Patents Examined by Neil R. McLean
  • Patent number: 10129417
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that performs document scanning. The system includes a scanner and a computing device. To enable detection of the computing device in proximity to the scanner, the computing device may be configured to advertise a scan-receiving capability using a discovery protocol. Next, the scanner may use the discovery protocol to identify a set of computing devices in proximity to the scanner, including the computing device. The scanner may then provide the set of computing devices to a user of the scanner and obtain, from the user of the scanner, a selection of the computing device as a recipient of the scanned document. Finally, the scanner may send the scanned document to the computing device over a network connection with the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Sweet, Ryan W. Palumbo, Steve Swen, Richard Blanchard, Jr., Baskaran Subramaniam, Howard A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10118407
    Abstract: A food product rotation label device for preparing food product labels includes a microcontroller circuit, a display and a thermal printer. The thermal printer prints food product labels for attachment to food products. The display displays a list of food product label information relating to food product labels printed by the thermal printer and food products on which the food product labels are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Salerno
  • Patent number: 10120620
    Abstract: An information management system includes a storage unit that stores media information, which is information relating to media for printing, and used in print processing using the media, a recording unit that records information relating to usage results of the media information, and an information disclosure unit that discloses, through a communication line, the media information of which the usage results satisfy a predetermined disclosure condition among the media information stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Fumio Tokutomi
  • Patent number: 10122877
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprises a three-dimensional reader, a drawing data generator and a printer. The three-dimensional reading section includes an arrangement section, a sensor and a model data generator. The arrangement section is a position where a target object is arranged. The sensor acquires three-dimensional information relating to a three-dimensional shape of the object arranged on the arrangement section. The model data generator generates three-dimensional model data indicating the three-dimensional shape of the object on the basis of the three-dimensional information. The drawing data generator generates drawing data containing data of a two-dimensional drawing formed by projecting the object on a plane surface on the basis of the three-dimensional model data. The printer forms an image on a sheet on the basis of the drawing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Murao
  • Patent number: 10120629
    Abstract: A communication system includes a printing device, a terminal device, and another device. The printing device includes a communication interface that enables communication through at least two modes; an operating portion that accepts a mode-switch instruction; a printing portion that prints an image based on print data, and a processor. In a direct communication mode, the printing device communicates directly with the terminal device. In an indirect communication mode, the printing device communicates indirectly with the other device. The processor switches the communication mode from the indirect communication mode to the direct communication mode when the operating portion accepts the mode-switch instruction, and switches the communication mode from the direct communication mode to the indirect communication mode when the processor determines that the printing device has finished receiving print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kunihito Terashita
  • Patent number: 10122879
    Abstract: An image processing device that communicates with a first server and a second server includes a main controller and a power controller. The main controller establishes a connection that enables communication with the first and second servers, establishes a periodic communication with the first and second servers to maintain the connection, manages a first time interval between the periodic communication with the first server, manages a second time interval between the periodic communication with the second server, and changes one or both of the first time interval and the second time interval. The power controller stops and starts power supply to the main controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuya Anezaki, Atsushi Ohshima, Kenji Matsuhara, Satoshi Masuda, Daisuke Sakiyama, Takeshi Maekawa, Hironori Harada
  • Patent number: 10114594
    Abstract: A controller performs a first processing including: at a predetermined timing, determining whether a first authentication code stored in a storage of a control board attached to a first control board attachment portion matches a second authentication code stored in a storage of a control board attached to a second control board attachment portion; upon determining that the first authentication code matches the second authentication code, allowing a printer to execute a print processing; and upon determining that the first authentication code does not match the second authentication code, prohibiting the printer from executing the print processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takaomi Ueda, Takahiro Fushimi
  • Patent number: 10115134
    Abstract: A method for printing a print job including a plurality of document pages includes receiving a target cost for printing the print job. The printing system is used to print a portion of the print job including one or more document pages using an initial set of printing parameters. An estimated total cost for printing the print job is determined including an actual cost determined for printing the portion of the print job and an estimated cost for printing a remainder of the print job. A data processing system is used to automatically determine adjusted printing parameters to be used for printing a subsequent portion of the print job if the estimated total cost exceeds the target cost. The printing system is then used to print the subsequent portion of the print job using the adjusted printing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Terry Anthony Wozniak, Steven T. DiLullo, Jennifer S. Pennington, Joseph P. Mangan, William Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10110776
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus reads an original image of an original placed on an original tray by a scanner unit. The original is conveyed to a reading position used by the scanner unit from the original tray through a conveyance path. A registration roller pair configured to mechanically correct skew of the original at a time of conveyance of the original is provided on the conveyance path. The image reading apparatus calculates a skew amount at the time of the conveyance of the original based on the original image, and conducts image processing on the original image based on the skew amount, to thereby correct a tilt of the original image. The image reading apparatus stops the conveyance of the original when the absolute value of the skew amount is larger than a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidenori Sunada, Asahiro Nakayoshi
  • Patent number: 10110774
    Abstract: A communication apparatus may perform: constructing a first wireless network to which the communication apparatus and an external apparatus belong and an access point does not belong; receiving, from the external apparatus by using the constructed first wireless network, a wireless setting used in a second wireless network, the second wireless network being a network to which the communication apparatus, the external apparatus, and the access point are to belong; establishing a wireless connection with the access point by using the received wireless setting; obtaining a first IP address of the communication apparatus in the second wireless network; sending the obtained first IP address to the external apparatus by using the first wireless network after the wireless connection with the access point has been established; and receiving a signal from the external apparatus via the access point by using the second wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10104259
    Abstract: A setting support apparatus calculates a degree of a job executed until a standby time from a value obtained by totalizing number of times of jobs executed by a job execution apparatus at each standby time after a previous job is terminated. The setting support apparatus receives input of a transition time to a power saving mode set in the job execution apparatus. The setting support apparatus outputs information relating to the degree of the job executed by the job execution apparatus until the transition time of which input is received based on a calculation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyo Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10104243
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material, a landing pad unit that an unmanned flying device lands on after a flight thereof, and an information exchanging unit that exchanges information with the unmanned flying device landed on the landing pad unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Motofumi Baba
  • Patent number: 10102455
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a server configured to distribute content items and an information processing apparatus. The server including a storing unit configured to store, for each of state information identifying a state of the information processing apparatus, one or more the content items associated with the state information. The information processing apparatus includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire the content items associated with the state information from the server; and a display control unit configured to perform control of displaying the content items associated with the state information indicating a current state of the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuma Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10104254
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus appropriately changes the sensitivity of a human body detection sensor according to its usage environment. The image forming apparatus includes at least a first power state and a second power state that is less in electric power consumption than the first power state, the image forming apparatus including a sensor that detects a heat source present in the vicinity of the image forming apparatus, a control unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus into the first power state from the second power state if the position of the detected heat source satisfies a return condition causing the image forming apparatus to return to the first power state from the second power state, and a changing unit that changes the return condition based on a user operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junnosuke Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10101950
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and an information processing apparatus, and control methods thereof, store information of jobs that have been input, and display, in a display unit, a list of the stored jobs in an order in which the jobs are to be executed. Then, in the displayed job list, a job is moved in the list in response to a user operation for changing an execution order of the jobs, and a condition of the job that will occur after the job is moved is displayed while the job is being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shou Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10095448
    Abstract: A replacing unit replaces lower bits of tone values expressed in binary numbers of the specific pixels of source image data with additional information needed in a print data creating process in a printing machine. That is, least significant bits of the tone values expressed in binary numbers of specific pixels of the source image data after RIP processing are replaced with information to be communicated to the printing machine. As the information to be communicated to the printing machine, there is multi-SPM selection information used in a halftone dot process in the printing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoru Kiyohara
  • Patent number: 10097704
    Abstract: An authentication control apparatus includes a first authenticating unit, a second authenticating unit, a controller, and an outputting unit. The first authenticating unit performs first authentication using authentication information stored in association with a memory area. The second authenticating unit performs second authentication using authentication information stored in association with a user. The controller performs control to perform one of authentication operations that are the first authentication and the second authentication when the user uses the memory area. The outputting unit outputs information if the one of the authentication operations performed under the control of the controller does not succeed. The information prompts the user to input authentication information to be used in an authentication operation performed when the user uses the memory area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Hayashi, Toshihide Omori, Masato Sugii, Haruhisa Hoshino, Daigo Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10086635
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an erasing apparatus has a scanner, an erasing unit, a plurality of sheet discharge trays, and a processor. The processor acquires, from image data of a sheet outputted by the scanner, attribute data of the sheet. The processor controls execution propriety of erasing processing by the erasing unit, and sorting processing to discharge the sheet to the plurality of sheet discharge trays, based on the attribute data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takanori Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 10091370
    Abstract: An external storage medium processing device includes a plurality of receiving units to and from which the external storage medium can be attached and detached. Further, when detecting that the external storage medium is attached to the receiving unit at the time of startup, a control unit collates identification information stored in a storage unit with identification information acquired from the external storage medium. A notification unit does not perform notification of attachment if identification information is matched and, if not, performs notification of attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 10089564
    Abstract: A portable terminal comprises an ID acquisition section, a position information acquisition section and a return instruction section. The ID acquisition section acquires ID information that specifies a print job sent from an information processing apparatus to an image forming apparatus. In a case in which the ID information is acquired and a beacon signal is received from a beacon transmitter, the position information acquisition section acquires, according to the received beacon information, position information relating to a position of the portable terminal relative to the image forming apparatus. If the position information meets a specific condition indicating the approach of the portable terminal to the image forming apparatus, the return instruction section instructs the image forming apparatus to return from a power-saving mode to a normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumiharu Nakayama