Fargo Electronics, Inc. announced that it has received four U.S. Patents: 6,428,222, “Sensor for Identifying Marks on a Ribbon,” (‘222); 6,412,991, “Identification Code for Color Thermal Print Ribbon,” (‘991); 6,409,872, “Identification Card Printer and Laminator,” (‘872); and 6,390,697, “Printhead Mounting Guide Frame,” (‘697). Fargo also announced that it has received a “Notice of Allowance” from the Republic of South Korea for Fargo’s Printer Ribbon Identification Sensor.
Fargo Electronics is the world’s leader in innovative technologies for desktop plastic card personalization systems. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Fargo creates printing systems that personalize plastic identification cards, complete with digital images and text, lamination, and electronically encoded information.
The Korean Industrial Property Office in the Republic of South Korea issued a Notice of Allowance for Fargo’s Printer Ribbon Identification Sensor, which has been referred to as the pin core patent, U.S. Patent 5,755,519.
“The pin core patent covers technology which assures that the proper ribbon is installed in Fargo printers,” said Jeffrey D. Upin, Fargo’s General Counsel. “Sensors in each Fargo printer detect specific configurations of small metal pins in the core of each dye-sublimation, resin, or overlaminate ribbon, preventing installation or usage of any incorrect ribbon. Fargo’s pin core patent has now been issued in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and South Korea.”
“The ‘222 patent covers the use of a light sensor to identify marks on a printer ribbon,” said Upin, “while the ‘991 patent uses an identification code on printer ribbons to control various printer functions. The ‘872 patent covers key processes used in Fargo’s High Definition Printing(TM) technology, and the ‘697 patent covers the printhead frame in Fargo’s DTC500 Series, which conveniently swings out of the way for printer servicing.”
“These patents will add to our strong and growing intellectual property portfolio. It further protects Fargo’s proprietary designs, and demonstrates our continued industry leadership in innovations which benefit the end user,” Upin said. “We are very pleased with these patents, which will offer our product lines and distribution partners additional competitive strength.
“Fargo has been granted 34 U.S. patents and has over 90 patent applications pending, related to specific card printer technology such as lamination, card flipping, ribbon technology, High Definition Printing, dual input hoppers and output stackers. Our ability to bring such ideas to the card personalization market gives end users greater flexibility and leads ultimately to Fargo’s strength and growth in the marketplace,” Upin said.
Fargo Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRGO) is the world’s leader in innovative technologies for desktop plastic card personalization systems. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Fargo is the only manufacturer to offer three distinct technologies in printing systems – High Definition Printing(TM) (reverse image), traditional Direct-to-Card printing (dye-sublimation), and CardJet Printing(TM) (inkjet) – to personalize plastic identification cards, complete with digital images and text, lamination, and electronically encoded information.
Personalized identification cards provide physical, information, and transaction security for a wide variety of applications including Corporations, National IDs, Drivers’ Licenses, Universities, Schools, Government Installations, Transportation, Casinos, Healthcare Facilities, E-commerce, Retail Stores, Correctional Institutions, Associations, Sports Events and Recreation Sites. More than 60,000 Fargo systems have been sold in the U.S. and over 80 other countries. For more information, visit Fargo’s Web site at [www.fargo.com].