Patents Examined by Michael Burleson
  • Patent number: 11327692
    Abstract: A method is provided of producing and assembling a multi-part surface-mountable physical-activity lamina for use in aiding or supplementing a physical-activity in a physical-activity environment. There is a step a] of providing a first graphic design model of the lamina; and b] segmenting the first graphic design model into a plurality of graphic design model portions. A step c] follows of arranging the graphic design model portions into a more compact second graphic design defining a reduced surface area; and then d] the second graphic design being applied to a lamina substrate having another surface area. The lamina substrate is then separated into lamina elements corresponding to the graphic design model portions, followed by a step e] of assembling the lamina elements onto a mounting surface at a physical-activity environment to form the surface-mountable physical-activity lamina.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: James Edward Vester
  • Patent number: 11323593
    Abstract: A color printing system includes a color management server and one or more printing devices. The color management server manages color printing resources among the printing devices. A test chart is printed at a printing device and used to capture calibration measurement data. Calibration settings are defined for the calibration measurement data. A tone reproduction curve (TRC) is generated based on the calibration measurement data and the calibration settings. The TRC is stored with the TRC settings and calibration measurement data to be used at a printing device. ICC profiles are shared between printing devices following a match calibration operation between the printing devices. An ICC profile is transferred from one printing device to another. If the ICC profile is updated, then the updated ICC profile is transferred to the matched printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Javier A. Morales
  • Patent number: 11323576
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus comprises: an obtaining unit that obtains a luminance of an input image having a color reproduction range wider than that of a printing apparatus; a conversion unit that performs, for the input image, conversion processing of obtaining a value included in the color reproduction range of the printing apparatus and obtaining the luminance of the image after the conversion; and a correction unit that corrects the luminance of the input image, wherein the correction unit performs correction of the luminance of the input image based on a conversion characteristic between the obtained luminance and the obtained luminance such that an intensity of the correction becomes higher for a color that is not included in the color reproduction range of the printing apparatus than for a color included in the color reproduction range of the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Kagawa, Shuhei Ogawa, Maya Yazawa, Kouta Murasawa, Tetsuya Suwa
  • Patent number: 11317006
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to: acquire first permission information indicative of an apparatus which a first user is permitted to use, permit the first user to use the information processing apparatus in a case where the first permission information indicates the information processing apparatus, and permit the first user to use the information processing apparatus in a case where the first permission information does not indicate the information processing apparatus and a second user having an attribute that is in a predetermined relationship with an attribute of the first user is permitted to use the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Takuya Deguchi
  • Patent number: 11310395
    Abstract: An example image forming apparatus includes a communication device to receive print data, a print engine to form an image, a memory to store information on a saturation that allows to recognition of a predetermined hue for each user, and a processor to identify a user corresponding to the received print data, and control the print engine to print the received print data based on saturation information of the identified user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jung-Hun Kim, Sangmi Kim, Sejong Kim, Hyein Lee
  • Patent number: 11297204
    Abstract: In an image forming device, an image forming engine is configured to form an image. The memory stores configuration information and confidential information. The controller is configured to operate based on the configuration information. In a case where a storage medium is connected to the input output interface, and the storage medium stores import configuration information and import instruction information, the controller imports the import configuration information as the configuration information to the memory by using the import instruction information, encrypts the import instruction information by using the confidential information, and stores the encrypted import instruction information in the storage medium. After the import configuration information is imported, the controller operates according to the import configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinsuke Kaigawa
  • Patent number: 11281410
    Abstract: The controller causes the print engine to perform preliminary ejection on a maintenance sheet that is a print sheet different from the print sheet of the user document image, and to print an inspection chart image on a maintenance sheet. The controller causes, to be displayed on a predetermined display device, the maintenance sheet setting screen allowing a user to specify output conditions for the preliminary ejection and the printing of the inspection chart image, and specifies the output condition specified by the user on the maintenance sheet setting screen, and when an output condition is satisfied in printing the user document image by the print engine, the controller causes the print engine to automatically perform the preliminary ejection and printing of the inspection chart image on the maintenance sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Masayuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 11277730
    Abstract: A communication apparatus operable to comply with a NAN (Neighbor Awareness Networking) standard, receives, from one or more other communication apparatuses, publish messages respectively indicating a plurality of services, and causes a display unit to display the one or more other communication apparatuses that transmitted the publish messages, wherein, if a plurality of services indicated by a plurality of received publish messages are services provided by the same other communication apparatus, the display unit is caused to display this one other communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumihide Goto
  • Patent number: 11258918
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes at least one first processor and at least one first memory coupled to the first processor and having stored thereon instructions, when executed by the first processor, and cooperating to act as a determination unit configured to determine whether a password set to the image forming apparatus is an initial password, a lock function setting unit configured to enable a lock function preventing the setting of the image forming apparatus from being changed with an operation unit or an operation screen of the image forming apparatus, and a control unit configured to perform control so that a screen of a setting to operate the image forming apparatus via a client terminal is not displayed in response to the password being the initial password as the password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinichi Chiba
  • Patent number: 11256450
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an operation panel, a document transport device, an image reader, and a control device. The document transport device transports a source document while a moving document reading job is being performed. The image reader reads the source document being transported by the document transport device. The control device suspends the moving document reading job, when jam occurs during the moving document reading job, and displays, on the operation panel, a preview image of the non-blank page that has been read last in the period from the start of the moving document reading job to the suspension thereof, when the page last read in the period from the start of the moving document reading job to the suspension thereof is the blank page, and the number of blank pages read is two or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yasufumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 11249709
    Abstract: A method of controlling an information processing apparatus includes displaying an edit screen including an obtained image and a print range frame based on obtained print setting information, accepting an edit operation of arrangement of the image in the edit screen, generating image data based on an edited image, and transmitting the generated image data and the print setting information to the image forming apparatus as a print job. Where the image has been edited such that there is a region where the image is not arranged in the print range frame, combining processing in which a predetermined image is added in the region is performed and whereby image data including the image and predetermined image is generated, and where the image has been edited such that there is no region where the image is not arranged in the print range frame, the combining processing is not performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tadanobu Fujita
  • Patent number: 11226781
    Abstract: An editing device includes a controller configured to edit a layout of characters to be printed on a printing medium including a light-transmitting area and a non-light-transmitting area. The controller execute displaying a medium image and an input area image overlapped on the medium image, the input area image including a light-transmitting input portion overlapping a first portion of the medium image and corresponding to the light-transmitting area, determining whether arrangement of the characters in the light-transmitting input portion is enabled or disabled, and restricting the arrangement of the characters in the light-transmitting input portion. In the restricting, the arrangement in the light-transmitting input portion is allowed when it is determined that the arrangement in the light-transmitting input portion is enabled, and the arrangement in the light-transmitting input portion is prohibited when it is determined that the arrangement in the light-transmitting input portion is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Ueda, Mina Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 11221812
    Abstract: A printing method for performing poster printing in a printing system comprising a plurality of printing apparatuses, the printing method includes dividing original image data to be printed into a plurality of divided image data, assigning each of the divided image data to two or more printing apparatuses among the plurality of the printing apparatuses, acquiring print dimension accuracy information of each of the printing apparatuses assigned with the divided image data, performing dimension correction on a part or all of the divided image data corresponding to the printing apparatus assigned with each of the divided image data based on the acquired print dimension accuracy information, and performing printing by the printing apparatus assigned with the divided image data based on the divided image data that underwent the correcting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuo Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11216222
    Abstract: The present invention relates to method and system for providing series of serialized unique information on a substrate together with product related information. The method comprising: providing the series of serialized unique information from a batch of serialized unique information, using a printer device (30) able of printing from a digital-based image directly on the substrate in a first instance; storing information about the serialized unique information to a data storage device (20); printing the product related information on the substrate; and analysing the printed serialized unique information and product related information on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: DOVER EUROPE SÀRL
    Inventor: Roger Veenma
  • Patent number: 11216929
    Abstract: A decorative print inspection apparatus includes: a type selecting unit that selects a type of decoration; a region selecting unit that selects a decorative region regarding the type of decoration based on data for inspection for a printed material; a setting unit that sets a determination criterion in accordance with the type of decoration; and an inspection unit that determines a state of decoration by inspecting the decorative region in an image acquired by reading the printed material, based on the determination criterion that is set in accordance with the type of decoration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Koji Kita
  • Patent number: 11210505
    Abstract: A computer system for recycling value instruments in an automated teller machine has a memory storing instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the system to receive an image of a value instrument obtained by an automated teller machine for deposit. The image of the value instrument is analyzed to determine its condition. Then, based on the condition of the value instrument, it may be determined that the value instrument is suitable for recycling to fulfill withdrawals. Upon determining that the value instrument is suitable for recycling to fulfill withdrawals, recycling of the value instrument by the automated teller machine is initiated and an indication reflecting the recycling is generated so as to influence when a next servicing of the automated teller machine will occur. Related methods and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: A Warren Pratten, Randall Walton Martin, Martin Albert Lozon, Graham Allan Anderson, Ratnadeep Bhadra, James Kenneth McCrae, Dino Paul D'Agostino
  • Patent number: 11175864
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a printer engine configured to print a print image on a recording sheet based on image data, a post-processing device configured to perform post-processing on the recording sheet having the print image, and circuitry configured to perform following operation. The circuitry is configured to acquire print setting information; acquire information on a post-processing capability; generate a predicted image representing a state of the recording sheet applied with the post-processing, based on the image data, the print setting information, and the information on the post-processing capability; and display the predicted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Taito Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11169754
    Abstract: An information processing method includes: a generation step of generating, based on at least one of a position and an attribute of the text data that is an extraction target and is included in print information that can be printed by a receipt printer, a new extraction condition under which text data is extracted; and a test step of extracting text data by applying, to test print information, an extraction condition group including one or two or more preset extraction conditions set in advance as a condition under which the text data is extracted, and the new extraction condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hidehisa Omiya
  • Patent number: 11170274
    Abstract: In an example, a method includes rasterizing a seed image using a processor. A plurality of rasterized modified images may be generated from the rasterized seed image. Generating each rasterized modified image may include determining an image attribute modification and applying the determined image attribute modification to at least a portion of the rasterized seed image to generate the rasterized modified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HP Indigo B.V.
    Inventors: Raz Zamir, Noam Shaham, Amir Gaash
  • Patent number: 11163507
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming system capable of reliably preventing others from removing and taking printed matter even though printing is executed beforehand. The confidential notation reading unit reads a confidential notation. The user storage tray has a structure from which outputted printed matter cannot be removed unless the opening/closing door is opened. The locking mechanism locks the opening/closing door. The sorting mechanism sorts the printed matter outputted from the image forming apparatus and outputs the printed matter to either the open tray or the user storage tray. The sorting control unit outputs printed matter to which a confidential notation is not added to the open tray, and outputs a printed matter to which a confidential notation is added to the user storage tray, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Teppei Shibuya