Patents Examined by Eric A Rust
  • Patent number: 9971554
    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: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hirokazu Saigusa
  • Patent number: 9961218
    Abstract: A communication system including an image processing apparatus configured to receive N-th operation definition information from a server, when the N-th operation definition information includes an option selecting instruction, set a user interface to be allowed to accept an option selecting operation, and transmit to the server, next-operation request information being for requesting the server to transmit (N+1)th operation definition information, when the N-th operation definition information includes an operation instruction, control an image processor to perform an operation as instructed by the operation instruction, set an apparatus-side network interface to be allowed to receive from a mobile terminal device, shortcut information indicating that a coordinated operation is started from an M-th unit operation of the plurality of unit operations, and when receiving the shortcut information from the mobile terminal device via the apparatus-side network interface, transmit the shortcut information to the ser
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishibashi, Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 9948816
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming system including an image forming apparatus, and a processing apparatus that is provided in the image forming apparatus, wherein the processing apparatus includes a memory that stores at least image data, a determiner that determines degradation status of the memory, and an interface unit that is used for connection of a processing-apparatus-side display device which displays information of the processing apparatus, the image forming apparatus includes an image-forming-apparatus-side display that displays information of the image forming apparatus, and the processing apparatus causes the image-forming-apparatus-side display to display an alert in a case where the determiner determines that the degradation status satisfies a predetermined condition, when the processing-apparatus-side display device is not connected to the interface unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoto Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9948797
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a first display unit, a second display unit, and a control unit. If the first display unit that displays first operating instruction information indicating explanation of an operation receives an instruction to display second operating instruction information indicating explanation of a next operation, the control unit displays the second operating instruction information on the second display unit, and hides the first operating instruction information that is displayed on the first display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Kubota, Eri Sato, Hosana Kimura, Hiroshi Shiota, Masateru Hattori
  • Patent number: 9948798
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for managing a facsimile transmission receive, at a fax driver of a fax device, a request to transmit a fax job; determine whether a fax destination number for the fax job exists; in response to determining that the fax destination number for the fax job does not exist, send a request to display a notification; receive the fax destination number for the fax job; and send the received fax destination number for the fax job to the fax device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Chihsin Steven Young
  • Patent number: 9948809
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that performs image processing using information stored in a semiconductor memory includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain from the semiconductor memory a block size used for data reading and writing, and a management unit configured to discretely arrange and manage, with respect to a specific region set in the semiconductor memory, use-based information to be updated along with execution of the image processing, included in the stored information, according to the obtained block size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9921785
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic apparatus including a connection section that performs connection with a host apparatus and an operation section. The operation section includes at least a first mode and a second mode which is different from the first mode, the first mode of receiving the instruction of the host apparatus to be operated, and the second mode of being operated as a storage of the host apparatus. The operation section causes the second mode to be switched to the first mode in accordance with any one of whether a time when there is no access from the host apparatus exceeds threshold, whether there is a switching access from the host apparatus, and whether there is an extraction instruction from the host apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9907332
    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: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    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: 9904493
    Abstract: Methods and devices receive scheduling constraints for sheets of print media being processed as a print job through a printing device, and prepare a timing schedule for each of the sheets of print media based on the scheduling constraints. The timing schedule determines a location of each of the sheets of print media relative to the processing components of the printing device and relative to a linear time scale. Such methods and devices augment the timing schedule to produce an augmented timing schedule by adding explanatory text to the timing schedule, and receive user input selecting a portion of the augmented timing schedule. In response to the user input that selects a portion of the augmented timing schedule, the methods and devices output corresponding portions of the explanatory text that correspond to a location on the linear time scale represented by the selected portion of the augmented timing schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Conley
  • Patent number: 9886221
    Abstract: Terminating a wireless connection is simplified. A printer has a print unit that prints on recording media; a wireless communication unit configured to communicate wirelessly; and a control unit. When print data with a specific command appended is received from the external device unit, the control unit executes a terminate communication process that cuts the wireless connection based on the specific command after controlling the print unit to print based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Abe
  • Patent number: 9883059
    Abstract: A communication system may include a relay apparatus, an image processing apparatus and a terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus may receive first access information for accessing converted data from the image processing apparatus in accordance with the short distance wireless communication technology. The terminal apparatus may display a converted image represented by converted data after the converted data is received from the relay apparatus in response to the receiving of the first access information. The image processing apparatus may receive an image processing command from the terminal apparatus in accordance with the short distance wireless communication technology after the first access information is received by the terminal apparatus. The image processing apparatus may receive a target image data from the relay apparatus and execute image process toward the target image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayuki Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 9860404
    Abstract: An image forming system determines whether there is any recording material that is being conveyed in an image forming apparatus and that cannot be stopped at a predetermined position defined so as to avoid a location that causes a deformation of the recording material, when the conveying abnormality of the recording material is detected. Also, the image forming system determines whether there is any post processing apparatus in which the recording material can be stopped at an upstream side with respect to the post processing apparatus where the conveying abnormality occurs. Further, the image forming system discharges the recording material that cannot be stopped at the predetermined position in the image forming apparatus to a post processing apparatus at a downstream side with respect to the image forming apparatus and stops the recording material in the post processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Konishi
  • Patent number: 9851930
    Abstract: In one example, a print job is received from a first mobile computing device. The print job is stored in association with a job identifier. The job identifier is sent to the first mobile device. A release code is received from a second mobile computing device. The release code includes the job identifier and a directive regarding printing or forwarding of the job, and was received at the second mobile device from the first device via a wireless transaction. A network-connected printer associated with the second device is identified. Responsive to a determination that the release code is valid, the print job is sent to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Fernandes Lenin, Ganesan Kumaravel, K. S. Venugopal
  • Patent number: 9811298
    Abstract: An image forming system includes plural image forming apparatuses. The image forming system includes the following elements. A first communication unit of each image forming apparatus communicates with at least another one of the plural image forming apparatuses. A second communication unit communicates with a terminal device. An image forming unit forms an image on a medium. A storage unit stores liaison information which defines liaison concerning an operation between each of the plural image forming apparatuses and at least another one of the plural image forming apparatuses. A notifying unit notifies the terminal device of the liaison information in response to an inquiry from the terminal device. A receiving unit receives specified image data and liaison information from the terminal device. An execution unit executes image formation on the basis of the received image data by using the image forming unit of one of the plural image forming apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akihide Oshima
  • Patent number: 9811295
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of servers may transmit first server identification information identifying the first server to the relay device. An terminal may transmit first access target information to a relay device. The relay device may store the first server identification information in a first memory of the relay device, in association with the first access target information. The terminal may transmit second access target information to a second server. The second server may transmit the received second access target information and second server identification information to the relay device. The relay device may cause the second server to access the image forming device identified by the second access target information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Mori
  • Patent number: 9813584
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a switch section, a power supply section, an operation display section, an initialization control section, an image processing section, and a condition receiving section. The initialization control section causes the operation display section to start a first initialization processing when supply of a power supply voltage is started, and subsequently causes the image processing section to start a second initialization processing. The condition receiving section accepts an input of an execution condition. The operation display section includes a display part, a storage part, a display control part, and a condition setting part. The display control part causes the display part to display a screen after completion of the first initialization processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Uenishi
  • Patent number: 9811290
    Abstract: In a method or print job administrator to determine status of a print job, a print job is printed on a recording medium. An ID of a transport on which the recording medium is located is determined, the recording medium being printed to according to the print job. The transport has a positioner. A position of the transport is determined using the positioner, the positioner comprising an active RFID transponder arranged at the transport and supplied with power. The determining of the position of transport includes receipt of position data with regard to the position of the transport from a plurality of distributed RFID readers. The determining of the position of the transport occurs by using the position data of the plurality of distributed RFID readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Océ Printing Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joerg Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9813590
    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: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Ishibashi, Tatsuhiko Sone, Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 9805713
    Abstract: Systems and methods for addressing missing features in models are provided. In some implementations, a model configured to indicate likelihoods of different outcomes is accessed. The model includes a respective score for each of a plurality of features, and each feature corresponds to an outcome in an associated context. It is determined that the model does not include a score for a feature corresponding to a potential outcome in a particular context. A score is determined for the potential outcome in the particular context based on the scores for one or more features in the model that correspond to different outcomes in the particular context. The model and the score are used to determine a likelihood of occurrence of the potential outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Fadi Biadsy, Diamantino Antonio Caseiro
  • Patent number: 9787876
    Abstract: A service providing system includes a client apparatus that gives an instruction to provide a service according to an operation of the client apparatus by a user, a mobile apparatus that receives the instruction to provide the service, moves to the user who has performed the operation, performs authentication of the user, and provides the service to the user, and a stationary apparatus that is placed on a fixed position and provides a service. In a case where the authentication of the user fails although the mobile apparatus receives the instruction to provide the service and moves to the user who has performed the operation, the mobile apparatus stops the providing of the service and entrusts the stationary apparatus with the providing of the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Kajiyama, Hideki Fujimoto, Kunitoshi Yamamoto, Mariko Miyazaki, Naoya Ogata, Akira Ichikawa, Tetsuya Kobayashi