Patents Examined by Quang N. Vo
  • Patent number: 11227199
    Abstract: A print control device includes a storage unit storing a color conversion LUT used for color conversion, a print data generating unit, and a print control unit. The color conversion LUT defines a correspondence relationship between color information of the ink color space, and a combination of temperature information indicating a temperature of the printing medium in the printing unit and color information of an input color space. The print data generating unit generates the print data by referring to the color conversion LUT to convert a combination of the input image data represented by the input color space and the temperature information input from the printing unit. The print control unit causes at least part of the printing by the printing unit to be executed in parallel with the generation of the print data by the print data generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Arazaki
  • Patent number: 11221810
    Abstract: A supporting program according to aspects of the present disclosures can be executed by a CPU of a PC and corresponds to a printer connected to the PC. When the CPU receives, through a general-use printing program implemented in the OS of the PC in advance, a print instruction to cause the printer to perform printing, the supporting program executes a restricting process of restricting printing based on the print instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazutaka Yamada
  • Patent number: 11210040
    Abstract: A setup support system having a plurality of image forming apparatuses, an information processing apparatus that generates an instruction sheet, and a license management server that manages a license of software; the image forming apparatus comprising: at least one processor and memory storing a program that makes the processor function as: an analysis unit configured to analyze an instruction sheet and identify the instruction sheet type; an acquiring unit configured to acquire software information of software installed in the image forming apparatus from the license management server if the analysis unit identifies that the instruction sheet type is a second type; a determination unit configured to determine a setup process and the order of execution of the setup process based on the software information and the instruction sheet; and an execution unit configured to execute the setup process in accordance with the determination of the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuka Kamiya
  • Patent number: 11195068
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image bearing member; a transfer member; and a controller configured to execute a plurality of modes of outputting a test chart, the modes involving transferring a plurality of test images to the test chart by applying a plurality of different voltages to the transfer member. The modes include a first mode and a second mode, the first mode being a mode in which a number of voltage levels to be applied to the transfer member when the plurality of test images are transferred to the test chart is a first predetermined number, and the second mode being a mode in which the number of voltage levels to be applied to the transfer member when the plurality of test images are transferred to the test chart is a second predetermined number which is greater than the first predetermined number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Haruhiko Omata
  • Patent number: 11190661
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a scan privacy tool to allow edits and changes to a document image to remove or hide private information within a document. The scan privacy tool is enabled for jobs on a multi-functional printing (MFP) device and launches when a print job is run. The document is sent from a device or retrieved from memory storage. The document image displayed on a display and edit interface of the scan privacy tool. Changes are made to the document image using tools available through the scan privacy tool. The changes are applied to the document image. The modified image is saved and transmitted to an engine in the MFP device to complete the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil-Paul Bermundo, Philip Ver Dabon
  • Patent number: 11184504
    Abstract: A printing system is disclosed. The printing system includes a printer to print image data to a medium and a print controller including a halftone calibration module to dynamically generate calibrated halftones to compensate for optical density changes that occur at the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mikel Stanich, Nikita Gurudath, Larry Ernst, Walter F. Kailey
  • Patent number: 11170275
    Abstract: A method for calibrating and converting colors of a digital image into printer specific colorant control values is disclosed. This method comprises the steps of calibrating a specific printer of a printer type according to a printer type specific procedure, wherein for each colorant separately a one-dimensional relationship between a printer tone value and a colorant control value is established; profiling the printer type to establish an output profile that defines a relationship between color values in a profile connecting color space and the printer tone values; deriving from the input profile and the output profile a one-dimensional relationship between a black channel and the black printer tone value of the printer; determining if an image color value is to be converted either by using the profiles or by using the one-dimensional relation; converting the image color value and subsequently using the printer calibration relations to obtain the colorant control values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: CANON PRODUCTION PRINTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Maurice L. M. Luttmer
  • Patent number: 11165920
    Abstract: Provided is a multi-function printer including a driving roller provided in a read transport path including a paper feeding port and a paper discharging port, the driving roller being configured to transport paper, another driving roller provided in a transport path, the other driving roller being configured to transport paper, a reading unit configured to read a surface of the paper transported by the driving roller, a printing unit configured to perform printing onto the paper being transported by the other driving roller, a read controller configured to control the driving roller and the reading unit, and a print controller configured to control the other driving roller and the printing unit. The driving roller, the paper feeding port, the paper discharging port, and the reading unit are disposed in a downstream of the printing unit in a transport direction at a position of printing by the printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Nakano, Atsuhiko Takeuchi, Hitoshi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 11157785
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes an image forming part to form a pattern including at least one white dot line and at least one black dot line on an image forming medium using a photoconductive drum. A registration sensor is to sense an amount of light reflected from the image forming medium. A processor is to determine a state of the photoconductive drum based on the amount of sensed light in the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Ki Youn Lee
  • Patent number: 11137951
    Abstract: When a plurality of units of the same data is stored for all jobs, the capacity of a hard disk may be greatly consumed. The present disclosure relates to a storage that stores data based on a job, and a controller configured to cause the storage to store the data and not to store data identical to the data, based on a job type of the job being a first type, and cause the storage to store the data and the data identical to the data, based on the job type of the job being a second type different from the first type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomonori Hayashi, Kenji Saiki
  • Patent number: 11140286
    Abstract: A system and method for aligning documents for scanning includes a multifunction peripheral with a controller having a processor and associated memory. The controller issues instructions controlling operation of a scanner. A tangible document is placed on a surface of a scanner platen, and a sensor determines its location relative to the platen. An optimal position of the document relative to the platen is determined. The processor then generates a graphical rendering on an associated display indicative of a directed repositioning of the document on the platen in accordance with a determined optimal position of the document relative to the platen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Silvy Wilson
  • Patent number: 11140282
    Abstract: The character line division apparatus has character line contact determination unit configured to determine whether a character line of interest comes into contact with another character line in the height direction, count value derivation unit configured to derive a count value of the number of black pixels in the width direction in the character line of interest in the character line of interest determined to come into contact with another character line, and character line division unit configured to perform character line division for the character line of interest determined to come into contact with another character line on the periphery of a reference point derived from the character line information and the character height information by taking a first position at which the count value becomes a minimum in the height direction of the character line of interest as a character line division position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 11128765
    Abstract: A cloud-based document scanning system includes a cloud computing platform having a cloud computing application and a cloud storage system. The system further includes a scanning device communicatively coupled over a network to the cloud computing platform, the scanning device configured to: accept a set of documents; generate a set of digital image files corresponding to the set of documents; store the set of digital image files; and upload the set of digital image files directly to the cloud storage system. Upon receiving a request from the scanning device, the cloud computing application is configured to: access the set of digital image files; apply image processing operations to the set of digital image files in accordance with a plurality of image processing parameters, generate a portable document format document based on the processed image files, and send the portable document format document to a user-selected destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Starfish Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Diasti, Fiyyaz Pirani
  • Patent number: 11126900
    Abstract: Certain examples relate to the processing of spot colors within a printing pipeline. In these example, a palette of spot colors indicated in a print job is determined. The palette is mapped to a set of vectors in a colorant-dependent color space based on a comparison of target spectral characteristics for the spot colors and measured spectral characteristics of the printing system. The set of vectors is used to assign vectors to print-resolution areas of the print job before halftoning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic
  • Patent number: 11126899
    Abstract: Determining an image offset of a device includes receiving a printable media in a first orientation, creating a first pattern including a first plurality of symbols on a first side of the printable media, receiving the printable media in a second orientation, creating a second pattern including a second plurality of symbols overlapping the first pattern on the first side of the printable media, and determining the image offset of the device based on a difference between the first and second patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian Bartlow
  • Patent number: 11115557
    Abstract: A reading device includes a housing, an imaging unit, a reading lighting unit, a guiding unit, and a guiding lighting unit. The housing has an opening covered with a transparent opening cover. An imaging unit is disposed inside the housing. The reading lighting unit illuminates the opening cover from inside the housing. The guiding unit is provided on the same plane as the opening cover at a position separated from the opening cover. The guiding lighting unit emits light from the guiding unit to the outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoko Iiyama
  • Patent number: 11115548
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which is capable of preventing the ease of operation for a user relating to history buttons from being decreased. In response to execution of a function selected by the user, a history button for calling job setting information used by the function is displayed on a display unit. Information related to the job setting information is displayed in a display area constituting the history button. A display size of the display unit is obtained, and the amount of information to be displayed in the display area constituting the history button is controlled based on the obtained display size of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yohei Shogaki
  • Patent number: 11106415
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a set of program instructions installed on and executed by a computer in an information processing apparatus having a communication interface. The set of program instructions is for inputting data into a printer via the communication interface. The set of program instructions includes a set of first program instructions controlling the computer to function as a module to communicate with a higher-level module than the module. The set of first program instructions includes acquiring a specific value through an API to which the higher-level module inputs the specific value, and acquiring a printer characteristic value dependent on a type of the printer. The set of first program instructions includes generating a setting value by using the specific value and the printer characteristic value, and outputting the generated setting value to the higher-level module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Kusumoto
  • Patent number: 11108920
    Abstract: A cloud-based document scanning system includes a cloud computing platform having a cloud computing application and a cloud storage system. The system further includes a scanning device communicatively coupled over a network to the cloud computing platform, the scanning device configured to: accept a set of documents; generate a set of digital image files corresponding to the set of documents; store the set of digital image files; and upload the set of digital image files directly to the cloud storage system. Upon receiving a request from the scanning device, the cloud computing application is configured to: access the set of digital image files; apply image processing operations to the set of digital image files in accordance with a plurality of image processing parameters, generate a portable document format document based on the processed image files, and send the portable document format document to a user-selected destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Starfish Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Diasti, Fiyyaz Pirani
  • Patent number: 11102361
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a display that displays plural operators for selection of service processes; and a detection unit that detects an operation state of a user who selects any of the service processes. Upon detection of an operation state in which an instruction to execute a service process has been cancelled after issuance of the instruction, the display selectively displays one or more operators for selection of a service process of a same kind as the service process for which the instruction has been cancelled among the plural operators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Yusuke Kamoi