Patents Examined by Scott A. Rogers
  • Patent number: 11150849
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (100) for checking printing of an article, the device (100) comprising: data providing device (10) adapted to provide printing data for the article from product data of the article; camera device (20) adapted to receive an image of an article printed by a printing process and to provide it as image data; and a computer device (30) adapted to perform a quality check of the printing process based on a comparison of the printing data with the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Erik Bogatz, Marcus Niederhöfer, Mattes Reitz
  • Patent number: 11146692
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus is connectable to an information processing apparatus having predetermined software and includes at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the processor and having stored thereon instructions. The instructions are executed by the processor to act as a reading unit to perform scan processing for a document in a case where a read command transmitted from the information processing apparatus by user operation to the predetermined software is received, a detection unit to detect an error in the image reading apparatus, and a transmission unit to execute image data transmission processing for transmitting image data corresponding to the detected error in a case where the detected error is a first error, and execute error transmission processing different from the image data transmission processing in a case where the detected error is a second error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobutsune Kobayashi, Yoichiro Makino
  • Patent number: 11134158
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor configured to acquire an additional processing program for performing additional processing in response to a connection of an additional processing apparatus configured to perform the additional processing for a function of the information processing apparatus, and store the acquired additional processing program in the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Terutake Hayashi, Shunji Tsunashima, Nobukazu Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 11134174
    Abstract: Example methods and systems are described in which a color space vector is transformed into a Neugebauer primary area coverage (NPac) vector, to be used for printing. In some examples, the color space vector is transformed into a NPac vector on the basis of criteria associated to amounts or probabilities of Neugebauer primaries (NPs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xavier Farina Vargas, Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic
  • Patent number: 11134167
    Abstract: Provided is a method of embedding and extracting watermark data that is robust against geometric distortion and low-quality photographing and for which the probability of successfully extracting watermark data for an original image is high, while the probability of successfully extracting the watermark data in the case of unauthorized copying is seriously impaired. The data embedding method according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a step of converting the noise-based image using watermark data, and a step of adjusting the original image using the converted noise-based image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignees: Beyontech, Inc., Haroo Company
    Inventor: Joon-ho Sung
  • Patent number: 11134177
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printing unit configured to move in a scanning direction, a color measuring unit configured to move in the scanning direction with the printing unit and perform colorimetry on patches, and a control unit configured to execute a scanning operation of moving the color measuring unit to pass the color measuring unit over the patches and thus cause the color measuring unit to read a wavelength of reflected light of the patches. The color measuring unit is configured to read light corresponding to a wavelength region selected from within a wavelength region of light divided into a plurality of wavelength regions. The control unit is configured to cause the color measuring unit to read, in one scanning operation, light corresponding to a portion of the plurality of wavelength regions of light to be read, perform a plurality of the scanning operations while changing the wavelength region of light to be read by the color measuring unit, and thus complete colorimetry of the patches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Arazaki
  • Patent number: 11134175
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus performs a halftone process using plural dither matrices. Generated is calibration data to calculate a color registration error amount corresponding to a primary scanning directional position of an image forming available width. An image area dividing unit determines an image boundary position that is identical to any of matrix boundaries of plural dither matrices arranged in an image forming target area, and divides the image forming target area into plural image adjustment areas using the image boundary position. A correction processing unit corrects secondary scanning directional positions of the plural image adjustment areas, using respective correction amounts calculated with the calibration data. Further, the image area dividing unit determines the image boundary position using a remainder left by dividing in the primary scanning direction the number of pixels of the image adjustment area by the number of pixels of the dither matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Jun Nakai
  • Patent number: 11108917
    Abstract: A correction value setting method includes a recording step of recording on a recording medium a test pattern including a plurality of patches by a plurality of nozzles arrayed in a first direction, a reading step of reading a concentration value of the test pattern recorded on the recording medium, a calculating step of calculating a correction value of an ink amount for each of the plurality of nozzles, based on the concentration value, and a setting step of setting the correction value as a correction value that is used for real recording. The plurality of patches include a plurality of first patches in a first concentration range and a plurality of second patches in a second concentration range including concentration higher than that in the first concentration range, and the plurality of first patches and the plurality of second patches are arranged alternately in a second direction intersecting the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroki Sato
  • Patent number: 11102358
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a plurality of parts each configured to operate to form an image; and at least one processor configured to control an operation of the image forming apparatus. The at least one processor has a function of executing the following processing: error detection processing of detecting occurrence of an error of each part; failure portion identification processing of identifying a failure portion which is a cause of the error; and determination processing of determining, in a case where the image forming apparatus is reactivated after the identification of the failure portion by the failure portion identification processing, whether there is a failure in a part corresponding to the failure portion information before execution of a preparation operation for enabling an image forming operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryusuke Ito, Hidenori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11102377
    Abstract: A recording system for recording a recording image based on image data by repeating a pass operation in which a nozzle column discharges ink while reciprocating relatively to a recording medium in a main scanning direction to form dots on the recording medium, and a conveying operation of relatively moving the nozzle column and the recording medium in a sub-scanning direction crossing the main scanning direction, the recording system including an assigning section for obtaining a plurality of halftone data which is generated with respect to the same area of the image data based on the image data, and which corresponds to the ink of a predetermined color, and then assigning each of the halftone data obtained to the pass operations in the same direction in reciprocation in the main scanning direction in a predetermined recording area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Hoshii
  • Patent number: 11095777
    Abstract: A maintenance apparatus includes a controller including a processor. The processor has programmed instructions to acquire maintenance operation information indicating (i) a failure that occurred with an image forming apparatus and (ii) content of a maintenance operation performed on the image forming apparatus to fix the failure, determine whether predetermined information included with the maintenance operation information exceeds a threshold value, and generate support information based on the maintenance operation information that indicates the content of the maintenance operation in response to the predetermined information exceeding the threshold value. The support information is accessible by a maintenance person when performing future maintenance on the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyo Tanaka, Kazuhiro Ogura, Masaki Narahashi, Sou Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11089181
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a printer configured to print on a print medium, and a reading unit configured to acquire color information of an image printed on the print medium. In printing on both sides being a first side and a second side of the print medium opposite the first side, upon a determination that a predetermined condition is met, the reading unit is configured to acquire the color information of the image printed on the first side of the print medium, after printing on the first side of the print medium is provided and before printing on the second side of the print medium is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryotaro Miwa
  • Patent number: 11089179
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a unit that acquires image data of a target image which is a target of image processing, a unit that acquires a display image showing a target image state, and a unit that performs image processing corresponding to the target image state with respect to the image data of the target image, based on the acquired display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Higuchi
  • Patent number: 11082567
    Abstract: An example scanner device includes a sealed enclosure including a scan window to allow light to enter the sealed enclosure, and an optical assembly including a light source and an image sensor. The light source is to emit light through the scan window onto a medium to be scanned. The image sensor is to capture light reflected by the medium through the scan window. The optical assembly is rotatably positioned within the sealed enclosure. An actuator is disposed within the sealed enclosure to rotate the optical assembly to aim the optical assembly at different locations on the scan window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Anthony Hill, Craig T Johnson, Ryan M Smith
  • Patent number: 11082581
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a reading unit configured to read an image of a document and generate image data, a first binarization unit configured to generate binary image data by performing halftone processing on the image data generated by the reading unit, a smoothing unit configured to perform smoothing processing on a character region of the binary image data, a second binarization unit configured to perform binarization processing on the character region having been subjected to the smoothing processing by the smoothing unit, and a character recognition unit configured to perform character recognition processing on the character region having been subjected to the binarization processing by the second binarization unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Reiji Misawa
  • Patent number: 11082584
    Abstract: An image forming device which forms an image for color correction in the margin of a continuous recording medium such as continuous paper as appropriate without causing erroneous detection by a mark sensor at a post-processing stage. In the image forming device, a printing data generator (control section) performs: acquiring a detection criterion to detect a post-processing image for use at the post-processing stage; creating a color correction image to be used for color correction of an original image according to the detection criterion; and arranging the color correction image as an outer area image in an area other than an original image formation area in printing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kosuke Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11070700
    Abstract: Provided is a method of embedding and extracting watermark data that is robust against geometric distortion and low-quality photographing and for which the probability of successfully extracting watermark data for an original image is high, while the probability of successfully extracting the watermark data in the case of unauthorized copying is seriously impaired. The data embedding method according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a step of converting the noise-based image using watermark data, and a step of adjusting the original image using the converted noise-based image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Beyontech, Inc, Haroo Company
    Inventor: Joon-ho Sung
  • Patent number: 11057539
    Abstract: Provided is a method of embedding and extracting watermark data that is robust against geometric distortion and low-quality photographing and for which the probability of successfully extracting watermark data for an original image is high, while the probability of successfully extracting the watermark data in the case of unauthorized copying is seriously impaired. The data embedding method according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises a step of converting the noise-based image using watermark data, and a step of adjusting the original image using the converted noise-based image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Beyontech, Inc., Haroo Company
    Inventor: Joon-ho Sung
  • Patent number: 11055036
    Abstract: An advertisement system includes a distribution member computer that causes a printer to print the test image data received from a posting server and transmits read data obtained by reading an image of a printed matter obtained by printing test image data by the printer to a posting server, and the posting server including an evaluation unit that evaluates printing quality of the printed matter based on the read data and a decision unit that determines whether to distribute the advertisement data to the distribution member computer based on an evaluation result by the evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Kato, Kan Matsuda, Tomomi Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 11048988
    Abstract: A learning device includes an acquiring unit and a learning unit. The acquiring unit acquires an image and correction information designated for printing the image. The learning unit performs machine learning on recommended correction information that indicates correction content recommended for the print target image in printing the print target image, based on the data set in which the image is associated with the correction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoki Matsuzawa