Patents Examined by Neil R. McLean
  • Patent number: 10321015
    Abstract: To detect an image region to be an object of thinning processing appropriately and through the use of simple processing. An image processing apparatus detects a line region being a region sandwiched by white pixel regions and consisting only of a non-white pixel region, and detects a thinning candidate region being a region sandwiched by black pixel regions in the line region. A thinning region is detected from the inside of the thinning candidate region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Nagai
  • Patent number: 10318218
    Abstract: An information processing system includes one or more information processing apparatuses to individually store a print job executable with an image forming apparatus, and a management apparatus. Each information processing apparatus includes a first memory to store the print job and first circuitry to transmit, through a network, user identification information identifying one or more users who are allowed to execute the print job. The management apparatus includes a second memory to store association information associating for each print job the user identification information transmitted from the first circuitry and apparatus identification information identifying one of the one or more information processing apparatus storing the print job, and second circuitry to refer the association information and specify apparatus identification information of at least one of the one or more information processing apparatuses, and to transmit a list of information processing apparatuses through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Minako Takigawa, Kazuhiro Mukai
  • Patent number: 10318220
    Abstract: A method for printing a print job including a plurality of document using a printing system includes receiving demographic information for document recipients associated with each of the documents. Printing parameters for each document are automatically determined such that an estimated total cost for printing the print job is not more than a predefined target cost. The printing parameters used for each document are determined responsive to analyzing the demographic information for the associated document recipient and estimated costs for printing the document using different printing parameters. Each document is printed using the respective determined printing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Terry Anthony Wozniak, Steven T. DiLullo, Jennifer S. Pennington, Joseph P. Mangan, William Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10310789
    Abstract: The image forming apparatus includes a reading unit, a setting detection unit for detecting a document setting, a display panel, an operation unit, a storage unit, a control unit, and a job execution unit. Upon recognizing a document setting onto the reading unit, the control unit controls the reading unit to execute precedent reading for reading the set document. The control unit controls the storage unit to store precedently-read image data that are image data acquired by the precedent reading. The control unit controls the display panel to display a setting screen corresponding to a job type selected by the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takuya Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10310777
    Abstract: An audio control device receives a print instruction by audio and causes a print apparatus connected to an external access point to execute a print process in accordance with the print instruction received by audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taketomo Naruse, Ryohei Saito
  • Patent number: 10313544
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus provided with a sensor including a plurality of elements that detect temperature in the vicinity of the image forming apparatus includes an acquisition unit that obtains temperature data indicating the temperature detected by each of the plurality of elements, a calculation unit that calculates a feature point of a heat source region in the vicinity of the image forming apparatus based on obtained plurality of pieces of temperature data, and a recover unit that causes the image forming apparatus to recover from a power saving state based on a position of the calculated feature point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yusuke Horishita
  • Patent number: 10311345
    Abstract: An image-forming apparatus includes a photosensitive drum, a developing roller, a collecting roller, a belt, a cleaner, and a controller. In response to receiving a signal, the controller performs a process staring with a first process and ending with a second process. The controller rotates the developing roller at a contact position at a first speed in the first process. The controller causes the collecting roller to move residual toner to the belt to allow the cleaner to clean the belt while the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum in the second process. The process further includes: (a) causing the developing roller to halt rotating while maintaining the developing roller at the contact position; and (b) causing the developing roller halted in the (a) causing to start rotating at a second speed lower than the first speed while maintaining the developing roller at the contact position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masashi Imai, Daisuke Maeta
  • Patent number: 10306083
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a first image processing device including a first processor. The first processor executes a process including: detecting a change in a load status at the first image processing device; sending a request for information relating to a load status at the second image processing device to the second image processing device when the change in the load status at the first image processing device is detected; analyzing the information relating to the load status at the second image processing device, and determining whether or not the first image processing device establishes wireless communication with a portable terminal; and adjusting to relatively lower a radio field strength from the first image processing device below the radio field strength from the second image processing device when the first image processing device determines not to establish wireless communication with the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Okamoto, Junichi Hase, Nobuhiro Mishima, Hidetaka Iwai, Daisuke Nakano, Hirokazu Kubota, Hideaki Soejima
  • Patent number: 10306100
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a short-range wireless communication function includes a scanner that scans a document and generates image data of the document, and a storage that stores the image data generated by the scanner. If an operation mode of scanning a document by the scanner and transmitting image data of the document to an external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function is instructed, the scanner is controlled to generate image data of a document, and store the image data in the storage, and then the image data stored in the storage is transmitted to the external apparatus by the short-range wireless communication function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuichi Utsumi
  • Patent number: 10306095
    Abstract: An image printing apparatus includes a control section configured to receive original image data, analyze the original image data to acquire address information included in the original image data, and generate a two-dimensional code corresponding to the acquired address information. A printer is then controlled to print the generated two-dimensional code and the original image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiro Mizutani, Hiroshi Watanabe, Toshihiro Ida, Kazuhiro Ogura, Takahiro Hagiwara, Kazuhiro Kamimura, Yusuke Hamada, Koji Endo, Yoshinori Sato, Sho Sakuma
  • Patent number: 10306109
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus can reduce degradation of the line quality in an output image by a simple method while maintaining the stability of the density characteristics of the output image, and a control method therefor. To accomplish this, in accordance with the amount of change, from a reference density value, of a density value measured from a test pattern image formed on a photosensitive drum, the image forming apparatus according to the invention creates LUT_2 for correcting a laser output signal value corrected using ? correction LUT_1. The image forming apparatus performs ? correction using LUT_1 and LUT_2 for developing colors other than a predetermined low-brightness developing color, whereas for the predetermined low-brightness developing color, it performs ? correction using LUT_1 and laser light amount correction instead of ? correction using LUT_2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sumito Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10298800
    Abstract: A local application is prepared for each access destination for accessing the URL of a Web application. Upon calling the local application, a setting and URL associated with it are set and displayed in a Web browser. The local application monitors the state of the Web browser and initializes the state of the Web browser when they are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yasuhara, Satoki Watariuchi
  • Patent number: 10291800
    Abstract: In an apparatus, a reception unit receives information indicating an end of image process in an external apparatus or information indicating an occurrence of an error in the external apparatus. A display control unit causes a display unit to display predetermined information based on the information received by the reception unit. An acquisition unit acquires a constraint condition for causing the display unit to limit a display of the predetermined information. A determination unit determines whether an operating state of an apparatus capable of controlling the display unit meets the constraint condition. When the determination unit determines that the operating state meets the constraint condition, the display control unit limits the display of the predetermined information on the display unit based on the information received by the reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mizuki Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10289364
    Abstract: In an application, an instruction to execute a function is set in a Print Ticket and a printer driver is called via an OS. In the printer driver, the Print Ticket is obtained from the OS, and the function is executed based on the instruction set in the obtained Print Ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takumi Inoue
  • Patent number: 10289362
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an operation panel which receives an entry of a password, a control portion which determines whether or not the entry password is correct and a storage portion. The storage portion stores, as an item of information which indicates that the entry password is wrong and which is included in notification information, an item to be notified that is previously set by a user, and when the control portion performs notification processing for notifying the notification information to an outside, the control portion includes, in the notification information, information corresponding to the item to be notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hikaru Miyaji
  • Patent number: 10289369
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing multi-parameter current sharing are described. In some embodiments, a printer may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution by the processor, cause the printer to: assume master status; receive a first peer list from a first peer printer; create an updated peer list, where the updated peer list lists the printer; send the updated peer list to the first peer printer; receive confirmation that the updated peer list was accepted by the first peer printer; and release master status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Bee June Tye, Chee Wei Lok, Manish K. Desai
  • Patent number: 10282143
    Abstract: When Web content of a specific URL is displayed, a return operation screen is displayed, and when the Web content of the specific URL is no longer being displayed, the return operation screen is hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukari Yano
  • Patent number: 10284734
    Abstract: An application storage area on an application PF stores an Intent information file including <intent> tag data in addition a cooperation destination application in application cooperation by an Intent. When a Web browser is activated, an Intent processing unit confirms with an application management unit about an active application in the application storage area. After the confirmation, the Intent processing unit acquires the Intent information file of the active application from an Intent information file storage unit and performs Intent registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasutomo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10282145
    Abstract: While a specific application is running, a printer driver enables printing other data that is not data from the specific application. A dedicated driver (printer driver) that runs on a POS terminal occupies a communication port when receipt data is supplied from a POS application. The dedicated driver also sends print data generated based on the receipt data through the communication port to a POS printer. After continuing for a previously set time, the dedicated driver releases the communication port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Sakai, Masatoshi Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 10277777
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that dynamically and suitably switches login processing between a user who selects an icon and a user who is identified by reading of a card. The image forming apparatus searches user information of a user who logs in by selecting a user icon displayed on a display unit and a user who logs in using a card, and performs the login processing on a searched user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Morii