Fraud Or Tamper Detecting Patents (Class 428/915)
  • Patent number: 8852738
    Abstract: A thermal laminating film is provided that has superior intrusion resistance that is well suited to addressing security and anti-counterfeiting needs. The film includes a polymer substrate and an adhesive system with a polymer component having a Vicat softening point temperature that is close to a glass transition temperature of the polymeric substrate, which typically is not greater than about 95° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Transilwrap Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Albert, Robert C. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 8852396
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sheet material (2) comprising at least one first layer defining an outer surface of the sheet material and having at least one first color, at least one second layer comprising at least one watermark (6) and having at least one second color, the first and second colors having at least different saturations and/or hue angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: Arjowiggins Security, Arjowiggins
    Inventors: Henri Rosset, Ivan Thierry
  • Patent number: 8741400
    Abstract: This invention provides a latent image pattern formed body that allows to observe a latent image having excellent visibility and authenticity discrimination and design properties than those of related arts when observed from the oblique direction. The latent image pattern formed body includes, in at least part of one surface of a substrate, a latent image region, an outline region arranged on an outline of at least part of the latent image region, and a background region arranged on a background of the latent image region and the outline region. In the latent image region, a plurality of first elements having a concave or convex shape are arranged at a first pitch in a first direction. In the background region, the plurality of first elements are arranged at the first pitch in the first direction in a phase different from that of the first elements in the latent image region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: National Printing Bureau, Incorporated Administrative Agency
    Inventors: Makoto Furuie, Shinichi Kitagawa, Shigeru Morinaga
  • Patent number: 8530045
    Abstract: A process for the production of a polymeric film comprising a copolyester having an acid component and a diol component, said acid component comprising a dicarboxylic acid and a sulfomonomer containing a sulfonate group attached to the aromatic nucleus of an aromatic dicarboxylic acid, said process comprising the steps of: (i) melt-extruding a layer of said copolyester; (ii) stretching the extrudate in at least one direction; (iii) heat-setting the film by raising the temperature of the stretched film to a temperature T1 in a first heating zone such that (TM?T1 is in the range of from 5 to 30° C., and then raising the temperature of the film to a temperature T2 in a second heating zone such that (TM?T2 is in the range of from 0 to 10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: William Alasdair MacDonald, Pierre Georges Osborne Moussalli, Kenneth Evans, Julian Peter Attard, David Boyce, Brian John Farmer, David Edward Robins
  • Patent number: 8202593
    Abstract: In a printing carrier for transferring confidential information with a transparent film layer onto the front side of which the confidential information can be printed and wherein a concealing means, which considerably complicates the capability to identify the confidential information on the film layer is present behind the film layer, provision is made according to the invention for the film layer to carry on the front side at least one structure imprint, which does not add to the confidential information and which improves the effect of the concealing means due to its irregular area coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Fofitec AG
    Inventors: Jules Fischer, Christian Portmann
  • Patent number: 8196966
    Abstract: A laminate 40 for a tamper-resistant identity document, the laminate comprising: a carrier film (10, FIG. 1) having a first adhesive layer 11 on a surface thereof, the first adhesive layer 11 comprising one or more visible registration features 13; and a cover film (20, FIG. 2b) having a first surface (20a, FIG. 2b) removably bonded to the first adhesive layer 11 and a second surface (20b, FIG. 2b) having a printed security feature 41, 42, 43 and a second adhesive layer (32, FIG. 3b) thereon. The cover film may have a thickness of no greater than 12 microns. The printed security feature may be in predetermined registration with the one or more visible registration features of the first adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Philip John Allen, Andrew John Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8182651
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sheet material comprising at least one first layer defining an outer surface of the sheet material and having at least one first color, at least one second layer comprising at least one watermark and having at least one second color, the first and second colors having at least different saturations and/or hue angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignees: Arjowiggins, Arjowiggins Security
    Inventors: Henri Rosset, Ivan Thierry
  • Patent number: 8158230
    Abstract: A tamper evident composite film is disclosed. The composite film contains a first film layer made from polyester adjacent to a second film layer made from a polyolefin, such as a low density polyethylene. If desired, the composite film can further include a third film layer positioned on the opposite side of the second film layer. The composite film is produced through a coextrusion process. In one embodiment, the composite film can be biaxially stretched prior to use. The composite film is constructed so that the first film layer will delaminate from the second film layer when the composite film is tampered with or otherwise mishandled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin C. Culbertson, Kenneth J. Muschelewicz
  • Patent number: 7998546
    Abstract: A wirelessly powered flexible tag configured to be in contact with a substrate is provided. The tag includes a coupling layer configured to couple the tag to the substrate. An electrical circuit disposed on the coupling layer and configured to interact wirelessly with an external stimulus. The tag further includes at least one electrode or at least one heating element in operative association with the electrical circuit, and configured to generate electrical energy or thermal energy, respectively. Upon wireless interaction with the external stimulus the tag is configured to induce an electrical response, a thermal response, or a combination of both in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media LLC
    Inventors: Marc Brian Wisnudel, Ben Purushotam Patel, Richard Louis Frey, Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Kyle Erik Litz, Peng Jiang, Andrea Peters
  • Patent number: 7951451
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sticky document. The document comprises an adhesive layer and at least one covering layer covering the adhesive layer, the covering layer incorporating a radiofrequency identification device, and at least a portion of the identification device being linked to the document with a force of cohesion that is weak enough to ensure that once the document has been stuck onto backing, and in the event of the document being unstuck, at least a portion of the identification device remains secured to the backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Arjo Wiggins Security SAS
    Inventor: Sandrine Rancien
  • Patent number: 7913870
    Abstract: An improvement to a container of the type that includes a vacuum formed transparent base and lid, the container having opposite sides that each forms a base flap (20) and a lid flap (22) that lie adjacent and parallel to each other, wherein the container indicates if it has been opened after a store clerk has loaded food into the container. An indicator sheet (34) lies between the base and lid and has cut-out characters (60) lying in holes (62) of a carrier (64), the carrier being bonded to the base flap and the characters being bonded to the lid flap. The container is opened by a person pulling up the lid flap, with the characters lifting out of their holes as they move up with the lid flap, and with the carrier that forms the character holes remaining on the base flap. When the lid is closed by pressing down the lid flap against the base flap, there will be some misalignment of the characters with the holes that they previously lay in, creating gaps that are readily noticeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Pactiv Corporation
    Inventor: Terry Vovan
  • Patent number: 7910186
    Abstract: A multilayered volume hologram structure of the invention comprises a substrate 2 for a certificate or the like, and an adhesive layer 5, a volume hologram layer 5 and a surface protective film 7 laminated on the substrate in the described order. When a multilayer structure consisting of the volume hologram layer 5 and surface protective layer 5 is forcibly released from the substrate for the purpose of making a photograph replacement or falsifying a personal information area, the volume hologram image can break down certainly, thereby ensuring prevention of falsification. A multilayered volume hologram structure-making label is useful for making a multilayered volume hologram structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Morii, Satoru Hamada, Hiroyuki Ohtaki, Kenji Ueda, Shingo Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 7773162
    Abstract: There is described a signing film wherein provided on a background of the signing film is a decorative printing which forms a security feature and which fluoresces when viewed under UV light. So that the decorative printing which fluoresces under UV light is not to be perceived when viewing the surface of the signing film at different viewing angles in ambient light, it is proposed that the background of the signing film has at least two background layers and between them the decorative printing comprising a lacquer which contains a high-viscosity binding agent and is mixed with pigments which fluoresce under UV light, so that after the printing operation and the drying operation it is of a small layer thickness as a consequence of the high viscosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventor: Uwe Nendel
  • Patent number: 7740923
    Abstract: A package material with a tamper evident feature and methods of manufacture thereof, are disclosed herein. The package comprises a colored primer or lacquer coating applied along a portion of a seal and further comprising a peelable sealant. When opened the peelable sealant is separated from the portion of the seal containing colored primer or lacquer and removes a section of the coating, thus providing a visual indication that the package has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald H. Exner, Olav Dagestad
  • Patent number: 7681732
    Abstract: A laminated lidstock includes a substrate film, a support web; a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed between the substrate and support webs, and covering the substrate film and support web except for a clear area disposed near one end of the laminated lidstock; a first die cut disposed in the substrate film; a second die cut disposed in the support web; a pull tab; and a tamper evidence device including an end portion of the support web, defined by a first end, a first side edge, and a second side edge of the package made from the laminated lidstock, and the second die cut, capable of indicating tampering of the package upon removal of the tamper evidence device from the support web; wherein at least one of the substrate film and the support web carries a registration device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Moehlenbrock, Debra C. Karam, Douglas Wilson, Chad Stephens
  • Patent number: 7674345
    Abstract: A method of introducing discontinuities to an adhesive coated region of a substrate is provided. The method includes the steps of (a) providing a web having upper and lower edges; (b) excising a portion of the web creating open sections interposed between retained sections connected to carrier sections, each including the upper or lower edge of the web to yield a patterned web; (c) perforating the patterned web such that the perforations span from one open section to the next open section to yield a perforated web; (d) contacting the perforated web to the adhesive coated region of the substrate; and (e) removing the carrier sections at the perforations leaving the retained sections on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Paul D. Graham, Jason D. Romsos
  • Patent number: 7455323
    Abstract: A lottery ticket having a substrate layer with game data printed in a game area and which is arranged to prevent access to the game data from a rear surface of the substrate and has at least one fixing layer applied over the game data in the game area so as to prevent release of the printed game data from the substrate layer and at least one opaque scratch-off layer applied over the sealing layer, the scratch-off layer being arranged such that it separates from the sealing layer and breaks down into fragments when scratched by a player, is modified by the addition of an adhesive layer applied over at least a part of the opaque scratch-off layer and a metal layer attached to the adhesive layer. The metal layer and the adhesive layer are arranged such that they break down into fragments with the scratch-off layer when scratched by the player and may provide both enhanced security and an improved appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Pollard Banknote Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Brett Charles Taylor, Tyson D. Kaus, Michael John Brickwood, Greg Hamilton, Lyle Harold Scrymgeour
  • Patent number: 7429413
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a nonmetallic, tamper-indicating, multi-layer label with a metallic appearance is described. The label comprises a pearlescent layer, a film layer, a patterned release layer, and a pigmented adhesive layer with the provisos that (i) the pigmented adhesive layer is an exterior layer of the label and is substantially free of pearlescent pigment, and (ii) the patterned release layer is an interior layer of the label. Each layer has first and second opposing planar surfaces, and each layer is in intimate contact with the layer or layers immediately adjacent to it. In another embodiment, two layers, one layer comprising a non-pearlescent pigment and the other layer comprising the adhesive, replace the pigmented adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Adair, Jeana S. Kemppainen
  • Patent number: 7422781
    Abstract: A tamper indicating device. A preferred embodiment of the invention provides a backing having a first side and a second side, wherein the backing comprises a first phase and a second phase, wherein the backing has a first level of light diffusion, and when a peeling force is applied to the backing, the backing fractures or internally delaminates and has a second level of light diffusion that is a higher level of light diffusion than the first level of light diffusion; a flood coat applied to the second side of the backing, the flood coat defining a window therein; and a mask applied to the tamper indicating device, the mask being in partial or whole registration with the window in the flood coat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Raymond R. Gosselin
  • Patent number: 7410551
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hot marking method enabling decoration to be made on an article, the method comprising the steps consisting in: supplying a multilayer structure comprising a layer of varnish that hardens under the effect of radiation, a backing layer, and a layer of decoration, the varnish layer being situated between the backing layer and the decoration layer; bringing said multilayer structure into contact with the article; applying pressure and heat to the backing layer at the location where it is desired to transfer the decoration layer onto the article, the varnish layer being such as to be transferred locally onto the article together with the decoration layer; withdrawing the backing layer; and causing the layer of varnish that has been transferred onto the article to harden by exposing it to said radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Alain Bethune
  • Patent number: 7326504
    Abstract: An anti-copy film is disclosed. The film has a light transmissive imageable substrate having opposing first and second surfaces. Each surface has an image receptive coating. Complementary positive and negative images are disposed on the first and second surfaces such that an imaged area on the first surface is in registration with a non-imaged area on the second surface. The anti-copy film appears substantially opaque when viewed orthogonally to and appears partially transparent when viewed obliquely to either the first or second surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Paul D. Graham, Jonathan P. Kitchin
  • Patent number: 7270874
    Abstract: A tamper-evident labelling material includes a base layer of synthetic paper that is printable on its upper surface, and an adhesive layer on the lower surface of the base layer. The base layer includes a layer of biaxially-oriented and voided high density polyethylene (HDPE) that has a density of not more than 0.6 cm?3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Arjobex Limited
    Inventor: David Dalgleish
  • Patent number: 7250191
    Abstract: A label comprising at least one first print substrate layer printed on one side with a self-adhesive composition which if desired is lined with a release paper or a release film, where on the first print substrate layer first, on the side directed toward the adhesive a printing ink has been printed, so that there is a printing ink between print substrate layer and adhesive, and secondly, on the side opposite the adhesive surface, a further printing ink has been printed, so that there is a further printing ink on the top face of the print substrate layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: tesa Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Scheubner
  • Patent number: 7244496
    Abstract: A tamper evident packaging material is described. The material is formed from a substrate having a weak skin layer and at least one additional layer. A pressure sensitive adhesive is applied to the weak skin layer. An electron beam cured coating having a non-migratory slip agent is disposed on the surface of the substrate opposite the weak skin layer. The weak skin layer has a lower Z tear strength than the affinity that the pressure sensitive adhesive has for itself and for the weak skin layer, such that at least part of the weak skin layer separates from the at least one additional layer when the pressure sensitive adhesive is sealed against the weak skin layer of a second substrate and the two substrates are subsequently pulled apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott W. Huffer
  • Patent number: 7223015
    Abstract: A security bag includes a tamper-evident closure which provides a visual indication if the closure is opened. The closure includes an ink layer deposited on one wall of the security bag or on a flexible strip secured to one wall of the security bag, and an adhesive layer in overlying relationship with the ink layer for sealing the bag closed. The ink layer includes a release material deposited in a predetermined pattern, and a layer of a solid ink applied over the release material so that the predetermined pattern of the release material is not visible in the closure. The solid ink layer includes void spaces arranged in a predetermined pattern. Preferably, the pattern of the void spaces is out of registry with the pattern of the release material so that the void spaces and release material overlap to varying degrees in the closure. If the closure is forced open, the solid ink will delaminate from the surface on which it is printed, revealing in the closure the predetermined pattern of the release material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Superior Bag Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Steffens
  • Patent number: 7201953
    Abstract: An improvement applicable to a method for the production of a multi-layer identity card of plastic wherein the card comprises one or more card core layers bonded under the action of pressure and heat and printed on either side or on opposite sides with a covering layer applied to the printed side or sides of the card core. In accordance with the improvement a thermoplastic polymer adhesive is applied between and in direct contact with each covering layer and the respective printed side of the card core, the thermoplastic adhesive coating possessing at least one additive that increases the friction between the covering layer and the printed card core during lamination so as to prevent displacement of the printed card core in relation to the covering layer or layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Orga Kartensysteme and Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Fischer, Ralf Henn
  • Patent number: 7198842
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-adhesive or heat-sealable security information medium designed to be applied to a page of a security document and to receive printing and/or writing, comprising an adhesive layer and at least one covering layer that covers the adhesive layer, characterized in that the cohesive strength of the covering layer is less than the adhesive strength of the adhesive layer. The invention also relates to a method for the security protection of a page of a security document and to a security protection feature used in the security protection method. The invention also relates to a page of a security document possessing said security protection feature and to a passport possessing said page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Arjo Wiggins Security SAS
    Inventors: Sandrine Rancien, Didier Gouelibo, Gilles Darnault
  • Patent number: 7166345
    Abstract: A destructible privacy label includes a sheet-like member having an upper surface and an adhesive lower surface. The upper surface is adapted for printing indicia thereon. The sheet-like member includes two segments conjoined about a separation line which defines adjacent segment edges. Each segment is separable from the other along the separation line. Removing one of the segments from the other renders indicia printed on the sheet-like member upper surface illegible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Tri-State Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Zane D. Myers, Donald J. Propp
  • Patent number: 7153557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-adhesive or thermally bondable security document that can be affixed to an article, characterized in that it comprises at least one medium capable of receiving print on the front side, said medium having, on its reverse side, at least one self-adhesive or thermally adhesive layer and at least one marker that emits a characteristic signal by itself, such that, after the document has been bonded by means of said adhesive layer to the article, in the event of disbandment of the document at least part of said marker detaches from the medium. The invention also relates to a method of authenticating the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Arjowiggins Security
    Inventor: Sandrine Rancien
  • Patent number: 7060353
    Abstract: An adhesive tape having a backing of oriented thermoplastic film, to whose lower face the following layers are applied: a) a partial primer layer which is anchored to the thermoplastic film, b) a first release layer applied over the partial primer layer, and any thermoplastic film, the release layer anchoring better to the primer layer than to the thermoplastic film, c) at least one second release layer applied over the first release layer, the second release layer(s) anchoring better to the previous release layer than the first release layer to the thermoplastic film, d) a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer applied over the last release layer and anchoring better to the last release layer than the first release layer to the thermoplastic film and the adhesive layer is adhered to a pressure-sensitive base than the first release layer to the thermoplastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Tesa AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Otten, Dieter Wenninger
  • Patent number: 7029738
    Abstract: A card label having a system for discouraging its non-authorized removal and reuse, which initiate an incontrollable combustion process that completely damage the card label and its information and included circuitry when it is attempted to remove the card label from a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignees: Dinformatica del Noroeste S.A. de C.V., Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C.
    Inventors: Alfredo Aguilar Elguezabal, Luis de la Torre Sáenz, Alejandro López Ortiz, Manuel Román Aguirre, Oscar Ayala Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 7026047
    Abstract: Proposed is a security film system for documents or in general data carriers having a transfer layer and an adhesive or gluing layer portion which has at least one micro-encapsulated reactive adhesive component, wherein the adhesive or gluing layer portion remains activatable over a period of time of up to at least one year and the at least one reactive adhesive component hardens after activation to form a duromer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: OVD Kinegram AG
    Inventor: Olaf Krolzig
  • Patent number: 6997482
    Abstract: The control element has a first drawing printed on a first side of the article, comprising at least a first set of geometrical shapes. It includes a second drawing printed on a second side of said article, the second drawing being printed so as to face the first drawing and be in register with the latter, said second drawing comprising at least a second set of geometrical shapes corresponding to the first screen. At least one of said geometrical sets includes sectors which are offset so that, when the front side/reverse side register is correct, the control element has regions of variable density which are visible in transmitted light and are created by said offset sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: KBA-Giori S.A.
    Inventor: Laurent Mathys
  • Patent number: 6977112
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a non-contact information recording medium for ink-jet recording, on and from which information can be recorded and read in a non-contact state from the outside, comprising an electronic information storing circuit part and an image recording part, wherein at least part of the electronic information storing circuit part has an ink/circuit-part barrier structure by which the circuit part undergoes no circuit trouble caused by an ink applied to the image recording part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Canon Finetech, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Shino, Masahiko Higuma
  • Patent number: 6939627
    Abstract: A scratch layer transfer sheet comprising a substrate film and a transferable scratch layer disposed on one surface of the substrate film, the transferable scratch layer comprising a hiding layer, being able to be thermally transferred to the print surface of a transfer-receiving material and being able to be removed from the print surface by scratching it after it is transferred. The scratch layer transfer sheet is overlapped on a transfer-receiving material such that the transferable scratch layer faces the print surface of the transfer-receiving material to transfer said transferable scratch layer to the print surface by heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daigo Morizumi, Keiji Hirose, Masafumi Hayashi, Nobuho Ikeuchi, Mikio Asajima
  • Patent number: 6918616
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a printed security device for a document comprises an intaglio printed latent image which has been printed onto a substrate using a highly reflective ink, wherein the intaglio printed latent image is visible when viewed within a first angle range extending from near-vertical to the plane of the latent image towards the image and also within a second angle range closer to the plane of the image, and is not visible when viewed within an angle range between the first and second angle ranges. A change in viewing angle from one angle range to an adjacent angle range results in a visible latent image becoming invisible or vice versa (creating a flip-flop image visibility effect).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited
    Inventors: Eric A. Lyen, Laurence M. -F. Suzzarini
  • Patent number: 6777054
    Abstract: A security laminate includes a face sheet laminated to a liner by an adhesive. The face sheet includes a removable label. The liner is covered with a release coating behind the label, and has a rim along one edge which is devoid of the release coating except for a security pattern therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Roth, John C. Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 6773807
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying information and a method of using said apparatus during a medical emergency. The apparatus consists of a perforated adhesive tape with a front side and a back side. The back side includes an adhesive applied thereto to enable the tape to be affixed to a secondary surface. The front side includes borders on each side thereof. The borders are comprised of a reflective material. A middle section between the two borders includes a material with a surface adapted to receive indicia from a writing utensil. Adjacent segments of the tape are separated by perforations. During use, a writing utensil may be used to apply indicia to the middle section of a segment of the tape. The segment may be removed from an adjacent segment along the perforations, and the tape may be applied to a secondary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: McCalland Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Cathy A. Landberg, Billy W. McDonald
  • Patent number: 6761378
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining security of a substrate having an optically verifiable mark including a partially demetallized metallic layer which forms a control graphic, a layer of optically active pigments adjacent the metallic layer, and an adhesive layer adjacent the layer of optically active pigments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hologram Industries (S.A.)
    Inventor: Hugues Souparis
  • Patent number: 6733867
    Abstract: A heat-transferable security stamp is provided including a carrier sheet, a top coat layer, at least one design layer between the carrier sheet and the top coat layer, a release layer between the carrier sheet and the design layer, and a base coat layer between the release layer and the design layer. The release layer includes a water-borne release component. The base coat layer includes a water-borne base coat component. The design layer includes a water-borne design component. The top coat layer includes a water-borne top coat component. The carrier sheet is resistant to heat above a predetermined heat transfer temperature. The adhesive release component of the release layer is operative to secure the carrier sheet to the base coat layer at temperatures below the heat transfer temperature and to permit release of the carrier sheet from the base coat layer at temperatures above the heat transfer temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: William F. Pinell, Rajendra Mehta, Harry A. Seifert, John M. Harden
  • Patent number: 6729656
    Abstract: A method of forming a debit card and a debit card formed by the method are disclosed. A planar card member has opposing surfaces. A PIN is printed on one of the surfaces. The planar card member is advanced along a predetermined path of travel such as on a conveyor. A radiation cured, opaque scratch-off coating is applied onto the surface having the PIN such that the PIN is covered by the applied scratch-off coating. The scratch-off coating is radiation cured, preferably by ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: T.S.D. LLC
    Inventors: Vincent Kubert, William Annacone
  • Patent number: 6726982
    Abstract: Thermal transfer articles of the invention comprising a carrier, optionally a release layer, a color layer releasably adhered thereto, and optionally an adherence layer on the bottom side of the color layer. Also graphic imaging compositions and methods for thermal transfer using such articles and compositions and graphic articles made by such methods. The transfer articles 1) exhibit thermoplastic, low cohesive properties during transfer such that good image resolution and transfer is achieved and 2) are radiation crosslinked after transfer such that a durable image is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Paul D. Christian, Nancy H. Phillips
  • Patent number: 6712399
    Abstract: A security device comprises an optically variable effect generating structure (3,4). An obscuring layer (7) is located, in use, between the optically variable effect generating structure and a substrate (8) to which the device is secured. A color layer (6) is also included which exhibits one or more predetermined colors when viewed under certain viewing conditions from the side of the device remote from the obscuring layer. The obscuring layer (7) is substantially opaque under the said certain viewing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: De la Rue International Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth John Drinkwater, Marianne Michelle Anton, Ralph Kay
  • Patent number: 6692030
    Abstract: A counterfeit-resistant document comprises a substrate and a nano-pattern of nano-structures disposed on the substrate, wherein the nano-pattern is configured for forming a latent message (e.g., a warning or alert message) that appears on a copy of the document. The nano-pattern forms one of a foreground and a background of the latent message; and another pattern, e.g., a conventional pattern or another nano-pattern, forms the other of the foreground and background of the latent message. The nano-pattern and the other pattern are configured, such that the foreground and background exhibit substantially similar visual densities on an original of the document, and exhibit substantially different visual densities on the copied document. This can be accomplished by forming the nano-pattern with nano-structures (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Verify First Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: George K. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20040022967
    Abstract: Described is a laminate body, in particular a laminate foil, comprising a laser-sensitive layer and an identification element, for example a diffraction and/or hologram structure, a reflection layer, a printed image or the like, which is provided in a second layer and/or in the laser-sensitive layer, wherein the laser-sensitive layer has a marking produced by laser action, which is positioned in accurate register relationship relative to the identification element In addition the subject of the invention is a method of enhancing the forgery-proof nature of such a laminate body in which the laminate body is irradiated by means of a laser so that produced in the laser-sensitive layer is a laser-induced marking positioned in accurate register relationship with the position of the identification element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Norbert Lutz, Gerhard Zinner
  • Patent number: 6659508
    Abstract: A security document, banknote, bond, travellers check, passport or token, including a substrate (1), said substrate having a device including a first macro-embossing (2, 3) of the substrate having a predetermined feature, and a second micro-embossing of smaller dimensions formed in or on said predetermined feature of said embossing. The first embossing being formed to hide and reveal said second embossing at predetermined viewing angles &agr;, &bgr;. The macro-embossing may comprise lines having a height of about 20 microns and a spacing of 80 microns, and the micro-embossing in the form of lines or dots (4) to a height of about 2 to 5 microns. The lines have a predetermined height (H) and a predetermined spacing (S) such that the ratio S:H is typically from about 6:1 to 2:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Note Printing Australia Limited
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Nemeth, Wayne Kevin Jackson
  • Patent number: 6638606
    Abstract: A hardcoat for a plastic substrate film is provided which has good suitability for printing and satisfactory hardness, can prevent influence of the deformation of a plastic substrate film from extending to the hardcoat, and is resistant to cracking and peeling. The hardcoat is produced from a coating component containing one or more organic components having a polymerizable functional group and an inorganic filler, at least one of the organic components being free from a hydrogen bond-forming group. In the hard coat, the content of the inorganic filler in the surface of the hardcoat is higher than that in the interior of the hardcoat. The hardcoat can be applied to antireflection films and hologram labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Yoshihara, Yurie Ota, Nobuko Takahashi, Noboru Kunimine, Satoshi Shioda, Mikiko Hojo
  • Patent number: 6638386
    Abstract: A composite sheet having the capability of having embossed therein a holographic image or diffraction grating image has a structure of multiple layers including a plastic film carrier, lacquer, metal and, optionally, a lacquer overlay. It may be adhered to a substrate without the necessity of removing the plastic film carrier and may have a holographic image embossed therein during the step of adhering or in a separate operation at a different time and may have printing applied to the layer of metal or to the lacquer overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Novavision, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Boswell, Michael J. Messmer
  • Patent number: 6589622
    Abstract: A resealable label flap including a tamper indicating tab that remains in contact with the package body to indicate that the label flap has been removed from the package body. The label flap includes a main body portion having a first adhesive applied to its bottom face surface. The first adhesive is a removable adhesive that allows the label flap to be repeatedly removed and reapplied to the package body. The label flap further includes a starting tab that does not adhere to the top surface of the package body. A tamper indicating tab is formed as part of the starting tab and includes the first adhesive applied to its bottom face surface. The tamper indicating tab is defined by a series of perforations such that when the label flap is initially removed from the product package, the tamper indicating tab separates from the starting tab along the perforations to indicate that the product package has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Prime Label & Screen, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry M. Scott
  • Patent number: RE38321
    Abstract: A hologram forming layer, transparent evaporated layer, colored layer, adhesion anchor layer, and adhesive layer are sequentially laminated on the under surface of a base member. The laminated body is used as a seal by the presence of the adhesive layer. It is preferable for the base member to have adequate rigidity (flexibility, tensile strength) and surface flatness. The hologram forming layer has a relief type hologram image. The transparent evaporated layer is a multi-layered ceramic layer constructed by alternately laminating high-refractive index layers and low-refractive index layers and the thickness thereof is preferably set to 1 &mgr;m or less. In the transparent evaporated layer, the color of visible light in predetermined wavelength range is changed according to the viewing angle when it is transmitted therethrough or reflected therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruo Uyama, Takahiro Harada, Mitsuru Kano, Nagahisa Matsudaira, Kazuhisa Hoshino, Satoshi Kitamura, Fuminobu Noguchi, Tsutomu Shikakubo