Developing Inhibitor Or Processing Ingredient Containing Patents (Class 430/505)
  • Patent number: 6599684
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photothermographic element comprising at least one imaging layer with a pyrrolotriazole coupler and a developing agent, or precursor thereof, the combination of which is capable of forming an image record in the infrared region of the light spectrum in response to a selected hue of visible light. This expedient leads to the formation of high quality images, especially when scanning photothermographic elements in which the silver halide, metallic silver, and/or any organic silver salts have not been removed. Also disclosed is a method for photothermographically forming a developed image comprising an infrared image record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James H. Reynolds, Leif P. Olson, Wojciech K. Slusarek, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6576414
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photothermographic element comprising silver halide, a blocked developer, a coupler, and core/shell particles, each such particle comprising a mixture of at least two non-photosensitive organic silver salts, which particle comprises a center portion comprising a non-photosensitive first organic silver salt and at least one shell portion covering the center portion, the shell comprising a non-photosensitive second organic silver salt. The organic silver salt in the shell has a lower pKsp relative to the organic silver salt in the core. This invention also provides a composition comprising the core/shell non-photosensitive organic silver salt particles, and a method of making the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Irving, David H. Levy, Bernard D. Stich, Mark R. Mis, Stephen Swingley, Donald L. Black
  • Patent number: 6569612
    Abstract: A color photographic element is disclosed comprising at least three light-sensitive units which have their individual sensitivities in different wavelength regions, comprising at least one imaging layer comprising a light-sensitive silver-halide emulsion, binder, and a yellow coupler represented by the following structure: Wherein COUP is a photographic coupler residue capable of coupling with oxidized color developer to form a first yellow dye L is a linking group selected from the group consisting of —OC(═O)—, —OC(═S)—, —SC(═O)—, and —SC(═S)—, and —DYE is a releasable second yellow dye or yellow dye precursor, wherein COUP is an acetanilide compound that contains one or more electron-withdrawing groups such that the pKa at the coupling site is less than 8.7. Such yellow couplers improve activity and enhance dye densities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Lelia Cosimbescu, Jared B. Mooberry, David T. Southby, Louis E. Friedrich
  • Patent number: 6562556
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material, which has at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a yellow coupler, at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a magenta coupler, and at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a cyan coupler, provided on a support, wherein at least one layer of said light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layers contains a silver halide emulsion comprising silver halide grains having a silver chloride content of 95 mol % or more, and wherein, with respect to each of characteristic curves obtained by a color development of said light-sensitive material after exposure, a specific relationship as defined by the density and the exposure amount is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akito Yokozawa
  • Patent number: 6562557
    Abstract: A color photographic material comprising a transparent support, at least one blue-sensitive, predominantly yellow-coupling silver halide emulsion layer, at least one green-sensitive, predominantly magenta-coupling silver halide emulsion layer (PP-1) and at least one red-sensitive, predominantly cyan-coupling silver halide emulsion layer (BG-1), characterised in that the spectral sensitivity distribution of BG-1 is characterised in that 605≦&lgr;max≦630 nm, 0.1≦&Dgr;lgE640≦0.6 and 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert
    Inventors: Klaus Wagner, Heinz Schütz, Peter Bell, Lothar Endres, Detlev Kapitza, Thomas Stetzer
  • Publication number: 20030087209
    Abstract: A silver halide color reversal photographic material comprises, on a transparent support, at least one each of blue-, green-, and red-sensitive emulsion layer units. The lightsensitive material further has means for regulating an interimage effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Kuramitsu, Minoru Sato
  • Patent number: 6558886
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver halide direct view multicolor photographic element comprising a green record containing a green light sensitized silver halide emulsion and comprising either (a) a magenta dye-forming coupler and a cyan dye-forming coupler in an amount of at least 0.1 mole % of the couplers present in the green record, or (b) a green record having a coupler or couplers sufficient to provide upon development a Status A red density greater than 0.23 as measured using a green light separation exposure at a Status A green density of 1.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Walter H. Isaac, Jess B. Hendricks, Vincent J. Flow, Patrick W. Webber, Glenn M. Brown, Cynthia A Fitzgerald, Carolyn R. Ellinger
  • Patent number: 6558885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material that comprises at least one magenta emulsion layer containing at least one specific pyrazolotriazole magenta dye-forming coupler, in which a silver halide emulsion in the magenta emulsion layer containing the magenta dye-forming coupler comprises a high silver chloride emulsion whose silver chloride content is 98 mol % or more, at least one light-insensitive hydrophilic colloidal layer contains a solid fine-particle dispersion of a dye that has 1 to 7 dissociable hydrogen or group having a dissociable hydrogen, and the magenta emulsion layer containing the magenta dye-forming coupler is a light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer most apart from the light-insensitive hydrophilic colloidal layer containing the solid fine-particle dispersion of the dye, among all the light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Sakai, Tatsuya Ishizaka, Katsuyuki Takada
  • Publication number: 20030082492
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic element comprising a silver halide emulsion which is greater than 50 mole % silver chloride and a pyrimidine compound represented by Formula I 1
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Shihua S. Chen, Roger Lok, Alberto M. Martinez, Dean H. Russell
  • Patent number: 6555304
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver halide direct view multicolor photographic element comprising a red record containing (1) a red light sensitized silver halide emulsion, (2) a cyan dye-forming NB first coupler, and (3) a second coupler selected from (a) a magenta dye forming coupler in an amount of 2-30 mole % of the total coupler in the red record and (b) a cyan dye-forming coupler having a greater absorption in the green spectra than the first coupler in an amount sufficient to provide a Status A green density in the range of 0.27 to 0.40 using a red light separation exposure at a Status A red density of 1.0. Such an element exhibits improved flesh tone reproduction and good dye dark stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Walter H. Isaac, Vincent J. Flow, James S. Honan, Jeffrey C. Smitley, Patrick W. Webber, Glenn M. Brown, Cynthia A. Fitzgerald, Jess B. Hendricks, Thomas A. Rosiek, John H. Harder, Carolyn H. Ellinger
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030073044
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photothermographic element comprising at least one imaging layer with a pyrrolotriazole coupler and a developing agent, or precursor thereof, the combination of which is capable of forming an image record in the infrared region of the light spectrum in response to a selected hue of visible light. This expedient leads to the formation of high quality images, especially when scanning photothermographic elements in which the silver halide, metallic silver, and/or any organic silver salts have not been removed. Also disclosed is a method for photothermographically forming a developed image comprising an infrared image record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventors: James H. Reynolds, Leif P. Olson, Wojciech K. Slusarek, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6548236
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photothermographic element comprising silver halide, a blocked developer, a coupler, and core/shell particles, each such particle comprising a mixture of at least two non-photosensitive organic silver salts, which particle comprises a center portion comprising a non-photosensitive first organic silver salt and at least one shell portion covering the center portion, the shell comprising a non-photosensitive second organic silver salt. The organic silver salt in the shell has a higher pKsp relative to the organic silver salt in the core. This invention also provides a composition comprising core/shell non-photosensitive organic silver salt particles, and a method of making the particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Irving, David H. Levy, JoAnn D. Hanna, Stephen Swingley, Donald L. Black, Stephen C. Stoker
  • Publication number: 20030068568
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventors: James H. Reynolds, David H. Levy, Robert W. Kulpinski, Leif P. Olson, Wojciech K. Slusarek
  • Publication number: 20030064331
    Abstract: A color photographic silver halide material which can be developed to form a negative, at least 95 mol % of the silver halides of which consist of AgCl, and which contains at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, the silver halide of which contains at least one compound of formulae (I), (II) and (III):
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventors: Cuong Ly, Edgar Draber, Matthias Feigl, Gunter Helling, Thomas Kaluschke, Michael Missfeldt, Maria Nietgen, Heinz-Horst Teitscheid, Ralf Weimann, Heinz Wiesen
  • Patent number: 6534256
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic lightsensitive material comprises at least one lightsensitive silver halide emulsion layer on a support. The lightsensitive material exhibits a speed at 3×10−9 sec exposure time being lower than a speed at 10−5 sec exposure time by 30 or more in terms of speed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoharu Kiyoto
  • Patent number: 6531272
    Abstract: This invention comprises a multicolor photographic element comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprising at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one cyan dye-forming coupler, a magenta dye image-forming unit comprising at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one magenta dye-forming coupler, a yellow dye image-forming unit comprising at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one yellow dye-forming coupler, wherein at least one of said layers comprises large tabular grains having an average circular diameter of greater than 2 &mgr;m and contains a fragmentable electron donating compound is of the formula: X—Y′ or a compound which contains a moiety of the formula —X—Y′; wherein X is an electron donor moiety, Y′ is a leaving proton H or a leaving group Y, with the proviso that if Y′ is a pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: James A. Friday, Joseph P. Pepe, Jeffrey C. Hansen, Annabel A. Muenter, Jerome R. Lenhard
  • Patent number: 6531271
    Abstract: A light-sensitive silver-halide color photographic element comprising at least two different chromogenic couplers including, in reactive association, a multifunctional coupler and a developer precursor that liberates a developing agent enabling cyan color from the multifunctional coupler on development, wherein the multifunctional coupler has the property that it is capable of forming a distinctly colored dye with an oxidized form of the developer 4-(N-ethyl-N-2-hydroxyethyl)-2-methylphenylenediamine. In one embodiment, the multifunctional coupler has the property that it is capable of forming a distinctly colored magenta dye with an oxidized form of the developer 4-(N-ethyl-N-2-hydroxyethyl)-2-methylphenylenediamine. By means of the present invention, light-sensitive color photothermographic elements can form yellow, magenta and cyan dye records of consistent density forming ability and consistent stability in all three color records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard P. Szajewski, Lyn M. Irving
  • Patent number: 6531269
    Abstract: A color photographic silver halide material, which has a support which comprises at least one blue-sensitive, yellow-coupling silver halide emulsion layer nearest the light source and at least one green-sensitive, magenta-coupling silver halide emulsion layer and at least one red-sensitive, cyan-coupling silver halide emulsion layer which are further from the light source than is the at least one blue-sensitive layer, and which contains at least one cyan masking coupler which has its maximum absorption above 650 mn, the red-sensitive layers have their maximum sensitivity at 620±20 nm and the absorption of the masking coupler at the maximum sensitivity of the red-sensitive layers is at most 70% of its absorption at 690 mn, is distinguished by improved color reproduction and color saturation in the magenta layer without loss of sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Agfa-Gevaert N.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Wirowski, Jan Haller, Stefan Herrmann, Jürgen Jung
  • Patent number: 6521397
    Abstract: Disclosed is a photographic element comprising a support bearing a light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith a dye forming coupler having a formula I, wherein: Ballast is a group containing at least 6 aliphatic carbon atoms, V represents a chain of three or four atoms, which may be substituted, selected from C, N, O and S sufficient to form an aromatic ring fused to the azole ring and n is 0 or 1, provided that if n is 0, Y and Ballast are directly attached to the 5-membered azole ring, W is an electron withdrawing group selected from the group consisting of —CN, —CONR1R2, —CO2R1, —NO2, and —SO2R1 where R1 and R2 are H or substituents; X is H or a coupling-off group; Y is H or a substituent; Z is an atom or group selected from >N—R, —O—, and —S—.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Mbiya Kapiamba, Donald R. Diehl, James L. Edwards, David G. Lincoln, Gary M. Russo
  • Publication number: 20030031962
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic light-sensitive material, which has, on a reflective support, at least one silver halide emulsion layer containing a cyan dye-forming coupler, at least one silver halide emulsion layer containing a magenta dye-forming coupler, at least one silver halide emulsion layer containing a yellow dye-forming coupler, and at least one light-insensitive layer, wherein oil droplets containing a dispersion of at least one blue pigment are dispersed in at least one layer of the layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Applicant: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Osamu Takahashi, Yoshiharu Yabuki
  • Patent number: 6518006
    Abstract: The present invention provides a silver halide color photographic photosensitive material having superior image sharpness and film strength. Disclosed is a silver halide color photographic photosensitive material in which a yellow-developing photosensitive silver halide emulsion layer on a support contains at least one dye-forming coupler represented by the following general formula (Y-1), and at least one layer of the non-photosensitive hydrophilic colloid layers on the support contains a dispersion of solid particles of a dye represented by the following general formula [I]. In the general formula (Y-1), Y represents a nitrogen-containing heterocycle; Z represents a substituted aryl group; X represents a hydrogen atom, or a group that leaves by the reaction with an oxidized form of a developing solution. In the general formula [I], D represents a residue of a compound having a chromophoric group; X represents a dissociative hydrogen atom or a group having a dissociative hydrogen atom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Sakai, Yasuhiro Shimada
  • Patent number: 6517981
    Abstract: A light-sensitive silver-halide color photothermographic element comprises a typically magenta dye-forming pyrazolone coupler in the cyan record by rendering the hue of the resultant dye a cyan hue. The use of certain para-phenylenediamine developers, for example, containing a substituent group in both the 2- and 6-positions (ortho, ortho') relative to the coupling nitrogen, along with selected magenta dye-forming couplers, when oxidized, yield cyan dyes with certain couplers, resulting in the superior non-hue characteristics of magenta couplers in the cyan layer. By means of the present invention, light sensitive color photothermographic elements can form image dye records of consistent density forming ability and consistent stability in all three color records. Also disclosed is a method of processing such a color photographic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Leif P. Olson, Wojciech K. Slusarek, James H. Reynolds, Richard P. Szajewski
  • Patent number: 6514680
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material having at least one blue-sensitive emulsion layer, at least one green-sensitive emulsion layer, and at least one red-sensitive emulsion layer on a transparent support, wherein the transparent support is a plastic support having two surfaces undercoated with an undercoat solution containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of a water-miscible organic solvent except for alcohols, a substituted phenol having a molecular weight of 200 or less, and a substituted acetic acid in which at least one hydrogen atom on a methyl group of acetic acid is substituted with a halogen atom, and at least one photosensitive emulsion layer contains a specific coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsuda, Hisashi Mikoshiba
  • Patent number: 6511796
    Abstract: The invention provides a multilayer silver halide color photographic element comprising a support having coated thereon at least two red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layers having different sensitivity to red light, characterized in that the most sensitive of said red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layers comprises a core-shell silver bromoiodide tabular emulsion having a pure bromide core, a total silver iodide content lower than 10% and an aspect ratio higher than 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Ferrania S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Rocca, Antonio Poggi, Simona Fava
  • Publication number: 20030017427
    Abstract: A lightsensitive material package contains a silver halide color photographic lightsensitive material and a plastic material member. The photographic lightsensitive material has at least one red-sensitive, at least one green-sensitive and at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer on a support. The plastic material member is constituted of a thermoplastic reclaimed resin. The photographic lightsensitive material and the plastic material member are arranged in a common gas-phase atmosphere and sealed in the package. 60% or more of the total projected area of silver halide grains contained in at least one of the red-, green- and blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layers is occupied by tabular grains having an aspect ratio of 8.0 or more. The plastic material member is that produced from a resin to which a substance capable of adsorbing a substance having an adverse effect on a photographic property has been supplementally added prior to molding thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: Keisuke Matsumoto, Koichi Yokota, Ryoji Nishimura, Hisashi Mikoshiba, Mitsuro Kamata
  • Patent number: 6503695
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material is disclosed. The silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material is exposed by scanning with a light beam having a pixel size of r &mgr;m for a time of not more than 10−3 seconds per pixel, and developed wherein the difference of a hwb value in thus obtained image in each of the color-forming layers and the value of r is within the range of form 0 to 50, in which the hwb is the half band width in &mgr;m of a line reproducing the line having a width of one pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Miyazawa, Junji Ito
  • 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: 6497999
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a color photothermographic film in which particles comprising an organic silver salt is treated with a passivating agent. In particular, the present invention involves passivating the organic silver salts with an organic adsorbate that blocks the surface of the organic silver salt or ligand, resulting in a reduction of speed loss. The invention is also directed to a method of making a photothermographic element to improve raw stock keeping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gregg P. Bryant, JoAnn D. Hanna, Nancy B. Liebert, Mark E. Irving
  • Publication number: 20020187443
    Abstract: A photographic element is disclosed, comprising a yellow dye forming coupler, a magenta dye forming coupler and a cyan dye forming coupler, wherein spectral reflection absorption characteristics of a yellow dye, a magenta dye and a cyan dye which are formed of the yellow dye forming coupler, the magenta dye forming coupler and the cyan dye forming coupler, respectively, meet the following requirements:
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Takeshi Hakii
  • Publication number: 20020177087
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic lightsensitive material comprising at least one silver halide photographic emulsion layer containing a silver halide photographic emulsion prepared by mixing a dispersion of silver halide grains, the silver halide grains exhibiting such spectral absorption maximum wavelength and light absorption intensity that, when the spectral absorption maximum wavelength is less than 500 nm, the light absorption intensity is 60 or more, while when the spectral absorption maximum wavelength is 500 nm or more, the light absorption intensity is 100 or more, with an emulsified dispersion, wherein the silver halide photographic emulsion, when agitated at 40° C. for 30 min, exhibits a variation of absorption spectrum integrated intensity ranging from 400 nm to 700 nm of 10% or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Masami Sakurada, Kiyoshi Morimoto, Fumitaka Ueda, Toru Yamada
  • Patent number: 6479225
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic element for forming a sepia image comprising a support and an image forming layer which contains a cyan dye forming coupler, a magenta dye forming coupler and a yellow dye forming coupler, wherein the support has CIELAB a* and b* values within the following ranges at L*>90:0<b*<6.0, 0<a*<1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David J. Valvo, Kurt M. Schroeder, Michael R. Roberts
  • Patent number: 6475712
    Abstract: Photographic elements are described which comprise a support, at least one image-forming layer, and at least one surface protective layer that contains a polymeric binder and composite wax particles having a wax phase and a polymer phase, wherein the polymer phase is soluble in alkaline photographic processing solutions. The surface protective layer advantageously enables a change in frictional characteristics after film processing in alkaline solutions which enables the photographic element to have both pre-processed wound roll stability and high post-processed lubricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Yongcai Wang, Charles C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6472111
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photothermographic color element containing a mixture of blocked developers in the same emulsion layers. By having different blocked developers or mixtures of at least two blocked developers in different color layers, it is possible to manipulate the image discrimination (at the processing temperature) in each layer and to balance the density formation or color in the different color layers. Different mixtures of blocked developers can be used in different imaging layers, to balance the Gamma, the Dmin and the Latitude in different imaging layers or color units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Eastmank Kodak Company
    Inventors: James H. Reynolds, David H. Levy, David T. Southby
  • Patent number: 6465164
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of forming an image comprising providing an imaging element comprising a transparent polymer sheet, and at least one photo sensitive dye forming coupler containing layer is on each side of said sheet, wherein there are at least four separate photo sensitive layers and the photo sensitive layers comprise at least four dye forming couplers that form at least four spectrally distinct colors, image wise exposing said imaging element by actinic radiation, developing an image, and applying a white reflective sheet to one side of the developed imaging element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter T. Aylward, Alphonse D. Camp, James L. Edwards, Robert P. Bourdelais
  • Patent number: 6461803
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic lightsensitive material comprising at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer and at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer on a support, wherein the lightsensitive material has an ISO speed of 640 or more, and has a variation, in terms of a SNGR ratio, of magenta and cyan colors of 0 dB or more when the lightsensitive material is subjected to each of white light exposure, white fluorescent lamp exposure and three band fluorescent lamp exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Suga, Takanori Hioki, Jun Okamoto
  • Patent number: 6455242
    Abstract: Disclosed is a color photographic element comprising at least one of (1) a light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer and (2) a non-silver containing light insensitive layer, said at least one layer containing a compound with a minimum of three heteroatoms that does not react with oxidized developer and that has a ClogP sufficient to increase the photographic speed of said element compared to the same element without the compound. The invention provides improved light sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Philip A. Allway, Bernard A. Clark, John D. Goddard, Louis E. Friedrich, James A. Friday, Stephen P. Singer, Marcello Vitale
  • Patent number: 6451517
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic lightsensitive material includes at least one emulsion layer on a support. At least one of the emulsion layers contains a coupler represented by formula (1) below and a coupler represented by formula (2) below at a molar ratio of 1:9 to 9:1. In formulas (1) and (2), each of R1, R2, R3, and R4 independently represents a hydrogen atom or a substituent. Each of X1 and X2 represents a hydrogen atom or a group capable splitting off by coupling with the oxidized form of a developing agent. At least one of X1 and X2 is a hydrogen atom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fukuzawa, Hisashi Mikoshiba, Yoshio Shimura
  • Patent number: 6440650
    Abstract: A silver halide color reversal photosensitive material comprising at least one blue-sensitive emulsion layer, at least one green-sensitive emulsion layer, and at least one red-sensitive emulsion layer on a transparent support, and capable of forming a color image when the photosensitive material was subjected to color development in the presence of an aromatic primary amine color developing agent after the photosensitive material was subjected to first development of black-and-white development, wherein the silver halide content in the photosensitive material before the first development is 2.5 to 6.0 g in terms of silver per m2 of the photosensitive material, the silver halide content in an unexposed portion of the photosensitive material immediately before the color development is 1.0 to 2.5 g in terms of silver per m2 of the photosensitive material, and the maximum density of each of cyan, magenta, and yellow in the color image after the color development is 3.0 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoto Matsuda, Hisashi Mikoshiba
  • Publication number: 20020106592
    Abstract: Disclosed is a color photographic element comprising a multilayered blue light sensitive record, a multilayered green light sensitive record, and a multilayered red light sensitive record, the red record comprising two or more layers of differing light sensitivity, the most light sensitive layer of the red record containing a red light sensitized first emulsion having at least one wavelength of peak absorption, and at least one of the two most light sensitive layers of the red record containing a red sensitized second emulsion, wherein the first emulsion exhibits, as measured at 0.2 density units above Dmin, at least one wavelength of peak absorption that is longer than the shortest wavelength of peak absorption of the second emulsion. The element provides an advantageous combination of speed and color rendition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Sharon R. Lunt, John F. Sawyer, Mitchell M. Lin
  • Patent number: 6428947
    Abstract: This invention comprises multicolor photographic element comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprising at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one cyan dye-forming coupler, a magenta dye image-forming unit comprising at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one magenta dye-forming coupler, a yellow dye image-forming unit comprising at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith at least one yellow dye-forming coupler, wherein at least one of said red-sensitive or green-sensitive layers comprises a fragmentable electron donating compound of the formula: X—Y′ or a compound which contains a moiety of the formula —X—Y′; wherein the speed gain deriving from addition of said compound to said layer is less than or equal to 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Sharon G. Johnston, Annabel A. Muenter, Steven P. Szatynski, Jerome R. Lenhard
  • Patent number: 6426180
    Abstract: Disclosed is a color silver halide photographic element comprising a support bearing: (1) a light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer; (2) a nitrogen heterocycle with a minimum of three heteroatoms that does not react with oxidized developer, does not contain free thiol substituents, and has a C log P sufficient to increase the photographic speed of said element compared to the same element without the compound, said heterocycle compound located either in said light sensitive layer or in a layer adjacent to it; and (3) an ETARC, in or adjacent to said light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, that releases, upon reaction with oxidized developer, an electron transfer agent having a C log P of at least 2.40. The invention provides improved light sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph F. Bringley, James A. Friday, Stephen P. Singer, Marcello Vitale
  • Patent number: 6426178
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photographic element for forming neutral images comprising a cyan dye-forming coupler, a magenta dye-forming coupler of formula wherein Ra and Rb represents H or a substituent; X is hydrogen or a coupling-off group; Za, Zb, and Zc are a substituted methine group, ═N—, ═C—, or —NH—; and yellow dye-forming coupler of formula,  wherein R5 is an alkoxy group with more than one carbon atom, aryloxy, anilino, arylthio, alkylthio, or dialkylamino groups linked to the anilide phenyl ring by oxygen, sulfur or nitrogen; R6 is selected from hydrogen, halogen, alkoxycarbonyl(—CO2R), carbamoyl(—CONRR′), carbonamido(—NRCOR′), sulfonate(—OSO2R), sulfamoyl (—SO2NRR′), sulfonamido(—NRSO2R′), or sulfonyl(—SO2R); R and R′ may be hydrogen, alkyl or aryl groups; q is 1 to 4; R7 is alkyl, cyclic, or multicyclic alky, aryl, heterocyclic, heteroaromatic, and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Roberts, Kurt M. Schroeder, Frank D. Coms
  • Patent number: 6423482
    Abstract: Disclosed is a color photographic element comprising a multilayered blue light sensitive record, a multilayered green light sensitive record, and a multilayered red light sensitive record, the red record comprising two or more layers of differing light sensitivity, the most light sensitive layer of the red record containing a red light sensitized first emulsion having at least one wavelength of peak absorption, and at least one of the two most light sensitive layers of the red record containing a red sensitized second emulsion, wherein the first emulsion exhibits, as measured at 0.2 density units above Dmin, at least one wavelength of peak absorption that is longer than the shortest wavelength of peak absorption of the second emulsion. The element provides an advantageous combination of speed and color rendition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Sharon R. Lunt, John F. Sawyer, Mitchell M. Lin
  • Publication number: 20020081540
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material comprising each at least one blue-, green-, and red-sensitive emulsion layer on a support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Applicant: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisashi Mikoshiba, Yoshio Shimura, Naoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 6410216
    Abstract: Method of forming a photographic color image which comprises imagewise exposing a photographic silver halide color material and processing it with an alkaline processing solution in the presence of a sulphonhydrazide color developing agent and a 3-pyridinol color coupler optionally containing in the 2-position a ballasting group of such size and configuration as to render the coupler non-diffusible in photographic materials thus forming a dye image by reaction of the oxidized color developing agent and the color coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: David Clarke, Paul Louis Reginald Stanley
  • Patent number: 6399289
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material comprising, on a support, a unit blue-sensitive layer including at least one blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a yellow coupler, a unit green-sensitive layer including at least one green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a magenta coupler, and a unit red-sensitive layer including at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a cyan coupler, at least one of the unit blue-, green-, and red-sensitive layers comprising not less than two color-sensitive layers differing in sensitivity, of which a highest-sensitivity layer being positioned farthest from the support, wherein the light-sensitive material has at least one layer containing a high-boiling organic solvent, at least 50% by weight of which is occupied by a high-boiling organic solvent having a viscosity of not less than 300 mPas at 25° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichiro Hosokawa, Hisashi Mikoshiba, Yasuhiro Kato
  • Publication number: 20020061478
    Abstract: A silver halide emulsion is disclosed, comprising tabular grains having dislocation lines in the fringe portion, the tabular grains comprising a silver halide phase (V3) having a maximum iodide content, a silver halide phase (V6), internal to V3, having an average iodide content of A6 mol %, and a silver halide phase (V7), external to V3, having an average iodide content of A7 mol %, and 0≦A6/A7≦1.0; and wherein the dislocation line forming region comprises a shell accounting for 10 to 50% by volume of the grain and having an average iodide content of 4 to 20 mol %; the shell comprising an outermost sub-shell accounting for to 15% by volume of the grain and having an average iodide content of 0 to 3 mol %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Inventors: Toshiya Kondo, Tadahiro Nagasawa, Kuniaki Uezawa
  • Publication number: 20020061477
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic material is disclosed comprising a blue-sensitive silver halide unit containing a yellow coupler, a green-sensitive silver halide unit containing magenta coupler, and a red-sensitive silver halide unit containing a cyan coupler, wherein a coefficient of utilization of an oxidation product of a color developing agent in a maximum density area of the blue-sensitive unit is not less than 80%, that of the green-sensitive unit is 30 to 75% and that of the red-sensitive unit is not less than 80%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Inventors: Fumie Fukazawa, Tsukasa Ito
  • Publication number: 20020055073
    Abstract: A silver halide color photographic light-sensitive material comprising, on a support, a unit blue-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, unit green-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, and unit red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, each of which includes not less than two color-sensitive layers differing in sensitivity, wherein tabular grains having an aspect ratio of not less than 5.0 account for not less than 60% of the total projected area of silver halide grains contained in an emulsion layer having the highest sensitivity in each unit color-sensitive layer, and a grain number indicated by specific equation is not more than 1.00.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Inventors: Ryoji Nishimura, Yasushi Nozawa