Fargo Electronics Awarded Three New Patents

Feb. 23, 2005
Two of company's patents are related to secure issuance of ID cards

Fargo Electronics, a provider of secure technologies for card identity systems, today announced that it has received Patent #6,832,866 titled 'Printer or Laminator Supply' as well as two Notices of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Fargo now holds 63 United States patents and has over 80 additional patent applications filed.

The issued patent discloses Fargo's RFID technology for making printers or laminators more secure by integrating the ribbons or overlaminates with a printer and a security code. "This patent, which focuses on ribbon/overlaminate security, emphasizes our commitment to the secure issuance of identification cards for high security applications," said Gary Holland, Fargo's President and CEO. "We see this patent as the foundation of many of the innovative solutions that we have introduced in the last year."

Fargo also received two Notices of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A Notice of Allowance is the final step before a patent is issued. Once issued, the patent becomes enforceable.

The first of the two allowances is titled 'Identification Card Manufacturing Device Module Unification'. "This patent was filed during our development of the CardJet inkjet printer," said Jeffrey Upin, Fargo's General Counsel. "It describes the method of converting a paper-feeding inkjet printer into a printer capable of printing and encoding onto the plastic cards used in the card industry".

The second application being allowed is 'Identification Card Printer and Ribbon Cartridge', part of Fargo's newly introduced DTC300 and DTC400 card printer/encoders. "This Allowance recognizes several of the key innovations that were made on this printer, including the integrated ribbon cartridge and cleaning mechanism; RFID technology that makes the ribbon and printer more intelligent and secure; and the compact design where the printing actually is done from the underside of the card," said Upin. "This is a very important recognition of our innovative design which we believe will be a core product for us for many years to come. It also incorporates some of the security features that customers who need to control issuance of secure IDs are asking for."