Patents Examined by Henok A Shiferaw
  • Patent number: 11853632
    Abstract: In a case where an image forming apparatus operates as a master station that determines a communication channel to be used in wireless communication, the image forming apparatus transmits a second trigger frame, which is compliant with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standard and includes information indicating that carrier sense is to be executed, to a slave station apparatus connected to the master station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keigo Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11849088
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an operation portion disposed at a front side with respect to an image reading apparatus main body in a front-rear direction of the image forming apparatus, with the operation portion being positioned above the discharge tray in the vertical direction, and with the operation portion being capable of tilting. The operation portion includes a near field communication portion configured to communicate with a telecommunication device by near field communication, a touch panel configured to receive an instruction from a user via a touch operation, and a cover portion configured to cover the near field communication portion, the cover portion being provided with a mark as a target over which the telecommunication device is to be held to communicate by the near field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Nakayama, Ryoichi Kawasumi
  • Patent number: 11836403
    Abstract: A schedule adjustment apparatus includes a storage portion, an acquisition portion, and an adjustment portion. The storage portion stores a schedule for giving an instruction to perform maintenance of the image forming apparatus. The acquisition portion acquires, from the image forming apparatus, state information indicating a state of an image formed on a sheet by the image forming apparatus. The adjustment portion adjusts the schedule based on the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinji Nakatsuka
  • Patent number: 11836396
    Abstract: The present information processing apparatus transmits content HTML format to an external apparatus to cause print data to be generated in the external apparatus. Furthermore, the information processing apparatus determines whether or not an element that cannot be converted into print data by the external apparatus is included in the elements included in the content and, as a result of the determination, converts the element that cannot be converted into print data by the external apparatus into a format that can be converted into print data. Moreover, the information processing apparatus transmits the converted element to the external apparatus to cause the external apparatus to generate print data of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sho Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 11831820
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing method executed by an information processing system cooperatively operating with a message application. The method comprises: registering by associating a group in the message application a predetermined image recording device in response to an instruction by a first account in the group; and outputting print target data transmitted from the message application to the predetermined image recording device in response to a message transmitted by a second account in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mayato Sakaguchi, Kohei Onishi
  • Patent number: 11831822
    Abstract: To enable a user to more easily set a rule relating to folder allocation and file naming at the time of filing data, such as a document scanned image and a received facsimile, and storing the file. On a user interface screen for setting a rule relating to property information that is used at the time of allocating a file to a folder for storage, at least a first area for editing the rule and a second area displaying an item a user can select are provided. The item is a unit element for a user to set a character string configuring the property information and corresponds to a character string of an arbitrary attribute a user can set. Then, the rule is created by the item selected by a user from the second area being arranged at a position designated by the user in the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Tokita
  • Patent number: 11831823
    Abstract: A schedule coordination system includes a multifunction peripheral and an information processing apparatus. The multifunction peripheral includes a first communication I/F, a storage device in which schedule information indicating a task and a date and time of execution is stored, and a first control device that acts as a task scheduler that decides whether a current date and time has reached a predetermined date and time of startup, on a basis of the schedule information, and performs, upon deciding that the current date and time has reached the date and time of startup, a predetermined process necessary for executing the task indicated by the schedule information, and a controller that executes the task. The information processing apparatus includes a second communication I/F and a second control device that acts as an executor that executes an operation according to a command transmitted from the task scheduler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Arriola, Rowel Orbaneja
  • Patent number: 11825027
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium stores computer-readable instructions executable by a processor of an information processing device. The instructions support a general-purpose printing program incorporated in an operating system of the information processing device. The instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing device to obtain, from a printer, main body information about sheet characteristics for each feed tray of the printer, obtain, after print settings are changed via a print setting screen displayed using the general-purpose printing program, the changed print settings from the general-purpose printing program, generate, based on the main body information, notification data including sheet information indicating the sheet characteristics for a feed tray set in the changed print settings, and provide the notification data to the general-purpose printing program, thereby enabling the notification data to be displayed on the print setting screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshito Hosomizo
  • Patent number: 11822837
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a communication interface, a user interface, a memory, and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to receiving a print instruction, perform printing of internal data stored in the memory, in response to a cancel instruction being input via the user interface, determine whether to cancel the printing of the internal data stored in the memory, based on whether the print instruction has been received via the communication interface or the user interface, and when the print instruction has been received via the communication interface, continue without canceling the printing, whereas when the print instruction has been received via the user interface, accept the cancel instruction and cancel the printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yutaka Urakawa
  • Patent number: 11818306
    Abstract: A processing system includes an acquisition portion that acquires information based on a captured image of a user, and a processor that performs a login process and a logout process on an electronic device. When it is determined that a gesture of a user for instructing to log out from the electronic device is performed based on the captured image of the user, the processor performs the logout process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11818313
    Abstract: A terminal device includes a communicator capable of communicating with a plurality of image forming apparatuses capable of switching an operation mode between an energy-saving mode and a normal mode, and a controller, wherein the controller, from the plurality of image forming apparatuses via the communicator, receives information of each image forming apparatus including the operation mode, based on the information of each image forming apparatus, displays states of the operation modes of the image forming apparatuses, and sends a request signal, which switches the operation mode, via the communicator to the image forming apparatus selected from among the displayed image forming apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tsutomu Itai
  • Patent number: 11809755
    Abstract: In a print system, a user terminal generates a print job including identification information of an apparatus user of an image-forming apparatus designated by a terminal user and transmits the print job to an information processing apparatus (print server). The apparatus user of the image-forming apparatus requests a list of print jobs including identification information of the apparatus user to the information processing apparatus. When receiving target print job data from the information processing apparatus together with the print job list, the image-forming apparatus executes the print job in accordance with an operation of the apparatus user specified by the terminal user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichi Kawano
  • Patent number: 11809759
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a display, an input section, a print section that executes printing by using a consumption material, and a controller, in which the controller calculates an index value of an index relating to the consumption material consumed by the print section to display the index and the index value by the display, displays a setting item relating to the index by the display, when input indicating that the index is selected is detected by the input section, and controls the print section to execute printing based on setting of the setting item, when input indicating that the setting item is set is detected by the input section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yui Imamura
  • Patent number: 11801699
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to emulating 3D texture patterns in a printer system. One example implementation receives an image having a number of image pixels and selects from a plurality of digital substrates which each correspond to a physical substrate. Each digital substrate has luminance change data corresponding to heights of a 3D texture pattern at respective locations of the physical substrate. An image having emulated 3D texture is generated by adjusting the luminance of the image pixels corresponding to respective locations of the physical substrate and according to the corresponding luminance change data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Gideon Amir
  • Patent number: 11805215
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including: a job executor which executes a job regarding image processing; a storage in which a setting history related to execution of the job is stored when the job is executed; and a controller which controls a storage timing to store the setting history, in which the controller decides on the storage timing on the basis of an execution condition for the job, thereby storing the setting history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Konishi
  • Patent number: 11803721
    Abstract: A printing system includes an estimation system that stores the dot count value and a stored consumable use value for a recurring print job. The dot count value relates to the dot count of a rendered image for the print job for use in printing operations using estimate settings of the printing device. For a later instance of the print job, the estimation system retrieves the dot count value. It also obtains the current settings for the printing device and applies these settings to the dot count value to determine a current consumable use value. Based on the current consumable use value, the estimation system determines whether use of the current settings will result in an increase of ink or toner use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Javier A. Morales
  • Patent number: 11797805
    Abstract: An estimation system provides consumable use estimations, such as for ink or toner, in printing operations. The estimation system uses a classification-based consumable use process to estimate the consumable use. A print job is assigned a classification category according to an arbitrary job category selected for the print job and a job property defined for the print job using job settings. A plurality of classification categories are available. Job costing data for the print job is provided and used to determine consumable use values for each sheet in the print job and a total consumable use. This information is used to verify the correct classification category was assigned and to update historical consumable use information. An estimate is provided using the classification category and the distribution of the consumable use for print jobs in the category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Javier A. Morales
  • Patent number: 11785151
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus provides multiple functions including at least a first function and a second function, to an application. The information processing apparatus includes circuitry. The circuitry receives an input of a first setting value for the first function and a second setting value for the second function, the first function and the second function being used by the application to execute a flow. The circuitry, in response to an instruction to execute the flow, determines validity of the first setting value and the second setting value. The circuitry requests execution of the flow using the first setting value and the second setting value in response to a determination result indicating that the first setting value and the second setting value are valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takuya Inoue
  • Patent number: 11782650
    Abstract: A printing device includes a display and a controller. The controller performs a counting process to increment a cumulative value of a printing count each time printing is performed by the printing device. The controller performs a first display control process to display on the display the cumulative value of the printing count which is incremented in the counting process. The controller performs a display mode modification process to modify a display mode for the cumulative value of the printing count displayed on the display when a printing agreement is established for a subscription. The printing agreement is for charging fees depending on a printing count within a specific interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuka Hattori
  • Patent number: 11778123
    Abstract: A system is disclosed. The system includes at least one physical memory device to store compensation logic and one or more processors coupled with the at least one physical memory device to execute the compensation logic to generate first ink deposition function representing a first output ink amount versus input digital count for each of a plurality of color planes without pel forming element artifacts, generate second ink deposition function representing a second output ink amount versus input digital count for each of the plurality of color planes with the pel forming element artifacts and generate compensated halftones for each of the plurality of color planes based on the first ink deposition function and the second ink deposition function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikel Stanich, Walter F. Kailey, Nikita Gurudath, Ziling Zhang, Brandon Skogen