Patents Examined by Negussie Worku
  • Patent number: 10897551
    Abstract: A document reading device includes an image reading part, a document conveying part, an operation display part, an overlap detecting part and a controlling part. The overlap detecting part detects overlap of a document conveyed to the image reading part. When the overlap detecting part detects the overlap, if an overlap image corresponding to the overlap in the image data obtained by the image reading part matches with a predetermined preservation image, the controlling part decides that the overlap is not double feed to continue the scanning operation. If the overlap image does not match with the predetermined preservation image, the controlling part decides that the overlap is the double feed, stops the scanning operation, and, if user judgement that the overlap is not the double feed is inputted in accordance with operation of the operation display part, stores the preservation image on the basis of the overlap image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Akifumi Seto
  • Patent number: 10893160
    Abstract: A multi-feed detection apparatus includes a conveyance roller, an ultrasonic sensor for generating an ultrasonic signal, an imaging device to image the medium being conveyed by the conveyance roller and sequentially generate a line image, and a processor to detect a width of the medium in each line image for each line image, detect a vertex count of a medium included in the sequentially generated line image based on the width of the media in the each line image, detect a length of the medium in a direction perpendicular to the medium width, estimate a shape of a medium based on the vertex count and the length of the medium, and detecting media multi-feed by comparing the ultrasonic signal with a predetermined threshold value, and change the predetermined threshold value or stop detection of the medium multi-feed, based on the estimated shape of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Masaaki Sakai
  • Patent number: 10889063
    Abstract: A method of forming a textured effect on a substrate, the method comprising steps of: (a) creating a data file of an image having a thickness to be formed as the textured effect on the substrate, the data file comprising print image(s) and a number of times specified for printing of the print image(s); (b) preparing the data file for surface deposition by a printer; (c) providing the substrate on the printer; (d) the printer printing the print image(s) in the data file on the substrate using a layer of clear ink; (e) the printer UV curing the layer of ink; (f) repeating steps (d) and (e) for every print image of the print image(s) for the number of times specified in the data file such that the image formed as the textured effect on the substrate comprises a plurality of layers of printed and UV cured clear ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: NEOLT ASIA PTE LTD
    Inventor: Kok Leong Cheah
  • Patent number: 10893159
    Abstract: A document feeder includes an input tray (part of a document placing portion) on which a document is placed, an output tray on which the document output from a document output port in an output direction is stacked, and a substrate including a light source that emits light to the output tray. The output tray is disposed below the input tray. The substrate is fixed to the document placing portion at an oblique angle relative to a horizontal reference of the document feeder such that the optical axis of the light source extends toward the document output port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Kuroda, Shohichi Fukutome, Hironori Ogasawara, Hisashi Yamanaka, Toshiki Fukunishi
  • Patent number: 10893592
    Abstract: An image forming device includes a light emission controller that controls emission of a plurality of types of light emission patterns from a plurality of light sources. The light emission controller emits respective light emission patterns corresponding to the operation. When among the plurality of types of light emission patterns, the preceding light emission pattern overlaps with the subsequent light emission pattern, the light emission controller preferentially emits the subsequent light emission pattern having a delay in the light emission start timing. The light emission controller also emits respective first light emission patterns corresponding to the operation, and emits the second light emission pattern expressing the predetermined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Furusawa, Kazushi Yamaneki, Kenta Konishi
  • Patent number: 10880446
    Abstract: An image reading device includes an image reading unit that reads an image while moving in a sub-scanning direction, a casing that houses the image reading unit, a supporting member attached to a lower surface of the casing and having a pair of inclined surfaces that are inclined bilaterally symmetrically outward in a direction intersecting the sub-scanning direction while extending downward, and a guiding member provided in contact with the supporting member and extending in the sub-scanning direction, the guiding member guiding the supporting member movably relative to the guiding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10871978
    Abstract: A server apparatus provides a social networking service (SNS). The server apparatus stores a specific relation between a terminal apparatus and a printer that are allowed for communication using the SNS. The server apparatus stores relations between one or more icons and commands each corresponding to a respective one of the icons and including an image forming condition and an image forming instruction. Upon receiving a selected icon having been selected on the terminal apparatus, information indicating a selected printer having been selected on the terminal apparatus out of printers in specific relations with the terminal apparatus, and a piece of image data from the terminal apparatus, the server apparatus transmits a command corresponding to the selected icon and the piece of image data to the selected printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mayuko Yoshida, Takashi Sawano
  • Patent number: 10873673
    Abstract: An object is to appropriately cope with that power supplied to a power receiving apparatus from an external device is not appropriate. An electronic device that drives by a bus power system and includes a detection unit configured to detect a drop in supply of power by the bus power system and a control unit configured to control the electronic device so that power consumption is reduced in a case where a drop in the supply of power is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobutsune Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10868940
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method of aligning content put through a duplex scanner. By performing operations on data extracted from physical documents, digital documents that would otherwise appear skewed can be un-skewed. The process compares two images, e.g. a front and a back page for a document, and determines how they are offset from one another. The process uses a projection profile error minimization technique to calculate a translation for one or both pages to digitally align the margins for a digital document such that the margins match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitchell G. Marks
  • Patent number: 10868932
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: a first reading unit that is provided at an intermediate position of a transport path and that reads an image of a document transported on the transport path; and a transport unit that is disposed on the transport path further upstream than the first reading unit and that transports the document to the first reading unit. The transport unit includes a third driving roller and third driven rollers that hold the document between the third driving roller and the third driven rollers. The third driving roller is provided on a frame main body, and the third driven rollers are provided on a holder member. When a cover is displaced from a closed position to an open position, the holder member is moved so as to separate the third driven rollers from the third driving roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Kawabata, Takeshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10868936
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an illumination unit that illuminates light on an image surface of a sheet, and a photoelectric conversion element that converts reflected light from the sheet illuminated by the illumination unit into an electric signal. The illumination unit includes a circuit board including a light emitting element, and a light guide that guides light, emitted from the light emitting element, to a sheet read surface. In the image reading apparatus, the light guide includes a positioning surface that abuts against a first surface of the circuit board and that performs positioning of the light guide and the circuit board, and a pressing portion that abuts against a second surface of the circuit board on an opposite side of the first surface and that presses the circuit board against the positioning surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Suga
  • Patent number: 10868970
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a processing unit, a setting acquisition unit, an environment acquisition unit, and an output unit. The processing unit is configured to perform image processing on an input image. The setting acquisition unit is configured to acquire information indicating a setting of the image processing on an image with a predetermined dynamic range. The environment acquisition unit is configured to acquire information indicating a display environment in which the image is displayed during the image processing. The output unit is configured to output at least the information indicating the setting and the information indicating the display environment in association with the image having undergone the image processing. The processing unit, the setting acquisition unit, the environment acquisition unit, and the output unit are implemented via at least one processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuma Mikawa
  • Patent number: 10863047
    Abstract: A method for converting media using mobile devices includes scanning, using a three-dimensional scanner of a mobile device, at least a part of a surface of a media carrier encoding a first media signal, thereby generating a depth image of the surface of the media carrier, and providing, by the mobile device, a second media signal corresponding at least partially to the first media signal encoded on the media carrier, wherein the second media signal is generated based on the depth image of the surface of the media carrier. Furthermore, a mobile device and a system for converting media are defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Christian Rymarenko
  • Patent number: 10855866
    Abstract: A document size detection device includes: a light source to irradiate a document with light; an imaging device to receive light reflected at the document; and circuitry to control switch on and off of the light source and movement in a sub-scanning direction of the light source, and determine a size of the document based on image data acquired by the imaging device. The circuitry is to determine a size in a main-scanning direction of the document based on: first image data acquired when the light source is switched off while the light source is at a first reading position; second image data acquired when the light source is switched on while the light source is at the first reading position; and third image data acquired when the light source is switched on while the light source is being moved from the first reading position to a second reading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sasa, Hiroki Shirado, Tadaaki Oyama, Tatsuya Ozaki, Kohsuke Nambara
  • Patent number: 10855875
    Abstract: An apparatus including a control device, a first processing device, a second processing device, and one or more memories, wherein the first processing device issues a signal based on the first processing device having processed a predetermined amount of data in received image data so that an engine controller starts to obtain image data from the one or more memories, wherein the control device provides dummy data to the first processing device so that the first processing device processes the dummy data and issues the signal, wherein the control device provides to the one or more memories, not via the first or second processing device, image data to be printed, wherein the second processing device discards the dummy data processed by the first processing device, and wherein the engine controller obtains the image data to be printed from the one or more memories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kanako Kaneda
  • Patent number: 10855871
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading apparatus includes a sensor capable of reading a document and a fixing member capable of restricting movement of the sensor on a basis of a user operation, the apparatus comprising: a control unit configured to perform predetermined control to move the sensor; a detection unit configured to detect a moving distance of the sensor by the predetermined control; a determination unit configured to execute a determination process of determining, on a basis of the detected moving distance of the sensor by the predetermined control, whether movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member; and a notification unit configured to execute a notification process of notifying a user that movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member, in a case where the determination unit determines that movement of the sensor is restricted by the fixing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomofumi Nishida
  • Patent number: 10855852
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image processing apparatus comprising: a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and at least one processor that executes the set of instructions to: detect alteration of an application held in the image processing apparatus; determine, upon detecting alteration, whether or not an application in which alteration has been detected is a pre-installed application; and enabling, as a result of the determination, in a case where the application in which alteration has been detected is a pre-installed application, the use of the application by installing the application using pre-held information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroaki Koike, Atsushi Ikeda, Takeshi Kogure, Naoto Sasagawa
  • Patent number: 10848631
    Abstract: A reading device is configured to detect an edge position of a target object to be conveyed in a conveyance direction. The edge position is a position of an edge of the object in a width direction intersecting the conveyance direction. The reading device includes a sensor device, an adder, and an edge position detector. The sensor device includes a pixel array including a plurality of elements arranged in the width direction. The adder is configured to add detection signals output from the elements at respective positions in the width direction. The edge position detector is configured to detect the edge position on basis of a position at which an output of the adder changes to a value larger than a threshold. Each element is configured to output a detection signal based on a reception amount of light in one of different wavelength bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ishii
  • Patent number: 10848636
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes an optical unit through which a light from a document passes, an image sensor configured to receive the light from the document via the optical unit, and a first holding member configured to hold the optical unit and the image sensor. The first holding member has an opening and a second holding member is fitted in the opening. The optical unit is disposed on the second holding member and the second holding member is positioned with respect to the first holding member with a gap between the first holding member and the second holding member and fixed to the first holding member by an adhesive that fills the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10848637
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus performs multiple image processes on target image information. The image processing apparatus has a control unit. The plurality of image processes include a first image process group including first image processes, and a second image process group including second image processes. The second image processes do not overlap with the first image processes. The control unit performs the first image processes included in the first image process group on the target image information, causes a first storage unit to store the target image information on which the first image processes included in the first image process group are performed, as first history information, performs the second image processes included in the second image process group on the target image information on which the first image processes included in the first image process group are performed, and outputs the first history information to a hardware resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinsaku Ito