Patents Examined by Scott Rogers
  • Patent number: 11412093
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming system including a first image forming device, a second image forming device; and an image reading device. A first hardware processor of the first image forming device causes a first image former of the first image forming device to form a first reference image on a first face of a sheet. A second hardware processor of the second image forming device causes a second image former of the second image forming device to form a second reference image different from the first reference image on the first face of the sheet. A third hardware processor of the image reading device determines whether an image positional deviation is present based on the first reference image and the second reference image that are formed on the first face of the sheet and that are read by the image reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Tomomi Izawa
  • Patent number: 11405524
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a specifying unit that specifies a color; an input unit that inputs an image; a converting unit that converts a color in the image, which has a hue within a predetermined range with respect to the specified color, into a color of a predetermined hue and converts a color in the image, which has a hue outside the predetermined range with respect to the color, into black; a printing unit that prints the image subjected to the converted color; and a counting unit that separately counts a number of sheets when the printed image includes the color of the predetermined hue and a number of sheets when the printed image does not include the color of the predetermined hue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keisuke Aizono
  • Patent number: 11405510
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, having a placement table, a reader to read an image recorded on the recordable medium placed on the placement table while moving in one direction, a memory storing information concerning a test pattern, and a controller, is provided. The controller is configured to, when instructed to read the test pattern, control the reader to stop reading to pause before reading the test pattern completely, while the reader pauses, based on read data generated from an outcome of reading of the test pattern so far and the information concerning the test pattern, determine whether the read data satisfies a predetermined condition, and when the read data satisfies the predetermined condition, control the reader to resume reading the test pattern, but when the read data does not satisfy the predetermined condition, control the reader to abort reading the test pattern and output an error alerting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11405509
    Abstract: There is provided with an information processing apparatus. A first obtaining unit obtains data of a reference image indicating a target of printing output to be performed by a printing apparatus. A second obtaining unit obtains data of an image printed by the printing apparatus. A correcting unit corrects a local image density difference or the reference image based on a global image density difference between the reference image and the printed image. An evaluating unit evaluates quality of the printed image based on the local image density difference between the corrected reference image and the printed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kyohei Kikuta, Kosei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11405525
    Abstract: A mechanism capable of improving the compression efficiency of image data generated by performing the dark reading is provided. An image processing apparatus comprising a reading unit configured to read a document and generate image data, a reading mode setting unit configured to set a reading mode of the reading unit to a first reading mode or a second reading mode, in which the document is read with the amount of light less than that in the first scanning mode, a background color determining unit configured to determine a background color in the image data generated by the reading unit, and a conversion image generating unit configured to generate image data, in which a color close to the background color in the image data is converted into the background color, in a case that the second reading mode is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 11399111
    Abstract: An image output device includes a storage and outputs image data stored the storage. The image output device includes a detector, an output controller, and an eraser. The detector detects whether or not specific image information is included in the image data. The output controller allows an output of the image data when the image data does not include the specific image information, and disallows the output of the image data when the image data includes the specific image information. The eraser erases the image data from the storage when the specific image information is included in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 11381705
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. For example, the method is executed by a processor of a multi-function device (MFD) and includes receiving a desired transparency level for an annotation image to be added to a canvas image, applying a transparency factor based on the desired transparency level to a transparency output function and an opaque output function to calculate an output value for each pixel of the canvas image that overlaps a pixel of the annotation image in a color space associated with the MFD, and generating an annotated canvas image that includes the output value that is calculated for each pixel of the canvas image that overlaps the pixel of the annotation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Xing Li
  • Patent number: 11379700
    Abstract: A method in described in which image data to be printed and a halftone matrix are provided. The halftone matrix comprises rows having randomized values within alternating ranges of values. The halftone matrix is applied to the image data to generate a plurality of halftone patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Peter Morovic, Jan Morovic
  • Patent number: 11375082
    Abstract: There are provided a printing system, a method of generating a halftone processing rule, a method of acquiring a characteristic parameter, image processing device and method, a halftone processing rule, a halftone image, a method of manufacturing a printed material, an ink jet printing system, and a program which are capable of reducing an operation load of a user and acquiring a halftone processing rule appropriate for the printing system. A characteristic parameter acquisition chart including a pattern for acquiring characteristic parameters related to characteristics of the printing system is output, and the output characteristic parameter acquisition chart is read by image reading means. The characteristic parameters are acquired by analyzing the read image of the characteristic parameter acquisition chart, and halftone processing rules that define the processing contents of halftone processes used in the printing system are generated based on the acquired characteristic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kimito Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 11368599
    Abstract: An image processing method is an image processing method of a recording device. The image processing method includes inputting the image data having a resolution in a sub scanning direction of X×N dpi, performing data processing on the image data for each N-unit region, performing resolution reduction processing of reducing, to 1/N, a resolution in the sub scanning direction, and generating a recording data based on the reduced image data. In the data processing step, when the N-unit region is formed of a pixel having a black gradation value and a pixel having a gradation value that is equal to or greater than a predetermined value when expressed by RGB, and the pixel having the black gradation value is consecutive from another N-unit region adjacent to the N-unit region, a black dot is generated in a pixel after the resolution reduction processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11356567
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus that speeds up the auto color mode. The image forming apparatus includes a document reading unit that reads a document including a plurality of pages and outputs image data and can determine whether the document is a color document or a monochrome document. In the document read by the document reading unit, when monochrome pages of the first specific number of pages or more continues in the same job, a document determining unit predicts that the subsequent page is also determined to be a monochrome document. When the document is predicted by the document determination unit to be a monochrome document, an image processing unit performs monochrome image processing for the monochrome document on the image data immediately after reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Norifumi Miyahara, Kunihiko Shimamoto, Kendrick Esperanza Wong
  • Patent number: 11356578
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to generate image data represented in achromatic color from input image data and output the generated image data to a printer includes a controller. The controller is configured to replace color information of an object included in the input image data with an achromatic signal value, determine, based on an achromatic signal value corresponding to color information of a pixel of interest in the input image data, whether the pixel of interest satisfies a predetermined condition, and perform enhancement processing on the color information of the pixel of interest in a case where the pixel of interest is determined not to satisfy the predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kimimori Eguchi
  • Patent number: 11341382
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for evaluation of a print verification system. One embodiment is a print system that includes a printer, a virtual printer, a print verification system, and a print server. The print server is configured to initiate an evaluation of the print verification system by providing a defective version of a print job to one of the printer and the virtual printer and providing a non-defective version of the print job to the other one of the printer and the virtual printer. The print server verifies functionality of the print verification system based on whether the print verification system detects the defects via comparison of the printed output of the print job by the printer against the bitmap image output of the print job by the virtual printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Phillip Eugene Miller, II, Carl Michael Dennison
  • Patent number: 11341381
    Abstract: A recording device includes a recording unit configured to execute recording on a recording medium using a color material of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, and a control unit configured to control recording executed by the recording unit, wherein the control unit causes the recording unit to record an edge region of black data included in image data using at least the color material of black, causes the recording unit to record an inner region on an inner side of the edge region of the black data using at least the color material of cyan, magenta, and yellow, and sets the amount of the color material of black per unit area of the edge region to be greater than the amount of the color material of black per unit area of the inner region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Hayashi, Yasutoshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 11336774
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus configured to, on the basis of submitted data, generate a quality report for a printed material inspected by an inspection apparatus is provided. The apparatus comprises a first specifying unit that, when the submitted data is a new version and an old version of the submitted data is present, specifies a difference by comparing the new version of the submitted data with the old version of the submitted data; a second specifying unit that, on the basis of the difference, specifies an inspection for which an inspection result will be affected by the difference; and a creation unit that creates a quality report which makes it possible to distinguish, among inspection results received from the inspection apparatus, an inspection result for the inspection that will be affected from another inspection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiko Iida, Yoshiji Kanamoto
  • Patent number: 11336794
    Abstract: A method is provided of digitally imaging a secure portion and a non-secure portion of scratch-off-coating protected documents of at least one game using middleware. The method includes: (a) generating the secure variable indicia in non-vector raster format; (b) generating vector graphics to be imaged on physical document locations; (c) assigning the secure variable indicia in a non-vector raster format to documents in and shuffling the documents throughout a print run; and (d) linking via middleware the secure variable indicia in the non-vector raster format to associated vector graphics variable indicia to be digitally imaged on the documents and to generate vector graphics-formatted data for each document in the print run. The secure variable indicia assignment and shuffling are executed by non-vector raster game generation software output that is reinterpreted by the middleware to produce related vector graphic output for the secure variable indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HYDRAGRAPHIX LLC
    Inventor: Fred W. Finnerty
  • Patent number: 11323575
    Abstract: A printing abnormality detection system includes a printer that prints an image on a printing medium based on image data, a reader that reads the image printed on the printing medium, a processing unit that detects an abnormal printed portion based on read image data from the reader, a storage unit that stores information of a display necessity determination criterion, and a display unit. The processing unit determines, based on the image data, the read image data, and the display necessity determination criterion, whether the abnormal printed portion is to be displayed on the display unit. When the processing unit determines that the abnormal printed portion is to be displayed, the processing unit executes a process of displaying, on the display unit, abnormal printed portion information including an image of the abnormal printed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Tetsuo Tatsuda
  • Patent number: 11321810
    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: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventor: John Hamilton
  • Patent number: 11317003
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a memory and processing circuitry electrically coupled to the memory. The processing circuitry is configured to correct image data in a section of an abnormal image, based on information that indicates a position of the section in an abnormal line image that is included in a received image. The processing circuitry is configured to output the corrected image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Shibusawa
  • Patent number: 11308374
    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: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Fukaya