Precursor Compound Patents (Class 430/955)
  • Patent number: 7531298
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material, wherein the total coating amount of silver of the photosensitive silver halide is 6.0 g/m2 or less in terms of metal silver, and the photosensitivity is the ISO speed of 400 or more, the silver halide color photosensitive material further comprising at least one compound selected from a group consisting of the following type 1 and type 2: (Type 1) Compound which undergoes a one-electron oxidation so as to form a one-electron oxidation product capable of, through subsequent bond cleavage reaction, releasing one or more electrons, (Type 2) Compound which undergoes a one-electron oxidation so as to form a one-electron oxidation product capable of, after subsequent bond formation reaction, releasing one or more electrons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Matsunaga, Makoto Kikuchi, Kiyoshi Morimoto, Masahiko Taniguchi, Naoyuki Hanaki
  • Patent number: 7488572
    Abstract: An image formation method comprising exposing a photothermographic material 10 having an image-forming layer and a back layer with a light having a wavelength of 700-850 nm and subjecting it to development in a heat development apparatus provided with a preheating section A, a heat development section B and a gradual cooling section C, wherein the photothermographic material 10 has at least one coated layer obtained by applying a coating solution containing 20 weight % or more of an organic solvent, and the heat development section B is provided with heating members 15 on image-forming layer side 10a and back layer side 10b and transportation rollers only on the image-forming layer side 10a with respect to the photothermographic material 10 to be transported in the apparatus. There is provided an image formation method utilizing a photothermographic material, which can form images showing less generation of density unevenness, high contrast and high maximum density without causing physical deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Goto
  • Patent number: 7244551
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material comprising a support and, superimposed thereon, a blue-sensitive layer unit, a green-sensitive layer unit and a red-sensitive layer unit, each of these light-sensitive layer units composed of at least one silver halide emulsion layer, together with at least one non-sensitive layer, wherein compound (A) is contained in at least one layer in the silver halide color photosensitive material, compound (A) being a compound capable of releasing compound (Ac1) by oxidation coupling reaction with a color developing agent, compound (Ac1) being a heterocyclic compound which when added, is capable of enhancing the sensitivity of the photosensitive material as compared with that exhibited when not added, provided that the heterocyclic ring of the heterocyclic compound has 1 or 2 hetero atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Junichiro Hosokawa, Naoharu Kiyoto, Ryoji Nishimura, Takashi Hoshimiya, Tadashi Inaba
  • Patent number: 7189502
    Abstract: A radiographic material containing tabular silver halide grains also includes an amido compound as an antifoggant precursor that can slowly release an antifoggant over time. These compounds are present in reactive association with the silver halide in tabular silver halide emulsion layers, and are present in an amount of at least 0.5 mmol/mol of silver. The radiographic materials are protected from fog during storage particularly in high temperature environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Dickerson, George J. Burgmaier, Steven P. Szatynski, Stephen A. Hershey
  • Patent number: 7183024
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of forming a positive image in a photothermographic element comprising a potentially negative-working emulsion wherein fog density development is imagewise inhibited in exposed areas of the image upon thermal development. In one embodiment of the invention, a density-inhibiting agent is released during thermal development which agent inhibits the thermal development of unexposed silver salts in the exposed areas relative to the unexposed areas. The method preferably comprises imagewise exposing the film with a non-solarizing amount of radiation/energy to form a latent image and thermally developing the latent image in a single development step to produce a positive image in the element. The present invention is also directed to a photothermographic element that can be used in the present process in which a positive image characterized by high speed and discrimination is formed when exposed and thermally heated above 150° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Roberts, Paul B. Gilman, Donald L. Black, Kurt M. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7175975
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multilayer silver halide photographic element, generally processed with phenylenediamine based developer solutions, comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprised of 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, and 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 layer additionally contains a 2-substituted-5-amino-1-napthol DIR according to Formula (I): wherein: X is chosen from among hydrogen, halogen atoms, an alkyl group with 6 carbon atoms or less or a N-substituted carbamoyl group where the N substituent is either an alkyl group with 6 carbon atoms or less or an ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stephen P. Singer, Christopher Grote, Robert C. Stewart, John W. Harder, David S. Ross, Janet N. Younathan, Louis Elbert Friedrich
  • Patent number: 7153638
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material comprising a support and, superimposed thereon, a blue-sensitive layer unit, a green-sensitive layer unit and a red-sensitive layer unit, each of these light-sensitive layer units composed of at least one silver halide emulsion layer, together with at least one nonphotosensitive layer, wherein at least one compound (A) and at least one compound (B) are contained, the compound (A) being a heterocyclic compound of less than 4.5 C log P which when added, is capable of enhancing the sensitivity of the silver halide color photosensitive material as compared with that exhibited when not added, the compound (B) being a heterocyclic compound of 4.5 or greater C log P which when added, is capable of enhancing the sensitivity of the silver halide color photosensitive material as compared with that exhibited when not added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichiro Hosokawa, Takanori Hioki
  • Patent number: 7115356
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material of less than 320 ISO speed, comprising at least two red-sensitive emulsion layers, at least two green-sensitive emulsion layers, at least one blue-sensitive emulsion layer and at least one nonsensitive layer, wherein silver halide tabular grains of 0.15 ?m or less grain thickness are contained in an amount of 50% or more in respective layers with the highest speed among the green- and red-sensitive emulsion layers; wherein the total dry film thickness of the material on the emulsion layer side thereof is 24 ?m or less; and wherein the compound (A) is contained in at least one silver halide emulsion layer or the nonsensitive layer. Compound (A): heterocyclic compound having one or more heteroatoms, which heterocyclic compound is capable of substantially increasing the sensitivity of silver halide color photosensitive material by addition thereof as compared with that exhibited when the compound is not added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Toyoda, Junichiro Hosokawa, Takanori Hioki
  • Patent number: 7112398
    Abstract: This invention relates to an imaging element comprising an imaging layer having associated therewith a compound of Structure I: wherein: the substituents are as defined in the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    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
  • Patent number: 7108964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel kind of anthranilic acid compound that releases a UG as a function of chemical bond cleavage according to Formula (I): Q-(AAS)-UG where UG is an useful group and is chemically bonded to (AAS); (AAS) is an anthranilic acid switching group; and Q is a group in which the bond to (AAS) is broken so that the -(AAS)-UG fragment subsequently decomposes to the free UG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stephen P. Singer, Philip A. Allway, Trevor J. Wear, Louis E. Friedrich, Siu (Lambert) C. Tsoi, Bernard A. Clark, Paul L. Stanley
  • Patent number: 7063941
    Abstract: A photothermographic emulsion is prepared by chemically sensitizing silver halide grains by oxidative decomposition of an organic sulfur-containing compound on or around the silver halide grains. This procedure uses a unique sequence of steps and provides increased photographic speed and manufacturing reproducibility. The resulting photothermographic emulsion can be used to prepare photothermographic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Lilia P. Burleva, Mark C. Skinner, Kumars Sakizadeh, Sharon M. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7022441
    Abstract: Silver-free, aqueous-based direct thermographic materials are designed to have image tone with near neutral density. Without the use of organic silver salts containing reducible silver ions, the image is formed using a color developing agent precursor that releases a color developing agent when heated to a temperature of at least 80° C., a combination of cyan, yellow and magenta dye-forming color couplers that provide cyan, yellow, and magenta dyes, and a substituted or unsubstituted benzoquinone as an oxidizing agent. No silver metal or silver ions are purposely added to these materials. This combination of components provides a means for controlling image tone without reliance upon conventional toning agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joe E. Maskasky, Victor P. Scaccia
  • Patent number: 6974662
    Abstract: Improved compounds and base precursors that undergo thermal decomposition are disclosed. Thermal base precursors, and in particular, a novel class of salts of arylsulfonylacetic acids as bleaching agents or promoting for photothermographic use are disclosed. Compositions employing these thermal base precursors are suitable for use in acutance and antihalation systems, bleachable filter dye materials, and in promoting unblocking of various components such as blocked developers, especially in photothermographic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Ramanuj Goswami, Wojciech K. Slusarek, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6962763
    Abstract: Silver-free, aqueous-based direct thermographic materials are designed to have image tone with near neutral density. Without the use of organic silver salts containing reducible silver ions, the image is formed using a color developing agent precursor that releases a color developing agent when heated to a temperature of at least 80° C., a combination of cyan, yellow and magenta dye-forming color couplers that provide cyan, yellow, and magenta dyes, and a hindered-amine N-oxyl as an oxidizing agent. No silver metal or silver ions are purposely added to these materials. This combination of components provides a means for controlling image tone without reliance upon conventional toning agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joe E. Maskasky, Victor P. Scaccia
  • Patent number: 6929906
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material comprises at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer and at least one nonlight-sensitive layer. At least one of the nonlight-sensitive layers contains colloidal silver. The colloidal silver-containing nonlight-sensitive layer or a nonlight-sensitive layer adjacent to the colloidal silver-containing nonlight-sensitive layer contains a compound capable of releasing a development inhibitor or a precursor thereof by a coupling reaction with an oxidized developing agent. At least one layer selected from the group consisting of the light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer and the nonlight-sensitive layer contains a compound (B), which is a compound having at least three hetero atoms and capable of enhancing the photographic speed of the photosensitive material in comparison to the same photosensitive materials without the compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Ishii, Koji Takaku
  • Patent number: 6924091
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic lightsensitive material comprising a support having thereon at least one lightsensitive silver halide emulsion layer, wherein the lightsensitive material contains at least one compound represented by general formula (I) and at least one photographically useful group-releasing compound represented by general formula (II) or (III) that is capable of forming a compound having substantially no contribution to a dye after its coupling with an oxidized form of a developing agent: (X)k—(L)m—(A—B)n??(I) COUP1—D1??(II) COUP2—C—E—D2??(III) The definitions of the substituents are set forth in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Hosoya, Kiyoshi Morimoto, Tadashi Inaba
  • Patent number: 6893809
    Abstract: This invention relates to a negative silver halide photographic element comprising a support and a silver halide imaging layer containing a light sensitive silver halide imaging emulsion, said silver halide imaging layer further comprising a separately precipitated non-imaging intentionally fogged fine grain emulsion and an electron transfer agent releasing compound represented by formula (I): CAR1-(L)n-ETA??(I) wherein: CAR1 is a carrier moiety which is capable of releasing -(L)n-ETA on reaction with oxidized developing agent; L is a divalent linking group, n is 0, 1 or 2; and ETA is a releasable electron transfer agent, and (optionally) a development accelerator releasing compound represented by the formula (II): CAR2—(SAM)-NX1—NX2X3??(II) wherein: CAR2 is a carrier moiety which is capable of releasing —(SAM)-NX1—NX2X3 on reaction with oxidized developing agent; SAM is a silver absorbable moiety attached to the carrier moiety and is released on reaction with oxidized development agent; and —NX1—NX2X
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Reed, James A. Friday, John E. Keevert, Stephen P. Singer, Mary C. Brick
  • Patent number: 6855488
    Abstract: A silver halide photosensitive material containing a compound selected from Types 1-4 below which is capable of undergoing a one-electron oxidation to form a one-electron oxidation product (OEOP), and a reducing compound (Type 1) the OEOP is capable of releasing further two or more electrons accompanying a subsequent bond cleavage reaction, (Type 2) the OEOP is capable of releasing further one electron accompanying a subsequent bond cleavage reaction, and the compound having, in its molecule, two or more groups adsorptive to silver halide, (Type 3) the OEOP is capable of releasing further one or more electrons after going through a subsequent bond forming process, and (Type 4) the OEOP is capable of releasing further one or more electrons after going through a subsequent intramolecular ring cleavage reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohzaburch Yamada, Naoki Asanuma
  • Patent number: 6844146
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material 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, at least one red-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer containing a cyan coupler, and at least one non-lightsensitive layer, on a support. The photosensitive material contains, in at least one of the layers, a compound having a reducing group and a compound having at least three hetero atoms capable of increasing a photographic speed of the photosensitive material in comparison with the case where the material does not contain the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichiro Hosokawa, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Yasuhiro Shimada
  • Publication number: 20040175662
    Abstract: A silver halide photographic lightsensitive material comprising a support having thereon at least one lightsensitive silver halide emulsion layer, wherein the lightsensitive material contains at least one compound represented by general formula (I) and at least one photographically useful group-releasing compound represented by general formula (II) or (III) that is capable of forming a compound having substantially no contribution to a dye after its coupling with an oxidized form of a developing agent:
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Publication date: September 9, 2004
    Applicant: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Hosoya, Kiyoshi Morimoto, Tadashi Inaba
  • Patent number: 6787298
    Abstract: Disclosed is a highly sensitive photothermographic material containing on a support a silver salt of an organic acid, a photosensitive silver halide, a reducing agent, a binder and, for example, a compound of which one-electron oxidized derivative produced by one electron oxidation of the compound is capable of releasing two or more electrons with a bond cleavage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Goto, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Tomoyuki Ohzeki, Eiichi Okutsu, Shoji Yasuda
  • Patent number: 6780575
    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 record shifting by means by employing at least one infrared dye in a color unit of the film, thereby forming at least one image record in the infrared. 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Richard P. Szajewski
  • Patent number: 6780573
    Abstract: The invention relates to a color silver halide photographic element comprising a light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer, said silver halide emulsion being in reactive association with an amino acid compound according to Formula (I): wherein: COUP is a moiety that reacts with oxidized developer to release the amino acid timing group but does not substantially contribute any density in the visible region to the element after processing is complete; n is 0 or 1; R1 is an alkyl or alkenyl group of 4 carbon atoms or more or an aryl group with 10 carbon atoms or more; R2 is an alkyl or aryl group so the sum total of carbon atoms in R1 and R2 together are at least 5; and PUG is a photographically useful group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Stephen P. Singer, Christopher W. Grote, Robert C. Stewart, Janet N. Younathan, Jerrold N. Poslusny
  • Patent number: 6770428
    Abstract: Aqueous-based thermally developable emulsions and photothermographic imaging materials include photosensitive silver halide core-shell grains that comprise at least 20 mol % iodide based on total silver, an amount of iodide in the core of the grains that can be up to the iodide saturation limit in silver iodobromide, and an amount of iodide in the shell of the grains that is at least 2 mol % less than the amount of iodide present in the core, and further provided that the total amount of silver in the shell is from about 10 to about 80 mol % of total silver in the grains. These materials provide desired Dmax and reduced image “print out”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joe E. Maskasky, Victor P. Scaccia, David A. Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20040142288
    Abstract: This invention relates to a silver halide photographic element comprising a support bearing a cyan dye image-forming unit comprised of 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, and 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 said photographic element has an ISO speed rating of 800 or greater and has an integrated RMS green granularity equal to or less than 11.2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: James A. Friday, Roger A. Weiss, Anabisdally I. Bodden
  • Publication number: 20040142255
    Abstract: This invention relates to an imaging element comprising an imaging layer having associated therewith a compound of Structure I: 1
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventors: Wojciech K. Slusarek, Xiqiang Yang, Mark E. Irving, David H. Levy, Jared B. Mooberry, James J. Seifert, James H. Reynolds, Lyn M. Irving
  • Patent number: 6759187
    Abstract: This invention relates to an imaging element comprising an imaging layer having associated therewith a compound of Structure I: wherein: the substituents are as defined in the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    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
  • Patent number: 6756188
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photographic element comprising a support and at least two silver halide emulsion layers further comprising, an electron transfer agent releasing compound represented by the formula (I): CAR1—(L)n—ETA  (I) wherein: CAR1 is a carrier moiety which is capable of releasing —(L)n-ETA on reaction with oxidized developing agent; L is a divalent linking group, n is 0, 1 or 2; and ETA is a releasable 1-aryl-3-pyrazolidinone electron transfer agent having a calculated log partition coefficient (c log P) greater than or equal to 2.40 and the total sum of the Hammett sigma(para) values of the substituents on the 1-aryl ring is 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: John E. Keevert, Stephen P. Singer, Kenneth J. Reed, Kenneth J. Lushington, Mary C. Brick, James A. Friday
  • Publication number: 20040101791
    Abstract: A silver halide color photosensitive material comprises at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer and at least one nonlight-sensitive layer. At least one of the nonlight-sensitive layers contains colloidal silver. The colloidal silver-containing nonlight-sensitive layer or a nonlight-sensitive layer adjacent to the colloidal silver-containing nonlight-sensitive layer contains a compound capable of releasing a development inhibitor or a precursor thereof by a coupling reaction with an oxidized developing agent. At least one layer selected from the group consisting of the light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer and the nonlight-sensitive layer contains a compound (B), which is a compound having at least three hetero atoms and capable of enhancing the photographic speed of the photosensitive material in comparison to the same photosensitive materials without the compound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Publication date: May 27, 2004
    Applicant: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshio Ishii, Koji Takaku
  • Publication number: 20040096758
    Abstract: This invention relates to a photothermographic element comprising a support, at least one photothermographic imaging layer, and at least one filter layer, wherein the filer layer comprises a heat-bleachable composition comprising a benzothiazine arylidiene filter dye, which filter dye is in the presence of an effective amount of a base precursor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Ramanuj Goswami, Margaret J. Helber, Teresa J. Hosmer, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6730465
    Abstract: The invention relates to a photographic element comprising at least one light-sensitive silver halide emulsion layer having associated therewith a heterocyclic magenta or cyan dye-forming coupler of formula (I), wherein HET is a heterocyclic coupler comprising at least two fused rings and having at least one bridgehead nitrogen atom; S is bonded to a position of HET capable of releasing the heterocyclylthio moiety from HET upon reaction with oxidized developer; X is a heteroatom selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, bonded to the carbon atom bearing the exocyclic S and to other ring atoms only; and Z are the atoms necessary to complete an unsubstituted or substituted heterocyclic ring or ring system, which may contain one or more other heteroatoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur; provided also that the heterocyclylthio moiety released upon reaction with oxidized developer does not significantly inhibit silver development nor cause a bleach acceleration effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Philip A. Allway, Paul L. Stanley
  • Publication number: 20040063048
    Abstract: This invention relates to a negative silver halide photographic element comprising a support and a silver halide imaging layer containing a light sensitive silver halide imaging emulsion, said silver halide imaging layer further comprising a separately precipitated non-imaging intentionally fogged fine grain emulsion and an electron transfer agent releasing compound represented by formula (I):
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Applicant: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Reed, James A. Friday, John E. Keevert, Stephen P. Singer, Mary C. Brick
  • Patent number: 6699651
    Abstract: Improved compounds and base precursors that undergo thermal decomposition are disclosed. Thermal-dye-bleach agents, and in particular, a novel class of salts of arylsulfonylacetic acids as bleaching agents for photothermographic use are disclosed. Photothermographic elements employing these thermal-dye-bleach agents are suitable for use as acutance and antihalation systems, bleachable filter dye materials, and in promoting unblocking of various components such as blocked developers, especially in in photothermographic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Ramanuj Goswami, David H. Levy
  • Patent number: 6696215
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver halide photographic light-sensitive material comprising at least one silver halide emulsion layer on a support, which contains a compound of which one-electron oxidized derivative produced by one electron oxidation of the compound is capable of releasing two or more electrons with a bond cleavage and has a characteristic curve drawn in orthogonal coordinates of logarithm of light exposure (x-axis) and optical density (y-axis) using equal unit lengths for the both axes, on which gamma is 5.0 or more for the optical density range of 0.3-3.0. This silver halide photographic light-sensitive material shows high contrast and high sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Yasuda, Kohzaburoh Yamada
  • Publication number: 20040033454
    Abstract: The present invention provides a photothermographic material, comprising a photosensitive silver halide, a non-photosensitive organic solvent salt, a reducing agent for a silver ion, and a binder on one face of a support, for being applied by using an organic solvent, the photothermographic material further comprising at least one compound selected from the group of compounds consisting of: a compound represented by the following general formula (1), a compound having a &bgr;-lactam ring, a compound having a group that is adsorptive to a silver halide and a group that reduces a silver halide and a precursor thereof: 1
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ohzeki, Hiroyuki Mifune, Tadashi Inaba, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Katsuyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6689554
    Abstract: A silver halide emulsion comprises an electron-releasing compound of Types 1 to 4: (Type 1) a compound capable of undergoing a one-electron oxidation (1-EO) to form a one-electron oxidation product (1-EOP), the 1-EOP capable of releasing further two or more electrons accompanying a subsequent bond cleavage reaction, (Type 2) a compound capable of undergoing 1-EO to form 1-EOP, the 1-EOP capable of releasing further one electron accompanying a subsequent bond cleavage reaction, and having, in its molecule, two or more adsorptive groups acting on silver halides, (Type 3) a compound capable of undergoing 1-EO to thereby form 1-EOP, the 1-EOP capable of releasing further one or more electrons after going through a subsequent bond forming process, and (Type 4) a compound capable of undergoing 1-EO to form 1-EOP, the 1-EOP capable of releasing further one or more electrons after going through a subsequent intramolecular ring cleavage reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohzaburoh Yamada, Masahiko Taniguchi, Naoki Asanuma, Takashi Hoshimiya, Hirokazu Kyota, Masafumi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 6686140
    Abstract: A silver halide photosensitive material comprises at least one light sensitive silver halide emulsion layer on a support. The silver halide photosensitive material contains at least one compound capable of undergoing a one-electron oxidation to thereby form a one-electron oxidation product thereof, the one-electron oxidation product being capable of releasing further one or more electrons, and at least one reducing compound having a C/H value of 3 or less; and another reducing compound having a C/H value of more than 3, the C/H value representing a ratio of (the number of Group IV elements)/(the sum of Groups III, V, VI and VII elements).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Asanuma, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Yasuhiro Shimada
  • Publication number: 20030232272
    Abstract: Disclosed is a silver halide photographic light-sensitive material comprising at least one silver halide emulsion layer on a support, which contains a compound of which one-electron oxidized derivative produced by one electron oxidation of the compound is capable of releasing two or more electrons with a bond cleavage and has a characteristic curve drawn in orthogonal coordinates of logarithm of light exposure (x-axis) and optical density (y-axis) using equal unit lengths for the both axes, on which gamma is 5.0 or more for the optical density range of 0.3-3.0. This silver halide photographic light-sensitive material shows high contrast and high sensitivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Shoji Yasuda, Kohzaburoh Yamada
  • Patent number: 6660465
    Abstract: A compound represented by the following formula (I) to (VII): In the formulas, R1 represents an acyl group, cyano group, nitro group, aryl group, heterocyclic residue, alkoxycarbonyl group, aryloxycarbonyl group, carbamoyl group, sulfamoyl group, alkylsulfonyl group, or arylsulfonyl group, which may be substituted, or a cyano or nitro group; R2 represents an alkyl group, aryl group or heterocyclic residue, which may be substituted; R3 represents an aryl group or heterocyclic residue, each of which may be substituted; R4, R6 and R9 represent a substituent; R5, R7 and R8 represent a hydrogen atom or substituent; n represents an integer of 0 to 2, wherein when n is 2, a plurality of R4's may be the same or different; L represents a divalent linking group; and k represents an integer of 0 or more, wherein when k is 2 or more, a plurality of L's may be the same or different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeki Uehira, Kiyoshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 6649330
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a photographic element is described comprising a support bearing one or more hydrophilic colloid layers including at least one photographic silver halide emulsion layer, wherein sequestered silver ions are incorporated into at least one hydrophilic colloid layer in the form of a silver ion containing material which sequesters silver ions prior to photographic processing and releases silver ions upon exposure to photographic processing solutions. Method for preparing and processing such photographic element are also described. In accordance with particular embodiments of the invention, the silver ion containing material comprises a silver ion-exchanged zeolite material or an intercalation composition comprising a layered host material having silver ions inserted as guest ions between the layers of the host material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph F. Bringley, Kenneth J. Lushington, Tiecheng A. Qiao, James S. Honan
  • Publication number: 20030194638
    Abstract: Disclosed is a highly sensitive photothermographic material containing on a support a silver salt of an organic acid, a photosensitive silver halide, a reducing agent, a binder and, for example, a compound of which one-electron oxidized derivative produced by one electron oxidation of the compound is capable of releasing two or more electrons with a bond cleavage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventors: Takahiro Goto, Kohzaburoh Yamada, Tomoyuki Ohzeki, Eiichi Okutsu, Shoji Yasuda
  • Patent number: 6620580
    Abstract: Disclosed is a photographic element comprising a support bearing a blue light sensitive record containing at least three layers having different levels of light sensitivity arranged in the order slowest to fastest with the slowest layer closest to the support and the fastest layer closest to the light exposure source, wherein (a) all of the blue-sensitive layers are closer to the light exposure source than the layers sensitive to any other color; (b) the slowest blue light sensitive layer is at least 1.0 log E slower than the next fastest blue light sensitive layer when measured at a density of 0.15 above Dmin, and contains a particular type of cyan dye-forming development inhibitor releasing (DIR) coupler; and (c) all of the blue light sensitive layers other than the slowest blue light sensitive layer independently contain a certain type of yellow dye-forming DIR coupler. Embodiments of the invention provide improved color rendition without sacrificing blue density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Norma B. Platt, Drake M. Michno
  • 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: 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: 6537740
    Abstract: A silver halide color negative photographic lightsentive material comprises 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. The lightsensitive material has an ISO speed of 640 or more, the total silver content of 3.0 to 9.0 g/m2. Each of the red-sensitive emulsion layer, green-sensitive emulsion layer and blue-sensitive emulsion layer comprises two or more silver halide emulsion sub-layers having the same color sensitivity but different in speed to each other, and each of the red-sensitive sub-layer having the highest speed, green-sensitive sub-layer having the highest speed and blue-sensitive emulsion sub-layer having the highest speed has a silver content of 0.3 to 1.3 g/m2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norihiro Omae, Shunichi Aida
  • Patent number: 6534252
    Abstract: A light sensitive silver halide color photographic element having a common chromogenic coupler and a distinct developer associated with each color forming layer unit is disclosed. In a first embodiment, the light sensitive silver halide color photographic element has a red light sensitive silver halide layer unit and a first blocked coupling developer, a green light sensitive silver halide layer unit and a second blocked coupling developer and a blue light sensitive silver halide layer unit having a third blocked coupling developer and wherein each layer unit has the same chromogenic coupler. In a second embodiment, the light sensitive silver halide color photographic element has a red light sensitive silver halide layer unit and a first blocked coupling developer, a green light sensitive silver halide layer unit and a second blocked coupling developer and a blue light sensitive silver halide layer unit having a third blocked coupling developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard P. Szajewski, Lyn M. Irving
  • 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: 6528230
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dye precursor for forming color through contact with a base and which is represented by either of the following formulas (1) and (2): wherein Ar represents an aromatic ring or a heterocyclic ring, each of which may have a substituent; Cp represents a coupler residue; L1 represents a protective group which can be eliminated by a base; and L2 represents an elimination group or a protective group which is eliminated after L1 is eliminated. Further, the present invention provides an image forming material and an image forming method, wherein the image forming material has an image forming layer on a support, the image forming layer containing at least one type of each of a photopolymerization initiator, a dye precursor which can form color through contact with a base, a base or a base precursor, and a polymerizable compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanobu Takashima, Hiroshi Sato, Hirotaka Matsumoto, Yuuichi Fukushige
  • Patent number: 6528241
    Abstract: A light-sensitive silver-halide color photographic element comprising a multifunctional coupler enabling formation of an infrared dye on development, wherein the multifunctional coupler has the property that it is capable of forming a distinctly colored cyan dye with an oxidized form of the developer 4-(N-ethyl-N-2-hydroxyethyl)-2-methylphenylenediamine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Richard P. Szajewski
  • Patent number: 6513212
    Abstract: A color photographic element comprising at least three light-sensitive units which have their individual sensitivities in different wavelength regions, at least one of units comprising a light-sensitive silver-halide emulsion, binder, and a coupler represented by formula I: COUP—(T)m—L—DYE′  (I) wherein COUP is a coupler parent group capable of reacting with an oxidized developer to form a first cyan dye and is bonded at a coupling position to a releasable group that forms a second dye of the same hue, as described in the specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Jared B. Mooberry, Wojciech K. Slusarek, David T. Southby, David H. Levy, Xiqiang Yang