Patents Examined by Eric A Rust
  • Patent number: 10321011
    Abstract: In a process of printing an arbitrary text string using a composite print function, in a case where font extension using a font of a display language is not possible, a character at a first position in the text string is extracted and a font is retrieved that allows font extension for the extracted character. Using the retrieved font, font extension is performed for the text string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiwamu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10268424
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: rasterization processors that rasterize input image data and generate raster image data; a predictor that predicts a rasterization processing time required for the rasterization processors to rasterize input image data of a unit to be subjected to an image formation process on each recording paper sheet; a hardware processor that determines an order in which the rasterization processors rasterize the input image data of the unit; an image former that performs the image formation process based on the raster image data; a sheet ejection processor that acquires, from the image former, each recording paper sheet subjected to the image formation process, and performs a sheet ejection process; and the hardware processor that determines an order of the recording paper sheets to be ejected by the sheet eject processor, to adjust the order of the recording paper sheets to an order of pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kouichirou Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10261736
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a processor-readable medium stores code representing instructions that when executed by a processor cause the processor to receive a list of print jobs, and calculate a preparation time and a printing time for each job in the list. The instructions further cause the processor to generate an ordered print job queue that minimizes printing press downtime by maximizing an amount of the preparation time fulfilled during the printing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Gideon Amir, Dror Kella
  • Patent number: 10257389
    Abstract: A communication system including an image processing apparatus configured to, in response to receiving acquisition instruction information from a server via indirect communication, receive authentication information from an information processing terminal device via near-field wireless communication, transmit the received authentication information to the server via the indirect communication, and in response to receiving communication instruction information, which indicates a method for data communication with a service providing apparatus, from the server via the indirect communication, perform data communication with the service providing apparatus in accordance with the received communication instruction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishibashi, Tatsuhiko Sone, Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10248944
    Abstract: Various functions can be easily added using print data output from an exist lag application without modifying the existing application program. A function expansion method for executing a process that expands the functions of an application runs on a computer that operates according to an operating system on the operating system kernel layer, executes a specific process according to an application on an application layer, and has one or more communication ports, includes a step of acquiring print data output from the application on the operating system kernel layer, and a step of performing at the application layer a process expanding the function of the acquired print data, and outputs the print data after processing to a suitable communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tadashi Furuhata, Akio Takamoto, Tomohiro Kodama, Hitoshi Oyama
  • Patent number: 10206423
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to decorating and printing of an edible design on a printable base media based on a user selected image. A central control device may provide, to a remote computing device, a graphical user interface for reviewing images, receive, from the remote computing device via the graphical user interface, selection of an image, generate print data based on the selected image, and transmit the print data to the remote computing device for printing with an edible media printer equipped with edible ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Decopac, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos A. Davila, Todd Brobst, Duane Wahlin, Elizabeth Glover, Douglas Boysen, John R. Anderson, Kent D. Whitten, Andy Schnoebelen
  • Patent number: 10154161
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and an operating method thereof are provided. The image forming apparatus uses supplied mounted therein, and includes at least one computer processor configured to determine a grade of the image forming apparatus based on an accumulated usage of the supplies, and determine a range of available grades of the supplies, based on the determined grade of the image forming apparatus, and a memory configured to store information about the grade of the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: S-Printing Solution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-yoon Lee, Hong-rok Woo
  • Patent number: 10126990
    Abstract: When error occurrence in a peripheral is detected, and a setting file of a printer driver of the peripheral contains information corresponding to the detected error, an error message different from an OS message provided by an operating system is displayed without displaying the OS message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideki Honda
  • Patent number: 10127182
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus executes occupation processing so that an application that issues an occupation request is able to execute at least one of processing for acquiring information from a peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device, and that another application is not able to execute processing for acquiring information from the peripheral device and processing for transmitting information to the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshinori Kawaura
  • Patent number: 10108949
    Abstract: A device control system has a terminal 3 with a web browser 31, and a printer 5 that controls a connected device. The terminal 3 calls an object that controls a device and is instantiated by the device API 33 to support the device, and sends a request to the printer 5, by the web application 32; and the printer 5 executes a device control script 502 that controls the device, receives requests sent through the device API 33, and controls the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takasu, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Shigeo Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10110770
    Abstract: If a storage period of data held in a holding unit elapses and the data is deleted from the holding unit after a user logs out of a job processing apparatus, the user cannot easily recognize that there is deleted data. A method for controlling the job processing apparatus includes holding in the holding unit a job associated with a user, storing in a first storing unit identification information for identifying a user associated with a job deleted from the holding unit, storing in a second storing unit identification information for identifying a user associated with a job of which holding in the holding unit has failed, notifying based on the identification information stored in the first storing unit a user that the job is deleted, and notifying based on the identification information stored in the second storing unit a user that the holding of the job has failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10104250
    Abstract: Disclosed is a preprinting system of secured information connected to a game host device. The preprinting system includes a controller, a printer, a plurality of printer detectors, a housing, a plurality of housing detectors. The controller is configured to communicate with the game host device, and to receive a game information signal and a status checking request signal. The printer is electronically connected to the controller, which is configured to print a game draw of the game program on printable medium, and the printed printable medium is partially revealed to the player while the game result draw thereon is unknown to the player. By preprint game draw of the game program, the possibility of adulteration from the game system is eliminated, the preprinting system also provides reliability, and the verification mechanism provides information security of digital chance games to the players. An preprinting method of secured information is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ALBICELESTE MARITIME INC.
    Inventor: Carlos Isidoro Ferrari
  • Patent number: 10079954
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image forming apparatus including: a hardware processor configured to: recognize a plurality of functions of the image forming apparatus, and determine a priority function to be preferentially introduced to a user among the plurality of functions recognized; and a first transmitting unit configured to transmit function introducing information indicating the functions of the image forming apparatus, which are recognized by the hardware processor, and the priority function, to a terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitsutaka Morita, Katsutoshi Sawada
  • Patent number: 10069991
    Abstract: This display device includes a display control portion, a first power supply, a second power supply, and a connection control portion. The display control portion is capable of controlling display of a display panel and is configured to execute a predetermined control finish process before display control for the display panel is finished. The first power supply is configured to supply power supplied from an external power supply, to the display control portion. The second power supply is capable of storing power and is configured to supply power to a clock portion. The connection control portion is configured to connect the display control portion with the first power supply if disconnection of connection between the external power supply and the first power supply is not detected, and connect the display control portion with the second power supply if disconnection of the connection is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hisaji Kawai
  • Patent number: 10055676
    Abstract: The user can configure the print layout intuitively, and prevent needlessly executing a compensation process based on the printer mode. A plug-in 22 that controls a printer 3 that prints to a target print area in each unit print area disposed in the conveyance direction of a continuous print medium has: a mode selector 51 that determines if the printer 3 prints based detecting each unit print area of the print medium; a layout acquisition unit 53b that acquires first layout information representing the location of the target print area in the unit print area; and a layout generator 54b that generates second layout information which differs from the first layout information in the conveyance direction of the print medium when the printer determines to print based on the position detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Yamada, Katsuhiko Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10048911
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a management unit and a plurality of image processing modules. Each of the image processing modules performs image processing. The management unit manages a processing status of each of the image processing modules. The number of colors and the number of pixels for each of the colors are set as a processing unit for each of the image processing modules, and each of the image processing modules starts the image processing using the processing unit which is set, on the basis of the processing status of a previous image processing module among the processing statuses managed by the management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Komano
  • Patent number: 10048907
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of screen information, each corresponding to a type of an external device that is capable of accessing the apparatus, a transmitting unit configured to transmit the screen information to the external device, a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction request that is based on the screen information displayed in the external device, and an executing unit configured to execute processing in response to the instruction request received by the receiving unit. The screen information includes a common section that is common among the plurality of pieces of screen information regardless of the type of the external device and a difference section that differs among the plurality of pieces of screen information depending on the type of the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Masumoto
  • Patent number: 10043169
    Abstract: A device control system has a terminal 3 with an application 31, and a printer 5 that controls a scanner, or other device. The terminal 3 sends a request written in XML generated by the application 31. The printer 5 receives the XML request, and the terminal 3 receives an XML response. If the terminal 3 requested control of the scanner in the XML request, the terminal controls the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takasu, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Shigeo Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10037482
    Abstract: Raster image processing computer devices buffer pages of print-ready bitmaps waiting to be printed by a printing engine. A computer device monitors the printing speed of the printing engine and estimates the processing time for the raster image processing computer devices to produce the print-ready bitmaps, based on the complexity of the pages of the print job. The computer device compares the printing speed to the processing time to predict whether the number of pages of the print-ready bitmaps buffered by the raster image processing computer devices will increase or decrease. The computer device places one or more of the raster image processing computer devices in a reduced-power sleep mode when the number of pages of the print-ready bitmaps buffered is between a buffer minimum and a buffer maximum, and is predicted to not decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Davies, Andrew Piecka, III, Jesus Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10015358
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus capable of preventing print setting information of print data transmitted from an external apparatus from being changed into infeasible information. A CPU of the apparatus stores print data transmitted from the external apparatus. The print data includes a content to be printed and print setting information indicating whether the content is to be printed in color or in monochrome. The CPU determines whether or not the content is chromatic. The CPU receives an instruction for changing the print setting information from a user, before starting to print the print data. In a case where the print setting information indicates that the content is to be printed in monochrome, the CPU permits changing the color mode information as for a content determined to be chromatic and restricts changing the color mode information as for a content determined to be not chromatic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyohiro Tsunekawa