Patents Examined by Ngon Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10365869
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to determination of mobile device location and time for an associated printing device. Examples include acquisition of a request to print content, via the remote printing service, at a printing device and, in response to the request, determination of whether a mobile device, associated with the printing device by the remote printing service, has been located at least a threshold distance away from the identified printing device for at least a threshold amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Shinoji Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 10212311
    Abstract: A printing apparatus that is capable of performing a process corresponding to a user certainly. A management unit manages relating information that relates an information processing apparatus sending print data with a user who is permitted to use the printing apparatus. A specifying unit specifies a user who instructed execution of printing of the print data to the information processing apparatus based on the relating information. A processing unit executes a process corresponding to the user specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tadahiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10191706
    Abstract: A communication apparatus including a near field wireless communication unit which holds communication information regarding a communication sets a communication mode to be used for a wireless communication unit supporting a longer field wireless communication than a wireless communication using a near field wireless communication unit in accordance with write information written from an external apparatus to the near field wireless communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiji Kadota
  • Patent number: 10194045
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to printer power management. For example, a system for printer power management may include a system power control engine to receive a power usage estimate from each of a plurality of components of a printing device and schedule a deferred service routine to identify a level of real-time performance of the plurality of components. Furthermore, a system for printer power management may include a state machine engine to estimate how close a power supply coupled to the printing device is to an over-power failure (OPF) based on the real-time performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Devin Koepl
  • Patent number: 10187532
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a clipping unit that clips an arbitrary area from image data acquired by reading a chart output from an image forming unit, an acquisition unit that acquires a signal value relating to a plurality of positions in a scanning direction of the area clipped by the clipping unit, and a transmission unit that transmits information about the clipped area and the acquired signal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanori Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10185905
    Abstract: A tape printing apparatus includes an input unit for inputting information, a posture determining unit configured to determine an apparatus posture, and an operation-mode setting unit configured to set an operation mode in one of a first mode for receiving printing data from an external apparatus and a second mode for generating printing data on the basis of the information input from the input unit without receiving the printing data from the external apparatus. The operation-mode setting unit sets the operation mode according to the apparatus posture determined by the posture determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Yamada
  • Patent number: 10178256
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus, when a receiving unit receives data from an external device, a power control unit returns a power state of the apparatus from a power saving state and a transmitting unit transmits a start instruction to a connected image forming apparatus, and when a power supply switch becomes on according to a user's operation, the power control unit returns the power state of the apparatus from the power saving state but the transmitting unit does not transmit the start instruction to the image forming apparatus. Thus, it is possible to achieve both a linkage start and an individual start for an external image processing controller and the image forming apparatus, in an image processing system including the information processing apparatus, the external image processing controller and the image forming apparatus capable of performing an image process in cooperation with others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiro Mihira
  • Patent number: 10169690
    Abstract: A communication device capable of certainly preventing an external device incompatible with an IPv6 address from acquiring the IPv6 address. A display unit is controlled so as to display a QR image including an IPv4 address of the communication device when the IPv4 address is valid in the communication device. When the IPv4 address is invalid and the IPv6 address is valid in the communication device, the display unit is controlled so as not to display a QR image including the IPv6 address of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Go Inoue
  • Patent number: 10171702
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes: a contact glass provided at an upper surface of a main body of the apparatus to set a manuscript thereon, an image sensor being positioned below the contact glass and having a reading surface on contact glass side for reading an image from the manuscript on the contact glass, a carriage supporting the image sensor accommodated in a sensor container formed to have a recess open to the contact glass side, a rail member slidably supporting the carriage, and a biasing member biasing the image sensor to the contact glass side via a biased portion adjacent to the reading surface of the image sensor. An upper end of the biasing member is positioned below the contact glass and above the lower surface of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiromi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10171686
    Abstract: An information-processing system includes a personal computer, a management server, and one or more image forming apparatuses. The management server includes an emulator management unit and one or more emulators, and an estimated amount calculating unit. The estimated amount calculating unit calculates an estimated amount of charging when the print job is executed using the total count of pages, the print paper sheet size for each page, and the color/monochrome type for each page of the document to be printed by the print job determined by the emulator selected by the emulator management unit. Each of the one or more image forming apparatuses includes an estimated amount display. The estimated amount display obtains the estimated amount of charging from the management server when the print job is executed, so as to present the estimated amount of charging to the user via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Oguma, Masafumi Sato, Zhenyu Sun
  • Patent number: 10171698
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus equipped with a plurality of service applications for providing respective services, in a state enabling a selected one of the service applications to be automatically started from a terminal apparatus. An image forming apparatus capable of performing printing includes a NFC unit. An NFC controller generates data to be read out by an external apparatus, according to selection of one of a plurality of applications. The NFC controller writes the generated data into the NFC unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masamichi Tanji
  • Patent number: 10148838
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a non-volatile memory and a processor. The processor obtains first data stored in the non-volatile memory at a predetermined point in time from when startup of a system starts to when the startup finishes before a shut-off command is given. The processor determines progress of predetermined processing in response to a connection command to turn on the power given during the time. When the progress exceeds a predetermined standard, the processor starts continues obtaining second data which is greater than the first data and is stored in the non-volatile memory at a point in time when the startup finishes. After the system finishes, if obtaining the second data is finished, the processor starts up the system by using the second data. Otherwise, the processor starts up the system by using the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10142497
    Abstract: It is made possible to print an image stored in an image processing apparatus by a printing apparatus without requiring a complicated operation. By a printing apparatus operating as a first access point by fixed authentication information, in the case where the communication is controlled in a first mode for performing a wireless LAN connection with an image processing apparatus storing the fixed authentication information, a beacon signal including a specific SSID included in the fixed authentication information is transmitted, and in the case where the image processing apparatus receives printing instructions, a connection without intervention of a second access point different from the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus is established with the printing apparatus by using the fixed authentication information and an image to be printed is transmitted to the printing apparatus on a condition that a beacon signal including the specific SSID is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Okamura
  • Patent number: 10120623
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus that is capable of flexibly coping with charging in various protocols. A user information storage unit allows registering relating user information related with a protocol. A reception unit receives a print job that includes the relating user information and that is requested to execute according to a protocol from an external apparatus. A determination unit determines whether the relating user information in the print job is registered in the user information storage unit. A storing unit stores the print job without starting to print when the determination unit determines that the relating user information included in the print job is not registered. A registration unit registers the relating user information included in the print job to the user information storage unit, when printing of the print job stored is started according to an instruction from a user who logged in to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Dohi, Kazuhiro Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10115044
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a reception unit configured to receive an input of authentication information from a user, an authentication unit configured to authenticate the user based on the authentication information received by the reception unit, a setting unit configured to set a destination of image data, an operation key configured to set a folder of the user as a destination of the image data, and a transmission unit configured to send the image data to a destination set by the setting unit. The image processing system performs control not to allow a destination setting using the operation key, in the case where a destination to be set by the setting unit is limited to a destination to be set using the operation key and a folder to be set in response to an operation of the operation key is the one to be registered by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihide Terao
  • Patent number: 10116832
    Abstract: A control method of an information processing device that communicates with a communication device includes accepting a connection processing instruction to connect the communication device with at least one external device, and performing processing to execute newly, in a case that the connection processing instruction is accepted and the communication device is not connected to any external device, the connection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Yokoyama, Mitsuru Konji
  • Patent number: 10116818
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that is capable of displaying icons that are arranged properly without causing user's time and effort. A display unit displays icons for selecting a function from among mounted functions. A memory device stores a set of instructions. At least one processor executes the instructions to display various icons including a plurality of icons corresponding to a plurality of functions that are extended by installing at least one application in a display area of the display unit, and to collect the plurality of icons corresponding to the plurality of functions extended into a predetermined icon in a case where the number of icons displayed in the display area exceeds a display upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KAUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 10116813
    Abstract: A composite apparatus includes: a first apparatus and a second apparatus that operate independently; and a console display that is shared by the first and second apparatus. The first and second apparatus each includes: a display memory that stores display data; and a drawing processor that instructs the console display to display the display data. The composite apparatus further includes: a selector that selectively connects the drawing processor of the first or second apparatus to the console display; and a switch processor that receives a connection request from the first or second apparatus. The connection request includes requests to connect the drawing processor of the first or second apparatus to the console display and to instruct the selector to connect the drawing processor of either the first or second apparatus to the console display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Hisataka Funakawa
  • Patent number: 10116817
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display and an image forming unit. The display includes a display screen to display a preview image before an image is formed on a recording medium. The image forming unit forms, on the recording medium, an image corresponding to the preview image displayed on the display screen. Each of a vertical length and a horizontal length of the display screen is equal to or greater than a length of a long side of a maximum size recording medium on which an image is to be formed by the image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Goro Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 10108381
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to distributed printing device management methods and devices. One example embodiment includes a method. The method includes receiving, at a first server within a network of distributed servers, an operation to be executed on a printing device. The method also includes transmitting, by the first server, a notification, to other servers within the network of distributed servers, indicating that the operation is available for execution. Further, the method includes receiving, at the first server, a response, from a second server within the network of distributed servers, indicating that the second server is available to execute the operation. Additionally, the method includes transmitting, by the first server, details associated with the operation to the second server. In addition, the method includes receiving, by the first server, a message from the second server indicating that the second server executed the operation on the printing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Oleksandr Zinchenko, Oleksandr Osadchyy