Patents Examined by Dung D Tran
  • Patent number: 12015754
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a datum point determination unit configured to determine coordinates of a datum point for determining pixel values of second pixels included in a converted image including a plurality of second pixels in a coordinate plane of an input image including a plurality of first pixels, and an interpolation unit configured to determine pixel values of the second pixels based on a plurality of reference pixels. The datum point determination unit sets coordinates in the first direction of the first pixels among the plurality of first pixels as first direction end portion coordinates, and determines coordinates in the first direction of the datum point of the second pixels among the plurality of second pixels to be coordinates shifted to further inside of the input image than the first direction end portion coordinates by a distance longer than 0 and shorter than one pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Okumura, Naoki Kayahara, Tsubasa Nakatsuka, Yuto Tenguishi
  • Patent number: 12015747
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus includes a discharge tray for supporting the recording medium, an internal unit disposed inside the apparatus main body, and a door serving as a part of outer surface members of the apparatus main body, the door being opened and closed to expose and cover an inside of the apparatus main body to the outside, wherein, by opening of the door, a fixing member that fixes the discharge tray to the apparatus main body is exposed to the outside, and removing of the fixing member from the apparatus main body allows the discharge tray to be detached from the apparatus main body without removing the outer surface members other than the door, and wherein detaching of the discharge tray from the apparatus main body allows the internal unit to be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshisuke Kasuya
  • Patent number: 12007710
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing device capable of removing a horizontal streak that may show when a document is scanned and made into a file is provided. An image processing device according to one embodiment includes: an image processing unit configured to generate smoothing image data obtained by applying smoothing to image data, and save, as an image file, non-smoothing image data in which smoothing is not applied to the image data when a difference between the non-smoothing image data and the smoothing image data is equal to or greater than a threshold value, and the smoothing image data when the difference is smaller than the threshold value; and a storage unit configured to save the image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazunari Kogure, Satoru Ishihara, Hirokazu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11991329
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a common transport route, a first and a second transport route, a first and a second image sensor, a first and a second discharge tray, and a controller. The controller executes a first reading mode including guiding the document from the common transport route to the first transport route, reading the image on the first face of the document with the first image sensor, and discharging the document to the first discharge tray, or a second reading mode including reading the image on the second face of the document with the second image sensor, guiding the document from the common transport route to the second transport route, and discharging the document to the second discharge tray, inhibits the first reading mode, upon deciding that the first discharge tray is full, and inhibits the second reading mode, upon deciding that the second discharge tray is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Akifumi Seto
  • Patent number: 11979533
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of switching power state between a first power state and a second power state, which is lower in power than the first power state, shifts from the second power state to the first power state. In a case where the image forming apparatus shifts to the second power state in response to a current time reaching a set time, the image forming apparatus is controlled not to shift from the second power state to the first power state in response to an object approaching the image forming apparatus being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryotaro Okuzono
  • Patent number: 11977343
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a consumable, a consumable chip, and a communication method between the image forming apparatus and the consumable chip. The consumable chip is capable of being installed on a consumable, and the consumable is capable of being detachably installed on an image forming apparatus. The consumable chip includes a storage unit and a chip control unit. The storage unit is configured to store identity authentication information of the consumable. The chip control unit is configured to receive an authentication request sent by the image forming apparatus and obtain second time information, generate a second code by performing a calculation using a preset algorithm according to the obtained second time information and the pre-stored identity authentication information of the consumable, and send the second code to the image forming apparatus. The second code is configured to determine whether the consumable meets expectation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Zhuhai Pantum Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chengzhu Yu, Dan Ning
  • Patent number: 11979532
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes a conveyance roller configured to convey a medium, a reading unit configured to read an image of the medium conveyed by the conveyance roller, a detection unit configured to detect a rotation phase of the conveyance roller, a storage unit configured to store index values, each index value being associated with the rotation phase of the conveyance roller and corresponding to a conveyance amount of the conveyance roller per unit rotation angle, and a timing control circuit configured to select the index value based on a detection result of the detection unit and to control a reading timing of the reading unit based on a result of comparing a cumulative value of selected index values with a threshold corresponding to a reading resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Eiyama, Kazuya Koizumi, Takuya Tsunemi
  • Patent number: 11973909
    Abstract: An inspection system inspects a grade of a print product based on comparison between a scanned image obtained by scanning a print product and a reference image, receives a first mode that does not switch a sheet discharge destination of the print product regardless of an inspection result of the print product or a second mode that switches the sheet discharge destination of the print product according to the inspection result of the print product is received through a screen, and controls the sheet discharge destination of the print product based on the received mode and the inspection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Aya Ito
  • Patent number: 11956394
    Abstract: A reading device includes a reading unit configured to read a document, and a control unit configured to acquire image data including a document region and a background region from the reading unit. The control unit acquires document information about a document, and sets, based on the document information, a background range indicating a range of a luminance value regarded as the background region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kohei Arai
  • Patent number: 11949828
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to acquire, from a read image, a predetermined item, and a value corresponding to the item, the read image being obtained by reading a document and being subjected, prior to acquisition of the item and the value, to preprocessing and character recognition. Further, the processor is configured to, in response to not successfully acquiring at least one of the item and the value, change a setting on the preprocessing or a setting on the character recognition in accordance with the acquisition or non-acquisition state of the item and the value, and then perform the preprocessing or the character recognition. In response to not successfully acquiring at least one of the item and the value, the processor is further configured to identify where the item and the value are located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Hiroyoshi Uejo, Yuki Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 11943403
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a conveyor, a print engine, and a processing device. The conveyor is configured to convey a print medium in a conveyance direction. The print engine includes a print head, and a platen configured to support the print medium conveyed by the conveyor. The print engine is configured to perform image printing on the print medium supported by the platen while moving the print head in a first direction intersecting the conveyance direction. The processing device has a processing unit removably attached thereto. The processing device is configured to perform a processing process to divide the print medium conveyed by the conveyor into a plurality of media. The processing unit has an identification section for identifying a type of the processing process executable by the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuo Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11936827
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a light transmitting member provided at a reading position set in a conveyance path and an opposite plate opposed thereto, and a document being conveyed passes between this opposite plate and the light transmitting member. On an opposing surface of the opposite plate to the light transmitting member, a low brightness area, for example, like a gray color and a high brightness area, for example, like a white color, having a higher brightness than the low brightness area are formed adjacent to each other in a conveyance direction of the document. Then, an image reader sets a home position of a scanning unit to a first position or a second position corresponding to either the low brightness area or the high brightness area to read the document passing through the reading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuma Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11917113
    Abstract: An image processing device and an amount-of-characteristic detecting method. The image processing apparatus includes a first image processing device to process an invisible image of an object, a second image processing device to process a visible image of the object, and a controller to control the first image processing device and the second image processing device. The first image processing device includes a first skew detector to detect a skew of the object from the invisible image of the object. The second image processing device includes a second skew detector to detect the skew from the visible image of the object, and circuitry to adjust the skew of the object based on a first result of skew detection performed by the first skew detector of the first image processing device or a second result of skew detection performed by the second skew detector of the second image processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuuto Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11909931
    Abstract: A feeding device includes: a feeder that feeds a first medium disposed on a top of plural media loaded; a detector that detects at least one of a curved state and an inclination of the first medium and following media including a second medium disposed immediately below the first medium; and a modifier that modifies a condition related to a feeding operation of the feeder based on the at least one of the curved state and the inclination detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yohei Onoue, Hiroaki Fujikura, Yoshiyuki Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 11908217
    Abstract: A document reading device includes a document conveyer, a first reader reading, in a first reading position, a first surface of a conveyed document such that a read area is larger than the conveyed document, a second reader reading, in a second reading position, a surface (second surface) opposite to the first surface such that a read area is larger than the conveyed document, a region detector executing a process of detecting a first document region that is a region of a document in first document image data and a process of detecting a second document region that is a region of the document in second document image data, and a cropping processor cropping a document portion on the first surface as first cropped image data and cropping a document portion on the second surface as second cropped image data, based on one of the document regions successfully detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuma Ogawa
  • Patent number: 11902475
    Abstract: A diagnostic system may comprise an image forming apparatus that forms a diagnostic image on a sheet and an image capturing apparatus that captures an image of the sheet on which the diagnostic image is formed and which has been discharged from the image forming apparatus, and outputs the image captured as a sheet image. The image capturing apparatus may make a diagnosis for a component of the image forming apparatus based on a position of an image deficiency in the sheet image, and output a diagnosis result for the component of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahide Hirai, Kuniaki Kasuga, Shun-ichi Ebihara, Mahito Yoshioka, Hiroshi Kataoka
  • Patent number: 11892799
    Abstract: Provided is a method of operating an image forming apparatus. The method includes: calculating a remaining lifespan of at least one component consumed through an image forming job in the image forming apparatus; determining whether to proceed with a refill operation to refill a toner in a cartridge of the image forming apparatus, based on the remaining lifespan of the at least one component; and displaying guide information to guide the refill operation based on a result of the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jongwon Hong, Haneol Yoon, Mok-Hwa Lim, Jang-Geun Kim, Hyeonseung Lee
  • Patent number: 11889039
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a for-still-document contact glass serving as a reading face for a placed document, a for-moving-document contact glass serving as a reading face for a document conveyed by an automatic document feeder, and an optical scanner unit to move in a scanning range of the for-still-document contact glass back and forth in a sub-scanning direction to scan the document. The optical scanner unit moves to a scanning range of the for-moving-document contact glass and scans the document in a static manner when the document is conveyed in an automatic manner, and the optical scanner unit includes a contact image sensor, a carriage that holds the contact image sensor in a movable manner in the sub-scanning direction, and a pair of end sliders arranged on both ends of a plane facing the reading face in a longer-side direction of the optical scanner unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kota Kawamoto, Yasunobu Youda
  • Patent number: 11882252
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a body of the image forming apparatus; an opening and closing unit that is supported by the body of the image forming apparatus so as to rotate relative to the body of the image forming apparatus and that opens and closes an inside of the body of the image forming apparatus, the opening and closing unit having a rotating shaft; a first coupling unit that has a first tube portion and a second coupling unit that has an extension portion a bent portion, and a second tube portion. When the opening and closing unit has been moved to an open position where the opening and closing unit opens the inside of the body of the image forming apparatus, a contact part at which the opening and closing unit is to be in contact with the second coupling unit is in contact with the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yutaro Kanzawa, Yoichi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11876938
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to perform image formation on a sheet, a casing configured to house the image forming unit, an operation unit configured to receive an operation performed by a user, an electric wire extending from the casing to be connected to the operation unit and configured to transmit an electrical signal, a reinforcing member provided separate from and independent of the electric wire, the reinforcing member interconnecting the casing and the operation unit, and a covering configured to enclose therein the electric wire and the reinforcing member, wherein the reinforcing member is fixed to the casing and the operation unit in such a manner that a distance between a portion fixed to the casing and a portion fixed to the operation unit in the reinforcing member is shorter than a total length of the electric wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusaku Makino, Hirohisa Sawada, Shingo Hattori