Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10813144
    Abstract: A communication device may, in response to a wireless link via a first wireless interface being established with a terminal device while the communication device is a first parent station state, receive predetermined information from the terminal device via a second wireless interface, if the predetermined information is received, shift the communication device from the first parent station state to a second parent station state, wherein the communication device is maintained in the first parent station state if the predetermined information is not received even if the wireless link via the first wireless interface has been established with the terminal device and after the communication device has been shifted to the second parent station state, establish a first wireless connection via the second wireless interface with the terminal device so as to cause the terminal device to participate in the second wireless network as a child station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Yusuke Shimada, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10807365
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes a nozzle plate having a nozzle, and a channel unit having a first surface facing and joined with the nozzle plate. The channel unit has a first channel member having the first surface, and a second channel member having a second surface facing and joined with the first channel member. The second channel member is formed with a first pressure chamber, a second pressure chamber, a first opening and a second opening defined by the second surface, a first connecting channel connecting the first pressure chamber and the first opening, and a second connecting channel connecting the second pressure chamber and the second opening. The first channel member is formed with a third connecting channel connecting the first pressure chamber and the second pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Sugiura, Shohei Koide, Jiro Yamamoto, Hiroshi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10807369
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus jetting a liquid onto a recording medium conveyed in a first direction includes head units arranged in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. One head unit includes nozzle chips; one nozzle chip has a nozzle arrangement area wherein nozzles are aligned in a third direction crossing the first and second directions. The nozzle chip is arranged to be shifted relative to another nozzle chip in a direction crossing the first and second directions and different from the third direction. The head unit has a first overlapping portion wherein nozzle arrangement areas of first and second nozzle chips included in the nozzle chips partially overlap with each other in the first direction. The liquid jetting apparatus has a second overlapping portion wherein nozzle arrangement areas of third and fourth nozzle chips included in the head units partially overlap with each other in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taisuke Mizuno, Hideki Hayashi, Keita Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10807374
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes: a case including a bottom which supports, from below, a liquid tank containing a liquid, and side parts which stand upright from the bottom and face side surfaces of the liquid tank; a first absorbing member disposed outside the case to extend along the bottom of the case and configured to absorb the liquid; and a second absorbing member disposed outside the case to extend along one of the side parts of the case while being brought into contact with the first absorbing member, and having an absorption ratio of the liquid which is higher than that of the first absorbing member under a non-pressurization state. The first absorbing member includes a groove which extends to the second absorbing member to guide the liquid leaking downward from the liquid tank to the second absorbing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mamoru Namba
  • Patent number: 10807380
    Abstract: An image processing device causing a printing execution unit to: in a first case where a specific condition indicating that ink supply from an ink supply unit to a printing head may be delayed in partial printing is not satisfied, print a partial image by single partial printing; in a second case where the specific condition is satisfied, print the partial image by partial printings including a first partial printing and a second partial printing; in the first case, form a dot having a specific size by the single partial printing, as a dot corresponding to a specific pixel in the partial image; and in the second case, form a dot having a size smaller than the specific size by the first partial printing and form a dot having a size smaller than the specific size by the second partial printing, as the dot corresponding to the specific pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Arakane, Masashi Kuno, Shota Morikawa, Shin Hasegawa, Yoshiharu Furuhata
  • Patent number: 10807375
    Abstract: A liquid supply apparatus a tank and a cartridge attachable to the tank along an attachment direction crossing a vertical direction. The ink cartridge includes a first storing chamber configured to store liquid therein. The tank includes a second storing chamber configured to store liquid therein, a liquid channel and an air channel, which both communicate with the second storing chamber. When the cartridge is attached to the tank with the first storing chamber of the cartridge communicating with the liquid channel and the air channel, the first storing chamber has a portion located above the liquid channel and the air channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10810651
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a communication interface, a storage, and a controller. The controller is configured to: acquire consumable item information including remaining amount information about a remaining amount of a consumable item; output screen information about an input screen to which condition information about an order condition for ordering a new consumable item for replacement is inputted; receive the condition information inputted to the input screen displayed on the basis of the screen information; determine whether or not the order condition represented by the received condition information is met in response to acquisition of the consumable item information; and output order information including information about an order of the new consumable item to a server in response to determination that the order condition represented by the received condition information is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Ohara
  • Patent number: 10812671
    Abstract: An image reader wherein a controller executes: a start process of starting a reading operation; a head edge detection process of detecting a document width; a first side edge detection process of detecting a side edge until an occurrence of a first change from a side edge detecting state to a side edge non-detecting state; a calculation process of calculating a continuation distance based on the document width; a second side edge detection process of detecting the side edge until an occurrence of a second change from the non-detecting state to the detecting state; a third side edge detection process of detecting the side edge until an occurrence of the first change; and an end process of ending the reading operation when the second change does not occur in a continuation range in the second detection process or when the first change occurs in the third detection process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Lifan Yu
  • Patent number: 10809951
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided with a user interface, a wireless communication interface and a controller. The controller is configured to perform transmitting UI information via the wireless communication interface to a mobile device, the UI information being configured to cause the mobile device to display a first text input field, and transmitting a first address via the wireless communication interface to the mobile device, the first address being an address to obtain candidates of input text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuya Okuno
  • Publication number: 20200324563
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus, a processor acquires first and second information on residual quantities of printing agent stored in first and second cartridges respectively. The first cartridge is mounted on a portion including a tank. The processor generates display screen data including first and second objects. The first object has a first position corresponding to a minimum residual quantity of the printing agent in a first state where the printing agent remains in the first cartridge. The second object has a second position corresponding to a maximum residual quantity of the printing agent, and a third position corresponding to a minimum residual quantity of the printing agent in a second state where the printing agent does not remain in the first cartridge but remains in the tank. The first position and one of the second and third positions are aligned at a reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akiko MIZUNO
  • Publication number: 20200326652
    Abstract: A developing cartridge may include a housing configured to hold toner. The cartridge may further include a developing roller including a developing roller shaft, a supply roller including a supply roller shaft, a developing electrode and a supply electrode. The developing electrode and supply electrode may be configured to guide an electrical contact of an image forming apparatus in one or more directions. In some examples, the developing electrode and supply electrode may have angled surfaces that extend toward one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeyuki TAKAGI, Hiroki MORI
  • Publication number: 20200326643
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a developing roller is configured to rotate around a first rotational axis extending in a predetermined direction and to carry developer thereon, the developing roller having a first end and a second end apart from each other in the predetermined direction, a from-first-to-second direction being defined along the predetermined direction as being directed from the first end to the second end. A developing electrode is formed of a conductive material and is configured to be electrically connected to the developing roller, the developing electrode including a main part and a protruding portion protruding from the main part in the from-first-to-second direction. A detection body is formed of an insulating material and is rotatably supported by the protruding portion, the detection body including a first opening that exposes part of the protruding portion and a covering portion covering part of the protruding portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nao ITABASHI
  • Publication number: 20200326653
    Abstract: A developing cartridge includes: a casing; a developing roller; a shaft extending in a first direction; a first inclined surface; a second inclined surface; an elastic member; and a first protrusion. The shaft is movable in the first direction relative to the casing and the developing roller, and is movable in the second direction together with the same. The first inclined surface is positioned at one end portion of the shaft, while the second inclined surface is positioned at another end portion of the shaft. The first and second inclined surfaces are inclined relative to the first direction. The first protrusion is movable in the first direction together with the second inclined surface. The shaft is movable from a first position to a second position when the second inclined surface receives a pressing force directed in a direction from the another end portion to the one end portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuwen WANG, Junichi HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 10800173
    Abstract: A liquid jetting apparatus includes: first pressure chambers aligned in a first direction; second pressure chambers aligned in the first direction and arranged at a distance from the first pressure chambers in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; a first common channel extending in the first direction and communicating with the first pressure chambers; a second common channel extending in the first direction and communicating with the second pressure chambers; a third common channel extending in the first direction and communicating with the first and second pressure chambers; a substrate having a surface formed with the first and second pressure chambers and a space constituting at least part of the third common channel, vibration plates defining upper surfaces of the first and second pressure chambers, piezoelectric elements overlapping with the vibration plates, and a damper film defining an upper surface of the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Kakiuchi
  • Patent number: 10800623
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit; a first re-conveyance guide that guides a sheet on which an image is formed in a re-conveying direction; a second re-conveyance guide that guides the sheet from the first re-conveyance guide toward the image forming unit; a side guide provided at one end portion of the second re-conveyance guide in a widthwise direction to regulate the sheet; a side chute provided at one end portion of the first re-conveyance guide in the widthwise direction; and an engaging portion provided on the second re-conveyance guide. The engaging portion is engaged with a first engaging portion extending downward from an upstream end portion of the side guide in the re-conveying direction and is engaged with a second engaging portion provided on a downstream end portion of the side chute in the re-conveying direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuya Kamikawa
  • Patent number: 10802772
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium stores computer-readable instructions for an information processing apparatus including: a processor; a display; and a memory storing at least one set of printer information. First and second type printers transmit status information to the information processing apparatus. The status information from the first type printer includes first information. The status information from the second type printer includes second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10802767
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing engine, an interface, and a controller. The controller is configured to perform obtaining a file from an external storage device; determining whether the file has information representing a specific function; in response to determining that the file has the information, sending to a server a data request; receiving data on the updates from the server; incorporating the data on the updates into the file; and causing the printing engine to print an image based on the file including the data on the updates. In response to not determining that the file has the information, the data request is not sent to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Itogawa
  • Patent number: 10805504
    Abstract: A communication device may receive first specific information from a first terminal device, establish a second wireless connection with a second terminal device after the first specific information has been received from the first terminal device, receive second specific information from the second terminal device after the second wireless connection has been established with the second terminal device, determine whether the first terminal device is identical to the second terminal device by using the first specific information and the second specific information in a case where the second specific information is received from the second terminal device, disconnect the second wireless connection in a case where it is determined that the first terminal device is not identical to the second terminal device, and not disconnect the second wireless connection in a case where it is determined that the first terminal device is identical to the second terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10805503
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a user interface, a communication interface, and a controller configured to, in response to receiving via the user interface an instruction to transmit an error notification, refer to one or more error records registered in error history data stored in a memory, each error record representing an error caused in the information processing apparatus, determine whether the one or more error records referred to include at least one error record associated with a previously selected error type, and in response to determining that the one or more error records referred to include the at least one error record associated with the previously selected error type, transmit the error notification to an external device via the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tony Lee
  • Patent number: RE48279
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, including: a housing; an image recording portion held by the housing; a control board having a mounting face and disposed in the housing such that the mounting face extends along a perpendicular plane perpendicular to a height direction, a control circuit for controlling the image recording portion being provided on the control board; and a communication board having a mounting face and disposed in the housing such that the mounting face extends along the perpendicular plane, such that the communication board is distant from the control board in a direction along the perpendicular plane, and such that the communication board is located within a height range ranging to the control board from a distal end of a highest one of mounted components mounted on the control board, an interface circuit to be connected to a telephone line being provided on the communication board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Motohito Muraki