Patents Examined by Chad Dickerson
  • Patent number: 11991325
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus having a reading device to read an image from a sheet includes one or more controllers to perform operations. One image is read from one sheet by using the reading device. Edge detection processing is executed on the one image. At least one pair of edges is determined from among a plurality of edges based on information of the plurality of edges detected in the edge detection processing and size information of the one sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirokazu Tamura, Satoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11979531
    Abstract: A scanner includes an apparatus main body, a stand, and a switching mechanism. The apparatus main body includes a transport unit that transports a document along a transport path, and a reading unit that reads an image of the document. The stand supports the apparatus main body. The switching mechanism switches the posture of the apparatus main body with respect to the stand so that the transport path extends along an intersecting direction intersecting an installation surface. The switching mechanism includes a switching motor that imparts a driving force to the apparatus main body when switching the posture. The switching motor is located inside the apparatus main body on the lower side of the transport path in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriyuki Koyanagi, Keiichiro Fukumasu
  • Patent number: 11966639
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first panel, a communication device configured to remotely access image forming apparatuses each including a second panel, and a circuitry configured to when a login from a manager is accepted, display, on the first panel, a management target selection screen for selecting a remote access target apparatus to be a remote access target, from the image forming apparatuses, when the remote access target apparatus is selected, display, on the first panel, a management menu screen including a remote operation start button for executing a remote operation of the first panel of the remote access target apparatus, and when the remote operation start button is operated, superimpose a screen, which is displayed on the second panel of the remote access target apparatus, on the management menu screen displayed on the first panel to thereby display the screen in a remotely operable manner using the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yuta Yoshifuku
  • Patent number: 11968341
    Abstract: An image reading device, an image forming apparatus, and a feed tray. The image reading device is provided with a light source that irradiates a sheet with light, and the light source is a sterilizing-light emitting light source that irradiates the sheet with light to sterilize the sheet. The image forming apparatus includes the image reading device, a housing including an image forming device that forms an image on a sheet, and a sterilizing-light emitting light source disposed in a sheet conveyance path in the housing. The feed tray for containing a plurality of sheets, the feed tray includes a sterilizing-light emitting light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Samei
  • Patent number: 11962729
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a mounting surface provided on a main body and on which paper is placed; a person detection section provided in the main body; a processor configured to control return from a sleep state of the main body, based on the detection of a person by the person detection section, and perform control such that in a case where there is no paper on the mounting surface when transition to the sleep state, a nearby person approaching the main body is included in a detection target of the person detection section, and a passerby passing near the main body is not included in the detection target, in the sleep state, and in a case where there is a paper on the mounting surface when the transition, the nearby person and the passerby are included in the detection target, in the sleep state; and a notification section that notifies of paper remaining in a case where there is a paper on the mounting surface after the return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Miki, Teiju Sato, Masato Saito, Yasuhiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 11962727
    Abstract: A multi-function printer includes a printer body and a scanner body. A printer module is disposed in the printer body. At least one first scanning module, at least one feeding roller and a sensor are disposed in the scanner body. The feeding roller and the sensor are disposed at an inlet of a sheet passage. When the sensor senses presence of a sheet medium, the first scanning module immediately performs image scanning on the sheet medium to obtain image data, and then the printer module prints out the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventor: Shao-Lan Sheng
  • Patent number: 11954542
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a print settings screen for causing an image forming apparatus to print, on a printing medium, a plurality of patches representing colorimetry targets readable by a colorimetric apparatus; a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for the printing via the print settings screen; a print control unit configured to cause the image forming apparatus to start the printing of the plurality of patches based on the received instruction for the printing; an obtaining unit configured to obtain information related to calibration corresponding to the printing medium; and a determination unit configured to determine whether calibration has been executed for the printing medium based on the obtained information related to calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuto Nozaki
  • Patent number: 11954927
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a processor configured to: make an attempt to acquire, from recording medium images obtained by reading a plurality of recording media, target content information recorded on each of the plurality of recording media; and among the plurality of recording media, output information about an erroneous recording medium, the erroneous recording medium being (a) a recording medium of which the attempted acquisition of the target content information has been unsuccessful or (b) a recording medium of which the target content information acquired by the attempted acquisition does not satisfy a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Yotaro Migita
  • Patent number: 11943407
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an image sensor to read a document, a sensor to detect whether the document is loaded on the image reading apparatus, and a processor to, when the sensor detects the document is loaded on the image reading apparatus, and before a scan instruction is input to the image reading apparatus, control the image sensor to execute a pre-scan job with respect to the loaded document using a default set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Soo Young Kang, Junghoon Kim, Mi Jin Kang
  • Patent number: 11889043
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a conveyance portion configured to convey a first medium; a first imaging portion; a first reading processing portion configured to cause the first imaging portion to read a first image of a first reading surface of the first medium conveyed by the conveyance portion; a second imaging portion; a second reading processing portion configured to cause the second imaging portion to read a second image of the second reading surface of the second medium by scanning while the second imaging portion is being moved along a second reading surface of a second medium placed on a medium placement surface; a reading control portion configured to control the first reading processing portion and the second reading processing portion to operate in parallel with each other; and a synthesis processing portion configured to generate a synthesized image by synthesizing the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Tanaka, Tomohiro Kuwahara, Yoshiaki Yasui
  • Patent number: 11882257
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a scanner configured to read an image of a document and generate image data of the image according to a reading mode, a storage device configured to store the image data and the reading mode used when reading the image of the document, and a processor. The processor generates a combined image that includes the image of the document and a reading direction image that indicates a reading direction of the scanner and has a shape indicating the reading mode, and store data of the combined image in the storage device. The processor determines a position of the reading direction image in the combined image and a size of the reading direction image in the combined image, based on a reading resolution of the scanner and a resolution of the image data stored in the storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihito Hiroe
  • Patent number: 11870958
    Abstract: In a reading device, a light transmissive member has a front surface on which an original is placed. A peripheral member is adjacent to the light transmissive member, and includes a back surface in which a reference hole is formed. The reference hole includes a first edge and a second edge intersecting with each other. A reading sensor faces the back surface of the light transmissive member and the back surface of the peripheral member. The controller controls the reading sensor to read a reading range including the reference hole to obtain a read image, and determines a reference position in the reading range based on the read image. The reference position is determined to an intersection between the first edge and the second edge. The controller sets a reading start position based on the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiki Motoyama, Yoshihiro Oyama, Yoshihiro Okamoto, Kazushi Shumiya, Kentaro Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11856164
    Abstract: A transport apparatus includes a transport path on which a medium is transported; a transmitter configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave to the medium transported on the transport path; and a receiver configured to receive an ultrasonic wave from the medium, in which the transport path is provided between the transmitter and the receiver, and is provided in a long-distance sound field of an ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Osawa
  • Patent number: 11847367
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a printing system comprising accepting a request to print based on a capture image of an image projected by the projection unit; determining whether or not printing based on the capture image of the image projected by the projection unit is possible; in a case where it is determined that the printing of the image projected by the projection unit is possible, permitting the printer to print based on the capture image of the image projected by the projection unit on the basis of the request accepted; and in a case where it is determined that the printing of the image projected by the projection unit is not possible, restricting the printer from printing based on the capture image of the image projected by the projection unit on the basis of the print request accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidehiko Asai
  • Patent number: 11843744
    Abstract: An image-reading device, such as optical code readers used in retail environments to scan objects, is configured to select from various operational modes. The operational modes are selected based on an application of the image-reading device, such as optical code identification or image recognition. Red, white, and other color light sources are activated in patterns corresponding to an illumination sequence of the selected operational mode, while imagers are activated to capture an image based on an exposure pattern of the selected operational mode. Further, a repeating series of light pulses having different portions of light is provided. Various imagers are configured to capture images over one of the portions. This allows an operator to perceive one continuous light pattern, yet allows various imagers to capture an image under different light conditions used for different applications of the image-reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Datalogic USA, Inc.
    Inventors: WenLiang Gao, Aric Brant Zandhuisen, Michael Jay Ahten, Robert W. Rudeen, Keith Layne Rogers, Brett Thomas Howard
  • Patent number: 11843749
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that performs processes of reducing read data in a main-scanning direction and a sub-scanning direction, wherein the image reading apparatus includes a plurality of line image sensors having a longitudinal direction as the main-scanning direction, the plurality of line image sensors are displaced in the sub-scanning direction, and the image reading apparatus relatively moves the plurality of line image sensors and an original in the sub-scanning direction, wherein the image processing apparatus comprises: a sub-scanning direction processing unit configured to perform reduction processing in the sub-scanning direction; and a main-scanning direction processing unit configured to connect data after the reduction processing is performed by the sub-scanning direction processing unit in the main-scanning direction and reduces the connected data in the main-scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiko Kasamatsu, Katsutoshi Miyahara, Tomoya Teraji, Shota Nonaka
  • Patent number: 11838483
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include systems and methods for computer automated print services control comprising authenticating a user credential input via a user device. The system and method includes generating, by a printer driver comprised in the user device, a user interface comprising features supported by a plurality of printing devices. Further, it includes receiving via the user device over the network, a print instruction comprising the features supported by the plurality of printing devices connected to the computer system over the network. And based on the print instruction, generating a print job in an embodiment. Further, based on the user authentication at one of the plurality of printing devices, converting via a gateway, the received print instruction into a format compatible with that printing device and releasing the generated print job for printing at that printing device, according to an embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Thinxtream Technologies PTE LTD
    Inventors: Ranganathan Nithianand, Ranga Raj, Teck Lee Low
  • Patent number: 11834285
    Abstract: A medium conveying apparatus includes an imaging unit provided to be movable in a direction perpendicular to a conveying surface for conveying a medium, to image the medium, a roller pair provided on an upstream side of the imaging unit in a medium conveying direction, the roller pair including a first roller provided to be movable in a direction perpendicular to the conveying surface, and a second roller facing the first roller, and a conveyance guide provided on a rotation shaft of the first roller, to move in conjunction with a movement of the first roller. The conveyance guide includes a guide surface extending at least from a downstream end portion of a nip portion of the roller pair to an upstream end portion of the imaging unit in the medium conveying direction and being flush with a lower surface of the imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomofumi Kumahashi, Seiki Awazu, Takayuki Mori
  • Patent number: 11816373
    Abstract: In a case where the printing of a plurality of copies based on an original image is to be executed by causing a feeding stage which is set for each of the plurality of copies to perform feeding, a feed operation is controlled so as to stop feeding from a feeding stage which serves as a feed target when a sheet attribute designated in a job and a sheet attribute set in the feeding stage are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taku Shinohara
  • Patent number: 11811998
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an original illuminator; a reflector for reflecting light reflected by the original; a reading portion for reading the light reflected by the reflector; a holding member holding the reflection member; a first bonding portion connecting the holding member and one end portion of the reflector in a direction along a reflecting surface of the reflection member; and a second bonding portion connecting the holding member and the other end portion of the reflector in the direction along the reflecting surface of the reflection member. The second bonding portion has a hardness less than that of the first bonding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshio Takahashi