Patents Examined by Michael Burleson
  • Patent number: 10255011
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses methods and systems for selectively applying clear colorant on one or more pages of a print job. The method includes receiving a print job including a document having a plurality of pages. Then, clear colorant attributes are received from a user via a user interface, the clear colorant attributes include type of clear colorant and one or more pages where clear is to be applied. An imposition template is received from the user via the user interface. The print job is decomposed into image data. The plurality of pages is re-arranged, based on the imposition template. The re-arranged pages are stored. Thereafter, clear colorant on the one or more pages as specified by the user is applied. The pages as specified by the user with clear colorant feature are printed and the remaining pages are printed in a normal printing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Franklin Arul Raj Arockiasamy, Rahul Raj, Chiranjib Basu
  • Patent number: 10237443
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a reading unit including a reading sensor to read image information from a sheet through a transparent portion. The reading unit is movable with respect to a frame of the apparatus and is urged by an urging member toward a facing member facing the transparent portion. A fixed guide fixed to the frame is disposed in adjacent to the reading unit in the sheet conveyance direction. A plurality of protruded portions provided on either one of the reading unit and the fixed guide, and a plurality of recessed portions provided on the other of the reading unit and the fixed guide and formed so as to engage with the plurality of the protruded portions. The reading unit is movable with the plurality of the protruded portions loosely fit with the plurality of the recessed portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Katayama
  • Patent number: 10228890
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus use environment with higher flexibility and convenience. To achieve this, in a program including the first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and executed by a processor and the second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by a unit other than the processor, this invention controls to perform communication between an external device and the first program layer via the second program layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Sumi, Tomohiro Suzuki, Kiyoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 10194043
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a detection apparatus for detecting a decoloration ink image includes an image reading unit, a decoloration unit, and a controller. The controller acquires image data using the image reading unit before decoloration that is the image data on the sheet before decoloration processing is executed by the decoloration unit. In addition, the controller determines whether or not there is a difference between the image data to be decolored and the decolored image data, thereby determining whether or not the decoloration ink is used in the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazunobu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10175918
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a transformation rule determining unit that determines a transformation rule for transforming print attribute information representing an attribute of a print job, based on at least one of a source data format and a target data format of the print attribute information, and a data format transforming unit that transforms the data format of the print attribute information from the source data format into the target data format in accordance with the determined transformation rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Ishibe, Taku Nishio
  • Patent number: 10162575
    Abstract: A system includes plural output units that output received document data, a storage unit that stores attribute information of a recipient who is to output the document data, a specifying unit that specifies an output unit from among the plural output units by using the attribute information of the recipient; and a transmitting unit that transmits the document data to the output unit specified by the specifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masafumi Ono, Keita Sakakura
  • Patent number: 10158784
    Abstract: A system and method adaptively lossy compresses image data by receiving a pixel of image data and meta data indicating a type of object that generated the pixel of image data, the pixel of image data includes a first byte having most significant bits of image data and a second byte having least significant bits of image data; electronically determining if the meta data associated with the pixel of image data is associated with a noisy image or indicates that the pixel of image data was generated by a specific type of object; electronically modifying the pixel of image data, when it is determined that the meta data is associated with the pixel of image data is associated with a noisy image or indicates that the pixel of image data was generated by a specific type of object, by setting a predetermined number of low bits of the pixel of image data to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen R. Dashiell, David E. Rumph
  • Patent number: 10148855
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, an image forming apparatus comprises a peripheral image acquisition section, a face detection section, a face recognition section and a printing control section. The peripheral image acquisition section acquires an image of the periphery of the image forming apparatus. The face detection section detects a face of person from the image acquired by the peripheral image acquisition section. The face recognition section calculates a matching rate indicating a matching degree of the face of person detected by the face detection section with a face of a user registered in advance. The printing control section executes a processing relating to printing of the image forming apparatus in a plurality of stages corresponding to the matching rates according to the matching rate calculated by the face recognition section and a threshold value of the matching rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 10133525
    Abstract: Methods and systems for virtual printing are described herein. A user may print to a virtual printer via a user device, and the user device may send print creation data to a server. The server may generate a print job based on the print creation data and store the print job in a print queue associated with the user. When the user approaches the location of one or more physical printers, a device handled by the user may detect a location sensor at the location and send a corresponding identifier to the server. The server may identify the one or more physical printers based on the identifier and send the print job stored in the print queue to one of the physical printers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Venu Gopal Nathani, Mukund Ingale, Ian Russell Wesley, Lin Cao
  • Patent number: 10129428
    Abstract: A system includes: a server and at least one device. The server includes a control unit configured to transmit Web content data including display information indicating at least one application that is able to be used by a device and at least one application command to cause the device to perform processing related to the at least one application. The device includes: a Web browser including: a display control unit configured to perform control for displaying a screen based on the Web content data on a display unit; and an execution unit configured to request execution of an application command included in the Web content data in accordance with an operation performed by a user via the screen; and a processing execution unit configured to, based on a request from the Web browser, perform processing related to an application corresponding to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Matsushima, Ryoh Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10126995
    Abstract: A printing system according to an embodiment includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses, a server, and a plurality of client terminals. The client terminal displays a setting screen for a user to select, as a print mode, one of a first print mode in which user authentication is not required and a second print mode in which the user authentication is required. When the second print mode is selected as the print mode, the user terminal transmits to the server information related to the user, a print instruction in accordance with the second print mode, and the print job. The server determines whether the user has authority to perform printing in the second print mode. When the user is determined to have the authority, the server transmits the print instruction and the print job to the particular image forming apparatus registered for that user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Minoru Takemura
  • Patent number: 10122893
    Abstract: According to exemplary methods, a processor of a printing device determines color values out of a first colorant combination using marking materials for standard colorants and marking materials for one or more extended gamut colors. The extended gamut color has colorants other than the standard colorants. Responsive to the first colorant combination including color values for each of a pair of two complementary colors, the processor calculates a second colorant combination that produces the same human-perceivable color as the first colorant combination. The second colorant combination includes only one color of the pair of two complementary colors. The printing device produces output using the second colorant combination for the standard colorants and the extended gamut color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Arindam Das, Ranita Bej, Guo-Yau Lin
  • Patent number: 10110761
    Abstract: A print mediation server may cause a printer to display M pieces of selection screens for selecting M pieces of items relating to printing, the M pieces of selection screens including a first file selection screen for selecting an image file in a storage server, and obtain M pieces of selection data indicating results which were selected in the M pieces of selection screens. The print mediation server may register first shortcut information including the M pieces of selection data in a case where a shortcut registration request is obtained and the M pieces of selection data are obtained, and supply a first print instruction to the printer by using the M pieces of selection data included in the first shortcut information so as to cause the printer to print a first image represented by a first image file which was selected in the first file selection screen file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Thanasegaran Subana, Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10104247
    Abstract: A method for printing documents includes detecting a trigger event when a portable memory device is communicatively connected to a print device. The print device is in communication with a data store that contains print history identifying one or more files printed using one or more print devices. The method includes receiving an instruction to print a document file stored on the portable memory device, identifying a property associated with the document file, and comparing the property associated with the document file to the print history to determine if a previously printed document in the print history is substantially similar to the document file. If a previously printed document in the print history is substantially similar to the document file, before printing the document causing a user interface to output a prompt that the document file has previously been printed, otherwise causing the print device to print the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Vinothraja Packirisamy, Jyoti Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10095962
    Abstract: A method for managing memory use in a graphics processing system receives a plurality of objects to be reproduced on an output medium, the output medium being divided into a plurality of bands. Objects falling within a band are stored in a corresponding local band memory and shared objects intersecting the band and at least one other band in at least one shared memory arena. Each shared memory arena is associated with a band counter defining the number of bands referencing said shared memory arena. The local band memory is associated with a data structure storing a shared memory arena identifier of the at least one shared memory arena where the shared objects intersecting the band are stored. The method facilitates release of the at least one shared memory arena in response to rasterizing the band selected for rasterizing based on the plurality of shared memory arena identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Krzysztof Adam Koziarz, Stuart James Warren
  • Patent number: 10095447
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first print medium database storing first print medium data items indicating attributes of a print medium. The information processing apparatus is coupled to a printing device including a second print medium database storing second print medium data items. The information processing apparatus includes processing circuitry configured to determine whether the first and second print medium databases are synchronized with each other; determine whether the second print medium data items stored in the second print medium database are supported in the information processing apparatus, when the first and second print medium databases are determined as not being synchronized with each other; and delete the first print medium data items stored in the first print medium database, and store, in the first print medium database, a second print medium data item determined as being supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yohta Mashiko
  • Patent number: 10097732
    Abstract: A color conversion method includes: a first acquisition step of acquiring a first color conversion table which defines mapping from a first color space to a second color space, and a second color conversion table which defines mapping from the second color space to a third color space; a second acquisition step of acquiring a color in the second color space to be subjected to color conversion; a computation step of computing an element group and a weight of each element included in the element group; a determination step of determining whether or not the element group in the second color conversion table; and a processing step of performing either first processing of performing inverse conversion and computing the color in the third color space, or second processing of performing an interpolation computation and computing the color in the third color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10097735
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a table generating unit. The table generating unit, in a Voronoi diagram, obtains empty circles as circles centered at Voronoi seeds of ends of Voronoi sides that intersect with a straight line passing through a largest saturation color and a smallest-saturation and specific-lightness color and passes through generatrices. After the table generating unit sets one of the generatrices shared by the two adjacent empty circles whose radius ratio is outside a specific range as a target point, and causes the radius ratio of the two empty circles to be within the specific range by changing at least one radius of the two empty circles, the table generating unit generates the conversion table that sets a color that corresponds to an intersection point corresponding to the target point among the intersection points of the two empty circles, as the definition colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Etsuko Manda
  • Patent number: 10091377
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus, a control method, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a control program. An image forming apparatus includes a flash memory, where a recording area of the flash memory can be regionally switched between a multilevel recording mode and a binary recording mode. The image forming apparatus further includes a history information creating section which creates use history information; a determining section which determines high frequently used data piece or pieces among data pieces stored in the flash memory, while referring to the use history information; and a recording area changing section which changes a size ratio of a region or regions operating in the binary recording mode and a region or regions operating in the multi-level recording mode in the recording area so that at least the determined data piece or pieces can be recorded in the binary recording mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nogawa
  • Patent number: 10084938
    Abstract: A reading apparatus includes a reading device for reading an image on a recording medium and generating image data. The reading apparatus is configured to: receive the generated image data; retrieve a first region location indicator indicating a location of a first region to be defined on an image based on the generated image data, a second region location indicator indicating a location of a second region, a first image processing indicator indicating at least one image processing determined for the first region, and a second image processing indicator indicating at least one image processing determined for the second region; determine first partial image data based on the first region location indicator; execute the at least one image processing; determine second partial image data; and execute the at least one image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shan Xu