Microporous Synthetic Resin Support (e.g., Microcracked, Microembossed, Etc.) Patents (Class 428/32.17)
  • Patent number: 10300690
    Abstract: An ink film construction including: (a) a first printing substrate selected from the group consisting of an uncoated fibrous printing substrate, a commodity coated fibrous printing substrate, and a plastic printing substrate; and (b) an ink dot set contained within a square geometric projection projecting on the first printing substrate, the ink dot set containing at least 10 distinct ink dots, fixedly adhered to a surface of the first printing substrate, all the ink dots within the square geometric projection being counted as individual members of the set, each of the ink dots containing at least one colorant dispersed in an organic polymeric resin, each of the dots having an average thickness of less than 2,000 nm, and a diameter of 5 to 300 micrometers; each ink dot of the ink dots having a generally convex shape in which a deviation from convexity, (DCdot), is defined by: DCdot=1?AA/CSA, AA being a calculated projected area of the dot, the area disposed generally parallel to the first fibrous printing sub
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LANDA CORPORATION LTD.
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Sagi Abramovich, Galia Golodetz, Gregory Nakhmanovich, Alon Asher, Mattetyahu Litvak
  • Patent number: 10266711
    Abstract: An ink film construction including: (a) a printing substrate; and (b) at least one ink film, fixedly adhered to a top surface of the printing substrate, the ink film having an upper film surface distal to the top surface of the substrate, wherein a surface concentration of nitrogen at the upper film surface exceeds a bulk concentration of nitrogen within the film, the bulk concentration measured at a depth of at least 30 nanometers below the upper film surface, and wherein a ratio of the surface concentration to the bulk concentration is at least 1.1 to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LANDA CORPORATION LTD.
    Inventors: Benzion Landa, Sagi Abramovich, Galia Golodetz, Gregory Nakhmanovich
  • Patent number: 10232657
    Abstract: Microporous structures in face films are described for improving printability of the films. Also described are laminates and pressure sensitive adhesive laminates including the microporous structured face films. Various related methods are additionally described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AVERY DENNISON CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Bland, Wen-Li Chen, Michael Ramsay, Shanshan Wang
  • Patent number: 9114653
    Abstract: There is provided an image recording method including modifying a surface to set a wetting tension index of a recording surface to 40 mN/m or more by carrying out a surface modification of the recording surface of an ink low-absorbing or non-absorbing recording medium, adhering a reaction liquid containing a flocculant to the recording surface after the modifying of the surface, and recording an image on the recording surface using an ink composition for ink jet recording containing a color material and water after the adhering of the reaction liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Aoyama, Akiko Kawase, Ippei Okuda, Takeshi Yano
  • Patent number: 9017779
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ink jet recording medium which is capable of uniform coating with an ink-receiving agent without a surface treatment step for a usual plastic film used as a base material, and which, due to excellent adhesion , does not cause the problem of peeling after ink jet printing, and does not cause the problem of ink binning, fading, dropout, or peeling or peeling of an ink-receiving layer and an over-coating layer, and also provides a printed material formed by ink jet printing on the ink jet recording medium. The ink jet recording medium including a first layer containing a polyolefin resin as a main component, a second layer containing an acid-modified olefin resin, and an ink-receiving layer is used, the ink-receiving layer being formed by applying an ink-receiving agent on the second layer after the first and second layers are laminated by a coextrusion laminating method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: DIC Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Ikeda, Hiroaki Matsubara, Mitsuru Kitada, Yoshitaka Satoh, Kiyomi Nagano
  • Patent number: 8974876
    Abstract: Disclosed is a printable paper comprising a water-resistant support having two optionally subbed sides and a single layer on at least one of said optionally subbed sides, wherein said single layer has no substantial compositional variation, has a layer thickness of at least 3 ?m, a pore volume of at least 1.2 mL/m2 and comprises at least one porous pigment. Also disclosed is a process for producing such a printable paper and use thereof in printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Dirk Quintens, Dirk Franky Kokkelenberg
  • Patent number: 8475891
    Abstract: This invention provides an embossed release paper that has high heat resistance and embossing properties. The embossed release paper comprises a paper base material, an ionizing radiation-cured resin layer, and a heat-cured silicone layer stacked in that order, the embossed release paper having embosses. The embossed release paper has high heat resistance and thus is suitable for use in synthetic leather production and melamine decorative sheet production that involve surface emboss pattern formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Shiina, Kyoko Kogo
  • Patent number: 8298634
    Abstract: An inkjet printing system contains an inkjet printer loaded with a recording element comprising a support and an ink receiving layer containing: a) fusible polymeric particles; and b) a water soluble block copolymer having ethylene oxide and propylene oxide segments, the copolymer exhibiting a Draves wetting coefficient, for a 0.1 wt % solution in water at 25° C., of not more than 360 seconds. An inkjet printing method and an inkjet recording medium are also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kurt M. Schroeder, Lawrence P. DeMejo, Gregory E. Missell
  • Patent number: 8293355
    Abstract: In the present glossy paper, an opposite surface of a glossed and smooth image formation surface is rough-surfaced. Therefore, the glossy paper do not adhere together even under the high-temperature and high-humidity environment. In fact, the present invention provides glossy paper which can advantageously achieve a continuous paper feeding in the image forming apparatus regardless of the use environment conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaharu Kimura, Masatsugu Ohishi, Yasuaki Fukada, Masaya Asakawa
  • Patent number: 8268414
    Abstract: Briefly described, embodiments of this disclosure include print media and methods of preparing print media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Hai Q Tran, Gary W Byers
  • Patent number: 8263196
    Abstract: A print medium having increased resistance to gasfade. An inhibitor comprising a sulfur-containing polymer is incorporated into the print medium. The sulfur-containing polymer is poly(1,4-phenylene sulfide) or poly(1,3-phenylene sulfide). The inhibitor is present in at least a surface of the print medium and may be present in the print medium in a concentration from approximately 0.25% by weight per cm2 of the print medium to approximately 30% by weight per cm2 of the print medium. A method of forming the print medium is disclosed as is a method of producing a printed image having increased resistance to gasfade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John R Moffatt, Matthew Thornberry
  • Patent number: 8080291
    Abstract: An ink jet recording medium having a gas-permeable substrate, and an ink receiving layer and a surface layer provided in that order on the gas-permeable substrate, wherein the surface layer is formed through the steps of (1) applying a coating liquid comprising a first inorganic pigment and a binder onto the ink receiving layer, and (2) applying a coagulating liquid comprising a coagulant and a second inorganic pigment having a refractive index higher by 0.30 or more than that of the above first inorganic pigment and an average particle size of 100 nm or less onto the applied coating liquid to subject the coating liquid to a coagulating treatment followed by pressing a coating layer including the coating liquid and the coagulating liquid against a heated casting drum while the coating layer is in a wet condition to subject the coating layer to a cast treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takatoshi Tanaka, Hiroshi Asakawa, Hitoshi Nagashima, Takeshi Tsurusaki, Saki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8053043
    Abstract: A recording sheet for ink jet printing is described, which consists of a support having coated onto said support at least two ink-receiving layers, wherein the ink-receiving layer situated next to the support contains nanoporous silicon dioxide with a positively charged surface and at least one binder and the ink-receiving layer situated further away from the support contains nanocrystalline, nanoporous aluminium oxide or aluminium oxide/hydroxide and at least one binder and, optionally, nanoporous silicon dioxide with a positively charged surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Beer, Pierre-Alain Brugger, Vincent Ruffieux, Martin Staiger, Rolf Steiger
  • Patent number: 7943214
    Abstract: An ink-jet transfer system is disclosed, as well as a transfer printed product which is highly wash-resistant, color-fast and environment-friendly, and a process for producing the same and its use in a printing process by means of the disclosed ink-jet transfer system. The disclosed ink-jet transfer system has a substrate, a hot-melt layer applied on the substrate and at least one ink-absorbing layer which comprises a mixture of a highly porous pigment and a binder. The molecules of the pigment and if required of the binder and hot-melt layer can form chemical bonds with the dyeing molecules of the ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Arkwright Advanced Coating, Inc.
    Inventors: Ulf Bamberg, Peter Kummer, Ilona Stiburek
  • Patent number: 7914864
    Abstract: A system for forming a microporous ink receptive coating includes a fusible latex configured to coat a substrate, wherein the fusible latex includes a hard core material and a soft shell material, wherein the latex exhibits self-adhesive properties at a system operation temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Radha Sen, Tienteh Chen, Robert Beer, Kristina Gee
  • Patent number: 7910201
    Abstract: A porous resin film which is obtained from a compound prepared by kneading a composition comprising 30 to 100% by weight of a thermoplastic resin comprising a hydrophilic thermoplastic resin and 0 to 70% by weight of an inorganic and/or an organic powder in an intermeshing twin-screw extruder at a screw shear rate of 300 sec?1 or higher and which has a liquid absorbing capacity of 0.5 ml/m2 or more as measured in accordance with the method specified in Japan TAPPI Standard No. 51-87.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Yupo Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Iwasa, Shigekazu Oi
  • Patent number: 7906185
    Abstract: An ink receiving substrate includes a base substrate, and an ink receptive coating formed on the base substrate. The ink receptive coating includes a binder and a fumed silica and alumina dispersion, wherein the fumed silica and alumina dispersion includes between 5 and 30% alumina particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Silke Courtenay, Eric L. Burch, David P. Rossing, Tao Chen, Xin Cheng
  • Patent number: 7867584
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a media sheet for ink-jet printing and can comprise a media substrate and a coating composition applied to the media substrate to form an ink-receiving layer. The ink-receiving layer can include semi-metal oxide or metal oxide particulates, at least 5 wt % of a water soluble coating formulation additive, and a binder. The media sheet can also have a wash conductivity less than about 80 microsiemens/cm, said wash conductivity determined by measuring the conductivity of a 50 mL bath of deionized water after placing a 100 cm2 sample of the media sheet in the deionized water for 45 seconds at room temperature under agitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Yubai Bi, Tienteh Chen, Eric Lee Burch, Sandeep Bangaru, Kimberly Zargarian
  • Patent number: 7811643
    Abstract: Provided is an inkjet recording sheet. The inkjet recording sheet includes a support film comprising homopolypropylene, a propylene-ethylene random copolymer, a propylene-ethylene block copolymer, high-density polyethylene, and polystyrene, a primer layer having larger elongation than the support film and comprising a hydroxyl group-containing polyolefin resin, and an ink absorbing layer. The inkjet recording sheet has substantially the same texture as real photo paper and excellent image quality. When a matte-finish surface is used as a recording surface, a non-glossy treatment effect can be obtained. Therefore, various kinds of consumer's desires can be satisfied. In addition, since the inkjet recording sheet has an appropriate stiffness range, no paper jamming occurs upon continuous printing, substantially the same texture as real photo paper and excellent image quality are ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sang Bo Chemical Limited
    Inventors: Kwang Won Kim, Hong-Soo Lee, Kun Young Park
  • Patent number: 7625614
    Abstract: An article has a constitution such that yellowing (e.g., yellowing of white portions upon storage in a resin file or the like) of the article can be continuously prevented over a long period of time even when it has a porous site composed of a pigment, such as an alumina hydrate, in an ink-receiving layer. An article, an ink recording medium and an ink-jet recording medium comprising a phenolic compound having a sulfonyl group and a diffusible sulfinic acid salt, and a production process of the ink-jet recording medium are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hisao Kamo, Masanori Ito
  • Publication number: 20090214805
    Abstract: An inkjet recording medium is provided. The inkjet recording medium includes: a resin-coated paper in which both sides of base paper are coated with a polyolefin resin; a first porous layer disposed as an uppermost layer positioned farthest from the resin-coated paper, the first porous layer containing silica and a cationic polymer containing an aromatic ring; and at least one second porous layer disposed between the first porous layer and the resin-coated paper, the at least one second porous layer containing silica, a water-soluble aluminum compound and a sulfur-containing compound, and the content of a cationic polymer containing an aromatic ring in the at least one second porous layer being no more than 4% by mass relative to the silica in the at least one second porous layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masamichi KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 7563493
    Abstract: An inkjet-recording medium has excellent various preservabilities, for example, the lightfastness of an image, resistance to bleeding under high-temperature and high-humidity conditions, and resistance to indoor fading and discoloration when a surface of a printing paper is subjected to laminating treatment. In an inkjet-recording medium having an ink-receiving layer on one surface of a base, the base having abilities to absorb and retain an ink solvent, a low oxygen-permeable resin layer preferably having an oxygen permeability of 10 cc/(m2·D·atm) at a temperature of 20° C. and at a relative humidity of 90% is provided on another surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Shinohara, Masanobu Hida, Yumiko Nagano
  • Publication number: 20080241435
    Abstract: A non-transparent microvoided biaxially stretched self-supporting non-laminated polymeric film, the film comprising linear polyester as a continuous phase and dispersed uniformly therein an amorphous high polymer comprising at least one chain-polymerized block with a higher glass transition temperature than the glass transition temperature of the continuous phase and isotactic poly(4-methyl-1-pentene), wherein the linear polyester consists essentially of aromatic dicarboxylate and aliphatic dimethylene monomer units, wherein the combined concentration of the uniformly dispersed amorphous high polymer and isotactic poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) in the film is 5 to 35% by weight; the use of the above-described non-transparent microvoided biaxially stretched film in synthetic paper; an image recording element comprising the above-described non-transparent microvoided biaxially stretched film; and a process for producing a transparent pattern comprising the step of: image-wise application of heat optionally supplement
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Dirk Quintens, Peter Bries
  • Publication number: 20080241769
    Abstract: A film consisting essentially of a continuous phase linear polyester matrix having dispersed therein a non-crosslinked random SAN-polymer and dispersed or dissolved therein at least one ingredient from the group of ingredients consisting of inorganic opacifying pigments, whitening agents, colorants, UV-absorbers, light stabilizers, antioxidants and flame retardants, wherein the film is white, microvoided, non-transparent and axially stretched; the linear polyester matrix has monomer units consisting essentially of at least one aromatic dicarboxylic acid, at least one aliphatic diol and optionally at least one aliphatic dicarboxylic acid; and the weight ratio of the linear polyester to the non-crosslinked SAN-polymer is in the range of 2.0:1 to 19.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Dirk QUINTENS, Peter Bries
  • Patent number: 7300969
    Abstract: An ink jet recording medium including an ink receiving layer disposed on at least one side of a support, wherein the ink receiving layer is formed by applying an ink receiving layer coating solution. The ink receiving layer coating solution includes a water-soluble resin and a fine silica dispersion that has been prepared by finely dispersing a preliminary silica dispersion. The preliminary silica dispersion includes fumed silica, a cationic polymer having an I/O value of 2.4 or less, and alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Nakano, Shinji Fujimoto, Masanobu Takashima
  • Patent number: 7264855
    Abstract: The invention relates to an imaging member comprising an image layer and a base material wherein said base material comprises at least one oriented sheet laminated to a core sheet comprising a vacuous composite of polyolefin and polyester having a density of less than 0.7 g/cc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert P. Bourdelais, Thomas M. Laney, Peter T. Aylward
  • Patent number: 7160608
    Abstract: A coated paper comprised of a paper substrate, at least one surface of which is provided with at least one coating layer, characterized in that the surface of said coating layer has cracks of a width of 0.2 to 3.0 ?m and a length of 3 to 1000 ?m in an amount of 1 to 1000 cracks per mm2 is provided. In another embodiment, a coated paper comprised of a paper substrate, at least one surface of which is provided with at least two coating layers, characterized in that an inner coating layer adjoining said paper substrate comprises a pigment having a crystal structure selected from the group consisting of acicular crystal, spindle-shape crystal, columnar crystal, and rice-shape granulated crystal, and starches, and an outermost coating layer formed on said inner coating layer comprises crack formation promoting particles and a styrene-butadiene copolymer having a glass transition temperature of 20 to 150° C. is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Oji Paper Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Yanagisawa, Tomofumi Tokiyoshi, Masayuki Yamamoto, Shigeru Nagashima
  • Patent number: 7074465
    Abstract: An inkjet recording element comprising an ink-permeable microvoided substrate comprising a porous ink-receiving layer over and adjacent to an ink-permeable microvoided substrate layer comprising, in a polyester continuous phase, a polyester ionomer, wherein the microvoided substrate layer and the porous ink-receiving layer both having interconnecting voids. Also disclosed is an inkjet printing process, comprising the step of providing an ink-jet printer with such an inkjet recording element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Bruce C. Campbell, Thomas M. Laney, Mridula Nair, Lisa B. Todd, Kenneth W. Best, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7037634
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an imaging element comprising at least one imaging layer and a base. The base comprises a foam core layer, which comprises a polymer that has been expanded through the use of a blowing agent, and at least one polymeric surface smoothing layer, which comprises a solution polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter T. Aylward, Narasimharao Dontula
  • Patent number: 7033723
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an imaging element comprising an imaging layer and a support, wherein the support comprises a core layer having a surface roughness of at least 1.4 microns and a pit camouflaging flange layer between the support and the imaging layer. The present invention also relates to a method of forming an imaging support comprising extruding a polymer layer onto a core layer of surface roughness of at least 1.4 microns, and passing the extruded polymer layer on the core layer between two temperature controlled rollers, one of which comprises a pit camouflaging surface and a method of forming an imaging support comprising extruding a polymer layer, passing the extruded polymer layer between two temperature controlled rollers, one of which comprises a pit camouflaging surface, and laminating the polymer layer onto a core layer with a surface roughness of at least 1.4 microns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter T. Aylward, Narasimharao Dontula, Sandra J. Dagan, Thaddeus S. Gula, Terry A. Heath
  • Patent number: 7022385
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for manufacturing an identification document that can contain both common information and unique information describing the specific document holder. The information is in the form of indicia applied by digital imaging means. The document itself is in the form of a laminated article having the information affixed to one or more internal layers. Attempt to gain access to these internally imaged layers causes the image to be sufficiently disrupted as to prevent modifying such images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: NuCoat, Inc.
    Inventor: Nabil Nasser
  • Patent number: 7018688
    Abstract: A composition, preferably a synthetic paper, is disclosed comprising a plastics substrate having a printable polymer coating, wherein the coating has a density of from 0.3 to 0.7 g/cm3. The low density provides improved adhesion and printability properties compared with the prior art, and permits the coating to be applied in a single layer of uniform density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Arjobex Limited
    Inventor: John Victor Shepherd
  • Patent number: 6984423
    Abstract: The present invention provides less expensive ink jet recording papers having high glossiness and high durability and being capable of quickly absorbing inks without causing bleeding. Accordingly, the present invention provides an ink jet recording paper having an ink-receiving layer provided on a porous resin film, wherein the porous resin film has a liquid absorption capacity measured in accordance with “Japan TAPPI No.51-87” of 0.5 ml/m2 or above and the ink-receiving layer has a surface glossiness (JIS-Z8741: measuring method at 60°) of 40% or above. It is preferable that the ink jet recording paper contains at least one member selected from among alumina, alumina hydrate and amorphous silica in the ink-receiving layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Yupo Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichiro Iida, Yasuo Iwasa
  • Patent number: 6979480
    Abstract: Improved macroporous ink receptor media are disclosed. An inkjet receptive media in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention comprises a web comprising a plurality of fibers and a coating overlaying at least a portion of a plurality of the fibers. In a preferred embodiment, the coating comprises a plurality of organic particles. In a preferred embodiment, the fibers define a plurality of pores. In a preferred embodiment, the web defines a plurality of macropores. The fibers of the web may be woven or non-woven. In a preferred embodiment, the web comprises a nonwoven macroporous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Mark F. Schulz, David W. Tweeten
  • Patent number: 6939577
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of making a material comprising the steps of: coating a support with a solution comprising a polymer, a blowing agent and a surfactant. Either prior to or after the step of coating the support, the solution is interacted with to cause the blowing agent to generate bubbles within the solution causing foaming of the polymer. The surfactant is selected in dependence on whether or not it satisfies one or more predetermined criteria, to control the size of the bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Julie Baker, Alan R. Pitt
  • Patent number: 6936316
    Abstract: The present invention features a multi-layer ink-jet recording medium, suitable for recording images with dye and pigmented inks and thereby providing light-emitting, reflective, glossy, metallic-looking or holographic images, comprising a substrate coated with at least two layers comprising: (a) a first transparent ink-receptive layer comprising a polymeric binder and a cross-linker and optionally having a plasticizer and pigment particles such as alumina and silica coated over the substrate, wherein the cross-linker comprises and azetidinium polymer or a salt thereof, and/or a polyfunctinal aziridine or a salt thereof or a polyfunctional oxazoline or a salt thereof; and (b) a second ink-receptive layer comprising an opaque or semi-opaque coating composition, wherein the opaque or semi-opaque coating composition is capable of accepting a printed image and thereby becoming semi transparent or clearly transparent from application of ink-jet printing ink or similar inks, while presenting a light-emitting, re
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: Asutosh Nigam, Ravi Renduchintala
  • Patent number: 6881458
    Abstract: The invention relates to articles comprising a substrate comprising an ink receptive layer and an ink-jet printed image as well as methods of ink jet printing. The ink receptive layer comprises certain urethane-containing polymers and blends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Bret W. Ludwig, Jeffrey O. Emslander, Caroline M. Ylitalo, Oh Sang Woo, Jennifer L. Lee, Richard L. Severance
  • Patent number: 6871950
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an image-transfer medium, comprising an ink vehicle-absorbing layer, which is subjected to a release treatment, and coloring material-retaining layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiko Higuma, Yuko Sato, Yoshiyuki Shino
  • Patent number: 6869646
    Abstract: The present method is drawn to the creation of fast-drying, photo-quality images with an ink-jet inks. The method comprises the steps of providing a inorganic porous media substrate, providing an aqueous ink-jet ink comprising an ink vehicle and an effective amount of a metallized dye having at least one heterocyclic nitrogen ring and an azo bond wherein the heterocyclic nitrogen is chelated or complexed to a transition metal, and jetting the aqueous ink-jet ink onto the inorganic porous media substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Larrie A Deardurff, Bor-Jiunn Niu, Gary W Byers
  • Patent number: 6866902
    Abstract: An ink recording element is described comprising a support having thereon at least one image-receiving layer comprising polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, wherein the polymeric particle is stabilized by a hydrophobically-capped oligomeric acrylamide dispersant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jeanne E. Kaeding, Jeffrey W. Leon, Christine J. Landry-Coltrain, Alan R. Pitt, Trevor J. Wear, Gregory E. Missell, Dennis E. Smth
  • Patent number: 6864023
    Abstract: This patent relates to an imaging member comprising a vacuous polymer base having adhered thereto an image formed on a transparent polymer sheet, wherein said vacuous polymer base has a density of less than 0.7 grams/cc and a modulus to density ratio of between 1500 and 4000 and wherein said image is in contact with said vacuous polymer base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter T. Aylward, Thomas M. Laney, Robert P. Bourdelais
  • Patent number: 6861110
    Abstract: An ink-jet recording sheet comprising a reflective support having thereon a porous ink absorbing layer containing a dye or a pigment, wherein a color difference ?abL defined by the following formula is not more than 7: ?abL=[(a1?a2)2+(b1?b2)2+(L1?L2)2]1/2 wherein (L1, a1, b1) and (L2, a2, b2) each are a set of coordinates (L*, a*, b*) defined in a CIELAB color space and measured on a surface of the reflective support adjacent to the ink absorbing layer and on an outermost surface of the ink absorbing layer respectively, and a2 is in a range of ?2 to 2 and b2 is in a range of ?4 to 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Obayashi, Osamu Hatano
  • Patent number: 6840992
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coating for inkjet media, which includes at least one hydrophobic filler particle; and a binder. Another embodiment of the invention provides an inkjet media, which includes the above-described coating coated on a substrate. Another embodiment of the invention provides a method of inkjet printing, which includes inkjet printing at least one inkjet ink onto a substrate coated with the above-described coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Degussa AG
    Inventors: Holger Glaum, Astrid Mueller
  • Patent number: 6828013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a biaxially oriented film having a water wettable surface, the film containing a water wettable porous high density polyethylene (HDPE) surface layer. The water wettable surface layer contains porous HDPE and a silicone glycol coating impregnated in the pore of the HDPE surface layer. The biaxially oriented water wettable film is useful for ink jet printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Benoit Ambroise, Pang-Chia Lu
  • Patent number: 6824843
    Abstract: An ink jet recording medium comprising a water-impermeable substrate, a first porous layer formed on the substrate, and a second porous layer formed on the first porous layer, wherein the psychometric lightness (L*) at a black solid printed portion with a black dye ink is at most 5.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Masahiro Inoue, Hirokazu Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 6818367
    Abstract: The invention relates to an imaging element comprising an imaging layer and a support, wherein the support comprises a base material having thereon at least two polyolefin layers, wherein the uppermost layer of the at least two polyolefin layers comprises a mixture of optical brighteners comprising a Compound A having the following formula: a Compound B having the following formula: and a Compound C having the following formula: wherein the layers below the uppermost layer of the at least two polyolefin layers comprise migratory optical brightener; and wherein the imaging layer is on the same side of the base material as the at least two polyolefin layers. The inventive support unexpectedly minimizes exudation of the brightener at the polyolefin surface and provides excellent absorption/emission characteristics, brightening power and heat to meet the critical requirements of the photographic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth K. Priebe, William A. Mruk, James C. Pirchner, Suresh Sunderrajan
  • Patent number: 6815019
    Abstract: An ink jet recording element having a support having thereon an image-receiving layer of porous polymeric particles in a polymeric binder, said polymeric binder being poly(vinyl alcohol) having a degree of hydrolysis of at least about 95% and having a number average molecular weight of at least about 45,000.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gregory E. Missell, Paul B. Merkel
  • Patent number: 6811837
    Abstract: The invention provides a porous resin film having a good absorption of water content as a solvent for aqueous ink or aqueous paste and a recording medium comprising the porous resin film. The recording medium is characterized by the capability of absorbing an ink without density unevenness even during ink jet recording if the ejected amount of ink is great. The invention lies in a porous resin film comprising: a thermoplastic resin in an amount of 30 to 90% by weight; and an inorganic and/or organic finely divided powder in an amount of 10 to 70% by weight, wherein the inorganic and/or organic finely divided powder is surface-treated with a surface treating agent (A) made of a copolymer of diallylamine salt or alkyl diallylamine salt (a1) with a nonionic hydrophilic vinyl monomer (a2) and an anionic surface treating agent (B), and the porous resin film has a liquid absorption capacity of not smaller than 0.5 ml/m2 as measured by “Japan TAPPI No. 51-87”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Yupo Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Iwasa, Seiichiro Iida, Nobuhiro Shibuya
  • Publication number: 20040213928
    Abstract: A receptor medium with an oriented film having at least one microfibrillated surface is described. The receptor medium can receive jettable materials, which include inks, adhesives, particulate dispersions, electrically, thermally or magnetically modifiable materials, biological fluids, chemical reagents and combinations thereof. The microfibrillated surface provides good ink receptive properties particularly for solvent based inks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: John M. Sebastian, Jeffrey O. Emslander, Mario A. Perez, Terry R. Hobbs, Robert S. Kody, Caroline M. Ylitalo, Robert D. Taylor, Oh Sang Woo
  • Patent number: 6800340
    Abstract: The invention relates to printing of plastic films with organic inks in an inkjet process. The film contains a film-forming plastic and usual auxiliary materials, as well as cellulose esters which improve printability. These esters contain acetyl, propionyl or butyryl groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Renolit-Werke GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Francescutti