Patents Examined by Lennin Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9591169
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processor, and memory storing computer readable instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the apparatus to function as a storage destination specifying unit configured analyze original image data generated by optically reading a document, the document including a body area having information written therein, and also including a storage destination specifying area representing information for specifying a storage destination to store target image data representing a target including the body area, so as to specify the storage destination to store the target image data, and a target image data providing unit configured to provide the target image data to the specified storage destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiko Hasegawa, Masaki Kondo
  • Patent number: 8582165
    Abstract: A document processing apparatus includes: a unit configured to detect a leading-edge point of an object in a page; a unit configured to calculate an association of objects to determine whether they should be merged into one based on the area matching rate between the leading-edge points of the objects; a unit configured not only to slide the objects in a normally appropriate direction for merging but also to perform fine-tuning in the vicinity thereof so as to derive a maximum area matching rate and improve the completeness of finished form of merging; a unit configured to merge the mating leading edges of the objects and further merge sets of overlapping objects; a unit configured to calculate the association by comparing attribute values included in the objects instead of using the area matching rate between the mating leading-edge points thereof, depending on a kind of the objects; and a unit configured to reduce the merged objects so that they fit into one page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Itami
  • Patent number: 8384934
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus, which includes an input unit configured to input image data and which is communicably connected to multiple external apparatuses via a network, which obtains a document with a predetermined form via the network from one of the multiple external apparatuses and transmits the image data input by the input unit according to instructions from a user based on the predetermined form. Also, in the case that the predetermined form described in the obtained document is recognized as a form to request input of image data, determines whether transmission of the image data should be restricted according to transmission destination of the image data transmitted, and based on the determining results, a control unit restricts transmission of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidetaka Nakahara
  • Patent number: 8379248
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive a start instruction and an end instruction entered by a service engineer who performs a maintenance work for the image-forming apparatus. A first holding unit is configured to store first counter information obtained by the image-forming apparatus in a case that the reception unit receives the start instruction. A second holding unit is configured to store second counter information obtained by the image-forming apparatus in a case that an operating state of the image-forming apparatus satisfies a first end condition. A generation unit is configured to generate maintenance information based on the second counter information stored in the second holding unit if the operating state of the image-forming apparatus satisfies the first end condition and further satisfies a second end condition before the reception unit receives the end instruction from the service engineer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichi Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 8379721
    Abstract: This disclosure describes rate control techniques that can improve video coding based on a “two-pass” approach. The first pass codes a video sequence using a first set of quantization parameters (QPs) for the purpose of estimating rate-distortion characteristics of the video sequence based on the statistic of the first pass. A second set of QPs can then be defined for a second coding pass. The estimated rate-distortion characteristics of the first pass are used to select Qps for the second pass in a manner that minimizes quality fluctuation between the frames of the video sequence. Furthermore, selection of the second set of QPs may also substantially maximize quality of the frames at the substantially minimized quality flucuation in order to achieve low average frame distortion with the minimized quality fluctuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorported
    Inventors: Haohong Wang, Narendranath Malayath
  • Patent number: 8373868
    Abstract: A method and device for invoking a set of services corresponding to a plug-in application installed on an image handling device. The method including launching a host application of an image handling device, accessing a configuration file of the image handling device, launching the at least one plug-in based on the information regarding the activation of each service and presenting a graphical interface that includes a graphical indicia of each activated service corresponding to each activated plug-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignees: Ricoh Company, Ltd., Ricoh Americas Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kitada
  • Patent number: 8363236
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided in which a device driver configured to control a plurality of devices is installed. The information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire function information relating to a function of the device, a storage unit configured to store the acquired function information in a storage medium, a determining unit configured to determine whether the device driver controls the devices, and a control unit configured to control an operation of the device through the device driver based on the stored function information. When the determining unit determines that the device driver controls the plurality of devices, function information acquired by the acquisition unit after the determination is made is abandoned without being stored in the storage medium and/or the acquisition unit is prohibited from acquiring function information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Onsen
  • Patent number: 8358436
    Abstract: When an imaging job is received by an imaging device, a modified job environment for the imaging job may be created based on job-specific settings that are specified by the imaging job and also based on default settings of the imaging device. When the imaging job is processed, modified job-specific input source settings of the modified job environment may be provided to an input source subunit that corresponds to the imaging job. The input source subunit may use the modified job-specific input source settings to process the imaging job. Modified job-specific output engine settings of the modified job environment may be provided to an output engine subunit that corresponds to the imaging job. The output engine subunit may use the modified job-specific output engine settings to process the imaging job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8253986
    Abstract: An image scanner includes a transparent plate, a scanning device, a driving device, a positioning member, a light absorbing portion and a white reference portion. The transparent plate has an original placing surface. The scanning device irradiates an original with light by means of a light source and scans reflected light from the original. The driving device reciprocates the scanning device along the transparent plate. The positioning member positions the original placed on the original placing surface of the transparent plate. The light absorbing portion, which is disposed on the original placing surface side of the positioning member and at substantially a central portion of the positioning member in moving directions of the scanning device, absorbs ambient light entering to the original placing surface side of the positioning member through the transparent plate. The white reference portion is provided to the original placing surface side of the positioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Ikeno, Yoichi Susaki
  • Patent number: 8237946
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for maintaining imaging device (IDev) accounting data in the event that an imaging device's primary accounting server becomes unavailable. Some aspects relate to the use of a lightweight accounting backup server (LABS) that may reside on an imaging device, a networked computer or another computing device for the purpose of storing and communication accounting data when a primary accounting server fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Lovat, Hanzhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8223355
    Abstract: A cellular telephone protocol adaptive printing method is provided. An example method may include identifying a cellular telephone print item to print, identifying a print data transmission protocol for transmitting from a cellular telephone to an image forming device via a wireless communication link, identifying print job elements to process according to the print data transmission protocol, selectively processing the print job elements according to the print data transmission protocol, and processing the print job elements into a print job. In one example, the method includes transmitting the print job to an image forming device. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the application. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be employed to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Phillip A. McCoog, Leo Robert Blume, Rabindra Pathak, Michael Strittmatter
  • Patent number: 8223388
    Abstract: It is judged whether or not impositioning is applied to an image, based on layout information. If the image is the imposed one, layout information (storage layout information) for each page constituting one impositioning and output joint information for impositioning based on the storage layout information are generated. A page raster for each page constituting an imposed image is saved without duplication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Nakao, Nobuyuki Shitara
  • Patent number: 8223356
    Abstract: An image reading device reads an original document image and generates original document data, and sends a job made up of the generated original document data and first information necessary for processing to be performed at a service providing device based on this original document data, to the service providing device, and further, notifies an information processing device or the user of the information processing device, of the job identification information of the job that has been sent. The information processing device acquires the job identification information notified thereto and sends, to the service providing device, second information necessary for the processing to be performed at the service providing device relating to the job corresponding to the job identification information. This improves the operational functionality in the case of sending read image data directly from an image reading device to a service providing device on the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshihiro Kadowaki
  • Patent number: 8218160
    Abstract: Adaptive automatic printing methods and systems allow a user to modify print settings for an automatic print job after sending the job, after which the job is output under the modified print settings without any requirement to resend the job. Accordingly, if a user discovers after sending an automatic print job that an improper or suboptimal print setting has been used, the user can correct the problem without having to resend the job and, in some embodiments, without having to return to the client node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Rodney Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8213034
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for providing remote file structure data access to an imaging device user interface. Some aspects relate to methods and systems wherein a request for file structure data is sent from an imaging device (IDev) to a remote computing device (RCD) that is capable of retrieving and converting file structure data. Some aspects relate to reading the file structure data of a remote resource and converting that file structure data to a format that is compatible with an IDev user interface (UI). The converted file structure data may then be received by the IDev and displayed at the IDev UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Amarender Reddy Kethi Reddy, Shinichi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 8203744
    Abstract: A method of connecting an image forming apparatus (IFA) to a network and assigning the IFA a network address, selecting a map file image from a plurality of map file images, the selected map file image corresponding to a regional location of the IFA, outputting the selected map file image, selecting a location on the map file image which corresponds to a physical location of the IFA, and storing the location and the network address. An IFA configured to implement the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Oba, Tomoki Hattori
  • Patent number: 8194275
    Abstract: A class of add-on system components providing functionality of devices, management of self-help, customization and enhancement of services for devices, and remote monitoring at significantly reduced cost. It reduces the cost of UI and greatly enhances ease-of-use by realizing that the networked system can be headless and use a browser-based UI for its platform. It embeds a Device Model Agent (DMA) and connects to the Device-Centric Services platform to offer services. Additionally, it offers customized diagnostic access for customer representatives to enable self-help service actions to be performed, unifies and manages multiple access needs to several disparate data access mechanisms, and uses largely COTS PC hardware rather than customized PWBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael R. Furst, Loranzo Whitfield, Naveen Sharma, Ronald M. Rockwell, Tracy E. Thieret, Claude S. Fillion, Weixia Huang, Michael P. Kehoe, Arturo M. Lorenzo, Mary C. McCorkindale, Robert J. St. Jacques, Michael F. Cavanaugh, Christopher J. Regruit
  • Patent number: 8194259
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is connected to a client apparatus and an image forming apparatus, the information processing apparatus including a large capacity memory device; a common interface device; a reception part compatible with the common interface device; and a transmission part compatible with the common interface device, wherein the reception part receives data for an image forming request from the client apparatus via the common interface device and stores the data on the large capacity memory device, and the transmission part transmits the data for the image forming request stored on the large capacity memory device to the image forming apparatus via the common interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takehito Tomita
  • Patent number: 8169662
    Abstract: There is disclosed a printing system for processing an electronic document with an original stream having at least two printing related instructions. Responsive to reading the at least two printing related instructions with a controller; the original stream is split into two or more streams. A printer produces (1) one or more sets of prints from one or more of the two or more streams for storage in one or more inserters, and (2) a final set of prints from another one of the two or more streams, the final set of prints corresponding to a hardcopy stream with at least one gap. The one or more sets of prints are automatically stored in the one or more inserters and, pursuant to printing the final set of prints; the one or more inserters are used to insert at least one print from the one or more sets of prints into the at least one gap of the hardcopy stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre R. N. Van De Capelle, Lee C Moore, Barry G Gombert
  • Patent number: 8154741
    Abstract: A class of add-on system components providing functionality of devices, management of self-help, customization and enhancement of services for devices, and remote monitoring at significantly reduced cost. It reduces the cost of UI and greatly enhances ease-of-use by realizing that the networked system can be headless and use a browser-based UI for its platform. It embeds a Device Model Agent (DMA) and connects to the Device-Centric Services platform to offer services. Additionally, it offers customized diagnostic access for customer representatives to enable self-help service actions to be performed, unifies and manages multiple access needs to several disparate data access mechanisms, and uses largely COTS PC hardware rather than customized PWBs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael R. Furst, Loranzo Whitfield, Naveen Sharma, Ronald M. Rockwell, Tracy E. Thieret, Claude S. Fillion, Weixia Huang, Michael P. Kehoe, Arturo M. Lorenzo, Mary C. McCorkindale, Robert J. St. Jacques, Michael F. Cavanaugh, Christopher J. Regruit