Patents Examined by Iriana Cruz
  • Patent number: 10389890
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is to be located in an evacuation shelter, and includes a first determining section and a shifting section. The first determining section determines whether or not to shift the image forming apparatus from a state in which a “specific function” of the image forming apparatus is not usable to a state in which the specific function is usable. The shifting section shifts the image forming apparatus to the state in which the specific function is usable by a user without being restricted by a usage right, according to a determination result of the first determining section. The specific function includes at least one function from among an evacuee function that processes evacuee information, a supply function that processes aid supply information, and a search function that searches the evacuee information and the aid supply information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Tateyama
  • Patent number: 10389906
    Abstract: An image scanning method applied in an image scanning device capable of scanning a card. Record background values at the time of a card being without being in a scanning channel, and the background values recorded at the time of the card being without being in the scanning channel are regarded as preset values. Before the card is scanned, check whether the background values in the scanning channel conform to the preset values. Drive the card to move a distance Y. Check whether the background values in the scanning channel conform to the preset values. Preset a preset movement distance, check whether a movement distance of the card or a distance of accumulated movements of the card exceeds the preset movement distance. Display that the card is stuck. Stop checking and proceeding with an image calibration. Start scanning the card. Complete scanning the card and withdraw the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Foxlink Image Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yao Shuo Chang, Yi Hsuan Lin, Jui Yi Yu, Te Yu Chu
  • Patent number: 10382648
    Abstract: A scanner has a first sensor array; a second sensor array; a timing controller that individually outputs at different times a first drive signal that drives the first sensor array, and a second drive signal that the second sensor array; and a light source configured that emits and illuminates a document during periods between the first drive signal and the second drive signal output next after the first drive signal, and periods between the second drive signal and the first drive signal output next after the second drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Takita
  • Patent number: 10367973
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first setting unit that sets a setting value of individual setting information for a login user, and a second setting unit that sets, in a case where a logout request is received, a setting value of common setting information, wherein the second setting unit omits, in a case where a login request of a new user is received while the user is logged in, a process for setting the setting value of the common setting information based on the common setting information, and the first setting unit sets a setting value of individual setting information for the new user based on individual setting information associated with user identification information for identifying the new user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomonori Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10341525
    Abstract: The image forming system includes an image forming apparatus and a communication terminal. When it is detected that an operation is being performed onto an input unit of the image forming apparatus while the image forming apparatus is connected to the communication terminal, the image forming apparatus is configured to perform a first notification to notify the communication terminal that an operation is being performed onto the input unit. When the image forming apparatus performs the first notification, the communication terminal is configured to perform a second notification corresponding to the first notification in the communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Shohei Ichiyama, Takeshi Hibino, Hideyuki Hashimoto, Yuji Kawamura, Yukina Hisada
  • Patent number: 10334120
    Abstract: A technique that guarantees update of a program of a finisher unit while preventing a malfunction thereof from being caused by erroneous attachment thereof to a printing apparatus. Hardware identification information is acquired from the finisher unit. When it is determined based on the acquired hardware identification information that the finisher unit is compatible with a program of the apparatus, program identification information is acquired from the optional unit, for determining based thereon whether a program of the finisher unit program is associated with the program of the printing apparatus. If the programs are associated with each other, the versions there are compared. If the versions are not compatible, the program of the finisher unit is updated to a version compatible with the version of the program of the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takumi Michishita
  • Patent number: 10313558
    Abstract: In one example of the disclosure, a print job with instructions for printing an image at a resolution is obtained. A display of the image, at the resolution, at a display device is caused. A first reference and a second reference are indicated within the displayed image. A quantity of pixels between the first and second references is determined. An indication of a real distance between the first and second references is received. A desired scale for the image is obtained. A rescale factor for the image is determined based on the resolution, the determined pixel quantity, the real distance, and the desired scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jordi Arnabat Benedicto, Alessia Rullo, Jordi Vilar Benito, Jesus De La Lama Pesquera
  • Patent number: 10313548
    Abstract: An image scanning method applied in an image scanning device capable of scanning a card. Record background values at the time of a card being without being in a scanning channel, and the background values recorded at the time of the card being without being in the scanning channel are regarded as preset values. Before the card is scanned, check whether the background values in the scanning channel conform to the preset values. Drive the card to move a distance Y. Check whether the background values in the scanning channel conform to the preset values. Preset a preset movement distance, check whether a movement distance of the card or a distance of accumulated movements of the card exceeds the preset movement distance. Display that the card is stuck. Stop checking and proceeding an image calibration. Start scanning the card. Complete scanning the card and withdraw the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Foxlink Image Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yao Shuo Chang, Yi Hsuan Lin, Jui Yi Yu, Te Yu Chu
  • Patent number: 10303403
    Abstract: A method, a printer and a computer program for printing print information on at least one information carrier (122) comprising: receiving (201) print data comprising the print information in a first print information format; receiving (202) print instructions relating the print data to at least one property associated with the at least one information carrier (122); adapting (203) the print information in the print data into a second print information format according to one or more predetermined rules (162) in a database (161) corresponding to the related at least one property associated with the at least one information carrier (122); and printing (204) the adapted print information in the second print information format on the at least one information carrier (122).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Dover Europe Sàrl
    Inventors: Stephane Valette, Elisabeth Martin
  • Patent number: 10303404
    Abstract: In a print server for digital high-capacity printing systems, print jobs are received, processed with predetermined application processes, and relayed to one or more printers. A method to operate the print server can include monitoring, using a collect trigger, status parameters which describe system statuses; and triggering, using trigger logic, filters to reading additional status parameters that include process statuses of application processes executed at the print server. The triggering of the filters can be based on whether the system statuses monitored with the collect trigger represent an extraordinary or abnormal operating status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Océ Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Herman Lankreijer
  • Patent number: 10303721
    Abstract: This meeting minutes creation system includes a server, and a plurality of terminal devices connected to the server via a network. The server includes an identifier assigning section, a determining section, a meeting minutes creating section, and an output controlling section. The identifier assigning section assigns an identifier to memo data pieces received by a server network interface unit to identify the memo data pieces. The determining section determines the content of the memo data pieces received at the same time among the memo data pieces with the identifier assigned by the identifier assigning section. The meeting minutes creating section creates meeting minutes with the memo data pieces combined in accordance with the determination results by the determining section. The output controlling section performs control operations to output the meeting minutes created by the meeting minutes creating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sugihara
  • Patent number: 10306103
    Abstract: A control method in a printing apparatus includes printing, by a printing unit, an adjustment image for adjusting a printing position on a sheet, conveying, by a conveying unit, the sheet on which the adjustment image is printed, reading, by a reading unit, an image to generate image data, the reading unit being executable to perform reading by a first reading method for reading an image of a sheet without conveying the sheet or a second reading method for reading the image of the sheet while conveying the sheet, and determining, based on that a type of the sheet on which the adjustment image is to be printed is a specific type, to read the adjustment image by the first reading method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10296269
    Abstract: An extension computing device connects to a multi-function printing (MFP) device to enable additional functionality and capabilities to support the MFP device. Print jobs and other tasks may be performed in the extension computing device so that the MFP device addresses more important tasks in real time. The extension computing device receives and processes a print job without the need to engage the MFP device or its engine. The print job then may be stored in the extension computing device until it is printed on demand by the MFP device. Other applications also may be located in the extension computing device. An extension engine performs tasks to determine when to process the print job in the extension computing device. The extension computing device includes a processor, a print job manager, a storage, an operating system, and input/output capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Neil-Paul Bermundo, Wen-Jiun Randy Lin
  • Patent number: 10282144
    Abstract: To preserve job integrity and minimize multi-site coordination overhead such as shipping, a technique to control the amount of outsourcing activities in a distributed manufacturing environment is provided. This approach to multi-site scheduling allows outsourcing control for distributed cellular manufacturing based on scheduling constraints called outsourcing group constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated, Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Rong Zhou, Sudhendu Rai, Minh Binh Do
  • Patent number: 10270929
    Abstract: A distance image acquisition unit captures a low-resolution image of an object placed on a document board, and an object detection unit corrects the low-resolution image and generates a low-resolution corrected image. A camera image acquisition unit captures a high-resolution image of the object placed on the document board, and an image processing unit corrects the high-resolution image and generates a high-resolution corrected image. A display unit displays the low-resolution corrected image until the high-resolution corrected image is generated, and displays the high-resolution corrected image when the high-resolution corrected image is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10261734
    Abstract: A job processing apparatus receives from a user an instruction to log into the job processing apparatus. Further, when an auto logout time elapses, the job processing apparatus causes the user logged into the job processing apparatus to log out of the job processing apparatus. The job processing apparatus sets a logout time so that a time until the user whose login instruction is received in a state where another user is logged into the job processing apparatus is caused to log out of the job processing apparatus is shorter than a time until the user whose login instruction is received in a state where another user is not logged into the job processing apparatus is caused to log out of the job processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Suwabe
  • Patent number: 10255534
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a display unit, a storing unit, a determining unit, and a control unit. The display unit displays a job. The storing unit stores attribute information about a sheet to be accommodated in a sheet holding unit. The determining unit determines whether attribute information about a sheet to be used in the job corresponds to attribute information about the sheet stored in the storing unit. The control unit controls the determining unit, wherein, after determination processing by the determining unit has been completed. the control unit controls the determining unit to further perform determination processing in response to a change of the attribute information about the sheet stored in the storing unit, or in response to a change of the attribute information about the sheet to be used in the job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Anno, Toshihiko Iida
  • Patent number: 10237440
    Abstract: A printing apparatus capable of adding information to a printing target image includes an addition unit configured to add the information, a setting unit configured to set an area to which the information is added based on a user operation, a specification unit configured to specify a length of a sheet used for printing in a sheet conveyance direction, and a control unit configured to control, in a case where the length of the sheet in the sheet conveyance direction is not specified, the addition unit to add the information into a leading end side area in the sheet conveyance direction even if a trailing end side area is set by the setting unit as the area to which the information is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Kanematsu
  • Patent number: 10235113
    Abstract: A system method for multiple account document processing cost accounting includes a multifunction peripheral including an intelligent controller having a processor and memory. A document processing engine operates in conjunction with an instructions issued from the intelligent controller. The intelligent controller receives into memory document processing job data associated with a user. A user interface receives user input identifying the user. The processor calculates a cost for completing a document processing operation with the document processing job data and the calculated cost is displayed. The processor identifies of cost centers associated with an identified user and displays indicia identifying them, along with their associated account values. The processor receives a user selection identifying a selected cost center and completes a document processing operation with the job data and commences a debit from the account value of the selected cost center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Marianne Kodimer
  • Patent number: 10225715
    Abstract: The present image forming apparatus selects an appropriate connection method in accordance with circumstances from a plurality of connection methods when communication with an information processing apparatus is established by short-range wireless communication, and notifies information necessary for performing communication by the selected connection method to the information processing apparatus via short-range wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Morita