Patents Examined by Moustapha Diaby
  • Patent number: 10567916
    Abstract: A program causes a terminal device to function as a communication unit that receives a beacon signal and the processing unit. After an event to cause the communication unit to transmit a job to a target apparatus (electronic apparatus) occurs, or after a predetermined operation is performed by the terminal device in response to receiving a status from the target apparatus, in a case where it is determined that a user moves to an apparatus (non-target apparatus) different from the target apparatus, based on the received radio wave strength of the beacon signal from the target apparatus, the processing unit performs warning notification processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10558402
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus is communicatively connected to a server system that collects operation information on a printer, through a network, the terminal apparatus including a communication interface that receives printing time information, a display, and a processor that performs processing which displays information that is based on the printing time information. The processor causes a mode for displaying the printing time information on the display to change between a first state where the reception of the printing time information from the server system succeeds and a second state that is at least one of a state where the reception fails and a state where the reception is in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 10554841
    Abstract: An operating panel of an image forming apparatus obtains a serial number of a main unit of the image forming apparatus upon being connected to the main unit. If a pre-stored serial number of the main unit is different from the obtained serial number, the operating panel deletes all applications installed in the operating panel, stores the serial number of the main unit in the operating panel, and then installs applications on the basis of application information present in the main unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Horiyama
  • Patent number: 10552096
    Abstract: A first communication apparatus including a control device configured to: receive a specific signal from a second communication apparatus; determine whether an inter-device distance between the communication apparatuses is equal to or smaller than a first distance; cause a server to supply printing data to a printer when the inter-device distance is equal to or smaller than the first distance; again receive the specific signal from the second communication apparatus; determine whether the inter-device distance is equal to or smaller than a second distance that is smaller than the first distance by using a second reception radio wave intensity of the again-received specific signal; and cause the printing execution unit to execute printing in accordance with the printing data when it is determined that the inter-device distance is equal to or smaller than the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Munehisa Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10545706
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control method for an image forming apparatus including firmware and an application operating on the firmware, the control method including registering a size of a defined sheet in a storage unit in accordance with a user operation under control of the firmware, accepting a selection instruction of the registered size of the defined sheet in accordance with the user operation under control of the application, and control printing using the defined sheet having the size according to the selection instruction under the control of the firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10545702
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus has a release mode and a power saving mode with less power consumption, the information processing apparatus comprises: a communication part that communicates with a first information processing apparatus and a terminal apparatus; a storage part that stores first information which is information to be included in a response with respect to a command transmitted from the terminal apparatus by multicasting and received by the communication part; and a control part that sets a response function with respect to the command to either “valid” or “invalid” during the power saving mode. Wherein the control part transmits via the communication part the first information to the first information processing apparatus that performs a proxy response with respect to the command, and thereafter, sets the response function to “invalid” and executes a process to transit from the release mode to the power saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Jin Nomura
  • Patent number: 10528301
    Abstract: A print request information receiving unit receives an e-mail requesting printing by a first print server from a user terminal. A print job transmission unit transmits a first print job based on a content of request in the e-mail to a first print server. A job result receiving unit receives job result information indicating a result of the first print job. In the case where the job result information received by the job result receiving unit indicates that printing by the first print job has failed, a print job retransmission unit transmits a second print job based on the content of request in the e-mail to a second print server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsu Yashiro
  • Patent number: 10530940
    Abstract: An information processing method, apparatus, and non-transitory recording medium storing instructions for executing an information processing method. The information processing method, performed by a computer connectable to a terminal via a network, includes determining a status of a device based on a first image of the device transmitted from the terminal, specifying a solution for a problem occurring in the device based on the status of the device, displaying a first message on the terminal to indicate the specified solution, displaying a second message on the terminal to request a second image obtained by photographing a specified part of the device or the device in a specified state, updating the status of the device based on the second image, specifying the solution for the problem in accordance with the updated status of the device, and displaying a third message on the terminal to indicate the specified solution for the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Fei Yang
  • Patent number: 10530955
    Abstract: A light sensing apparatus includes a sheet passage, a first sensing assembly and a first background sheet. The sheet passage has a scan window. The first sensing assembly disposed on a first side of the scan window outputs first scan light to the scan window. The first background sheet disposed on a second side of the scan window has a first reflective surface reflecting the first scan light, passing through the scan window, back to the first sensing assembly through the scan window. The first reflective surface of the first background sheet and the scan window are disposed in a non-parallel manner. Therefore, a light sensing method is also provided to achieve the effects of brightness calibration and boundary detection of the first sensing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: AVISION INC.
    Inventors: Shao-Lan Sheng, Chi-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 10523842
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image data conversion device that can convert color image data to black-and-white image data suitable for a background image. One example embodiment of the present invention is an image data conversion device that represents color image data in gray scale to convert the color image data to black-and-white image data and that includes determination means for determining whether or not the black-and-white image data is data used for a background image; and image data conversion means for converting the color image data to black-and-white image data using brightness values ranging from a background image minimum brightness value to a maximum brightness value when the black-and-white image data is data used for a background image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shou Yazawa, Yukio Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10489093
    Abstract: Disclosed is a server unit connectable to a printing apparatus, the server unit being configured to: receive printing apparatus information from the printing apparatus and transmit an address which designates a storage location of overwriting firmware of firmware to the printing apparatus in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied; and transmit the overwriting firmware to the printing apparatus in a case where a request of transmission of the overwriting firmware based on the address is received from the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akio Takamoto
  • Patent number: 10469695
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including an optical scanning device that scans an object to be scanned with a beam in a main scanning direction includes a first rotation fulcrum unit and a second rotation fulcrum unit that are respectively provided in the optical scanning device on one side and on the other side in an orthogonal direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction. The first rotation fulcrum unit is provided outside a scanning area of the beam in the main scanning direction. The optical scanning device is provided rotatably around a virtual rotation axial line connecting the first rotation fulcrum unit and the second rotation fulcrum unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Manabu Matsuo, Takaharu Motoyama
  • Patent number: 10469708
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing an image for printing include identifying a plurality of true edge positions in a scanned digital image, generating an edge restoration signal based on image data at the plurality of true edge positions, generating a boost value for each pixel position in the image as a function of the edge restoration signal and an unsharp masking of the image, and generating an enhanced image. A system may include a print interface, an image interface receiving a digital image without an explicit K component, and an image processing module that computes a halftone energy measure, an edge strength, and a colorfulness measure, generate a K component based on the halftone energy measure, the edge strength, and the colorfulness measure, and output data representing the image and a K component to the print engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Derek Walton
  • Patent number: 10455119
    Abstract: Provided is a display device that illuminates a printed material taking into consideration the characteristics of the printed material. The display device obtains an image for illuminating the printed material, and information pertaining to the optical characteristics, such as light reflectance or transmission, of the printed material. Then, on the basis of metadata pertaining to a luminance or color of the obtained image and the obtained information, the display device controls a light source illuminating the printed material. Through this, the display device enhances the dynamic range or the color gamut of the printed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenichi Morikawa, Tomokazu Mori
  • Patent number: 10455105
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium has instructions to control a computer, which includes a communication interface capable of communicating with an image processing device, to perform operations, and the operations includes: causing to select an arbitrary image processing device from one or more image processing devices, and notifying a specific function, the specific function being possible to be executed by updating a version of firmware of a selection image processing device that is selected in the selecting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10445032
    Abstract: A management server receives a location information request from an image processing apparatus. The location information request is for requesting location information of the management server. The location information is for allowing a terminal device to transmit original image data to the management server. The management server transmits the location information to the image processing apparatus as a response to the location information request. The management server receives the original image data which is transmitted from the terminal device by using the location data. The management server stores the received original image data. The management server transmits identification information identifying the original image data to the terminal device. The management server receives specific information which enables specification of the identification information from the image processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Saito
  • Patent number: 10445036
    Abstract: A communication device may set a second value instead of a first value as an upper limit child station number in a case where a first signal including a predetermined character string is received from a first external device under a situation where the first value is set as the upper limit child station number in the communication device and a participating child station number is equal to the first value. In a case where the second value is set instead of the first value as the upper limit child station number, the communication device may establish a wireless connection with the first external device via the first wireless interface so as to cause the first external device to participate as a child station in the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Inoue, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10440198
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is capable of communicating with a mobile terminal by short range radio communication, and includes an image reader that reads an image of a document, a generator that generates image data based on the image read by the image reader, and a notifying controller that notifies a user to bring the mobile terminal close to a communicable area in accordance with completion of reading the image by the image reader. In addition, a transmitter transmits the image data generated by the generator to the mobile terminal by the short range radio communication in accordance with being able to communicate with the mobile terminal by short range radio communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuya Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10437613
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program, the program being logically divided into a presentation layer that implements a user interface function of realizing a response from a user, a device service layer that controls a device in response to a call from the presentation layer and makes a notification to the presentation layer, and a base layer that makes the presentation layer and the device service layer cooperate with each other; and a controller that executes the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadao Michimura, Masao Morita, Masanori Satake
  • Patent number: 10437526
    Abstract: When sound data corresponding to predetermined sound is input to a sound control system, the sound control system transmits identification information of a printer to a terminal device. The terminal device transmits print data to the printer based on the identification information of the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuji Fukumoto, Jun Hirota