Patents Examined by Darryl V Dottin
  • Patent number: 10321015
    Abstract: To detect an image region to be an object of thinning processing appropriately and through the use of simple processing. An image processing apparatus detects a line region being a region sandwiched by white pixel regions and consisting only of a non-white pixel region, and detects a thinning candidate region being a region sandwiched by black pixel regions in the line region. A thinning region is detected from the inside of the thinning candidate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Nagai
  • Patent number: 10311345
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum, a developing roller, a collecting roller, a belt, a cleaner, and a controller. In response to receiving a signal, the controller performs a process staring with a first process and ending with a second process. The controller rotates the developing roller at a contact position at a first speed in the first process. The controller causes the collecting roller to move residual toner to the belt to allow the cleaner to clean the belt while the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum in the second process. The process further includes: (a) causing the developing roller to halt rotating while maintaining the developing roller at the contact position; and (b) causing the developing roller halted in the (a) causing to start rotating at a second speed lower than the first speed while maintaining the developing roller at the contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Imai, Daisuke Maeta
  • Patent number: 10310789
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a reading unit, a setting detection unit for detecting a document setting, a display panel, an operation unit, a storage unit, a control unit, and a job execution unit. Upon recognizing a document setting onto the reading unit, the control unit controls the reading unit to execute precedent reading for reading the set document. The control unit controls the storage unit to store precedently-read image data that are image data acquired by the precedent reading. The control unit controls the display panel to display a setting screen corresponding to a job type selected by the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takuya Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10313544
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus provided with a sensor including a plurality of elements that detect temperature in the vicinity of the image forming apparatus includes an acquisition unit that obtains temperature data indicating the temperature detected by each of the plurality of elements, a calculation unit that calculates a feature point of a heat source region in the vicinity of the image forming apparatus based on obtained plurality of pieces of temperature data, and a recover unit that causes the image forming apparatus to recover from a power saving state based on a position of the calculated feature point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Horishita
  • Patent number: 10306109
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus can reduce degradation of the line quality in an output image by a simple method while maintaining the stability of the density characteristics of the output image, and a control method therefor. To accomplish this, in accordance with the amount of change, from a reference density value, of a density value measured from a test pattern image formed on a photosensitive drum, the image forming apparatus according to the invention creates LUT_2 for correcting a laser output signal value corrected using ? correction LUT_1. The image forming apparatus performs ? correction using LUT_1 and LUT_2 for developing colors other than a predetermined low-brightness developing color, whereas for the predetermined low-brightness developing color, it performs ? correction using LUT_1 and laser light amount correction instead of ? correction using LUT_2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sumito Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10289362
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an operation panel which receives an entry of a password, a control portion which determines whether or not the entry password is correct and a storage portion. The storage portion stores, as an item of information which indicates that the entry password is wrong and which is included in notification information, an item to be notified that is previously set by a user, and when the control portion performs notification processing for notifying the notification information to an outside, the control portion includes, in the notification information, information corresponding to the item to be notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hikaru Miyaji
  • Patent number: 10277759
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a fold unit that folds an adjustment sheet based on a predetermined reference fold position; a punch hole former that forms a punch hole in a stacked portion of the adjustment sheet, created as a consequence of folding of the adjustment sheet; an image reader that reads an image of the adjustment sheet with the adjustment sheet unfolded, in which the punch hole is formed; and a position identifying unit that identifies a position of a fold line using at least positions of a pair of punch hole images which appear in the image of the adjustment sheet and on both sides of the fold line of the adjustment sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Yasui
  • Patent number: 10277777
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that dynamically and suitably switches login processing between a user who selects an icon and a user who is identified by reading of a card. The image forming apparatus searches user information of a user who logs in by selecting a user icon displayed on a display unit and a user who logs in using a card, and performs the login processing on a searched user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Morii
  • Patent number: 10265969
    Abstract: An image processing device generates data for forming an image by layering, on a printing medium, a first layer and a second layer. The image processing device includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first dot arrangement in the first layer formed by a gloss printing material, a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a printing amount of a color printing material for forming the second layer, and a halftone unit configured to perform halftone processing of converting the printing amount into second dot arrangement of the color printing material on the printing medium based on the first dot arrangement, wherein the halftone unit separately performs the halftone processing in a third area of the second layer and the halftone processing in a fourth area of the second layer based on the first dot arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Totsuka
  • Patent number: 10268428
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes receiving a request for paper properties needed to perform page raster image processing (RIP) of a page and prompting an operator to load a virtual paper without inserting a physical medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: David Ward, John Varga
  • Patent number: 10264160
    Abstract: An information processor includes a first input unit configured to accept designation of an enlargement/reduction rate, an extraction unit configured to extract a first output setting for printout at the designated enlargement/reduction rate and a second output setting different from the first output setting for printout at the designated enlargement/reduction rate, a calculation unit configured to calculate a first fee for the first output setting and a second fee for the second output setting, a display configured to display the first output setting and the first fee in association with each other, and the second output setting and the second fee in association with each other, a second input unit configured to receive a selection of one of the first output setting and the second output setting, and a controller configured to cause the execution of image formation onto a medium with the selected output setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takuya Hiraki
  • Patent number: 10264156
    Abstract: A reflected light amount from a patch under a first light source is acquired, and a reflected light amount from the patch under a second light source whose wavelength band is different from the first light source is acquired. The type of a printing medium on which the patch is printed is determined based on the ratio of the two acquired reflected light amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Eiyama
  • Patent number: 10264149
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a first unit that is a base of the information processing device, a second unit that is disposed above the first unit and rotates around a first rotation shaft which is horizontally arranged, an input part that accepts an operation input by a user, and a wireless reading unit containing part that is disposed next to the input part and contains a wireless reading unit. The wireless reading unit containing part is provided with a containing part to contain the wireless reading unit, and an open/close lid that opens and closes the containing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Takahiro Sunohara
  • Patent number: 10248066
    Abstract: When a first image forming apparatus 1 cannot perform printing based on a print instruction from a user, the first image forming apparatus 1 (a1) makes a substitution printing request to a second image forming apparatus 2 and (a2) receives a temporary authentication ID from this second image forming apparatus 2 and notifies the user of it if the user is not managed by an authentication server 4 that manages this second image forming apparatus 2. If the user is not managed by the authentication server 4 and not authenticated when receiving the substitution printing request, the second image forming apparatus 2 (b1) requests the authentication server 4 to issue the authentication ID, (b2) receives the authentication ID and notifies the apparatus 1 of it, and (b3) receives a user inputted authentication ID and performs the printing if the inputted authentication ID is identical to the received one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoharu Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10244143
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus scans an image of a document into image data, splits the image data into a plurality of areas to generate split image data, magnifies the split image data, and aggregates the magnified split image data at least based on a font size of one or more characters included in the split image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Baba
  • Patent number: 10223623
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus makes printing performed for maintenance by a service engineer charge-free, and prevents a print method for the service engineer from being used by a user. The image forming apparatus includes an input unit configured to input an image, a print unit configured to print the image input by the input unit, and a control unit configured to control the image input by the input unit to be output to the print unit and update a charging counter when the image forming apparatus operates in a first operation mode, and configured to control a specific pattern image to be superimposed on the image input by the input unit and the image with the superimposed specific pattern image to be output to the print unit without updating the charging counter when the image forming apparatus operates in a second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Iwadate
  • Patent number: 10223042
    Abstract: A system includes a terminal and an information processing device including a first specification unit configured to specify a second computer program based on terminal information on the terminal received from the terminal; a first provision unit configured to provide the second computer program to the terminal; and a second specification unit configured to specify a first computer program based on device information received from the terminal; and a second provision unit configured to provide the first computer program to the terminal. The terminal including a transmission unit configured to transmit the terminal information; a first processing unit configured to perform processing of acquiring device information and transmitting the acquired device information, by execution of the second computer program; and a second processing unit configured to perform processing of installing the first computer program on the terminal, by execution of the second computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukasawa, Shigeo Araki
  • Patent number: 10223053
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The present electronic device comprises: a user interface unit displaying a UI for controlling a function of an image forming device; a communication interface unit for transmitting, to the image forming device, a control command received through the UI; a workform generation unit for automatically generating a workform on the basis of a series of user operation contents and orders inputted on the UI; and a storage unit for storing the generated workform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: S-Printing Solution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-im Kim, Tae-jung Yun, Hong-seock Kim, Chang-seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10210442
    Abstract: An image forming system identifies a user's operation for changing a set value related to a processing of the image forming apparatus or the post-processing apparatus. When the set value is changed during a continuous output operation of the image forming system, the image forming system causes the image forming apparatus and the post-processing apparatus to continue the continuous output operation while reflecting the changed set value. The image forming system Detects a predetermined change related to the processing by referring back to a time when the user's operation is identified, and causes the image forming apparatus and the post-processing apparatus to re-output papers that have been output from a time when the predetermined change occurred to a time when the changed set value was reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Yamada
  • Patent number: 10203915
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present invention is operated by at least switching between a first power state and a second power state in which its power consumption is less than that of the first power state. In a case where an event detected during a period from start to end of processing of making transition from the first power state to the second power state is a communication establishment event, the information processing apparatus causes a communication unit to transmit to a communication partner a notification for maintaining connection of communication in the second power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruki Sato