Patents Examined by Douglas Q. Tran
  • Patent number: 11190651
    Abstract: There is provided a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium for an information processing device provided with a first communication interface, a second communication interface and a controller. The recording medium contains instructions realizing an application program. When startup option including the address information is not delivered and when the address information is not stored, the control executes a standby process to await input of the address information through a user interface is executed. When the address information indicating a location of a storage server is input during the standby process, the controller downloads the content data from the storage server indicated by the input address information. When the address information included in the startup option has been stored in the memory, the controller downloads the content data from the storage server indicated by the address information store in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hirotaka Sato, Shintaro Kunimoto
  • Patent number: 11182116
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes multiple network interfaces, a storage area that saves data, and a change controller. An attribute defining a network interface permitted as an output path of the saved data is associated with the storage area. The change controller controls a change of the attribute corresponding to a change instruction to change the attribute, in accordance with a state regarding presence/absence of data in the storage area at a time point of receiving the change instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Akira Okamoto
  • Patent number: 11178303
    Abstract: A multifunction inkjet printer that displays an image on a display device includes: an operation display unit configured to receive an instruction from a user; and a CPU configured to control the display device to display an image, wherein, in a state where display on the display device is being performed at a first refresh rate, in response to the operation display unit receiving an instruction for displaying a code to be captured by a mobile terminal, the CPU is configured to control the display device to display the code at a second refresh rate that has a higher frequency than the first refresh rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Maki Onuma
  • Patent number: 11169758
    Abstract: The printing apparatus deletes a deletion target print data even if the printing apparatus is in a predetermined state in a case where the number of pieces of deletion target print data that are registered and are not deleted yet reaches a predetermined number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichiro Shibuya
  • Patent number: 11169751
    Abstract: A multifunction peripheral (MFP) has a function of receiving print data from a cloud print service. The MFP displays a screen related to the cloud print service to be displayed, and consequently sets a share range where a printing apparatus is shared on the cloud print service based on a user operation via the setting screen. The MFP then requests the cloud print service to change the share range where the printing apparatus is shared based on the set share range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ritsuto Sako
  • Patent number: 11157215
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an obtaining unit and a control unit. The obtaining unit obtains, from a verification apparatus configured to perform, for each printed material of printed materials, verification about whether the printed material satisfies a given condition, information that is based on a result of the verification. Each of the printed materials is a recording medium on which an image is printed by a printing apparatus. The control unit performs control so that output of the printed materials from the printing apparatus is suppressed when a given number of printed materials are handled as one bundle and the number of printed materials that satisfy the given condition reaches the given number based on the verification result. The control unit performs control so that insertion paper interspacing a plurality of bundles is output next to the given number of printed materials that satisfy the given condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Kuroda
  • Patent number: 11144267
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus to be connected to a first information processing apparatus including a user interface, the image forming apparatus including: a first communication device configured to perform wireless communication; a second communication device configured to transmit, to the first information processing apparatus, connection information required for establishing the wireless communication using the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Oyama
  • Patent number: 11137959
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing system capable of changing a point increase condition or method in various ways in a case of giving points depending on printing by a printing apparatus. To this end, the information processing system includes an information processing apparatus, a printing apparatus configured to print an image according to a print instruction transmitted from the information processing apparatus, and a server connected to the information processing apparatus and the printing apparatus via a network. The printing apparatus generates a print log in which at least one identifier out of an application ID unique to a print application in the information processing apparatus and a content ID of the image is associated with a printer ID unique to the printing apparatus, and transmits the print log via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenta Ishihara
  • Patent number: 11137960
    Abstract: A control method includes transmitting, based on reception of a predetermined operation a first command to cause a communication apparatus to search for a predetermined access point using at least one communication channel including a communication channel used by the predetermined access point among a plurality of communication channels available for use by the communication apparatus and without using at least one other communication channel other than the at least one communication channel among the plurality of communication channels available for use by the communication apparatus, the predetermined access point being connected to an information processing apparatus at least when the predetermined operation is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Ehara
  • Patent number: 11137958
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a communication interface configured to communicate with a server apparatus based on one of a first communication protocol and a second communication protocol; and a controller circuit configured to control the communication interface to start communication with the server apparatus based on the first communication protocol, and to confirm whether or not the server apparatus has a schedule of execution of remote maintenance after start of the communication, if the communication interface receives remote maintenance execution schedule information from the server apparatus, control the communication interface to start communication with the server apparatus based on the second communication protocol, and execute the remote maintenance based on information received from the server apparatus via the communication based on the second communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Ishizu
  • Patent number: 11137955
    Abstract: A server apparatus includes a receiving section that receives first apparatus information and associated information in association with each other, a storage section that stores second apparatus information and user information in association with each other, a control section that determines an execution condition based on the associated information received by the receiving section, and a transmitting section that transmits, to a printing apparatus, the execution condition determined by the control section. The control section causes the execution condition thus determined and the user information associated with the second apparatus information that matches the first apparatus information to be stored in the storage section in association with each other. The transmitting section transmits, to the printing apparatus having the first apparatus information that matches the second apparatus information associated with the user information, the execution condition associated with the user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Hirabayashi, Ryo Oguchi, Tokio Kato, Tomoya Kurashina
  • Patent number: 11134164
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a collecting unit that collects data from communication equipment; a transmission unit that transmits the data to an external apparatus; an execution unit that executes a function of the information processing apparatus; an association unit that associates the function with the collected data; and a control unit that controls the transmission unit so as to transmit the data associated with the executed function to the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Yusuke Ono
  • Patent number: 11132154
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a chat application service, a server, and image processing apparatuses. The server comprises a memory storing instructions; and a processor that executes the instructions, the instructions causing the server to perform operations comprising: storing user information and information of an image processing apparatus, and providing a chat bot function for supporting an operation by a user, wherein the supporting of the operation includes, in a case where an image processing request is accepted via a chat screen of the chat application service, processing to specify an image processing apparatus which can be used by a user who made the image processing request from the plurality of image processing apparatuses, and to present information of the specified image processing apparatus via the chat screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taishi Tomihisa
  • Patent number: 11126387
    Abstract: According to examples, an apparatus may include a processor and a memory. The memory may have stored thereon machine readable instructions that when executed by the processor, may cause the processor to detect an occurrence of an action on the apparatus. The instructions may cause the processor to, based on the detected occurrence of the action, determine whether a print job associated with a user of the apparatus stored at a print service storage is designated for printing. In addition, the instructions may cause the processor to, based on a determination that the print job associated with the user stored at the print service storage is designated for printing, activate a scanner to scan for wireless beacons of printers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: David Jerome Shaber
  • Patent number: 11126570
    Abstract: The invention provides an alternative applications programming interface (API) for a software application to interface with and to control the operation of a variety of one or more specialty devices, including specialty printing and specialty non-printing devices. The alternative API provides a superset of control functionality relative to an API that would typically be provided by a specialty device driver. In some embodiments, this alternative API is provided via a specialty device module (SDM) or a specialty printing module (SPM) that is remotely accessible to a software application via a computer network. The SDM or SPM can provide for interface and control of specialty devices that would otherwise be un-accessible to a software application via a specialty device driver, and can provide such locally or remotely accessible functionality to the software application, without necessarily requiring employment of a specialty device driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Majid Amani
  • Patent number: 11126386
    Abstract: An image forming device includes a processor configured to, when at least a portion of setting information of another image forming device is acquired as transfer information that is new setting information for the image forming device, and setting information having a dependency relationship with the transfer information already exists in the image forming device, update the transfer information in such a way that consistency of the setting information having the dependency relationship is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Ryoji Matsumura, Hajime Kajiyama, Hiromi Ichiba, Kazumoto Shinoda, Yu Ohtake, Taku Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 11119710
    Abstract: A cloud server offering a first cloud print service is capable of storing print data obtained from the outside, transmitting a registration request to a second cloud print service different from the first cloud print service, acquiring print data from the second cloud print service registered based on the registration request, and storing the print data acquired from the second cloud print service and the print data received from the outside through a different method. The stored print data is transmitted to a printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Go Inoue
  • Patent number: 11122176
    Abstract: An operation terminal is caused to perform: acquiring cumulative operation amounts of a plurality of items of each of a plurality of printing apparatuses, the cumulative operation amounts being transmitted from the plurality of printing apparatuses which are within a communication range of the communication unit; receiving, via an operation unit, a designation of at least one item of the plurality of items; determining a use frequency ranking of the plurality of printing apparatuses in accordance with the received designation; and performing, based on a result of the determined use frequency ranking, one of connection processing of connecting to a printing apparatus by the wireless communication and preparation processing of preparing for connection to a printing apparatus by the wireless communication, in a manner that a printing apparatus having a low use frequency ranking is prioritized over a printing apparatus having a high use frequency ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Michihiko Furuhashi
  • Patent number: 11119708
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a detailed print setting UI and a simple print setting UI as print extension applications. The image forming apparatus restricts display of the detailed print setting UI based on whether or not a CPU satisfies a predetermined condition for the display of the detailed print setting UI, and thus enables to display an appropriate print setting UI even when processing capacity of the CPU is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Saito
  • Patent number: 11106406
    Abstract: A printing device includes a communication unit that executes wireless communication with an external device, a storage unit that stores information therein, and a controller that causes the storage unit to store access information of the external device that indicates a connection state where data exchange is being executed through the wireless communication, detects that the connection state of the external device changes to a disconnection state where the data exchange through the wireless communication is not executable, and uses, when the disconnection state is detected in the disconnection detection process, access information having a high priority ranking based on priorities determined with a predetermined rule among a plurality of access information stored in the storage unit to establish the connection state to the external device corresponding to the access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Feng Zhu