Patents Examined by Barbara D Reinier
  • Patent number: 10791248
    Abstract: A color separation processing method includes: preparing one or a plurality of tables including a first color and one or a plurality of second colors obtained by mixing the first color with one or a plurality of added colors; selecting the table including the first color in accordance with a color sample and selecting the second color corresponding to the color sample from the selected table; and obtaining color separation values of the first color and the added color constituting the selected second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: HOSOKAWA YOKO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoyuki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10782924
    Abstract: There is provided a controller configured to execute: obtaining of color values of picture elements, respectively, of P pieces of target picture element columns; identifying of a blank picture element, indicating a white color as a brightest color; and identifying a candidate picture element line as a blank line which is a picture element line indicating the white color as the brightest color, the candidate picture element line being constructed of T pieces of picture elements arranged side by side in a second direction and including the P pieces of target picture elements located at a same position in the first direction, in a case that the candidate picture element line satisfies a first blank line condition, wherein the P is a integer in a range of not less than 2 to less than the T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ito, Satoru Arakane, Yasuo Ono
  • Patent number: 10778866
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an embedding device and an image output device. The embedding device is configured to embed a pair of identical electronic information in a pair of electronic embedment areas outside a print guarantee area and within a printable area of a recording medium. The pair of electronic embedment areas is along a pair of opposite sides of the recording medium. The image output device is configured to print out an image with the pair of identical electronic information embedded on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taito Suzuki, Takuya Hirotani
  • Patent number: 10769792
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document reading device, an operation device, and a control device. The document reading device collectively reads a plurality of documents loaded on a document loading surface to generate image data. The control device functions as an individual image cutter, an operation receiver, and a generator. The individual image cutter cuts, from the image data generated by the document reading device, individual images independent for the respective documents. The operation receiver receives, via the operation device, a first instruction indicating a number of documents collected in one image. The generator generates document image data which is corresponding to an image of a size formable on a single recording medium and which has a collection of pieces of individual image data indicating the individual images, in unit of the number indicated by the first instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Jennybelle Sillador
  • Patent number: 10764470
    Abstract: A system and method for tile type based color space transformation improves the performance and image quality of multifunction devices. The disclosed embodiments transform an input image on a tile by tile basis. If a tile is detected as neutral, simple 1D L* to CMYK Tone Reproduction Curves or Look-Up-Tables are used to convert the input pixels of the tile in L*a*b* to output pixels in CMYK. If a tile is detected as containing color content, then the input pixels are chrominance adjusted and subsequently converted to CMYK using regular tetrahedral interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Xing Li, Peter McCandlish, Clara Cuciurean-Zapan
  • Patent number: 10762401
    Abstract: A method for generating bitmap image data of a page includes acquiring print data of a page including compressed images, and performing rendering of bands included in the page based on the print data to generate the bitmap image data. The performing of the rendering performs rendering at least two of the bands concurrently. The performing of the rendering includes decompressing the compressed images, and using the decompressed images for corresponding bands of the bands to generate the bitmap image data. The decompressing decompresses, into a same memory area in a decompression buffer, at least two compressed images used for different bands, so that one of the two compressed images is decompressed into the same memory area and another of the two compressed images is decompressed, after rendering of a last band for which the one of the two compressed images is lastly used is finished, into the same memory area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakane, Tatsunori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10757280
    Abstract: An image reader includes a reading device to read an image on a recording medium, a first conveying roller pair upstream of the reading device in a conveyance direction of the recording medium, a second conveying roller pair downstream of the reading device in the conveyance direction, to hold the recording medium together with the first conveying roller pair to convey the recording medium, and a driver to drive the first conveying roller pair and the second conveying roller pair so that a relative relation between a reading position of the reading device and the recording medium held by the first conveying roller pair and the second conveying roller pair is constant. The reading device determines that the image read from the recording medium is effective in a period in which the relative relation is constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Inage, Masamoto Nakazawa, Daisuke Nikaku, Ryohma Ikemoto, Hideki Hashimoto, Shinichiroh Wada
  • Patent number: 10757287
    Abstract: An image reading device includes reading devices arranged in a main scanning direction perpendicular to a sub-scanning direction, position reference members each including a reference pattern for correcting relative positions of pixels in each of the reading devices or relative positions of the reading devices, and circuitry. The reference members move in the sub-scanning direction relative to the reading devices, and include first reference members for correcting the relative positions of the reading devices and second reference members for correcting the relative positions of the pixels in each of the reading devices. While switching between the first reference members and the second reference members, the circuitry calculates a correction value for a deviation of the pixels in each of the reading devices and a correction value for a deviation of the reading devices based on a result of reading of the reference members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Noboru Hirano, Takayuki Shibata, Tatsuya Ishii
  • Patent number: 10750055
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an image processing apparatus capable of reducing color material consumption to the maximum while maintaining the hue of an image before and after color conversion to reduce the color material consumption. The present invention is an image processing apparatus having a first lookup table to convert pixel values in a color space into pixel values of color materials, the apparatus including: an acceptable color difference derivation unit configured to derive an acceptable color difference indicating a size of a range of acceptable color difference, which corresponds to each grid point in the color space; a pixel value determination unit configured to determine pixel values of color materials, which corresponds to each of the grid points, based on the derived acceptable color difference; and a lookup table creation unit configured to create a second lookup table to convert pixel values in the color space into the determined pixel values of color materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Juanxi Lin
  • Patent number: 10750057
    Abstract: An example method of setting ink limits for a printing system is described. The method involves printing a first set of color ramps. Each color ramp has test areas which are printed based different Neugebauer Primary Area Coverage (NPac) vectors. A test area for each color ramp is indicated that meets an image quality metric and Neugebauer Primary ink use limits are set based on these test areas. A second set of color ramps, for combinations of the set of available Neugebauer Primaries, is then printed, The test areas for each ramp are defined by monotonically-varying vector element values for one Neugebauer Primary in a combination and the second set of ramps are defined by monotonically-varying vector element values across said ramps for another Neugebauer Primary in the combination. Test areas are then indicated again for the second set of color ramps to set ink use limits for the printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic
  • Patent number: 10742848
    Abstract: Production methods and systems enable the inline production of instant lottery tickets or documents using at least three different digital imagers. By interfacing at least three digital imagers in a common printing line, heretofore unknown printing efficiencies are realized, particularly on smaller volume print runs. These methods and systems enhance the overall appearance of the printed instant lottery tickets or documents, as well as potentially expand the consumer base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hydragraphix LLC
    Inventors: Allen Lorne Weil, Fred W. Finnerty, Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10715690
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor configured to acquire an image and designate whether the image is a color image or a monochrome image based on a comparison of a feature quantity of the image and a threshold value. A storage unit stores the threshold value. A display unit displays whether the image has been designated a color image or a monochrome image by the processor. An input device is configured to receive user input for changing whether the image is designated a color image or a monochrome image. The processor changes the threshold value stored in the storage unit when the user input changes whether the image is designated a color image or a monochrome image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihito Hiroe
  • Patent number: 10715697
    Abstract: An image processing method includes: a first obtaining step of obtaining data of an image; a second obtaining step of obtaining additional information; a third obtaining step of obtaining information related to a printable area of a print medium on which the image based on the data obtained in the first obtaining step is printed; determining step of determining a position where the obtained additional information is embedded in the image on the basis of the information obtained in the third obtaining step; and embedding step of embedding the additional information with reference to the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Omagari, Mitsuru Uratani, Hiroyuki Sakai, Yuki Ishida, Tomohiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10708468
    Abstract: An image processing method includes dividing a desired image into a normal region formed with partial images and a joint region formed by overlapping the partial images, first converting image data in an RGB color space corresponding to the normal region into normal region CMYK data in a CMYK color space using a normal region LUT, second converting the image data in the RGB color space corresponding to the joint region into joint region CMYK data in the CMYK color space using a joint region LUT derived based on attribute information of the printing medium and environmental information of an environment in which the printing apparatus is to perform printing, and generating printing data based on the normal region CMYK data and the joint region CMYK data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutoshi Takeuchi, Naoki Sudo, Tetsuya Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10701246
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a first generation unit. The acquisition unit acquires plural images of a single material with different backgrounds. The first generation unit generates an image of the single material without a background color by using the plural images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasunari Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10701245
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including: an image former; a first reader which outputs a first color value and a second reader which outputs a second color value; and a hardware processor, wherein the first reader reads a partial region, the second reader is capable of reading an entire region, the adjustment pattern has a first patch region readable by the first reader and a second patch region readable by only the second reader, the second patch region includes a common color patch, the hardware processor obtains an estimate first color value by converting a second color value in the second patch region into a first color value, obtains a correction value of the estimate first color value for the common color patch, and corrects the estimate first color value obtained from every patch in the second patch region based on the correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Masanori Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 10695957
    Abstract: A three-dimensional image forming system of the present invention is characterized to include a density adjustment unit configured to adjust, for print data for printing a grayscale image used to cause a predetermined region of a thermally expandable sheet to thermally expand, density of the grayscale image according to types of pattern images included in the grayscale image, in print regions of the pattern images such that expansion heights of the print regions of the pattern images become desired heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takayuki Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10681248
    Abstract: A method for inkjet printing machine color control includes color transformation of print data from first color space to process color space in a first stage using a computer transforming print data from the first to an intermediate color space while keeping special colors, and a second stage transforming corrected print data including special colors from intermediate to process color space. The computer uses print data corrected after the first stage as second stage starting values. Print data transformed into the process color space are printed. First color space corresponds to CMYK, flexographic printing or RGB color space with special colors, intermediate color space corresponds to CMYK color space with special colors, process color space corresponds to CMYK color space with additional process colors. The computer corrects CMY, not K print data or special not transformed colors, when correcting print data in the intermediate color space after the first stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Boris Von Neindorff, Peter Weinholz
  • Patent number: 10675907
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a reception unit and a conversion unit. The reception unit receives as a designated color a color of an image desired to be seeable when irradiated with light at a specific wavelength. The conversion unit converts, when converting image data on an image to be printed into print data, a color value of the designated color received by the reception unit into a color value including a value for outputting a special color material that has absorption properties for the light at the specific wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noriko Sakai
  • Patent number: 10659643
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide methods and apparatuses for processing a digital image of a document, for example, to determine whether the document is a long document. An exemplary method generally includes obtaining a plurality of digital images of the document, segmenting at least a first digital image of the plurality of images into pixels associated with a foreground of the first digital image and pixels associated with a background of the first digital image, detecting a plurality of contours in the segmented first digital image, deciding, for each detected contour of the plurality of contours, whether that contour is an open contour or a closed contour, and determining that one or more sides of the document is out-of-bounds based, at least in part, on the decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTUIT, INC.
    Inventors: Vijay S. Yellapragada, Peijun Chiang, Daniel Lee, Jason Hall, Shailesh Soliwal