Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10705345
    Abstract: Trapezoidal protrusions, which protrude to the inside of a region, are provided on a right-side part and a left-side part of a mounting member. Holding sections, which extend in a circumferential direction, are formed in lateral surfaces of the trapezoidal protrusions. The holding sections include first holders which are opened to an upper side, and a second holder that is opened to a lower side. The first holders, and the second holder are respectively provided with second protrusions which protrude into a groove in a plural number, and can maintain the cable in a groove. First protrusions are respectively provided on rear-side ends to guide lead-out of the cable from the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Miyuki Kusuda, Hirotoshi Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 10708453
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display and a controller that executes a display processing for displaying at least one print image a first or second manner as a display manner. In the first manner, single-page images each containing a one-page-equivalent print image are arranged in a first direction. In the second manner, at least one plural-page image each containing a plurality of one-page-equivalent print images are arranged in a second direction. The controller executes an obtaining processing for obtaining setting information for printing to be performed by a printer. In the display processing, the controller determines the display manner to one of the first manner and the second manner and displays the print image on the display in accordance with a setting in a specific item for the setting information obtained in the obtaining processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Aiko Mizutani, Ryo Yasui, Jun Komura
  • Patent number: 10705779
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing computer readable instructions that are executable by a computer in an information processing apparatus is provided. The computer readable instructions cause the information processing apparatus to conduct a print control being one of a first print control, in which printing of an image is processed through a first channel, and a second print control, in which printing of the image is processed through a second channel; accept a selection for a printer; determine whether the print control is to be switched from the first print control to the second control based on the selection for the printer; obtain history of the first print control conducted in past in the selected printer; and set a print setting value for the second print control to be conducted in the selected printer based on the obtained history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Yamada
  • Publication number: 20200213465
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an interface and a controller. The interface performs power delivery and communication with an external apparatus. The controller performs: storing, in a memory, history information relating to power delivery performed with the external apparatus through the interface, the history information including identification information of the external apparatus and a power role of at least one of the information processing apparatus and the external apparatus, the identification information and the power role being stored in association with each other, the power role being one of a power source of supplying power and a power sink of receiving power; and in response to detecting connection of the external apparatus through the interface, determining the power role of the information processing apparatus based on the identification information of the external apparatus connected through the interface and on the history information stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro SHIMAMURA, Naomasa TANASE, Masaki OHTAKE, Seigo HAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20200209933
    Abstract: A first interface performs power delivery and communication with a first external apparatus. A second interface performs power delivery and communication with a second external apparatus. A controller is configured to perform: storing, in a memory, history information relating to power delivery performed with the second external apparatus through the second interface, the history information including identification information of the second external apparatus and an amount of power delivery with the second external apparatus; determining whether to perform a power role switch with the first external apparatus, the power role switch being a switch of a power role between a power source of supplying power and a power sink of receiving power; and in response to determining that the power role switch is to be performed, performing power delivery with the second external apparatus through the second interface based on the history information stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro SHIMAMURA, Hajime USAMI
  • Publication number: 20200212683
    Abstract: An interface performs power delivery and communication with an external apparatus. A convert device is configured to convert a voltage of input power that is supplied from the external apparatus through the interface. A convert device includes a first convert device having first conversion efficiency and a second convert device having second conversion efficiency different from the first conversion efficiency. A processing device is configured to operate by using power converted by the convert device. A controller is configured to switch a conversion state between: a first conversion state of converting, by the first convert device, the input power supplied from the external apparatus through the interface and supplying the converted input power to the processing device; and a second conversion state of converting, by the second convert device, the input power supplied from the external apparatus through the interface and supplying the converted input power to the processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seigo HAYASHI, Hajime USAMI
  • Publication number: 20200207108
    Abstract: A liquid-consuming apparatus includes: a tank including a liquid storage chamber which stores a liquid, an inlet formed in a surface of the tank, and an outlet through which the liquid from the liquid storage chamber flows; a cap which is movable between a first position and a second position; a cover which is movable relative to the tank between a closed position and an open position; and a holding member which is connected to the cap and which holds the cap at the second position. The cap at the second position or the holding member is configured to obstruct a movement of the cover from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori OSAKABE, Tomohisa HIGUCHI
  • Patent number: 10701748
    Abstract: A communication device may include a wireless interface configured to repeat operating sequentially in a plurality of states including a first state and a second state. The communication device may acquire first information from the wireless interface in a case where the wireless interface operating in the first state sends the first polling signal to a first external device and receives a response signal to the first polling signal from the first external device, and supply a specific signal to the wireless interface in a case where the first information is acquired from the wireless interface, the specific signal being for causing the wireless interface to use, as a duration time period of the second state, a specific time period instead of the second predetermined time period, the specific time period being longer than the second predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shun Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10696073
    Abstract: A printer includes: a conveyor; a printing device; a roller; a moving mechanism configured to move a moving member; and a cutter that performs a cutting operation. A controller executes: a printing processing for performing a printing operation while conveying the printing medium with the moving member being located at a second position; a cutting processing for performing the cutting operation after the printing operation is stopped; a moving processing for controlling the moving mechanism such that movement of the moving member to a first position is completed before the cutting operation; and a roller driving processing for, after the movement of the moving member to the first position is completed and before the cutting operation, rotating the roller in a direction for conveying the printing medium downstream in a conveying direction and stops the roller from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Mizutani
  • Patent number: 10696074
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akiko Mizuno
  • Patent number: 10696056
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes a liquid chamber with a liquid outlet configured to supply the liquid from an interior of the chamber to an exterior of the chamber. An actuator is movable between a first position in which the liquid outlet is closed, and a second position in which the liquid outlet is open. A detector is positioned in the chamber, and is movable from a restricted position to a released position in response to movement of the actuator from the first to the second position. The detector is movable from the released position to the restricted position in response to movement of the actuator from the second to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kosuke Nukui, Suguru Tomoguchi, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Naoya Okazaki, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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