Newell Brands has been granted a patent for a print consumable with a rotatable core, RFID tag, and dispensable print substrate. The RFID tag includes a print counter, SKU code, and authentication code for tracking and authentication. The system includes a controller to read and process data from the RFID tag. GlobalData’s report on Newell Brands gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Rfid-enabled print consumable with authentication and tracking capabilities

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Newell Brands Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11912017B2) discloses a print consumable designed with enhanced security features and functionality. The print consumable includes a rotatable core with a roll of print substrate and a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag attached to the core. The RFID tag contains a print counter, a stock-keeping unit (SKU) code, and a consumable authentication code, all of which are password-protected to prevent unauthorized access or modification. The RFID chip is configured to update the print counter in response to a signal indicating the completion of a print job, ensuring accurate tracking of consumable usage.

Moreover, the patent describes a method for authenticating the source of the print consumable in a print system, as well as methods for setting print settings and updating the print counter based on information stored in the RFID tag. The print system itself comprises a housing, a holder for the print consumable, a print head, a trace antenna for reading the RFID tag, a transceiver, and a controller. The controller is responsible for managing the information received from the RFID tag, updating the print counter, adjusting print settings, and controlling the operation of the print system based on the consumable authentication code. The system's design allows for efficient and secure printing processes, with the RFID trace antenna positioned strategically for easy reading of the RFID tag in any rotational orientation of the print consumable.

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