Patents Examined by Derrick Fields
  • Patent number: 6151137
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a status/confirmation report associated with a facsimile message transmitted by an originating facsimile machine over a telecommunications network. A local or first communication path is provided between the originating facsimile machine and a double dialer and a network or second communication path is provided between the double dialer and a point of presence associated with the telecommunications network. The facsimile message is routed over the local and network communication paths from the originating facsimile machine to the point of presence for subsequent transmission to a destination facsimile machine. After receipt of the facsimile message at the point of presence, the local communication path is disconnected while maintaining the connection of the network communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Robert F. Henrick
  • Patent number: 6137598
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus according the present invention includes a copy section for copying an original, a transmission section for transmitting the original via a telephone line, an input section for inputting the number of sheets to be copied and a destination telephone number, a determination section for determining a desired mode based on the input numerical values, and an execution stop section for stopping the execution of a mode other than the desired mode. In addition, in a transmission method according to the present invention, data input during a copy mode is retained in an image recording apparatus with a facsimile and a copy functions, the mode is switched to a facsimile mode with the input data retained, and the input data is used to execute facsimile transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Mitsushita Graphic Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Masanori Kamata
  • Patent number: 6130763
    Abstract: A method and a system for correcting output color component values for a color image output used in devices such as a printer and a digital copier based upon independently selected input and output values and an interpolated curve line based upon a predetermined conditional polynomial equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Ohta, Noboru Murayama
  • Patent number: 6122074
    Abstract: A facsimile automatically reports transmission of a facsimile message upon transmitting the facsimile message. For reporting the message transmission, facsimile numbers of called parties are stored in a memory together with their corresponding telephone numbers. Then, the facsimile message is transmitted to a called facsimile corresponding to any one of the facsimile numbers. Thereafter, the facsimile immediately dials the corresponding telephone number to transmit a transmission reporting voice message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seon-A Jeon, Eun-Sook Kang
  • Patent number: 6100999
    Abstract: A method to statistically process real input and output data from a color input or output device and predict the color-transfer characteristics from an arbitrary input or output signal, or from the output signal and a part of the input signal to predict the remaining part of the input signal. Real input and output data pairs and prediction-source values are prepared which are used to calculate initial values for weighted coefficients. Matrix elements and the prediction value are calculated so that the sum of the squares of a distance between the predicted output and the corresponding plurality of real output data, weighted with a weighting coefficient, is minimized. The matrix elements and the prediction value are used to recalculate the weighting coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ikegami
  • Patent number: 6091482
    Abstract: A lenticular preprinting process producing a composite image which, when printed, is assembled with a lenticular lens material (18). The composite image is developed from a plurality of images (A-D) which include both graphic and textual images. Each of the respective images are digitized and a pixel array for the image is formed. Separate digital files are created for each image. Next, computerized files are separately created for continuous tone images and for linework images. From these computerized files, separate raster image files for the continuous tone and linework images are produced. Next, segments from each raster image file is combined in a predetermined sequence with segments from the other raster image files to separately interlace the respective continuous tone and line work images. The resulting combined files are now linked to produce an image having both continuous tone and linework constituents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Reynolds Metals Company
    Inventors: Steven M. Carter, Steven J. Clemens, Jennifer P. Mueller, Randall L. Peek
  • Patent number: 6088135
    Abstract: During the time period since a document placed at a multi-document tray is transported by a roller pair and has its images on the front surface read until the roller pair is reversed to start reading the back surface of the document, a document placed at a single feed tray is transported by another roller pair for interrupt reading of the document. The interrupt reading can be achieved without interrupting the transportation of the current document and replacing the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Kusumoto
  • Patent number: 6081353
    Abstract: A color image processing device includes color conversion means for outputting color adjusted signals having been chromatically adjusted in accordance with the input of separated color signals obtained from a scanner and a variable factor signal other than color signals. The color conversion means includes a memory device for discretely storing only the color adjusted signals that correspond to predetermined separated color signals and a predetermined variable factor signal, and color adjusting means for, when the inputted separated color signal or the inputted variable factor signal directly corresponds to none of the color adjusted signals stored in the memory means, outputting color adjusted signals having been interpolated in accordance with the known color adjusted signals found in a neighborhood of the inputted separated color signals and variable factor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuya Tanaka, Makio Gotoh, Yoshinori Murakami
  • Patent number: 6069713
    Abstract: An image editing system obtains an object image defined by an output area and user specified depth information of the image object. On the basis of a comparison result of comparing depth information of the obtained image object with respect to respective depth information of objects read from a memory storing image data comprised of plural objects whose dephts are different and whose output areas are defined, the obtained image object is inserted into the image data stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kusama
  • Patent number: 6067173
    Abstract: A facsimile apparatus according to the present invention includes an operation member which is arranged horizontally and can be rotated, and a display which is arranged at the same level as the operation member and rotates a display image in accordance with the rotation of the operation member. In addition, the display displays letters, numbers, symbols and the like by rotating them electrically by 90 degrees when the operation member rotates by at least 45 degrees. And the operation member is arranged aside at the top level of the facsimile apparatus, with its circumference partially projecting from the edge of the apparatus. Furthermore, the facsimile apparatus is configured vertically, and the operation member and the display are arranged at the top level of the apparatus, between a paper feeding means and a paper ejecting means, each of which feeds or ejects paper in the direction crossing the top level of the apparatus at an obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Graphic Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Takuya Kuwahara, Masaki Nishioka
  • Patent number: 6057940
    Abstract: A novel image processing apparatus having a scanner for scanning an image data on a manuscript, an image processor for processing the image data, a memory for storing the processed image data, a hard disk for recording the data stored in the memory, a printer for printing the image stored in the memory, a data transmission unit for transmitting the data stored in the memory to another image processing apparatus, and a control unit for storing the data recorded on the hard disk. When the transmission of the image data to another image processing apparatus is stopped due to an error, the image data stored on the hard disk is read into the memory. Thus, the user is not required to re-scan the image data on the manuscript in the event of a transmission error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 6055073
    Abstract: In an image recording apparatus provided with an image processor and an image recorder, the image processor has a memory for memorizing a reference converting condition for each color component, a correction value obtaining section for obtaining correction values for the image recording means for each color component, a converting condition calculating section for calculating an output converting condition for each color component based on both of the reference converting conditions and the correction values, and a converting section for converting the input image data into the output image data based on the output converting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventors: Shouichi Nomura, Toru Kawabe, Tuyosi Hattori
  • Patent number: 6049394
    Abstract: A printer driver in a host computer sends color image data by each color component to a color printer controller, a CPU of the printer controller develops the received color image data by each color component in a RAM, and issues a printing start instruction via an engine I/F to a color printer engine each time development of image data for one color or a plurality of colors is finished to start printing, and at the same time starts development of image data for a next color, thus a video DMA operation and development of image being concurrently executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tokutaro Fukushima
  • Patent number: 6043901
    Abstract: In the printing paper cueing in a printing mode in a copying process, cueing of a second cueing length L2 which is smaller by .DELTA.L is performed compared with the printing paper cueing length L1 in a printing process other than the copying process. This shortage of the cued length is compensated for by a length of advance .DELTA.L which is made when meshing a first planetary gear for a transfer to a copying mode. As a result, actual margins of the printing papers become substantially the same between the printing process and the copying process. That is, in a facsimile having a copying function or the like, the margins at the top end of the printing papers can be made the same between when received data is printed and when an original document is copied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Isozaki
  • Patent number: 6034795
    Abstract: A variable resolution color scanner comprising multiple color line sensors arranged substantially in parallel and at a mutual distance. The scanner is capable of providing color components that are combined by means of delays and interpolators in order to form a high precision color representation of a scanned original. The color components are combined electronically such that at least one of the color components represent(s) an actually imaged line on the original, and such that the other color components represent estimated lines. Alternatively, the color components are combined electronically such that all other color components represent estimated lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Contex A/S
    Inventor: Asbjorn Smitt
  • Patent number: 6023560
    Abstract: A maximum acceptable number (max.sub.-- req.sub.-- num(i)) is set for each transmission device (source of request) (i) which transmits image data. If it is determined that the maximum acceptable number is set for a source of request of a job, determination is made as to whether or not the number of currently accepted jobs from the source of request (current.sub.-- req.sub.-- num(i)) is less than the maximum acceptable number. If so, determination is made as to whether or not the number of jobs exceeds the maximum acceptable number which is the limit of acceptance of a memory in an image forming apparatus, if a currently requested job is accepted. If not exceeds, "acceptable" is given to the source of request. If exceeds, or if the number of currently accepted jobs from the source of request reaches the maximum acceptable number, "not acceptable" is transmitted to the source of request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichi Yoshida, Toshiyuki Yamashita
  • Patent number: 6006750
    Abstract: A positioning system for marking a specified location within tissue includes a hollow needle and a localization wire adapted for insertion through the hollow needle and into the specified location. A transmitter is connected to the localization wire for transmitting a signal through the tissue so that the specified location can be accurately determined when the transmitter is placed thereat. A method of marking a specified location within tissue includes inserting a hollow introducer needle into the tissue until a tip of the needle reaches the specified location. A localization wire having a transmitter is then inserted into the hollow needle until the transmitter is positioned at the specified location. The hollow needle is then removed from the tissue such that only the localization wire and transmitter remain embedded therein. The transmitter is subsequently located by probing an outside surface of the tissue with a receiver until the maximum signal strength is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven E. Field
  • Patent number: 6005685
    Abstract: A transmission mechanism for a contact-type image scanner is provided to reduce the height of a contact-type image scanner. The transmission mechanism mainly includes a Contact-Type Image Sensor (CIS) module with two bracket arms disposed beneath the sheet table of a housing, said CIS module having two bracket arms, a pair of shafts parallel to each other and engaged to the arms of the CIS module for supporting said CIS module to contact tightly with the bottom surface of said sheet table, two sets of pulleys each set located at the ends of the shafts, conveying device surrounding the pulleys in a shape of a twisted closed loop, and a driving device connected to one of the pulleys for rotating the conveying device to reciprocally drive the CIS module along the sheet table to and forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Mustek Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jenn-Tsair Tsai
  • Patent number: 5991516
    Abstract: In a digital printing system there is a natural hierarchical relationship to the data representing jobs, documents, pages, and page image data (separations). Instead of grouping data by the imposed hierarchical method, the page image data is organized into "bursts," a burst being defined as a series of page images which can be printed without requiring that the digital printer be reconfigured to enable or disable specific printer functions or features. The printer is supplied with a burst whenever a burst is available without regard for job or document boundaries. This method allows the printer to be supplied with image data at optimal speeds and minimizing first-page-out time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Randall M. Desmond, Marc R. Grosso
  • Patent number: 5982935
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and method is disclosed to perform discrete cosine transform (DCT) coefficient reconstruction more efficiently and using less hardware resources than prior art techniques. The invention comprises a correction factor generator apparatus which computes a correction factor which is used in the DCT coefficient reconstruction process. Use of the correction factor enables DCT coefficient reconstruction to be performed using lesser computations and lesser hardware resources than prior art techniques. The apparatus and method can be used to perform DCT coefficient reconstruction for both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoded video data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: National Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Ygal Arbel