Patents Examined by Iriana Cruz
  • Patent number: 11330147
    Abstract: System and method for printer intrusion detection. One embodiment is a system that includes memory configured to store personnel identification data for a plurality of operator classes permitted to perform different levels of maintenance actions on a printer. The system also includes an intrusion detection controller configured to detect a presence of a person in an operating space of the printer based on image data, to analyze the image data to detect one or more characteristics of the person, to determine an operator class for the person based on a match of the detected characteristics of the person with the personnel identification data stored in the memory, and to monitor adherence to maintenance permissions by the person in a plurality of physical areas of the printer based on the operator class of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Larry M Ernst, Mike Munson
  • Patent number: 11330123
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a processor configured to receive an addition of additional information by an administrator, and cause a display position of an image representing the additional information to be restricted in a case where an important attribute indicating importance is assigned to the additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Naoko Sato
  • Patent number: 11327702
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus provided with a communication unit can communicate with an external apparatus that provides a predetermined function. The information processing apparatus performs: controlling a screen that is displayed on a display unit; transmitting a request signal for requesting the external apparatus for authentication information; and requesting use of the predetermined function provided by the external apparatus. When the request signal is received by the external apparatus, the external apparatus transitions to a state for accepting a predetermined operation. The information processing apparatus requests for use of the predetermined function based on receiving the authentication information that is output when the predetermined operation is accepted by the external apparatus, while a password input screen corresponding to the predetermined function of the external apparatus is not displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryoya Kawai
  • Patent number: 11321033
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium stores a program executable by a computer of an information processing apparatus. The program causes the computer to perform operations. The operations include: displaying a selection screen with a first template image and a second template image to be selected; in response to receiving an operation of selection of a template image from the first template image and the second template image displayed on the selection screen, displaying an edit screen including the selected template image; in response to receiving edit operation selected on the edit screen to edit an object arranged in the selected template image, generating edit image data of an edit image including the object having underwent the edit operation; and outputting the generated edit image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mina Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 11307818
    Abstract: A printing system may generate custom user designs for printing. The designs may be associated with a selected print medium. The printing system may generate a custom template for a secondary printing on the print medium. The custom template may define print areas based on the print medium and the custom user design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CCL Label, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Sioson, Phillip Mcgee, Colwin Chan
  • Patent number: 11307809
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus includes a reception section, a processor, and a storage section. The storage section stores a learnt model obtained by mechanically learning the relationship between image information and operation information based on a data set in which the image information and the operation information indicating a user operation are associated with each other. The reception section receives image information as an input. The processor performs a process of displaying a recommended operation associated with the image information received as an input based on a learnt model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoki Matsuzawa, Shuichi Shima
  • Patent number: 11303765
    Abstract: In the present image reading system, an information processing apparatus notifies any image reading apparatus on a network of connection information, and permits transmission of image data only in a case where the image reading apparatus notified of the connection information accesses the information processing apparatus. The image reading apparatus transmits image data that is read from an original, to a transmission destination conforming to the connection information is notified by the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Morita
  • Patent number: 11301189
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes circuitry. The circuitry acquires colorant set information indicating at least one colorant set that reproduces a spot color. The circuitry classifies, according to colorant mounting information indicating a colorant mounted on an image forming apparatus, the at least one colorant set into first and second colorant sets. The spot color is reproduceable with the first colorant set without a replacement of the colorant mounted on the image forming apparatus. The spot color is reproduceable with the second colorant set with a replacement of the colorant mounted on the image forming apparatus. The circuitry displays the at least one colorant set on a display on which the at least one colorant set is identifiable as one of the first colorant set and the second colorant set. The circuitry receives a selection of the first colorant set that is used to reproduce the spot color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukiko Maeo
  • Patent number: 11301179
    Abstract: There is provided an image forming apparatus that forms an image to which foil is to be transferred in foil stamping printing, the image forming apparatus including a hardware processor that outputs a calculation result of a total length in a sheet conveyance direction of an image part/image parts formed at time of execution of a print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Ken Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11288024
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus (1) includes an image forming section (6), a plurality of recording paper trays (7a to 7n), storage (5), and a paper feed stage selecting section (12). The image forming section (6) performs advanced printing based on a paper profile. The paper feed stage selecting section (12) selects a recording paper tray (7) from the recording paper trays (7a to 7n) from which recording paper is to be fed to the image forming section (6) based on a printing instruction. When a specific paper profile is not associated with the selected recording paper tray (7), the paper feed stage selecting section (12) notifies the image forming section (6) of a manual setting and causes the image forming section (6) to perform simple printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kozo Tao, Daiki Sone
  • Patent number: 11269569
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an acquisition unit and a determination unit. The acquisition unit acquires a print setting about at least one of items including a size of a recording medium used for printing, a type of the recording medium, and a conveyance speed of the recording medium. The determination unit determines a printing method to be executed among a plurality of printing methods including a first printing method for drawing an image having a density and a second printing method for drawing an image having a density that is higher than the density of an image printed by the first printing method. Where the print setting is acquired by the acquisition unit, the determination unit determines whether to permit execution of printing by the second printing method based on the print setting acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Saiki, Kyosuke Nakano
  • Patent number: 11272071
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus, an image processing method, and a recording medium capable of reproducing a plurality of copies of a document bundle while reducing the storage capacity of a storage device. In the image processing apparatus, a number of copies of a document bundle to be a reading target by an image reading unit that reads image data from each of the documents included in one or a plurality of copies of a document bundle is specified. Then, in a case where the specified number of copies of the document bundle is plural, document bundle image data corresponding to one copy of the document bundle of the image data read by the image reading unit, and specification information including at least the number of copies of the document bundle specified by the specification processing unit are correlated and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomihito Doi
  • Patent number: 11258909
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a subunit including a plurality of installation racks in each of which a consumable member can be installed, and a main unit configured to receive supply from the consumable member installed in the subunit and perform printing. The printing apparatus acquires consumable member information including (i) color information and (ii) information indicating a positional relationship between the subunit and the consumable member, wherein the information indicating the positional relationship includes a direction and a distance between the subunit and the consumable member, stores information, including the color information and information indicating a positional relationship between the subunit and the consumable member, of each of the plurality of installation racks, and determines, based on the acquired consumable member information, whether the consumable member exists at a position corresponding to a predetermined installation rack of the plurality of installation racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yumi Ikarashi
  • Patent number: 11250302
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a fixing device having a fixing belt assembly including a heater, a fixing belt, a heater temperature sensor, and a belt temperature sensor, and a pressure roller; a drive current sensor; and a life information acquisition portion. The heater temperature sensor detects the temperature of the heater. The belt temperature sensor detects the temperature of the fixing belt. The pressure roller presses against the fixing belt. The drive current sensor detects a drive current of a drive motor that drives the pressure roller. The life information acquisition portion acquires life information of the fixing belt assembly. A controller selects a failure prediction processing mode based on the detection result of the drive current sensor and selects a driving method based on the detection results of the temperature sensors and the acquisition result of the life information acquisition portion in each mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Kinouchi
  • Patent number: 11249704
    Abstract: The present invention is a display control device including a storage unit that stores content and a playlist, and a controller that displays the content on a display device based on the playlist. When additional content is stored in a prescribed storage area, the additional content is acquired, and the additional content is displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masafumi Okigami
  • Patent number: 11252288
    Abstract: In a case where extension information is included in information regarding presets provided by a printing apparatus, an information processing apparatus prohibits a host side from editing the presets, thereby preventing the occurrence of a conflict between settings of a print job. In a case where extension information is not included in the presets, the information processing apparatus allows the host side to edit the presets, thereby providing a method for changing some of the presets to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaki Kashiwagi, Takeshi Kaneda
  • Patent number: 11243730
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a reception unit that receives an operation for a group printing job including plural printing jobs, and an instructing unit that gives an instruction to an image forming apparatus performing printing processing based on the printing job, in accordance with the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Taku Nishio
  • Patent number: 11237787
    Abstract: In a first print system controlling a first print apparatus and a second print apparatus by a client PC, the client PC generates, when obtaining a distributed printing request of a print job being printed by the first print apparatus from the second print apparatus based on a user operation performed on the second print apparatus, a first distributed printing job for causing the first print apparatus to print a first portion of an unprinted portion of a print job and a second distributed printing job for causing the second print apparatus to print a second portion of the unprinted portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yohei Kondo
  • Patent number: 11226780
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a CPU board configured to communicate with an external apparatus via a network and including a CPU; and a printer being an internal equipment configured to communicate with the CPU board by a communication method different from a communication method used between the CPU board and the network and having a USB device descriptor, wherein the CPU obtains the USB device descriptor from the printer and generates identification information corresponding to the printer based on the obtained USB device descriptor, and when the CPU receives an inquiry request to the printer from the external apparatus, the CPU transmits first response information indicating the generated identification information to the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Dai Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11228687
    Abstract: Coordinated colors are used to make it easy for a user to grasp with which text block within a preview pane a setting item within a property pane is associated. By using a color allocated to a setting item displayed in the property pane, at least a part of a display field corresponding to the setting item is colored. Then, in a case where a user selects one of text blocks in a scanned image preview-displayed in the preview pane in the state where one of setting items is selected in the property pane, the text block is colored by using a color allocated to the setting item in the selected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Matsuda, Koji Niwa