Patents Assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
  • Patent number: 10297743
    Abstract: An actuator device includes: an actuator including piezoelectric elements arranged in a first direction and first contacts arranged in the first direction; a protector including a first wall opposed to the piezoelectric elements and a second wall coupled to the first wall and joined to a region of the actuator at which the first contacts are disposed; first connection terminals disposed on the first; and first through electrodes formed in the second wall to bring the first contacts and the first connection terminals into conduction with each other. A distance between two of the first through electrodes which respectively correspond to two of the piezoelectric elements which are adjacent to each other in the first direction is greater than a distance in the first direction between the two of the piezoelectric elements which are adjacent to each other in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toru Kakiuchi, Yasuo Kato, Rui Wang, Yuichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10293618
    Abstract: In a state where a supply portion of a cartridge is connected to a connecting portion of a cartridge attachment section, a first base part and a first protruding part of the cartridge and a second base part and a second protruding part of the cartridge attachment section have the following positional relationship: as viewed in the horizontal direction, the first base part is overlapped with both of the second base part and second protruding part, the first protruding part is overlapped with the second base part, but is not overlapped with the second protruding part; and as viewed in the vertical direction, the first base part is not overlapped with the second base part, and is not overlapped with the second protruding part, and the first protruding part is overlapped with the second protruding part, but is not overlapped with the second base part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihito Kobayashi, Akinari Ishibe, Yuma Tanabe, Masahiro Hayashi, Masatake Sato, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10298799
    Abstract: A printing system includes a printer and an information processing device that includes a processor and a memory storing processor-executable instructions, the instructions being configured to, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to, when condition information does not include trigger information, determine to instruct the printer to start a pre-printing operation, when the condition information includes the trigger information, determine not to instruct the printer to start a pre-printing operation, in response to determining to instruct the printer to start the pre-printing operation, transmit the preparation instruction information to the printer, in response to determining to instruct the printer to start the pre-printing operation and performing the preparation instruction process, generate print data based on specified contents data, and transmit the print instruction information to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazutaka Yamada
  • Patent number: 10293614
    Abstract: A printing fluid cartridge includes a front face oriented toward a first direction, a printing fluid supply portion positioned at the front face, a rear face positioned opposite the front face and oriented toward a second direction opposite the first direction, at least one electrical interface positioned between the front face and the rear face, and an engagement surface facing in the second direction. The at least one electrical interface is offset from the printing supply portion with respect to a third direction perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction. The at least one electrical interface is positioned closer to the front face than the engagement surface is, and the at least one electrical interface and the engagement surface intersect a plane which is parallel with the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kanbe, Hirotake Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10298805
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a computer of a portable device, the computer program, when executed by the computer, causes the portable device to perform operations including: receiving a user operation of designating operation specifying information; instructing an image processing apparatus to execute the image processing operation of a content specified by the operation specifying information; storing history information indicative of an execution history of the receiving and the instructing; extracting, from among a plurality of program identification information, program identification information associated with the extraction condition information coinciding with the stored history information; and displaying the extracted program identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Publication number: 20190145035
    Abstract: A needle mounting device mounts a punch needle for needle punching on a needle bar of a sewing machine. The needle mounting device includes an insertion portion, an engaging mechanism, and an affixing portion. The insertion portion has a bar shape and is configured to be inserted into a mounting portion provided in the needle bar for mounting a sewing needle. The engaging mechanism is able to engage with the needle bar at a different position from the insertion portion in an extension direction of the insertion portion. The affixing portion is configured to affix the punch needle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki TAKAHASHI, Masaki YOSHIDA, Nobuhiko FUNATO
  • Publication number: 20190143706
    Abstract: An image-recording apparatus includes a cartridge including a first storage chamber, a tank including a second storage chamber, a recording portion, a detected portion, a detector, and a wall portion. Liquid supplied from the first storage chamber to the second storage chamber through an inlet port is supplied from the second storage chamber to the recording portion through an outlet port. The wall portion partitions an internal space of the second storage chamber into a first region including the liquid inlet port and a second region including the detected portion. The wall portion extends upward than the liquid inlet port and the detected portion and downward than the liquid inlet port and the detected portion. Communication between the first region and the second region is allowed through upper and lower communication portions. The upper communication portion is positioned upward than the liquid inlet port and the detected portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro HAYASHI, Yuma TANABE, Akinari ISHIBE, Masatake SATO, Akihito KOBAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20190146405
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a drawer having an exposure head. The drawer can include first and second guides to receive a drum cartridge and a developer cartridge, respectively. The first guide extends from a first side of the drawer into the drawer and toward the exposure head from a first side of the exposure head, and the second guide extends from the first side of the drawer into the drawer and toward the exposure head from a second side of the exposure head opposite the first side. In some instances, the drum cartridge is positioned at least partially below the developer cartridge but is removable from the drawer without removing the developer cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao ITABASHI, Masamitsu UKAI, Masato MAKINO
  • Patent number: 10292032
    Abstract: A communication apparatus may determine whether specific apparatus identification information for identifying a specific external apparatus is stored in a memory in a case where the specific apparatus identification information is received via a second interface from the specific external apparatus, shift an operating state of the communication apparatus from a non-parent station state to a parent station state in a case where it is determined that the specific apparatus identification information is stored in the memory, receive a wireless connection request from the specific external apparatus via a first interface after the operating state has been shifted from the non-parent station state to the parent station state, and form the wireless network in which the communication apparatus operates as the parent station and the specific external apparatus operates as a child station, in a case where the wireless connection request is received from the specific external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kunihito Terashita
  • Patent number: 10291061
    Abstract: A charger mounting a rechargeable battery includes a switcher configured to switch transmission status of electric power through cables connected to an upstream port and/or downstream port, and a discharger configured to consume the electric power by discharging. The controller is configured to control, depending on charged quantity of the rechargeable battery and request information for feed/reception of the electric power, the switcher and the discharger to execute one of: at least one of charging the rechargeable battery with the electric power received from one of the power source, the upstream charger and the downstream charger through a cable, and consuming the electric power as received by the discharger; and at least one of transmitting the electric power of the rechargeable battery to one of the upstream charger and the downstream charger through a cable, and consuming the electric power of the rechargeable battery by the discharger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Matoba
  • Patent number: 10286669
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes a cartridge body including: a liquid storage chamber, a liquid supply portion providing a liquid supply hole supplying the liquid in the liquid storage chamber to an outside, an air communication passage communicating liquid storage chamber with an atmosphere, a front wall, a rear wall spaced apart from the front wall, a lower wall connecting a lower end of the front wall and a lower end of the rear wall, and an upper wall extending between the front wall and the rear wall. The air communication passage includes an air communication pipe having one open end positioned downward relative to a highest liquid level and upward relative to an up-down center portion of the liquid storage chamber. The highest liquid level is defined in a state where a maximum permissible amount of liquid is stored in the liquid storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10289368
    Abstract: An information processing device may be configured to communicate with a communication destination device selected as a communication target among a plurality of devices. The information processing device may store, in a storage unit, communication destination device identifying information for identifying a device that was selected as the communication destination device and first network identifying information for identifying a network to which the communication destination device belongs. The information processing device may receive second network identifying information for identifying a network to which the information processing device is to connect. The information processing device may display a first image in a case that the received second network identifying information does not match the first network identifying information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10291161
    Abstract: A brushless motor device configured to: determine a first upper limit of a current value which flows through a coil when a rotation speed of a rotor is accelerated from a first speed to a second speed, wherein, in a case where the current value of the first upper limit flows through the coil when the rotor is rotated at the second speed, a first time period, which is from a start of a non-energization time period of the coil until an induced voltage reaches a threshold value, is longer than a second time period, which is from the start of the non-energization time period until a counter-electromotive voltage becomes zero; and change switching of each switching element of an inverter circuit by using a second upper limit greater than the first upper limit and the first upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tasuku Sugimoto, Hironori Hirata, Masafumi Ito
  • Patent number: 10291821
    Abstract: In a server, a processor receives, in a case where the memory does not store image data in association with a first identifier identifying a user, from a printer the first identifier inputted to the printer through a user's operation and transmits first location information to the printer for prompting that the first location information is inputted to a terminal device. The first location information includes related information related thereto. The processor receives target image data and second location information from the terminal device, and stores related image data in association with the first identifier. The processor receives a second identifier from the printer and transmits a print instruction to the printer in a case where the received second identifier matches the stored first identifier. The processor prohibits transmission of the print instruction to the printer in a case where the received second identifier does not match the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10289366
    Abstract: An image editor includes a controller configured to display an image editable area on a display, the image editable area including a plurality of sections, each section including one or more objects displayed therein, each object including one of a character and an image, and perform an image edit process for each of the plurality of sections, the image edit process including placing an object in a specified one of the plurality of sections, setting a display attribute of the object, for the specified section, and displaying the object within the specified section in accordance with the display attribute set for the specified section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Nishizaki
  • Patent number: 10291808
    Abstract: A scanning system includes a scanner, an information processing apparatus, and a processor. The processor receives an input via a user interface and determines each of a plurality of image processes to be performed on scan data. In a case where first and second image processes are determined to be performed, the processor instructs the scanner to output the scan data to the information processing apparatus, and instructs the information processing apparatus to perform the first and second image processes. In a case where the first image process is determined not to be performed and the second image process is to be determined to be, the processor instructs the scanner to perform the second image process on the scan data to generate information, and instructs the scanner to output the generated information to the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenju Narita, Hiroya Nojiri, Kenji Tamaki, Akidi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10286674
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid consuming apparatus including: a liquid consuming section; a tank having a liquid storage chamber and an inlet port; a cap; and a casing having a cover movable with respect to the tank between a closed position and an open position. The cover has an inner surface and a projection projected from the inner surface toward the tank. The projection of the cover is provided with a pressing portion facing the outer surface of the cap at a predetermined spacing distance, under a condition that the liquid consuming apparatus is in a normal state in which the cover is in the closed position and that the cap is installed in the inlet port, and the pressing portion abuts firstly against the outer surface, under a condition that the cap is moved in the insertion direction for allowing the cap to be removed from the inlet port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osakabe
  • Patent number: 10286673
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge includes: a front surface facing frontward; a rear surface spaced apart from the front surface; an upper surface facing upward; a bottom surface disposed opposite to the upper surface and facing downward; a liquid supply portion disposed at the front surface; an electrical interface disposed at the upper surface; a detection portion; and an engaging portion disposed at the bottom surface and configured to protrude downward relative to the bottom surface. The upper surface and the bottom surface are disposed between the front surface and the rear surface. The detection portion includes a light-receiving portion positioned upward relative to the upper surface and configured to receive light. The detection portion is configured to change a state of the light received at the light-receiving portion depending on a state of the liquid cartridge. The engaging portion includes an engaging surface facing rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takahashi, Kosuke Nukui, Toyonori Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10291801
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus includes a controller configured to execute a first operation of checking whether a standby position is coincident with a home position in response to determining that an open signal is not output from a cover sensor while an image scanner is changing a scanning position from a scanning end position toward a scanning start position after completion of image scanning, and to execute a second operation in response to determining that the open signal is output from the cover sensor while the image scanner is changing the scanning position, the second operation including moving the scanning position to a particular position between the standby position and the scanning end position, without executing the first operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Maeda
  • Patent number: 10286693
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a conveyor configured to convey a medium including a transparent base layer and a separation layer stacked on each other, the medium further including a printing background layer; a printer configured to print a character on the medium conveyed by the conveyor, wherein the medium on which the character is printed is a printed medium; and a controller configured to control the conveyor and the printer. The controller is configured to: obtain outside-diameter relating information relating to an outside diameter of a wrapped member; and based on the obtained outside-diameter relating information, set a character printable region in which the printer is allowed to print the character on the printing background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Minako Ishida, Junya Kawai, Naoto Ito, Shuhei Nohara, Harumitsu Inoue, Yukihiko Sato, Haruki Matsumoto, Kentaro Murayama