Ball has patented an optical device with an array of lenses and segments that display different images at varying viewing angles. The device can present icons and backgrounds using transparent and non-transparent features. This innovation allows for unique optical effects and versatile applications. GlobalData’s report on Ball gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Ball, Packaging cans with tearing tabs was a key innovation area identified from patents. Ball's grant share as of January 2024 was 63%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Optical device with lenses showing different images at angles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Ball Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11861966B2) describes an optical device designed for authenticity verification on various items for security purposes. The device includes an array of lenses, first and second segments under the lenses, and a substrate with transparent and non-transparent features defining icons and backgrounds. The lenses present the icon at one viewing angle but not at another, enhancing security measures. The device can be applied to items like credit cards, passports, or pharmaceutical packaging to prevent counterfeiting.

Furthermore, the patent details the inclusion of a transparent region with specific refractive index materials over printed information on the item for added security. The device's non-transparent features can be specular reflecting regions, and diffusely reflective or transmissive features can be incorporated using a kinoform diffuser. The array of lenses can be either a 1D or 2D lens array, providing flexibility in design and application. Overall, the optical device offers a sophisticated solution for authentication and anti-counterfeiting measures across various industries, ensuring the integrity and security of valuable items and documents.

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