Patents Assigned to Minolta Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 7604706
    Abstract: An initial resin substrate is formed by laminating resin layers, and one surface of the initial substrate is heated and pressed by a molding die to mold a projected and dented surface such that substantially no deformation occurs on the resin layer providing a surface opposed to the one surface of the initial substrate. A reversible image display medium is produced by a method comprising the steps of accommodating a dry developer into the concavities and fixing a second substrate to the first substrate using an adhesive. Alternatively a reversible image display medium may be produced by, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Otokawa, Denji Nota, Akihito Ikegawa, Keyaki Yogome, Takaji Kurita
  • Patent number: 7599092
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided in which the frequency of undesired delay of the image output can be reduced. The image processing apparatus comprises an image processor for performing a process defined by a parameter on the image data of the received job, a decision portion for deciding a state of the image data of the received job, and a controller for setting a parameter in accordance with the state that is decided by the decision portion if an interval between the received job and the previously received job is longer than a predetermined time, and for setting the parameter that was used in the last job despite the state that is decided by the decision portion if the interval is not longer than the predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuaki Tajima, Takayuki Nabeshima, Toshio Tsuboi, Junji Nishigaki, Daisetsu Tohyama
  • Patent number: 7599085
    Abstract: An image processing system is provided that is capable of performing copying processes by connecting devices which specifications for processing image data are mutually different. In an image processing system comprised of an image reading device for optically reading original documents and converting these into electronic image data and a printing device for printing image data that have been received from the image reading device onto recording media, image processing circuits for processing image data in accordance with specified specifications are respectively incorporated into the scanning device and the printing device, and a device that may be set in accordance with specifications for processing image data based on given circuit arrangement information is used to comprise at least a part of either one of the image processing circuits of these devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuo Kamei, Hideaki Mizuno, Hideyuki Toriyama, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 7593123
    Abstract: In order to carry out a printing operation without waiting for a while in the case in which a printing device receiving printing job data cannot execute the printing operation for some reason, a plurality of printing devices (100) which are network-connected are formed into groups based on a processable language and one of the printing devices belonging to the same language group is caused to act as a managing printing device. The managing printing device receives a status signal from all the printing devices belonging to the same language group, and distributes the printing job data transmitted from the printing device to the other printing devices belonging to the same language group when any of the printing devices cannot carry out the printing operation. In this case, one printing device for supporting a plurality of languages can be set as a managing printing device which is common to each group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Sugahara
  • Patent number: 7583271
    Abstract: In order to generate a three-dimensional shape model corresponding to a two-dimensional image easily, a data processing apparatus includes a three-dimensional shape generating section and a texture image generating section generating a three-dimensional shape and a texture image, respectively, upon application of a model parameter, a two-dimensional image input section receiving an input two-dimensional image, a modulating section for modulating the input two-dimensional image to the three-dimensional shape, and a parameter transforming section calculating a parameter of the modulated two-dimensional image and applying the calculated parameter to the three-dimensional shape generating section and to the texture image generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuichi Kawakami, Yuusuke Nakano
  • Patent number: 7580900
    Abstract: An apparatus having a reader for reading expendable item related management information from a recording medium attached to an expendable item, a memory for storing cost information obtained based on the expendable item related management information, and a transmitter for transmitting the cost information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeo Katsuda
  • Patent number: 7559214
    Abstract: An optical element manufacturing method has a preparation step of preparing a lower mold and an upper mold. The lower mold has an outer shape restricting surface for the optical element. A reference surface formation step of forms a positioning reference surface on a rim of the optical element by heating the outer shape restricting surface of the lower mold and dropping molten glass onto the lower mold surface so as to collide with the lower mold surface and spread to be in contact with the outer shape restricting surface. A pressing step forms the two opposed optical function surfaces of the optical element by pressing the glass. A temperature of the outer shape restricting surface in the reference surface formation step and the pressing step is higher than a temperature which is 100° C. less than a glass transition temperature (° C.) of the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 7557942
    Abstract: Recipient information is allocated to a transmission box in the image processing apparatus based on the header information in the e-mail sent from the external terminal. Scanned image data is stored and linked to the same transmission box. Subsequently, based on the recipient information, the image data is sent to the recipient as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to the recipient. Because the recipient information and the image data are linked via the transmission box, it is not necessary to simultaneously designate the recipient and input the image data. Therefore, the operation panel of the image processing apparatus need not be occupied for a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 7557943
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus reads a multi-page original document and obtains multiple sets of image data, creates virtual combination information that indicates the interrelationships among the obtained multiple sets of image data, separately sends the obtained multiple sets of image data and sends the virtual combination information. Consequently, the computer that received the multiple sets of image data and the virtual combination information can recognize the received multiple sets of image data as separate sets of image data, while associating the received multiple sets of image data with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koichi Shibata
  • Publication number: 20090161186
    Abstract: An image processing method for carrying out predetermined correction processing with respect to one or more items regarding the quality of color images and the image processing method comprises a judgment step for judging the necessity/nonnecessity of correction with respect to each of the above-mentioned items and a correction processing step for carrying out the predetermined correction processing with respect to the item judged as required to be corrected at the above-mentioned judgment step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji MASAKI
  • Patent number: 7551313
    Abstract: A PC transmits a PDF document file after applying conversion processes to a specified object of the objects included in the file in order to reduce the file size when the storage capacity required for printing the PDF file exceeds the usable storage capacity of the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Kuroki
  • Patent number: 7548993
    Abstract: A data transmission apparatus capable of transmitting image data to a recipient using recipient's desired transmission parameters regardless of whether the recipient resides inside or outside an intranet to which the apparatus is connected, wherein the recipient is requested via an e-mail to designate the desired transmission parameters through the most appropriate transmission medium that is set in consideration of the recipient's location. Specifically, the transmission medium is set to a Web browser if the recipient resides inside the intranet to which the apparatus is connected, while it is set to an e-mail if the recipient resides outside the intranet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatsugu Koguchi
  • Patent number: 7545527
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus has first and second processors for performing first and second processings for image data received by a communication device. A data processing apparatus instructs for the image processing apparatus to execute the first and second processings for image data. When the image data and the instruction therefor are received, the image processing apparatus performs the first and second processings, and sends the image data processed by the second processor to the data processing apparatus, which replaces the received file with the transmitted file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Matsuhara, Nobuhiro Mishima, Takeshi Minami, Toshihiko Otake, Daisetsu Tohyama
  • Patent number: 7545525
    Abstract: In a network system to which a plurality of computers and a plurality of input-output apparatuses are connected, a layout diagram showing locations of the input-output apparatuses is displayed on a display unit and icons each representing one of the input-output apparatuses are displayed over the layout diagram at locations corresponding to the locations at which the apparatuses are actually installed. The user clicks one of the icons representing a desired one of the input-output apparatuses by using a device such as a mouse in order to specify the desired apparatus. As a result, a desired input-output apparatus can be selected correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takenori Idehara
  • Patent number: 7545419
    Abstract: Switches SHS and RSM are turned on to hold an image signal at a negative electrode of a capacitor Cs, then a switch SHN is turned on to hold a noise signal at a positive electrode of a capacitor Cn. Then a switch RSP is turned on and then a switch MIX is turned on to combine together the image and noise signals thus held and thereby produce, as a voltage signal, a noise-free image signal at the node between the capacitor Cs and the switch MIX. Then a switch Sx is turned on to output the noise-free image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomokazu Kakumoto
  • Publication number: 20090141305
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus has a first controller which specifies an output mode for image data to be processed and a second controller which determines whether the image data is stored in a memory or not based on the output mode specified by the first controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: Minolta Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo INUI, Hiroyuki IDEYAMA, Tomonari YOSHIMURA
  • Patent number: 7542086
    Abstract: In a solid-state image-sensing device, when an image sensing operation is performed in each pixel, a MOS transistor T1 is turned on and a MOS transistor T4 is turned off to make a MOS transistor T2 operate in a subthreshold region. When a reset operation is performed in each pixel, the MOS transistor T1 is turned off and the MOS transistor T4 is turned on to feed a constant voltage to the gate and drain of the MOS transistor T2. Then, the MOS transistor T4 is turned off, then the voltage at the node “a” is reset, and then a pulse signal ?V is fed to a MOS transistor T5 to obtain an output. By using the thus obtained output as compensation data, variations in sensitivity among individual pixels are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshio Hagihara
  • Patent number: 7538795
    Abstract: Disclosed is a monitor device for a moving body such as a vehicle, aircraft or vessel, moving at a certain speed. The monitor device displays an image of a front scene of the moving body with the image of the central area being enlarged in accordance with the running speed of the moving body such that condition of a far away portion can be recognized accurately. A zoom ratio calculating section determines a zoom ratio in accordance with running speed of the moving body. The area of image to be displayed is selected in accordance with the zoom ratio and the image of the selected area is displayed on a display screen in an enlarged form. A specially designed distortion lens may be used to take the picture of the front scene to form an image of the scene with its central area being optically enlarged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shibatani, Tetsuya Katagiri
  • Patent number: 7539633
    Abstract: A parts-management system includes a terminal apparatus and a management apparatus for communicating with the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus includes a first memory which stores identification information of each part used in the terminal apparatus and an operation value corresponding to an operation of each part in a mutually related manner, a controller which performs a predetermined operation processing corresponding to an operation of each part and updates the operation value stored in the memory when the part operates, a first transmitter which transmits the identification information of each part and an operation value corresponding to the identification information to the management apparatus, and a second transmitter which transmits a request signal for requesting a transmission of an operation value for at least one part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Yamashita, Masazumi Ito
  • Patent number: 7535585
    Abstract: In order to facilitate setting of a printer's function, a computer program product executed in a server computer connected to a printer and a client computer includes computer instructions for transmitting an HTML file to the client computer, wherein the HTML file is used for displaying a screen on the client computer for prompting to input characters, and editing a printer function description file, in which a function of the printer is described, based on the characters inputted on the client computer when the inputted characters are transmitted from the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Nakao, Yukinori Matsumoto, Yoshinori Sugahara