Patents Examined by Paul F Payer
  • Patent number: 10694049
    Abstract: A management system includes an electronic device, a plurality of image pickup devices, a storage unit, and a server. A first control unit in the server detects an image portion indicating a face of a person in a captured image, collates the detected image portion to face images stored in the storage unit, and specifies, as a person inside a building, a person whose face image is identical to the image portion. When an error is detected in the electronic device, a second control unit in the electronic device specifies, among persons specified by the first control unit, a person whom error handling capability information stored in the storage section indicated as capable of handling the error, obtains, among the captured images captured by the plurality of the image pickup devices, a captured image showing the specified person, and allows a display to display the obtained captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Fumiya Sakashita, Yoichi Hiranuma, Shoichi Sakaguchi, Shohei Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10671006
    Abstract: The image processing apparatus of the present invention includes: an edge determination unit configured to detect an edge pixel to which a white pixel and a black pixel are adjacent in a first direction in an image in which each pixel is represented as a white pixel or a black pixel; a first detection unit configured to detect a number of consecutive pixels up to the edge pixel in the first direction in the image; a second detection unit configured to detect a number of consecutive pixels whose number of consecutive pixels in the first direction is larger than a first threshold in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction in the image; and a type determination unit configured to determine a type of the edge pixel based on detection results by the first detection unit and detection results by the second detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Otani, Yoichi Takikawa, Hisashi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10656884
    Abstract: A method and system for preventing a printed sensitive or secured print job being left unsecured after a print recovery process by determining if a printer has encountered an interruption in a printing of a print job; determining, when it is determined that a printer has encountered an interruption in a printing of a print job, an identification of a user associated with the interrupted print job; obtaining an authentication code and sending the obtained authentication code to the user identified as being associated with the interrupted print job; recovering from the interruption in the printing of the print job; placing, after recovery, the interrupted print job on hold; determining if a proper authentication code has been received from the user identified as being associated with the interrupted print job; and releasing the held print job when it is determined that a proper authentication code has been received from the user identified as being associated with the interrupted print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Michael W. Barrett
  • Patent number: 10620894
    Abstract: In one example, a server is disclosed, which includes a communication interface to obtain printer data and attribute data associated with a plurality of print jobs that has been processed by at least one printer and obtain a user rating corresponding to each of the plurality of print jobs. Further, the server may include an analyzing unit to determine a predictive model by analyzing the user ratings, printer data and attribute data corresponding to each print job of the plurality of print jobs. Furthermore, the server may include a recommendation unit to recommend a printer, printer settings or combination of the printer and printer settings based on a given print job using the predictive model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Darshan B T, Abdul Qader Mohd, Sharanabasappa Biradar
  • Patent number: 10606522
    Abstract: In one example of the disclosure, a capabilities message is received from each of a set of computing devices, the capabilities message indicative of whether the computing device can provide printable content. Capabilities data, indicative of printable content provision capabilities for each of the set of computing devices, is stored. A display of printable content capabilities for the set of computing devices is caused. Responsive to a user selection of a first computing device that can provide printable content, printable content is obtained from the first computing device and printing of the printable content is caused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Krishnaswamy R, Sajal Kum Das, Shakti Amarendra, Anuradha Asuri, Sivakami Velusamy
  • Patent number: 10609509
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus connectable to a device includes: an acquiring unit to acquire, from the device, a display request including destination information indicating a country or an area where the device is used and indicating information for requesting an application list screen for providing an application; a specifying unit to specify, based on application compatibility information in which application identification information identifying an application available for the device is associated with the destination information, the application identification information associated with the destination information included in the display request; and a first transmitting unit to transmit, to the device, the application list screen for providing the application identified by the application identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuhisa Saitoh
  • Patent number: 10542182
    Abstract: Defining color separation for printing an image is disclosed. A color separation model is created. The model comprises a separation hypercube, wherein each axis of the separation hypercube represents a metric of the printing process and each vertex of the separation hypercube at each end of each axis represents the optimized separation of each metric. A weighting for at least one of the metrics represented by the created color separation model is determined. The determined weighting is applied to each of the vertices of the created color separation model to determine new vertices. A new color separation model based on the determined new vertices is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic, Juan Manuel Garcia Reyero
  • Patent number: 10542172
    Abstract: A supply item has toner for use in an imaging device. A chip has memory storing quanta indicating allowed usage of the supply item over its lifetime and a multiplier correlating the quanta to toner mass. The imaging device requires quanta to conduct imaging operations and loads the quanta and multiplier by way of a certificate stored in the memory. The imaging device retrieves quanta from the chip over time and both devices keep tally. Initialization between the supply item and imaging device includes providing encrypted and unencrypted instances of firmware versions and certificates from the supply item that the imaging device can compare for security. Alternatively, the supply item defines a fuser assembly, imaging unit, intermediate transfer member, or other component installed for use in the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Wayne Foley, Timothy John Rademacher, Jennifer Topmiller Williams, Gregory Scott Woods, Christopher Alan Adkins
  • Patent number: 10534298
    Abstract: In a displacement sensor, an illumination optical system, which converts laser light emitted from an emission unit into first converging light, and irradiates with the first converging light a detection space through which a target moves. An imaging optical system converts laser light reflected from the target into second converging light, and irradiates with the second converging light a light-receiving surface of a detection unit. The image of the emission unit into which the illumination optical system focuses the first converging light is displaced along the optical axis of the imaging optical system by a temperature change of the illumination optical system. The range in which the image is displaced is limited to be located either anterior to the front principal point of the imaging optical system, or posterior to the rear principal point of the imaging optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Masahiko Takahashi, Makoto Ooki, Wataru Senoo, Atsushi Nagaoka, Hidenari Tachibe, Hajime Taniguchi, Takafumi Yuasa, Yoshitaka Otani
  • Patent number: 10534568
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first device having first circuitry and a printer and/or a scanner, and a second device to operate the first device, the second device including second circuitry to install, on a memory of the second device, one or more applications for executing image processing using the printer or the scanner. When determining that a current time is equal to an update time set within an update time range defined by a user, the second circuitry acquires, from a server via the first device and a network, update target application information indicating a target application among the one or more applications installed in the second device, requests, to the server via the first device, downloading of the target application, acquires the target application from the server via the first device, and installs the acquired target application in the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Han
  • Patent number: 10530962
    Abstract: Examples include acquisition of an input image, generation of a first output pixel and a second output pixel based on a first set and a second set of input pixels, selective reassigning of a gray value of at least one of the first and second output pixels, and generation of an output image based on the output pixels at a second resolution lower than the first resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Shaw
  • Patent number: 10530950
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device, which is included in an image forming apparatus and a post processing device, includes a position corrector and either one of a rolling body and a contact resistance reducer. The position corrector is configured to convey a sheet and correct a position of the sheet. The rolling body is disposed at least one of an upstream side and a downstream side of a sheet conveyance passage from the position corrector in a sheet conveying direction and is configured to roll in at least a direction intersecting the sheet conveying direction. The contact resistance reducer is configured to reduce contact resistance generated due to contact of the sheet to a neighboring part when the position of the sheet is corrected by the position corrector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Watanabe, Tetsuo Watanabe, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Jun Yamane, Hiromichi Matsuda, Hideyuki Takayama, Daiki Sekita
  • Patent number: 10521163
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a communication device that receives print data from an external information device; a storage device that stores the print data; an image forming unit that prints out the print data; and a control unit that performs control so as to select any of multiple power states at least including a quick response available state and a response available state. The control unit transmits the print data to an external image forming apparatus in response to a request from the external image forming apparatus, determines whether at least one external certain image forming apparatus is capable of communication if a power-off request is submitted in the quick response available state, and makes the transition to the response available state if the external certain image forming apparatus is not capable of communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuhsuke Nagai
  • Patent number: 10514875
    Abstract: A printer controller arranged to control a print engine comprising: a print job storage for storing print jobs to be printed; wherein a print job may comprise a deadline, the deadline specifying an ultimate time by which the print job is to be completed; a scheduler module for determining a print execution time for each print job in a sequence of one or more print jobs, the scheduler taking into account a setup time for a print job for setting up the print engine to print the print job given a previous print job; a planning module for determining a print order for to-be-printed print jobs in the print storage, arranged to submit a plurality of sequences of to-be-printed print jobs in the print job storage to the scheduler and in response receive from the scheduler for each sequence of to-be-printed print jobs the print execution times of the print jobs; wherein the planning module elects a sequence of to-be-printed print jobs for which each deadline in a print job in the sequence is met according to the print
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Michel De Groot, Pieter Verduin
  • Patent number: 10460218
    Abstract: A bitmap processing system for creating digital documents on a digital printing press by a fulfiller includes a fulfiller operated raster image processor that receives customer application Page Description Language (PDL) job files containing information for creating the digital documents and generates bitmaps in accordance with the files and a fulfiller operated editor that modifies the bitmaps so that the resulting documents process more efficiently in production steps downstream of a printing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Broadridge Output Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Delfer, Marc J. Fagan, Charles Preston
  • Patent number: 10447883
    Abstract: A flatbed scanner includes a flatbed document scanner body accommodating a transparent plate for supporting a physical document and a document cover, which includes a sheet member with an expanse covering at least a substantial area of the transparent plate. The rectangular document cover has an underside and a movable carriage extending across the rectangular transparent plate in a transverse direction. The movable carriage carries a camera or an optical system for a camera. The sheet member of the rectangular document cover is magnetic or carries one or more magnetic plates, so as to be magnetically attracted towards the movable carriage and exert a pressing force on the physical document when supported on the rectangular transparent plate. A compressing force is thereby applied to an original document resting at an area at which the movable carriage currently is located while scanning a line of the original document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Global Scanning Denmark A/S
    Inventor: Bo Kjær Olsen
  • Patent number: 10440199
    Abstract: A method for converting a facsimile includes receiving the facsimile via the public-switched telephone network, generating an enhanced portable document format (EPDF) file that includes information in addition to image information and communicating the EPDF file to an e-mail server. The EPDF file can then be communicated as an attachment to an e-mail message addressed to the intended recipient of the facsimile. A facsimile processing system includes a public-switched telephone network interface, a packet-switched network interface, a mail transfer protocol server, an input agent, a job processor and a translator. The input agent identifies and forwards the incoming facsimile to the job processor. The job processor determines when an EPDF file is desired and communicates appropriate instructions to the translator. The translator generates the EPDF file in response to the instructions and the image information from the facsimile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Open Text Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Toscano, Felix Moletteri
  • Patent number: 10404886
    Abstract: A method of integrating a mark in a document. A frame to be printed is selected. At least one color of the selected frame is selected. A color density for each selected color for the selected frame is determined. A digital code is selected for each selected color. After printing, the digital code includes the density of the color. and is integrated into the frame of the corresponding color. The frame including the digital code is printed. Preferably, the digital code is a digital anti-copy mark designed to form, following the printing step, a printed anti-copy mark with an error rate of more than five percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Advanced Track & Trace
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Massicot, Alain Foucou, Zbigniew Sagan
  • Patent number: 10401722
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium according to image data, and an adjusting unit that adjusts the image around a cut when the recording medium has the cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kojiro Tsutsumi, Yasuto Okabayashi
  • Patent number: 10397439
    Abstract: A server system transmits, in the case of holding a job for a processing apparatus at the time when connection to the processing apparatus has been established, a notification message indicating an occurrence of the job to the processing apparatus through the connection-established communication even in the case where no inquiry associated with the job is made from the processing apparatus through the connection-established communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Maeda, Kiyoshi Katano