Patents Examined by Kent Yip
  • Patent number: 10853007
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a storage unit that stores a plurality of pieces of application software; a connection control unit that establishes a communication connection to an external apparatus and collects available function information indicating at least one function included in the external apparatus; a determining unit that determines at least one piece of application software that is executable with respect to the external apparatus among the pieces of application software, based on the available function information; a display control unit that displays, on a display unit, the pieces of application software that are determined as being executable, and causes at least one piece of application software that is determined as being inexecutable to be hidden in the display unit or to be displayed on the display unit in a display mode different from a display mode of the pieces of application software that are determined as being executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 10846026
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, system, and a non-transitory recording medium storing instructions for executing an information processing method. The information processing system includes the information processing apparatus with one or more printer drivers installed and an image forming apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus to perform bidirectional communication with the image forming apparatus in response to a request from at least one of the printer drivers, by setting control information in a storage area corresponding to the printer driver and requesting a communication control program to perform the bidirectional communication with the image forming apparatus based on a control information set for the printer driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Miyabe
  • Patent number: 10807820
    Abstract: A preview screen includes a message indicating that double feeding of documents (i.e., sheets) has been detected, and image data corresponding to one or more read documents if the double feeding of documents is detected, and further provides a countermeasure method to the double feeding of documents in the preview screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daiki Tachi
  • Patent number: 10809952
    Abstract: A system and method provide redirection of print jobs from a first printer to a second printer. Aspects of the embodiments may automatically detect when a user is approaching a selected printer and if the print job is not finished, send the remainder of the print job to a second printer on the way to the user's destination. In some embodiments, the user may deviate from an intended route and the system may detect that another printer is more readily available to the user along the deviated route and may redirect the print job to the other printer. The user may pick up portions of the print job at one printer and without having to stop may continue on his or her route picking up other portions of the print job at other printers along the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Eric de Beus
  • Patent number: 10802775
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a system for facilitating device discovery. During operation, the system detects, by a computing device, a first message which is broadcast from a source device based on a network communication protocol. The system determines a classification which is a type for the source device based on a MAC address of the source device extracted from the first message. The system generates a second message which indicates the MAC address, an IP address of the source device obtained based on the first message, and the classification. The system sends the second message to a device management system, which causes the device management system to add the source device as a managed device. The system enhances device discovery by eliminating a direct scan of all devices on a sub-network by the device management system for devices of a same type as the type for the source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Marc E. Mosko
  • Patent number: 10795626
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for interrupting a print job in progress to immediately print a higher priority job utilizes an interpreter installed on an external hardware device to pre-process the higher priority job. When a high priority job is present, the external interpreter may convert page description language (PDL) data from the high priority job to raster data. Processing time needed to begin the high priority job is reduced and wait time to resume the interrupted job is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Duc Phu Truong
  • Patent number: 10791243
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a setting unit that sets a non-billing mode that is a mode of executing, without performing billing, a job that is set such that billing is performed for execution of the job, and a storage unit that stores a history of a job executed during a period in which the non-billing mode is set, wherein the stored history includes a cumulative number of pages obtained by printing performed by executing a job during a period in which the non billing mode is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Oya
  • Patent number: 10791227
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus determines whether a network address of a first IP address used in a wireless communication with a first external apparatus conflicts with a network address of a second IP address used in communication with the second external apparatus. A predetermined process is executed at least in a case where it is determined that the network address of the first IP address conflicts with the network address of the second IP address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Ooba
  • Patent number: 10791235
    Abstract: A processing apparatus to which an option is mountable, the processing apparatus including: a power supply unit; a device that (i) is controlled by the option mounted to the processing apparatus or controls the option and that (ii) performs a process corresponding to an inspection of whether or not the device operates normally; and a switching unit that switches on and off supply of electric power from the power supply unit to the device. Here, while the switching unit is receiving an instruction to initiate the process, the switching unit switches on the supply of electric power from the power supply unit to the device, while the switching unit is not receiving the instruction, the switching unit switches off the supply of electric power from the power supply unit to the device, and the device performs the process upon receiving electric power supplied from the power supply unit by the switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Patent number: 10791242
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus includes a first wireless communication unit, a second wireless communication unit, and a controller. The first wireless communication unit conducts first wireless communication with a device under a first wireless communication scheme. The second wireless communication unit conducts second wireless communication via an access point. The controller causes a predetermined display unit to display a list of access points which the first wireless communication unit receives from the device. The device acquires the list by searching for the access points. The controller connects the device to an access point selected from the list under a second wireless communication scheme. The controller designates the access point selected from the list as an access point to which the second wireless communication unit is to connect, and causes the second wireless communication unit to search for the device via the access point selected from the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Iwane Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10761782
    Abstract: A printing apparatus stores a user credential and updates a certificate by using the stored user credential information to reduce the time and effort required by a user to update the certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Go Inoue
  • Patent number: 10757277
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an imaging unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The imaging unit acquires a distinction image, visualized from setup information including a set value set by a user, with respect to a parameter for picture quality adjustment to be performed by an image forming apparatus. The control unit includes a processor, and recognizes, when the processor executes a control program, the setup information on a basis of the distinction image acquired by the imaging unit, and causes the display unit to display a first image formed by subjecting a sample image to the picture quality adjustment, according to the set value included in the setup information, and a second image formed by subjecting the sample image to the picture quality adjustment, according to a set value different from the set value included in the setup information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Etsuko Manda
  • Patent number: 10747480
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a determination unit, a process identifying unit, a color changing unit, and an image forming unit. The determination unit determines whether the writing image identified by a writing image identifying unit matches a preliminarily determined writing pattern. The process identifying unit identifies a color change process corresponding to the writing pattern when the writing image is determined to match the writing pattern at the determination unit. The color changing unit deletes the writing image from the image and changes a display style in the image to a display style with the writing color indicated in the color information in accordance with the color change process identified by the process identifying unit. The image forming unit forms an image obtained such that the color changing unit changes the display style in the image to the display style with the writing color on a recording sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Utsumi, Fumiya Sakashita
  • Patent number: 10740053
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes processing circuitry and a memory. The processing circuitry obtains device information from a printer. The processing circuitry obtains logical printer information regarding a logical printer, the logical printer being for printing to the printer from the information processing apparatus. The processing circuitry further determines whether to switch a print output destination of the logical printer based on the obtained device information and a compatible model of a printer driver corresponding to the logical printer, the compatible model of printer driver being obtained based on the printer logical printer information. When determining to switch the print output destination corresponding to the logical printer, the processing circuitry switches the print output destination of the logical printer to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Youichi Minegishi
  • Patent number: 10725716
    Abstract: A system and method provide incentives for print advertising through the use of a blockchain. Advertisers may leverage spare space on a print job by compensating a print advertiser to print an advertisement in the spare space. Embodiments may use a blockchain network to initiate requests for printed advertisements. A smart contract may include the details to be printed along with print run limits. Print services may receive requests through the blockchain and may print the advertisement on print jobs that are primarily for other information. Once the print run limits are met, confirmation of the printed advertisement may be returned through the blockchain to confirm execution of the smart contract. The print service executing the smart contract may receive authorization for compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Eric de Beus
  • Patent number: 10705777
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus communicating with an image forming apparatus includes a memory that stores a program and a processor that executes the program stored in the memory to perform a process. The process includes receiving a first document file including multiple sets of encrypted page data of pages, arranging the sets of the encrypted page data in page order, attaching identification information for identifying a page data boundary to each of the arranged sets of the encrypted page data, obtaining decoding information for decoding the sets of the encrypted page data from the first document file, generating a second document file including the arranged sets of the encrypted page data and the decoding information disposed before the arranged sets of the encrypted page data, and transmitting the generated second document file to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Iida
  • Patent number: 10708446
    Abstract: Based on pixel information of a target image selected from a plurality of images, an information processing apparatus specifies whether the target image is to be used for an album, and sets a template based on a condition for creating the album. The information processing apparatus places on the set template the target image to be used for the album according to the specifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Kunieda, Shinjiro Hori, Masaaki Obayashi
  • Patent number: 10701231
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes first and second power feed control portions and a storage processing portion. The first power feed control portion stops power feed to a nonvolatile first storage portion when reading or writing data from/to the first storage portion is completed. In a case where power feed to the first storage portion is stopped, the storage processing portion stores specific data among data stored in the first storage portion into a second storage portion. When an access request for accessing data in the first storage portion has been received: when access-target data specified in the access request is not stored in the second storage portion, the second power feed control portion resumes power feed to the first storage portion; and when the access-target data is stored in the second storage portion, does not resume the power feed to the first storage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Toyoda
  • Patent number: 10694068
    Abstract: A terminal device performs operations includes: a file information receiving process to receive M pieces of file information for identifying M image files from a printer storing M image files; a specific signal receiving process to receive a specific signal from the printer; a determination process to determine whether an inter-device distance is equal to or less than a predetermined distance by using a received radio field intensity of the specific signal; a selection process to select N pieces of file information, which is a part of the M pieces of file information when it is determined in the determination process that the inter-device distance is equal to or less than the predetermined distance; and a print instruction transmission process to not transmit the print instruction to the printer when it is determined that the inter-device distance is not equal to or less than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Munehisa Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10684808
    Abstract: A processing apparatus includes a detector, an acceptance unit, and a manager. The detector detects a user. The acceptance unit accepts an operation performed by the user for selecting a process. The manager manages plural resources of the processing apparatus so as to reserve, upon detection of the user by the detector, the plural resources and to release, upon acceptance of the operation by the acceptance unit, a resource among the plural resources that is not necessary for the process selected in the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Shibuya, Koma Morita