Patents Examined by Eric A Rust
  • Patent number: 10506136
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a printer using a reflective scanner is disclosed. Because the reflective scanner used for calibration may only be able to accurately measure a limited density range that is less than the full density range of the printer, some information from the reflective scanner is disregarded or deemphasized during the calibration process. A calibration page is printed and scanned. Lookup tables (LUTs) that comprise the printer calibration values are updated based on adjustments calculated from the scanner for density regions where the scanner produces relatively accurate measurements, but updated based on the preexisting settings for density regions where the scanner produces relatively inaccurate measurements. In transitions regions between accurate and inaccurate regions, the LUTs are adjusted based on a combination of measurements from the scanner and the preexisting settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Craig Scott, Stuart Gerard Evans, Steven R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10498922
    Abstract: A communication system includes a portable terminal, an image processing apparatus, and a server. The image processing apparatus transmits service request information to the server, and receives transmission instruction information from the server. The service request information includes request for a service provided by a service providing apparatus. The transmission instruction information includes an instruction to transmit connection destination information via the wireless near field communication. The connection destination information is for specifying a connection destination. The image processing apparatus transmits the connection destination information to the portable terminal via the first near field communication interface in response to establishment of wireless near field communication between the first near field communication interface and the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10481848
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to the present invention, starts initialization of a first module which performs conflict resolving processing for resolving a combination of invalid print settings, performs the conflict resolving processing by the first module if a print setting is changed on an application and initialization of the first module is completed, and calls the conflict resolving processing by a second module if an instruction to terminate the application is received and initialization of the first module is not completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirokazu Saigusa
  • Patent number: 10466940
    Abstract: There is provided a communication apparatus that determines whether transmission of data to a transmission destination by a communication function satisfies a predetermined condition concerning data transmission, and controls the communication function such that upon determining that the predetermined condition is satisfied, a signal that does not include the data is transmitted to the transmission destination, and upon determining that the predetermined condition is not satisfied, a signal including the data is transmitted to the transmission destination. If a response to instruct transfer of the signal from the transmission destination to another transmission destination is received in accordance with the transmission of the signal to the transmission destination, the communication apparatus controls the communication function such that the signal including the data is transmitted to the other transmission destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10426188
    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: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 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: 10425541
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a display; an operation interface; a controller, which performs: acquiring image data, through the communication interface, image data, designation information, and specific information; displaying, a notification, a notification including the specific information, the notification indicating that the image data, the designation information and the specific information are acquired; and displaying, a result obtained by performing a processing of the image data designated by the designation information, in response to receiving an operation, displaying, a second notification together with a first notification, in a case where second image data, second designation information, and second specific information are acquired during displaying of the first notification indicating that a first image data, a first designation information and a first specific information are acquired, the second notification indicating that the second image data, the second designation info
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masafumi Kawaguchi, Ryo Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 10402809
    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: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takasu, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Shigeo Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10402125
    Abstract: A printer is caused to perform a checking print for a job in a case that a predetermined user's instruction is received via a user interface. The printer is caused to perform the checking print for the job without receiving the predetermined user's instruction in a case that the job meets a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naohiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10394509
    Abstract: A display list generation apparatus includes an interpretation unit configured to interpret page description language (PDL) data and store an interpretation result of the PDL data in a first storage unit, a copying unit configured to copy the interpretation result stored in the first storage unit, in a second storage unit, and a generation unit configured to generate a display list from the interpretation result stored in the first storage unit in a case where a data size of the interpretation result exceeds a predetermined threshold and generate a display list from the copy of the interpretation result stored in the second storage unit in a case where the data size of the interpretation result does not exceed the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryousuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10389915
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a memory and an estimation unit. The memory stores a color conversion model representing relations between plural colorimetric values obtained by performing, in plural color measurement directions, a color measurement of plural images formed on a first sheet using plural coloring materials including a luster coloring material, and coloring-material amounts used for the images for which the color measurement is performed and the color measurement directions for which the colorimetric values are obtained. The estimation unit estimates, on the basis of a colorimetric value, of a measurement target image formed on a second sheet of a type different from a type of the first sheet, obtained in a single direction and on the basis of the color conversion model, a colorimetric value, of the measurement target image, obtained in a case of performing a color measurement in a direction other than the single direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yosuke Tashiro, Masahiko Kubo, Kaoru Yamauchi, Ayako Watanabe, Kaori Iwaki
  • Patent number: 10382642
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a light source, a light receiving unit, and an optical system. The light receiving unit includes a plurality of light receiving elements. The optical system includes a plurality of optical components for splitting the light reflected from the object to be read, and guiding the split light to each of the plurality of light receiving elements. The plurality of optical components include a splitting component that splits the light reflected from the object to be read in a direction corresponding to a main direction, and a common component provided with a common portion. The common portion has an optically acting area causing a common effect on the tight split by the splitting component. A cross sectional shape of the optically acting area orthogonal to a direction corresponding to the main direction is the same shape along the direction corresponding to the main direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Satoko Ohzawa, Akira Yamamura, Shogo Asaoka, Yuki Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10366086
    Abstract: A method for sorting a group of managed devices includes querying a database of managed device with a sort query, such as an SQL query. The sort query captures an initial adjacency list in which managed devices are ordered, based on their respective parent device. Each of the managed devices is associated with a set of attributes. The initial adjacency list is sorted, e.g., using a depth-first search, based on at least one sorting criterion to generate a sorted adjacency list in which managed devices having a common parent device are reordered, based on respective attributes. The sorted adjacency list can be represented as a sorted directed graph, such as a directed tree. Modifications can be made to the sorted directed graph. A visualization of the sorted and optionally modified directed graph is output and/or a file is distributed to at least some of the managed devices, based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Roberts Conlon, Timothy Luke Dioguardi, Kenneth B. Schleede, Yolanda R. Zhesnik
  • Patent number: 10367957
    Abstract: A method of providing native scalable management of a fleet of managed devices, which includes establishing a Trust Community, which includes a sub-set of the managed devices, organizing the Trust Community, configuring one of the managed devices in the organized Trust Community as a Root Device to publish files via a file sharing function, adding the Root Device to a distribution profile stored in a database, creating or downloading files via the Root Device, and sharing the files with other devices in the organized Trust Community via the Root Device. Any devices on hold or offline are placed in a temporary working area for reorganizing. Download and install schedules are set up on a per device or a bulk basis according to policies. Files are placed into a staging area before re-distribution and checked for security, integrity, and/or completeness via checksums, digitally signed certificates, and/or internal structure checks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Schleede, Noah Ullmann, Yolanda R. Zhesnik, Jefferson Spiers Tuttle, Keith Watson, Michael William Barrett, Wendy Abbott, Mirelsa Fontanes-Perez, Paul Roberts Conlon, Mark Allen Sixbey
  • Patent number: 10362180
    Abstract: A diagnostic apparatus includes a first acquiring unit that acquires sound information, a second acquiring unit that acquires operation information indicating a component in operation among a plurality of components of an analysis target apparatus, and a display unit that, when the acquired sound information is reproduced, displays operating states of the plurality of components at the time point when the reproduced sound is acquired, using the operation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Miyamori, Tsutomu Udaka, Fumihiko Ogasawara, Katsuyuki Kouno, Atsushi Ito, Tomoyuki Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 10346101
    Abstract: A method of nesting three-dimensional print objects on a print surface of a printer, wherein the locations for the print objects on the print surface are determined in view of the shape and size of the footprints of the objects so as to minimize the surface area required for accommodating the objects, and the locations for the print objects are determined also in view of intended heights of the objects, and objects with equal or similar height are grouped together, the method comprising a step of grouping the objects into classes of objects with similar heights, and a step of nesting the objects class by class, wherein the method is performed on a printer having a print head movable relative to the print surface in a main scanning direction and sub-scanning direction normal to the main scanning direction, and wherein the objects of each class are nested in a separate shelf that extends in the main scanning direction on the print surface and has a constant width in the sub-scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Jérome Collomp
  • Patent number: 10341507
    Abstract: A method is provided for processing an electronic document (ED), the method includes: generating a mark-up version of the ED that includes a text attribute that covers a first area of the ED and an image attribute that covers a second area of the ED; segmenting the text attribute into lines of text and the lines of text into words separated by spaces; determining whether the second area overlaps with the first area based on at least one of the lines of texts or the words; and displaying, in response to determining that the second area overlaps with the first area, the ED on a display to notify a user that the image attribute is an overlapped objected on the ED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Takayuki Kamata
  • Patent number: 10341528
    Abstract: A control device that executes an operating system program includes a hardware processor, wherein the operating system program defines a process of setting one image forming apparatus among a plurality of image forming apparatuses as a default device, and a changing process, in the case where an execution device different from the default device is designated from among the plurality of image forming apparatuses by an application task for executing an application program and printing is performed by the execution device, setting the execution device as the default device, and the hardware processor allows one control target device among the plurality of image forming apparatuses to perform printing in response to an instruction for printing given by the application task, and maintains the same image forming apparatus as the default device before and after printing is performed by the control target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hirotsugu Hiramoto
  • Patent number: 10324670
    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: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Masumoto
  • Patent number: 10324673
    Abstract: Methods and systems for arranging shapes within a document prior to printing cut-out patterns are described. A printing device may identify and group contents in a page of a print job as shapes to be cut out from the paper after they are printed. The printing device may then detect the grouped page contents as cut-out patterns. For each cut-out pattern, the printing device may detect the white spaces of content of the cut-out pattern and mark them as available for printing other cut-out patterns. Thus, the printing device may print multiple cut-out patterns on a same page based on using the white space within larger cut-out patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Ver Paloma Dabon, Neil-Paul Payoyo Bermundo
  • 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