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Counterfeit prevention using miniature security marks

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A system applies a security mark to a recipient. A data reception component receives information from one or more sources. A security mark generation component generates at least one miniature security mark (MSM) configuration based at least in part upon the information from the data reception component. An application component applies the at least one MSM configuration to one or more recipients.



Method of producing an information page for a security document

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a multilayer information page (1) for a security document, which includes an information part (3) manufactured from a material allowing at least some identification information of the information page to be entered thereto by utilizing laser engraving, the identification information provided on the information page (1) being readable from an upper surface thereof, and a flexible and bending resistant connecting part (2) for connecting the information page (1) to the security document, the connecting part (2) comprising a fastening end (8) by means of which the connecting part (2) is fastened to the information part (3). In order to ensure that detachment of the information part and the connecting part from one another leaves visible marks, the fastening end (3) of the connecting part (2) is arranged to overlap with a lower surface of the information part (3). Furthermore, the information page (1) includes a transparent surface layer (7) which covers at least the fastening end (8) and at least a part of the lower surface of the information part (3) and through which at least the fastening end (8) is visible.



Device and method for obfuscating visual information

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A device is described for the hiding and subsequent recovery of visual information. The device comprises two or more tokens (1), each containing a mask (2,3) of coloured pixels (4), are overlaid (5), so that when the pixels are aligned, hidden information, invisible in the individual tokens. The hidden information consists of one or more recognisable alphabetic, numerical or pictorial characters (6). During token overlay and alignment, the information becomes recognisable because it is made up of pixels whose colour is differentiated from the other pixels in the overlay. The information is hidden by adding pixels of certain colours. When the tokens are overlaid and the pixels aligned, the added pixels are effectively subtracted, revealing the hidden information. The tokens may be printed on various media, or may be displayed on an electronic device.



Automatically conforming printed labels

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Printer devices occasionally cause electronic documents to be automatically contracted prior to printing, in order to ensure that all of the content to be printed will fit within the dimensions of a page. Where the electronic document includes information having close tolerances, such as information to be printed on an address label or other defined region on a sheet, the automatic contraction may cause the information to be misaligned with respect to the label or other defined region. Automatically expanding the information within the electronic document prior to printing may counter this effect, and increase the likelihood that the information will be printed within the label or other defined region for which it is intended.



Security element having a microstructure

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a security element for security papers, value documents and the like with at least one microstructure which has a visual appearance that is viewing angle-dependent in transmission, whereby the at least one microstructure is formed from an arrangement of a multiplicity of structure elements with a characteristic structure spacing of 1 μm or more. According to the invention it is provided that the security element contains at least one motif image which, through the viewing angle-dependent visual appearance of the microstructure, is visible in transmission from certain viewing angles, and invisible in transmission from other viewing angles, and that the microstructure and the motif image together have a thickness of 50 μm or less.



Determining book characteristics based on text sections

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Characteristics of a book are determined. A plurality of maximum-likelihood dates associated with text pages within the book is accessed. A maximum-likelihood date for a text page indicates a time period during which that text page was most likely to have been written. The plurality of maximum-likelihood dates is ordered according to the maximum-likelihood dates' associated text pages, from a first text page for which a maximum-likelihood date is available to a last text page for which a maximum-likelihood date is available. The ordered plurality of maximum-likelihood dates is analyzed according to a heuristic to determine characteristics of the book.



Security document with nano-optical display

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A security document is disclosed which includes an electrical circuit embedded in a document substrate, where the electrical circuit includes a power source with at least one electroactive polymer power generator, and an optical display including at least one electroluminescent display element and at least one nanohole array which forms a layer of the electroluminescent display element. Security features comprising nanohole arrays are also provided. A method of authenticating a security document is disclosed, including illuminating an encoded nanohole array in the security document with a focused light beam or laser light source emitting at least one defined wavelength of incident light, detecting a transmitted portion of the incident light transmitted through the nanohole array with an optoelectronic sensor, analyzing at least one wavelength of the transmitted portion of light to produce a detected signal, and comparing the detected signal with an authentication signal to authenticate the security document.



Laser markable security film

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A security film including a support (1) and a laser markable layer (3), wherein the laser markable layer includes i) a laser additive; ii) a polymer selected from the group consisting of polystyrene, polycarbonate and styrene acrylonitrile; iii) an initiator; and iv) at least 15 wt % of radiation curable compound based on the total dry weight of the laser markable layer, wherein the radiation curable compound has a viscosity of less than 100 mPa·s at 25° C. and at a shear rate of 100 s−1. A security document and a method for preparing the security film are also disclosed.



Security element and method for producing the same

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a security element (12) for protecting valuable articles, having a thin-film element (30) that has a color-shift effect and that includes an absorber layer (36) having gaps (38) in the region of which no color-shift effect is perceptible, anda relief pattern (26) that is arranged only in gapped absorber layer regions (38) below the thin-film element (30).



Security element

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a security element (20) for security papers, value documents and the like, having a feature region (24) that selectively influences incident electromagnetic radiation (30). According to the present invention, it is provided that the feature region (24) includes metallic nanopatterns (28) in which volume or surface plasmons are excited and/or resonance effects are caused by the incident electromagnetic radiation (30).



Honesty test system

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An honesty test system for immediately identifying a thief. The system features a decoy such as a book or magazine that presents a piece of money. Disposed inside the decoy is circuitry. As the money is removed from the decoy, the circuitry loop is completed, which activates a transmitter. The transmitter sends a signal to a receiver in a nearby alarm box, causing an alarm to sound.



Paired optically variable security element

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Paired optically variable security element which includes first and second optically variable thin-film multilayer interference devices in the form of optically variable foils or of printings made with inks having optically variable interference pigments. The first and second interference devices exhibit spectral matching at a determined angle of incidence. Sets of optically variable devices and of coating compositions include optically variable pigments for the production of the paired optically variable security element. Moreover, the security element can be used for the protection of documents and goods, and security documents and goods.



Identification document having a personalized visual identifier and method for production thereof

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An identification document (10) comprises a personalized first visual marking (14) that is arranged in a first region (12) of the identification document (10), the first region (12) being configured in such a way that, upon laser irradiation of the same, local darkenings of the optical impression of the identification document (10) are produced, resulting from material transformations. The identification document (10) further exhibits a second visual marking (26) that produces the optical impression of a copy of the first visual marking (14) and is arranged in a second region (22) of the identification document (10), the second region (22) being configured in such a way that, upon laser irradiation of the same, local lightenings of the optical impression of the identification document (10) are produced, resulting from material transformations.



Image processing apparatus for analyzing and enhancing fingerprint images

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An image processing apparatus includes: a data storage section configured to store image data as a density image containing a fingerprint or a palm print and ridge pattern direction distribution data which shows a direction distribution of a ridge pattern in a fingerprint or a palm print; a direction usage image enhancing section configured to execute ridge direction usage image enhancement processing on the density image based on the ridge pattern direction distribution data; and a direction extracting section configured to extract a first direction distribution of a first pattern which is contained in a ridge direction usage image enhanced image, from the ridge direction usage image enhanced image as a result of the ridge direction usage image enhancement processing to the density image. The direction usage image enhancing section executes first direction usage image enhancement processing on the density image based on first direction distribution data which shows a first direction distribution.



Luminescent borates, materials and articles incorporating such borates, and methods and apparatus for their production and use in article authentication

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments include luminescent materials and associated production methods. The material includes a crystal borate having a first substitutable element and a second substitutable element, one or more rare earth ions substituted for the first substitutable element, and chromium substituted for the second substitutable element. The one or more rare earth ions are selected from a group consisting of neodymium and ytterbium. The material also may include a medium within which particles of the borate are incorporated. The medium, with the luminescent material particles, may form a security feature of an article. Embodiments of methods for identifying whether such a luminescent material is incorporated with an article include exposing a portion of the article to excitation in a chromium absorption band, and determining whether a detected emission produced by the article as a result of the excitation indicates an ytterbium emission after termination of the exposing step.



Umbrella case

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An umbrella case comprising a pouch having a bottom end and a top end, such that a collapsed umbrella can be inserted into the pouch through an aperture in the top end, an enclosure member configured to selectively close the aperture of the top end, and one or more connecting members configured to be selectively coupled with components of a stroller or other device. The pouch can have corresponding fasteners that can be selectively coupled with one another to adjust the length of the pouch.



Anti-counterfeit printed matter, method of manufacturing the same, and recording medium storing halftone dot data creation software

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

This invention relates to an anti-counterfeit printed matter such as a banknote or a passport which requires anti-counterfeit or anti-copy, a method of manufacturing the same, and a recording medium storing halftone dot data creation software. Units are arranged at a predetermined pitch in a matrix on a base material in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, each unit including a first object and a second object which are arranged along the first direction on both sides of a center so as to oppose each other and a third object arranged in a region without the first object and the second object, the first object and the second object of each of the units have an on/off relationship and the same area, the first objects form one of a positive image and a negative image of a first invisible image, and the second objects form the other of the negative image and the positive image of the first invisible image, and the third objects form a visible image having a continuous tone.



Thermosensitive multiple recording sheet and method for producing the same

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

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.



Resealable label

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A roll-fed label web for a resealable label includes a label ply and a material that permits non-destructive manipulation of the label ply. An individual resealable label is produced when the web is cut by a label application machine. The label further includes an active portion.



Data carrier for health related information

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A data carrier provides health related information regarding a patient, and facilitates compliance with HIPAA by the obscuring the association between the name of the patient and the health related information when the data carrier is to be discarded. The data carrier includes a release liner, a health information label having an upper surface and a lower surface, the label including a first area on the upper surface for indicia specifying health related information and a second area on the upper surface for indicia specifying the identity of a patient, and a pressure sensitive adhesive coating on the lower surface of the health information label, securing the health information label to the release liner. A masking label is either integral with the health information label, or the liner. By various arrangements the masking label is either removed from the health information label, thereby disassociating the patient identity and the health related information, or the masking label is secured to the health information label so as to cover and obscure the name of the patient or the information, or both.



Security documents and colour laser marking methods for securing them

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A security document precursor including, in order, at least: a) a transparent biaxially stretched polyethylene terephthalate foil; b) a colorless color forming layer containing at least an infrared absorber, a color forming component and a polymeric binder; and c) a polymeric support; wherein the colorless color forming layer contains at least one component forming a compound having a melting temperature of less than 20° C. upon laser marking the colorless color forming layer with an infrared laser. Methods for securing a security document using the security document precursor are also disclosed.



Label, packaging, use of an adhesive label and method of providing a test sample

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

It is provided a label for attaching on a packaging, particularly for cosmetical and/or pharmaceutical products, comprising a packaging label with a machine-readable identification code, particularly an EAN-barcode, and a cover label covering at least partially the identification code for rendering the identification code machine-unreadable, wherein the cover label is adapted for irreversibly damaging the identification code. Due to the cover label the identification code is machine-unreadable, so that a scanner cash register would not accept a packaging provided with this label and a resale is prevented. Since the identification code would be irreversibly damaged by the cover label, the identification code stays machine-unreadable even when the cover label is removed. The risk for an unauthorized resale of a packaging can be reduced in a facilitated manner.



System and method for online matrix-based dosage scheduling

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

An online system for scheduling tablet dosage is described. The system comprises a server accessible via a network by at least one client. An application is hosted on the server. The application comprises a user interface configured to receive a designation of a tablet to be ordered. The user interface is further configured to display a scheduling matrix comprising a plurality of cells. Each cell of the matrix is configured to receive a tablet quantity designation. The application is further configured to generate a dosing schedule based on the tablet quantities entered into the scheduling matrix.



System and method of marketing using an intelligent coupon for passive data capture in an applied layered image assembly

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

A method of manufacturing a layered image assembly and a marketing method are provided including a passive consumer behavior tracking method without requiring an “opt-in” process. The layered image assembly includes a base layer and a top layer with an inner area formed between. An opening is provided within a perimeter of the base layer to provide access to the inner layer. The inner layer is provided with a media that may comprise coupons, offers, advertisements, collapsible springs, animated collapsible springs having an image, etc. The media may include one or more symbols for conveying information. The layered image assembly may be attached to an item, such as a substrate, envelope, package, magazine, etc. The customer information relating to the item may be associated, or merged, with the information from the one or more symbols from the media. This merging of information may be used to track customer purchases, customer information, and the like.



Security element and method for its production

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a security element (20) for security papers, value documents and the like having a diffraction pattern that exhibits an embossed relief pattern (24, 26) and a coating layer (28, 32) that increases the visibility of the diffraction effect of the embossed relief pattern (24, 26). According to the present invention, the relief pattern (24, 26) is formed on the basis of a cholesteric liquid crystalline material (24) and the coating layer (28, 32) includes a reflective (28) and/or a high-index layer (32).



Resin panels with large decorative objects and methods of making same

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EST

Implementations of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for manufacturing aesthetically pleasing architectural resin panels having a thick three-dimensional interlayer. In particular, at least one implementation includes a layup assembly that includes a decorative interlayer, positioned between resin sheets, that decorative interlayer comprising one or more three-dimensional decorative objects and one or more resin blocks. At least one implementation also includes a single-step lamination or pressing process that uses a combination of heat and pressure to melt the resin sheets and the resin blocks together, forming a decorative resin panel which includes the three-dimensional objects.



Dual activation package for readable card

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A package is configured to hold an information carrying card. The package includes a first panel connected to a second panel via a first fold line. The first panel includes a first opening. A third panel is connected to the second panel via a second fold line, the third panel includes a second opening. In a state where the first panel has been folded to overlap the second panel via the first fold line and the second panel has been folded to overlap the third panel via the second fold line, the first opening at least partially overlaps the second opening. The package may include a card on which data is stored. The data is exposed through the first and second opening to an environment outside the package.



Adhesive casualty and triage card

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A casualty and triage information collection form and record sheet of flexible plastic film including a writing surface and backed by a layer of an adhesive by which the record sheet can be attached to a patient's clothing or skin. The flexible plastic film is strong enough and elastic enough to serve as a wound dressing. The adhesive is protected before use by a release liner sheet.



Display and labeled article

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A higher forgery prevention effect is realized. A display includes a first interface section provided with a relief-type diffraction grating constituted by a plurality of grooves, and a second interface section provided with a plurality of recesses or projections arranged two-dimensionally at a center-to-center distance smaller than the minimum center-to-center distance of the plural grooves, and each having a forward tapered shape.



Auto-peel label with projecting edge

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A multiple-ply label roll includes end-to-end labels. Each label is operable to be adhesively applied to a substrate and includes top and bottom label plies. The bottom label ply includes an outer removable border portion defined between interior and outer ply edges and removable from the top label ply in a removal direction. The interior ply edge includes spaced apart side edges that extend along the removal direction to define a pair of spaced apart side sections of the removable portion. The interior ply edge includes a generally transverse end edge interconnecting the side edges to define an end section of the removable portion, with the end section extending between the side sections and being removed generally after the side sections when the removable portion is removed in the removal direction.



Safety label or adhesive tape with evidence of tampering

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A tamper-evident adhesive security tape or label includes a flexible backing substrate with a surface that bears an embossed varnish layer, a semitransparent metal layer and/or a high refractive index layer, a partial release varnish layer, one or more varnish layers having optical properties, a full-area release varnish layer, a full-area varnish layer, and a self-adhesive coating layer. In regions not coated with the partial release varnish layer, an adhesion of the embossed varnish layer, the semitransparent metal layer and/or the HRI layer, the one or more varnish layers having optical properties, the full-area release varnish layer, the full-area varnish layer, the self-adhesive coating layer, and an article to be secured to one another is greater than an adhesion of the one or more varnish layers having optical properties to the full-area release varnish layer or an adhesion of the full-area release varnish layer to the full-area varnish layer.



Message-delivery medium with concealed information

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A message-delivery medium with concealed information functions as a tool to promote personal relationships and connections between a sender and receiver, and comprises a message carrier and removable covering element. The message carrier carries an integrated message, which is known and designed/planned beforehand by the sender, and which contains a multiple of interrelated message elements having relativity and connectivity with each other. The message elements include at least one visible message and at least one concealed message that is hidden, yet known to the sender, such as a key message and/or an answer. The removable covering element is integrated with the surface of the message carrier, and hides the concealed message that is intentionally chosen to be hidden, thus preventing the receiver to see the concealed message. The receiver experiences feelings and/or emotional reactions planned, designed or expected by the sender, before, during and after removing the covering element.



Hologram sheet and hologram observation sheet using same, and blinding device

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

A main object of the present invention is to provide a hologram observation sheet with a transmission type hologram formed integrally with other members, to be attached with various members for the use as for example an advertising medium or a decoration member. To achieve the object, the invention provides a hologram sheet comprising: a transparent substrate, a hologram layer formed on the transparent substrate and having a transmission type Fourier transform hologram region having the function of transforming a light beam incident from a point light source to a desired optical image, and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer.



Method of forming double side extended tab label with verification of prescription information

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

A method of forming an extended tab label is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing a paper supply to a printer, the paper supply having an adhesive covering at least a portion thereof. Inputting patient-specific information through a computer to the printer. Printing the patient-specific information on the paper supply, where the paper supply containing patient-specific information thereon forms a label having a length greater than a circumference of a container accepting the label.



Layer-type value document comprising an ink mixture in one layer

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a value document, especially a banknote, having a sequence of layers into which visually and/or mechanically perceptible identifiers in the form of patterns, letters, numbers or images are introduced by the action of laser radiation. According to the present invention, the sequence of layers includes a marking layer (22) composed of an ink mixture (24, 26) exhibiting a laser-radiation-absorbing mixture component (26) and a laser-radiation-transparent mixture component (24), the identifiers being visually and/or mechanically perceptible due to an irreversible change in the optical properties of the ink mixture (24, 26), effected by the action of the laser radiation.



Customized advertising in print products and other products

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

Advertisements in instances of a product are customized prior to distributing the instances to different recipients. Information about the different recipients is received, and information about vendor interest with respect to advertising in the product is received. Customized advertisements are generated for each instance of the product. The customized advertisements in each instance reflect a convergence of the vendor interest and the recipient information. The convergence occurs before the instances are created. As a result, advertising in different instances is customized for the different recipients.



Photonic crystal security device

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

An optically variable security device comprises a photonic crystal which, upon receipt of incident light, generates a first optical effect, and which, when the device is subjected-to-an external stimulus, generates a second optical effect that is different from the first optical effect. At least one of the first and second optical effects is an optically variable effect observable over a set of directions. The optically variable effect is caused by the light being selectively reflected or transmitted by the crystal.



Method for detecting a fake finger for fingerprint acquisition software

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A method for detecting a fake finger for fingerprint acquisition software with improved performance, the method implementing a static analysis step including a calculation of a Gray Level Run Length matrix of an image of a finger. Optionally, but preferably, the static analysis and a dynamic analysis are combined so as to optimize the ability to detect fake fingers.



Colour laser marking of articles and security documents

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A method for preparing a color laser marked article comprising the steps of: a) infrared laser marking a security element including a polymeric support and a color forming layer comprising a color forming compound, an infrared dye and a polymeric binder comprising vinyl acetate and at least 85 wt % of vinyl chloride based on the total weight of the binder; and b) exposing the laser marked security element with light having a wavelength higher than 440 nm. The light exposure of step b) hinders the falsification of an issued security document without significant increase of background density.



Colour laser marking methods of security documents

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A security document precursor including, in order: a) at least one transparent biaxially stretched polyester foil; b) one colorless color forming layer containing at least an infrared absorber, a colorless dye-precursor and a polymeric binder; and c) a polymeric support; wherein the polymeric binder is copolymer including at least 90 wt % of a chlorinated ethylene and 1 wt % to 10 wt % of vinyl acetate both based on the total weight of the binder. Methods for making the security document precursor are also disclosed.



Security substrate incorporating elongate security elements

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

The present invention is concerned with providing security substrates, and documents made therefrom, such as banknotes, with features for visual inspection by members of the public. More specifically the invention relates to a novel security substrate containing at least two elongate security elements for the purposes of public and non-public verification. The security substrate comprises a substrate and at least two elongate security elements each having a width of less than or equal to 6 mm. The security elements are at least partially embedded within the substrate and running substantially parallel to each other with a gap therebetween of no greater than 10 mm. The total cross-directional width of a zone occupied by the two security elements and the gap is less than or equal to 18 mm.



Security element and method for producing the same

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a security element for security papers, bank notes, ID cards or the like, with a substrate, on which are disposed at least two metal layers, the metal layers having different optical densities.



Method for creating a customized children's storybook with fingerprint art using fingerprint-ready image templates

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

Methods for creating customized children's storybooks with fingerprint art using fingerprint-ready templates stored in association with a software application on a desktop computer, a tablet computer, or a smart phone. The methods include the use of preconfigured templates and prompted discussions that elicit responses from the child to create text for the storybook. The text may be generated by speech recognition software processing digital audio recordings of the child's responses. A digital image of the child's fingerprint is acquired and the fingerprint image and/or the storybook scenes are scaled to fit each other. Fingerprint-ready image templates are used to facilitate the creation of fingerprint art. A completed page image is formed by digitally inserting a fingerprint into the fingerprint-shaped area, and if desired, coloring the image or drawing a scene around the image. When the scenes are completed the software application compiles the book pages and prints the same.



Dual activation package for readable card

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A package is configured to hold an information carrying card. The package includes a first panel connected to a second panel via a first fold line. The first panel includes a first opening. A third panel is connected to the second panel via a second fold line, the third panel includes a second opening. In a state where the first panel has been folded to overlap the second panel via the first fold line and the second panel has been folded to overlap the third panel via the second fold line, the first opening at least partially overlaps the second opening. The package may include a card on which data is stored. The data is exposed through the first and second opening to an environment outside the package.



Document securization method and a document securization device using printing a distribution of dots on said document

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

An analogical mark printed on a document that includes a distribution of dots defined by a digital file, having, as a result of unanticipated unknowns in printing, an unpredictable variation, dot by dot, of at least one geometric characteristic of the printed dots where dots of the distribution of dots have, in the digital file, at least one geometric characteristic that digitally varies among dots, the geometric amplitude of the digital variation having the order of magnitude of said unpredictable variation and being less than an average dimension of the dots of the distribution of dots.



Colour laser marking of articles and security document precursors

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A method of color laser marking an article having a polymeric foil with at least one colorless layer containing an infrared absorber, a polymeric binder and a color forming compound; including the steps of:—laser marking the colorless layer with an infrared laser using a first laser operation mode to generate a blue or cyan color; and—laser marking the same colorless layer with an infrared laser using a second laser operation mode to generate a black color, wherein the first laser operation mode applies less energy to the colorless layer than the second laser operation mode. Also disclosed is an article, such as a security document, including a polymeric foil and a colorless layer containing laser marked graphical data having a blue or cyan color and laser marked information having a black color.



Latent-reactively glued TPU/PC layer materials

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A document (2) containing: electronic components (14) and/or diffractive security elements;at least one protective layer (4, 5) being arranged on one side or two protective layers (4, 5) being arranged on both sides of the electronic components (14) and/or of the diffractive security element, said protective layers being formed of a first base polymer,polymer layers (8, 9, 12, 13), being formed of a second base polymer being different from the first base polymer, into which the electronic components (14) and/or the diffractive security element with the protective layers (4, 5) are laminated; and adhesive layers with a latent-reactive adhesive (10, 11) being arranged at least between the polymer layers (8, 9, 12, 13) and the protective layers (4, 5), and wherein the core layer or protective layers are formed of a thermoplastic elastomer.



Gift card holder

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A combination gift card holder and message delivery package facilitates the identification of a gift card contained within the package while presenting the recipient with an accompanying message prior to fully revealing the gift card. The package includes first, second and third panels. The first and second panels and the second and third panels are connected with one another along a common edge and are pivotable with respect to each other. The panels have cutouts therein. The gift card is positioned in the package between the second and third panels thereby exposing a portion of a front surface of the gift card through the cutout in the third panel and exposing a portion of a rear surface of the gift card through the cutout in the second panel, thereby partially concealing the gift card while exposing an identification marking thereon.



Method and device for producing colour images by way of a UV laser on pigmented substrates, and products produced as a result

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 EST

A method is described for producing a character, pattern, symbol and/or image (8) on a substrate (2) by way of pigment particles (1) which are arranged thereon and lose their color effect under the action of a laser (23), wherein different pigment particles (1) with at least three different color effects are arranged on and/or in the substrate (2). The invention is distinguished by the following method steps: (a) production of a color chart (14), in which the individual color effect of individual pigment particles (1) or individual clusters of pigment particles is contained as a function of their spatial coordinate on and/or in the substrate (2); (b) spatially resolved irradiation, which changes the color effect of only individual pigment particles (1) or individual clusters of pigment particles, by way of a laser (23) at a single frequency on the basis of the color chart (14) in order to produce a resulting color effect. Furthermore, the present invention relates to substrates, in particular security documents, produced using a method of this type, and devices for carrying out methods of this type.



Security element for the identification of a security document using liquid crystal display driven with piezoelectric energy source and method for producing it

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a security element for the identification of a security document, in particular a banknote, a valuable paper or a paper document, comprising at least one electrically controllable display element and at least one piezoelectric energy source which controls the at least one display element. The security element is formed by a flexible multilayered film body comprising the at least one electrically controllable display element containing a display layer having liquid crystals that can be oriented in an electric field, and comprising the at least one piezoelectric energy source which controls the at least one display element and has at least one layer composed of piezoelectric material, wherein the security element has a thickness of at most 70 μm in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the film body.