Patents Examined by Scott Rogers
  • Patent number: 10289363
    Abstract: The invention includes an arrangement determiner that determines an arrangement of a plurality of images, a rendering processor that performs rendering on the plurality of images in accordance with a result of detection processing for detecting an off line, on which none of the images are present across a target range in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction in which a print medium is transported, in the target range including the plurality of images arranged in accordance with a determination performed by the arrangement determiner, and a halftone processor that performs halftone processing on the images on which the rendering has been performed and outputs to the printing apparatus the images on which the halftone processing has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shusuke Kibune
  • Patent number: 10291822
    Abstract: Certain methods of generating a color mapping are described. In one method, an output of a color halftone processing pipeline is processed so as to determine a set of Neugebauer Primary area coverage (NPac) values that are representative of the output of the color halftone processing pipeline. These NPac values are then used, together with knowledge of an original input image, to generating the color mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic, Marti Rius Rossell, Juan Manuel Garcia Reyero Vinas
  • Patent number: 10277776
    Abstract: An image reading device includes: a scanner having characteristics of causing a distorted sine wave being formed by its obtained image data and being represented as an array of shade values arranged in a main scanning direction; a reference member to be scanned; a hardware processor that: obtains a shade value at each main scanning coordinate from shading reference data obtained from the reference member; detects the start and end position of a distorted waveform range in the shading reference data; defines the start and end position of a target range as the main scanning coordinates of two peaks, the two peaks being in a distorted sine wave formed by the shading reference data, the two peaks being within a predetermined reference distance to the right and left of the start and end position; and replaces a part of data in the target range with a substitute part of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shota Fujioka, Tomoo Yamanaka, Tomohiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10270938
    Abstract: A text separation method, a text separation device, and an image formation apparatus are provided. The text separation method includes obtaining a pixel value of each pixel in a to-be-processed image having a plurality of pixels; determining an edge intensity value of each pixel according to pixel values of each pixel and a preset number of pixels adjacent to each pixel; determining a binary map corresponding to the to-be-processed image according to the edge intensity value of each pixel; determining a text region determination value of each pixel according to the binary image and the pixel value of each pixel; and determining text-body regions and non-text-body regions in the to-be-processed image according to the text region determination value of each pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ZHUHAI SEINE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yangxiao Ma, Lina Meng
  • Patent number: 10257386
    Abstract: An image forming device is provided, including a generation part, a determination part and a printing part. The generation part generates a plurality of types of binarized image data with respect to original image data. The determination part determines the binarized image data, in which an error between each of the plurality of the types of the binarized image data and the original image data is smaller, among the plurality of the types of the binarized image data. The printing part prints the binarized image data determined by the determination part on a medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kotaro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10250767
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a conveying path on which a recording medium is conveyed; an image capturer that includes a light source and radiates light from the light source to capture the recording medium being conveyed at different timings to generate at least two images including a first image and a second image; and a movement amount calculator that calculates a movement amount of the recording medium between capturing timings of the first and second images, wherein the movement amount calculator: calculates an index distance which is a distance in a conveying direction of a pattern formed by reflected light from the recording medium; calculates a ratio between the index distance and a reference distance used for comparison with the index distance; and calculates a movement amount of the recording medium between the capturing timings of the first and second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Kobayashi, Takaki Kato, Masayuki Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 10244125
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus generates a calibration chart including a plurality of patches at different densities. The image forming apparatus includes at least one sensor, a memory, and a circuitry. The memory stores patch data values of the patches. The circuitry acquires sheet data about a sheet to which the calibration chart is output. The circuitry generates the calibration chart in which the patches are arranged in a color measurable region of the at least one sensor, based on at least the sheet data and data indicating the color measurable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yuu Inami
  • Patent number: 10244147
    Abstract: An image capturing unit includes a sensor unit that image-captures a predetermined area including a subject; and a reference chart unit that is arranged in the predetermined area and captured with the subject by the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Satoh, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Masato Kobayashi, Suguru Yokozawa, Tatsuhiko Okada, Mamoru Yorimoto, Daisaku Horikawa, Yuichi Sakurada
  • Patent number: 10237445
    Abstract: In one example, halftone data comprising first data and second data representing a plurality of pixels in a halftone is generated. The first data associates a first subset of the plurality of pixels in the halftone with a first colorant, the first subset defining a first region in the halftone. The second data associates a second subset of the plurality of pixels in the halftone with a second colorant different from the first colorant, the second subset defining a second region in the halftone. The first subset of the plurality of pixels in the halftone and the second subset of the plurality of pixels in the halftone are mutually exclusive, and the first region is at least partially enclosed by the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HP SCITEX LTD.
    Inventor: Alex Veis
  • Patent number: 10237436
    Abstract: Print jobs call for printing multiple logical pages on the same sheet, using base colorants and an extension colorant, and call for a different number of printing passes of the extension colorant for different logical pages. A first bitmap is created, and a first printing pass prints the first bitmap. The first bitmap is then modified to leave only the extension colorant plane, to create a modified bitmap; and a second printing pass prints the modified bitmap on the same sheet. The modified bitmap is additionally modified by removing printing pixels for the logical pages that do not contain an instruction to perform an additional printing pass of the extension colorant; and an additional printing pass prints the modified bitmap. These printing passes are repeated until no more of the logical pages contain the instruction to perform an additional printing pass of the extension colorant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Arindam Das
  • Patent number: 10237451
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure a printer cartridge and memory device containing a representation of a compressed multi-dimensional color table is described. The color table includes at least one low dimensional portion of the multi-dimensional color table storing color transformation information at a first resolution and a number of remaining portions of the multi-dimensional color table storing color transformation information at a second resolution. In the color table, the first resolution is greater than the second resolution and the at least one compressed multi-dimensional color table is to generate a high resolution uncompressed multi-dimensional color table the high resolution being at least as great as the first resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jay S. Gondek, Stephen J. Nichols, Jefferson P. Ward
  • Patent number: 10225438
    Abstract: Certain examples described herein relate to the processing of object data corresponding to a three-dimensional object. First data corresponding to a first portion of the three-dimensional object and second data corresponding to a second portion of the three-dimensional object, separate from the first portion, are determined. The first data is halftoned using a first halftoning technique to generate control instructions for an apparatus to produce the first portion of the three-dimensional object. The second data is halftoned using a second halftoning technique to generate control instructions for the apparatus to produce the second portion of the three-dimensional object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic, Jay S. Gondek
  • Patent number: 10194046
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a reception unit and a recognition unit. The reception unit receives an input image signal and a synchronization signal including a signal pattern. In a case in which the signal pattern corresponds to a predetermined prescribed pattern, the recognition unit recognizes the synchronization signal as a genuine synchronization signal to be used to generate an output image signal on a basis of the input image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Shimizu, Kazunori Sato, Eisuke Nozawa, Motohiro Asano
  • Patent number: 10178267
    Abstract: A technique is described by which a warped security feature is created on a substrate using a hybrid vector/bitmap process. The print element follows a series of curved vector lines during printing to form the security feature, instead of the straight line-by-line process used with a bitmap image. The method of producing the warped security feature, the warped security feature, and the substrate containing the warped security feature are considered to be unique and inventive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ENTRUST DATACARD CORPORATION
    Inventor: Marco Freudenberger
  • Patent number: 10171696
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image reading unit, a character recognition unit, an operation unit, and a file generation unit. The image reading unit generates image information which includes at least one of a character string and a table. The character recognition unit recognizes characters and generates character information corresponding to each character included in one of the at least one of the character string and the table. The operation unit receives, from a user, a selected file format of an electronic file to be generated. The file generation unit generates an electronic file including the generated character information in accordance with the selected file format. The character recognition unit recognizes the characters and generates the character information in the generated image information in accordance with the one of the at least one of the character string and the table that corresponds to the selected file format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sunao Tabata
  • Patent number: 10171690
    Abstract: A print-image generation device comprising: a display; and a processor that controls the display to display a print-image generation screen and a plurality of part images in the print-image generation screen, and performs alignment of at least one of the plurality of part images to generate a print image composed of the plurality of part images, wherein the processor, when the alignment is performed in a state in which two or more part images are selected from among the plurality of part images in the print-image generation screen, performs first alignment of the two or more part images on the basis of a mutual positional relationship between the two or more part images, determines whether or not there exists an area in which the two or more part images overlap each other as the result of the alignment, and when it is determined that there exists an area in which the two or more part images at least partially overlap each other, notifies a user that the overlapped area exists, and when the user is notified
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ueda
  • Patent number: 10165146
    Abstract: A printer includes: a processor; a head configured to perform printing; a sensor configured to detect an amount of movement of the printer; and a scanner configured to acquire an image including a frame described on a material to be printed beforehand, the scanner being disposed forward of the head in a moving direction of the printer. The processor executes during scanning for frame detection over the material to be printed, frame detection processing to detect the frame based on the amount of movement and the image without performing the printing, and during scanning for printing over the material to be printed, print processing to perform the printing with the head based on the frame detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Kuronuma
  • Patent number: 10150282
    Abstract: A method of forming a chemical delivery device with an active chemical includes generating halftoned image data using a stochastic halftone screen and with reference to a concentration parameter for the active chemical. The method also includes ejecting a chemical carrier including the active chemical into a portion of a plurality of cavities formed in the chemical delivery device based on the halftoned image data to produce the chemical delivery device with a concentration of the active chemical corresponding to the concentration parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Patricia J. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 10154165
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to multiple payload pantograph. Some examples may include a first pattern generation engine to generate a first pattern. The first pattern may be a data-bearing pattern encoding a first payload. Additionally, some examples may include a second pattern generation engine to generate a second pattern, the second pattern (by itself or in combination with the first pattern) may represent a second payload. The second payload may be camouflaged by a combination of the first pattern and the second pattern. Some examples may also include a pantograph generation engine to generate a multiple payload pantograph including the first pattern and the second pattern. The multiple payload pantograph may include the first pattern in one of the pantograph background or the pantograph foreground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason S Aronoff, Steven J Simske, Matthew D Gaubatz, Robert Ulichney
  • Patent number: 10154158
    Abstract: What is disclosed is system which facilitates the application of a mark to a surface of an object in a direct-to-object print system and a direct-to-object print system configured to use various embodiments of the present marking system. The present marking system comprises a camera for capturing an image of an object retained by an object holder configured to slideably traverse a support member positioned to be parallel to a plane formed by at least one printhead configured to eject in onto a surface of the object. A processor receives an image of an object held and communicates the image to a display. A mark to be printed on the object is retrieved and overlaid on the object in the image. A location of the overlaid mark is determined and communicated to a controller which causes the printhead to print the mark on the object at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Paul J. McConville, Jason M. Lefevre, Chu-Heng Liu, Douglas K. Herrmann, Kelly Burton, Christopher Douglas Atwood, Elizabeth M. Crossen, Annie Liu