Patents Assigned to Minolta Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 7826098
    Abstract: An isolation point counting section, an internal edge counting section, and a continuity detecting section are provided at a halftone dot internal character region signal generating section. The halftone dot internal character region signal generating section discriminates a character region in a halftone dot image based on the detection results of the isolation point counting value caused by the isolation point counting section, the internal edge count value caused by the internal edge counting section, and the presence or absence of continuity of the internal edges caused by the continuity detecting section by making best use of the fact that the halftone dot region and character region in the halftone dot image are completely reversed in their characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20100274873
    Abstract: A system including a first device connected to a network, a second device connected to the network, and at least one portable terminal is disclosed. Device information of the first device containing connection information for establishing a connection between the first device and the second device is transmitted from the first device to the portable terminal and later transmitted from the portable terminal to the second device. Therefore, the connection between the first device and the second device is established based on the device information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: TAKENORI IDEHARA
  • Publication number: 20100271664
    Abstract: A system including a first device connected to a network, a second device connected to the network, and at least one portable terminal is disclosed. Device information of the first device containing connection information for establishing a connection between the first device and the second device is transmitted from the first device to the portable terminal and later transmitted from the portable terminal to the second device. Therefore, the connection between the first device and the second device is established based on the device information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: TAKENORI IDEHARA
  • Patent number: 7821658
    Abstract: An imaging device with an improved controller is disclosed wherein the controller eliminates duplicated circuitry and provides multiuser circuitry that efficiently replaces multiple dedicated circuit blocks. In one aspect, duplicated same-function circuit blocks are replaced with a switch controlled by an alignment control signal to operate as a multiplexer or demultiplexer. In another aspect, multiple different-function circuit blocks which generally have no temporal overlap of their active operation are replaced with a programmable logic device that is reconfigured dynamically to perform some subset of the different functions on an as-needed basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Keiichiro Hyodo, Peter Johnston, Allan Hessenflow
  • Patent number: 7821674
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a detecting unit that detects pieces of additional information embedded in image data, an analyzing unit that analyzes the detected pieces of additional information, and an embedding unit that (a) updates, when the analyzing unit analyzes that any of the detected pieces of additional information includes predetermined information, the predetermined information included in the piece of additional information, and embeds the updated predetermined information into image data at a location where the predetermined information is originally embedded, or (b) embeds, when the detected pieces of additional information do not include the predetermined information, a new piece of additional information including updated information, into the image data at a location that does not overlap locations where the detected pieces of additional information are embedded, the updated information being equivalent to the predetermined information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Naito, Hideyuki Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Ideyama, Katsuhisa Toyama
  • Patent number: 7814132
    Abstract: A file management apparatus includes a receiver for receiving an electronic message having an attached file; a first acquirer for acquiring information concerning an original sender of the received electronic message; and a device for attaching the information concerning the original sender to the attached file. A file management method includes the steps of receiving an electronic message including information concerning an original sender of the electronic message and an attached file; acquiring the information concerning the original sender from the received electronic message; and attaching the information concerning the original sender to the attached file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Shibata
  • Patent number: 7812991
    Abstract: A server, which functions as an image data control device, makes a judgment as to whether a job containing image data stored in a hard disk of the storage unit has received deletion designation for being designated to be deleted from the hard disk. Then, among the jobs judged to have received the deletion designation, the server provides control that prevents a referenced job containing image data that is referenced by a reproduced or combined job (referencing job) from being deleted from the hard disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kato, Hideki Sasaki, Toshihiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7812981
    Abstract: In order to provide a more user-friendly image processing apparatus, the present invention provides an image processing apparatus that is able to obtain information stored in a contactless IC tag embedded in the document paper, for example, and search for related information based on the obtained information, and display the related information on a display screen like the liquid crystal display panel in the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Minami, Kenji Matsuhara, Nobuhiro Mishima, Toshihiko Otake
  • Patent number: 7813546
    Abstract: An image processing device having an image processing unit 10 that adjusts colors of the foreground image data that are approximately equal to a uniform color that makes the boundary between the foreground image data and the background image data recognizable to all the colors of the background image data that serves as the foreground image data's back ground, and synthesizes the foreground image data and the background image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7808663
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus receives image data based on multiple document images of various sizes and/or orientations. The apparatus identifies areas that are not yet assigned with document images on a single sheet of paper and identifies whether any document image can be laid out in an identified area. In another aspect of the apparatus, a maximum document image size is detected from multiple document images, and a scale factor is calculated to cause the detected maximum size match with the size of the entire area of the paper or an area obtained by dividing the paper into equal parts. In another aspect of the apparatus, a scaling factor is calculated for each document image to cause the size of the particular document match with the size of an area obtained by dividing the paper into equal parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiko Teranishi, Kazuhito Oosumi
  • Patent number: 7805000
    Abstract: In order to carry out an image processing with high precision by using a simple structure, an image processing apparatus is provided with an input unit, a storage unit, a binarization unit, and a determination unit. The input unit inputs image data of an image. The storage unit stores a first condition on absolute positions of pixels in the image and a second condition on positions of pixels relative to a target pixel. The binarization unit binarizes the target pixel based upon a color data of the target pixel and that of at least one related pixel to the target pixel to generate a binarized value. The at least one related pixel in the image satisfies the first and second conditions. The determination unit determines whether or not the image has a specified pattern, based upon the binarized values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotomo Ishii
  • Patent number: 7801737
    Abstract: A data distributing system wherein an electronic book data storage center which is stored with a plurality of pieces of book data is capable of communicating with electronic book vending machines 2 via a communication line and/or a communication satellite. In each of the vending machines, a storage medium can be inserted. The vending machine selects a piece of book data, which may be desired by the user, based on data stored in the storage medium as data to be to recorded into the storage medium. The user himself or herself can select a piece of book data. Also, the recorded data can be deleted from the storage medium in compliance with the user's request. These vending machines may have a function of casting accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadafusa Tsuji, Takashi Kondo, Hideo Hotomi, Isao Hayami, Katsuyuki Nanba
  • Patent number: 7797533
    Abstract: In a communication system wherein a device and a client communicate data with each other through a network, the device holds a root certificate including a public key in a pair of the public key and a private key and signed with the public key. When data is sent, a certificate creator creates a second certificate including the root certificate designated as a certificate authority at a higher level and signed with the root certificate, and the second certificate is sent to the client. In the client, the root certificate has been stored beforehand, and a verifier verifies the signature of the second certificate with the root certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Murakawa
  • Patent number: 7797385
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus checks a next job to be executed, and if the job is a firmware rewriting job, accesses a mail server, downloads e-mail, and obtains a job type of a job attached to the e-mail. If the job is a print job, the image processing apparatus extracts image information pertaining to the job from the e-mail, stores the image information, registers the job in a job management table, and ends processing. If there are no print jobs, the image processing apparatus executes the firmware rewriting job, deletes the job from the job management table, and ends the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Tomita, Hideki Hino, Hideo Mae
  • Patent number: 7760376
    Abstract: A printing method for a printing system having a plurality of image forming devices and a plurality of data transfer devices, includes a judgment step of judging whether image deficiency will occur in printing data transferred from the first data transfer device to the plurality of image forming devices, and a control step of providing control for transferring the data from the second data transfer device to the image forming device when it is judged in the judgment step that image deficiency will occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshimi Shinchi
  • Patent number: 7752267
    Abstract: A scanner capable of functioning as a data transmission management device that makes a determination as to whether data should be allowed to be reused at a file transmission destination based on the nature of the particular destination, produces a reusable file, and transmits it to the destination, if it determines that the reuse of the data is allowed because the destination is within the area of the first network N1 to which the scanner is connected; or it produces difficult-to-reuse file and transmits it to the destination, if it determines that the reuse of the data is disallowed because the destination is outside of the area of the first network N1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeo Katsuda, Tsutomu Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7751068
    Abstract: A digital copying machine that performs transfer of image data from the image reader to an external computer based on an image reading operation, as well as transfer of image data from the external computer to the printing unit based on a printing operation using the same bus, wherein the image reading operation and the printing operation are performed simultaneously by alternating the two types of transfers in response to the signal, based on the operation timing of the printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Takaira, Tomonari Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 7738734
    Abstract: In accordance with an image processing method, a data region is detected from input image data. The input image data is rotated in accordance with inclination of an image. Determination is made whether the data region of rotated image data protrudes from an image area of the input image data. When detection is made of protruding, the smallest area including the data region is extracted from the rotated image data. When the data region of the rotated image data protrudes from the image area of the image data previous to rotation, the smallest region including the data region of the rotated image data is extracted from the rotated image data. Therefore, loosing information from image data subjected to rotational correction can be prevented. Also, the amount of image data subjected to rotational correction can be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Aihara
  • Patent number: 7734458
    Abstract: A translating apparatus includes a translator for translating document data into another language, an output unit for outputting the translated document data translated by the translator, a mode setting unit for setting in a first mode or a second mode, and a controller. In a case where the first mode is set, the controller controls the translator so as to translate the document data into a plurality of languages, and controls the output unit so as to output the translated document data by each language group. In a case where the second mode is set, the controller controls the translator so as to translate the document data into a plurality of languages, and controls the output unit so as to output the translated document data by group including each translated language document date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Eguchi, Yoshihiko Sezukuri
  • Publication number: 20100123921
    Abstract: A printer (100) for printing based on a print job signal sent from a data processing device (200) registers print job signal sending sources and a message corresponding to each sending source in memory (111, 112). A controller (113) detects whether the sending source of a received print job signal is registered in memory. If the sending source is registered, a messaging unit (110, 111) outputs a corresponding message. Sending sources that are permitted to print can also be registered in memory (111, 112). In this case, the controller (113) detects whether the sending source of a received print job signal is registered in memory, and instructs the printer (110) to print only when the sending source is registered as permitted to print.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi ITO