Patents Examined by Benny Q. Tieu
  • Patent number: 10180814
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: a cloud server that provides a service after identifying a user from first user information; an image processing device that executes a job after identifying the user from second user information, and execute the job; and a user terminal storing the second user information beforehand, wherein the cloud server includes: an access sensing processor that senses access from the user terminal; a user information validating processor that validates the first user information; and a job execution instructing processor that causes the user terminal to transmit a job containing the first and second user information to the image processing device, and the image processing device includes: a job receiving processor that receives the job transmitted; and a user information extracting processor that extracts the first and second user information from the job, and generate user reference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masato Fujii
  • Patent number: 10136016
    Abstract: A communication apparatus capable of performing facsimile communication includes at least one memory that stores a set of instructions and at least one processor. The processor executes the instructions to receive facsimile data, store the received facsimile data in a storage, generate a preview image based on the stored facsimile data, and transmit, according to a request for a preview image from an external device, the generated preview image to the external device. In addition, the stored facsimile data is deleted according to an instruction, but deletion of the facsimile data in the storage is prohibited while the external device is displaying the preview image of the facsimile data if the instruction is received from another external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hikaru Sugita
  • Patent number: 10136005
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a scanner, memory storing instructions; and a controller, when executing the instructions, causing the image processing apparatus to execute: a first reception processing of receiving instruction data, a first determination processing of determining whether the instruction data is screen instruction data or action instruction data. If the instruction data is the screen instruction data, the image processing apparatus executes: a display processing of displaying a setting screen, an acceptance processing of accepting a user operation designating the parameter; a first storage processing of storing the parameter designated by the acceptance processing. If the instruction data is the action instruction data, the image processing apparatus executes: a scan instruction processing of causing the scanner to execute the scanning action; a generation processing of generating the metadata, with using the parameter stored in the memory, and a second transmission processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Okuno, Toyoshi Adachi
  • Patent number: 10104263
    Abstract: Tools (e.g., a device administration application) may be provided to permit a document production administrator to configure stamper parameters and to pick and choose parameters to be made available for setting by users of a multi-function document processing (MFP) device, for example, via a graphical user interface (GUI) provided on the operational display of the MFP device. The device administration application may be configured to permit the document production administrator to configure, from a user terminal or from the MFP device, a stamper GUI portion of a graphical user interface (GUI) provided on the operational display of the MFP device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Qinlei Fan
  • Patent number: 10102459
    Abstract: In a case where a tile image drawing instruction is included in a Graphics Device Interface (GDI) drawing instruction output from a GDI application, there is a difference between a result of drawing the drawing instruction with a GDI printer driver and a result of drawing the drawing instruction with a V4 printer driver in some cases. In a case where an application of an output source of an XML Paper Specification (XPS) drawing instruction is a GDI application and a tile image drawing instruction is included in the XPS drawing instruction, the aspect of the embodiments performs modification of the tile image drawing instruction so that resolution of a tile image with which pattern drawing is performed in accordance with the tile image drawing instruction is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 10095446
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which prevents a user from being confused when print data comprised of a plurality of sections is printed by the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus is able to perform test printing of print data for which a plurality of copies are to be printed. Whether or not a plurality of sections are included in selected print data is determined, and when it is determined that a plurality of sections are included in the selected print data, execution of the test printing is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10079950
    Abstract: A printing system includes a terminal and a printer communicable with the terminal. The terminal includes: an operation history recording unit that detects an operation performed by a user for changing a display area of an electronic document displayed on a screen of the terminal, and records operation history information that includes type information about the operation; and an instruction transmitting unit that transmits, to the printer, print instruction information including the operation history information recorded by the operation history recording unit and document information for identifying the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kichikawa
  • Patent number: 10074043
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus can change an operating state between a normal mode and a power saving mode having power consumption lower than that of the normal mode. The image forming apparatus sets a detection range based on at least one of an angle of a manipulation panel, existence or non-existence of an output to the sheet discharge unit, and existence or non-existence of placement of the authentication device. The image forming apparatus detects an approach of a human body when the operating state is in the power saving mode. When a sensor detects that the human body approaches the detection range, the image forming apparatus returns the operating state from the power saving mode to the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10075609
    Abstract: A stress of a user caused by a waiting time at the time of activation of a printing apparatus or at the time of return from a power save mode to a normal mode is reduced. An information processing apparatus having a storage device includes a control unit configured to control the information processing apparatus and a storage control unit configured to control the storage device in accordance with instructions transmitted from the control unit, and the storage control unit transmits information indicating that communication with the storage device has been established to the control unit in response to a communication establishment request from the control unit before the communication with the storage device is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10068163
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus including a print image generation section that generates print image data to be supplied to a printing device by executing a rasterizing process with a resolution for printing on print data, and an image density calculation section that executes the rasterizing process on the print data with a resolution lower than the resolution for printing and calculates image density information used in control of an image forming process in the printing device based on raster image data which is generated through the rasterizing process and has a resolution lower than the resolution for printing, wherein a difference in a processing speed between the print image generation section and the image density calculation section causes the image density information of a page prior to a page of the print image data being printed by the printing device to be supplied to the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Torii, Hisao Komazawa, Takashi Kondo, Kazuhiro Okawa, Yoshinobu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10063722
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a controller configured to switch a display mode of a menu screen for setting between a first display mode and a second display mode. On a menu screen of the first display mode, the controller (i) determines as display object function buttons a part of function buttons of a plurality of function buttons used to call up each of detailed settings screens each related to each of a plurality of functions provided in the image forming apparatus, (ii) displays the display object function buttons to be arranged in a row in a predetermined direction, and (iii) changes and displays the display object function buttons according to a scroll operation performed by a user. On a menu screen of the second display mode, the controller displays at least a part of function buttons of the plurality of function buttons to be arranged in a grid-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sugiura, Yuji Kawamura, Yoichi Kurumasa, Jun Kunioka, Mie Kawabata
  • Patent number: 10063742
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a pixel identifying unit that extracts a target partial image formed of a pixel of interest and adjacent pixels from input image data, determines a character of the pixel of interest based on the pixel of interest and the adjacent pixels, and generates identification information indicating a result of determination on the character; and a density converting unit that converts a density of a pixel of the image data based on a contour extraction function or an edge density reducing function on the image data by using the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shinya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10044892
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a transmission assembly configured to establish and interrupt a connection between a motor and at least one sheet feeder, and a controller configured to accept a selection of one of a first and a second job, and in response to acceptance of the first job including an operation of driving the at least one sheet feeder, begin a preceding process in advance of accepting an instruction to execute the first job. In the preceding process, the controller controls the transmission assembly to establish the connection between the motor and the at least one sheet feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 10033903
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus supporting a near field communication (NFC) function and a method of performing setting an image job by using an NFC device. The method includes tagging an NFC device to receive setting information stored in the NFC device and performing an image job based on the received setting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: S-Printing Solution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwangwoo Lee, Dae-hyun Kim, Jin-hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10031707
    Abstract: The present invention improves user experience when a reader/writer (5) and a portable terminal (7) engage in near field communication by selecting any of two or more communication modes in order to link an image forming device (3) and the portable terminal (7) using near field communication. When a log-in screen is displayed on a display unit (403) of the image forming device (3), the reader/writer (5) and the portable terminal (7) are automatically set to a read communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Hamakawa
  • Patent number: 10025545
    Abstract: A printing system holds a plurality of content data and linking information which links a printer and registration information of a user registered to an SNS. When a posting including content data identification information is performed to the SNS, the printing system judges the presence or absence of linking of the registration information of the user who has posted and the printer by referring to the linking information. When there is a printer linked to the registration information of the user who has posted, the printing system acquires content data identified by the identification information included in the posting from the content data holding unit, generates print data for printing an image from the content data, sends the print data to the printer linked to the registration information of the user who has performed the posting, and causes the printer to print the image based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiko Yamada, Toshiaki Okayama
  • Patent number: 9992359
    Abstract: A communication relay device installed on a local network relays communications between an image processing device installed on the local network and an application server installed on a network different from the local network. The communication relay device comprises: a communication path setting part that sets a communication path to send and receive job data of a job to and from the application server when the job is created at the image processing device or the application server; and a communication controller that sends and receives the job data to and from the application server over the communication path. When a new job is created at the image processing device or the application server as at least one communication path has been established with the application server, the communication path setting part sets either the new communication path or the existing communication path for the new job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshio Komaki
  • Patent number: 9986109
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus capable of instructing a facsimile transmission by controlling a device capable of transmission and receiving of a facsimile, and a method of controlling the apparatus are provided. The apparatus specifies address information indicating a transmission destination of a designated document, and determine whether or not the specified address information includes information of a communication mode. If the address information includes the information of the communication mode, in a case where a driver, that instructs the device to perform the facsimile transmission, supports the communication mode, the apparatus performs the facsimile transmission in accordance with the address information and the communication mode, and if the specified address information does not include the information of the communication mode, the apparatus performs the facsimile transmission in accordance with a communication mode that the driver supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Kusakabe
  • Patent number: 9986108
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a portable terminal and an image forming device. The image forming device receives a reading instruction for an image from the portable terminal and transmits data based on the reading instruction to the portable terminal. On condition that the portable terminal was located or is located within a range available for short-range wireless communication of the image forming device, the image forming device and the portable terminal share information which is able to exclusively possess a reading instruction for an image from the portable terminal to the image forming device, and the portable terminal transmits the reading instruction for an image to the image forming device that shares the information which is able to exclusively possess the reading instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryo Akamine
  • Patent number: 9979846
    Abstract: There is provided a non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program for a computer of an information processing apparatus, the program causing the computer of the information processing apparatus to carry out: acquiring an image data as a print object; generating a print data, which is an image data for printing, after determining whether or not to change a direction of the acquired image data based on a double-side print setting, and changing the direction of the image data in a case in which the image data is determined to change the direction; generating a preview data, which is an image data for previewing, from the print data after rechanging the once-changed direction of the image data in a case in which the print data is generated after changing the direction of the image data; and displaying the generated preview data onto the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Kakitsuba