Patents Examined by Negussie Worku
  • Patent number: 11778119
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a control circuit configured to operate as a setting tool that performs setting of an application installed in a client device by executing a setting tool program. The setting tool includes an application setter and a server synchronizer. The application setter is configured to perform setting of an application in a client device. The server synchronizer is configured to synchronously register the client device on which setting has been performed by the application setter in a server apparatus that manages a client device which is provided with a function of the application with the setting performed on the client device by the application setter as a trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Ryota Takagi
  • Patent number: 11770486
    Abstract: An object of the present disclosure is to present a document placement position more simply. A program for causing a computer of an information processing apparatus that causes an image processing apparatus to perform document scan processing to function as: a creation unit configured to create, based on first information relating to a document table of the image processing apparatus, second information indicating a position of a scan origin on the document table, and third information indicating a document size designated by a user, a GUI screen including information for guiding a position at which the document is placed on the document table; and a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the created GUI screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Kuno
  • Patent number: 11766874
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for using a line laser (LL) to quickly mark a substrate or media by utilizing a laser additive on/within the substrate/media, which greatly reduces the power requirement for marking the substrate/media. The combination of the LL wide swath (>305 mm) and the improved media/surface sensitivity to laser wavelength allows the LL marking system to achieve faster marking than other systems. The LL is mounted over a transport which transports the sensitized substrate/media past the LL for marking. The desired image is projected from the LL line by line in synch with the moving media and once the media passes the beam path of the LL, marking is complete. In this case, the media has been physically-altered via the heat generated by the LL interacting with the photosensitized media and is permanent. A second method would use a photosensitizing agent coated on top of the media to be marked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Peter J. Knausdorf, Anthony S. Condello, Jack T. Lestrange, Palghat S. Ramesh, Joseph C. Sheflin
  • Patent number: 11770485
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a first housing, a second housing, an imaging sensor, a reference member provided to be able to move between a first position facing the imaging sensor and a second position, a cam to make the reference member move, and an abutting member provided to make the cam move. The abutting member is located at a projecting position sticking out from the first housing, to make the cam move so that the reference member moves from the first position to the second position when the second housing is closed with respect to the first housing. The abutting member is provided so as to be able to retract when the second housing is opened and closed with respect to the first housing and abuts against the cam in the state located at the projecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kengo Kawata
  • Patent number: 11765288
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses methods and systems for automatically determining one or more optimal scan settings to manage an output size of a document submitted for scanning at a multi-function device. The method includes receiving the document for scanning from a user, wherein the document includes one or more pages having content. As scanning activity is progressed at the multi-function device, an output file size is displayed to the user via a user interface in real-time. Then, an input from the user is received on the displayed output file size. Based on the input from the user, one or more scan settings are determined to be applied on the already scanned pages and remaining pages of the document to be scanned, to manage the output size of an output scanned file to be generated. Thereafter, the determined one or more scan settings are applied such that the output size of the scanned file is in accordance with the requirement. Finally, the scanned file is output of the required size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Anand Arokia Raj Antony Muthu Rayar, Sainarayanan Gopalakrishnan, Rajasekar Kanagasabai
  • Patent number: 11758065
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit configured to form an image onto a sheet; a conveyance roller configured to convey the sheet through a conveyance path, the conveyance path including a curved path being bent; a sensor configured to read the image formed on the sheet conveyed through the conveyance path by the conveyance roller, the sensor being configured to read the image formed on the sheet when a part of the sheet is conveyed through the curved path; and a controller configured to obtain information related to a type of the sheet, and to control, based on the information, a conveying speed of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller when the sensor reads the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11758062
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a housing, a first sensor configured to detect a user in front of the housing, an illumination light configured to emit light in an illumination direction, and an opening and closing element configured to open and close a portion of the housing. A second sensor is configured to detect the opening and the closing of the opening and closing element. An adjuster is configured to change a detection distance of the first sensor and the illumination direction in conjunction with each other by physical movement. A controller is configured to turn on the illumination light when the opening and closing element is open, and turn off the illumination light when is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriyuki Takuwa
  • Patent number: 11758063
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a transparent member, a conveyance unit, a reading unit reading an image information through the transparent member from the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit, and a guide member provided upstream of a reading position where the reading unit reads the image information from the sheet with respect to a sheet conveyance direction. The guide member includes a sheet-like sheet member having elasticity. A leading end of a downstream side of the guide member in the sheet conveyance direction is a folded portion formed by folding back the sheet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Teppei Nagata, Tomohito Nakagawa, Yukihiro Soeta
  • Patent number: 11750753
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a reading unit, a background member, and processing circuitry. The reading unit includes alight source to emit light to a passage area through which an object passes and an imaging device to capture reflected light of the light emitted to generate a visible image and an invisible image. The background member is disposed opposite the light source across the passage area. The processing circuitry is configured to: detect a change in an image characteristic due to a change in an optical characteristic of the reading unit, in invisible images obtained by capturing of invisible marks on the background member; determine a correction amount of an image characteristic to be used for correcting an image of the object generated by the imaging device, based on the change in the image characteristic detected; and correct the image characteristic based on the correction amount determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Hashimoto, Daisuke Nikaku, Yutaka Ohmiya
  • Patent number: 11750756
    Abstract: A cloud based server includes user profiles having user policies and an organization policy for printing and scanning operations. These policies enable contact-free printing and scanning to occur on connected devices. A user logs onto a device using a contactless input device. The user policies are reviewed to determine if contact-free printing or scanning is enabled. If so, then the device performs these operations without the need for input or any interaction at the device. The policies also log off the user from the device when operations are complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Benny Wong
  • Patent number: 11743407
    Abstract: A plurality of groups are arranged in a light emitting device. Each of the groups includes a plurality of light-emitting elements, a plurality of transistors arranged corresponding to the plurality of light-emitting elements and configured to supply current to the plurality of light-emitting elements, and a group control transistor configured to control current flowing through the plurality of transistors. The plurality of groups have a first group and a second group. The first group has a plurality of light-emitting elements. The second group has a plurality of light-emitting elements. A light-emitting element of the second group is arranged between one light-emitting element of the first group and the other light-emitting element of the first group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11743397
    Abstract: In order to achieve designation of a talk room of a chat service to share image data generated by scanning in an image processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus that communicates with a chat server, based on received information indicating a talk room of the chat server, the chat server controlling displaying of information indicating received image data on the talk room, includes a scanning unit configured to scan an image of an original document and generate image data based on the image, a designation unit configured to designate a talk room of the chat server, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the scanning unit and information indicating the talk room designated by the designation unit to the chat server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tsukada, Hikaru Sugita
  • Patent number: 11743408
    Abstract: The present invention provides a control method of an image reading device, an image reading device, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium having a program stored thereon, which avoid a reduction in reading resolution. The control method of the image reading device includes: a first step (ST101) of generating N line-shaped images indicating N line-shaped regions (W11) in an imaging target (T1) being conveyed in a conveying direction (X1) by imaging the N line-shaped regions (W11) extending in a direction perpendicular to the conveying direction (X1); a second step (ST102) of performing the same step as the first step (ST101) at a point in time when the imaging target (T1) is conveyed by an amount associated to a width (11a) of N?1 line-shaped regions; and a step (ST103) of generating a read image by arranging the N line-shaped images generated in each of the steps in ascending order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: NEC Platforms, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuichiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11743399
    Abstract: An image processing system is provided with an image forming apparatus and a mobile terminal, and a chatbot is formed of a server (and a call center terminal). A user asks the server or an operator at the call center terminal a question by means of the chatbot; answer data is returned to the mobile terminal from the server or from the call center terminal by the operator; operation setting data accompanying the answer text is transmitted from the mobile terminal to the image forming apparatus; and the transmitted operation setting data is set as the operation setting data in the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Saeda, Yasuhiro Nakai, Kohichi Murakami, Yasutomo Hayano, Emiko Matsuo
  • Patent number: 11736627
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a sheet placement table, a sheet discharge table, a conveyance mechanism, raising/lowering mechanism, and a raising/lowering control portion. The sheet discharge table is located below the sheet placement table. The conveyance mechanism conveys a sheet placed on the sheet placement table onto the sheet discharge table via an execution position at which image processing is executed by an image processing portion. The raising/lowering mechanism raises and lowers the sheet placement table. The raising/lowering control portion controls the raising/lowering mechanism to lower the sheet placement table when a human detection sensor configured to detect a human in a detection region has detected a human in the detection region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ryo Kawaoka, Tadaharu Kusumi
  • Patent number: 11736640
    Abstract: Methods and system are disclosed for a double-feed detector with neural network classifier. These includes accepting pages of a print-based media substrate into a scanning device with a paper feed device, back-illuminating the pages using a light source, capturing a page image of back-illuminated pages using an image capture device, detecting noise patterns exhibited by the page image using an image processor, classifying detected noise patterns using a noise pattern classifier, and determining, using classified detected noise patterns and a neural network controller for a neural network model, whether the at least one page is a sheet stack (at least two pages stacked together and passing through the paper feed device concurrently) based on the classified detected noise patterns. On condition a sheet stack is detected, a sheet stack detected signal triggers taking an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Kilho Shin
  • Patent number: 11736639
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device includes a sheet placement table, a sheet discharge table, a conveyance mechanism, raising/lowering mechanism, and a raising/lowering control portion. The sheet discharge table is located below the sheet placement table. The conveyance mechanism conveys a sheet placed on the sheet placement table onto the sheet discharge table via an execution position at which image processing is executed by an image processing portion. The raising/lowering mechanism raises and lowers the sheet placement table. The raising/lowering control portion controls the raising/lowering mechanism to raise and lower the sheet placement table to a target position that is determined in accordance with a size of the sheet on the sheet discharge table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Ryo Kawaoka, Tadaharu Kusumi
  • Patent number: 11736635
    Abstract: A reading apparatus, having a platen glass, a document cover, a conveyer, a reading sensor, a document supporting member, a pressing plate, and a linkage assembly, is provided. The document cover is movable between an open position and a closed position. The document supporting member is movable between a first position, where the document supporting member faces a reading surface of the reading sensor, and a second position, where the document supporting member is separated from the reading surface. The pressing plate is movable between a third position, where the pressing plate is attached to a lower side of the document cover, and a fourth position, where the pressing plate is removed from the lower side. The linkage assembly moves the document supporting member from the first position to the second position in conjunction with the pressing member moving from the third position to the fourth position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mamoru Namba, Tadanobu Chikamoto, Genki Hoshino, Hiroshi Shiomi, Takashi Ohama
  • Patent number: 11722613
    Abstract: An image forming device and a sheet conveyance method are provided. An image forming device includes a feeder, a first conveyor, a second conveyor, and a conveyance controller. The feeder aligns a sheet and feeds the sheet to a transfer system that transfers an image to the sheet. The first conveyor is arranged at a first position on an upstream side of the feeder in a sheet conveyance direction and conveys the sheet to the feeder. The second conveyor is arranged at a second position on an upstream side of the first conveyor in the sheet conveyance direction and conveys the sheet to the first conveyor. The conveyance controller performs high-speed control for causing a conveyance speed of the second conveyor to exceed a conveyance speed of the first conveyor when a specific sheet different from a normal sheet is fed by the feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryuta Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11713204
    Abstract: A sheet conveying apparatus includes a sheet conveyance section, a roller pair unit, first and second guides, and a movable guide including an upstream portion extending upstream in the sheet conveying direction with respect to the nip portion and a downstream portion extending downstream in the sheet conveying direction with respect to the nip portion. The roller pair unit nips the sheet, warps the sheet in a case where a leading end of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveyance section comes into contact with the roller pair unit, and conveys the sheet. The first guide opposes a first side of the sheet and guides the sheet. The second guide opposes a second side of the sheet. The movable guide opposes the first side of the sheet and moves in such a manner that the downstream portion of the movable guide moves closer to or away from the second guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kaname Yamada