Patents Examined by Jacky X. Zheng
  • Patent number: 11222248
    Abstract: In some examples, luminance-biased sharpening for thermal media printing may include converting an input image to a grayscale luminance representation. For each pixel of a plurality of specified pixels of the converted input image, a sharpening lightness value may be determined. Further, a ratio of the sharpening lightness value to a corresponding original lightness value may be determined. A resulting sharpened pixel may be determined by applying a corresponding value of the determined ratio to each of the specified pixels. A dark correction factor may be applied to the resulting sharpened pixels that are darkened and a light correction factor may be applied to the resulting sharpened pixels that are lightened. Based on application of the dark correction factor and the light correction factor, a sharpened output image corresponding to the input image may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jay S. Gondek, Jason M. Quintana, Milan Crowley Justel
  • Patent number: 11223741
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, having a reader device, a user interface, a communication interface, and a controller, is provided. The controller accepts entry of first receiver-identifying information, in response to entry of a first scan command through the user interface, controls the reader device to read an image of an original material, and stores image data for the read image in relation with the first receiver-identifying information in a predetermined memory area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 11218616
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus to read a sheet being conveyed includes a memory and a reading device to read one side of the sheet in units of a line area orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet. A read image of a first region corresponding to a leading edge side of the sheet in the conveyance direction is stored into the memory. A read image of a second region subsequent to the first region is not stored. A read image of a third region subsequent to the second region and corresponding to a trailing edge side of the sheet in the conveyance direction is stored in the memory. Each read image is an image read by the reading device. Predetermined processing is performed based on the read image of the first region and the read image of the third region stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshitake Mizuno
  • Patent number: 11210046
    Abstract: A printer includes: a memory configured to store a machine-learned model obtained by machine learning using teaching data associating at least one of reflectance of a print medium, transmittance of the print medium, and image data obtained by capturing an image of a surface of the print medium with a type of the print medium; and a print controller configured to determine a type of a print medium using at least one of reflectance of the print medium, transmittance of the print medium, and image data obtained by capturing an image of a surface of the print medium and the machine-learned model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Shikagawa, Tetsuo Tatsuda, Haruhisa Kurane, Mamoru Ukita, Shigenori Katayama, Kazunari Tsukada
  • Patent number: 11204731
    Abstract: An information processing method is implemented by executing a processing application program by an information processing apparatus configured to perform display. When the transmitted information including app information regarding another application program is received from a server, a received predetermined object is displayed on a display device. The transmitted information includes types of app information pieces corresponding to operating systems. The app information is extracted from among the types of app information pieces. The extracted app information corresponds to an operating system on which the processing application program is operated. A process based on the transmitted information is executed when a user indicates the displayed predetermined object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Sumiuchi
  • Patent number: 11184491
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display, a reception unit, and a display controller. The display is capable of displaying, as components displayed on a screen, plural screen display elements on the screen. The reception unit receives a collective deletion instruction as an instruction for collectively deleting the plural screen display elements displayed by the display. The display controller performs, in response to reception of the collective deletion instruction by the reception unit, in a case where the plural screen display elements for which the collective deletion instruction is issued satisfy a predetermined condition, control such that plural confirmation screens for confirming whether or not deletion is to be made, the plural confirmation screens including different information contents, are displayed on the display on a step-by-step basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Takahiro Tojo, Masakazu Ketsuka
  • Patent number: 11163504
    Abstract: In some examples, a system selects a spanning region of an image spanning an intersection between adjacent sub-images that partition the image. The spanning region is divided based on a non-linear path that is determined on the basis of a user input, resulting in respective modified adjacent sub-images. Print data to cause a printing device to print the respective modified adjacent sub-images is generated on the basis of the dividing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Zelidor Fineberg, Eli Velner, Noam Shaham, Oren Haik
  • Patent number: 11159689
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing apparatus. A changing unit changes settings relative to image data generated by a reading unit for reading a document, in a case where it is not possible to store the image data in a predetermined memory. An image processing unit performs image processing on the image data generated according to the changed settings. A display displays a preview image of the image data subjected to the image processing in the case where it is possible to store the processed image data in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Atsuya Baba, Naoki Homma
  • Patent number: 11159684
    Abstract: An image forming system is configured to receive an input of natural language speech. Regardless of whether the natural language speech includes a combination of first words or second words, the image forming system can recognize the natural language speech as an instruction to select a specific print setting displayed on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Takahashi, Yuji Naya, Takeshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 11157224
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a memory that stores log information on a process serving as a monitoring target and performed in past, a generating unit that generates, by using the log information, periodicity information that identifies a time period within which the process is periodically executed, and a notifying unit that, if the process has not been executed within the time period as scheduled in accordance with the periodicity information generated by the generating unit, notifies that the process has not been executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Atsushi Monna
  • Patent number: 11159692
    Abstract: If the printing protocol associated with a received print job is not an internet printing protocol, the number of times of printing is counted for each type of printing protocol. If the printing protocol associated with a received print job is an internet printing protocol, the number of times of printing is counted while distinguishing a transmission source application by identifying a transmission source application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ritsuto Sako
  • Patent number: 11146709
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a conveying unit to convey a document, first and second reading units, a reception unit, a selection unit, and a setting unit. The first reading unit generates image data form a document first side and the second reading unit generates image data from a second side in parallel with the first reading unit reading. The reception unit receives settings regarding a size, an orientation, and a document opening direction of the document. The selection unit selects either a first reading method causing the first and second reading units to read per the set size, and a second reading method causing the first reading unit to read the first side per the set size and causing the second reading unit to read an entire second side. The setting unit sets image data corresponding to the document second side reading by the second reading method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Kasuya
  • Patent number: 11122181
    Abstract: A PC APP is configured to cause an information processing apparatus to perform a determining process of determining a device, a setting process of setting the device determined by the determining process as a selected device of the information processing apparatus, a detecting process of detecting that the selected device set to an other information processing apparatus has been changed from a first device to a second device, a changed device information obtaining process of, when detecting the change of the selected device set to the other information processing apparatus by the detecting process, obtaining device information indicating the second device from the other information processing apparatus, and a setting changing process of changing the selected device of the information processing apparatus to the second device indicated by the device information obtained by the changed device information obtaining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 11113015
    Abstract: In information processing apparatus, a first setting unit sets whether or not to require user authentication in order for a function of the information processing apparatus to be used. A second setting unit performs, in association with a job type, a restriction setting for restricting a logged-in user from performing an operation with respect to a job corresponding to a user other than the logged-in user. A control unit performs control for enabling the restriction setting for a certain job type in response to a setting for requiring the user authentication being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kei Sato
  • Patent number: 11106412
    Abstract: In a case where a job associated with a user has not been successfully stored in a job processing apparatus, it is not possible to exclusively notify the user that the job has not been successfully stored. A control method in a job processing apparatus includes storing a job such that the job is associated with a user, storing, identification information for identifying the user associated with a job that has not been successfully stored, and notifying the user that the job has not been stored according to login to the job processing apparatus, by the user, in a case where identification information for identifying the user having logged in to the job processing apparatus has been stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11093188
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is provided and stores, in a storage unit, setting formation about a print operation using the printing apparatus. The printing apparatus receives a job setting value from a communication terminal, and determines whether a prohibition condition applies to the job setting value from the communication terminal based on the received job setting value and the setting value stored in the storage unit. The printing apparatus further notifies the communication terminal of information indicating the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasunori Kanai
  • Patent number: 11086576
    Abstract: An approach is provided that sends a user a set of proposed paper saving attributes in response to determining that a paper supply of a printer is insufficient to print a print job without using the set of proposed paper saving attributes. The set of paper saving attributes for the print job is altered to the set of proposed paper saving in response to receiving a reply that is an affirmative reply. The file corresponding to the print job is then printed on the printer using the set of paper saving attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Peterson, Russell Speight VanBlon, John C. Mese
  • Patent number: 11080494
    Abstract: A recording tape cartridge includes a case that is formed by a first half in which a first peripheral wall is erected around a top plate and a second half in which a second peripheral wall is erected around a bottom plate being joined to each other in a state where the first peripheral wall and the second peripheral wall are butted against each other and that stores a reel on which the recording tape is wound; and a label surface formed by a first half label surface of the first peripheral wall and a second half label surface of the second peripheral wall on a side opposite to a loading direction of the case to a drive device, and a one-dimensional barcode on which individual identification information is recorded is printed only on the second half label surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryosuke Osako, Yosuke Sumiya
  • Patent number: 11079990
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: receiver that receives execution instructions that instruct printing to be executed; an aggregator that groups the execution instructions into an aggregation in accordance with attributes of the execution instructions; and a display controller that performs control in such a way that a first execution instruction that has been received and a second execution instruction that has not been received are displayed using different display modes in accordance with type information indicating types of the execution instructions constituting the aggregation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Taku Nishio
  • Patent number: 11080574
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor configured to process an image; a reading direct memory access controller (DMAC) configured to read data from the memory; a writing DMAC configured to write data to the memory, each DMAC configured to control direct memory access to a memory; an upper first-in first-out (FIFO) unit connected to the reading and writing DMACs and includes FIFOs of the number equal to the number of channels of each of the reading and writing DMACs and a lower FIFO unit connected between the upper FIFO unit and the processor and includes FIFOs that correspond to the FIFOs of the upper FIFO unit at a ratio of 1 upper FIFO unit to F lower FIFO units (F being an integer equal to 2 or larger).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVATION CORP.
    Inventors: Masaki Nudejima, Tomoyuki Ono, Takayuki Hashimoto, Daiki Takazawa