In 1964, I took a job in the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories. Even the name sounds impressive. I was hired to maintain laboratory equipment but was eventually given the opportunity to design some laboratory testing equipment. Before long I was given bigger assignments. In 1968 Kodak developed a reader-printer that used a relatively new dry processed paper to form hard copy images of microfilm documents. There were a few problems with the heating stage that needed fixed and I was given the task. I had a free hand for about six months to study the problem, decide on a fix and do the modifications. In the process, I had designed a mechanical improvement to a heating member that resulted in a US Patent. Since I was working for Kodak and just doing my job, I got the usual $1.00 for the patent. That was a normal procedure. I was thrilled to have my name on a US Patent. I can talk about this because the patent is public domain. I can even tell you that the US Patent number is 3,561,133. In 1986 the invention disclosed in patent number 3,561,133 was adapted for use in the Starvue Reader Printer, a Kodak office product.
I invented a web cutting device while at Kodak that became US Patent number 3,779,641. Several more inventions followed but rather than being published as patents, were published as Research Disclosures. Research Disclosures prevent some one else from getting a patent and stopping the inventor from manufacturing the invention.
Twenty-three Laboratory Reports were based on my equipment designs at Kodak. That is not a lot. Some researchers have published hundreds of such reports. Four Apparatus Reports were upgraded to Research Disclosure status. Report number 12634 dealt with processing of photographic films or papers by means of an activating gas. In RD 22328, the subject was Daylight Accessories for Process Cameras and Film Processors. RD 17729 and 18330 were about an invention that used yarn to cover a cylinder surface and developed out of my familiarity with antique knitting machines.
In 1986, I retired from Kodak as a Senior Photographic Engineer.