Patents Examined by Benny Q. Tieu
  • Patent number: 10447875
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a first feeding roller, a feeding motor configured to drive the first feeding roller, a second feeding roller, a conveyance roller, a conveyance motor configured to drive the conveyance roller, a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet, a detection sensor configured to detect the leading edge of the printing sheet, and a control unit configured to, when the printing unit performs a printing operation on a preceding sheet, drive the feeding motor in synchronization with the conveyance motor before the detection sensor detects the leading edge of a succeeding sheet, and continuously drive the feeding motor so that the conveying speed of the succeeding sheet by the feeding motor becomes higher than that of the preceding sheet after the detection sensor detects the leading edge of the succeeding sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Suzuki, Tetsuya Saito, Noriyuki Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Asai, Motoyuki Taguchi, Tomofumi Nishida, Syunichi Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 10440227
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a first matching circuit to determine whether an image matrix of image data of a first resolution matches a first pattern, and output a first determination result; a first converting circuit to, if the image matrix matches the first pattern, replace a target pixel of the image matrix with a first pixel pattern of a second resolution, and output first image data of the second resolution; a second converting circuit to convert the image data of the first resolution into image data of the second resolution, and output second image data of the second resolution; a detecting circuit to detect whether the target pixel is included in a fine line structure, and output a detection result; and a selecting circuit to output one of the first image data and the second image data based on the first determination result and the detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Uekusa, Hayato Fujita, Muneaki Iwata
  • Patent number: 10437189
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided with: an image forming unit having a photosensitive member, a charger, and a developer carrier, the image forming unit being configured to transfer the developer image to a recording sheet to form an image on the recording sheet; a motor configured to drive the photosensitive member and the developer carrier; a controller configured to control the motor and the charger, and a re-conveyance mechanism configured to reverse the recording sheet discharged from the image forming unit and to convey the recording sheet back towards the image forming unit. The controller is configured to turn off the charger after the motor is turned off, during a time period after the recording sheet is discharged from the image forming unit until the recording sheet is re-conveyed to the image forming unit by the re-conveyance mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kensuke Miyahara, Kunihiko Kondo, Hotaka Kakutani
  • Patent number: 10437530
    Abstract: A mobile terminal can set a user credential used to log into an image processing apparatus and transmit print data to the image processing apparatus. The mobile terminal displays a screen that receives a print setting with respect to the print data to be transmitted. The mobile terminal also displays, in response to receipt of a user instruction to display a screen configured to receive a setting of authentication information, as a screen that receives the print setting, the screen configured to receive the setting of the authentication information to be added to the print data and on which the user credential used to log in is reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiromi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10432814
    Abstract: A hardware processor of an image forming apparatus is able to obtain saving target information from a time of a power-off operation to a time of power supply interruption and to save the saving target information, in a nonvolatile storage of the image forming apparatus, as first snapshot data (for restoring a state at a predetermined time after firmware is activated). When a power-on operation is performed after the time of the power-off operation, the hardware processor determines whether to perform a first high-speed startup process using the first snapshot data as an apparatus startup process with respect to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyasu Ito
  • Patent number: 10423367
    Abstract: Print shop operations may be visualized graphically to show relationships between a stream of incoming print jobs and a group of available print production devices, such as printing and finishing machines. A visualization process is performed with microservices to generate UI device panes, which form elements of a graphic user interface from which print shop operation can be monitored or controlled. Each microservice corresponds a different one of the print production devices. This can allow for rapid adjustments and customization of the UI, as may be needed due to user feedback, change in user requirements, and introduction of new print production devices to the print shop. Information may be added to the graphic user interface in combination with the UI device panes to facilitate assignment of print jobs to particular print production devices and/or to show which devices can be used sequentially or in parallel to complete the print jobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamamoto, Ryoichi Yokoohji
  • Patent number: 10417539
    Abstract: A processor causes a transmission circuit to output a carrier signal intermittently. Each time the carrier signal is output, the processor determines whether or not a level of a detection signal is in a satisfactory state. In a first case where the level of the detection signal is determined to be in the satisfactory state, the processor performs a read control to cause the transmission circuit to perform a precharge process and a transmission process. In a second case where the level of the detection signal is not determined to be in the satisfactory state, the processor determines that the unit attachment portion is in a unit non-attachment state. In the first case, when the processor succeeds in identifying the developer information, the processor determines that the unit attachment portion is in a unit attachment state, and otherwise, determines that the unit attachment portion is in an exceptional state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Shizuya Uemura, Tadaharu Kusumi
  • Patent number: 10417538
    Abstract: A printing apparatus has a sheet holding unit having a detection unit for detecting a size of a sheet which is held and a storage unit configured to store sheet information including at least a size of a sheet as information representing a sheet. The apparatus sets first sheet information selected by a user in association with the sheet holding unit from a plurality of items of sheet information stored in the storage unit and notifies the user of a mismatch in a case where a size of a sheet that the first sheet information set in the setting indicates, and a size of a sheet detected by the detection unit are mismatched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshihiko Iida, Koichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10409533
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main memory device, an auxiliary storage device, a print request receiving unit, and a print processing unit. The print request receiving unit is configured to (a) receive from an external device a print request that includes the number of printing pages and print image data, (b) select one of the main memory device and the auxiliary storage device as a device to which the print image data is to be written on the basis of the number of printing pages, and (c) write the print image data in the selected main memory device or auxiliary storage device. The print processing unit is configured to read the print image data from the main memory device or the auxiliary storage device and perform a print process based on the print image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiko Ikazaki, Kyoichiro Hayashi, Shuntaro Tsuji, Masato Tanba
  • Patent number: 10394495
    Abstract: A form document submission system processes a form document with one or more fields to be filled out, and includes a server device to register the form document, a form document identifier associated with the form document, and a form data rule applicable to the form document, so as to be associated with a user; a user accessible device to receive the form document and the form document identifier from the server device, fill out each field with a corresponding input, and send the filled out form, from the user accessible device to the server device; wherein the server device validates the filled out form document for each field, based upon the form data rule, and if an error is found in any of the fields, highlights the field with the error, and sends the highlighted form to the user accessible device, for changes to the corresponding input to comply with the form data rule, and if no error is found in any of the fields, sending the highlighted form to the user accessible device, as confirmation that no erro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Debashis Panda
  • Patent number: 10394501
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an executing circuitry, a macro executing circuitry, and a managing circuitry. The executing circuitry executes one or more types of image processing. The macro executing circuitry executes, with the executing circuitry, a first macro to which predetermined one or more types of image processing out of the one or more types of image processing are assigned. The predetermined one or more types of image processing includes a first type of image processing. The managing circuitry manages execution authority setting of the first type of image processing and execution authority setting of the first macro, and temporarily changes the execution authority setting of the first type of image processing on a basis of the execution authority setting of the first macro upon the execution of the first macro by the macro executing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Kimitoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10389892
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing a first instruction-set of computer-readable instructions for a terminal device. The first instruction-set causes, when executed by the controller, the mobile terminal to receive a user operation to designate a designated second instruction-set through the input interface, and determine whether the memory stores designated device information including an operation ID identifying a designatable operation. When the designated device information is not stored in a memory, the mobile terminal searches for an image processing device capable of executing the designatable operation, receives a user operation to designate the designated device, stores designated device information in the memory, starts the designated program, obtains the operation ID of the designatable operation from the designated program, and transmits first instruction information to the designated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10389891
    Abstract: Disclosed are a scanning apparatus, a mobile apparatus, and a scan job performing method thereof. The scan job performing method includes discovering at least one mobile apparatus supporting the scan-to-mobile function by using multicasting by the scanning apparatus, receiving information on at least one discovered mobile apparatus, setting a connection between the scanning apparatus and the mobile apparatus by using the received information of the mobile apparatus, and transmitting a scan image generated by the scanning apparatus to the mobile apparatus. With this configuration, authentication and connection between the scanning apparatus and the mobile apparatus are set by multicasting to thereby improve user's convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hak-ju Lee, Jung-mo Hong, Dong-hoan Koo
  • Patent number: 10382639
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a communication interface, a first energy-saving controller, and a second energy-saving controller. The communication interface is configured to communicate with a host device. The first energy-saving controller is configured to, when a predetermined condition is met, perform energy-saving control on an application and issue a notification of start of energy-saving control. The notification contains a predetermined value representing whether or not the predetermined condition is that a notification of start of transition to an energy-saving mode from the host device has been received. The second energy-saving controller is configured to, after receiving the notification of the start of the energy-saving control from the first energy-saving controller, determine whether to perform energy-saving control based on the predetermined value and perform energy-saving control on hardware including the communication interface based on the result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Keisuke Iwasa
  • Patent number: 10382646
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus receives, via a user interface setting screen, a designation to determine a specification of RFC used to return a value indicating a status of the image processing apparatus in response to a request from a host. A control unit of the image processing apparatus returns the value indicating the status conforming to a specification determined according to the designation in response to a request issued at the predetermined time interval from the host. The control unit further returns the value indicating the status conforming to a specification determined according to the designation in response to a request issued at a time interval shorter than the predetermined time interval from the host in a case where it is determined by the host that the former returned value indicates an abnormal state of the image processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironobu Nakai
  • Patent number: 10372390
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has at least one proximity communication device. The image forming apparatus is an apparatus in which information in a storage area in the at least one proximity communication device is capable of being provided for an external apparatus. The information in the storage area is rewritten in accordance with transition of an apparatus state of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Maezawa
  • Patent number: 10359973
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a selection unit configured to select a sheet type, an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on image data, based on a correction condition that corresponds to the selected sheet type, a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, and an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet, based on the image data, wherein the image processing unit performs the image processing on the image data, based on a first correction condition that corresponds to a sheet to be conveyed by the conveyance unit in a first direction, and wherein the image processing unit performs the image processing on the image data, based on a second correction condition that corresponds to a sheet to be conveyed by the conveyance unit in a second direction, the second direction being different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Aya Ito
  • Patent number: 10353653
    Abstract: According to this invention, in printing from a mobile terminal to a printer, the distance between them is measured in an LE mode, and when the distance reaches a predetermined distance, print data is transmitted to the printer in a normal mode and held in the printer. When the distance becomes shorter, a print execution instruction is issued to the printer in the normal mode, thereby causing the printer to execute printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masanori Aritomi
  • Patent number: 10346102
    Abstract: When a PnP ID for a printer driver of an architecture that cannot be used is designated, the printer driver cannot be plug and play installed. Accordingly, a driver different to the driver corresponding to the PnP ID designated by the printer is installed in accordance with the capabilities of the OS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10346099
    Abstract: A UI program is recorded on a non-transitory computer readable medium for operating a computer as a print control apparatus in cooperation with a driver core module. The UI program causes the computer to execute: a first display control step of running a display program and displaying first setting items EC? (EC1 to EC5 and EC41), and a second display control step of running a default program and displaying a second setting item EC? (EC42) which cannot be displayed by the display program. In the second display control step, the second setting item EC? (EC42) is displayed in a position adjacent to one of the first setting items EC? (EC41) having the same group information as the second setting item EC? (EC42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Chie Ichikawa, Yoshiyuki Harada