Patents Examined by Stephen Meier
  • Patent number: 10138386
    Abstract: Colorless coatings can be ink jetted onto part or all of colored images as spaced colorless drops to provide a colorless image over at least 50% of colored areas of the colored image and on a predetermined areal percentage of non-colored areas of the colored image. The aqueous colorless inkjet ink composition has a viscosity of less than 0.005 N-sec at 25° C., and comprises an anionic polyether polyurethane and an anionic acrylic or styrene-acrylic polymer, each having an acid number of at least 50, and such polymeric materials are present in unique amounts. Use of the aqueous colorless inkjet ink composition can be adjusted to provide increased gloss on the colored image in either or both of the colored area or non-colored areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Barbara Boland Lussier
  • Patent number: 10138088
    Abstract: A finishing unit for applying a note onto a printed document that exits from an image forming apparatus is provided. The finishing unit, according to one embodiment, includes a note cutting unit for cutting a sheet of paper to a note of a desired size and a note pasting unit for applying the note onto the printed document that exits from the image forming apparatus. An image forming apparatus and method of applying a note onto a printed are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Gin Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 10124586
    Abstract: A flow path structure includes: a substrate that includes a first surface and a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface; a supply port formed on the first surface; a plurality of discharge ports formed on the second surface; grooves that are formed on the first surface so as to extend in an X direction and communicate with the supply ports and with the plurality of discharge ports via through-holes formed on the substrate; and a sealing portion that is disposed on the first surface and seals each groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Isamu Togashi, Hiroaki Okui, Yasuyuki Kudo, Fujio Akahane
  • Patent number: 10112401
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting apparatus which includes a container holder on which a first liquid container and a second liquid container are detachably mounted, an nozzles for ejecting the liquid supplied from each of the liquid containers, and an adjuster that is disposed at a position covered by the first liquid container and not covered by the second liquid container, the method including: ejecting liquid by the nozzles in a state in which the second liquid container is mounted without the first liquid container being mounted; and adjusting the liquid ejecting apparatus by the adjuster based on an ejection result in the ejecting of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Murakami, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Yasushi Yajima, Toshiaki Ishikawa, Toru Chino
  • Patent number: 10046555
    Abstract: A recording method according to an aspect of the invention includes: applying a reactant to an intermediate transfer body, the reactant configured to thicken upon contact with ink; forming an intermediate image by applying ink to the intermediate transfer body carrying the reactant; applying an auxiliary liquid to the intermediate image to form an intermediate image layer, the auxiliary liquid containing a water-soluble polymer; and transferring the intermediate image layer to a recording medium; in this order. At least one selected from the group consisting of the reactant, the ink, and the auxiliary liquid contains a certain compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryohei Goto
  • Patent number: 9975364
    Abstract: In some examples, a method of controlling printing to a print medium includes, while printing an image to a print surface of the print medium, determining deformations of slices of the image caused by deformation of the print medium. The determining includes reading first fiducial marks printed on the print medium, determining a first deformation of a first slice of the slices based on the first fiducial marks, reading second fiducial marks printed on the print medium, and determining a second deformation of a second slice of the slices based on the second fiducial marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Secundino Vicente Vicente, Xavier Domingo Reguant, Li Qian, Annarosa Multari
  • Patent number: 9975346
    Abstract: Provided are a liquid ejection head, a liquid ejection apparatus and a manufacturing method for the liquid ejection head which make it possible to achieve both of high-speed printing and a reduction in number of recovering operations. A liquid chamber which is formed in a part of a flow passage that guides liquid to an ejection element substrate includes plural supply paths which are able to supply the liquid by capillarity, are connected together and are different from one another in width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromasa Amma, Mikiya Umeyama, Genji Inada, Takuya Iwano, Yasuyuki Takanaka, Masaya Uetsuki
  • Patent number: 9963606
    Abstract: A non-aqueous ink jet ink composition contains a white pigment having an average particle diameter of 200 nm or more and 400 nm or less, glycol diether represented by the following formula 1 and having a flash point of 70° C. or less, and glycol monoether represented by the following formula 2: R1O—(R2O)m—R3??Formula 1: (In Formula 1, R1 and R3 each independently represent alkyl groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R2 each independently represents alkylene groups having 2 to 3 carbon atoms, and m is an integer of 1 to 4.); and HO—(R4O)n—R5??Formula 2: (In Formula 2, R4 each independently represents alkylene groups having 2 to 3 carbon atoms, R5 is an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and n is an integer of 1 to 4.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Koike, Jun Ito, Kenichiro Kubota, Makoto Nagase
  • Patent number: 9944065
    Abstract: A multi-color printer has an array of monochrome fixed inkjet printheads aligned in a media feed direction. The printer includes: a first printhead positioned furthest upstream relative to the media feed direction; a second printhead positioned furthest downstream relative to the media feed direction; and a third printhead positioned between the first and second printheads. Each printhead is supplied with a respective ink from a multi-color ink set, the first printhead being supplied with a lowest luminance ink of the ink set and the third printhead being supplied with a highest luminance ink of the ink set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MEMJET TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Angus North, Philip Palma, Brian Brown, Duncan McRae, Jognandan Prashar, Mile Jurevic, Sam Mallinson, Geordie McBain, Chia-An Lin, Sam Myers, Jeff Tsang, Benjamin Powell
  • Patent number: 9944071
    Abstract: With respect to a configuration for performing printing in an inkjet method, the disclosure implements a more appropriate configuration in which it is difficult for the quantity of printing to deteriorate. This configuration includes a head unit (12), a main scan driver (14), and a controller (20). When main scan operations are performed, the controller (20) performs control with respect to the same area on the medium (50) such that the head unit (12) ejects ink drops of one selected color onto a plurality of first selection pixels selected on the basis of a first mask data item and a plurality of second selection pixels selected on the basis of a second mask data item different from the first mask data item in the arrangement of a plurality of pixels to be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MIMAKI ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichi Ohara
  • Patent number: 9937734
    Abstract: A method for the indirect application of printing liquid onto a printing material provides an intermediate carrier, preferably a circulating belt, a liquid conditioning medium including a first substance applied onto the intermediate carrier and a printing liquid, in particular an inkjet ink, including a second substance applied onto the conditioning medium on the intermediate carrier. The printing liquid is situated as droplets or a layer substantially on the conditioning medium and the droplets or the layer form a contact region on their underside with the conditioning medium. The printing liquid is heated, preferably by way of a dryer and the printing liquid is transferred from the intermediate carrier onto the printing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Bernard Beier, Martin Greive, Peter Hachmann, Axel Hauck, Rolf Kuendgen, Albert Maul, Rolf Mueller, Heiner Pitz, Achim Scheurer, Matthias Schloerholz, Michael Schwandt
  • Patent number: 9931850
    Abstract: A housing and a cover member are injection-molded and these housing and cover member are joined within a pair of mold. When the housing and the cover member are joined by molten resin, a mold for suppressing deformation is positioned at a face of the housing opposite to a face receiving a pressure of the molten resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Iwano, Yukuo Yamaguchi, Mikiya Umeyama, Satoshi Oikawa, Hiromasa Amma, Satoshi Kimura, Naoko Tsujiuchi, Yasushi Iijima, Kyosuke Toda
  • Patent number: 9908338
    Abstract: Provided is a liquid storage bottle capable of suppressing a decrease in degree of internal pressure reduction with a simple configuration. The liquid storage bottle includes: a main body portion configured to store a liquid; a nozzle portion configured to discharge the liquid stored in the main body portion; a cap mounted on the nozzle portion; a space portion formed between the nozzle portion and the cap; and a communicating portion configured to allow the space portion to communicate with outside of the liquid storage bottle. The nozzle portion includes a contact portion which comes into contact with the cap in a state in which the cap is mounted on the nozzle portion, and the communicating portion is a groove portion formed by cutting out a part of the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Koshikawa, Yasuo Kotaki, Kenta Udagawa, Wataru Takahashi, Koichi Kubo, Naozumi Nabeshima, Soji Kondo, Kazuya Yoshii, Kenichi Kanno
  • Patent number: 9902156
    Abstract: A recording device including a recording head, a tank, a valve capable of being switched between an open state where ink is supplied from the tank to the recording head and a closed state where the ink is not supplied, a cap covering a discharge port surface, a pump configured to make a pressure of an inside of the cap negative, an acquiring unit configured to acquire information on an atmospheric pressure of an environment where the recording device is placed, and a control unit configured to perform a suction operation of sucking the ink from the discharge port surface by driving the pump when the valve is in the closed state, making the pressure of the inside of the cap negative, and then switching the valve to the open state and to control the suction operation based on the acquired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shin Genta, Masaya Uetsuki, Toshimitsu Danzuka, Kazuo Suzuki, Yoshinori Nakagawa, Masataka Kato, Tsuyoshi Ibe, Tomoki Yamamuro
  • Patent number: 9895894
    Abstract: After printing is performed by driving only some printing elements, the other printing elements are driven so that kogation is deposited on the surface of the other printing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Taira, Taku Yokozawa, Hiroaki Shirakawa, Mitsutoshi Nagamura, Yuhei Oikawa, Satoshi Azuma, Yosuke Ishii, Hiroaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9884492
    Abstract: A first feeder contacts a first surface of a first sheet held in a first tray and feeds the first sheet toward a recording unit. A second feeder contacts a first surface of a second sheet held in a second tray and feeds the second sheet toward the recording unit. An inner member is disposed above a standing plate. An outer member comprises an upstream portion opposing the standing plate, and a downstream portion opposing the inner member. The inner member guides the first surface of the first sheet and the first surface of the second sheet. The standing plate guides the first surface of the second sheet. The upstream portion of the outer member guides a second surface of the second sheet, and the downstream portion guides a second surface of the first sheet and the second surface of the second sheet. The standing plate moves relative to the outer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuo Asada, Kensuke Hirate, Yoshiyuki Washino
  • Patent number: 9883075
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for compensating for process direction banding associated with a document processing system including a ROS. According to one exemplary embodiment, a ROS driver uses a plurality of beam delay/advance values to compensate for banding caused by an interaction of a halftone pattern and process direction density variations associated with the ROS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Paul Herloski
  • Patent number: 9873256
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head unit includes: a fixing plate provided with a plurality of openings; a plurality of heads, each of which is provided for each of the openings; and a channel holder that is provided with a plurality of channels and that accommodates the plurality of heads in cooperation with the fixing plate. Each of heads has a nozzle plate provided with a nozzle row having a plurality of nozzles. The head is fixed to a first surface of the fixing plate. An ejection surface is defined by a second surface of the fixing plate and the nozzle plate. The fixing plate has a plurality of sets, each of which has the plurality of openings. Only a part of the openings constituting each of the sets are disposed to be overlapped in a second direction, and the openings are disposed not to be overlapped in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshige Owaki, Katsuhiro Okubo, Takahiro Kanegae
  • Patent number: 9873812
    Abstract: Examples provide inkjet ink sets and related methods. An ink set may include a pre-treatment fixing fluid, an ink, and a post-treatment fluid including a binder and a surfactant having a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) value of greater than about 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: George Sarkisian, David Michael Ingle
  • Patent number: 9868280
    Abstract: A print device includes a head, a recovery portion, and a processor. The head ejects an ink onto a print medium. The recovery portion performs recovery processing to recover an ejection performance of the ink of the head. The processor acquires an integrated value of an ejection amount of the ink, and determines when the integrated value is equal to or more than a reference value, execution of the recovery processing including wiping of a nozzle surface. A nozzle hole is formed in the nozzle surface and ejects the ink. The processor acquires a temperature correlation value corresponding to an environmental temperature, and sets the reference value based on the acquired temperature correlation value such that the reference value when the environmental temperature is a first temperature is smaller than the reference value when the environmental temperature is a second temperature. The second temperature is higher than the first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takao Hyakudome, Naoki Mizuno, Takamitsu Nakajima