Patents Examined by Henok Shiferaw
  • Patent number: 10452015
    Abstract: When a mechanism enters a first state, an intermediate transfer member separates from a second photosensitive member. When the mechanism enters a second state, the intermediate transfer member contacts the second photosensitive member. When a first monochrome image is formed on a sheet of a first type by using toner of a first color, the mechanism enters the first state. When a second monochrome image is formed on a sheet of a second type by using toner of the first color, the mechanism enters the second state. A rotation speed of the second photosensitive member for forming the second monochrome image on the sheet of the second type is controlled to a predetermined rotation speed. The predetermined rotation speed is slower than a rotation speed of the second photosensitive member for forming the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rin Ishikawa, Tadashi Iwakawa, Koichi Taniguchi, Akira Hamano
  • Patent number: 10444898
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus for reading an image from a sheet includes: a scanner including a platen glass; a sheet conveyer that rotates around an axis on a rear surface side and is provided to be openable/closable; and an operation panel including a rectangular image display surface, wherein the sheet conveyer includes a document tray, a sheet discharge surface, and a conveying part arranged at one side of the document tray in a horizontal direction as viewed from a front side and conveys the sheet, and the operation panel is arranged in a positional range not overlapping with the conveying part back and forth so that the vertical image display surface faces obliquely forward and upward as viewed from the front side and has a size from a position of the platen glass on the front side and a position higher than the sheet discharge surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Toriyama
  • Patent number: 10437538
    Abstract: An information processing method for an information processing apparatus to obtain status information on a printer includes determining whether a submitted job is a print job for causing the printer to perform a print operation or a status obtaining job for obtaining the status information without causing the printer to perform print operation, determining whether a connection method between the information processing apparatus and the printer is a network connection, and transmitting dummy data for obtaining a response from the printer. The dummy data is transmitted when the submitted job is determined to be the status obtaining job and the connection method is determined to be the network connection, and the dummy data is not transmitted in a case where the submitted job is determined to be the status obtaining job and the connection method is determined not to be the network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kanamori
  • Patent number: 10430128
    Abstract: A non-transitory recording medium storing a computer readable program causes a computer included in a portable terminal to communicate with an image forming device to execute: a) a step of acquiring communication information from the image forming device via first wireless communication, the communication information being information for executing second wireless communication; b) a step of executing processing of confirming existence of a user who possesses the portable terminal in the vicinity of the image forming device; and c) a step of, on condition that existence of the user in the vicinity of the image forming device is confirmed in the step b), permitting registration processing of registering the communication information in the portable terminal in order to execute the second wireless communication, the communication information being communication information for the second wireless communication with the image forming device and being acquired in the step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenichi Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10432804
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, in response to selection of a setting history of a job, receives an instruction to register a job setting corresponding to the selected setting history as a frequently used setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masao Akuzawa
  • Patent number: 10432803
    Abstract: An image formation system includes: an encoded image generation device including a first processor that generates print data from manuscript data, sets security information for controlling a print mode of the print data, and generates an encoded image from the print data and the security information; and an image formation device including a second processor that inputs the encoded image, decodes the print data and the security data from the input encoded image, determines whether an output of the decoded print data is available in accordance with the decoded security information, and outputs the decoded print data when it is determined that the output of the print data is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Hakamada
  • Patent number: 10425544
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an information processing apparatus, an image processing apparatus, a manipulation panel, and a first processor. The manipulation panel includes an input interface and a control circuit operable in a first mode in which the information input to the input interface is transmitted to the image processing apparatus or a second mode in which the information input to the input interface is transmitted to the information processing apparatus. When the first processor determines that the image processing apparatus transitions from a first state in which the input information input is able to be processed to a second state in which the input information is unable to be processed, the first processor instructs the control circuit to transition from the first mode to the second mode and outputs a transition notification to the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Furuya
  • Patent number: 10402139
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus obtains a print setting definition file of a printer driver, and an additional function from a printing apparatus. In addition, the apparatus generates print function information in which a setting item, a first additional item, and a second additional item are described. In a case in which one additional function, as the additional function, is obtained, the print function information is generated so that information regarding the one additional function is described in the first additional item, and an attribute indicating non-display is described in the second additional item. In a case in which the first additional function and a second additional function, as the additional function, are obtained, the print function information is generated so that information regarding the first additional function is described in the first additional item, and information regarding the second additional function is described in the second additional item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shiohara, Yasuo Kurata
  • Patent number: 10404873
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a schedule information generation unit that generates schedule information including an order of execution of received jobs; an acquisition unit that acquires resource information related to a resource used to execute a job; a prediction unit that predicts a timing of occurrence of an event that possibly occurs in the apparatus as the received jobs are executed in accordance with the order of execution on the basis of the schedule information and the resource information; a display information generation unit that generates display information for displaying a period of execution of the job to be executed and the timing of occurrence of the event along the same time axis, and for displaying a degree of influence of the event on execution of the job; and a display controller that controls display of the display information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takahide Abe
  • Patent number: 10402127
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a print restriction information table, a print job receiver, a print job decider, a communication unit, a print job reception notifier, and a print job executor. The print restriction information table contains a document under print restriction and an approver. The print job receiver receives a print job for printing the document. The print job reception notifier transmits a notice that the print job has been received, to the terminal managed by the approver through the communication unit, when the print job decider has decided that the print job is for printing the document registered in the print restriction information table. The print job executor executes the print job, when the print job that is same as the print job received by the print job receiver is received from the terminal managed by the approver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kenth Remon Crisolo
  • Patent number: 10404879
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mechanism by which an image forming apparatus notifies an apparatus that inputs an image forming job to the image forming apparatus that the image forming apparatus is during remote support service, and suitably restricts acceptance of image forming jobs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10404871
    Abstract: An image processing device may display a first display screen including a first image on a touch screen. The first image may be for accepting a display switching instruction to switch the first display screen to a second display screen. The image processing device may generate first screen data which enables a display of the information processing device to display the first display screen. The image processing device may send the generated first screen data in a case where first request information is received from the information processing device. The image processing device may receive coordinate information indicating a position within the first display screen where an input operation has been inputted. The image processing device may switch to the second display screen associated with the first image in a case where the position indicated by the coordinate information is within the display area of the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sadaaki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10387757
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed towards a system and method for using a multicore processor to process a printer definition language (PDL). The system improves efficiency by supporting parallel processing of many commonly used PDLs, while also supporting serial processing of many legacy PDLs. When processing a PDL, the system relies on several stages, including a parsing stage, a printer drawings services stage, and a graphic services stage, which includes order generation. The system provides flexibility by permitting function calls of common PDLs to be either asynchronous requests or blocking synchronous requests. Because legacy PDLs are executed serially, legacy PDL requests are considered to be blocking synchronous requests. The system provides a level of abstraction at the PDL level by allowing multiple requests to be combined into a compound asynchronous request. The system also improves accuracy by notifying the original caller of a request about an error during error handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schafer, Jayant Bhatt
  • Patent number: 10389901
    Abstract: An information processing device installed with a program, connectable with an apparatus, includes circuitry configured to restrict an operation of specific information, initiated by the program, based on an access level defined for the specific information, transmit a first request, initiated by the program, to the apparatus connected with the information processing device, acquire given information including the specific information from the apparatus as a response to the first request, and transmit a second request, initiated by the program, to the apparatus based on the acquired given information including the specific information to request the apparatus to perform specific processing in response to the second request received from the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10389896
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a display unit and a processor configured to determine whether or not functions of the image processing device are executable by the image processing device, and cause the display unit to display a screen including a first item corresponding to a first function that is determined to be executable and a second item corresponding to a second function that is determined to be not executable. The first item is displayed on the screen in a first display format, and the second item is displayed on the screen in a second display format that is less conspicuous than the first display format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kato
  • Patent number: 10387090
    Abstract: A control apparatus has a processor that executes instructions, stored in a memory, to receive a selection of a job from a job list indicating one or more jobs that are executed by one or more image forming apparatuses, to specify destination information corresponding to the selected job, and to transmit control information, based on the specified destination information, to an image forming apparatus, of the one or more image forming apparatuses, corresponding to the selected job, to control an indicating pattern of an indicator light connected to the image forming apparatus corresponding to the selected job. Each image forming apparatus has a processor that executes instructions, stored in a memory, to receive the control information transmitted from the control apparatus, and to control the indicating pattern of the indicator light connected to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukiyoshi Hikichi
  • Patent number: 10379795
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus which is capable of reducing damage caused by invalid execution data received via a public network. The information processing apparatus carries out either communications using the public network or communications without using the public network with an external apparatus. An IP address assigned to the information processing apparatus is stored. Execution data for executing a job is received from the external apparatus. When the IP address assigned to the information processing apparatus is a global IP address that is for use in the communications using the public network, a setting is made to restrict execution of the execution data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Tsuchitoi
  • Patent number: 10382651
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a plurality of image processors cascaded into a plurality of stages, the image processors each performing image processing on image data received, wherein an image processor other than an image processor in the final stage performs image processing on image data being part of image data input, and transfers the remaining image data to an image processor in a subsequent stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Munetoshi Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10379789
    Abstract: After start of replication, backup data for restoring master data managed by a data management apparatus according to a restoration instruction is obtained. A content in the obtained backup data is designated as data for replication, and the data for replication is transmitted to an apparatus that is a replication destination. Data managed by the data management apparatus is restored using the obtained backup data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Shibata
  • Patent number: 10379801
    Abstract: A system is described. The system includes a memory to store print performance recommendation logic, including a file handler, a printer acquisition module and a recommendation engine, and one or more processors to execute the file handler to receive print data, printer acquisition module to receive printer configuration information including performance data for each of a plurality of printers and the recommendation engine to generate a printer recommendation including one or more of the plurality of printers based on the print data and the printer configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Marquis G. Waller, Joseph Wayne Stradling, Linda Sue Liebelt