Patent Number: 6,309,497

Title: Method for making a protected reflection image

Abstract: A protectively reflected binary image is provided comprising a thermally imaged transparency on which is superposed a thin reflective protective overcoat, the imaged transparency comprising a binary image supported on a transparent substrate. The reflective protective overcoat is interfacially bonded to the thermally imaged transparency preferably such that the binary image is interposed between the transparent substrate and the reflective protective overcoat. A method for transferring a reflective protective overcoat onto an imaged transparency is also provided, whereby an image surface of the imaged transparency is protected and made viewable as a reflected image, the method utilizing a laminar transfer sheet comprising a carrier web and a reflective protective overcoat, the laminar transfer sheet being laminated onto the image surface with the carrier web subsequently removed to thereby release the reflective protective overcoat, the overcoat remaining bonded to the image surface.

Inventors: Gordon; James N. (Newton, MA), Teng; Ganghui (Bedford, MA)

Assignee: PGI Graphics Imaging LLC

International Classification: B44C 1/17 (20060101); B41M 7/00 (20060101); B41M 5/42 (20060101); B41M 5/40 (20060101); B44C 001/165 (); B44C 001/17 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018