Patents Examined by Neil R. McLean
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10084931
    Abstract: An image reading device includes a document sheet conveying portion, an imaging element, a reading processing portion, a detection processing portion, and a stop processing portion. The document sheet conveying portion sequentially conveys a plurality of document sheets placed on a document sheet placement portion. The imaging element is disposed at a document sheet conveyance path. The reading processing portion executes a reading process of reading image data from each of the document sheets placed on the document sheet placement portion. The detection processing portion detects an abnormal image from image data of a document sheet read in the reading process. The stop processing portion, when the detection processing portion has detected the abnormal image, stops the reading process and a power supply to the imaging element, and after an elapse of a predetermined wait time, resumes the power supply to the imaging element, and resumes the reading process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Omoya
  • Patent number: 10079949
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an application on a framework, that is separated into a core logic portion handling basic processing and a user interface frame portion handling rendering processing and operates; and a controller that executes the application and the framework. The core logic portion is implemented with an application programming interface defined by the framework. The application includes plural applications including a specific application, a core logic portion of the specific application stores user information collectively in a user context, and a core logic portion of another application acquires the user information from the user context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tadao Michimura, Masanori Satake, Masao Morita
  • Patent number: 10078622
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which is capable of merging character strings with an original image without causing garbling. A first storage unit stores first character codes corresponding to a first language in accordance with administrator's input. A second storage unit stores a second character codes corresponding to a second character in accordance with login user's input. A reading unit reads an original image in accordance with login user's input. A generation unit generates a first character image corresponding to the first language on the basis of the first character codes and generates a second character image corresponding to the second language on the basis of the second character codes. A printing unit carries out a printing process based on the first character image, the second character image and the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toyomi Hirao
  • Patent number: 10079955
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus of the present invention displays a transmission setting screen for a user to set a transmission destination of image data, and when a transmission instruction is received from a user, transmits the image data to a destination set via the transmission setting screen. Meanwhile, if destination information is received from an external apparatus, a screen displayed on a display unit is changed to a transmission setting screen, and a destination designated by the received the destination information is set as a transmission destination of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mayumi Shibao
  • Patent number: 10075597
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus having a file server function and capable of using a path notification function according to the way in which the image processing apparatus is utilized by a user. The image forming apparatus does not perform a URI notification, if an image data file is stored into a storage unit of the apparatus via the file server function, or if the file is stored via the file server function from an unregistered data storage source, or if the file was not created by an MFP job, or if the file is stored via the file server function and has a registered file type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuo Matoba
  • Patent number: 10075604
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a rotation-angle detection device for detecting a rotation angle of a rotor includes: plural rotation detectors that output detection signals which vary with the rotation angle of the rotor; a rotation calculator that outputs a rotated vector by rotating a vector expressed by the detection signals; an amplitude detector that outputs an amplitude signal indicating amplitude of the detection signals by performing computation on at least one of signals expressing the rotated vector using a predetermined target amplitude; a drive-power adjuster that adjusts the amplitude of the detection signals by changing drive power applied to the rotation detectors according to the amplitude signal; a corrector that corrects the amplitude based on the amplitude signal and outputs a corrected detection signal; and a rotation angle detector that detects a rotation angle of the rotor based on the corrected detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Fumihiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10062018
    Abstract: A print control system that controls a printing apparatus having a paper feed unit, the system includes one or more processors operating, to determine whether printing using print data can be performed, based on first paper information included in a print setting in the print data, second paper information that is set in the printing apparatus, and printability information indicating a printable combination of the first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus. The first paper information included in the print setting and the second paper information set in the printing apparatus each includes both of (i) information regarding a type of paper and (ii) information regarding a size of paper. The printing is controlled using the print data, based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Inoue, Kazuhisa Ebuchi
  • Patent number: 10063730
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus for remotely controlling an image forming apparatus includes a display unit configured to display an operation screen for remotely controlling the image forming apparatus, an activation unit configured to activate a handwriting input application that is installed in the remote control apparatus in a state where image data for displaying a keyboard screen as the operation screen is received from the image forming apparatus, and a display control unit configured to display a handwriting input screen on the display unit, the handwriting input screen being an input screen for the handwriting input application activated by the activation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoichi Kurumasa, Yoshiyuki Tamai, Mitsutaka Morita, Mie Kawabata, Ryosuke Nishimura