Patents Examined by Kent Yip
  • Patent number: 11330132
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus capable of resetting the system when a sub CPU abnormally operates. A controller includes a main CPU for controlling operation of the system and a sub CPU for controlling operation of specific internal devices. A first WDT circuit and a second WDT circuit are set to a first timer time and a second timer time according to respective reset signals received from the sub CPU. According to a first interrupt signal output from the first WDT circuit based on expiration of the first timer time, the second timer time is controlled to be extended to a predetermined time and execution of a process for rebooting the controller is controlled. According to a second interrupt signal output from the second WDT circuit based on expiration of the extended second timer time, execution of a process for resetting the system is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Hikichi
  • Patent number: 11330141
    Abstract: A universal serial bus (USB) memory that stores image data acquired by reading a document is connectable with an image reader. The image reader includes a storage capacity detector that detects storage capacity capable of storing information in the USB memory at a time point of reading a document, a capacity comparison section that compares size of the image data acquired by reading the document with the storage capacity of the USB memory, a data extractor that extracts the data to be moved to another storage medium from data that has already been stored in the USB memory, and a data mover that moves the data extracted by the data extractor to the other storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11323578
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, provided is an information notification system in which a multifunction peripheral including an audio device is associated with external audio devices so that the user of the multifunction peripheral is notified of a message. The information notification system is featured by including a message determiner which determines the contents of the message, a user position detector which detects a position of the user, an output device specifying section which specifies, based on a result of determination by the message determiner and a result of detection by the user position detector, the audio device which outputs the message, and a controller which performs control so that the message is notified from the specified audio device. As the audio device for outputting the message is specified according to the contents of the message, the message is notified from the specified audio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Chikara Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11308372
    Abstract: System and methods for efficient sheet map loading for print jobs. In one embodiment, a preflight system processes a print job to build a first sheet mapping for rasterizing and printing the print job, and stores the first sheet mapping. A job controller determines an estimate time to load the first sheet mapping from the memory using job properties as input to estimator logic. In response to determining that the estimate time for loading the first sheet mapping from the memory is shorter than a time threshold, the first sheet mapping is loaded from memory, and provided for rasterizing and printing. Otherwise, if the estimate time is longer than the time threshold, the job controller builds a second sheet mapping, and provides the second sheet mapping in increments for the rasterizing and the printing of the print job as the building of the second sheet mapping is in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dakota Peck, Katie Ashley Eng, David Ward
  • Patent number: 11307813
    Abstract: An image forming system for forming an image includes a storage unit that stores a log of the image forming system, and a controller to detect an abnormality of the image forming system based on the content of the log stored in the storage unit, and the controller controls to execute a recovery process of the image forming system according to a detection result of the abnormality. In this configuration, the image forming system detects complicated abnormality that occurs according to series of flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakagoshi
  • Patent number: 11310378
    Abstract: A system includes an image processing device connected to a transmission and reception device that communicates with an external device, and a terminal device connected to a display device. The image processing device includes an evaluation value calculation processor that calculates, for each of two or more types of output modes, an evaluation value of output image data when image data is output in the output mode, and an evaluation information transmitter that transmits evaluation information including information based on the evaluation value for each of the output modes, to the terminal device, via the transmission and reception device. The terminal device includes a display controller that performs control of displaying, for each of the output modes, the information based on the evaluation value corresponding to the output mode, on the display device, if the evaluation information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiko Takashima, Daisaku Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 11310377
    Abstract: An information processing terminal and an information processing system. The information processing terminal displays on a display, a plurality of screens in a sequential order, one or more of the plurality of screens being configured to receive a user operation, displays on the display, a symbol indicating degree of progress of the user operation on the plurality of screens, and at least one object for receiving a screen transition request that requests transition from one screen to another screen of the plurality of screens in the sequential order, and changes appearance of the symbol indicating the degree of progress of the user operation in response to the transition request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nanami Ishii
  • Patent number: 11308369
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member; a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image carried on the image bearing member to a sheet by being applied with a voltage; a controller configured to execute a mode of outputting a test chart for setting a voltage to be applied to the transfer member during image formation, the mode being a mode of transferring a plurality of test images to the test chart by applying a plurality of different voltages to the transfer member; and an operation portion capable of setting a type of a sheet on which the mode is executed. The controller is configured to preset a voltage value for setting a voltage to be applied when the test images are transferred in execution of the mode based on a voltage value, which is set in the previous execution of the mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruhiko Omata
  • Patent number: 11283947
    Abstract: A print apparatus registers information of the print apparatus in a server via an external access point based on an instruction provided via an operation screen of the print apparatus, obtains print data when an audio control device receives a print instruction by audio so that the server generates the print data, and executes a print process based on the obtained print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Maeda, Ryohei Saito
  • Patent number: 11272072
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores computer-readable control program instructions configured to, when executed, cause an information processing device to obtain an image file, store the image file in association with related information, generate a file path for the image file, the file path including a plurality of virtual directories based on the related information, the plurality of virtual directories belonging to respective different hierarchical layers, and in response to receiving, from browser program instructions stored in the information processing device, a request for one or more virtual directories belonging to a first lower layer that is hierarchically one level lower than a specified virtual directory in a top layer, retrieve and send the one or more virtual directories to the browser program instructions, thereby enabling the browser program instructions to display the retrieved one or more virtual directories belonging to the first lower layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Shiotani
  • Patent number: 11272066
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a member having a certain function, a learned model, and an estimation unit. The learned model is obtained by learning of a self-organizing map model having an input layer and an output layer. The estimation unit gives multidimensional input data related to the member to the input layer, and estimates a state of the member on the basis of one of a plurality of nodes of the output layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Naoya Miyaji
  • Patent number: 11245809
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display unit that display's a document in a first display mode by switching a document display mode from a second display mode to the first display mode in a case where the document displayed is a distributed document or a document having been distributed, where the document has not been browsed, and where a browsing time limit set for the document expires within a first predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Kentaro Takano
  • Patent number: 11245812
    Abstract: A multifunction peripheral stores normal user information for executing user authentication in and an auxiliary storage. The multifunction peripheral has a quick login mode for simple authentication. When registering a new user in the quick login mode, the CPU determines whether a login name in the normal user information of an existing user matches a login name of the new user. When the two login names match, the user is allowed to select whether to associate the new user with the existing user. When selected to associate the new user with the existing user, the quick user information of the new user including the first management information and the second management information is generated using at least user ID in the normal user information of the existing user, the first management information is stored in the auxiliary storage, and the second management information is stored in a main storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Morishita
  • Patent number: 11237385
    Abstract: An optical writing device performs writing by scanning an image surface of a photoconductor with light, and includes a light source unit including a light source that emits light, a deflection unit that deflects and scans the light, an optical element unit for the light, and a housing unit that holds the light source unit, the deflection unit, and the optical element unit. The housing unit includes a vibration isolator that isolates vibration transmitted from a vibration antinode where distribution of vibration in a sub direction perpendicular to a scanning direction of the light on the image surface of the photoconductor is maximum to at least one of seat face parts for the light source unit and the optical element unit having optical sensitivity in the sub direction, in a bottom face part of the housing unit, and a rigidity enhancer that increases rigidity of the seat face part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Akira Taniyama, Masahiko Takahashi, Naoki Tajima, Takashi Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 11240390
    Abstract: A server apparatus, a voice operation system, and a voice operation method, each of which: acquires, from an image forming apparatus, a language type of a display language used for display at the image forming apparatus; stores the language type of the display language; acquires, from a speaker, voice operation that instructs to change the display language; identifies a language type of a targeted language based on the voice operation; and determines whether the language type of the display language matches the language type of the targeted language. Based on a determination that the language type of the display language does not match the language type of the targeted language, the server apparatus instructs the image forming apparatus to change from the language type of the display language to the language type of the targeted language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Kubota
  • Patent number: 11228688
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: an image display section that includes a screen on which an image is displayed; a reception image display unit that is able to display plural reception images for respectively receiving an instruction for execution of a predetermined process on the screen; and a process execution unit that executes, in a case where an operation with respect to a first reception image among the plural reception images is received from a user, the process with respect to a second reception image that is associated with the first reception image among the plural reception images and is not displayed on the screen on which the first reception image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Shinji Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 11201972
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image, a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet on which the image is formed, a reader configured to read the sheet conveyed by the conveying unit and a controller. The controller is configured to execute first calibration in which a density of an image to be formed by the image forming unit is controlled based on a result of reading by the reader, and execute second calibration in which a geometric characteristic of an image to be formed by the image forming unit is controlled based on a result of reading by the reader. The controller allows usage of a sheet of a first type in the first type of calibration, wherein the controller prevents usage of a sheet of a second type in the first type of calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tomii
  • Patent number: 11201974
    Abstract: A method and system for maintaining privacy in private postal mail, such as privileged or other legal postal mail or medical mail, at a correctional facility comprising a privacy verification system to verify a privacy status of a sender and generate privacy status identifiers to be used on the legal postal mail. The privacy status identifiers when scanned or observed at a mail processing facility that processes incoming mail sent to inmates who are incarcerated in a correctional facility provides an indication to the mail processing facility that the mail is private so that appropriate measures can be taken to maintain privacy status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Logan, Justin Scott
  • Patent number: 11200472
    Abstract: An identification apparatus uses a sensor to sense a sheet, thereby obtaining a parameter concerning a characteristic of the sheet, and identifies a type of the sheet based on a result of inputting the parameter obtained by the sensor to an estimation model obtained by machine learning using a parameter of a sheet as input data and a type of a sheet as supervised data, the type used as supervised data corresponding to the parameter used as input data. The apparatus performs re-learning such that the identified type of the sheet based on a result of inputting the parameter obtained by the sensor as the input data to the estimation model becomes the type of the sheet represented by input information if the identified type of the sheet and the type of the sheet represented by the input information are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryosuke Uemura
  • Patent number: 11196875
    Abstract: An application apparatus includes a removal controller, a selection controller, and a recovery controller. The removal controller performs, in a case where a removal event occurs, control for storing an operation state of an active application as an original operation state and removing the application from an operation target. The selection controller performs, before causing the removed application to be recovered as the operation target, control for allowing a user to select a specific recovery method from among plural recovery methods including a method for reproducing the original operation state. The recovery controller performs, in accordance with the selected specific recovery method, control for causing an operation of the removed application to be recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Yuko Ishibashi