Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Publication number: 20200201205
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a housing has a developer accommodating portion and includes a first side wall and a second side wall. A coupling member is disposed at a position opposite to the developer accommodating portion with respect to the first side wall. A detection body is disposed at a position opposite to the developer accommodating portion with respect to the second side wall. A first driving force transmission member is positioned at the same side with the coupling member with respect to the first side wall, and transmits driving force from the coupling member to a rotating member. A second driving force transmission member is positioned at the same side with the detection body with respect to the second side wall, and transmits driving force from the rotating member to the detection body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao ITABASHI, Naoya KAMIMURA
  • Publication number: 20200198355
    Abstract: A liquid supplying system includes a tank, a first tubular portion, a second tubular portion, a sleeve portion, and a liquid bottle. The first and second tubular portions have inner ends positioned inside a storage chamber of the tank, and outer ends positioned outside of the storage chamber. The first and second tubular portions are positioned inside the sleeve portion. The sleeve portion includes a first screw portion and a first engagement portion. The liquid bottle includes an outer sleeve connectable to the sleeve portion. The sleeve portion includes a second screw portion threadingly engageable with the first screw portion, and a second engagement portion engageable with the first engagement portion. The first engagement portion can guide the second engagement portion to move in a direction parallel to a center axis of the sleeve portion during connection of the outer sleeve to the sleeve portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya TSUJI, Yoshinori OSAKABE
  • Patent number: 10692182
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium storing computer readable instructions that are executable by a computer in an information processing apparatus having a display device is provided. The computer readable instructions, when executed by the computer, cause the computer to determine a format to display at least one setup item, which is required in order to accomplish a predetermined process, in the display device between an icon format, in which the at least one setup item is displayed in a figurative image containing a symbolic figure representing the at least one setup item, and a list format, in which the at least one setup item is displayed in a textual image containing text describing the at least one setup item. The computer readable instructions further cause the computer to control the display device to display the at least one setup item in the determined format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Susumu Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10691294
    Abstract: In an information processing device, a storage unit stores format information and an option value to be used in a recording process. A communication unit is configured to perform wireless communication with a service providing device and an image recording device configured to perform the recording process. A control unit executes: receiving layout definition data including layout information representing a layout of a content image icon; displaying a layout image in which the content image icon is disposed according to the layout information; receiving content data from the service providing device; displaying a preview image representing a result of the recording process when the user's touch operation is received on a location of the content image icon; and transmitting recording instruction when the user's operation for instructing the image recording device to perform the recording process is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10694068
    Abstract: A terminal device performs operations includes: a file information receiving process to receive M pieces of file information for identifying M image files from a printer storing M image files; a specific signal receiving process to receive a specific signal from the printer; a determination process to determine whether an inter-device distance is equal to or less than a predetermined distance by using a received radio field intensity of the specific signal; a selection process to select N pieces of file information, which is a part of the M pieces of file information when it is determined in the determination process that the inter-device distance is equal to or less than the predetermined distance; and a print instruction transmission process to not transmit the print instruction to the printer when it is determined that the inter-device distance is not equal to or less than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Munehisa Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10691060
    Abstract: A drawer includes: a photosensitive drum rotatable about a drum axis extending in an axial direction; and a frame to which a developing cartridge including a developing roller is attachable. The developing cartridge is attachable to the frame in a state where an outer circumferential surface of the developing roller faces an outer circumferential surface of the photosensitive drum. The frame is configured to move the developing roller in a separation direction in which the outer circumferential surface of the developing roller moves away from the outer circumferential surface of the photosensitive drum. The frame includes a first guide roller for guiding the developing cartridge in the axial direction. The first guide roller is configured to move the developing cartridge in the separation direction relative to the frame in response to the movement in the axial direction of the developing cartridge relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen Wang, Junichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10688790
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid jetting apparatus including: a liquid jetting head having a nozzle; a supply channel; a cap configured to cover the nozzle; a discharging section; a switching mechanism switching a state of the cap between a capping state and an uncapping state; and a controller. The controller is configured to perform: controlling the discharging section, based on both of a supply evaporation rate according to an evaporation rate of water content in the liquid inside the supply channel and a cap evaporation rate which is an evaporation rate of the water content in the liquid remaining in the cap, so as to cause the liquid to be discharged from the nozzle; and controlling the discharging section, based on one of the supply evaporation rate and the cap evaporation rate, to cause the liquid to be discharged from the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shotaro Iida
  • Patent number: 10688800
    Abstract: A liquid discharge device includes a case receiving a cartridge having a first liquid chamber, a tank having a second liquid chamber, a head, a liquid level sensor, an alarm and a controller configured to: receive a first signal or a second signal when a position of a liquid level in the second liquid chamber is equal to or higher than or lower than a predetermined position; operate the alarm when receiving the second signal after the first signal; cancel the operation of the alarm based on determining of installation of the cartridge; and operate the alarm based on determining that a first elapsed time from a time when determining the installation of the cartridge reaches a predetermined time and the second signal is received from the liquid level sensor without receiving the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10692130
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium having a computer program which, when executed by a computer, causes an information processing terminal to perform displaying a first screen including a plurality of apparatus objects corresponding to each of a plurality of image processing apparatuses, receiving a user operation of designating one of the apparatus objects, receiving, from the designated apparatus, consumable information indicating a status of a consumable to be used for an operation of the image processing apparatus, determining whether a status indicated by the consumable information satisfies a replacement condition of the consumable, and when it is determined that the replacement condition is satisfied, transmitting, to a server, first ship request information for requesting the server to ship the consumable, for which it is determined in the determining of the status that the replacement condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10688815
    Abstract: A printer may ensure continued sufficiency of cutting performance of a cutter for performing printing on a medium. The printer may include a casing having a space, the cutter disposed in the casing and configured to cut at least a portion of the medium, a moving mechanism configured to move the cutter, and a controller configured to control the moving mechanism to move the cutter to at least one stop position at which a portion of the cutter is positioned at the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10693364
    Abstract: A power supply board includes: first and second power supply circuits; first and second terminals configured to supply the electric power from the first and second power supply circuits to the head, respectively; a first line connected to an output terminal of the first power supply circuit; a second line connected to an output terminal of the second power supply circuit; and a branched line branched form the first line to be connected to an input terminal of the second power supply circuit and supplies the electric power from the first power supply circuit to the second power supply circuit. An input power source is connected to an input terminal of the first power supply circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumika Hatta
  • Patent number: 10688796
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge is configured to be inserted into a cartridge-attachment section including a casing, a movable member, and an urging member. The casing includes a liquid chamber storing liquid therein; a liquid passage extending in a first direction in an upright posture, and a top surface. The top surface faces upward in the upright posture and formed with a recess. The movable member has a light blocking portion. The light blocking portion in the upright posture is configured to move between a first position and a second position. At least a part of the light blocking portion in the first position is positioned above the top surface in the upright posture. The urging member is configured to urge the movable member toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Miyao, Akihito Ono, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Fumio Nakazawa, Kosuke Nukui
  • Patent number: 10688798
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus, including: a liquid tank; an image recorder; a liquid bottle attachable to and removable from the liquid; a remaining-amount detecting sensor; a notifying device; a storage; and a controller configured to: determine a liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle based on a detection signal from the remaining-amount detecting sensor, in a state in which the liquid bottle is attached to the liquid tank; store, in the storage, the determined liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle; and control the notifying device based on the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle stored in the storage to notify a user of remaining-amount information relating to the liquid remaining amount in the liquid bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akikazu Murata
  • Patent number: 10688794
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge is configured to be inserted into a cartridge-attachment section including a casing and a light blocking portion. The casing includes a liquid chamber; a liquid passage extending in a first direction; and a top surface facing upward. The light blocking portion is deformable between a non-deformed state and a deformed state. The light blocking portion, at least in the non-deformed state, is configured to block or attenuate light emitted from the cartridge-attachment section and traveling in a widthwise direction crossing the first direction and a gravitational direction in an upright posture. The light blocking portion in the non-deformed state is configured to be deformed to the deformed state by an external force. The light blocking portion returns to the non-deformed state when the external force is removed from the light blocking portion in the deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Miyao, Akihito Ono, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Fumio Nakazawa, Kosuke Nukui
  • Patent number: 10688795
    Abstract: A printing-fluid containing device configured to be inserted into a cartridge attachment section in an insertion direction to be detachably attached to the cartridge attachment section includes a printing-fluid cartridge and an adaptor. The cartridge includes: a casing; a supply portion; and a detection portion. The adaptor, to which the printing-fluid cartridge is configured to be detachably assembled, includes: an adaptor body into which the printing-fluid cartridge is insertable; an electrical interface; and an engagement portion. The adaptor body has a leading end and a trailing end in the insertion direction. The adaptor body has a front wall at the leading end, has an opening through which the supply portion extends, and further has an outer surface. The electrical interface is disposed on the outer surface. The engagement portion is configured to engage with the cartridge attachment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke Nukui, Toyonori Sasaki, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10688799
    Abstract: A liquid discharge device includes a case receiving a cartridge having a first liquid chamber, a tank having a second liquid chamber, a head, a liquid level sensor and a controller configured to: receive a first signal or a second signal when a position of a liquid level in the second liquid chamber is equal to or higher than or lower than a predetermined position; prohibit a liquid discharge through the head in a predetermined case; cancel the prohibition of the liquid discharge based on determining that the cartridge is installed in the case; and prohibit the liquid discharge based on determining that a first elapsed time from a time when determining that the cartridge is installed in the installation case reaches a predetermined time and the second signal is received from the liquid level sensor without receiving the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 10694052
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes: a display; a user interface; a memory; a network interface; and a controller, the controller performs performing a deciding processing of deciding the display mode of instructions objects corresponding to the external instructions specified in the first specifying processing, based on attribute information; performing a display control processing of controlling the display to display a selection screen including instructions objects having the display mode decided in the deciding processing; performing a first receiving processing of receiving a user operation of selecting an object included in the selection screen, via the user interface; performing, in response to the operation of selecting a instructions object in the first receiving processing, an activation processing of activating an external instructions corresponding to the selected object; performing an designation information acquiring processing of acquiring designation information from the external instructions activa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10691040
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a photosensitive member, a plurality of corona chargers configured to charge the photosensitive member by corona discharge, a plurality of charge output circuits configured to output a charging voltage being applied to each of the corona chargers, a plurality of abnormal discharge detection circuits configured to output an abnormal discharge detection signal according to abnormal discharge occurring in each of the corona chargers, and a controller configured to have a common input port connected to the abnormal discharge detection circuits wherein the abnormal discharge detection signal output from each of the abnormal discharge detection circuits is input to the controller through the common input port. Each of the abnormal discharge detection circuits is connected to a corresponding one circuit out of the charge output circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Katoh
  • Patent number: 10688801
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes a tank forming an ink chamber and including an injection inlet, a recording head, a cover, a monitor, a cover sensor, an operation panel, and a controller. The controller controls operation of the recording head and the monitor. The controller performs decision processing deciding whether ink injection into the ink chamber after complement of an initial process is completed, and counts an amount of ink discharged from the recording head. The controller controls the monitor to display notification depending on the decision processing and the counted amount of discharged ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Matsui, Kenta Horade, Mana Honoki, Tomoya Oguchi
  • Patent number: 10688781
    Abstract: There is provided a printing apparatus including: a platen; a head; a carriage moving in a first direction and a second direction; a sensor configured to detect the medium; a memory; and a controller. Before a certain printing pass starts, the controller is configured to get a first distance value in the first direction between the sensor and a most downstream nozzle and a second distance value between an end of the medium and a close landing position that is closest to the end of the medium. The controller is configured to continue the certain printing pass without stopping the movement of the carriage, when the controller has determined that the second distance value is larger than the first distance value, and when the controller has determined that the medium is supported by the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Yusuke Arai, Masayoshi Hayashi