for the first secure print variable and a second plurality of discrete values for the second secure print variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven J. Simske, Jordi Arnabat Benedicto, Oscar Martinez Bailac
  • Patent number: 7450895
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus generates printing image data of a printing image and copy-forgery-inhibited-pattern-image data of a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image to be added to the printing image. The copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image includes a latent image and a background image. The apparatus includes a selecting unit and a printing-data generating unit. The selecting unit selects either the transparent-printing designation or overlay-printing designation, the transparent-printing designation is used for generating printing data so that the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image is superimposed on the printing image, and the overlay-printing designation is used for generating printing data so that the printing image is superimposed on the copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image. The printing-data generating unit generates printing data based on the printing designation selected by the selecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oomura, Yasuhiro Kujirai, Yoshihiro Takagi, Tatsuro Uchida, Masanori Aritomi
  • Patent number: 7396048
    Abstract: A postage sheet includes a face sheet adhesively bonded to a release liner. The face sheet includes a removable internet stamp having a diecut perimeter. A visible security indicium is disposed on the front side of the stamp and has a different color than the face sheet, and is not reproducible by photocopying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Janetzke, David L. Christianson
  • Patent number: 7375888
    Abstract: An optical component contains two or more hidden images for authentication and antiforgery purposes. The images are successively revealed and concealed when the optical component is held between two polarisers and one of them is rotated. The optical component comprises one or more optical retarder(s) in which the images are embedded in separate adjacent stripes or areas, each image being associated with a different mode of interaction with polarised light. Instead of two polarisers, one will suffice if the component is mounted on a reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Rolic Ltd
    Inventor: Franco Moia
  • Patent number: 7344160
    Abstract: Anti-counterfeiting and counterfeit detection devices and procedures are provided particularly usable in connection with vouchers issued by coin discriminator or coin counting machines. Paper stock may be preprinted with inks which are not readily photocopied without apparent alteration. Preprinting is preferably in two or more orientations such as longitudinal and lateral and preferably some preprinting is positioned closer to the paper stock edge than can typically be achieved using ordinarily available laser printers or inkjet printers. A pattern of perforations, preferably micro perforations, are provided in a curved, preferably tightly radiused shape or configuration. Serial numbers or other identifiers may be preprinted on portions of the paper stock and matching or correlatable numbers printed on such preprinted paper stock substantially at the time of printing the voucher value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Coinstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Geiger, David J. Brown, Timothy J. Manion, Scott J. Scherer