Patents Examined by Scott Rogers
  • Patent number: 10778871
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, for use with an image forming apparatus including one or more mounting portions to which containers filled with color materials of different types respectively are mountable, includes a receiving unit that receives designation of pieces of color material information respectively indicating plural color materials selected by a user from the color materials with which the containers are to be filled respectively; an acquisition unit that acquires first image data indicating a first image; and a display unit that displays a second image using the color material information and the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10776676
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image forming apparatus includes a printer unit that includes a driving member related to the supply of the developer, a storage unit that stores correction information regarding the correction of a supplied amount of the developer and a remaining amount of the developer, and a control unit. The control unit acquires driving information regarding the driving of the driving member. The control unit acquires the correction information in accordance with the remaining amount of the developer and estimates the remaining amount of developer based on the driving information and the correction information when the remaining amount of the developer stored in the storage unit satisfies a predetermined condition regarding the remaining amount, and estimates the remaining amount of the developer based on the driving information when the remaining amount of the developer stored in the storage unit does not satisfy the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Fukaya
  • Patent number: 10762595
    Abstract: A system determines an object-design for a three-dimensional model of an object. The object-design may exhibit a design continuity. The system breaks the object-design in to spatial patterns corresponding to the discrete surfaces making up the outward surface of the object. The system then generates flattened patterns by projecting the spatial patterns into a two-dimensional plane. The system prints the flattened patterns on to designated regions of material sheets in an orientation that preserves the design continuity of the object-design. The regions may be extracted from the sheets and then joined at their edges to form a cover for object that exhibits the continuity of the object design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventor: John Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10757269
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium and an output device configured to output information for a user. The image forming system further includes circuitry configured to acquire, from a reading device read data of the image on the recording medium; calculate a correction value of an image density of the read image; cause the image forming apparatus to form, on a recording medium, a corrected image based on the correction value; and acquire, from the reading device, read data of the corrected image; and cause the output device to output report information representing a relation between a density variation value of the corrected image and a threshold of the density variation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10757292
    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: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: Beyontech, Inc, Haroo Company
    Inventor: Joon-ho Sung
  • Patent number: 10742849
    Abstract: This determination comprises: defining key constant-hue leaves such as to partition the gamut mapping color space into angular hue sectors; for each key constant hue leaf, defining a key hue leaf chroma mapping function; for each angular hue sector, defining a continuous angular hue sector chroma mapping function such that, for any source color belonging to one of the two key constant-hue leaves delimiting this angular hue sector, this continuous chroma mapping function allows to map the chroma of said source color according to the key hue leaf chroma mapping function of the key constant-hue leaf to which said source color belongs. Preferably, this mapping functions are non linear polynomials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Cedric Thebault, Jurgen Stauder, Anita Orhand
  • Patent number: 10742845
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, a processor acquires target image data representing a target image. The processor identifies as a first type pixel in the target image, and sets a target pixel from among peripheral pixels of the pixel identified as the first type pixel. The processor identifies the target pixel as a second type pixel in a case where the target pixel satisfies a specific condition. The processor generates processed image data by performing a replacement process in which a pixel value of the pixel identified as the first type pixel is replaced with a first value representing a first color and a pixel value of the pixel identified as the second type pixel is replaced with a second value representing a second color. The specific condition includes a condition that all specific pixels in a specific range match a specific pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masaya Takasu, Ryuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10733488
    Abstract: To generate a dot pattern whose deterioration of a feeling of granularity, density unevenness, and streaks are unlikely to be recognized visually by more effectively suppressing a change of an overlap of ink droplets on a printing medium. Halftone image data representing a dot pattern of each of two or more kinds of dot different in density reproduction is acquired. Then, in a case where there is a possibility that the contact state between dots changes due to a landed-dot shift of ink in a plurality of specific dots on a condition that dots are formed in accordance with a dot pattern in the halftone image data, the plurality of specific dots is replaced with dots of another kind whose number is less than or equal to that of the plurality of specific dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoya Takesue, Hisashi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10735627
    Abstract: Provided are a color conversion table creation apparatus and method, a color conversion apparatus, and a program capable of further increasing color matching accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Akito Ohkubo, Hirokazu Kondo, Hajime Terayoko
  • Patent number: 10701235
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a document reading unit configured to collectively read a plurality of source documents placed on a document table, a reference document image selector that selects, as a reference document image, an individual image representing the source document located closest to a position corresponding to a far left corner of the document table, a first relative position detector that detects a relative position between the reference document image and each of the individual images other than the reference document image, and a first pair identifier that identifies, as an image pair representing front and back faces of the same source document, a pair of individual images, the respective relative positions of which, from the reference document image in one of the both image data and from the reference document image in the other one of the both image data, are closest to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yuya Tagami
  • Patent number: 10694075
    Abstract: In an example, a method includes determining a plurality of print coverage vectors, each of the print coverage vectors specifying a common amount of a selected print agent. The method may further comprise determining a colorimetry provided by each of the print coverage vectors and dividing a range of colorimetries into partitions in a colorimetric space. For each of a plurality of the partitions, the method may include determining a characteristic of each print coverage vector resulting in a colorimetry within that partition and selecting a print coverage vector for that partition based on the determination. A color mapping resource may be determined based on the selected print coverage vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jan Morovic, Peter Morovic
  • Patent number: 10691988
    Abstract: Example methods of controlling printing of a halftone image are disclosed as well as apparatuses and computer-readable storage mediums relating thereto. In an example, the method includes receiving input data indicating a first colorant deposition order for a colorant combination and a second colorant deposition order for the colorant combination, wherein the second colorant deposition order is different from the first colorant deposition order. Control data is generated based on the input data. The control data includes first pixel data associating a first pixel in the halftone image with the first colorant deposition order, and second pixel data associating a second pixel in the halftone image with the second colorant deposition order. The control data is used to control a printer to print the halftone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic, Xavier Farina Vargas
  • Patent number: 10694048
    Abstract: A printer apparatus comprises one or more ports (2011 to 201M) for receiving one or more colorant units (INK1 to INKN), and a processing unit. The processing unit is adapted to determine which one or more colorant units (INK1 to INKN) have been loaded into the printer apparatus. The processing unit is adapted to retrieve colorant information from each loaded colorant unit (INK1 to INKN), and determine an ink-set configuration using the colorant information retrieved from each loaded colorant unit (INK1 to INKN). Operation of the printer apparatus is configured according to the determined colorant-set configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic
  • Patent number: 10681244
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image reader unit and a control unit. The image reader unit generates read data. The control unit generates output data of image data cropped from the read data. When cropping a plurality of image data, the control unit sets one side of the read data to a first reference side and sets another side perpendicular to the first reference side to a second reference side, and for each of the plurality of image data, the control unit detects a first distance between the first reference side and the image data in a direction parallel to the second reference side, and a second distance between the second reference side and the image data in a direction parallel to the first reference side, and sets an output order of the plurality of image data based on the first distances and the second distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Yuya Tagami, Sachiko Shintani
  • Patent number: 10681243
    Abstract: There is provided a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing application program executable by a processor of an information processing apparatus which communicates with a scanner having specific information. The specific information indicates whether the scanner is configured to generate a specific file for which specific processing is executable by a specific program. The application program, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to: obtain an image read by the scanner; obtain the specific information from the scanner; and generate a file indicating the obtained image. In a case that the specific information is first information, the application program causes the information processing apparatus to generate the file with usable information embedded therein. In a case that the specific information is second information, the application program cause the information processing apparatus to generate the file without the usable information embedded therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Yanagawa
  • Patent number: 10674026
    Abstract: Devices and methods automatically detach a note sheet from a document to which the note sheet is detachably attached and scanning the note sheet separately from the note-sheet-detached document to yield digitalized copies of the document and note-sheet. A note display-processing unit involving the devices and methods processes the digitalized document copy and the digitalized note-sheet copy to generate note-embedded document data producing, when the note-embedded document data is displayed on a computer display, a digitalized document copy with a note-sheet-representing icon, added to the digitalized document copy at a predetermined position thereon, that causes the digitalized note-sheet copy to appear whenever a display-interactive cursor moves over the icon. The note sheet may be automatically reattached to the document in the note sheet's original position on the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Gin Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 10674041
    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 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Satoh, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Masato Kobayashi, Suguru Yokozawa, Tatsuhiko Okada, Mamoru Yorimoto, Daisaku Horikawa, Yuichi Sakurada
  • Patent number: 10659656
    Abstract: According to examples, area coverage vectors for each pixel on each slice of a digital representation of an object may be determined and a two-dimensional halftone matrix including threshold values may be subdivided into a plurality of sub-matrices, each sub-matrix including threshold values of the halftone matrix in a respective value sub-range. In addition, for each of the slices, a sub-matrix of the plurality of sub-matrices may be selected and the area coverage vectors for the pixels in the slice may be halftoned using respective threshold values of the selected sub-matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic, Jay S. Gondek
  • Patent number: 10659659
    Abstract: An image decoloring apparatus includes a reader configured to read an image on a sheet to acquire image data, a storage section configured to store the image data acquired by the reader, and a first heater configured to heat the sheet. The apparatus further includes a difference extractor configured to extract difference image data based on first image data read from the sheet before it is heated by the first heater and second image data read from the sheet after it is heated by the first heater. The apparatus additionally includes a setting section configured to set a password required to access the difference image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kimihiko Hiyoshi
  • Patent number: 10652413
    Abstract: A method for distinguishing a page set is presented. The method includes receiving multiple page sets. A first page or a last page of each page set marked with an identifier. The method also includes scanning a page of the multiple page sets. The method further includes determining whether the scanned page comprises the identifier and one or more of a false positive identifier or a color changed identifier. The method still further includes distinguishing the page set, corresponding to the scanned page, from other page sets of the multiple of page sets when the scanned page includes the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Xin Cheng, Par Chadha, Vadim Aristov, Christoph Steinl, John Fiala