Patents Examined by Negussie Worku
  • Patent number: 11228690
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus has: electrodes that come into contact with a medium during transport; charge detection circuits, each of which corresponds to one of the electrodes; a reader, and a controller. The controller executes inclination inference processing for calculating the inclination of the medium with respect to a transport path as an inferred inclination value according to a signal from each charge detection circuit, inclination detection processing for deriving the inclination of the medium with respect to the transport path as a detected inclination value according to the result of reading by the reader, and correction value deriving processing for storing a correction value based on the difference between the detected inclination value and the inferred inclination value in a storage section. In inclination inference processing with the correction value stored in the storage section, the inferred inclination value is calculated in consideration of the correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Honda
  • Patent number: 11223743
    Abstract: An image processing system comprises a first image processing apparatus and a second image processing apparatus. The first image processing apparatus obtains image data and transmits, to the second image processing apparatus, the obtained image data and information relating to the image data. The second image processing apparatus receives the image data and sets a condition for determining whether the image data is the image data to be processed, and determines whether or not the received image data is the image data to be processed, based on the set condition and the information. The second image processing apparatus executes, when it is determined that the received image data is the image data to be processed, image processing on the image data, based on the information and stores a result of the execution of the image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ken Achiwa
  • Patent number: 11223740
    Abstract: A power switching device includes a translation mechanism, an active mechanism, and a transmission mechanism. The translation mechanism includes a rack. The active mechanism includes an active gear and a driver. The active gear connects with a first functional mechanism, and the driver drives the active gear to rotate in a first direction or a second direction. The transmission mechanism connects with a second functional mechanism. The active gear is switched between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the active gear is connected to the transmission mechanism and rotates in the first direction to drive the transmission mechanism to rotate, thereby driving the second functional mechanism to operate. In the second position, the active gear meshes with the rack and rotates in the first direction or the second direction to reciprocate on the rack so as to drive the first functional mechanism to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Hung Chung, Hsiu-Hao Cheng
  • Patent number: 11223728
    Abstract: Method and apparatuses are provided in which it is determined whether a document is included in an image provided from a camera of the electronic device. When the document is not included in the image, a first user interface is provided to a display of the electronic device that includes the image and at least one first graphic object for photographing the image. When the document is included in the image, a second user interface is provided to the display for providing a function related to the document. The second user interface includes the image, the at least one first graphic object, a second graphic object indicating that the document exists in the image, and at least one third graphic object for performing the function related to the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventors: Kyunghwa Kim, Minhee Kang
  • Patent number: 11218613
    Abstract: A medium conveying apparatus includes a conveyance roller to convey a medium, an imaging sensor to sequentially generate a line image acquired by imaging the medium conveyed by the conveyance roller, a processor to detect an inclination of the conveyed medium based on at least two first pixels in the line image, determine whether a part of the conveyed medium has passed through a position corresponding to a second pixel located outside the first pixels based on the line image, and stop conveyance of the medium by the conveyance roller when the detected inclination is equal to or greater than a threshold value and the processor determines that a part of the medium has passed through the position corresponding to the second pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Takumi Ito
  • Patent number: 11218605
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a CPU, and when a user selects to set (activate) an optional function, the image forming apparatus determines whether a connection to a network is possible. If the connection to the network is impossible, information (data for output) for acquiring a license key for activating the optional function from a management server is output by any method of QR code, NFC or displaying URL. The user uses a user terminal to connect to the management server on the basis of the data for output, and acquires license key data from the management server. When the user enters the license key, an optional function selected by the user is activated accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jiyuan Hou
  • Patent number: 11212402
    Abstract: A medium transporting apparatus includes a feeding roller that rotates to transport a medium along a transportation path, an electrode installed downstream of the feeding roller on the transportation path and having conductivity, and an electric charge detecting circuit that outputs a signal having a magnitude corresponding to an amount of an electric charge, which moves from the medium to the electrode after the medium being transported along the transportation path comes into contact with the electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Fukasawa, Hidetoshi Masuda, Yasunori Fukumitsu
  • Patent number: 11212419
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading system capable of improving the image quality of a document in which text and images are mixed in the same page. A camera captures a document in page units to obtain captured image data. A document reading unit is an image scanner having a higher resolution than the camera. An area classifying unit classifies the captured image data captured by the camera into areas for each content. An area selecting unit selects, for each classified area, whether to output captured image data based on the area classification and the state of the captured image data. An image processing unit processes the captured image data or the scanned image data for each area, and outputs or deletes the data as area data. The document output unit collects the processed area data, reconstructs the data into document data, and outputs the document data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naohiko Kosaka
  • Patent number: 11212397
    Abstract: Provided is an image reading system that can disperse and improve the image quality of a document. The document reading unit reads a document page by page and outputs it as image data. The area classification unit classifies the read image data into area data for each content. The blockchain creation unit creates a block in which identification information is added to the classified area data, and sequentially calculates and includes the previous hash value of the previous block, thereby creating the blockchain of the document. The image processing unit in information processing apparatus processes or deletes the area data for each received block. The block acquisition unit acquires a block processed by the information processing apparatus. The document output unit collectively reconstructs the block that is acquired into document data and outputs the document data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Naohiko Kosaka
  • Patent number: 11212412
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a screen information request receiver, an application identification information specifying unit, a screen information transmitter. The screen information request receiver receives, from a device, a screen information request used to request screen information for providing an application. The screen information includes at least dealer information representing a dealer that sells the device. The application identification information specifying unit specifies application identification information corresponding to the dealer information included in the screen information request based on application correspondence relation information representing a correspondence relation between the dealer information and the application identification information identifying an application available to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Han
  • Patent number: 11201971
    Abstract: A maintenance support apparatus includes one or more processors and a memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations including: storing both (a) acceptable maintenance levels associated with a user that are related to an apparatus and (b) estimated failure levels corresponding to a plurality of diagnosis algorithms correlated with a plurality of maintenance works; acquiring operation log data of the apparatus and diagnose the operation log data according to each of the plurality of diagnosis algorithms; determining whether maintenance of the apparatus is necessary, based on a comparison between (a) the estimated failure levels corresponding to the one or more maintenance tasks identified when diagnosing the operation log data and (b) the acceptable maintenance levels of the user; and providing a notification indicating whether maintenance of the apparatus is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyo Tanaka, Kazuhiro Ogura, Masaki Narahashi, Tatsuya Inagi
  • Patent number: 11190665
    Abstract: An image scanning apparatus, and a method and an apparatus for controlling receiving of an image scanning optical signal are provided. The mage scanning apparatus may include an array photosensitive pixel unit configured to receive at least one optical signal, and a control circuit connected with the array photosensitive pixel unit and configured to control the array photosensitive pixel unit to receive the at least one optical signal. With the adoption of the image scanning apparatus, and the method and the apparatus for controlling receiving of the image scanning optical signal, the problem in the related art that an image is easily interfered by external stray lights within a non-exposure time of a scanning period and accordingly quality of a scanned image is reduced may be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: WEIHAI HUALING OPTO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wuchang Qi, Juan Deng, Junwei Ma, Kai Wang
  • Patent number: 11190657
    Abstract: A document conveyance apparatus includes a feed roller, a first and a second conveyance rollers, a conveyance shaft, an arm portion rotatably moving the feed roller to a standby position to a feeding position, a transmission portion transmitting rotation of the conveyance roller shaft to the arm portion, and a torque limiter. The feed roller and the first conveyance roller rotate in a conveyance direction when the conveyance roller shaft rotates in a first direction, and the feed roller moves from a feeding position to a standby position when the conveyance roller shaft rotates in a second direction. When a document fed by the second conveyance roller moves through a nip portion, a transmission portion does not transmit rotation of the first conveyance roller rotated in the second direction by the separation roller to an arm portion by operation of the torque limiter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norikazu Hishinuma
  • Patent number: 11190659
    Abstract: An image scanner including a two-dimensional matrix sensor, a scanning plane defined by the axes, an optical system, an optical axis perpendicular to the scanning plane and coinciding with an axis, a lighting system including at least four light sources that have its own main axis and are positioned so that each light source is adjacent to one side of the scanning plane and illuminates it from a different direction. Each light source is arranged with its own main axis in a plane parallel to a facing mirror-reflecting surface above said facing mirror-reflecting surface and is oriented so as to radiate the scanning plane by specularly reflecting its light beams on the respective mirror-reflecting surface situated on the opposite side of the scanning plane with respect to the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Silvia Colagrande, Massimo Colagrande, Lorenzo Colagrande
  • Patent number: 11190666
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a light source, a reader, and circuitry. The light source is configured to irradiate an object at least with invisible light. The reader is configured to read a first image from the object irradiated with the invisible light. The circuitry is configured to generate a second image from the first image read by the reader. The circuitry is configured to recognize first information in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ohmiya, Masamoto Nakazawa, Tadaaki Oyama
  • Patent number: 11184497
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sensor configured to detect a length of a sheet, which is placed on a platen, in a predetermined direction and a controller. The controller is configured to convert an image signal based on a conversion condition, control the image forming unit to form an image based on the converted image signal, and execute calibration in which the conversion condition is generated. The controller is configured, in a case in which the calibration is to be executed, to acquire information related to a size of a sheet on which a test chart is to be formed, select a sheet based on the information, form the test chart on the selected sheet, acquire reading data output from the reader, and generate the conversion condition based on the reading data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tomii
  • Patent number: 11184499
    Abstract: An original reading apparatus includes: a reading unit configured to read an original placed on a platen while moving in a predetermined direction in a housing; a sensor provided in the housing and configured to detect presence of the original in a predetermined position on the platen to identify a size of the original; a holding member movable in the housing and configured to hold the sensor and a cable extending from the sensor; and a cover configured to cover a predetermined space on a rear side of the platen mounted to the housing. A grip portion used by an operator to move the holding member is provided at one end of the holding member extending to the predetermined space through an opening portion in a wall on a rear side of the housing. When the cover is removed, the operator is allowed to grip the grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshio Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11184498
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus extracts a pagination image from original document image data of each of a plurality of original documents, specifies a last-digit image corresponding to the ones place of a pagination, arrays a plurality of pagination images in a reading order of original documents beginning with an original document earliest read to form a matrix with n rows and ten columns, sets a row including ten different last-digit images as a reference row, sets a row after the reference row as a first check row, determines, in order from a first column, whether a pagination image of the first check row is a first subject pagination image differing in last-digit image from a pagination image in the identical column of the reference row, and, if determining that some pagination image or another is the first subject pagination image, determines that multi feed has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yohei Yamada
  • Patent number: 11184496
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a first holding member that is provided with a first holding surface opposed to a placement surface, a second holding member that is provided with a second holding surface opposed to the placement surface, a guide member that is disposed on a front side of the first holding member and the second holding member, and an imaging unit that capture a medium placed on the placement surface, wherein the guide member is provided with a guide surface coupled to the first holding surface and the second holding surface and is disposed such that a distance from the placement surface to a first portion of the guide surface is smaller than a distance from the placement surface to a second portion of the guide surface disposed closer to the front side than the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Shinya Orita, Masaya Takamori
  • Patent number: 11184495
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a document transport path along which a document is transported, a feeding roller that is provided on the document transport path and that feeds the document, and a reader that is provided downstream of the feeding roller in the document transport path and that reads the document, in which a main board on which electronic components are mounted, when viewed from a width direction, which is a direction intersecting a document transport direction, is disposed in a region between the document transport path and a feeding roller tangent line, which is a straight line parallel to the document transport path and which is in contact with the feeding roller at a position separated from the document transport path. In addition, the main board may be provided in an orientation along the document transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyuki Koyanagi