Patents Examined by Henok A Shiferaw
  • Patent number: 12010276
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a storage unit that stores a first and a second setting item group in association with a first and a second use environment, respectively, included in a plurality of use environments, a reception unit that receives a selection regarding the plurality of use environments from a user, a setting unit that sets the image processing apparatus using a plurality of setting values corresponding to a use environment identified by the selection, and an output unit that outputs the first setting item group in a case where the use environment is the first use environment, and outputs the second setting item group in a case where the use environment is the second use environment, wherein a plurality of setting items corresponding to the plurality of setting values used by the setting unit is not included in the first and second setting item groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 12010279
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a document tray, a linear conveyance path, a curved conveyance path, a document conveyance device, a scanning device, a length detecting device, an operation device, and a controller. A plurality of conveyance rollers are disposed at a predetermined first interval in the linear conveyance path. In the curved conveyance path, a plurality of conveyance rollers are disposed at a predetermined second interval longer than the first interval. When accepting through the operation device an instruction for conveying an original document through the curved conveyance path, the controller allows conveyance of the original document through the curved conveyance path when a length of the original document detected by the length detecting device is not shorter than the second interval or disallows conveyance of the original document through the curved conveyance path when the detected length of the original document is shorter than the second interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Risa Fukuuchi, Masayoshi Takahashi, Takuro Murata, Masahiro Nakao, Taro Kurahashi, Shunsuke Sasaki
  • Patent number: 12001738
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, includes: a storage storing authentication information on a user; a setter setting, for each user, an authentication requirement for the authentication information; an authenticator authenticating the user based on the authentication information; and a determiner performing determination as to whether the authentication information on a user authenticated by the authenticator satisfies the authentication requirement corresponding to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuya Koujiro
  • Patent number: 11989470
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image distribution device and a printing device. The printing device forms a print image by combining a frame image data and a variable data, which are included in print image data managed by the image distribution device, the frame image data includes an image applied commonly to a plurality of print materials, and the variable data includes information changed for each print material. The printing device generates a list of pieces of attribute information about respective ones of a series of print images formed based on the print image data, and the pieces of attribute information are arranged in accordance with order in which the series of print images are printed and are presented as information that a user can identify. The printing device performs control so that respective ones of the series of print images and the list are printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Morita
  • Patent number: 11989601
    Abstract: A printing system includes a printing device. The printing device includes a raster image processor (RIP) system that renders pages of a print job for printing. The RIP system processes pages of the print job in parallel. It also processes job is parallel. If an error occurs when processing a page using a standard RIP, then the RIP system activates a failover RIP. The failover RIP uses a different strategy for processing the page than a standard RIP. The failover RIP is configured to implement the strategy. A failover queue is used to store error pages to wait for processing by the failover queue. The processed page is outputted from the failover RIP to a front end of the RIP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jayant Bhatt, Javier A. Morales
  • Patent number: 11985274
    Abstract: A control method for an image processing apparatus includes reading an original document, analyzing code information in image data generated by reading of the original document, acquiring authentication information for logging in to an external apparatus by analyzing the code information, logging in to the external apparatus using the acquired authentication information, and transmitting the image data to the external apparatus to which the logging in is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kyosuke Nakano
  • Patent number: 11977789
    Abstract: A display screen generation apparatus includes: an acquisition portion acquiring for each of a plurality of print products produced through a plurality of processes, progress of the processes; and a display portion generating a display screen that displays for each of the plurality of print products, the process waiting to be executed, the process being executed, the process already executed, and the process not intended to be executed in a distinguishable manner from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuyuki Minamihara, Kana Ogawa, Toshiaki Kimura, Yoshiki Katsuma, Yuto Fukuchi, Ayako Kobayashi, Satoru Ono, Yuichi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11977800
    Abstract: A server apparatus that is capable of notifying a user of an execution situation of a print job input to an image forming apparatus from an external apparatus. The server apparatus notifies an application of a communication terminal of information about a print job executed by an image forming apparatus. The server apparatus includes an obtainment unit that obtains status information about a print job that is input to the image forming apparatus from an external apparatus, and a controller that displays a message based on the status information on a display unit of the communication terminal. The controller displays a message, which shows that a predetermined print job cannot be executed because another print job is under execution, in a case where the predetermined print job is input to the image forming apparatus and the image forming apparatus is executing the other print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Noritsugu Okayama
  • Patent number: 11972156
    Abstract: A device management application acquires device information at a predetermined frequency from a printing device on a network and generates a device list by adding a newly detected printing device. In the device list, for a printing device on which device information is acquired, the device information is accumulated in association with the acquisition date and time, and for a printing device on which device information is not acquired, information indicating no connection is accumulated as device usage information in association with the acquisition date and time. A report is created based on the information accumulated for printing devices included in the device list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuta Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11973917
    Abstract: A print apparatus calibration method is disclosed. The method comprises printing, from each of a plurality of dies of a print head onto a printable substrate, an image in a first color according to a calibration pattern and an image in a second color according to the calibration pattern, the calibration pattern comprising a plurality of patches having a plurality of different densities. The method may comprise scanning, using a scanning unit, the images formed on the printable substrate to generate scanned image data, wherein the images in the first color are scanned by a first scanning module of the scanning unit and the images in the second color are scanned by a second scanning module of the scanning unit. The method may comprise analyzing, using processing apparatus, the scanned image data to identify any differences between printed densities of corresponding patches in different images of the same color. The method may comprise performing a calibration based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David Peinado Gutierrez, Montserrat Solano Pallarol, Ferran Olivera Corpas
  • Patent number: 11972158
    Abstract: A cartridge provision system includes a printer that ejects liquid (recording material) supplied from a cartridge onto a print medium; and a server 10 that manages a provision of the cartridge to a user of the printer, wherein the server 10 manages vendor inventory data 22, which is data that associated an inventory of the cartridge held by a sales company who provisions the cartridge to the user with expiration date of the cartridge, and a location data 33, which indicates the location of the user, and determines, when the sales company provisions the cartridge to the user, which expiration date of the cartridge should be provided from the inventory of the cartridge held by the sales company based on the vendor inventory data 22 and the location data 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shuji Yonekubo, Shigenori Nakagawa, Yoshihisa Horikawa
  • Patent number: 11966644
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided. The apparatus stores user identification information of a registered user in a storage, obtains a print job including user information of an owner of the print job from a printing service system. When the print job obtained is a first print job in which the owner of the print job obtained does not correspond to the user identification information stored in the storage and is obtained from the printing service system, the apparatus executes the print job according to a setting for allowing or denying printing using the first print job and performs printing via a printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsubasa Hirano
  • Patent number: 11960948
    Abstract: In a printing device, a head ejects ink on each of a plurality of printing media. Each of the plurality of printing media is classified into one of a plurality of media types. A control device acquires image data, and performs a halftone process to convert the image data to print data for controlling the head to eject the ink. The control device controls the head to eject the ink to print the image on the basis of the print data. Before the controlling, the control device acquires media information indicating, as an indicated media type, a media type from among the plurality of media types; and performs a decision process to decide a target conversion method from among a plurality of conversion methods on the basis of the indicated media type. The halftone process converts the image data to the print data according to the target conversion method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shota Morikawa, Kodai Mizuno, Hitomi Miwa
  • Patent number: 11954388
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of connecting to a plurality of cloud print services executes a print job received from any one of the plurality of cloud print services, stores identification information for identifying the cloud print service from which the print job is transmitted, and after the print job is executed, transmits execution history information about the print job to the cloud print service from which the print job is transmitted, using the stored identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Toyama
  • Patent number: 11956403
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system includes at least one physical memory device to store edge enhancement logic and one or more processors coupled with the at least one physical memory device to execute the edge enhancement logic to receive a plurality of pels in a continuous tone image (CTI), receive compensation data for pel forming elements associated with each of the plurality of pels, receive edge enhancement transfer functions, determine whether each of the plurality of pels is an edge pel, perform edge enhancement processing for each of the determined edge pels, including generating a final pel value for the pel based on the pel value for the pel, the edge enhancement transfer function associated with the pel, and the compensation data associated with the pel and perform compensation processing for each of the determined not edge pels, including generating a final pel value for the pel based on the pel value for the pel, and the compensation data associated with the pel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Walter F. Kailey, Claudiu Attila Balogh, Mikel Stanich
  • Patent number: 11943397
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus transmits a login request for logging into an external device to the external device, based on a short-range wireless communication being established between the information processing apparatus and the external device in a state where an application is operating in a background state on the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Sato
  • Patent number: 11941309
    Abstract: An information processing system is provided for supporting trust printing that prints a document to be printed by registering the document in a document assurance system that assures authenticity of the document. The system obtains information of usable image formation apparatuses, and provides a setting screen of an image formation apparatus selected from the usable image formation apparatuses based on the information, and causes the selected image formation apparatus to print the document to be printed in accordance with setting on the setting screen. The information contains information indicating whether the selected image formation apparatus is capable of the trust printing, and, in the providing, if the selected image formation apparatus is incapable of the trust printing, the setting screen is displayed such that a setting item for the trust printing cannot be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiwamu Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11934713
    Abstract: An image forming system includes circuitry. The circuitry reads an inspection target image from a printed matter. The circuitry generates a difference image between the inspection target image and a comparison target image. The circuitry performs processing on the difference image using a threshold value to perform determination as to whether a defect of the printed matter is present. The circuitry calculates a threshold value for show-through at which a show-through of the printed matter is not determined as the defect of the printed matter among multiple threshold values based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Kitai
  • Patent number: 11934720
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that prevents erroneous use of paper by enabling registration of user identification of a user who can use a paper feed deck in information about each paper feed deck of the image processing apparatus and controlling paper feeding so that just the user associated with the user identification can use a paper feed deck to which the user identification was added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takahashi, Yurino Kojima
  • Patent number: 11934731
    Abstract: A system to is described. The system includes at least one physical memory device to store print workflow manager and one or more processors coupled with the at least one physical memory devices to execute the print workflow manager receive a print job including print data to be printed, wherein the print data comprises a first presentation format, convert the received print data from the first presentation format to generate second print data in a second presentation format, duplicate the second print data to generate third print data, process the second print data to generate data to be printed to a first page size and process the third print data to generate data to be printed to a second page size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ned Otey, David Stokes