Patents Examined by Edward L. Coles
  • Patent number: 7864352
    Abstract: A printer with an embedded multimedia server is described that includes a processor primarily allocated for print control and another processor for executing a multimedia server for interfacing with hardware and/or software interfaces for various forms of media. Examples of such interfaces include, a network interface, a VGA port, transcoding hardware, wireless interfaces and a (USB) port. Examples of types of media processed include video, audio and text. The multimedia server performs multimedia content processing, particularly for time-based data, examples of which include editing, formatting, scheduling capture of content, searching, recognition, and event detection. Additionally, the printer can provide a multimedia storage database. The printer provides a user interface on its chassis that can provide a web browser, so that a user can interact directly with the printer for indicating preferences for multimedia content processing and/or selection for printing onto a desired output medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Hull, Jamey Graham, Peter E. Hart, Kurt W. Piersol
  • Patent number: 7864349
    Abstract: Print verification is done by scanning the printed copies, thereby forming a stream of scanned images of the specific pages. Digitized images from the stream are then spatially aligned page by page, line by line and pixel (pel) by pixel (pel) with corresponding digitized images in a stream of source images. The source and scanned images are compared to find pel sequences that are different. These differences represent defects in the printed copies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Gordon Wesley Braudaway
  • Patent number: 7864363
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a first unit for converting primary color data into color data for outputting a dark color material only in a first mode, and a second unit for converting the primary color data into color data for outputting both the dark color material and a light color material in a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Minako Kato
  • Patent number: 7859693
    Abstract: In a printing system 10 connected to a host computer 20 as an upper system via a serial bus, communication control information used in a shift from a power saving mode to a normal transfer mode are previously in a response controlling portion 147 before a CPU 151 in a printing controlling portion 12 is shifted into the power saving mode, and then the response controlling portion 147 can receive the data based on the set communication control information without intervention of a CPU 151 in the cancel of the power saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuhito Ueno, Masahiko Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7859689
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for receiving a PDL File that describes a print job, processing the PDL commands in the file, identifying print settings and printer factors that may affect the entire print job, and reporting such print settings and printer factors. Methods and apparatus are also provided for receiving a PDL File that describes a print job, processing the PDL commands in the file, identifying any objects in the print job that have associated predetermined attributes, and reporting the print objects that have any such predetermined attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Michel, Jonathan Marsden
  • Patent number: 7859690
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided which, upon receipt of an instruction to perform proof copying in a proof copy mode, stores a numeral value showing the number of times the instruction is made. The performing of the proof copying is restricted based on the numeral value showing the number of times stored and a numeral value showing a pre-set value for allowing the performing of the proof copying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomokazu Sakabe
  • Patent number: 7859713
    Abstract: Whether rendering instructions include designation of a logical operation is determined. If it is determined that the rendering instructions include designation of a logical operation, then the rendering instructions are developed into multivalued bitmap data every single line of the input rendering instructions and the multivalued bitmap data is subjected to color processing and binarization processing. When the rendering instructions do not include designation of a logical operation, color processing and binarization processing is executed for every color of the rendering instructions, whereby a brush is created and stored in advance. The brush is pasted into an applicable area of the rendering instructions to achieve development into binary bitmap data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Furuya
  • Patent number: 7855804
    Abstract: A tape creating apparatus, including a printing device that prints characters on label tape that includes a winding margin portion that is wound around a periphery of a cylindrical member and a flag portion that is uniformly formed with the winding margin portion, wherein the characters are printed on the flag portion, a first input device for inputting a diameter of the cylindrical member, and a first setting device for setting a length of the flag portion and a length of the winding margin portion on the basis of the diameter of the cylindrical member as input by the first input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Tanjima, Jun Itakura, Yuichiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7855809
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus executes an error diffusion process to multivalue image data consisting of a plurality of density components. A first processor executes the error diffusion process by changing at least one of a quantization threshold value and a quantization diffusion coefficient which are used for the error diffusion process based on a value of the multivalue image data of the density components or a value calculated from the multivalue image data value. A second processor executes the error diffusion process by setting the quantization threshold value and the quantization diffusion coefficient which are used for the error diffusion process into fixed values. An error diffusion processing controller controls to execute the error diffusion process to at least one color among the density components by the first processor and execute the error diffusion process to other density components by the second processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masao Kato, Akitoshi Yamada, Mitsuhiro Ono
  • Patent number: 7852503
    Abstract: Before completion of a print process of a digital image, a user can be informed that a cable can be disconnected from a digital camera or printer, and that the digital camera is ready to photograph. To this end, a photo-direct (PD) printer transmits a JobDataDone command indicating that all digital images to be printed are received in a digital camera. Upon reception of the JobDataDone command, the digital camera displays, on a display, information indicating that a cable can be disconnected from the digital camera or PD printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Iwami, Akitoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 7852495
    Abstract: Confirmation sheets would be more useful if they provided status information for each service, for each destination or recipient and/or images of each page of a multi-service and/or multi-destination job. A confirmation sheet provides the status of multi-destination and/or multi-service document distribution jobs. The services that can be included in a multi-service document distribution job include sending the documents as a facsimile, scanning the documents to a file or to a file repository, e-mailing the documents to an individual or other address, and/or printing the documents. Thumbnail images of one or more pages of the multi-destination and/or multi-service job can also be included on the confirmation sheet. In various exemplary embodiments, when elements of a multi-destination or multi-service job are not completed at the time the confirmation sheet is requested, the confirmation sheet can include various structures or information usable to obtain job status at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew T. Martin, Marc J. Krolczyk, Shane Jewitt
  • Patent number: 7852502
    Abstract: The present invention makes it possible to uniquely manage the use of peripherals over a wide range or in two or more bases. The present invention controls whether all job information, managed by a management apparatus, is acquired from the management apparatus managing information on data processing, performed by a device, as job information, or additional job information among job information managed by the management apparatus is acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Horiyama, Koji Nozato
  • Patent number: 7852500
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, system, computer program and product, capable of detecting a current state of an image processing apparatus and selecting image processing based on the detected current state are disclosed. The detected current state may be used to determine whether to generate a service call signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Miyahara, Satoshi Ouchi
  • Patent number: 7847967
    Abstract: A system for partial brute force collation of a print job includes a printing device having ROPM capability and memory. The printing device receives at least a portion of the document from a source device. The memory stores at least a portion of the document. The printing device has a memory printing mode and a brute force collation mode. In the memory printing mode the portion of the document stored in memory is printed. In the brute force collation mode any portion of the document not stored in memory is printed. The system can also alternate between the memory printing mode and the brute force collation mode for each of the N copies of the electronic document of the print job such that the resulting printed output is collated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Rodney Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 7843588
    Abstract: A mobile communications device includes an elongate body defining a transverse print media path along which print media can be fed. A camera device is mounted to the body and is configured to capture an image. A printhead and ink supply module is contained within the body and includes an elongate printhead integrated circuit (IC) positioned across the path. The printhead IC is configured to print the captured image upon the print media. A feed mechanism is located within the body and is configured to feed the print media along the path during printing of the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 7843597
    Abstract: A method and implementing computer system are provided for enabling multiple usages of the same printing job separator page. Separator pages are scanned and an image of the separator page content is obtained in order to determine the location on the separator page of prior print job identification information blocks. The prior identification information block is then obscured and identification information for a newly queued print job is printed in a new information block which is positioned in an unused area of the separator page. The separator pages may be reused until the full extent of each separator page has been filled-up with used or obscured print job identification blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: InfoPrint Solutions Company, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony Edward Martinez
  • Patent number: 7843601
    Abstract: A method for forming a color image that allows a color image forming device to detect print chromaticity by an actually used print medium and automatically perform an optimal color balance adjustment in consideration of the chromaticity of the print medium. At a first step of the method, it is determined whether a feeder is selected for a subsequent printing operation. If selected, the process proceeds to a second step. If not selected, it is determined that the printing operation is not performed for some time and the process is completed without color balance adjustment. At the second step, a print medium for printing a test pattern is fed from the feeder selected for a subsequent printing operation, which is determined at the first step. A color sensor detects the chromaticity of the test pattern transferred and fused on the print medium, and the color balance is then adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuro Yamada
  • Patent number: 7844993
    Abstract: A plurality of image processing apparatuses and a management server are connected to an IP network. Upon receiving the IP address of an image processing apparatus, the management server assigns identification information corresponding to its IP address, for a predetermined limited period. If a user inputs identification information of a destination apparatus during the predetermined limited period, the image processing apparatus transmits processed image information to the destination apparatus that is connected to the IP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Fumio Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 7839540
    Abstract: In a print server, when page setting is made, a spot color name is extracted from a comment in an image drawing command and image data or a code of a job on a page (page layout) unit basis and a list for a spot color name of each page is generated. After that, a color separating process and an RIP are performed on the page unit basis, raster data of each of colors C, M, Y, and K and corresponding raster data of a spot color name is generated, after that, on the basis of CMYK values designated by the spot color name, the raster data of the spot color is composed with the raster data of each of the colors C, M, Y, and K, and the resultant is output. In such a manner, an overprint of an object designated in a spot color can be reproduced accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasushi Nishide, Ryuichi Ishizuka, Mari Kodama
  • Patent number: 7839516
    Abstract: When registration of favorite is designated in a group printer driver capable of comprehensively controlling a plurality of member printer drivers, a name input window is presented. When the name of the favorite is input, DEVMODE information is acquired from each member printer driver in the present member printer configuration (e.g., printers A, B, and C). These pieces of DEVMODE information are registered in one-to-one correspondence with printer IDs. If the registered favorite is designated, the registered DEVMODE information is transferred to each registered member printer driver to restore the set state. This provides a mechanism capable of efficient printing setting for a plurality of printer drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Tomita, Shigeki Kuroda, Hidekazu Morooka