Patents Examined by Henok A Shiferaw
  • Patent number: 11775791
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for ink estimation. One embodiment is a system for dynamic ink use estimation. The system includes a cloud computing system. The cloud computing system includes a cloud event service able to receive a print job and potential configurations of a printer selected for printing the print job, and to initialize virtual printers for the printer that each correspond with one of the potential configurations. The cloud computing system also includes the virtual printers, which are able to operate in parallel to estimate amounts of ink used for each configuration during printing of the print job, and to store the estimated amounts of ink in a cloud storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Colin Reims, Marquis G. Waller, Kenneth Stuart Shouldice, Kelly Harr, John Barker Condon
  • Patent number: 11770483
    Abstract: According to the prior art, it is necessary to display necessary buttons depending on situations if a button for instructing stop/restart of a job common in multiple functions is displayed on a screen. According to an aspect of the present disclosure, an information processing apparatus comprises: a memory; and at least one processor in communication with the memory and configured to perform: displaying a display screen on an operation unit, the display screen including a display area of an application and a common display area containing a plurality of buttons commonly used in each application; and controlling of changing a button to be displayed in the common display area depending on a job status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Kado
  • Patent number: 11765301
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus capable of improving operability of a question preparer. The image processing apparatus including a memory device that stores instructions, and a processor that executes the instructions to: generate a question sheet image by controlling a reading unit to read a question sheet in which question sentences and question numbers are written, generate an answer sheet image by controlling the reading unit to read an answer sheet that includes answer fields, question numbers corresponding to the answer fields, and marks showing marking results, detect an answer field including a wrong answer mark from the answer sheet image, obtain a question number corresponding to the detected answer field from the answer sheet image, obtain a question sentence corresponding to the obtained question number from the question sheet image, and generate a review image including the obtained question sentence and a new answer field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kyosuke Nakano
  • Patent number: 11765281
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, an image processing method, and an image processing program for relatively easily creating an album similar to an example album are provided. A page of an example album is displayed in a page display region, and one example image among images pasted on the page is displayed in an example image display region. An image similar to the example image is displayed in a selected image region. In a case where a decision button is clicked, the image is pasted at a position at which the example image is pasted. Similarly, an album is created by finding images similar to example images and the like pasted in an image pasting region. The album similar to the example album is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yukinori Noguchi
  • Patent number: 11765286
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion, a first communication portion for communicating with a portable terminal through near field wireless communication by using a first communication type in response to holding of the portable terminal thereover, a second communication portion, capable of communicating with the portable terminal on the basis of communication with the portable terminal by using the first communication type, for carrying out wireless communication with the portable terminal by using a second communication type broader in communication range than the first communication type, and a sound generating portion for generating a notification sound for notifying that communication between the portable terminal and the second communication portion is enabled in response to enablement of the communication between the portable terminal and the second communication portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takuya Uemura
  • Patent number: 11755267
    Abstract: A printing system provides consumable use estimation for print jobs using an estimation system and the digital front end (DFE) of a printing device. A hybrid consumable use estimation process is enabled that minimizes impact to the production printing at the printing device. The DFE of the printing device generates a consumable use estimate using an estimate job queue and raster image processor (RIP) separate from the normal job queues. The estimate job queue does not generate print data. Using the rendered data, the DFE generates the consumable use estimate and returns it to the estimation system. The printing device then prints the document for the print job and provides the actual consumable use to the estimation system for monitoring and tracking of consumable use. In some instances, the estimation system performs the consumable use estimation when a condition exists at the DFE at the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Javier A. Morales
  • Patent number: 11755269
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a receiver that communicates with a terminal device, and receives, from the terminal device, destination information including group information; a selector that selects, in a case where a selected group history indicating that the group information is selected in the past is stored in a storage, one piece of group information from among the group information included in the destination information, based on the selected group history; and a screen displayer that performs control of displaying, on a displayer, destination information including the one piece of group information selected by the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Ido
  • Patent number: 11755258
    Abstract: Example methods and systems to implement an economic printing mode with font information modification are described. In one example, a computer system may obtain source printing content associated with a print job that is destined for a printer and the economic printing mode may be selected for the print job. The computer system may extract, from the source printing content, (a) textual information to be printed and (b) font information associated with the textual information. The source printing content may be transformed to generate target printing content that is printable using a lower ink consumption compared to the source printing content by modifying the font information associated with the textual information. The computer system may provide the target printing content that includes modified font information to the printer for printing and/or generate a preview of the target printing content prior to printing using the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Hui Yuan, Kun Shi, Lingjun Kong, Mangui She, Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11750757
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to: extract, if a facsimile document is received, information indicating a contact associated in advance with a telephone number of a person who has transmitted the facsimile document; and perform control for posting an electronic document, which is obtained by digitizing the facsimile document, to a message exchange service including the contact as a member while determining the contact as a notification target of the electronic document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Takuma Yamamoto, Kohei Kaibara, Masakazu Ketsuka, Mitsuru Sato, Toru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11743401
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a first function of performing first processing based on image data obtained by reading a document, and a second function of performing second processing based on image data obtained by reading a document includes a controller including a processor that displays, on the display unit, a first setting screen for setting a setting value to be used for a job of the first function, displays, on a display unit, an object for accepting a user operation for displaying a second setting screen for setting a setting value to be used for a job of the second function together with at least a part of the first setting screen upon satisfaction of a predetermined condition in a state where the first setting screen is displayed and no user operation is accepted, and displays the second setting screen on the display unit upon selection of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11740842
    Abstract: A cloud server offering a first cloud print service is capable of storing print data obtained from the outside, transmitting a registration request to a second cloud print service different from the first cloud print service, acquiring print data from the second cloud print service registered based on the registration request, and storing the print data acquired from the second cloud print service and the print data received from the outside through a different method. The stored print data is transmitted to a printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Go Inoue
  • Patent number: 11743394
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus configured to transmit apparatus management information used in the management of the own apparatus to an external server is provided with a first communication unit; a second communication unit that is different from the first communication unit; a transmission unit configured to externally transmit apparatus management information via the first communication unit when in a regular power mode in which the information processing apparatus operates using a first power source configured to receive a power supply from outside the apparatus; and a control unit configured to perform, in a case that power supply to the information processing apparatus by the first power supply has been stopped, control such that power is supplied to the second communication unit by a second power source inside the apparatus after this power supply has been stopped, and the apparatus management information is externally transmitted via the second communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Minoru Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 11720301
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a consumable cartridge and a main body. The consumable cartridge includes a cartridge memory storing usage information and identifying information. The main body includes a main memory and a controller. The controller stores the identifying information stored in the cartridge memory in the main memory and rewrites the usage information stored in the cartridge memory into information indicating that the consumable cartridge is used in a case where the usage information indicates that the consumable cartridge is unused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuki Fukusada
  • Patent number: 11720294
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus includes an input device, a communication device, and a control device. The image indicated by the document is input to the input device. The communication device communicates with other electronic apparatuses. The control device includes a processor, and the processor functions as a controller by executing a control program. The controller detects a code indicating permission or prohibition of a job related to the document and a provider of the document from the input image, and determines the permission or prohibition of the job related to the document and the provider of the document on the basis of the detected code, and, in a case where it is determined that the job related to the document is permitted, executes the job related to the document, and notifies the provider that the job related to the document has been executed via the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hara Danica Teves
  • Patent number: 11720308
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a print system and a management server. The print system includes one or plural image forming apparatuses. The management server receives a print order from a user, and upon receiving the print order, performs a print job using the print system under a print condition specified by the print order. Further, the management server generates a suggestion of a print condition in consideration of operation status of the print system and an amount of a consumable good required for the print job, differently from the print condition specified by the print order, and notifies the user of the suggestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Inventor: Atsushi Kimura
  • Patent number: 11706366
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a control unit, a storage unit configured to store a program to be executed by the control unit, a verification unit configured to read the program from the storage unit and to verify the read program, and a light-emitting unit configured to be changed to a predetermined light-emitting state or to be changed from the predetermined light-emitting state based on a result of the verification of the program by the verification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Ono
  • Patent number: 11706355
    Abstract: Provided is a system including: a printing apparatus; an information processing apparatus; and a server system. The printing apparatus outputs identification information on the printing apparatus. The information processing apparatus transmits the identification information obtained from the printing apparatus based on acceptance of an instruction for receiving a first service, and performs display control of the information processing apparatus. The server system executes processing for confirmation as to whether or not the printing apparatus identified by the identification information transmitted from the information processing apparatus is registered for a second service, and provides data for displaying an item for the second service in a case where the printing apparatus is not registered for the second service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Nagao, Hiroki Hachiya
  • Patent number: 11698765
    Abstract: A print system includes a printing apparatus to print content according to a print job, and a server system to provide at least one of video information or still image information for an online class to a client terminal as distribution information. The client terminal receives notification information indicating that printable study material for an online class is present as the print content, and a print job for printing the study material is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 11695882
    Abstract: A controller of an image processor, when detecting a portable terminal device's presence, accepts a selecting operation to select whether or not to refer to an address book held by a portable terminal device (step S32), when accepting the request for referring to the address book, establishes a near field communication with the portable terminal device (Step S34), and acquires, from the portable terminal device, the destination information in the address book (Step S35). When acquiring the destination information in the address book, the controller generates a destination list based on the destination information (Step S36), accepts a selecting operation to select a destination of the image data from the destination list (Step S37), and sends the image data to the accepted destination (Step S39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenichiroh Imayoshi
  • Patent number: 11693611
    Abstract: A printing system includes: a first printer; a second printer; a server device; and a client device. The first printer is configured to perform: receiving first authentication information; accessing, in response to determining that first authentication performed according to a first authentication method is successful, the server device using first account information; receiving, from the server device, a print job stored in association with user identification information included in the first authentication information; printing an image based on the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Tanimoto, Kosuke Mori, Katsunori Enomoto, Yuqing Liu