Component Noncoextensive With Substrate Patents (Class 503/206)
  • Patent number: 10464697
    Abstract: A labeling method that enables a pharmacy to have pre-printed labels containing desired and custom color advertising and other color printings not achievable using the single color thermal printers used by pharmacies to print labels at the pharmacy, with the pharmacy being able to control the content of the pre-printed labels and to utilize the pre-printed labels as they desire with a single color printer to add printing specific to the patient and the prescription medicine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: TRI STATE DISTRIBUTION, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Miceli, Joseph A. Miceli
  • Patent number: 9058753
    Abstract: Paper is disclosed for use in making repositionable or removable adhesive labels. The adhesive can be applied in patches or discrete areas to the paper or to a layer of material that cleans rollers in the manufacturing line and/or in printers. The adhesive can be applied in single or multiple layers. The paper is light weight paper and preferably thermal paper for use in POS printers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: DOCUMOTION RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Van Boom, William R. Krahl, Jeff Ehrmann
  • Patent number: 8975210
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a web substrate comprising an activatable colorant and at least one deformed region. A first activated color region is produced in the web substrate upon exposure to a first external stimulus and a second activated color region is produced within the first activated color region upon exposure to a second external stimulus. The second activated color region coincides with the deformed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Co.
    Inventors: Kelyn Anne Arora, John Lee Hammons, Timothy Ian Mullane
  • Patent number: 8912119
    Abstract: Masking tapes that changes color when the tape is rubbed down or dispensed onto an adherend and methods of making such tapes are disclosed herein. The tape includes a backing, a layer of adhesive on the bottom surface of the backing, and a release structure on the top surface of the backing that includes a pressure-chromic indicator and a release layer. The pressure-chromic indicator is characterized in that it is not activated by the pressure applied during the manufacturing process, but is activated by the pressure applied when the tape is rubbed or dispensed onto an adherend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Intertape Polymer Corp.
    Inventors: John K. Tynan, Jr., James Apap Bologna
  • Patent number: 8877679
    Abstract: Provided is a direct thermal media containing a regular repeating pattern of color-forming thermally-imageable stripes printed parallel to the print head element line and a system for using such direct thermal media in color direct thermal printers including an optical registration system optimized for use with this media and an image processing unit that monitors the position of the stripe pattern relative to the print head and synchronizes the start of the printing process. This direct thermal media together with the optical registration system and image processing unit comprise an operative system in that the design of the thermal media, the optical registration system and image processing unit used to control printing are optimized for use with each other. This system may be utilized, for example, in color thermal printers for documents, receipts, tags, tickets or labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Clive Hohberger, David Womack, Bruce N. Alleshouse, James Clark, Wolfgang Strobel
  • Patent number: 8822374
    Abstract: A color-changing marking system, including a color-changing marking medium and a substrate. The color-changing marking medium has a nominal color and includes a color developer activator and/or color former leuco dye. The substrate includes a treated portion on which a color former leuco dye and/or color developer activator has been applied. Application of the color-changing marking medium to an untreated portion of the substrate causes the color-changing marking medium to create marks of the nominal color. Application of the color-changing marking medium to the treated portion of the substrate causes the color-changing marking medium to create marks of a changed color in response to a chemical or mechanical reaction between the leuco dye and the activator. The marking medium may a crayon, colored pencil, marker ink or paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nocopi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry W. Stovold, JoAnn Domanski
  • Patent number: 8778834
    Abstract: A multi-layer card-shaped data carrier has a marking layer containing a hidden marking, and a thermochromic cover layer arranged over the marking layer at least in the area of the hidden marking. The thermochromic cover layer is opaque below its change temperature, hides the marking, and is translucent or transparent above its change temperature, enabling viewing of the marking. The thermochromic cover layer is pervious to radiation outside the visible spectral range and the marking layer absorbs radiation energy outside the visible spectral range, so that the hidden marking can be incorporated into the marking layer through the thermochromic cover layer by laser radiation of a wavelength outside the visible spectral range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Günter Endres, Tobias Salzer
  • Patent number: 8754006
    Abstract: It is disclosed a packaging material for a pharmaceutical product. The packaging material comprises a colored element which at about 38° C. discolors partially, revealing a marking. The element is formed by a first portion forming the marking printed with conventional ink, and a second portion printed with thermochromic ink. The thermochromic ink is colored below about 38° C. and becomes colorless when this temperature is reached or exceeded. The two portions are arranged so that the first portion is invisible below about 38° C., but becomes visible when this temperature is reached or exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Aziende Chimiche Riunite Angelini Francesco A.C.R.A.F. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Masciambruni
  • Patent number: 8722575
    Abstract: It is disclosed a packaging material (1) for a pharmaceutical product. The packaging material comprises a colored element (2) which at a predetermined temperature, below which the pharmaceutical product must be kept, discolors partially, revealing a marking. The element is formed by a first portion forming the marking (2?) printed with conventional ink, and a second portion (2?) printed with thermochromic ink. The thermochromic ink is colored below the predetermined temperature and becomes colorless when this predetermined temperature is reached or exceeded. The two portions are arranged so that the first portion is invisible below the predetermined temperature, but becomes visible when this temperature is reached or exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Aziende Chimiche Riunite Angelini Francesco A.C.R.A.F. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Masciambruni
  • Patent number: 8716178
    Abstract: A print media representing a label is constructed having two components. A first component is capable of being thermally imaged on both a front and back side of the print media. The second component is affixed to the first component but capable of being separated there from. Also, the second component includes adhesive material along a portion of its backside to adhere the print media to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. VanDemark
  • Patent number: 8637430
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a web substrate comprising an activatable colorant and at least one region comprising a topical additive. A first activated color region is produced in the web substrate upon exposure to a first external stimulus and a second activated color region is produced within the first activated color region upon exposure to a second external stimulus. The second activated color region coincides with the topical additive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kelyn Anne Arora, John Lee Hammons
  • Patent number: 8629081
    Abstract: By printing a bar code (comprising dark and light regions) or parts of such a bar code with an ink containing a dye, which changes color in the presence of an acid or a base to remove the contrast between the regions of the bar code, and a neutral compound which releases an acid or a base on exposure to energising radiation, a bar code can be produced that becomes unreadable after a pre-determined interval. This can be used as a time/temperature indicator to ensure that products, which might be perishable, associated with such a bar code are not used by the public.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sun Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Farid Azizian, Michael William Leonard
  • Publication number: 20130244872
    Abstract: Provided is a direct thermal media containing a regular repeating pattern of color-forming thermally-imageable stripes printed parallel to the print head element line and a system for using such direct thermal media in color direct thermal printers including an optical registration system optimized for use with this media and an image processing unit that monitors the position of the stripe pattern relative to the print head and synchronizes the start of the printing process. This direct thermal media together with the optical registration system and image processing unit comprise an operative system in that the design of the thermal media, the optical registration system and image processing unit used to control printing are optimized for use with each other. This system may be utilized, for example, in color thermal printers for documents, receipts, tags, tickets or labels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ZIH CORP.
    Inventors: Clive Hohberger, David Womack, Bruce N. Alleshouse, James Clark, Wolfgang Strobel
  • Patent number: 8524633
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel security feature in the form of a luminescent marking for integration in a recording material. The security feature comprises a radiation layer (21) with luminescent components and a masking layer (2) with cavity pigments at least partly masking the radiation layer. The pigments in the masking layer (2) are fused by locally defined heal treatment into the form of a marking. The invention particularly relates to a heat-sensitive recording material comprising, in a preferred embodiment, at least one substrate (10), a heat-sensitive recording layer (30), an intermediate layer (21), between the substrate and the heat-sensitive recording layer in the form of a radiation layer with luminescent components and a masking layer with cavity pigments (2), the pigments of the masking layer (2) being fused in the form of a marking by locally defined fusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Takao Masuda
  • Patent number: 8440587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of producing a web substrate comprising an activatable colorant and at least one region comprising a topical additive. The web substrate is exposed to a first external stimulus producing a first activated color region. The first activated color region is subsequently exposed to a second external stimulus producing a second activated color region within the first activated color region. The second external stimulus is induced by application of the topical additive such that the second activated color region coincides with the topical additive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Kelyn Anne Arora, John Lee Hammons
  • Publication number: 20120274059
    Abstract: The present invention provides a thermosensitive multiple recording sheet characterized in that a second base material having light transmission properties is attached to the side of a first thermosensitive recording layer of a first thermosensitive recording sheet comprising a first base material and the first thermosensitive recording layer formed on one surface of the first base material, through a temporary adhesive layer, the second base material is composed of an information disclosing portion and an information non-disclosing portion, a shielding layer is formed at the position corresponding to the information non-disclosing portion on the second base material, and an ultraviolet curable resin layer are formed as an outermost layer of the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicants: OJI PAPER CO., LTD., OJI PACKAGING CO., LTD., OJI SPECIALTY PAPER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsumi Moronuki, Kenji Ikegami, Hiroaki Mikamo, Natsuki Terashima
  • Patent number: 8222184
    Abstract: An image element having an imperceptible message that becomes readily apparent when the image element is exposed to an excessive amount of heat and/or UV radiation is provided. The image element may be associated with a material such that, upon becoming readily apparent, the imperceptible message provides a warning that the material has been exposed to excessive heat and/or UV radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Roth, Wendell B. Halbrook, Jr., Charles O. Maney
  • Patent number: 8173575
    Abstract: A dual-sided thermal form-card and method for manufacturing are provided. In an embodiment, the dual-sided thermal form card includes a dual-sided thermal form including a first side and a second side, and a dual-sided thermal card including a first side and a second side being integral with the form and detachable therefrom, wherein the form and the card are adapted to be thermally imaged from respective first and second sides thereof. In an embodiment, the method of manufacturing a dual-sided thermal form-card includes providing dual-sided thermal medium including a first side and a second side, and perforating or die cutting the dual-sided thermal medium to produce a form and a card integral to the form, wherein the form and the card are adapted to be thermally imaged from the first side and the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D Roth, Paul C Blank, Wendell B Halbrook
  • Patent number: 8067335
    Abstract: Various multisided thermal media image elements, and methods of manufacture thereof, are presented. In one embodiment, a first media substrate is at least partially coated with thermally sensitive ink on one or more of its sides. A second media substrate is coated with the thermally sensitive ink on at least one of its sides. The second media substrate is at least partially integrated with the first media substrate to form a multisided thermal media image element, wherein at least a portion of the second media substrate is capable of being removed for independent use. The multisided first and second media substrates are adapted to be imaged via a thermal printer individually and together upon integration into the image element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D Roth, Wendell B Halbrook, Paul C Blank
  • Patent number: 7521106
    Abstract: An optical recording medium, comprises a substrate, an imaging composition disposed on said substrate, said compound comprising: a matrix, a color-forming agent, and a nucleating agent. The nucleating agent increases the nucleation density of at least one component of the color-forming agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Risch, Michael J Day, Vladek P Kasperchik, William Dorogy
  • Patent number: 7462383
    Abstract: An optical disc includes an optical disc; a thermally conductive material disposed in a pattern of discrete pads on said disc; and a thermochromic material disposed over said pattern of thermally conductive material. A method of making an optical disc includes indenting a pattern onto an insulator; and depositing a thermally conductive material into indents of said pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell A Abrams, Ravi Prasad
  • Publication number: 20080261809
    Abstract: Whether an optically writable label surface of an optical disc is suitable for having an image formed thereon is determined. A detectable number of encoder spokes on a control feature area of the optical disc is counted as the optical disc is rotated. Where the detectable number of encoder spokes is other than a predetermined value, an error condition with respect to the optically writable label surface of the optical disc is indicated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Matthew J. Janssen, Andrew L. Van Brocklin
  • Patent number: 7384890
    Abstract: A security feature and method for verifying the authenticity of commercial paper. In one embodiment, pearlescent ink is added to a portion of commercial paper stock. A recipient can then tilt the commercial paper stock to view the pearlescent ink mark, design, or spot from different angles, causing the pearlescent ink to appear different colors and verifying the authenticity of the commercial paper. Further, according to another embodiment, thermochromic ink is applied to a portion of commercial paper stock. A recipient can then apply heat to the commercial paper stock in the area of the ink mark, thereby causing the thermochromic ink to disappear or change colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: ADP, Inc. (a Delaware XCorporation
    Inventors: Enrico Lubrino, Paul Gregory Piplani, Patricia Mills
  • Publication number: 20070213213
    Abstract: An image element having an imperceptible message that becomes readily apparent when the image element is exposed to an excessive amount of heat and/or UV radiation is provided. The image element may be associated with a material such that, upon becoming readily apparent, the imperceptible message provides a warning that the material has been exposed to excessive heat and/or UV radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph D. Roth, Wendell B. Halbrook, Charles O. Maney
  • Patent number: 7172991
    Abstract: An integrated system for individually labeling a recording medium at the time that digital information is recorded thereon, by recording write data with a digital recorder on the read/write surface of the CD/DVD and recording image data by inducing visible color change with a laser in laser sensitive materials on the opposite surface of the CD/DVD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Daryl E. Anderson, Makarand P Gore, Paul J McClellan
  • Patent number: 7148182
    Abstract: A layered image-forming composite can include a substrate having a background color layer and a color-forming layer applied thereon. The color-forming layer includes a leuco dye that can be developed upon exposure to energy to produce a developed color. The background layer and the color-forming layer can each contribute to the overall appearance of the composite either before and/or after development of the leuco dye. In one aspect, the color-forming layer can have a thickness sufficiently thin to allow a portion of the fixed background color to be visible through a developed portion of the color-forming layer. Optionally, the color-forming layer can be applied in a filter pattern, e.g., halftone, moiré, stochastic, etc. in order to provide unique visual effects to the layered composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Marshall Field, David P. Markel, Sandra L. Hill
  • Patent number: 7008902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a thermosensitive recording material, comprising a substrate (1), a thermosensitive recording layer (4) containing a colour former and colour acceptors, a protective layer (5) configured on the recording layer, whereby a coat (6) that covers the surface and is locally delimited is printed onto the protective layer. The invention also relates to the use of the inventive recording material as a ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Flensburg GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Gerecht, Matthias Marx
  • Patent number: 6893999
    Abstract: An UV-ray shielding layer and a moisture barrier layer are formed on edges of a recording paper which includes thermosensitive coloring layers having a fixing property to a ultraviolet ray. Another UV-ray shielding layer and another moisture barrier layer are formed in an opposite side of the support to the thermosensitive coloring layer. The UV-ray shielding layers prevent the ultraviolet ray from penetrating through the edge and the support and from reaching the thermosensitive coloring layers. Further, the moisture barrier layers prevent the thermosensitive coloring layer from absorbing moisture from air. Images are formed in the recording paper adequately without influence of the moisture and the ultraviolet ray during being stocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidemi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 6858564
    Abstract: Thermosensitive recording materials such as thermal paper have printed indicia of high quality on the back thereof printed on a backcoating. This backcoating also incorporates an optically variable compound which provides a security feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Wendell B. Halbrook, Jr., Mary Ann Wehr
  • Patent number: 6640717
    Abstract: There are provided a method of forming an image on a card and an apparatus therefor, which are capable of properly carrying out printing of an image on a card and protection of the printed image in a simplified manner without changing the size of the card. A card is used which has an ink-fixing layer laminated on a surface of a substrate layer and an ink image-receiving layer peelably laminated on a surface of the ink-fixing layer. An image is printed on the card, while feeding the card, by an ink jet printing method using a sublimable dye ink. The card printed with the image is conveyed to a heating source, and subjected to heat treatment by the heating source to cause diffusion of the sublimable dye ink held in the ink image-receiving layer in the ink-fixing layer, and color development to form an image. The ink image-receiving layer is peeled off the card after the heat treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Zenta Kosaka, Kazuaki Morozumi, Kunihiko Matsuhashi, Yoshiki Minowa
  • Patent number: 6632773
    Abstract: A method of checking the authenticity of a heat-sensitive recording material having a carrier paper with a recording layer which is arranged on one face and which contains colorant formers and organic colorant acceptors that react with one another when heated; and a security feature provided as a water-soluble dye which fluoresces under UV radiation, the dye being applied without binder in a pattern, invisible under daylight, to a surface of a face of the carrier paper opposite the face provided with the recording layer, so that the entire surface has the pattern, the water-soluble dye being applied at a mass per unit area between 0.01 and 40 mg/m2, the method comprising the step of wetting the surface of the layer opposite the recording layer with an alkaline substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Flensburg GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Kranz, Karsten Süssenbach, Gerhard Stork, Michael Reimann, Wolfgang Wagner
  • Patent number: 6613715
    Abstract: A reversible thermosensitive recording medium has a support, a reversible thermosensitive recording layer of which color tone is reversibly changeable with the application of heat thereto, and a printing layer bearing a printed image A. When an image B is formed in the reversible thermosensitive recording layer by heating the recording layer, the image B completes a single composite image in combination with the printed image A. The method of using the above-mentioned recording medium includes the step of forming an image B in the reversible thermosensitive recording layer by heating the recording layer to an image formation temperature to complete a single composite image in combination with the printed image A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Kutami, Tetsuya Amano, Kazumi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20030125206
    Abstract: A multicolor imaging system is described wherein at least two, and preferably three, different image-forming layers of a thermal imaging member are addressed at least partially independently by a thermal printhead or printheads from the same surface of the imaging member by controlling the temperature of the thermal printhead(s) and the time thermal energy is applied to the image-forming layers. Each color of the thermal imaging member can be printed alone or in selectable proportion to the other color(s). Novel thermal imaging members are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Jayprakash C. Bhatt, Brian D. Busch, Daniel P. Bybell, F. Richard Cottrell, Anemarie DeYoung, Chien Liu, Stephen J. Telfer, Jay E. Thornton, William T. Vetterling
  • Patent number: 6573216
    Abstract: A single ply carbonless form is provided where a sheet is divided into a first portion and a second portion. A coating of CF is applied to the first portion and a coating of CB is applied to the second portion, both on the same side of the sheet. A quantity of temporary tacking agent is applied to the back face of the sheet such that, upon folding the sheet in a manner where the CF and CB portions are not in contact with each other, the first portion is releasably held against the second portion. The form may then be sheet fed into a printing device, preferably using the folded edge as the leading edge. Subsequent to printing, the form may then be re-folded such that the CF and CB coating suitably line up for receiving impact impressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: David E. Washburn, Dale Lakes, Joseph L. Klenke, Rajendra Mehta
  • Patent number: 6562755
    Abstract: Thermosensitive recording materials such as thermal paper with a thermochromic composition applied to the back thereof and overcoated with a protective coating provide a security feature without pre-reacting the active compounds in the thermosensitive recording materials or causing the loss of the color-forming properties of the thermosensitive recording materials. Methods for preparing thermal papers with a thermochromic composition as a security feature apply a thermochromic printing ink to the opposite side of the thermosensitive layer of the thermal paper followed by a coating composition that forms a protective coating over the thermochromic ink. The thermochromic printing ink and coating composition are selected so as not to pre-react with the thermosensitive layer or cause the loss of the color-forming properties of the thermosensitive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Wendell B. Halbrook, Jr., Mary Ann Wehr
  • Patent number: 6509295
    Abstract: A security feature is imparted to record material for use in pressure-sensitive copying paper systems by dyeing the surface sizing composition and/or other coatings present in the paper and then applying the dyed composition or coating in a manner such as to produce an uneven coating pattern, for example a film-split pattern. The dye accentuates the coating pattern and produces a visual effect which is difficult to replicate without access to a papermaking or paper coating machine, and which has a distinguishably different appearance from that of the opposite surface of the reccord material. The invention is particularly suited for use with a Billblade coater which applies a dyed surface sizing composition to one surface of the paper and a pigment coating to the other surface or with a metered size press coater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Arjo Wiggins Limited
    Inventors: John Brian Cooper, Christian Dumoulin, Ivan Sheiham, Margaret Patricia Templey
  • Patent number: 6416853
    Abstract: A color-change laminate comprising a substrate and formed thereon a porous layer which comprises a low-refractive-index pigment dispersed in a binder resin and tenaciously adherent thereto is disclosed. The porous layer becomes transparent or translucent upon absorption of a liquid medium, e.g., water to give a variety of visual changes. The low-refractive-index pigment contains at least a finely particulate silicic acid produced by the wet process. Toy sets consisting of the above color-change laminates with dolls or toy animals and toy sets consisting of the above color-change laminates with a means of water adhesion are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Nakashima, Masahiro Ito, Yoshiaki Ono
  • Patent number: 6303539
    Abstract: Business forms that provide duplicate images in heat fusing toner printers which comprise a base sheet and a thermosensitive, image-forming coating positioned on the base sheet followed by a top sheet, such as a label laminate. The thermosensitive, image-forming coating contains a thermally-activated, color-forming dye which can be activated at a temperature in the range of 90° F. to 135° F. The top sheet has a weight and thickness which permits heat to be conducted from a heat-fused toner-based image printed thereon to the thermosensitive, image-forming coating so as to raise the temperature of the underlying portions of the thermosensitive, image-forming coating by at least 20° F. In preferred embodiments, the top sheet is a label laminate. Methods for preparing such printable sheets and use of such printable sheets to obtain duplicate images are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: W. Tony Kosarew
  • Patent number: 6258746
    Abstract: A thermally imagable business record, such as a form, label, tag, or the like is provided which may be activated to form human and/or machine readable images as well as different colored images. The record comprises a substrate having a thermally imagable coating on substantially its entire surface which forms a first color when activated, and having a desensitized area on at least one area of its surface which may be overcoated with a thermally imagable coating capable of forming a different color upon activation than the first thermally imagable coating. The first thermally imagable coating provides images which are of machine readable quality, while the additional thermally imagable coatings provide images of a different color to designate selected areas on the form or label to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: Rajendra Mehta, Gary Doll, Mark Dotson, A. Dale Lakes, Rick L. Shields
  • Patent number: 6254943
    Abstract: A transfer sheet including a substrate; and an indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Helen A. Osbourne
  • Patent number: 6245711
    Abstract: A thermal paper with an image derived from a U.V., visible light or electron beam curable security ink has more than one means of security. Water repelling properties of the ink are a first security. A variable light absorbing and/or transmitting pigment or dye in the ink, pseudo-water mark or both, provide one or more additional security measures. Methods of preparing the thermal paper comprise printing the security ink on thermal paper on the surface opposite the thermosensitive coating and exposing the print to a U.V., visible light or electron beam radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Wendell B. Halbrook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6228804
    Abstract: A color-change material has a reversibly thermochromic layer and a porous layer containing a low-refractive-index pigment. The color-change material changes its color in response to heat or water. The reversibly thermochromic layer and the porous layer are superposed on each other, or the reversibly thermochromic layer and the porous layer are formed side by side. Alternatively, a color-change material has a substrate and formed thereon a color-changing porous layer including a reversibly thermochromic material, a low-refractive-index pigment, and a binder. The reversibly thermochromic material and the pigment are dispersed in the binder and tenaciously adherent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akio Nakashima
  • Patent number: 6214766
    Abstract: Authenticatable paper and paperboard products are prepared by printing images such as microdots on one or both surfaces of the paper using a starch containing authenticating solution. The images are not detectable by the human eye, but can be revealed with the application of a standard iodine solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Westvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick L. Kurrle
  • Patent number: 6165937
    Abstract: Thermal paper having a near infrared radiation scannable data image comprised of near infrared flourescent compounds provides scannable data invisible to the naked eye with little interference from printed text or images on the thermal paper. The near infrared fluorescent pigments are protected from contact with oxygen using a polymer resin. Thermal papers with overlapping bar codes can be prepared when using two or more near infrared radiation scannable bar codes that respond to different wavelengths. The overlapping bar codes provide more information in a given area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Richard D. Puckett, Yaoping Tan, Maurice W. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6162485
    Abstract: A system for forming fingerprints comprises a substrate bearing a designated print image-forming area and a localized coating of pressure-sensitive microcapsules containing a substantially colorless, image-forming reactant in the form of a color former or color-developer for forming a latent or visible image of a fingerprint in the designated print image-forming area. An image-developing device comprising a transparent film coated with a dual-functional adhesive composition comprising a pressure-sensitive adhesive containing an image-forming co-reactant in the form of a color developer or color former is used to form a protected visible image in the designated print image-forming area when applied to the fingerprint image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Wallace Computers Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. H. Chang
  • Patent number: 6106910
    Abstract: A print medium having a sense mark comprised of a near infrared fluorescent component which triggers automated operations without interference from printed text or images or the substrate. The near infrared fluorescent pigments are protected from contact with oxygen using a polymer resin. Apparatus for dispensing printed media comprises a print medium of this invention, detector for sensing the mark, a logic element for locating the mark and a paper transporting apparatus controlled by the logic element. The apparatus can be incorporated in business machines such as automatic teller machines, cash registers, ticket dispensing machines and coupon dispensing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Yaoping Tan, Maurice W. Lewis, Bernard J. Jergens
  • Patent number: 6107244
    Abstract: Thermally-imageable articles which allow verification of the genuineness of the articles, and methods of producing such articles are disclosed. The thermally-imageable articles includes a substrate and a light transmissive/reflective platy pigment in or on one or both surfaces of the article. The article may be analyzed or inspected to determine the presence and nature of the platy pigment and accordingly, the authenticity of the article. When viewed from different incident angles, the pigment produces a unique pearlescent, color shift, or iridescent type effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Nashua Corporation
    Inventors: Eitan Zeira, Daniel Ellett
  • Patent number: 6084621
    Abstract: A latent image is formed by applying a colorless liquid that makes colorants of ink insoluble to a predetermined area of a print material. The latent image is made visible by applying ink to only the predetermined area of the print material to cause reaction between the ink and the colorless liquid to make the colorants of the ink insoluble and thereby fix the colorants in the print material. Another method of making a latent image visible involves applying ink to the entire surface of the print material and washing the print material with water to remove unfixed ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Shioya
  • Patent number: 6060428
    Abstract: A document capable of providing information under the application of heat, which comprises a first support having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface bearing an information area including a visible principal image, and at least one of said first support or second support bearing at least one localized coating comprising a substantially colorless, non-pressure sensitive, heat-activatable chromogenic composition capable of producing a first color under the application of heat, the chromogenic composition comprising a chromogenic compound and a color developer. The chromogenic compound and the color developer are substantially colorless solids in physical contact prior to reaction, but which can chemically react to produce a visible colored image by application of heat at temperatures above room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Wallace Computer Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. H. Chang, Donald J. Hoffmann, Ronald R. Garrison, Derrick Kraus
  • Patent number: 6040267
    Abstract: In an image forming method in that an image-receiving layer of an image-receiving element is in contact with an ink sheet comprising a thermally transferable dye, and the dye is transferred to the image-receiving layer in accordance with imagewise-heating, the image-receiving layer comprises a metal ion-containing compound and the ink sheet has repeatedly a region comprising both the metal ion-containing compound and a chelatable dye and a region comprising the metal ion-containing compound and no thermally transferable dye and the dye-containing region of the ink sheet is subjected to imagewise-heating, and to the image part formed on the image-receiving layer, the metal ion-containing compound is transferred by heating the region comprising the compound containing the metal ion. (2) In the above-mentioned (1), the image-receiving layer comprises substantially no metal ion-containing compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Mano, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kaori Fukumuro, Yorihiro Yamaya