Patents Examined by Juan M Guillermety
  • Patent number: 11068759
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a control unit to execute either one of a first calibration and a different second calibration in a case where a predetermined execution condition corresponding to a type of printing paper that is set in the printing apparatus is satisfied. The first calibration is executed when the type of printing paper that is set is a first type that is included in a plurality of types and the second calibration is executed when the type of printing paper that is set is a second type. The control unit determines whether the predetermined execution condition is satisfied, based on a relationship as to which is greater and which is smaller between a predetermined threshold value and a count value corresponding to a number of elapsed days since calibration was previously executed for the type of printing paper that is set in the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11070683
    Abstract: A rotation drive control apparatus includes a first mode for counting a detection value of a second detecting member to control a shift amount of a rotation member, based on a detection value of a first detecting member obtained in controlling and rotating a motor, and a second mode for extracting at least one abnormal portion among the motor, control section, mechanism section, and detecting section, based on detection patterns of combinations of a state in which the first detecting member detects a rotation reference position within a predetermined time, or a state in which the first detecting member does not detect the rotation reference position within the predetermined time, and a state in which the second detecting member detects a rotation shift position within a predetermined time, or a state in which the second detecting member does not detect the rotation shift position within the predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: CANON FINETECH NISCA INC.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Hasebe
  • Patent number: 11070703
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a user of a 3D printer to prevent unauthorized use of the 3D printer includes obtaining a user profile from a set of user profiles, each user profile corresponding to a user and including a stored multi-digit number; prompting the user, by a touch screen interface of the 3D printer, to input a personal identification number (PIN); preventing use of the 3D printer if the PIN does not match the stored multi-digit number; and authenticating the user if the PIN does match the stored multi-digit number. The method includes prompting the user to apply a force to the touch screen interface; detecting an applied force; comparing the applied force to a force threshold value; and preventing use of the 3D printer if the applied force is less than the force threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION, ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Gwendolyn McDonald
  • Patent number: 11048458
    Abstract: A communication apparatus capable of performing near field communication acquires communication information of a target apparatus through the near field communication, determines whether or not the target apparatus is connected to an access point to which the communication apparatus is connected, on the basis of the communication information, and accepts the target apparatus as a target to which the communication apparatus is to be connected by using a peer-to-peer communication system, when it is determined that the target apparatus is not connected to the access point to which the communication apparatus is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsushita, Mitsuru Konji
  • Patent number: 11036443
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which prevents a user from being confused when print data comprised of a plurality of sections is printed by the image forming apparatus. The image forming apparatus is able to perform test printing of print data for which a plurality of copies are to be printed. Whether or not a plurality of sections are included in selected print data is determined, and when it is determined that a plurality of sections are included in the selected print data, execution of the test printing is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11019226
    Abstract: A method for inspecting images on printed products in a machine for processing printing substrates includes recording and digitizing the produced printed products by using at least one image sensor in an image recording system, comparing the recorded digital printed images having been created in this way with a digital reference image by using the computer, digitally eliminating distortion in the recorded digital printed images beforehand by using the computer and, if the recorded digital distortion-free printed images deviate from the digital reference image, removing printed products having been found to have a defect. For the purpose of digitally eliminating the distortions, the computer divides the print and reference images into respective image parts and adapts the printed image parts pixel by pixel in terms of their positions in the printed image to minimize the difference between the printed image parts and the respective reference image parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Frank Schumann
  • Patent number: 11006006
    Abstract: A facsimile machine and a self-diagnosis method performed by a facsimile machine are provided. The facsimile machine receives a self-diagnosis execution command, performs self-diagnosis according to the self-diagnosis execution command, and outputs a self-diagnosis result report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeong Baek Lee, Chang Min Han
  • Patent number: 11003967
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: a storage unit that stores first printing information on already executed printing in association with an image for printing converted from the first printing information; and an execution unit that, when second printing information included in a printing instruction which instructs execution of printing is identical to the first printing information stored in the storage unit, executes printing according to the printing instruction using the image for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Koyama
  • Patent number: 10992828
    Abstract: When a setting target apparatus accepts an instruction to start up setup software, a controller starts displaying wizard screens. The controller acquires reference information on a reference apparatus. The reference information includes an actual value and attribute information on it. The actual value is a set value actually set on the reference apparatus. The controller, using the attribute information, creates a list which lists actual values acquired in accordance with a selected category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10979593
    Abstract: An output method for receiving output data that is associated with acquired identification information from a server and outputting an image based on the output data from an image forming apparatus is provided. The output method includes: accepting posting of a message from a terminal to a messaging service; sending attachment data to the server when the message includes the attachment data; and issuing identification information that is associated with output data based on the attachment data when the attachment data is in a format that can be accepted for registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Kanoh, Takaya Nakatani, Yuusuke Nakatani, Hiroki Munetomo
  • Patent number: 10979594
    Abstract: A method of detecting fraudulent use of a printing device including a non-contact memory tag, comprising receiving, by one or more computer processors, a request to read the tag, receiving, by the one or more computer processors, information from the tag, determining, by the one or more computer processors, an installed configuration of the printing device from the information, comparing, by the one or more computer processors, the installed configuration to a current configuration of the printing device, and in response to determining that the current configuration is not the same as the installed configuration, indicating, by the one or more computer processors, that a violation exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Rajana Mukesh Panchani, Kenneth Schleede, Peter Granby, Patrick Wilhelmus Bernardus Gerrits
  • Patent number: 10979589
    Abstract: A control system includes: image forming apparatuses at least one of which is installed in each of a plurality of areas in a building; a management apparatus; and alarms that are each provided for each of the areas, respectively. The management apparatus manages security of the building including the plurality of areas, detects an abnormal high temperature occurrence area by identifying the area in which the image forming apparatus from which the abnormal high temperature is detected is installed when the abnormal high temperature is detected in the image forming apparatus, and transmits a report command notification for reporting that the abnormal high temperature has occurred in the area in which an alarm is provided to the alarm which is provided in the abnormal high temperature occurrence area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Minoru Wada
  • Patent number: 10976970
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a print engine, a sheet transportation unit, a line sensor, and a control unit. The print engine is configured to physically print an image to be printed on a print sheet. The sheet transportation unit is configured to transport the print sheet. The line sensor is arranged along a direction perpendicular to a transportation direction of the print sheet, and configured to detect positions of both end edges of the print sheet. The control unit is configured to (a) determine as a sheet center actual position a center position of the print sheet on the basis of the detected positions of both end edges of the print sheet, and (b) adjust a center position of the image to be printed so as to cause the center position of the image to be printed to agree with the sheet center actual position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Takenori Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10979579
    Abstract: A destination information list window includes a column of first attribute information but does not include a column of second attribute information. In a case where the first attribute information included in destination information is hit based on an input search key, the first attribute information included in the destination information is displayed and the second attribute information included in the destination information is not displayed, as a search result, in the column of the first attribute information. In a case where the second attribute information included in the destination information is hit based on the input search key, not only the first attribute information but also the second attribute information included in the destination information are displayed, as the search result, in the column of the first attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiya Omori
  • Patent number: 10972627
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising a memory; a non-volatile memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and the non-volatile memory, the processor configured to: store a rectification history for a result of character recognition processing in association with items and item values; compare, for the respective items, a newly input result of the character recognition processing with the item values stored in the non-volatile memory; select a set of the item values stored in the non-volatile memory based on a result of the comparison; and correct the newly input result of the character recognition processing by using the selected set of the item values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kentaro Kogawa, Katsuhito Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 10944883
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an executing unit configured to, if there is a shortage of storage capacity for image information necessary to perform image formation, execute the image formation at a reduced image quality below a required image quality, and an informing unit configured to inform that image formation has been executed at a reduced image quality, and inform an effective measure to enable image formation that does not involve a reduction in image quality, the effective measure including at least one of making a setting change to storage capacity allocation and increasing storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Watanabe, Yuta Yamaguchi, Tomoaki Hirano, Yusaku Kurihara, Masao Yamada, Takahiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10938999
    Abstract: By a first grouping pattern, a plurality of regions for which a filter operation is to be performed in an operation target image are grouped. Then, for each group obtained by the first grouping pattern, a first filter corresponding to the group is used to perform a filter operation on each region belonging to the group. By a second grouping pattern, a plurality of regions for which a filter operation is to be performed in an intermediate image obtained by the filter operation are grouped. Then, for each group obtained by the second grouping pattern, a second filter corresponding to the group is used to perform a filter operation on each region belonging to the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahisa Yamamoto, Yoshinori Ito, Kotaro Yano
  • Patent number: 10931840
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus, in a case where between a timing when a user operation based on a first operation button is executed and a timing when a user operation based on a second operation button is executed, another user operation is executed on document data, a third operation button is added between the first and second operation buttons, and in a display area, a tab is displayed in a state where the third operation button is placed between the first and second operation buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuya Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10922035
    Abstract: An image forming device includes a checking unit and a registering unit. When processing execution data to be executed with a preset setting is selected, the checking unit checks whether a processing result is what a user has intended if the processing execution data has not been created in the image forming device and if the preset setting has not yet been checked. The registering unit registers the processing execution data as checked data if the checking unit has checked that the processing result is what the user has intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Rie Muraishi
  • Patent number: 10922031
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a print engine to form a page image on a printing sheet, a sheet conveyance unit to convey the printing sheet to the print engine in a non-stop conveyance mode, a video board to supply image data of the page image to the print engine, and a controller board to execute predetermined image processing to generate the image data and transfer the image data to the video board. The video board transmits a horizontal synchronization signal to the controller board. The controller board transfers the image data to the video board line by line in synchronization with the horizontal synchronization signal. The video board adjusts a cycle of the horizontal synchronization signal in accordance with an image width of the page image to satisfy a print productivity condition set correspondingly to a size of the printing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Takenori Yamamoto