Color Development Patents (Class 430/351)
  • Patent number: 10247603
    Abstract: Provided an ultraviolet-sensing sheet that facilitates measurement of ultraviolet irradiance over a wide area, that is suitable in ultraviolet irradiance in a range from 1 to 1,000 mJ/cm2, and that is easier to visually assess for coloring on the cumulative illuminance of ultraviolet, an ultraviolet-sensing kit, and a method for sensing ultraviolet. The ultraviolet-sensing kit comprises a sheet containing an ultraviolet-sensing layer and a film for adjusting ultraviolet-sensitivity, wherein the sheet containing an ultraviolet-sensing layer comprising, a support and an ultraviolet-sensing layer in this order, the ultraviolet-sensing layer comprising a capsule containing a photo-oxidant and a capable of developing color by the photo-oxidant, a mass ratio of the photo-oxidant and the leuco dye is 0.2 to 1.0:1, and the leuco dye being present in an amount of 0.1 to 1.0 g per 1 m2 of a surface area of the ultraviolet-sensing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Hatta
  • Publication number: 20140127429
    Abstract: A method of forming a coloured substrate, comprising applying to or incorporating within the substrate a diacetylene compound, and exposing the substrate to (i) a first, activating stimulus that converts the diacetylene compound from an unreactive to a reactive form, and (ii) a second stimulus that causes the reactive form of the diacetylene compound to polymerize and form the coloured substrate, wherein the diacetylene compound reverts to its unreactive form on removal of the activating stimulus and is of formula I: Y—C?C—C?C—(CH2)n-T-Q-Z (I) wherein: n=an odd integer; T=CO, CS or a bond; Q=NH, S, O, OCONH, NHCONH, NH—CHE-CONH, NHCOO or NHCSNH wherein E is H or a C1-20 alkyl group; Z=H or a hydrocarbon group containing 1 to 20 carbon atoms; Y=H or any group comprising at least one carbon atom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: DATALASE LTD.
    Inventors: Anthony N. Jarvis, Christopher A. Wyres, Benjamin Mulchin, Adam O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 8637223
    Abstract: Negative-Working Lithographic Printing Plate Precursors can be provided with desired contrast coloration after imaging using a coloring fluid that includes a water-insoluble colorant that is soluble in a water-insoluble fatty alcohol. The coloring fluid provides an optical density change in the exposed regions of at least OD2 that is greater than the original optical density of those regions, OD1. The coloring fluid can be applied immediately after imaging and before processing, or it can be applied as part of the developer or processing solution, or it can be applied after processing. The coloring fluid can also be applied to imaged precursors that are designed for either off-press or on-press development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Murray Figov, Moshe Marom, Ilan Levi
  • Patent number: 8464771
    Abstract: A multi-layer laminate media is provided on which information may be applied in machine or human readable form on a visible front surface by the output of one or more lasers, or other high intensity light source. In a preferred embodiment, the media has three layers including preferably transparent substrate, a thermochromic layer and a light absorbent layer located intermediate the media substrate and the thermochromic layer. The light absorbent layer is adapted to absorb light from the light source and convert the absorbed light into heat. The heat is immediately conducted into selected portions of the thermochromic layer which is in thermal contact with the light absorbent layer, causing portions of the thermochromic layer to change visual appearance such as color to create the desired mark. The media optimally includes obscuration materials to reduce the visibility of the light absorbent layer to the naked eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Sinclair Systems International LLC
    Inventors: M. Scott Howarth, Colin P. Woodward, Neil Griffin, Sam Hyde, Roger Clarke, Richard Calusdian, Wilson B. Murray, Richard Hirst, Richard Evans, Enrique B. Schilling, Gareth Melton, Timothy Moore, David Southwood
  • Patent number: 8247163
    Abstract: Lithographic printing plates can be prepared with enhanced contrast between the image and background by coloring the imaged or exposed regions using a coloring fluid containing a water-insoluble colorant (dye or pigment) and an organic solvent that swells the imaged regions sufficiently for the colorant to be embedded or diffused therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Livia T. Memetea, Jianbing Huang, Heidi M. Munnelly, Scott Wertz
  • Patent number: 8105571
    Abstract: A method of treating a pulmonary disease such as, for instance idiophathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), mixed connective tissue disease and asthma, comprising administering an aerosolized interferon such as interferon ? in a therapeutically effective amount is provided herein. Also, pharmaceutical compositions of one or more aerosolized interferon(s) alone or in combination with other therapeutic agents are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: New York University, The Research Foundation of the State University of New York
    Inventors: Gerald Smaldone, Rany Condos
  • Patent number: 7837823
    Abstract: A multi-layer laminate media is provided on which information may be applied in machine or human readable form on a visible front surface by the output of one or more lasers, or other high intensity light source. In a preferred embodiment, the media has three layers including a substrate, a thermochromic layer and a light absorbent layer such as carbon black located intermediate the media substrate and the thermochromic layer. The light absorbent layer is adapted to absorb light from the light source and convert the absorbed light into heat. The heat is immediately conducted into selected portions of the thermochromic layer which is in thermal contact with the light absorbent layer, causing portions of the thermochromic layer to change visual appearance such as color to create the desired mark. The invention includes a method and apparatus for using the media in conjunction with labeling produce items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sinclair Systems International, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Griffin, Sam Hyde, Aylwyn Scally, Roger Clarke, M. Scott Howarth, Richard Calusdian, Wilson B. Murray, Richard Hirst, Richard Evans
  • Patent number: 7820349
    Abstract: The invention provides a toner for electrostatic latent image development comprising a first component and a second component which are isolated from each other and capable of forming a color when the first component and the second component are brought into reaction with each other, and a photo-curable composition containing either the first component or the second component, the photo-curable composition not being capable of forming a color when the photo-curable composition is not cured, that is irreversibly controlled to a state of being capable of forming a color by irradiating light having a specific wavelength at which the photo-curable composition is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Takagi, Takashi Imai, Susumu Yoshino, Katsumi Daimon, Emi Takahashi, Toyofumi Inoue, Yasushige Nakamura, Isao Ito
  • Patent number: 7704778
    Abstract: A microlens structure and a method of fabrication thereof are provided. The method comprises forming a layer of microlens material over a substrate, which has photo-sensitive elements formed therein. The microlens material, which comprises a photo-resist material, is exposed in accordance with a desired pattern a plurality of times. The energy used with each exposure process is less than the energy required if a single exposure is used. Furthermore, the masks used for each exposure may differ. In an embodiment, the masks are varied so as to create a notch in the upper corner of the microlens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chang Kao, Chih-Kung Chang, Fu-Tien Weng, Bii-Junq Chang
  • Publication number: 20090009701
    Abstract: The light diffusing plate includes a light-transmissive support, a diffusing layer having light-transmissive spheres, and a light-sensitive color forming material interposed between the support and the diffusing layer, the light-sensitive color forming material containing a positive-acting diazo light- and heat-sensitive material or a positive-acting silver halide light-sensitive emulsion, or a negative-acting light-sensitive color forming material in the side contacting the light-transmissive spheres and a positive-acting light-sensitive color forming material in the side of the support, the light-sensitive color forming material being developed to take on color after generally parallel light is launched from a side where the diffusing layer is provided. The display apparatus makes use of the diffusing plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Akira YAMAGUCHI, Kenichi Nakagawa, Sumitaka Tatsuta, Toshitaka Agano
  • Patent number: 7465533
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having a support, an image forming layer which is disposed on the support and contains at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, at least one non-photosensitive layer which is disposed on the same side of the support as the image forming layer and farther from the support than the image forming layer, and a back layer which includes at least another non-photosensitive layer and is disposed on the opposite side of the support from the image forming layer, wherein the back layer contains a fluorocarbon polymer having a monomer component represented by the following (M2): (M2) a monomer containing a fluorine atom and having an unsaturated bond capable of radical polymerization. An image forming method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporporation
    Inventors: Minoru Sakai, Yoshihisa Tsukada
  • Patent number: 7419774
    Abstract: Disclosed is a photothermographic material comprising a support having disposed on a surface thereof, a non-photosensitive silver source, a photosensitive silver halide, and a reducing agent, and having disposed another surface thereof at least one non-photosensitive layer, wherein at least one of the non-photosensitive layers contains at least one type of gelatin having an isoelectric point of from 5.0 to 9.5; and a method for processing the photothermographic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: FUJILFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Rikio Inoue
  • Patent number: 7348110
    Abstract: A photothermographic material having a Dmin and Dmax optical density. The material includes a support having hereon one or more thermally-developable imaging layers which are developable to produce an image when the photothermographic material is thermally processed; and an area disposed along a length of at least one edge of the photothermographic material, wherein the area has an optical density less than the Dmax and greater than the Dmin of the photothermographic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Vanous, Bryan V. Hunt, Robert R. Brearey, Steven H. Kong, Mark C. Skinner, Thomas C. Geisler
  • Patent number: 7309564
    Abstract: A photothermographic material including, on at least one surface of a support, at least a photosensitive silver halide containing a silver iodide at 40 mol % or more, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, and a reducing agent, wherein the photothermographic material contains two or more kinds of the reducing agent at the mixing ratio to satisfy at least one of a), b), c) and d): a) a difference between a sensitivity or b) a difference between a maximum density is 0.10 or less, when developed at 120° C. for 10 sec and a sensitivity when developed at 120° C. for 14 sec; c) a difference between a sensitivity or d) a difference between a maximum density is 0.10 or less, when developed at 117° C. for 12 sec and a sensitivity when developed at 123° C. for 12 sec. An image forming method using the photothermographic material is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Katsutoshi Yamane, Yasuhiko Goto
  • Patent number: 7258968
    Abstract: Thermally developable materials including photothermographic and thermographic materials having a buried conductive backside layer comprising one or more binder polymers, and an antistatic compound that is an organic solvent soluble alkali metal salt of any of a perfluorinated aliphatic carboxylic acid having 2 or 3 carbon atoms, a perfluorinated aliphatic sulfonate, or a tetrafluoroborate, provide antistatic coatings that exhibit little dependence on humidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Carestream Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. LaBelle, Thomas J. Ludermann, Kumars Sakizadeh, Thomas J. Kub
  • Patent number: 7192695
    Abstract: An image forming method comprising by imagewise exposing a photothermographic material comprising at least a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, a reducing agent, and a binder, on at least one surface of a support, and thermally developing the photothermographic material at a line speed of 20 mm/sec or higher using an image forming apparatus, wherein the reducing agent is a bisphenol compound which has at a meso-position a substituent with ring structure or a substituent having an unsaturated bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: FujiFilm Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Sakai, Fumito Nariyuki, Yasuhiro Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 7153645
    Abstract: A silver salt photo-thermal photographic dry imaging material comprising on a support a light-sensitive layer containing light-insensitive silver salt of aliphatic carboxylic acid particles, a light-sensitive emulsion having light-sensitive silver halide grains, a silver ion reducing agent and a binder. The light-sensitive emulsion contains silver halide particles having diameters of from 0.001 ?m to 0.050 ?m in the ratio of 50% or more by weight in terms of silver of the entire light-sensitive silver halide grains contained, and the number average particle diameter of the light-insensitive silver salt of aliphatic carboxylic acid is from 0.01 ?m to 0.60 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Medical & Graphic, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyokazu Morita
  • Patent number: 7145587
    Abstract: A thermal development apparatus comprises: a photothermographic recording material feed section that contains a supply tray in the photothermographic recording material feed section, the supply tray being for containing a photothermographic recording material; an exposure section that subjects the photothermographic recording material to exposure; a first conveyance section that conveys the photothermographic recording material from the supply tray to the exposure section; a thermal development section that effects thermal development of the photothermographic recording material; a second conveyance section that conveys the photothermographic recording material from the exposure section to the thermal development section; a cassette storage section that contains a cassette, the cassette being for containing a double-sided photothermographic recording material having image forming layers on both sides of the double-sided photothermographic recording material; and a third conveyance section that conveys the dou
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Okada
  • Patent number: 6913876
    Abstract: A photothermographic material is disclosed, comprising a support, an organic silver salt, a light-sensitive silver halide, a reducing agent and a contrast-increasing agent, wherein the photothermographic material further comprises a secondary or tertiary amino group-containing alkoxysilane compound and a polyethyleneimine. A light-shielding package of the photothermographic material is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventor: Yasunobu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6815679
    Abstract: A reversible thermal recording material permits recording having a clear contrast at a high sensitivity and erasing such images a number of times, at least 1,000 times, repetitively, and comprises a leuco dye, a reversible developer and a light-heat-converting dye, the light-heat-converting dye having a deterioration ratio of 20% or less when a laser beam having an oscillation wavelength of 830 nm is applied thereto repeatedly 1000 times at a temperature of 25° C. at an energy of 2 J/cm2 or being a phthalocyanine compound having a vanadyl group, and a method of recording an image comprises applying a laser beam to the reversible thermal recording material, wherein the colored leuco dye is achromatized with energy that is 25 to 65% of the energy of the laser beam employed for causing the leuco dye to develop a color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Paper Mills Limited
    Inventor: Yoichiro Azuma
  • Patent number: 6790569
    Abstract: A color photothermographic element comprising at least three light-sensitive units which have their individual sensitivities in different wavelength regions, each of the units comprising at least one light-sensitive silver-halide emulsion, binder, and dye-providing coupler, and a blocked developer in the presence of a thermal solvent represented by the following structure: wherein the groups are as defined in the specification to promote the thermal development of the photothermographic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Xiqiang Yang, Zbyslaw R. Owczarczyk, David T. Southby, Mark E. Irving, Paul B. Merkel, Lyn M. Irving, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6783902
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for thermal development having a receiver for receiving an imagewise exposed thermal film, an accumulator for gathering the film, a drive for advancing the film from the receiver to the accumulator, a heater located between the receiver and the accumulator for developing the film, a compound image scanner for scanning the film after it has been thermally developed, the scanner having a first light source and a first sensor placed for forming a first electronic record of the image formed on the developed film by reflection, a second light source and a second sensor placed for forming a second electronic record of the image by an opposing reflection, and a third sensor and a third light source placed for forming a third electronic record of the image formed by transmission, and a lighttight container for the receiver and the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard P. Szajewski, Mark E. Irving
  • Publication number: 20040126722
    Abstract: The present invention provides a photothermographic material comprising a substrate, and a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic silver salt, reducing agents for thermal development and a binder which are provided on the substrate, wherein: the reducing agents for thermal development include a reducing agent which does not form a dye during thermal development and a reducing agent which forms a dye during thermal development; and the reducing agent which forms a dye has higher activity than that of the reducing agent which does not form a dye. It is preferable that the reducing agent which forms a dye at thermal development and has a specific chemical structure is contained in an amount of 40% by mol or less relative to a total amount of the reducing agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Yoshioka, Toyohisa Oya
  • Patent number: 6746830
    Abstract: A silver halide photosensitive material having a substrate, a heat-responsive-discolorable coloring layer and a photosensitive layer coated thereon and having a silver halide, dye-providing compound and a binder, the heat-responsive-discolorable coloring layer containing a heat-responsive-discolorable coloring composition, which is colored at a temperature lower than its discoloration initiation temperature (T) of 60 to 200° C.; which is substantially discolored at a temperature equal to or higher than T; and which does not recover its color once discolored, even when its temperature is lowered to a temperature lower than T again, and the heat-responsive-discolorable coloring composition containing a polymer having a glass transition temperature of 60 to 200° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Arakawa, Takahiro Ishizuka
  • Patent number: 6746833
    Abstract: A color image forming method is disclosed, comprising exposing a silver halide color photographic material and developing the exposed photographic material at 43 to 180° C. to form a color image, wherein at least one light-sensitive layer comprising a silver halide emulsion comprising tabular silver halide grains having an average aspect ratio of at least 8. There is also disclosed a digital image forming process, wherein image recording information of the photographic material which was formed by use of the color image forming method is coverted to digital image information through an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromoto Ii, Hiroyuki Hoshino, Noriyuki Kokeguchi
  • Patent number: 6727050
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic lightsensitive material comprises, on a support, at least one lightsensitive silver halide emulsion layer and at least one non-lightsensitive layer. The roughness of the surfaces of the lightsensitive material satisfies the relationship of formula (1): Rq1/Rq2≦0.5   (1) wherein Rq1 is the roughness of one of the surfaces of the lightsensitive material with which a heat source is to be brought into contact, and Rq2 is the roughness of the other opposing surface of the lightsensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichiro Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 6699649
    Abstract: A photothermographic imaging material comprising a support having thereon a photosensitive layer comprising a photosensitive silver halide, a light-insensitive organic silver salt, a binder, and a reducing agent for silver ions, wherein the reducing agent is represented by the following Formula (S):  wherein Z is a group of atoms necessary to form a non aromatic ring of 3 to 10 members; Rx is a hydrogen or an alkyl group; each Ro′ and Ro″ is independently a hydrogen, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or a heterocyclic group; Qo is a substituent; and each n and m is independently an integer of 0 to 2; and plural Qos may be the same or different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Ayumu Nishijima, Kiyokazu Morita, Norio Miura, Kazuaki Nakamura, Ryohei Iwamoto, Kiyoshi Fukusaka
  • Patent number: 6696230
    Abstract: A color image forming method is disclosed, comprising exposing a silver halide color photographic material and developing the exposed photographic material at 43 to 180° C. to form a color image, wherein when the photographic material is exposed so that the light-sensitive layer has a transmission density of a minimum density plus 0.1, the light-sensitive layer comprises dye-clouds having an average diameter of 3.0 to 20.0 &mgr;m. There is also disclosed a digital image forming process, wherein image recording information of the photographic material which was formed by use of the color image forming method is converted to digital image information through an image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kokeguchi, Hiroyuki Hoshino, Hiromoto II
  • Patent number: 6686105
    Abstract: A color filter having a light-transmissive support and two or more color-developing layers, which develop hues differing from each other, laminated on the support. Each color-developing layer is developed into a predetermined color pattern including pixels. The pixels of the developed color patterns of the layers either overlap in a direction of lamination or do not overlap in the direction of lamination. Also provided are a color filter forming material produced by laminating the two or more photosensitive and heat-sensitive color-developing layers on the light-transmissive support, and a process for producing a color filter by exposing each photosensitive and heat-sensitive color-developing layer of the above color filter forming material to form a predetermined pattern, heating the photosensitive and heat-sensitive color-developing layers, and fixing the developed color patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shintaro Washizu, Hirotaka Matsumoto, Kozo Nagata, Kyoko Hanasaki
  • Patent number: 6649329
    Abstract: The present application relates to a photothermographic material comprising, on a side of a support, (a) a photosensitive silver halide, (b) a reducible silver salt, (c) a phenol derivative having the specific structure as reducing compound, (d) a binder, (e) a coupler compound, and (f) a compound represented by Q1—NHNH—V6 wherein Q1 is a 5- to 7-membered unsaturated ring and V6 is a carbamoyl group, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toyohisa Oya, Kazunobu Katoh
  • Publication number: 20030211408
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for thermal development having a receiver for receiving an imagewise exposed thermal film, an accumulator for gathering the film, a drive for advancing the film from the receiver to the accumulator, a heater located between the receiver and the accumulator for developing the film, a compound image scanner for scanning the film after it has been thermally developed, the scanner having a first light source and a first sensor placed for forming a first electronic record of the image formed on the developed film by reflection, a second light source and a second sensor placed for forming a second electronic record of the image by an opposing reflection, and a third sensor and a third light source placed for forming a third electronic record of the image formed by transmission, and a lighttight container for the receiver and the heater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventors: Richard P. Szajewski, Mark E. Irving
  • Publication number: 20030203324
    Abstract: A color image forming method is disclosed, comprising exposing a silver halide color photographic material and developing the exposed photographic material at 43 to 180° C. to form a color image, wherein when the photographic material is exposed so that the light-sensitive layer has a transmission density of a minimum density plus 0.1, the light-sensitive layer comprises dye-clouds having an average diameter of 3.0 to 20.0 &mgr;m. There is also disclosed a digital image forming process, wherein image recording information of the photographic material which was formed by use of the color image forming method is converted to digital image information through an image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kokeguchi, Hiroyuki Hoshino, Hiromoto Ii
  • Patent number: 6620562
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of scanning silver-halide-containing color photographic and photothermographic film. In particular, the present invention comprises a photographic element comprising at least one infrared imaging dye-forming agent in a blue-sensitive color layer of the element, thereby forming at least one image record in the infrared region of the imagewise exposed and developed element. This expedient leads to the formation of high quality images when scanning photographic elements in which the silver halide, metallic silver, and/or any organic silver salts have not been removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James H. Reynolds, David H. Levy, Robert W. Kulpinski, Leif P. Olson, Wojciech K. Slusarek
  • Patent number: 6593069
    Abstract: A photothermographic material comprising at least (a) a photosensitive silver halide, (b) a reducible silver salt, (c) a reducing compound represented by the following formula (1) or (2), (d) a binder and (e) a coupler compound on the same side of a support: wherein, in the formula (1), V1 to V4 each independently represent hydrogen atom or a substituent, and V5 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, aryl group or heterocyclic group: Q1—NHNH—V6  (2) wherein, in the formula (2), Q1 represents a 5- to 7-membered unsaturated ring bonding to NHNH—V6 at a carbon atom, and V6 represents a carbamoyl group, an acyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, a sulfonyl group or a sulfamoyl group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toyohisa Oya, Kazunobu Katoh, Shigeo Hirano
  • Patent number: 6586167
    Abstract: A method for thermally forming images for plate making, which comprises forming an image for plate making by using a thermally processed image recording material comprising a silver salt of an organic acid, a reducing agent, a color image forming material and an organic binder on a support, wherein the image consists essentially of a developed silver image and a color forming dye image and the color forming dye image shows an absorbance for ultraviolet region higher than that for visible region and has a transmission density of 0.3 or more for the region of 360-450 nm. There are provided a thermally processed image recording material and method for thermally forming images that provide significant difference of ultraviolet absorption between image areas and non-image areas suitable for printing plate making.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunobu Katoh, Toyohisa Oya
  • Patent number: 6555299
    Abstract: A method for processing a silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material. The material has, on a support, at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer comprising a light-sensitive silver halide emulsion, a compound that forms a dye by a coupling reaction with a developing agent in an oxidized form, and a binder. The method comprises processing the light-sensitive material such that a silver density of the at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer during development is 4×105 g/m3 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichiro Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 6551768
    Abstract: Blocked photographically useful groups decompose thermally via a Lossen rearrangement reaction, including, for example, compounds represented by the following structure: In the above structure, the substituents are as defined in the application. Such compounds have good reactivity and can by used to block photographically useful compounds such as developing agents until thermally activated under preselected conditions. Compounds according to the present invention are especially useful in color photothermographic imaging elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Wojciech K. Slusarek, Xiqiang Yang, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6537712
    Abstract: This invention relates to a color photothermographic element comprising an imaging layer having associated therewith a compound of Structure I: wherein DEV, LINK, TIME, n, T, t, C*, R12, D, p, X, q, W, and w are defined in the application. Such compounds have good reactivity as developing agents when thermally activated under preselected conditions. The invention is also directed to a method of developing a color photothermographic element, including dry development systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Wojciech K. Slusarek, Xiqiang Yang, Mark E. Irving, David H. Levy, Jared B. Mooberry, James J. Seifert, James H. Reynolds, Lyn M. Irving, Zbyslaw R. Owczarczyk, David K. Southby
  • Patent number: 6534226
    Abstract: This invention comprises an imaging element comprising an imaging layer having associated therewith a compound of Structure I: In the above Structure I, the substituents are as defined in the application. Such compounds have good reactivity and can by used to block photographically useful compounds such as developing agents until thermally activated under preselected conditions. Compounds according to the present invention are especially useful in color photothermographic imaging elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Zbyslaw R. Owczarczyk, David T. Southby, Xiqiang Yang
  • Patent number: 6528243
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material has a support provided thereon a photographic constitutional layer including at least one photographic light-sensitive layer that contains a light-sensitive silver halide, an organosilver salt having a nitrogen-containing heterocycle, a compound capable of forming a dye by coupling reaction with an oxidized developing agent, and a binder, wherein the light-sensitive layer contains: (A) as the silver halide, a silver halide emulsion composed of tabular silver halide grains having a main face made up of a (111) plane, an average diameter of an equivalent circle of at least 0.70 &mgr;m, and an average thickness of less than 0.20 &mgr;m; and (B) as the organosilver salt, a compound in which a hydrogen on a 5- or 6-membered nitrogen-containing heterocycle having at least one —NH— group is replaced with Ag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Koide, Toshio Kawagishi
  • Patent number: 6521384
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photothermographic element in which the density formed in a thermally processed photothermographic element is limited for the purpose of scanning the element prior to removal of silver halide, metallic silver, and/or any organic silver salts. In one embodiment of the invention, this is accomplished by employing limited quantities of sensitized silver halide in a photothermographic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Richard P. Szajewski
  • Patent number: 6506528
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photothermographic color element containing a mixture of blocked developers in the same emulsion layer, which blocked developers having different onset temperatures. Such a mixture has been found to allow for lower film processing temperatures and/or shorter times of development with respect to the blocked developer having a higher onset temperature. Conversely, improved discrimination can be obtained with respect to the blocked developer having the lower onset temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Zbyslaw R. Owczarczyk, David T. Southby, Xiqiang Yang
  • Patent number: 6500590
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of processing color photographic film that has been imagewise exposed in a camera, said film having at least three light-sensitive units which have their individual sensitivities in different wavelength regions, each of the units comprising at least one light-sensitive silver-halide emulsion, binder, and dye-providing coupler, which method in order comprises: (a) thermally developing the film step without any externally applied developing agent, comprising heating said film to a temperature greater than 80° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Irving, David T. Southby
  • Patent number: 6495299
    Abstract: This invention relates to packaged photographic film that is capable of being alternately processed, according to individual consumer choice, by either (1) a traditional wet-chemistry process with a developer solution followed by desilvering in one or more subsequent solutions to obtain a color negative film, or (2) a dry thermal process without the use of aqueous solutions in which a blocked developing agent located within the photographic element is thermally activated or unblocked, optionally followed by electronic scanning of the developed film without desilvering. This invention enables a single film stock to be developed in both a conventional deep tank process and in a dry thermal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David H. Levy, James H. Reynolds, David T. Southby, Paul D. Zimmerman, Mark E. Irving
  • Patent number: 6495304
    Abstract: There is disclosed a novel color-developing agent of a 1,2,4-thiadiazol-5-yl hydrazine type. There is also disclosed a silver halide photographic light-sensitive material which gives sufficient color formation by development and forms an image excellent in image quality and image storability, by using the color-developing agent. Further, there is disclosed an image-forming method using the light-sensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Uchida, Yasuhiro Ishiwata, Kiyoshi Takeuchi, Taiji Katsumata, Takashi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6492076
    Abstract: This invention relates to a color photothermographic element comprising a support, at least one photothermographic imaging layer, and at least one antihalation layer or filter layer, wherein the antihalation or filer layer comprises an aqueous heat-bleachable composition comprising at least one zwitterionic 1-aminopyridinium dye having a methine linkage terminated by a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic nucleus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Ramanuj Goswami, Mark E. Irving, David H. Levy
  • Publication number: 20020160283
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photothermographic element in which the density formed in a thermally processed photothermographic element is limited for the purpose of scanning the element prior to removal of silver halide, metallic silver, and/or any organic silver salts. In one embodiment of the invention, this is accomplished by employing limited quantities of sensitized silver halide in a photothermographic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard P. Szajewski, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6465163
    Abstract: A heat developable light-sensitive material comprises a support, a light-sensitive layer and a non-light-sensitive layer. The light-sensitive layer contains silver halide and a reducing agent. The non-light-sensitive layer contains a cyanine dye represented by the formula (I) or a salt thereof and a base precursor: in which R1 is hydrogen, an aliphatic group, an aromatic group, —NR21R24, —OR21 or —SR21, each of R21 and R24 independently is hydrogen, an aliphatic group or an aromatic group, or R21 and R24 are combined to form a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic ring; R2 is hydrogen, an aliphatic group or an aromatic group; R3 is an aliphatic group; L1 is a methine chain consisting of an odd number of methines; and each of Z1 and Z2 independently is an atomic group forming a five-membered or six-membered nitrogen-containing heterocyclic ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Sakurada, Masaki Noro, Itsuo Fujiwara, Yoshiharu Yabuki
  • Publication number: 20020146650
    Abstract: A photographic processing element is disclosed, comprising a color developing agent or its precursor. The element further comprises a base or its precursor. An image forming method is also disclosed, comprising superposing a processing element comprising a color developing agent or its precursor on an exposed silver halide photographic material to perform development of the photographic material to form an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kokeguchi, Hiromichi Mizukami, Yoshihiko Suda
  • Patent number: 6455235
    Abstract: A photographic processing element is disclosed, comprising a color developing agent or its precursor. The element further comprises a base or its precursor. An image forming method is also disclosed, comprising superposing a processing element comprising a color developing agent or its precursor on an exposed silver halide photographic material to perform development of the photographic material to form an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Noriyuki Kokeguchi, Hiromichi Mizukami, Yoshihiko Suda