Patents Examined by Negussie Worku
  • Patent number: 11570314
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided and includes a display unit which displays an operation screen. The information processing apparatus controls whether or not to receive setting for a first application from a different apparatus and use the received setting for the first application, in accordance with a type of a screen being displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuki Kado
  • Patent number: 11570322
    Abstract: A recording material transporting device includes a first transport unit that transports a recording material as a target to be transported and a second transport unit that has a transport belt, the transport belt receiving the recording material from the first transport unit and performing transport of the recording material toward a reader that reads an image on the recording material, the transport belt having a transport surface having different friction coefficients in a transport direction that is a direction of the transport and in an intersection direction that is a direction intersecting the transport direction, the friction coefficient in the intersection direction being smaller than the friction coefficient in the transport direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Nakaie
  • Patent number: 11570321
    Abstract: A method for printing defect detection includes processing and analyzing a difference image obtained by comparing an image scanned with a verifier to a reference image. The detected defects are grouped, and the grouping is refined. Confidence level values are then assigned to the refined groups, and analysis is performed to determine if one or more servicing actions should be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: DATAMAX-O'NEIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sebastien D'Armancourt, Thomas Axel Jonas Celinder, H Sprague Ackley, Glenn David Aspenns
  • Patent number: 11563929
    Abstract: A method for generating a 3D image includes driving structured light projector(s) to project a pattern of light on an intraoral 3D surface, and driving camera(s) to capture images, each image including at least a portion of the projected pattern, each one of the camera(s) comprising an array of pixels. A processor compares a series of images captured by each camera and determines which of the portions of the projected pattern can be tracked across the images. The processor constructs a three-dimensional model of the intraoral three-dimensional surface based at least in part on the comparison of the series of images. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ofer Saphier, Tal Levy, Gal Peleg, Eliran Dafna, Sergei Ozerov, Tal Verker, Nir Makmel, Yossef Atiya
  • Patent number: 11563868
    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: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tomii
  • Patent number: 11558520
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a first reading device, a second reading device, and circuitry. The first reading device reads an image of one surface of a document. The second reading device reads an image of other surface of the document. The circuitry detects a first skew angle of skew in the read image of the one surface, performs skew correction on the image of the one surface based on the first skew angle, and forms a second skew angle for the image of the other surface. The second skew angle corresponds to reverse of the first skew angle. The circuitry further performs the skew correction on the image of the other surface based on the second skew angle, and outputs at least one of the image of the one surface subjected to the skew correction and the image of the other surface subjected to the skew correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Katoh
  • Patent number: 11558528
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a main body, a touch panel, a document transport path, a feed tray, a feed roller, a separation unit, a reader, a discharge roller, a discharge tray, and a mounting table. The mounting table is provided on an upper side of the main body and includes an upper surface. The mounting table is located at an outer face of the main body, the upper surface serves as a mounting surface on which the source document to be fed or the source document that has been read is mounted. The mounting surface is located at a position higher than an upstream end of the feed tray when the source document is mounted on the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 11558521
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus improved in a setting process for a recording medium to thereby make it possible to prevent print processing from failing to be executed. In the image forming apparatus including a plurality of sheet feeders for storing recording sheets, when recording sheets are stored in one of the sheet feeders, at least one of the recording sheets is conveyed from the corresponding sheet feeder, and the type of the conveyed recording sheet is identified. Then, the identified type of the recording sheet is set as the type of the stored recording sheets. This makes it possible to prevent occurrence of a situation in which print processing is not executed because the identified type of the recording sheet does not match the set type of the recording sheets, whereby it is possible to prevent print processing from failing to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Saiki
  • Patent number: 11553108
    Abstract: A reading device includes a first light source, a second light source, a first reading unit, a second reading unit, a comparison unit, and a correction unit. The first source irradiates an object to be read, with first light having a first transmittance to the object. The second source irradiates the object with second light having a second transmittance to the object. The first reading unit reads the first light from the object to output first image data. The second reading unit reads the second light from the object to output second image data. The comparison unit compares a data difference between the first and second image data. In a case where the data difference is equal to or larger than a threshold, the correction unit corrects data of an image area having the data difference equal to or larger than the threshold in the first or second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kohsuke Nambara, Tadaaki Oyama, Ayumu Hashimoto, Masamoto Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 11553098
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a motor, a sheet feeding roller, a separation roller, a conveyance roller, a first clutch set provided in a transmission path of a driving force transmitted from the motor to the sheet feeding roller, and a second clutch set provided in a transmission path of a driving force transmitted from the motor to the separation roller. The first clutch set includes a first one-way clutch and a first two-way clutch, and the second clutch set includes a second one-way clutch and a second two-way clutch. A maximum value of a first play angle set between a first transmission portion and a first transmitted portion in the first two-way clutch is larger than a maximum value of a second play angle set between a second transmission portion and a second transmitted portion in the second two-way clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideaki Yoshimune, Tianjin Xie
  • Patent number: 11553094
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a controller allows a sound output device to output a starting sound and an ending sound at a start and end of diagnostic image formation processing, respectively, determines whether abnormal noise has occurred by identifying data ranging from the starting sound to the ending sound in an diagnostic spectrogram as a comparison target for data ranging from the starting sound to the ending sound in a normal spectrogram to match both the spectrograms in terms of width in a time-axis direction, and identifies a source of the abnormal noise by identifying the data ranging from the starting sound to the ending sound in the diagnostic spectrogram as a comparison target for data in ranging from a timing of start to a timing of end in a timing chart to match the diagnostic spectrogram with the timing chart in terms of width in the time-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Kaori Katsumoto, Lin Lu
  • Patent number: 11546480
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a housing including a processing unit configured to process image information; an opening and closing member openably and closably provided on the housing, the opening and closing member including a reading unit configured to read an image from an image holding medium and configured to obtain image information from the image; a connection member that electrically connects the reading unit and the processing unit; and a protective member including a first protective member rotatably supported by the opening and closing member and a second protective member rotatably supported by the housing and rotatably connected to the first protective member, wherein rotation axial directions of the first protective member and the second protective member are the same direction as a rotation axial direction of the opening and closing member, and the connection member is accommodated in the protective member and protected by the protective member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Yoji Nishida, Masato Serikawa
  • Patent number: 11546482
    Abstract: A document reading apparatus having a display unit and a placement section on which plural documents is to be placed includes a conveyance unit and a reading unit. The conveyance unit conveys a document placed on the placement section. The reading unit reads a document conveyed by the conveyance unit and generates image data. Based on at least a reading mode being set on the document reading apparatus of reading a plurality of documents of a plurality of different sizes in a single job by the reading unit, first prompting information that prompts placement of the plurality of documents at a center of the placement section in a direction perpendicular to a document conveyance direction in which the conveyance unit conveys the plurality of documents is displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Totsuka
  • Patent number: 11546484
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a printing unit, a reversing unit, a writing unit, and a control unit. The printing unit forms an image on a sheet-like medium to which a wireless tag is attached. The reversing unit reverses a front and back of the medium. The writing unit writes data on the wireless tag. The control unit controls the reversing unit so that the medium is reversed twice upon the writing of data on the wireless tag failing and controls the printing unit so that an image indicating that the writing of data fails is formed on the medium reversed twice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11539853
    Abstract: An image reader used as a back surface reading unit includes LEDs, a first mirror, a second mirror, a third mirror, a lens, and a CCD inside a housing. The first mirror, which first reflects light reflected from the document, is positioned farther away from the document reading position than other reflecting mirrors (i.e. the second mirror and the third mirror) in an optical axis direction of the optical path connecting the document reading position and the first mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Reishi Aoki, Hisashi Yamanaka, Shohichi Fukutome, Mitsuharu Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 11530101
    Abstract: A control unit is capable of selectively executing a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a plurality of sheets having different sizes including a non-standard size are fed by the feeding unit, and the second mode being a mode in which a plurality of sheets having different sizes including only standard sizes are fed by the feeding unit. If the detection unit detects a sheet in a state where the supporting portion is located at the second position and the first mode is selected, the control unit waits for an instruction to start sheet feeding without causing the lifting unit to lift the supporting portion to the first position, and causes the lifting unit to lift the supporting portion to the first position in response to the instruction to start sheet feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Suwa
  • Patent number: 11528370
    Abstract: A portable communication device including a camera, a touchscreen display, a memory storing a camera application, and a processor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Kyunghwa Kim, Minhee Kang
  • Patent number: 11528377
    Abstract: A document feeder includes a mode selector, at least two document sensors, and a feeding determiner. The mode selector receives selection of either a normal mode for feeding documents having the same size or a mixed loading mode for feeding documents having different sizes. The document sensors are arranged at an interval in a width direction of the documents, and detect the documents. The feeding determiner performs, based on results of the detection by the document sensors, a size determination to determine a size of a document being fed and a skew determination to determine whether or not the document being fed is skewed. The feeding determiner performs the skew determination when the normal mode has been selected and performs the size determination when the mixed loading mode has been selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasumasa Morimoto, Shohichi Fukutome
  • Patent number: 11523015
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a conveyance system, a capacitance sensor, a processor, an image forming mechanism, and a tag writer. The conveyance system conveys paper. The capacitance sensor detects a value indicating the capacitance at a plurality of detection positions for the paper conveyed by the conveyance system. The processor detects that the paper conveyed by the conveyance system is provided with an RFID tag, and that the paper is being conveyed without overlapping with other paper based on the value indicating the capacitance detected at a plurality of detection positions by the capacitance sensor. If the processor detects that the paper is provided with an RFID tag and is conveyed without overlapping with other paper, the image forming mechanism forms an image on the paper. The tag writer writes data to the RFID tag provided on the paper on which the image forming mechanism forms the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yosuke Katayama
  • Patent number: 11518644
    Abstract: A timing specifying device includes count processing circuitry to count an input reference clock; and timing control circuitry configured to set a parameter having an integer part and a fractional part in the count processing circuitry. The count processing circuitry counts the reference clock, outputs a timing signal indicating that a time corresponding to an integer value has passed, and counts a value corresponding to the fractional part at a timing at which the timing signal is output. The integer value is a value indicated by the integer part. The count processing circuitry stops counting of the reference clock when a value obtained by counting the value corresponding to the fractional part carries over from a fraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosuke Fujii