Patents Examined by Ted Barnes
  • Patent number: 10200565
    Abstract: An image forming system includes an image forming device, a reading device and a hardware processor. The image forming device includes an image former that forms an image on a sheet. The reading device includes a line sensor and a lens unit. The line sensor reads the sheet with the image formed, thereby obtaining a read image. The lens unit includes a plurality of lenses and forms an image of the sheet on the line sensor. The hardware processor identifies a sheet region of the sheet in the read image, and corrects a magnification of each subregion in a main scanning direction of the sheet region according to a characteristic of a portion in the main scanning direction of the lens unit, the portion having being used in forming an image of the subregion on the line sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Isokawa, Kenji Kawatsu
  • Patent number: 10189244
    Abstract: A method for selecting a format is disclosed by selecting a print section layout, which divides the section to be printed in a running direction and in a transversal direction of the section to be printed into adjacent units with a signature assigned to a unit such that subsequently in the running direction, longitudinal dimensions and in transversal direction, transversal dimensions of the signature and technically required border portions outside of the signature are determined, and subsequently, on the one hand, a minimum longitudinal dimension is calculated as the sum of the longitudinal dimensions of the signature and of required border regions adjoining in running direction, and, on the other hand, a minimum transversal dimension is computed as the sum of the transversal dimensions of the signature and of required border regions, adjoining in transversal direction, and wherein eventually, the print section format is selected so that a longitudinal dimension of the print section format is at least equal
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Gesellschaft m.b.H
    Inventor: Dieter Reichhart
  • Patent number: 10162580
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus wirelessly communicates with an information processing apparatus without passing through an access point, provides a print service in which predetermined printing is performed in response to a print request from the information processing apparatus via a wireless communication unit, and enables a setting that is used for providing the print service if the setting is disabled when the information processing apparatus establishes communication with the image processing apparatus via the wireless communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ritsuto Sako
  • Patent number: 10149526
    Abstract: A drawing device includes: an object placing part on which an object is placed, the object being a finger or a toe having a nail; a direction detection unit configured to detect an extended direction of a streaky pattern naturally-existing on a surface of the nail based on the image including the nail of the object placed on the object placing unit; an image processing unit configured to adjust a direction of a nail design based on the extended direction of the streaky pattern detected by the direction detection unit; and a nail design forming unit configured to form the nail design which is adjusted by the image processing unit on the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nagao
  • Patent number: 10146491
    Abstract: A printing system includes one or more of information processing apparatuses, an image forming apparatus, a storage storing pieces of job information on print jobs, and circuitry. The circuitry is configured to execute: receiving the print target data from the information processing apparatus; receiving a history of pieces of job information corresponding to user identification information corresponding to the target data from the storage; estimating, based on the history, a type of a PDL to which the target data is converted; generating PDL data by converting the target data to the PDL of which the type is estimated; transmitting the PDL data to the image forming apparatus when the estimated PDL is available for the image forming apparatus; and selecting, when the estimated PDL is not available for the image forming apparatus, a PDL available for the image forming apparatus and re-converting the print target data to the selected PDL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Fukasawa, Rina Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10130154
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus includes a drawing device provided with at least one pen or nozzle configured to perform a drawing on a nail, a processor which controls operations of the pen or the nozzle, and a cleaning pad provided to clean a tip of the pen or the nozzle. The processor causes the tip of the pen or the nozzle to be cleaned by bringing the tip of the pen or the nozzle into a pressed state where the tip of the pen or the nozzle is pressed against the cleaning pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Irie
  • Patent number: 10116811
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls a sheet feeding apparatus, an image forming apparatus and a sheet delivering apparatus so as to perform image formation based on image data while conveying a long sheet at a constant speed, and at the time of executing image formation of another image based on another image data other than the image data in the middle of image formation based on the image data, the control apparatus controls to stop conveying of the long sheet temporarily, and controls to cut out a region where the another image is formed in the state of stopping conveying of the long sheet temporarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10116830
    Abstract: A system may capture an image of a physical item, perform digital image processing to identify features of the physical item from the image, and generate a digital token for the physical item based on the digital image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Roger Eagleton, Clara Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10116814
    Abstract: A second display control section of a multifunction printer switches from a first display process in which an external browser screen is displayed on a display section to a second display process in which an internal browser screen is displayed on the display section, and displays the internal browser screen on the display section according to the state of a paper feeding cassette and a cover member which are operated, when a change in state of the paper feeding cassette and the cover member is sensed by an event generation section while executing the first display process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Oshima
  • Patent number: 10116829
    Abstract: Information on printer maintenance or an updating of software is notified without giving uncomfortable feeling to a user by an unintentional change of screen displays. The invention comprises an application activating unit which issues an application binding command in response to a print instruction of a data generated by an application executed by a mobile, an additional information acquiring unit which acquires an additional information according to a predetermined information acquiring command included in the application binding command when a print result information is acquired from the printer, and an information providing unit which provides the mobile with the additional information in addition to the print result information. A user is notified of necessary information on printer maintenance or an updating of software in addition to the print result information upon completion of printing intentionally instructed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Miura
  • Patent number: 10097702
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including a communication unit, a controller, and an image processing unit. The communication unit receives information related to a processing condition for image processing stored in and specified with a terminal device. The controller sets a state in which the information related to the processing condition is accepted with the communication unit from one terminal device, which performs wireless communication, and not from another terminal device, which performs wireless communication, other than the one terminal device. The image processing unit performs the image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Sakayama, Yoshiharu Yoshida, Masakazu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10095449
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is operable at least in a first power state and in a second power state, in which electric power consumption in the second power state is less than electric power consumption in the first power state. The apparatus includes a detection unit formed by a plurality of elements disposed to detect the temperature of an object, and a control unit configured to control the image forming apparatus in such a way as to shift from the second power state to the first power state based on a detection result obtained by the detection unit at first timing and a detection result obtained by the detection unit at second timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junnosuke Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10089044
    Abstract: A method, a readable recording medium, and a system are disclosed for managing software version compatibility amongst a plurality of devices within a network. The method includes hosting a configuration file on a server, populating the configuration file for each of the two or more printers within the network with a printer identifier and one or more software versions associated with each of the two or more printers; executing a configuration tool on the server to compare the one or more software versions on a first printer of the two or more printers and the one or more software versions on at least one second printer of the two or more printers; and displaying if there is a software version discrepancy between the one or more software versions on the first printer and the one or more software versions on the at least one second printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Qiongying Feng, Kenneth Huang Young
  • Patent number: 10091393
    Abstract: A document conveying and reading device includes a drive motor, a paper ejection roller driven by the drive motor, a first reading unit arranged along a document conveying path to face one surface of the document, and a shading roller arranged along the document conveying path to face the first reading unit. The shading roller includes a white reference member used for shading correction and a conveying guide for a document that is conveyed along the document conveying path, is driven by the drive motor together with the paper ejection roller when the drive motor drives the paper ejection roller to rotate in the second direction, and is not driven by the drive motor together with the paper ejection roller when the drive motor drives the paper ejection roller to rotate in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10055180
    Abstract: The invention facilitates a setting state updating operation of the printer. An updating system of a setting state of a printer comprises an application activating unit which issues an application binding command upon detection of a predetermined operation when an application is executed by a mobile. The application binding command designates a printing application and a predetermined setting state updating command. The updating system further comprises a setting state updating unit which executes an updating of the setting state of the printer in the printing application activated by the application activating unit according to the predetermined setting state updating command included in the application binding command. A predetermined operation in the application triggers activation of the printing application for an automatic updating of the printer setting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: STAR MICRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Miura
  • Patent number: 10042593
    Abstract: A method for facilitating the configuration, resource installation, and direct printing of print jobs to a printer device from a host system that may not require installation of drivers or host software is described. The printer device is coupled to a host system via a universal serial bus (USB) interface. The printer device presents to the host system a USB mass storage profile that includes one or more smart folders. The printer device receives from the host system a data file and stores the data file in one of the one or more smart folders causing a corresponding action event to automatically be triggered in the printer device. The corresponding action events may include setting-up a printer configuration, printing a print file or image file, installing a font file or an image file, and installing a firmware upgrade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Datamax-O'Neil Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Celinder, Erik Unemyr
  • Patent number: 10029477
    Abstract: A nail printing apparatus is provided, which does not require a user to manipulate button operation to set user's finger or user's toe or start an image drawing operation. The apparatus provided with an image drawing unit for drawing an image on a nail of a finger or a nail of a toe and an elevation mechanism having a placing unit on which the finger or the toe is placed. The elevation mechanism moves the placing unit from a stand-by position up to an image drawing position. When the placing unit is at the stand-by position, the user can insert user's finger or user's toe into or remove user's finger or user's toe from the apparatus. When at the image drawing position, the image drawing unit can draw an image on the nail of the finger. An elevation controlling unit controls the operation of the elevation mechanism in response to an operation of the finger or the toe placed on the placing unit, pressing the same downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuichi Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 10022984
    Abstract: A drawing apparatus including a drawing unit that detachably holds a drawing tool that performs a drawing on an object and a drawing tool standby unit for causing at least one spare drawing tool to stand by. In a state where a first drawing tool is caused to be held in the drawing unit and a second drawing tool is caused to be held in the drawing tool standby unit, the drawing unit is controlled to perform a drawing within a first region of the object by using the first drawing tool and, when a first undrawn area occurred within the first region, the first undrawn area being an area where the first drawing tool was not performed correctly, the first drawing tool held is caused to be replaced with the second drawing tool; and the drawing unit is caused to perform a drawing in the undrawn area by using the second drawing tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tamotsu Irie
  • Patent number: 10027836
    Abstract: A display apparatus comprises a control section and a display section. The control section is capable of switching a mode to each mode of a normal mode and a power saving mode that consumes less power than the normal mode, shifting an apparatus from the normal mode to the power saving mode in a case in which a shift period during which an operation or a job is not executed lasts a certain time, and totalizes times the apparatus enters the shift period, times the apparatus shifts to the power saving mode and dwell time when the apparatus is in the normal mode for each time zone. The display section displays each value totalized by the control section for each time zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ono
  • Patent number: 9998614
    Abstract: The method and system allow a user to launch a client application on an web-enabled device and subsequently to navigate to an image source screen within the client application. After receiving an image source selection from the user, the client application retrieves images from the selected image source. The client application displays the retrieved images available for printing to a user, and in response to receiving a selection of an image, the client application transmits the image to a proprietary server. Moreover, upon receiving print order information, the client application additionally executes a location awareness application that determines a current location of the web-enabled device and subsequently, determines a proximal retail store to the current location of the web-enabled device. Thereafter, the remote printing system creates and transmits a print order that includes the selected image to the retail store for pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Tim P. McCauley, Mathew Alexander, Joseph M. Rago