Patents Examined by John Wallace
  • Patent number: 10015356
    Abstract: An information processing system comprising: a plurality of information processing apparatuses that perform a plurality of tasks defined by work flow information, wherein the work flow information is information that defines an order of the tasks and defines an information processing apparatus that assumes a host device for performing each of the tasks, one information processing apparatus selected from among the information processing apparatuses is definable as the host device, the information processing apparatus defined as the host device performs each of the tasks defined in the work flow information in the defined order, and one information processing apparatus selected according to a predetermined determination condition performs a task for which the work flow information defines the one information processing apparatus selected from among the information processing apparatuses as the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, LTD.
    Inventor: Seijiro Hori
  • Patent number: 9961230
    Abstract: A document generation system creates a secure document by: receiving document content to be printed onto a substrate; creating a stencil mask comprising an image of at least a portion of the document content; receiving an image of a watermark to be printed on the substrate; modifying the watermark to remove portions of the watermark that will correspond to locations of the stencil mask; causing a print device to print the document content on the substrate; and causing the print device to print the modified watermark through the stencil mask on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Reiner Eschbach, Phillip J. Emmett, Edward N. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9940557
    Abstract: A system prints a document by generating a device-dependent font that is appropriate for the document and the print device. The system does this by identifying a font for the document, identifying an affine transformation matrix for the font, using the device resolution and current page location of the print device to modify the affine transformation matrix to yield a current transformation matrix, adding a reverse of the current transformation matrix to the affine transformation matrix to yield a modified font matrix, and generate a print file using the modified font matrix. The print device then uses the print file print the document with a font corresponding to the modified font matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edward N. Chapman, Reiner Eschbach
  • Patent number: 9934455
    Abstract: A quantization method includes: quantizing first image data, and converting the first image data to second image data that indicates a binary or multivalued quantized pattern with a smaller number of gradations than that of the first image data, for which dots are arranged by the same recording element for individual pixels of a pixel column along a first direction respectively and dots are arranged at a plurality of different timings for individual pixels of a pixel column along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and optimizing the quantization in at least some gradations, and reducing dispersion of a generation frequency of a dot arrangement for each relative positional relation between a pixel of interest in the case that individual pixels within the quantized pattern are successively defined as the pixel of interest and a plurality of vicinity pixels positioned in the vicinity of the pixel of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9936103
    Abstract: A determination device includes an acquisition unit that acquires an output characteristic representing a relationship between a gradation value corrected by a correction unit in accordance with a predetermined correction characteristic and a measured value of a density of a toner image output by an output device for the gradation value; an estimation unit that estimates a density of a toner image output by the output device for a predetermined reference gradation value when the reference gradation value is not within a range of the corrected gradation value, the estimation being performed based on the output characteristic acquired by the acquisition unit; and a determination unit that determines whether or not the correction characteristic needs to be changed by comparing the density estimated by the estimation unit with a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Sugimoto, Kenji Mori
  • Patent number: 9924053
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, a setting method of an image forming apparatus including displaying character codes that the image forming apparatus supports in a case where the import of data to the image forming apparatus is instructed; receiving a selection of the character code of the data to be imported to the image forming apparatus from the displayed character codes; and importing, if the character code of the data to be imported is selected, the data to the image forming apparatus in the selected character code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akihiro Terabe
  • Patent number: 9904879
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one image group including at least one image; a creating unit configured to create a layout candidate by laying out images included in an image group that has been acquired by the acquisition unit; an evaluating unit configured to evaluate the layout candidate created by the creating unit, based on individual evaluation of each of the images in accordance with a feature of a subject in the images that have been laid out in layouts; and an output unit configured to output the layout candidate created by the creating unit, at a predetermined output size. The feature of the subject in the images includes a size of the subject in the image identified by an output size of the layout candidate output by the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kawai, Yusuke Hashii, Kiyoshi Umeda, Hiroyasu Kunieda, Hiroyuki Sakai, Naoki Sumi, Tohru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9898690
    Abstract: A device controls at least one of a machine, a color measurement device or an inspection system of the graphic arts industry. The device contains a control console that has at least one screen for displaying at least one of machine information, color information or image information. The control console includes a plurality of sensors for detecting gestures of an operator who operates the machine, the color measurement device or the inspection system via the control console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Winfried Berg, Dieter Hauck, Edelbert Koenig
  • Patent number: 9894231
    Abstract: Provided is an image-forming device that improves convenience for a user. The image-forming device includes a plurality of power-supply stages, remaining paper amount detection sensors, and a system control unit. A remaining paper amount detection sensor detects the remaining paper amount in a paper-supply stage. When the remaining paper amount that is detected by the remaining paper amount detection sensor is less than a fixed value, the system control unit sets the paper-supply stage having a paper amount that is less than the fixed value as a FAX use only paper-supply stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daiki Sone
  • Patent number: 9876938
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus configured to execute variable magnification processing on an image includes a position determination unit configured to serially determine pixel insertion or removal positions in the image in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the variable magnification processing, and an insertion or removal processing unit configured to execute insertion or removal processing on pixels existing at the insertion or removal positions determined by the position determination unit. The position determination unit is configured to determine, within a range defined by a position distant from an immediately previously determined insertion or removal position by a first distance in the variable magnification processing direction and a position distant therefrom by a second distance in the variable magnification processing direction, a next insertion or removal position while referring to the immediately previously determined insertion or removal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukichika Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 9858515
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a conveying unit and a control unit, the control unit has a function of image formation correcting of performing correction of the image forming unit in response to a reading result of an image on the transfer medium, and a function of prepurge processing of, when a paper jam occurs, performing control to discharge a valid medium located on a downstream side of a position where the paper jam occurs to outside the conveyance path and discharge a medium located on an upstream side of the position where the paper jam occurs to outside the conveyance path, and, when the paper jam occurs, and the medium being conveyed includes a medium for correction to be used for image formation correcting, the control unit performs control to perform the prepurge processing and continue the image formation correcting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takao Kurohata
  • Patent number: 9858513
    Abstract: Provided is a document file output apparatus capable of appropriately storing each document as different files depending on a difference in printing setting, even when printed materials which are to be different documents for each single sheet or every plurality of sheets are continuously read, a document file output method, and a computer readable medium storing a program for operating a computer as the document file output apparatus. The document file output apparatus each specifies the printing setting of each read printed material, for example, a layout, a difference in a size of the read printed material, presence or absence of framework printing, presence or absence of reduction printing, color/monochromatic setting, or image embedding, from the obtained image data, and outputs by dividing the document files before and after the read printed material in which the printing setting is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Nagata
  • Patent number: 9858516
    Abstract: Systems and methods for securely printing an electronic document. The electronic document is received as a print job at a secure print service system from a user device. The secure print service system generates a job name and a password for the print job by the secure print service system. The secure print service system then transmits the job name for the print job to a network printer communicatively coupled to the secure print service system. At the network printer, a recipient password is received from the network printer. Then, the secure print service system authorizes the printing of the document at the network printer based on comparison of the recipient password received from the network printer and the password generated by the secure print service system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Deepak Mandaknale, Sudheer Kari, Rajiesh Komala Narayanan
  • Patent number: 9854119
    Abstract: An image is read from a recording medium via first and second optical imaging systems disposed such that respective reading regions partially overlap each other in a principal scanning direction on a reading surface. A sum of distances over which first and second images captured by the first and second optical imaging systems, respectively, are displaced in the principal scanning direction with respect to a reference point included in a region in which the reading regions overlap each other is calculated. First and second distances, over which the first and second images are displaced in the principal scanning direction, respectively, are calculated using the sum and first and second reading angles at which the first and second optical imaging systems, respectively, read the reference point. Positions of the first image and the second image in the principal scanning direction are corrected using the first distance and the second distance, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyofumi Aikawa, Masaki Hachisuga, Takashi Hiramatsu, Kazuya Fukunaga, Hideki Moriya, Michio Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9830114
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: an acquiring unit that acquires image data representing a document image that includes characters; an extracting unit that extracts, from the document image represented by the image data acquired by the acquiring unit, a character that has undergone a modification for distinguishing from another character; a processing unit that processes the image data by reducing a density of the character other than the extracted character below a density indicated by the acquired image data; and an output unit that outputs the image data processed by the processing unit to an image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Noriaki Nara
  • Patent number: 9832336
    Abstract: In an image-reading device, a counting unit counts a number of clock cycles of a spread-spectrum clock as a counter value. A correcting unit corrects one of the counter value and a reference clock cycle number based on a phase detected by the phase detecting unit when the counting unit counts. A comparing unit compares the counter value and the reference clock cycle number and determines whether the counter value and the reference clock cycle number satisfy a prescribed relationship. A time length setting unit sets a length of at least one of a reading time and an irradiation time based on: a timing when the counting unit starts counting to set the time length; and a timing when the comparing unit determines that the compared values satisfy the prescribed relationship, such that the time length set by the time length setting unit remains constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 9826109
    Abstract: A method and system for distributing documents comprises submitting a print job via a print client to a server. The document creator can submit a list of recipients to whom a hard copy document should be made available. This limits the distribution of the document to those persons included on the list. The method and system further comprises storing the print job in a queue associated with the server, transmitting the print job to a specified printer when one of at least one recipient requests rendering of the print job, and rendering the print job at the specified printer for one of the at least one recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Zehler
  • Patent number: 9817349
    Abstract: A control method for controlling a printing system includes selectively executing an inline job and an offline job. The inline job is for executing post-processing on a sheet printed by a printing apparatus by using a post-processing apparatus and the offline job is for executing post-processing on a sheet without executing printing by the printing apparatus by using the post-processing apparatus. The control method also includes restricting execution of the inline job if a sheet has been set in a paper feed unit that is a paper feed source of the offline job to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Tokashiki, Kazuhiko Ushiyama
  • Patent number: 9800759
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: one or more image processing modules; a first work memory disposed in a previous position to the one or more image processing modules; a second work memory disposed in a next position to the one or more image processing modules; a decompression-rotation processing module configured to (a) read out and decompress plural pieces of compressed sub-band data of plural sub-bands which locate in plural bands at an identical position in a primary scanning direction, (b) rotate respective pieces of decompressed sub-band data, and store the pieces of rotated sub-band data in the first work memory; and a rotation-compression processing module configured to (c) read out the plural pieces of image-processed sub-band data stored in the second work memory and rotate the respective pieces of sub-band data, and (d) compress the respective pieces of rotated sub-band data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Nitta
  • Patent number: 9792537
    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: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schafer, Jayant Bhatt