Patents Examined by Benny Q. Tieu
  • Patent number: 10887479
    Abstract: A system comprising a multifunctional peripheral device in which the multifunctional peripheral device comprises a processor and a display device, in which the processor detects signature lines in an electronic document, and in which the display device of the multifunctional peripheral device displays the detected signature lines one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Perry V Lea, Eric P Christianson, Bradley R Larson
  • Patent number: 10880443
    Abstract: A communication terminal communicates with an image forming apparatus to be moved on a medium to perform image formation. The communication terminal includes a display and circuitry configured to receive a notification from the image forming apparatus and to display a preview of an image to be formed by the image forming apparatus. The circuitry is further configured to distinguish, on the preview, one of a plurality of lines included in the image to be formed from a rest of the plurality of lines in accordance with a content of the notification and display operation aiding information for aiding an operation of the image forming apparatus in accordance with the content of the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10871928
    Abstract: An information terminal includes: a communication unit; and a control unit configured to control the communication unit, wherein the control unit is configured to establish a communication channel with another terminal by using the communication unit, and the communication unit is configured to receive device information containing an address of an image processing device positioned on the periphery of the another terminal, and transmit the device information of the image processing device positioned on the periphery of the another terminal to an image processing device positioned on the periphery of the information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Otake, Kazumi Sawayanagi, Hisashi Uchida, Hidetaka Iwai, Yosuke Taniguchi, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Hideaki Soejima
  • Patent number: 10868938
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that generates image data to generate a image by superimposing a first output image that is output from a first image output apparatus and a second output image that is output from a second image output apparatus, includes a first obtaining unit configured to obtain input image data, a second obtaining unit configured to obtain first output image data to be output to the first image output apparatus, and a generation unit configured to generate second output image data to be output to the second image output apparatus based on the input image data and the first output image data, in which a sharpness of an image represented by the second output image data is in accordance with a sharpness of an image represented by the first output image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Oya
  • Patent number: 10855858
    Abstract: A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for recommending products based on usage of one or more multifunctional printers. The method includes collecting usage data from a multifunctional printer; classifying the usage data from the multifunctional printer into one or more categories; comparing the usage data from the multifunctional printer in each of the one or more categories to usage data from one or more other multifunctional printers; determining one or more usage patterns for the multifunctional printer from the comparison of the usage data between the multifunctional printer in each of the one or more categories to the usage data from one or more other multifunctional printers; identifying one or more products or services based on the one or more usage patterns for the multifunctional printer; and recommending one or more products or services for the multifunctional printer on a graphical user interface (GUI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Michael Stopa, Karsten Bruening
  • Patent number: 10846029
    Abstract: Disclosed are a printing method using websocket communication and a management method for a websocket communication channel. The printing method includes establishing, by a printing apparatus, a websocket channel for communicating with an external apparatus, requesting, by the printing apparatus, print data from the external apparatus through the websocket channel, determining, by the printing apparatus, whether a predetermined condition associated with an acquisition of the print data is satisfied in response to the request for the print data, and controlling, by the printing apparatus, a channel duration time of the websocket channel when the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BIXOLON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peter Sahaya Darcius, Jae Hoon Jeong, Young Hwan Kwak, Sa Bin Son
  • Patent number: 10832103
    Abstract: A print control apparatus capable of communicating with a printing apparatus, including a sheet holding unit in which a sheet to be used for printing is held, for printing an image on the sheet held in the sheet holding unit includes storage configured to store a type of a sheet, an image, and a setting value of the printing apparatus in association with each other, selects a type of a sheet to be used for printing by the printing apparatus, selects an image to be printed by the printing apparatus, and sets the setting value stored in the storage in association with the selected type of the sheet and the selected image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Ooba, Yuzo Harano, Aya Ito, Junichi Yamakawa, Yusuke Kimura, Nobuhiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10819879
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a document conveying device, a first reading module and a control portion. When initial white reference data, that is, an initial value of white reference data, is acquired, the control portion performs white reference data acquisition processing in a plurality of reading modes sequentially, and if it is judged that the white reference data meets a predetermined condition through data judging processing in all the plurality of reading modes, the acquired initial white reference data is set as usable, and if it is judged that the white reference data does not meet the predetermined condition through data judging processing in at least one of the plurality of reading modes, the acquired initial white reference data is set as unusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Horiguchi
  • Patent number: 10802779
    Abstract: Information that is used for identifying a print data file having been obtained by an image processing apparatus is notified to a print server in response to an error occurring in processing for obtaining the print data files from a first storage server, and a print data file stored by a storage unit is obtained from a second storage server based on an index file including acquisition source information about a not-yet-obtained print data file, and print processing is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kei Kitagata
  • Patent number: 10795621
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming section, a sheet output tray, an operating section, an operation acceptance section, a human body detection sensor, a communication section, a command acceptance section, and a control section. When the command acceptance section accepts a print job command from an external device while a human body is being detected by the human body detection sensor provided at the front of the image forming apparatus, the control section suspends a print job based on the print job command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiko Ikazaki, Shuntaro Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10795618
    Abstract: A method for evaluating a print quality of a printed document that is printed by a printer is provided. The printer comprises a pre-print image scanner, a post-print image scanner, and a printhead disposed between the pre-print image scanner and the post-print image scanner. The method comprises generating a pre-printing image of a print media, generating the printed document, generating a post-printing image of the printed document, generating a validation image by comparing the post-printing image with the pre-printing image, and comparing the validation image with the source image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose Fernando Sanchez Gutierrez, Ronald Schwallie, Thomas Axel Jonas Celinder, H Sprague Ackley
  • Patent number: 10791216
    Abstract: An electronic device with one or more processors and memory includes a procedure for using a digital assistant to automatically respond to incoming communications. In some embodiments, the device obtains a speech input from a user, and, in response to obtaining the speech input, the device determines whether the speech input includes instructions for performing a specified action in response to receipt of a subsequent incoming communication from one or more specified senders. After storing the instructions, the device obtains an incoming communication from a respective sender. The device determines whether the respective sender is one of the one or more specified senders, and, upon determining that the respective sender is one of the one or more specified senders, the device performs the specified action in accordance with the instructions and thereafter automatically deleting the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Varun A. Vora, Swapnil R. Dave
  • Patent number: 10788782
    Abstract: An image forming device that executes an image forming program for real-time mechanical control and another program, using a single cache memory for the image forming program and said another program. The image forming device includes: a cache lockdown unit that executes a cache lockdown to lock down a storage area of the cache memory that stores at least a portion of the image forming program necessary for image formation processing; and a print unit that executes the image formation processing while the storage area is locked down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Toshinaga, Shigeki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 10789516
    Abstract: A raster image processing system including a computer readable media storing digital information that includes information corresponding to an image, and instructions for performing raster image processing (RIP) using an over scan RIP technique on the image to generate a bitmap. Also included is a processor configured to RIP the image using the over scan RIP technique at a multiple of the desired output pixel resolution to produce a plurality of sub-pixels per output pixel. The processor is further configured to determine each image output pixel value based on the values set for the plurality of sub-pixels of each image pixel, by firstly comparing the values of the plurality of sub-pixels to each other and, and then secondly comparing the values of the plurality of sub-pixels to a set background value if needed. The processor then sets the output pixel value based upon that second comparison, and generates a bitmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ESKO Software BVBA
    Inventors: Vincent Masselus, Martin Taylor
  • Patent number: 10791246
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method of controlling transmission of an image, each of which: displays, on a display, an image to a plurality of users, the plurality of users sharing a use of the shared terminal; obtains, from a first privately-owned terminal owned by a first user of the plurality of users, first terminal identification information for identifying the first privately-owned terminal; transmits an authentication request for authenticating the first privately-owned terminal to a terminal management server, the authentication request including the first terminal identification information of the first privately-owned terminal; receives an authentication result of authenticating the first privately-owned terminal from the terminal management server; and when the authentication result indicates that the first privately-owned terminal is a legitimate terminal, and transmits a print request for printing data relating to the image being displayed to a printer through a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinaga Kato
  • Patent number: 10768864
    Abstract: A server includes memory storing management information including: first correspondence information representing correspondence between an output format for printing process and price for the printing process based on the output format; and second correspondence information representing correspondence between an account information of a user and balance spendable by the user and a controller configured to perform: receiving a printing request using an account information item; determining whether an object price is equal to or less than an object balance; if the object price is more than the object balance, extracting candidate output format that is different from the object output format and usable to perform a printing process based on the printing request within the object balance, with reference to the first correspondence information; and transmitting information representing the extracted candidate output format to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Nagasaki
  • Patent number: 10768865
    Abstract: A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for creating a mapping library for converting a job ticket. The method includes obtaining a print job ticket schema that comprises a plurality of user items and user values; obtaining at least one sample print ticket each of which comprises a part of the plurality of user items and user values; obtaining a print job history that indicates whether a print job was successfully executed using the job ticket that has been previously created; and displaying a graphical user interface (GUI), which allows a user to associate the user values with target values to be used to execute a print job, wherein at least one of the user values and/or at least one of the target values that was used for the successful print job is shown in a different appearance from other user values and/or target values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Ryoichi Yokoohji
  • Patent number: 10771650
    Abstract: A information processing device may store a first and second image process associated with a first and second moving direction. The information processing device may display an object image on a display. The information processing device may detect a first instruction position when an indicator makes contact with the object image. The information processing device may detect a second instruction position when the indicator moves to the second instruction position, while maintaining a state of being in contact with the display. The information processing device may calculate a predetermined direction towards which the second instruction position is located. The information processing device may execute a first image process on the object image when the calculated predetermined direction corresponds to the first moving direction. The information processing device may execute a second image process on the object image when the calculated predetermined direction corresponds to the second moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shintaro Kunimoto
  • Patent number: 10761793
    Abstract: A function of a device is displayed as a first display on a client device, and local user authentication information is displayed as a second display according to the function of the device selected on the first display on the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10752021
    Abstract: Colorful printing using more colors based on data for printing with a single color or few colors is enabled. A printer control unit 15 includes a print data acquisition unit 15c, print data processing unit 15d, and print control unit 15e. The print data acquisition unit 15c acquires data for a print object and a command specifying the print position of the print object. Based on the print position specified by the command acquired by the print data acquisition unit 15c, the print data processing unit 15d applies a process setting an attribute of the print object, or a process replacing the print object with another print object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yusuke Yamada