Colorless Patents (Class 347/98)
  • Patent number: 9365726
    Abstract: The ink composition of the invention is applied to a region to which a color ink composition has been applied. The ink composition contains a weather resistance enhancer, is substantially free from a colorant, and is applied to a recording medium to form a coating film exhibiting an integrated value of light transmittance of not more than 2000 for each nanometer at wavelengths of 320 nm to 360 nm and an integrated value of light transmittance of not less than 36000 for each nanometer at wavelengths of 380 nm to 780 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Nishioka, Hiroko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9144998
    Abstract: The invention relates to a printing method of creating an image on a medium by discharging a plurality of colored inks each containing a colorant and clear ink containing no colorant from a nozzle toward the medium. Further the colored inks are discharged from the nozzle toward a unit region defined in the medium by an amount determined on the basis of respective amounts of cyan ink and magenta ink included in the colored inks to be discharged to the unit region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Sakurada, Nao Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9085140
    Abstract: Provided are a large-area nano-scale active printing device, a fabricating method of the same, and a printing method using the same. The printing device may include a substrate, first interconnection lines extending along a first direction, on the substrate, an interlayered dielectric layer provided on the first interconnection lines to have holes partially exposing the first interconnection lines, second interconnection lines provided adjacent to the holes in the interlayered dielectric layer to cross the first interconnection lines, and wedge-shaped electrodes provided at intersections with the first and second interconnection lines and connected to the first interconnection lines. The wedge-shaped electrodes protrude upward at centers of the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Yong Suk Yang, In-Kyu You, Soon-Won Jung, Bock Soon Na, Seok-Hwan Moon
  • Patent number: 9022542
    Abstract: The present invention relates to [1] an ink-jet printing method including the steps of applying an ink (A) having a static surface tension of from 23 to 70 mN/m and containing a poly(N-acylalkylene imine)-modified silicone and a cationic polymer onto a recording medium, and then applying by ink-jet printing, a water-based ink (B) onto the recording medium; [2] a recording paper for ink-jet printing which is obtainable by applying an ink (A) having a static surface tension of from 23 to 70 mN/m and containing a poly(N-acylalkylene imine)-modified silicone and a cationic polymer onto a recording medium; and [3] a water-based ink set including an ink (A) having a static surface tension of from 23 to 70 mN/m and containing a poly(N-acylalkylene imine)-modified silicone and a cationic polymer, and a water-based ink (B) containing an anionic colorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kao Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Wakabayashi, Ryuma Mizushima
  • Patent number: 9010919
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an inkjet recording apparatus 100 capable of performing recording continuously on both surfaces of a web 1, including a plurality of recording heads H1 to H8 disposed on a substrate, driers 5a and 5b for drying the web 1 recorded by the recording heads H1 to H8, and guide rollers A1 to A8, B1 to B8, and G1 to G8 for guiding the web 1, in which a traveling path of the web 1 is switchable so that the web 1 passes between any selected adjacent ones of the recording heads H1 to H8, the recording head upstream of the position where the web passes performs recording on one surface 1a of the web 1, and the recording head downstream of the position where the web 1 passes performs recording on the other surface 1b of the web 1, and an inkjet recording method using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Izawa, Kenji Takahashi, Yuuichi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9007653
    Abstract: Provided is an ink jet printing apparatus that, without causing an increase in apparatus size, can print an image having high evenness in both of image clarity and glossiness regardless a gradation or gamut of the image. For this purpose, on the basis of input image data, pieces of multivalued color data respectively corresponding to colored inks, and first multivalued data and second multivalued data that correspond to image enhancing liquid are generated. On a print medium, the colored inks and the image enhancing liquid according to the first multivalued data are printed at nearly the same timing, and after the printing of them has been completed, the image enhancing liquid according to the second multivalued data is printed. In doing so, gloss properties appearing on the print medium can be made to fall within certain ranges, respectively, independently of input image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hinako Ojiro, Takeshi Yazawa, Kei Yoshizawa, Makoto Torigoe
  • Patent number: 9004642
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling a printing device are described. In examples, a printing device has a first printhead interface, a first printhead for use in applying a treatment fluid to a print medium and a second printhead interface, a second printhead for use in applying ink to the print medium. The first and second printhead interfaces are consecutively aligned along a common axis and each printhead has a plurality of nozzles that extend in a direction of relative movement of the print medium in relation to said printheads. An example apparatus then has a controller arranged to, when the printheads are installed, configure activation of nozzles of at least one of the first and second printheads in the direction of relative movement to spatially offset useable nozzles of the first printhead with respect to useable nozzles of the second printhead in said direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jaime Fernandez Del Rio, Jacint Humet Pous, Eduardo Amela Conesa, Marc Serra Vall
  • Patent number: 8974049
    Abstract: A fixer composition is disclosed herein. An example of the fixer composition includes from about 5 wt % to about 25 wt % of a co-solvent, from about 1 wt % to about 20 wt % of a calcium salt, from about 0.01 wt % to about 0.6 wt % of a sulfonated chelating agent, and a balance of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Keshava A. Prasad, Fereshteh Khorrami
  • Patent number: 8894197
    Abstract: An ink set includes a metallic ink composition containing a metal pigment and at least one curable ink composition selected from the group consisting of a chromatic ink composition, a black ink composition, and a white ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Oyanagi, Keitaro Nakano
  • Patent number: 8888214
    Abstract: This invention enhances gloss uniformity of a formed image surface by selectively using colorless inks according to dot layouts of colored inks. A dot-layout unit sets colored dot layouts for respective colors of colored ink data. A colorless-dot-layout unit sets a colorless dot layout for one colorless ink with reference to a colorless dot layout table according to the colored ink data. An image is formed according to the colored and colorless dot layouts. In the colorless dot layout table, when a specular glossiness calculated according to the colored dot layouts is high, the colorless dot layout is set to superpose a colorless ink having a low refractive index on a colored ink having a high refractive index. Conversely, when the specular glossiness is low, the colorless dot layout is set to superpose a colorless ink having a high refractive index on a colored ink having a low refractive index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8888204
    Abstract: It is an object of this invention to provide an inkjet printing apparatus that can print an image with high uniformity in image clarity and gloss level irrespective of the gradation value of the image. The print head of this invention can eject color inks and an image quality improvement liquid that changes at least the gloss level or image clarity of the image. The print head scans over same print areas of a print medium to form an image and at the same time applies the image quality improvement liquid onto the image. A control unit raises the volume of the image quality improvement liquid applied to unit areas in a relatively subsequent scan to the volume of the image quality improvement liquid applied to unit areas in a relatively preceding scan at a rate that corresponds to the volume of the color ink applied to the unit areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hinako Iritani, Hiroshi Tajika, Yuji Konno
  • Patent number: 8857962
    Abstract: An image forming method of the present invention including applying a pretreatment liquid to a recording medium, and discharging an inkjet recording ink dropwise according to an image signal to form an image on the recording medium on which the pretreatment liquid has been applied, wherein the recording medium is regular paper which has no coat layer, the pretreatment liquid contains a cationic polymer compound, a surfactant A, water and a water-soluble organic acid, and the inkjet recording ink contains a water-dispersible colorant, a water-soluble organic solvent, a surfactant B, a penetrating agent and water, and wherein the pretreatment liquid has a static surface tension of 20 mN/m to 30 mN/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Goto, Hisashi Habashi, Kiyofumi Nagai
  • Patent number: 8807698
    Abstract: The first print data indicating the discharging amounts of color and clear inks is generated in correspondence with an image to be printed with the color and clear inks. The second print data for designating a region for expressing decoration is generated. The discharging amount of the clear ink in the region for expressing decoration in the first print data is changed based on the second print data. Printing is done by scanning a printhead a plurality of number of times based on the changed first print data to execute the print scan of the clear ink after that of the color ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Seki, Hiroshi Tajika, Takeshi Yazawa
  • Patent number: 8804218
    Abstract: A user is prompted to select one coating mode from a plurality of coating modes having different methods of applying a transparent recording agent. If the selected coating mode is not available in a preset print setting, a print setting available in the selected coating mode is presented to the user, and the set print setting is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Katano, Kazuhisa Ebuchi, Satoshi Seki, Akihiko Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8804154
    Abstract: This invention provides an image forming apparatus to which a distributed control system is applied and which improves error detection accuracy in each control unit. To accomplish this, the image forming apparatus includes a master control unit which controls the overall image forming apparatus, a plurality of sub-master control units which control a plurality of functions required to implement image formation, and a plurality of slave control units which control loads required to implement the plurality of functions. Each slave control unit includes a monitoring unit which monitors the operation of the other active slave control unit and performs an error diagnosis when the slave control unit is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Otani, Akihiko Sakai, Keita Takahashi, Hirotaka Seki, Shoji Takeda, Satoru Yamamoto, Shigeo Hata
  • Patent number: 8757785
    Abstract: A treatment solution for ink-jet recording includes a solvent which contains at least one of water and a water-soluble organic solvent; and an N-hydroxy cyclic imide compound which is soluble in the solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideji Fukaya, Taro Nagano
  • Patent number: 8746869
    Abstract: An ink for inkjet recording, containing: dispersed particles A; dispersed particles B; a water-soluble solvent; a surfactant; and water, wherein the dispersed particles A are coloring particles obtained by dispersing an organic pigment in water with assistance of a surfactant, and the dispersed particles B are coloring particles obtained by dispersing a polymer-coated organic pigment in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiko Matsuyama, Ichiroh Fujii, Yuuki Yokohama, Kiyofumi Nagai, Hiroshi Gotou
  • Patent number: 8740368
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ink composition for inkjet recording, containing colloidal silica, urea, a coloring material, and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Ikoshi, Jun Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8740367
    Abstract: A multi-phase system for creating a metallic effect on a substrate, including applying to the substrate a first ink jet ink having a dispersion of reflective metallic particles in a suitable carrier system, to form a reflective coating layer; and applying a second ink jet ink over the reflective coating layer to form a protective coating layer. Optionally, an undercoat layer is printed on the substrate prior to applying the first ink jet ink. The second ink jet includes at least one crosslinkable polymer or is otherwise energy curable. The second ink jet ink optionally imparts a color to the metallic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Edwards, Sandra Zinke, Joshua Samuel, Matthew Tennis
  • Patent number: 8727520
    Abstract: After one ink of a white ink or a silver ink is ejected in a predetermined position of a recording medium such as a piece of recording paper to form a base layer, the other ink thereof is ejected on the base layer to form an intermediate layer, and a clear ink is ejected on the intermediate layer to form an epidermal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kinya Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8708474
    Abstract: An ink composition includes a compound having a structure represented by the following Formula (I), a polymerization initiator and water; wherein, in Formula (I), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X1 represents —O— or —NH—; A1 represents —O— or —NH—; M1 represents a metal atom; and n represents an integer of from 1 to 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8699105
    Abstract: A group of spectral data of print mediums and a group of laminating film spectral data are stored, which correspond to a plurality of colors on a color chart. The type of print medium and the type of laminating film are entered. From the group of spectral data of print mediums and the group of laminating film spectral data, spectral data corresponding to the entered type of print medium are entered as first spectral data, and spectral data corresponding to the entered type of laminating film are entered as second spectral data. Colorimetric value data of the colors are calculated using the first spectral data and the second spectral data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Katayama
  • Patent number: 8672464
    Abstract: Provided is a treatment liquid used for ink-jet recording including polyallylamine, water, and at least one acid selected from the group consisting of amidosulfonic acid, and itaconic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuji Kato, Hitomi Sadohara, Noriaki Satoh, Chisato Hayashi, Eiji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8668322
    Abstract: An ink composition includes a compound having a structure represented by the following Formula (I), a polymerization initiator and water; wherein, in Formula (I), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X1 represents —O— or —NH—; A1 represents —O— or —NH—; M1 represents a metal atom; and n represents an integer of from 1 to 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8651648
    Abstract: The present invention has its object to provide a treatment solution for inkjet textile printing that causes few remaining marks even when applied to a fabric. The present invention relates to a treatment solution for inkjet textile printing, the treatment solution including at least: 1) a water-soluble polyvalent metal salt; 2) at least one resin component selected from the group consisting of a nonionic resin emulsion, an anionic resin emulsion, and a carboxymethyl cellulose; 3) at least one surfactant component selected from the group consisting of a nonionic surfactant, an anionic surfactant, and an amphoteric surfactant; and 4) an aqueous medium, the treatment solution being applied to a fabric before printing of an ink composition for inkjet textile printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sakata Inx Corp.
    Inventors: Yoichi Sato, Masakazu Ohashi
  • Patent number: 8651609
    Abstract: Color material recording amount determination unit configured to determine a color material recording amount data according to a gradation value and colorless material recording amount calculation unit configured to determine, according to the color material recording amount data, a base colorless material recording amount data of a colorless material that is recorded as a base of the color material are included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Oya
  • Patent number: 8651649
    Abstract: An image forming method including: applying a treatment liquid containing a copolymer of epihalohydrin and dimethylamine to a recording medium having a coated layer; and applying an ink composition containing a self-dispersing pigment, a solvent, a surfactant, wax particles and water to the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Terukazu Yanagi
  • Patent number: 8622518
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a first nozzle for ejecting clear ink to form a first dot; and a second nozzle for ejecting color ink to form a second dot, wherein, when forming a color image on a photoluminescent ground layer by means of the second dot, the first dot is formed at an area where the color image does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenori Usuda, Takayoshi Kagata
  • Patent number: 8602545
    Abstract: A treatment solution used for ink-jet recording, including: polyallylamine contained in the treatment solution in an amount of 0.5% by weight to 10% by weight; polyamidepolyamine-epihalohydrin copolymer contained in the treatment solution in an amount of 0.3% by weight to 2% by weight; and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8591018
    Abstract: An ink set containing a water-based ink for ink jet recording and a treatment liquid. The water-based ink contains a phosphate-group modified self-dispersing pigment, water, and a water-soluble organic solvent. The treatment liquid contains an aggregating agent, water, and a water-soluble organic solvent. A dynamic surface tension of the water-based ink, measured under the condition where a life time is about 50 ms, is in the range of 35 mN/m to 45 mN/m. A dynamic surface tension of the treatment liquid, measured under the condition where a life time is about 50 ms, is in the range of 33 mN/m to 45 mN/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuma Goto, Akihiko Taniguchi, Shunichi Higashiyama, Masashi Tsuda, Hiromitsu Sago, Narumi Koga, Michiko Aoyama
  • Patent number: 8585172
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the apparatus, a transparent inkjet head includes a first plurality of nozzles, and a color inkjet head includes a second plurality of nozzles. A color value measurement unit is configured to measure color values of ink applied to a plurality of pixels based on signals applied to the second plurality of nozzles of the color inkjet head and signals applied to the first plurality of nozzles of the transparent inkjet head. A control unit is configured to compare the measured color values of the ink applied to the plurality of pixels with a target value and to change the signals applied to the first plurality of nozzles of the transparent inkjet head such that the measured color values of the ink applied to the plurality of pixels are uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kang Woong Ko, Dae Jung Kim, Dong Woo Paeng
  • Patent number: 8556360
    Abstract: A textile printing method applying inkjet printer comprises the steps for feeding a fabric by a fabric feed roller, applying a pretreatment liquid to the fabric by jetting the pretreatment liquid installed in a pretreatment liquid reservoir installed respective containers filled with individual compositions of a pretreatment liquid, so that such individual compositions are concurrently mixed and applied on the fabric surface to pretreat the fabric by operation of a control unit depending upon the fabric material through a pretreatment head, drying the pretreatment liquid applied to the fabric through a drier, and printing on the dried fabric by jetting the ink installed in a ink reservoir through the printing head. The pretreatment head, the drier and the printing head are serially arranged so that the steps for applying a pretreatment liquid, drying the pretreatment liquid and printing on the dried fabric are concurrently performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Intec Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang-Choon Chung, Myoung-Seon Gong, Hoo-Shick Kim, Ju-Jin Choi, Eun-Jin Park, Hyoung-Seok Kim, Kyong-Min Lee
  • Publication number: 20130222496
    Abstract: An optically clear fluid composition includes a vehicle including an organic solvent, a polymeric binder dispersed in the vehicle, and metal oxide particles dispersed in the vehicle. The metal oxide particles have an effective diameter ranging from about 20 nm to about 140 nm, and are chosen from metal oxide particles that are optically clear and have a refractive index that is larger than 1.65.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Kai-Kong Iu
  • Patent number: 8491113
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ink set including: an ink composition containing at least water, a pigment, and a resin at least partially coating a surface of the pigment and having a structural unit represented by the following Formula (1) and a structural unit having an ionic group; and a treatment liquid containing a cationic polymer having reactivity to the pigment at least partially coated with the resin, wherein, in Formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or a halogen atom; L1 represents *—COO—, *—OCO—, *—CONR2—, *—O—, or a substituted or unsubstituted phenylene group; R2 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms; the symbol “*” in the L1 represents a bond linked to the main chain; and L2 represents a single bond or a bivalent linking group having 1 to 30 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Naoko Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8474936
    Abstract: An ink jet printing apparatus, an ink jet printing method, and a data generating apparatus are provided in which an image performance such as an abrasion resistance can be improved and a printing head can have a longer life by ejecting processing liquid at an appropriate time. The processing liquid is ejected, to a predetermined area on a printing medium in which the formation of a image by ink is completed, from a printing head in two or more scannings in five scannings of the printing heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rie Takekoshi, Takao Ogata, Takumi Kaneko, Noboru Kunimine
  • Patent number: 8477376
    Abstract: A method for forming a variable data job includes a fixed original image provided by original image data in a first multiple channel color plane and content provided by variable image data in a second multiple channel color plane. The original image data is converted to fixed image data in a clear channel color plane. Raster image processing is performed on the fixed image data to translate the fixed image data into a first ready-to-print file. The ready-to-print file is saved in a memory as a post-RIP file. The variable image data is subsequently provided in at least the second multiple channel color plane. Image processing is performed on the variable image data to obtain a second ready-to-print file. The post-RIP file is merged with the second ready-to-print file for forming the variable data job. The variable data job is printed to render output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Robinson, Katherine Loj
  • Patent number: 8465145
    Abstract: A fluid ejecting apparatus includes: a fluid ejecting unit that ejects a colored fluid and a colorless fluid toward a fluid ejection target medium; an irradiating unit that irradiates ultraviolet rays onto a fluid that lies on or over the fluid ejection target medium so as to cure the fluid; and a controlling unit that controls the fluid ejecting operation of the fluid ejecting unit and the ultraviolet ray irradiating operation of the irradiating unit. The controlling unit performs control so that the colorless fluid is ejected on an image that is made of the colored fluid that landed on the fluid ejection target medium. After the start of the agglomeration of the colorless fluid that landed on the image, the controlling unit performs control so that ultraviolet rays are irradiated onto the colorless fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidenori Usuda, Toshio Kumagai, Kazutoshi Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 8454117
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid containing metallic particles from a nozzle with respect to a target, the liquid ejecting head being disposed so that the nozzle opens facing a direction higher than a horizontal direction, and ejects the liquid from the nozzle facing the direction higher than the horizontal direction, thereby attaching the liquid to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Shimizu, Yasushi Akatsuka, Norihiro Masuda, Kazutoshi Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 8434860
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling application of a substance to a substrate involve the use of a nanoparticle-based gating agent that blocks the substance from or attracts the substance to the substrate. The apparatus and methods may utilize ink jet technology to apply the gating agent directly to the substrate or to an intermediate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Moore Wallace North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hook, Stanley Litman, Jeffrey Zaloom
  • Patent number: 8425027
    Abstract: Provided is an ink jet clear ink containing a polymer fine particle. The polymer fine particle has a core-shell structure obtained by polymerizing an ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated hydrophobic monomer (b) as a core polymer in the presence of a shell polymer that is a copolymer having at least a unit derived from an ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated hydrophobic monomer (a) and a unit derived from a monomer selected from an ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated acid monomer and a salt thereof. The ?,?-ethylenically unsaturated hydrophobic monomer (b) includes at least a monomer containing a chain structure saturated alkyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuko Nishiwaki, Yoshio Nakajima, Yuhei Shimizu, Tetsu Iwata, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Kenji Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 8403473
    Abstract: An inkjet recording method includes: a treatment liquid application process in which a treatment liquid containing an acidic compound is coated on a recording medium by roller coating at a coating speed of 300 mm/sec or higher; and an ink application process in which an ink composition containing self-dispersing polymer particles having an acid value of from 30 mgKOH/g to 80 mgKOH/g, a pigment, and an aqueous medium is ejected, by an inkjet process, onto the recording medium coated with the treatment liquid to record an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Irita
  • Patent number: 8393725
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ink set including: an ink composition including a pigment, polymer particles having an ethylene oxide chain in a side chain of the polymer, and a water-soluble polymerizable compound that has an ethylene oxide chain and that is polymerized by active energy rays; and a treating liquid including an aggregating agent that aggregates ingredients in the ink composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Irita
  • Patent number: 8393724
    Abstract: The present invention provides a maintenance liquid for inkjet recording including at least water, an organic solvent, a basic compound and an acidic compound, and having pH of from 6.0 to 8.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Mika Imamura, Yoshimitsu Arai
  • Patent number: 8360568
    Abstract: In a method for printing on a substrate, in particular a textile substrate, with the aid of an inkjet printing device, a print image to be printed is constructed by drop-by-drop deposition of one or more ink fluids in picture elements which together form the print image, an ink fluid comprising at least one predetermined concentration of at least one dye in a main solvent. The method includes for this purpose the following steps: (a) the determination of the color value of a picture element from the print image, (b) the determination of one or more dye-comprising ink fluids, in dependence on the determined color value, (c) the determination of colorless transport fluid to be applied to the picture element, in dependence on the determined color value, (d) the determination of a colorless auxiliary fluid, comprising rheology-modifying agents, in dependence on the determined color value, and (e) the application of the ink fluids, the transport fluid and the auxiliary fluid to the picture element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Stork Digital Imaging B.V.
    Inventors: Jacobus Henricus Diederen, Theodorus Henricus Gerardus Maria Peters
  • Patent number: 8356883
    Abstract: A printing method includes applying at least one of a plurality of pigmented colored inks to a receiving surface. A colorless ink is applied to the receiving surface. A majority of the colorless ink is ejected from of first nozzles on a printhead used for ejecting the colorless ink. At least 30% of an area on the receiving surface, which is passed over by the first nozzles, is covered with the colorless ink during a single pass of the printhead over the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Steven A. Billow, Douglas W. Couwenhoven, James A. Mott, Yang Shi, Richard C. Reem
  • Patent number: 8348408
    Abstract: An ink set which includes an ink composition including a pigment, polymer particles having a glass transition temperature of 70° C. or more and a volume average particle size of 70 nm or lower, and a water-soluble polymerizable compound that undergoes polymerization when irradiated with an active energy ray; and a treatment liquid including an aggregating agent for aggregating components in the ink composition, and an image forming method, including an ink applying process for applying the ink composition; and a treatment liquid applying process for applying the treatment liquid, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Irita
  • Patent number: 8333464
    Abstract: A liquid application apparatus includes: an application member which applies a first liquid to a recording medium; and a liquid holding member which abuts against the application member so as to form a liquid holding space in which the first liquid is held in such a manner that the first liquid held in the liquid holding space is applied to the recording medium via the application member by rotating the application member, wherein a supply port for supplying the first liquid in the liquid holding space and a recovery port for recovering the first liquid from the liquid holding space are provided in the liquid holding member, and the supply port and the recovery port are located in different positions in terms of vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Hirato
  • Patent number: 8328342
    Abstract: An inkjet recording method is disclosed, in which the method includes: recording an image, on a recording medium, using two or more ink compositions each comprising at least a pigment, by applying the two or more ink compositions to an acidic surface of the recording medium at a dotting interval of 500 msec or less; wherein the recording includes forming at least a first color sub-image by applying at least one of the two or more ink compositions and the at least one of the two or more ink compositions includes a self-dispersing polymer having an acid value of from 70 to 120 mgKOH/g and a water-soluble organic solvent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Irita, Terukazu Yanagi
  • Patent number: 8328349
    Abstract: Methods for controlling application of a substance to a substrate involve the use of a gating agent that blocks the substance from the substrate. The methods may utilize ink jet technology to apply the gating agent directly to the substrate or to an intermediate surface. The gating agent composition includes a nonionic surfactant, and water. The gating agent composition does not contain a discernable amount of dye, pigment or other colorant agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Moore Wallace North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Hook, Theodore F. Cyman, Jr., Lawrence Pilon, Jeffrey Zaloom
  • Patent number: 8317311
    Abstract: A multi-phase system for creating a metallic effect on a substrate, includes applying to the substrate a first ink jet ink having a dispersion of reflective metallic particles in a suitable carrier system, to form a reflective coating layer; and applying a second ink jet ink over the reflective coating layer to form a protective coating layer. Optionally, an undercoat layer is printed on the substrate prior to applying the first ink jet ink. The second ink jet comprises at least one crosslinkable polymer or is otherwise energy curable. The second ink jet ink optionally imparts a color to the metallic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Edwards, Sandra Zinke, Joshua Samuel, Matthew Tennis