Patents Examined by Lennin Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8139256
    Abstract: A method and system for scanning documents in a network environment and merging the resulting scan files with other documents into a printing workflow provides a user interface in which the user merges a scan file and a document file on a page basis by selecting thumbnail images of the desired pages and dragging and dropping the thumbnails so that a new merged document results. An alternative embodiment allows the user to apply predefined merge templates to the selected pages. The predefined merge templates may include printing and formatting instructions such as color settings and a page layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret Motamed
  • Patent number: 8125670
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus includes a data reading unit that reads data from a non-contact tag, and a restoration unit that restores a file when the data reading unit reads, from the non-contact tag, (i) location information indicating a storage location where the file is previously stored and (ii) at least one of a flag indicating that the file is to be restored and a restoration program for restoring the file, in accordance with the read at least one of the flag and the restoration program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Ueno, Masashi Suzuki, Hiroshi Koie, Kazunari Taki, Takahiro Ikeno, Takahiro Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 8120797
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for sending content to an imaging device display using a browser and an embedded application. Some aspects relate to an interruptive process whereby a browser process is interrupted in order to display new browser content. Some aspects relate to an interruptive process whereby alarm or error content is pushed to the browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Lovat, Hanzhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8121194
    Abstract: The latest video-coding standards achieve higher coding efficiency than the previous video standards, while increasing the complexity and the difficulty of encoding. In a skip macroblock prediction mode some coding parameters (such as motion vectors and residual) are not coded. Selecting skip macroblock prediction mode reduces the size of the encoded bitstream while possibly deteriorating image quality. Previously the selection of the skip prediction mode is performed after motion estimation process. This invention determines whether each macroblock should be encoded in skip macroblock prediction mode before motion estimation. This invention substantially reduces computational cost with a very small deterioration in coding efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Masato Shima
  • Patent number: 8120793
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for sending content to an imaging device display using a browser and an embedded application. Some aspects relate to an interruptive process whereby a browser process is interrupted in order to display new browser content. Some aspects relate to an interruptive process whereby alarm or error content is pushed to the browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Lovat, Hanzhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8120798
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems, methods and devices for providing access to remote, descriptor-related data at an imaging device user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Amarender Reddy Kethi Reddy, Shinichi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 8120799
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for providing access to remote, descriptor-related data at an imaging device user interface. Some aspects relate to accessing a service or product provider resource based on a descriptor that is sent from an imaging device to the selector. Some aspects relate to a selection between multiple providers when multiple providers match criteria defined by the descriptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Amarender Reddy Kethi Reddy, Shinichi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 8115944
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for receiving job configuration data, deriving detailed job parameters and calculating job costs in relation to an imaging device job. Some aspects relate to the receiving display content for use as a prompt to obtain job configuration data. Some aspects relate to display of display content for prompting a user to input the job configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hanzhong Zhang, David J. Lovat
  • Patent number: 8115947
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to systems, methods and devices for providing access to remote, descriptor-related data at an imaging device user interface. Some aspects relate to accessing a service or product provider resource based on a descriptor that is sent from an imaging device to the selector. Some aspects relate to a selection between multiple providers when multiple providers match criteria defined by the descriptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Shinichi Yamamura, Amarender Reddy Kethi Reddy
  • Patent number: 8115943
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes: an information providing part for providing, to a client terminal, screen data for selecting one or more image forming apparatuses among from a plurality of image forming apparatuses connected to a network; and a print request part for distributing print data and a print request to the selected one or more image forming apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Ohishi, Yuuko Sugiura
  • Patent number: 8115945
    Abstract: Some aspects of the present invention relate to a method whereby an image device may communicate its job configuration properties to a remote computing device, which may then communicate with the imaging device to modify those configuration properties for a particular imaging job. Some aspects relate to methods whereby job configuration properties are transmitted to a remote application that generates an optimized job definition list that defines an imaging job based on the values of the job configuration properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Boguslaw Ludwik Plewnia
  • Patent number: 8098402
    Abstract: A raster image target tracking method, the raster image being a binary raster image or a targeted contone raster image, may include determining target information that corresponds to a target device for the raster image, saving the target information in a memory, comprising the raster image target device to a processing device by which the document is to be processed, and providing a warning message when the document target device does not correspond to the processing device. Also, a compound document analysis and target tracking method may include providing a compound document, analyzing each object of the compound document to determine target information, saving the target information in a memory, comparing the target devices of the respective objects to each other, and providing a warning message to a user when the target devices of the respective objects do not correspond to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William S. Jacobs, Michael E. Farrell, David E. Rumph, Stephen M. Strasen
  • Patent number: 8098398
    Abstract: A printing system configured to set a segment unit size serving as a unit of a display area for displaying, as images, a list of pages which form the document; acquire a width and a height of each page image from the document data; calculate, when a value of a ratio of the width and the height of the page acquired in the acquiring exceeds a predetermined value, a display area size having a display region larger than the segment unit size; determine, for a page having the value of the ratio exceeding the predetermined value, an enlargement/reduction ratio so as to fit the page into the display area size; and display, a list of pages which form the document, by enlarging or reducing the page based on the enlargement/reduction ratio determined in the determining and displaying the page in a display screen at the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuhide Takasaki, Tadanobu Fujita, Hiroshi Shintoku, Hiroshi Okubo, Yasuo Kurata
  • Patent number: 8098399
    Abstract: A method of controlling a feed rate of a printer, and a printer employing same, wherein the printer includes a feeder motor driving a feeder mechanism and a transport motor driving a transport mechanism. The method includes receiving image data for a first item of print media in a print job, processing the image data to create printable image data, and determining an image preparation time that is a time difference between the time when the printable image data is completed and the time when the start of the image data is first received. The method then further includes determining a current feeder speed based on at least the image preparation time. Following that that determination, the method includes: (i) turning the transport motor on, and (ii) setting a speed of the feeder motor equal to the current feeder speed and thereafter turning the feeder motor on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Smith, Gary S. Jacobson, Brad L. Davies, Elaine B. Cristiani
  • Patent number: 8085425
    Abstract: The present invention allows a printing process to be released from application software earlier. At the start of printing, the size of an available area in a RAM 11 is obtained. It is determined whether or not the size of total print data transmitted from a handheld computer to a color printer is the obtained size of the available area. If it is determined that the size of the total print data is larger, the size of an available area in a memory card is obtained. It is then determined whether or not the obtained size of the available area is larger than the size of the total print data. If it is determined that the size of the available area is larger, the total print data is created on the available area in the memory card. Then, the created total print data is transmitted to the color printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 8085411
    Abstract: It is necessary to avoid performing printing which brings about a poor printing result due to a mismatch between a medium fed by a printer and a set medium. For arbitrary paper, a paper type determining process unit 612 determines according to the information plural times detected with different timing during the process on the print data whether or not a mismatch occurred between the type of paper set on a printer and paper set by a print setting process unit 611, and the generation and output of print data by a print data generating process unit 618 is correctly controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kai, Masakazu Nomoto, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Hideo Natori, Hideki Honda
  • Patent number: 8077341
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring events from a media stream and triggering an action in response to detected events. The action is preferably based on information relating to the event received by the system. The system can generate a paper document that reflects some aspects of the detected event such as a summary describing the event. The system can also generate a network message (e.g., email or paging call) in response to the detected event. In other embodiments, the system stores multimedia in memory in response to the detected event. The system can also generate an audio on a speaker or a video on a video display system attached to the printer based on the detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Hull, Jamey Graham, Peter E. Hart
  • Patent number: 8059301
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating mass reports. In one implementation, a graphical user interface (GUI) or web interface is provided that enable a user to run an analysis and generate reports. The user may run software on a computer workstation to access a network or, alternatively, may use a Internet browser to navigate to a web site providing access to network resources. The user at a computer workstation may input parameters to generate reports that, for example, provide summaries of data and/or analyze raw data. Furthermore, users may control the timing of report execution and/or the distribution of the reports. Reports may be distributed in electronic and/or hard copy format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Martin Eigenbrodt, Andreas Lammers, Jens-Michael Ruppelt
  • Patent number: 8045206
    Abstract: When a setting relating to the print quality of a printer 3 is changed (T601), sending of ssdp:byebye to PCs 2 (T603) and time measurement by a timer 37 (T605) are executed. Then, after the elapse of 30 seconds from the start of time measurement by the timer 37, ssdp:alive is sent to the PCs 2 (T615). Even if a paper size related setting change (T607) or multiple page printing (condensed printing) setting change (T609) is made during this 30-second interval, ssdp:alive is not sent to the PCs 2 for those changes executed during the 30-second interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yohei Maekawa, Kiyotaka Ohara
  • Patent number: 8035831
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to management and modification of documents stored on a remote computing device via a user interface on a local imaging device. Some aspects relate to the use of user input at an imaging device to modify document content. User input at the imaging device may include identification of a user characteristic and selection of a document stored on the remote computing device. After modification, the document may be sent to the imaging device or another destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rono Mathieson, Bryan K. Schacht, Roy Chrisop, Tanna Richardson, Bogdan Plewnia, Lena Sojian, Joey Lum, Mark Stevens, Uoc Nguyen, Shinichi Yamamura