Patents Examined by Miya J Williams
  • Patent number: 10996903
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are configured to reduce energy use in a printing or multi-function device. They include monitoring at least one characteristic associated with operation of a multi-function device in a first mode of operation. They further include determining when a value of the at least one characteristic exceeds a threshold value and communicating programming information associated with operation of the multi-function device in a second mode of operation to a programmable network interface device when it is determined that the value of the at least one characteristic exceeds the threshold. The programming information changing the operating conditions associated with network communication by the programmable network interface device. The printing or multi-function device then operates in the second mode of operation based on the conditions associated with the network communication by the reconfigurable network interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Thillaivasan Veeranathan, Lijo Poulose, Sudhakar Subramaniyan
  • Patent number: 10999473
    Abstract: A target area of image data of a scanned document is set, in which the target area has a predetermined size and a target pixel, characteristic amounts indicating the brightness at two pixels among the plurality of pixels included in the set target area are obtained, a determination is made on whether or not the difference between the obtained characteristic amounts indicating the brightness is higher than a threshold, a brightness correction amount is decided based on a characteristic amount indicating the brightness of the target pixel and the result of the determination, and the brightness characteristic amount indicating the brightness of the target pixel is corrected based on the decided correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daiki Ikari
  • Patent number: 10983742
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus according to the present disclosure has items relating to function control. The image forming apparatus includes a setting section and a classification section. The setting section sets item content for each function. The classification section classifies an item into a first item group depending on a change frequency of the item contents. The first item group is defined such that information indicating a change in item content of the group is sent to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kato, Muneki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10984298
    Abstract: A control server to which a management apparatus and a printer configured to print settlement information and issues a receipt are connectable, includes a processor configured to acquire text data on the settlement information from the printer, acquires an item value of an item contained in the settlement information from the text data, acquires a setting relating to a notation form of the item value in the different notation forms depending on regions from the processor, and acquires the item value in the different notation forms depending on regions from the text data based on the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hidehisa Omiya, Yuichi Sugiyama, Hideaki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10986245
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to advanced signal processing technology including signal encoding and image processing. One implementation describes an encoding system including a masking module. The masking module scales or eliminates signal encoding adjustments based on an image's luminance or chrominance values. Of course, other implementations, combinations and claims are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Dean H. Chadwick, Trent J. Brundage
  • Patent number: 10976968
    Abstract: An information processing method includes: storing, for each user, a first image forming apparatus usually used, a print setting usually used in the first image forming apparatus, and a first operational procedure, the first operational procedure being a procedure for selecting the print setting via a user interface of the first image forming apparatus; receiving authorization information of a user from a second image forming apparatus; and where the first operational procedure of a user specified based on the authorization information is different from a second operational procedure, the second operational procedure indicating a procedure for selecting the print setting of the specified user via a user interface of the second image forming apparatus, sending guide information to the second image forming apparatus, the guide information indicating guide-display of the second operational procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Osamu Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10972617
    Abstract: An information terminal transmits information relating to user authentication to an image processing apparatus via short-range wireless communication. The image processing apparatus performs processing for the user authentication using the received information, and transitions to a status where a function of the image processing apparatus is used via an operation unit upon condition that the user authentication has succeeded. The information terminal transmits data to be used in any one of individual functions included in the image processing apparatus to the image processing apparatus based on receipt of information indicating successful user authentication from the image processing apparatus. After receiving the data from the information terminal, the image processing apparatus uses the received data as a setting of the function of the image processing apparatus that corresponds to the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yosui Naito
  • Patent number: 10970019
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a controller that receives a file a description format of which is to undergo conversion and a request for the conversion of the description format of the file and that performs control to cause a display device to display an image representing content of the file before the conversion of the description format of the file is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10970018
    Abstract: A method for printing certain information on labels using a smart device. Product-related information, expiration information, and batch information is stored on a server and provided to a smart device. One of the products or batches is selected using the smart device. Labels incorporating certain product-related information are generated and sent to a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Bruce Platts
  • Patent number: 10965824
    Abstract: System(s) and method(s) for transferring print jobs from a multi-function device to an external storage device are described. The method includes detecting the external storage device by the multi-function device when the external storage device is connected to the multi-function device. The method further includes determining if there is a print job of a user in a print queue of the multi-function device and displaying an option to transfer the print job to the external storage device based on the determination. The method includes receiving an input from the user, the input is indicative of a selection of the option to transfer the print job. Also, the method includes automatically creating a pre-defined folder in the external storage device based on receiving the input and transferring the print job of the user from the print queue of the multi-function device to the pre-defined folder of the external storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Sathish Kumar Annamalai Thangaraj, Narayan Kesavan, Muralidaran Krishnasamy
  • Patent number: 10963198
    Abstract: In order to enable a reduction in complexity in setting a communication parameter, a communication apparatus operable to provide a communication parameter to an external apparatus, generates a first image that is used in a first setting scheme for providing a communication parameter and in which information including a communication parameter is encoded; and generates a second image that is used in a second setting scheme for providing a communication parameter and in which information that does not include the communication parameter and that does include authentication information for performing an authentication is encoded. Then, the apparatus accepts information used to determine which of the first setting scheme and the second setting scheme to use; and, displays, based on the information, either the first image or the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Minakawa, Hiroki Habu
  • Patent number: 10958797
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: a display device; a storage device that stores finish icons indicating respective finished states of a plurality of types of printed material, function icons indicating respective functions of setting finished states of the printed materials, and a correspondence relationship between the finish icon and the function icon indicating the function of setting the finished state of the printed material indicated by the finish icon; and a control device that includes a processor and, by the processor executing a control program, functions as a controller. The controller reads out the finish icon from the storage device, causes the display device to display, on a screen thereof, the finish icon, reads out the function icon associated with the finish icon from the storage device based on the correspondence relationship, and causes the display device to display the function icon in association with the finish icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kohei Konishi
  • Patent number: 10942691
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus capable of executing a copy job without causing a memory shortage by dividing and sequentially executing the copy job process. The image forming apparatus includes a free area determining unit and a division process executing unit. The free area determining unit compares capacities of work areas necessary for executing a scanning job and a printing job with free area in memory (RAM), respectively. The division process executing unit, in a case where the free area determining unit determines that the free area in memory is equal to or greater than the capacity of the work area necessary for executing the scanning job, but is less than the capacity of the work area necessary for executing the printing job, cancels parallel processing, and after executing the scanning process, saves in a non-volatile memory, and then after restarting, executes the printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Akihiko Ikazaki, Shinichi Hashimoto, Kunihiko Shimamoto
  • Patent number: 10936923
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming portion, an image reading portion, an analysis processing portion, a generation processing portion, and a printing processing portion. The image forming portion forms an image on a paper sheet. The image reading portion reads a first image from a printed side of a used paper sheet supplied from a sheet feed portion. The analysis processing portion analyzes content of the first image read by the image reading portion. The generation processing portion generates, based on the content of the first image analyzed by the analysis processing portion, a second image that degrades visibility of the first image when the second image is superimposed on the first image. The printing processing portion causes the image forming portion to execute a printing process such that the second image generated by the generation processing portion is superimposed on the first image on the printed side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takayasu Ninagawa
  • Patent number: 10911628
    Abstract: In a client machine that collects first data that is operation information of an apparatus and second data related to a use situation of a plurality of pieces of hardware including a processor, a memory, and a storage, control is performed so that, in a case where the client machine is in a power-saving state at a timing when data that is collected in the apparatus is transmitted to an external system, recovery from the power-saving state is performed and transmission of the first data is not restricted, and transmission of the second data is restricted, and in a case where the client machine is not in the power-saving state at the timing, the transmission of the first data and the transmission of the second data are not restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kimito Kasahara
  • Patent number: 10887473
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus comprises a platen, a support, a reader, an open/close unit, a first obtainer, a mark, a positioning member, and a determiner. A position of the mark on a pressing surface of the cover, is provided at a position at which, in a case where a sheet of a maximum size among standard sizes that can entirely fit in a readable range of the reader is positioned with respect to the positioning member, at least a portion of the mark is not hidden by the sheet as viewed from the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Akagi
  • Patent number: 10873674
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is provided and includes a display configured to display information and at least one controller configured to cause the display to display a PIN code set in the communication apparatus; and output a guidance voice regarding a remote setting change using a tone signal to an external apparatus via voice communication depending on reception of a tone signal corresponding to the PIN code from the external apparatus via voice communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yosui Naito
  • Patent number: 10868934
    Abstract: A server apparatus is configured to receive, from the one client apparatus, a user identifier and a client identifier, determine whether or not the one client apparatus is a high-probability client apparatus, if it is determined that the one client apparatus is not the high-probability client apparatus, determine a high-probability function, determine whether or not differential operation information is present, the differential operation information being information indicating an operation different from an operation to be input in an operation device of the high-probability client apparatus when the high-probability client apparatus executes the high-probability function, out of an operation to be input in an operation device of the one client apparatus when the one client apparatus executes the high-probability function, and if it is determined that the differential operation information is present, send the differential operation information to the one client apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Osamu Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10863049
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: an interface; and a controller. The controller executes: storing, into a memory, history information relating to supply of electric power to an external device via the interface; rebooting when the reboot is required during supply of the electric power to the external device via the interface; and restarting control of the supply of the electric power to the external device via the interface, based on the history information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shimamura, Hajime Usami
  • Patent number: 10860264
    Abstract: A graphical object processor has a single filter. The filter includes a program for constructing a pipeline consisted of a plurality of stages based on a print ticket. In one or more of the plurality of stages, a content box of print-target data is modified. When the content box is modified, commands respectively indicating affine transformation matrices are generated. The commands are pushed into a command stack. The pushed commands are used for modification of a visual element. Specifically, the affine transformation matrices are multiplied and thereby an integrated transformation matrix is generated. The visual element is modified by multiplying an affine transformation matrix of the visual element by the integrated transformation matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keisuke Ijuin