Patents Examined by Eric A Rust
  • Patent number: 9787860
    Abstract: When a near field communication (NFC) function is set to be enabled, an information processing apparatus starts, upon startup, an operation in a direct wireless communication mode. When the NFC function is set to be disabled, the information processing apparatus starts an operation in the direct wireless communication mode in response to an external operation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Okazawa, Masamichi Tanji
  • Patent number: 9762759
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus that allows a remote operation terminal to operate an image processing apparatus connected by SIP. On this account, the image forming apparatus (100) connected to the remote operation terminal (300) by SIP includes a remote operation-request message receiving part that receive a remote-operation request message from the remote operation terminal (300), a remote-operation response message transmitting part that transmits a remote-operation response message in response to the remote-operation request message, and an operation-screen information transmitting part that transmits operation screen information of the image forming apparatus (100) to the remote operation terminal (300) in accordance with the communication condition of the communication session when an SIP-based communication session is established between the remote operation terminal (300) and the image forming apparatus (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9756199
    Abstract: A data communication device includes a communication unit that performs a communication in accordance with a standard of a short-range wireless communication; a storage unit that stores therein, among profiles that conform to the standard of the short-range wireless communication and that define a method of using a protocol, a first profile in which multiple services are settable and in which identification information is related to the services; and an arbitrating unit that, when an application is to be installed, adds or updates a service used by the application with regard to the first profile in accordance with the identification information that is related to the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kiyohiko Shinomiya
  • Patent number: 9747534
    Abstract: Provided is a printing device including a print data receiving unit, a page calculation unit that calculates a number of pages before stopping with using a page length of received print data and a distance from a printing mechanism unit to a visual recognition unit, a print instruction unit that changes the number of pages before stopping or a number of printed pages and performs print processing when the received print data corresponds to a control page for controlling printing, and a print stop unit that stops printing when the number of printed pages coincides with the number of pages before stopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsuo Matsunaga, Masayuki Kudo, Takayuki Matsui, Masashi Murakami, Keiji Ishiguro, Kazuhide Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9713342
    Abstract: A web-enabled standalone application may, in selected implementations, prevent received license-controlled image data from unauthorized re-use, editing, or distribution, and permits image processing, such as applying the International Color Consortium's color correction process, at the local control device. The web-enabled standalone application may further generate a printer specific byte stream based on post-image processed data, providing a color managed workflow independent of local control device operating system print drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Decopac, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos A. Davila, John R. Anderson, Andy Schnoebelen, Kent D. Whitten
  • Patent number: 9712691
    Abstract: An information processing device may display a first image indicating a first image file stored in a memory. The information processing device may display a second image in response to receiving a first specific operation. The first specific operation may be performed on the first image. The information processing device may receive first path information in response to receiving a second specific operation. The first path information may indicate a location of the first image file. The information processing device may send an execution instruction to the image processing device in a case that the second specific operation is received. The information processing device may receive scan data from the image processing device. The information processing device may integrate the received scan data to the first image file designated by the first path information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoki Nakamura, Nobuyuki Kamiya, Junjiro Yoshida, Yongqi Sun
  • Patent number: 9703514
    Abstract: A smart mobile tag printer includes a memory unit, a NFC transfer module, a control and communication module, and a printing unit. The memory unit stores a first related information corresponding to a tag serial number of the first data set. The NFC transfer module reads a first data set from a NFC identification tag. The control and communication module downloads a second data set from a database of the back-end server to the memory unit according to the tag serial number when the control and communication module is connected with the back-end server according to a server address value of the first data set. The printing unit prints out a combination of the first data set and the first related information, or prints out a data containing the second data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TSC AUTO ID TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ping-Lin Chuang, Kuo-Tung Hung
  • Patent number: 9692334
    Abstract: A phase management apparatus includes a control section configured to output a first signal for rotating a motor, and output the first signal at a first frequency higher than the frequency which is necessary for rotating the motor when the apparatus resumes from a power-saving mode; a drive circuit configured to store the information relating to the rotation phase of the motor, output a pulse signal to the motor according to the first signal output from the control section, receive the first signal output at the first frequency, and update the information according to the first signal; and a power control section configured to carry out a control of supplying power to the control section but not to the drive circuit in the power-saving mode and supplying power to both the control section and the drive circuit when the apparatus resumes from the power-saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9686426
    Abstract: A pull printing system includes a plurality of storage destination devices that store printing data for pull printing, and a printing data transmitter. The printing data transmitter transmits the printing data for the pull printing to at least one of the plurality of storage destination devices. The printing data transmitter selects a storage destination device to which to transmit the printing data from among the plurality of storage destination devices based on specific conditions of each of the plurality of storage destination devices and on specific requirements with respect to the conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Oguma, Masafumi Sato, Zhenyu Sun
  • Patent number: 9686431
    Abstract: A communication system includes a cloud server, a management server, a gateway-enabled device, and a printing apparatus, and these are connected to each other. The gateway-enabled device includes a mode switch that wakes up the device from power saving mode when a HTTP tunneling request is received from the cloud server via a second requesting portion of the management server, a tunneling portion that accesses the cloud server by HTTP tunneling if the request is received via a first requesting portion of the management server during normal operation mode or that does the same after back to normal operation mode if the request is received via the second requesting portion by a method allowing waking up from power saving mode, a receiver that receives a print job from the cloud server having being accessed by HTTP tunneling, and a transfer portion that transfers the print job to the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kazuya Anezaki, Hirokazu Kubota, Kenji Matsuhara, Satoshi Masuda, Yuki Asai
  • Patent number: 9681007
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that is connected to a network includes a communication part that communicates image forming data, which is to be printed on a medium, through the network, a communication status obtaining part that obtains a communication status of the communication part, a determination part that determines, based on the communication status of the communication part, which of a first process or a second process is executed on the image forming data received by the communication part, the determined process being defined as the data process, a receipt data processing part that processes the image forming data in either the first process or the second process that is determined by the determination part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 9665318
    Abstract: A method for minimizing power consumption of a laser printer includes receiving page description language (PDL) data corresponding to a printing task, identifying commands corresponding to the received PDL data, computing a total predicted rendering time corresponding to the identified commands, computing a print deferral time according to the total predicted rendering time wherein the print deferral time corresponds to an amount of time by which printing drum initialization can be deferred without delaying completion of the printing task, and configuring a printing drum to begin operation according to the print deferral time. A computer program product and computer system corresponding to the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Takuya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9665317
    Abstract: A user touches an information processing apparatus with a contactless IC card, thereby storing information required for handing over a process in the card, and then touches, with the card, an information processing apparatus to which the process is to be handed over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshihiro Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 9654658
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a housing; a first supporter having a document support surface; a cover switchable between a closed state for covering the support surface and a spaced state for exposing the support surface; a driving device for generating a driving force; a mover movable by the driving force; and an image reader supported by the mover to perform a reading operation. A controller obtains first information that changes depending upon change in a magnitude of a force acting on the support surface. The controller determines, based on the obtained first information, whether the driving device generates the driving force based on a first driving manner or a second driving manner different from the first driving manner, as a driving manner of the driving device. The controller controls the driving device to generate the driving force based on a determined driving manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriyuki Kawamata
  • Patent number: 9648202
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to processors instructed to receive a job from a job source, retrieve destinations from a destination store and present the destinations on a user interface, receive through the user interface, a selected destination and parameters for the job, map the selected destination to a delivery agent, render the job into a document, and transmit the document to the selected destination with the delivery agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: John Troy Bergstrand
  • Patent number: 9648175
    Abstract: Approaches are provided for identifying, in a particular scan process definition that corresponds to the particular user interface object: scan settings data, processing settings data, and service tracking information; generating metadata that includes at least a portion of the scan settings data; and transmitting the scan data, the metadata, the processing settings data and the service tracking information to the scan server for processing, wherein processing of the tracking information by the scan server causes the scan server to generate service tracking data that includes at least a portion of the metadata and specifies processing of the scan data by a plurality of network services that are separate from both the scan device and the scan server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Niimura
  • Patent number: 9641707
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a display section displaying a first operation image for user operation; a display control section; a detection section detecting an approach direction of a predefined communication device approaching the display section; a storage section storing, besides the first operation image of the display section, plural second operation images associated with the approach direction; a communication control section reading, from the storage section, the second operation image associated with the approach direction detected by the detection section, allowing a communication section to transmit the read second operation image to the communication device, and to receive, from the communication device, an instruction corresponding to an operation inputted on the second operation image in the communication device; an instruction reception section receiving the instruction received by the communication section besides an instruction corresponding to operation on the first operat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Ryo Kanbayashi
  • Patent number: 9641705
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a detector, a recognition unit, an acquisition, unit, and an output unit. The detector detects an image formed on a sheet, and a mark applied to the sheet. The recognition unit recognizes a mark position, which is a position where the mark is formed on the image. The acquisition unit acquires an additional image to be added and formed at the mark position. The output unit forms an output image using the image detected by the detector and the additional image acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9635208
    Abstract: A marking apparatus for applying a message to an article, the apparatus comprising: a processor arranged to generate a message for application to an article and to control the operation of the marking apparatus by, at least in part, executing an operational behavior script formed using a scripting language; and a printing arrangement for applying a generated message to an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Domino Printing Sciences PLC
    Inventors: Cameron Robert Edgar, Steven Geoffrey Luke
  • Patent number: 9621743
    Abstract: A terminal device performs communication with a MFP (Multifunction Peripheral), and each of cloud servers. Terminal device executes transmitting and receiving process for image data with the MFP and the cloud servers via a cooperation application program. The terminal device switches a working application in the terminal device to another application, during the transmitting and receiving process via the cooperation application program. In this instance, the terminal device suspends the transmitting and receiving process. The terminal device executes transmitting and receiving process via the another application for a part of the image data for which the transmitting and receiving process is not executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Daisuke Nakano, Junichi Hase, Hirokazu Kubota, Nobuhiro Mishima, Hidetaka Iwai, Yuji Okamoto, Hideaki Soejima