Patents Examined by Huan H. Tran
  • Patent number: 10449794
    Abstract: A method for forming an image and a protective layer on a transfer receiving material, by thermal transfer, including supplying a thermal transfer sheet between a thermal head of a thermal printer and a platen roller, wherein the thermal transfer sheet includes color material layers and a transferable protective layer arranged in a face serial manner, and wherein the thermal head includes heat generating portions arranged substantially in parallel with each other; thermally transferring the color material layers to form an image on the transfer receiving material; thermally transferring the transferable protective layer to form a protective layer on the transfer receiving material; and shifting the relative positions of the thermal head and the transfer receiving material with respect to each other, in a direction substantially in parallel with a main scanning direction, after transferring the color material layers at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suguru Yabe, Hideki Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 10449776
    Abstract: A print head has a fluid slot and a sensing chamber having a first port connected to the fluid slot and a second port. The sensing chamber contains an ink level sensor. A circulation passage extends from the fluid slot and is fluidly coupled to the second port. A fluid pump circulates fluid through the circulation passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Govyadinov, Adam L. Ghozeil, Boon Bing Ng, Patrick Leonard, Raymond Connolly
  • Patent number: 10449767
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes a liquid ejecting head which ejects liquid from a nozzle that is disposed on a nozzle surface, a wiping member with a lengthwise shape that is able to contact the nozzle surface, a contact portion which is able to contact the opposite side from a side at which the wiping member contacts the nozzle surface, and a transport mechanism which transports the wiping member, in which the contact portion has a first contact portion which is separated from the wiping member when the wiping member is transported by the transport mechanism and which contacts the wiping member when the wiping member is caused to contact the nozzle surface, and a second contact portion which contacts the wiping member when the wiping member is transported by the transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Fujioka, Ryoji Fujimori
  • Patent number: 10442216
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a transporting section that transports a work, a printing mechanism section that has a nozzle plate that performs printing by discharging ink on the work, and a moving section that reciprocally and relatively moves the printing mechanism section in a direction intersecting the transporting direction of the work. In the printing apparatus, when the printing mechanism section moves reciprocally, printing in a forward path includes a first printing area, a second printing areas, and printing in a backward path includes a first printing area, and second printing areas. In addition, the transportation amount of the work is adjusted based on the second printing areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Itaru Kozuma, Kazuaki Sakurada, Seigo Momose
  • Patent number: 10442222
    Abstract: A printer includes a thermal head, a connecting part capable of being connected to and disconnected from the thermal head, and a moving mechanism joined with the connecting part, the moving mechanism moving the connecting part to connect and disconnect the thermal head and the connecting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10442217
    Abstract: A receipt printer according to an embodiment includes a sheet roller that transports a sheet from a sheet roll to a receipt issuing port. A printing device prints receipt data on the sheet. A cutter configured performs full cutting so that the sheet is separated from the sheet roll and partial cutting so that the sheet remains partially connected to the sheet roll. A processor controls the cutter to perform the partial cutting after the printing device prints the receipt data on the sheet, and also controls the cutter to perform the full cutting when a predetermined condition is satisfied after the partial cutting is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuji Yasui
  • Patent number: 10442220
    Abstract: Systems, mechanisms, and methods are described that relate to the production of a custom printed insert(s) that can be custom printed prior to insertion of the custom printed insert(s) into an envelope along with a personalized card/carrier combination for mailing to the intended holder of the personalized card. The inserts are custom printed using an insert printer that is located in the inserter mechanism that is used to insert the insert(s) and the card/carrier combination into an envelope for mailing to an end user of the card. The inserter mechanism can have an “off-line” configuration, i.e. configured as a stand-alone mechanism, or configured for “in-line” use, i.e. used together with other mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Entrust Datacard Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Beech, Thomas J. Wagener
  • Patent number: 10434801
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet recording apparatus including: a platen, a contact portion disposed between a pair of first ribs of the plurality of first ribs with respect to a scanning direction. A lower end of the contact portion is located lower than each upper end of the pair of first ribs. The platen includes a second rib disposed between one first rib of the pair of first ribs and the contact portion with respect to the scanning direction, and an upper end of the second rib is located lower than the upper end of the one first rib of the pair of first ribs and higher than the lower end of the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ito, Yuji Koga
  • Patent number: 10427436
    Abstract: A method of creating a test pattern includes: providing a printing apparatus including: a transparent ink print head configured to eject a transparent ink, a first print head configured to eject a first colored ink, and a second print head configured to eject a second colored ink; forming a base-coat on a print medium using the first colored ink; and creating a plurality of ruled lines to measure impact displacement of the transparent ink so as to form a first ruled line set formed by layering the transparent ink over the base-coat, and a second ruled line set formed outside a region corresponding to the base-coat using the second colored ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi Kanai
  • Patent number: 10427426
    Abstract: A hand-held recording apparatus includes a recording section, a housing, and an indicator. The recording section records an image on a recording material in moving in a scanning direction. The housing houses the recording section. The indicator is movable between an indication position at which the indicator opposes the recording material and indicates a recording area of the image of the recording section and a retracted position at which the indicator is retracted from the indication position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Muneyuki Okeguchi, Kazuyoshi Matsumoto, Kunihiko Nishioka
  • Patent number: 10427428
    Abstract: There is provided an ink-jet recording apparatus including: a transporting roller; a driven roller provided opposite the transporting roller to sandwich the recording medium between the driven roller and the transporting roller, while moving in an approaching-departing direction based on a thickness of the recording medium; a first biasing member biasing the driven roller to the transporting roller; a platen; a recording portion configured to jet ink droplets from nozzles; and a cooperative portion moving along with the movement of the driven roller in the approaching-departing direction to move the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriyuki Kawamata
  • Patent number: 10427420
    Abstract: A printer, including a head, a light irradiation device and a controller, is provided. The controller includes: a first controller that prompts the printer to carry out a printing operation by an ejection amount v1 required of glossy-finish printing and with a standby time t1 required of glossy-finish printing; a second controller that prompts the printer to carry out the printing operation by an ejection amount v2 required of matte-finish printing and with a standby time t2 required of matte-finish printing; and a third controller that prompts the printer to carry out the printing operation by an ejection amount v3 and with a standby time t3. The ejection amount v3 is greater than the ejection amount v2 and less than or equal to the ejection amount v1. The standby time t3 is shorter than the standby time t1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junki Kasahara, Akira Takatsu
  • Patent number: 10427405
    Abstract: A liquid discharging apparatus includes: a liquid discharging head having nozzles forming a nozzle row along a first direction, and having a nozzle surface in which the nozzles are formed; and a relative movement device configured to relatively move a recording medium and the liquid discharging head in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The nozzle surface is formed with first recesses arranged on both sides of the nozzle row in the second direction, and forming two first recess rows each of which is along the nozzle row. The first recesses are separated from each other in the first direction by partition walls, respectively; and a length of an opening of each of the first recesses in the first direction is longer than a length of an end surface of each of the partition walls in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanobu Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10427403
    Abstract: Regarding an image forming apparatus for printing an input image and including a print head having a head sensor configured to sense information from the input image printed on a print medium, there is a method of determining a head sensor position parameter in the image forming apparatus. The method includes printing a first swath of the input image on the print medium and determining the head sensor position parameter by performing a sub-method. The sub-method includes capturing, via the head sensor, a target image from the printed first swath, comparing the target image to a reference image for the first swath based upon the input image, and determining the head sensor position parameter based on a relative shift between the target image and the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jumpei Ashida, Hisashi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10428231
    Abstract: There are provided gel particles which have a polymerizable group, and a three-dimensional crosslinked structure including at least one bond selected from a urethane bond and a urea bond, and enclose a photopolymerization initiator, an ink composition including the gel particles and a production method thereof, a photosensitive composition, and an image forming method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriaki Sato, Shota Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10421284
    Abstract: A liquid cartridge configured to be inserted into a cartridge-attachment section in an insertion direction includes a casing, and a lever supported by the casing. The lever is pivotable about a pivot axis between a first position and a second position. The lever includes a light-blocking portion configured to block or attenuate light traveling in a widthwise direction crossing the insertion direction and a gravitational direction, and a force-receiving portion positioned closer to a front wall of the casing than the light-blocking portion is to the front wall in the insertion direction. The light-blocking portion is positioned lower at the second position than at the first position. The pivot axis is positioned frontward of the light-blocking portion and rearward of the force-receiving portion in the insertion direction. The lever pivots from the second position to the first position upon application of an external force to the force-receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takahashi, Takahiro Miyao, Akihito Ono, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Fumio Nakazawa, Kosuke Nukui
  • Patent number: 10414164
    Abstract: A cartridge comprises a liquid container that is at least partly made of a flexible material and is configured to contain a liquid therein; a recess that is configured to be open toward a mounting direction of the cartridge to a liquid ejection apparatus; and a fluid receiving portion that is placed inside of the recess and is configured to receive supply of a pressurized fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Koizumi, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Ayumi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10414173
    Abstract: A method and equipment to form a digital image on a surface by applying a powder layer including color pigments on the surfaces, bonding a part of the powder and removing the non-bonded powder from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CERALOC INNOVATION AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 10414188
    Abstract: Examples described herein include examples methods for generating varnish knockouts that include applying a fixer material to a surface of a print medium, selectively applying a print material over the fixer material to form an image, and applying an overcoat material to form a durable coating on areas over the image and a nondurable coating over other areas of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventors: Oren Levin, Eldad Manheim, Sharon Regev, Alex Veis
  • Patent number: 10406820
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes: a conveyor having an endless conveying belt that conveys a recording medium; an image former that forms an image on the recording medium conveyed by the conveying belt; a correction mark formed on the conveying belt; a line sensor disposed downstream of the image former in a conveying direction of the recording medium, the line sensor having a linear detection surface; and a hardware processor that controls the conveying belt, the image former, and the line sensor, wherein the hardware processor calculates an inclination angle of the detection surface of the line sensor with respect to a width direction orthogonal to the conveying direction, based on image data of the correction mark read by the line sensor, and corrects image data of the line sensor based on the inclination angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yasunori Inaba, Mitsuo Kaburagi