Patents Examined by Benjamin O. Dulaney
  • Patent number: 10735616
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium has control instructions to control a computer of an information processing device including a communication interface used to perform communications with an image processing apparatus, and the control instructions cause the computer to perform: determining whether updating of firmware of the image processing apparatus is necessary to execute specific processing in the image processing apparatus; and outputting information based on a result of the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10706339
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which reads an image of a document and prints the read image on a sheet includes a detecting unit, an obtaining unit, and a controller. The detecting unit detects a size of the document. The obtaining unit obtains a size of the sheet. The controller performs control such that, in a case where the size of the sheet obtained by the obtaining unit is not a predetermined size, an image in a reading region based on the size of the document detected by the detecting unit is read, and in a case where the size of the sheet obtained by the obtaining unit is the predetermined size, an image in a reading region based on the size of the sheet is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoto Akimoto
  • Patent number: 10705774
    Abstract: To make a set of set values of a plurality of print setting items added in a first execution environment usable in a second execution environment as well, an information processing apparatus comprises: a first printer driver configured to operate in a first execution environment, and add a set of set values of a plurality of print setting items to a list; and an application corresponding to a second printer driver configured to operate in a second execution environment, and obtain the set of the set values added by the first printer driver and display the set of the set values as a choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Omura
  • Patent number: 10681239
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, an image reading unit, an image inspecting unit and a history generating unit. The image forming unit forms an image on a sheet. The image reading unit reads a sheet face on which the image is formed, thereby generating a scan image. The image inspecting unit compares the generated scan image with a normal image to detect an error in the scan image. When the image inspecting unit detects the error, the history generating unit generates detection information on the detected error and embeds the generated detection information in the scan image, thereby generating a history image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Oki
  • Patent number: 10681229
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a touch-sensitive panel display; and a hardware processor. The hardware processor is configured to presume a hidden region when a user finishes performing a gesture on the touch-sensitive panel display, the hidden region being a part of the touch-sensitive panel display and covered at least by a hand of the user to prevent the user from seeing, and determine a condition corresponding to the gesture. The touch-sensitive panel display is configured to display the condition, and where a requirement that the hidden region and a display region in which to display the condition overlap each other is satisfied, the touch-sensitive panel display displays the condition again before processing is performed in accordance with the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Yusuke Shinosaki
  • Patent number: 10681240
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a reading module includes a light source, an optical system, and a sensor. The optical system images, as image light, reflection light of light with which the light source has irradiated a document. The sensor converts the thus imaged image light into an electric signal. The optical system includes a mirror array in which a plurality of reflection mirrors are connected together, and a plurality of aperture stop portions. The reflection mirrors each reflect light at an angle that is different, as seen in a main scanning direction, from an angle at which an adjacent one of the reflection mirrors reflects light. The plurality of aperture stop portions are disposed on one side of the mirror array with respect to an orthogonal direction which is orthogonal to the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Murase, Kei Ouchi
  • Patent number: 10674023
    Abstract: A single stage side key disposed on a side surface of an operation unit, which is configured to control an image forming apparatus, includes an arm on the rear of an operation surface of the single stage side key (in a direction perpendicular to the operation surface). This configuration enables the operation unit to have a small thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeharu Kurita
  • Patent number: 10666828
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display section, a display controller, a reading section, an image detector, and a determining section. The display controller controls the display section. The reading section reads multiple documents placed on a specific surface of the image forming apparatus in a batch and generates whole image data indicating a whole image as a result of reading. The image detector detects document images corresponding to the documents based on the whole image data. The determining section determines whether or not batch reading of the documents has succeeded based on a result of detection of the document images. The display controller controls the display section such that the display section displays the document images in a first display format when the determining section determines that the reading has not succeeded, or in a second display format when the determining section determines that the reading has succeeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Koji Maeda
  • Patent number: 10659636
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus including a charge processing section and an operation section that are brought closer in height to each other, thus improving the operability of a user. The image forming apparatus (100) includes a coin insertion processing section (110), an operation panel (120) and an electrophotography printer (130). The coin insertion processing section (110) is configured to accept money and then execute charge processing so as to permit image formation by the image forming apparatus (100). The operation panel (120) is configured to, when the coin insertion processing section (110) executes the charge processing, accept setting of image formation by the image forming apparatus (100). The electrophotography printer (130) is configured to form an image of the read image data based on setting at the operation panel (120). The coin insertion processing section (110) is disposed at a height equal to a height of the operation panel (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10623602
    Abstract: The image reading apparatus includes: an image reading unit which reads card-like document sheets; a card-image recognition part which recognizes card images corresponding to the document sheets; a circular-area setting part which sets circular areas each containing a card image; a positional-information setting part which sets positional information as to the circular areas; a deviational-angle computation part which determines deviational angles of the card images; a corrected-data acquisition part which acquires corrected image data by turning the circular areas; and an array processing part which generates arrayed image data in which the card images corrected in terms of deviational inclination are disposed in array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nagahama
  • Patent number: 10620885
    Abstract: A printing apparatus having a copying function includes a document feeder that feeds a document, an image reading section that scans the document fed from the document feeder and generates image data of the document, a printing section that performs printing on paper in accordance with the image data, and a controller. The controller performs an avoidance process of avoiding performing the printing in which a size of a sheet of the document and a size of the paper do not match against an intention of a user, in a case where a setting is made in which the document, on which single-sided printing is performed, is printed on both sides of the paper to perform double-sided printing, and the document includes sheets having different sizes and includes an odd number of successive sheets with an identical size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Iwata
  • Patent number: 10613807
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: an image forming apparatus; a terminal capable of transmitting a print job; a server that sends a push notification to the terminal based on identification information; a memory that stores the identification and terminal information in association with each other when the identification information is generated upon reception of permission of the push notification; and a CPU that: upon reception of the print job, extracts the terminal information from received data of the print job; designates the identification information associated with the extracted terminal information from stored information; generates information about a print setting screen based on the print job; and causes the push notification of the information about the print setting screen to be sent from the server to the terminal associated with the identification information based on the generated information about the print setting screen and the designated identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masanori Nishida
  • Patent number: 10609255
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that performs authentication of a user by a login program that operates on firmware and that, upon detection an abnormality of the login program, restricts execution of a job without causing the login program to terminate, and, while execution of the job is being restricted, controls to enable reception of an operation for disabling the login program via a reception unit for receiving an operation by a user via an operation unit, and, in accordance with the operation for disabling, causes the restricted job to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oya, Yasunori Shimakawa, Atsushi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10594883
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a hardware processor that acquires results of reading of an image on a recording medium read by an image reader, determines quality of the image, and controls an ejector and sheet ejection into the ejector, the recording medium being ejected into the ejector, the ejector including a stacker, wherein the stacker includes an elevating tray on which ejected recording mediums are stacked, and has a mechanism that enables removal of a recording medium placed on the elevating tray while the elevating tray is descending, the elevating tray being capable of ascending and descending, and, when the stacker is set as an ejection destination at a time of reading of the image and ejecting the recording medium into the ejector, and the image is determined to be abnormal, the hardware processor determines a timing to cause the elevating tray of the set stacker to descend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroki Ueda
  • Patent number: 10582547
    Abstract: A communication apparatus may include: a first interface; a second interface; an apparatus memory; and an apparatus controller. The apparatus controller performs: in a case where the first interface receives from a first terminal device a first type of signal related to sending of the access point information to the communication apparatus in a state where the access point information is not registered, registering first access point information, the first access point information being received by the first interface from the first terminal device; and in a case where the first interface receives the first type of signal from a second terminal device after the first access point information has been registered, maintaining the registration of the first access point information that has been registered, without registering second access point information, which is registered in the second terminal device, instead of the first access point information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10574835
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus that use setting information. The first information processing apparatus includes a transmission unit that transmits information including at least function identification information and user identification information to the second information processing apparatus, the function identification information identifying a function for which first setting information is used, and the user identification information identifying a user associated with the function identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takanori Masui
  • Patent number: 10572199
    Abstract: A printer includes a printing mechanism, a printer BLT communicator, a printer device communicator capable of communicating with a customer display, and a printer processor for performing printing based on print data in a case where the print data is received and transmits display data to the customer display in a case where the display data is received, in which the printer processor temporarily stops wireless communication by shifting an operation mode of the printer BLT communicator to a Sniff mode to transmit a communication request to the POS terminal device at a communication request interval in a case where a period during which the print data or the display data is not received exceeds a shift period, and changes the communication request interval depending on whether or not the customer display is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kawakami, Kei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10558324
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an image processing device; a display portion capable of detecting a touch of an input object; a storage storing preset-setting groups; a preset-setting-group-selection-screen display controller displays icons corresponding to the preset-setting groups; and an image-processing-device controller for controlling the image processing device. When at least two icons are displayed on the display portion such that one icon is displayed in a selected state manner, and a specific icon is displayed in a non-selected state manner, and when the specific icon is touched, the preset-setting-group-selection-screen display controller moves the specific icon located on a second area to a first area and moves the one icon located on the first area to the second area in a direction in which the specific icon is moved, and displays the specific icon in the selected state manner and display the one icon in the non-selected state manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keitaro Tomono
  • Patent number: 10528305
    Abstract: Provided is a setting management system for managing the change status of setting information in an image forming apparatus during operation. Multiple image forming apparatuses start operating based on the same setting information in which operation setting values transmitted from a management server are reflected. Each of the image forming apparatuses receives changes in the setting information by multiple setting-receiving units during operation. In each of the setting-receiving units, a change-detecting unit detects that the setting information is changed. The setting-change status of setting information is correlated with the setting-receiving unit and transmitted by a change-status-transmitting unit. The management server receives the setting-change status from an image forming apparatus by a server-communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Toru Yasui
  • Patent number: 10491763
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first device and a second device communicably connected to the first device. The first device includes a first memory to store, for each one of a plurality of workflows executable by the image forming apparatus, target information to be used for displaying a setting screen and first circuitry. The second device includes a second memory to store, before a user instruction to display a menu is input, target information to be used to display the menu for selecting one of the plurality of workflows to be performed by the image forming apparatus, a display, and second circuitry. The second circuitry displays, on the display, the menu based on the target information stored in the second memory, obtains, from the first memory, target information corresponding to the workflow selected via the menu, and displays, on the display, a setting screen corresponding to the workflow selected, based on the target information obtained from the first memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hisashi Naitoh