Patents Examined by Thomas D. Lee
  • Patent number: 11897249
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vibration generator capable of accurately adapting to fine vibration. The vibration generator has a stationary permanent magnet, a yoke for the permanent magnet, a coil fixed to the yoke, four springs provided to the yoke, and a movable piece supported with the yoke through the four springs. The end portions of the movable piece are arranged between the respective two pairs of the projections with first gaps. The central portion of the movable piece is arranged in the through-hole with the second gaps, the second gaps having a size to allow oscillation, which is regulated by the first gaps, of the central portion of the movable piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Sekise Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Hoshiyama
  • Patent number: 11886758
    Abstract: A determination is made as to whether priority is given to a print setting or a print preset by a general-purpose print service performed on an information processing apparatus. This makes it possible to resolve a conflict in settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ritsuto Sako
  • Patent number: 11880612
    Abstract: Generating personalized user interfaces includes receiving an indication of a user device in a proximity of an image forming device. Based on the user device, a system can determine a prediction of intent to use the image forming device by a user account associated with the user device and in response to determining the prediction is greater than a threshold, instructing the image forming device to provide an indicator corresponding to the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Yang, Roger S. Twede, Deny Joao Correa Azzolin
  • Patent number: 11880623
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a control method for an image forming system includes establishing a remote connection to a first image forming device from a user terminal, then receiving, at the user terminal, screen information generated by the first image forming device and transmitted via the remote connection. The generated screen information is displayed on a display of the user terminal. A user input is received at the user terminal. The user input corresponds to the displayed screen information. For example, the user input selects a print data destination or the like. The user input is sent to the first image forming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Morita
  • Patent number: 11861248
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a processor. The processor is configured to stop a print job under execution in response to an occurrence of an abnormality preventing the print job from continuing, set the stopped print job to a skip state, and restart the print job set to the skip state in response to a restart instruction by a user associated with the print job and not by a second user different from the user associated with the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Saito
  • Patent number: 11849083
    Abstract: A system comprising a multi-function device 112 configured to communicate with both a server 111 and a cloud service 121. The multi-function device 112 comprises: an output unit 407 configured to send S102, S401 identification information of the multi-function device 112 to the cloud service 121; an input unit 407 configured to receive S106, S403 controller information which identifies either the server 111 or the cloud service 121 as a controller of the multi-function device 112; and a login unit 406 configured to receive S201, S501 authentication information. The output unit 407 is further configured to send S202, S204 an authentication request including the authentication information to the controller 111, 121 identified by the controller information. The input unit 407 is further configured to receive S203, S205 an authentication response from the controller 111, 121 that indicates whether or not the authentication information is accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Europa N.V.
    Inventors: Karsten Huster, Chris Tickler, Michael Rosemann
  • Patent number: 11843751
    Abstract: Processing of an electronic file using blockchain is performed in an image forming apparatus to decrease the number of apparatuses to be managed and reduce the management load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikihiko Kamekawa, Kei Sato
  • Patent number: 11842098
    Abstract: There is provided with an information processing apparatus. A controlling unit, in a case where a condition related to at least any of a mode of communication with an image processing apparatus, a form of a connection with an image processing apparatus, and an authorization level of communication with an image processing apparatus is satisfied, enables an instruction for a push scan to the image processing apparatus. A sending unit transmits to the image processing apparatus a credential to be used in transmission processing in a push scan. The controlling unit, in a case where a condition related to at least any of the mode of communication, the connection form, and the authorization level is not satisfied, controls to not perform an instruction for a push scan to the image processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Go Inoue
  • Patent number: 11842105
    Abstract: A print system communicable with an image forming apparatus to be installed in a store via a network includes one or more memories storing a set of instructions and one or more processors that execute the set of instructions to receive user identification information from the image forming apparatus, permit, in a case where a user indicated by the received user identification information is in the store, the user to use the image forming apparatus, and not permit, in a case where the user indicated by the received user identification information is not in the store, the user to use the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Oikawa
  • Patent number: 11836401
    Abstract: An information processing device can communicate with a printer and a server. The printer includes a printing unit which carries out printing on a sheet with using a colorant. The server includes a server memory unit which stores user identification information and a print-permitted amount of printing permitted for a user in association with those. When a program is executed by a computer of the information processing device, the program causes the information processing device to perform display processing of displaying, a display unit of the information processing device, a selection screen for prompting the user to select a printing amount, and addition processing of, in response to a user's operation of the selection screen, causing the server to add the selected printing amount to the print-permitted amount associated with the user identification information of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Kawaguchi, Hirotaka Kubota
  • Patent number: 11836233
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus of one embodiment includes an image processing unit and a controller. The controller receives biometric information for a user for a logon operation and re-orders user record entries in a table when a predetermined condition occurs. Each record entry in the table includes reference biometric information in association with user information. The re-ordering of the entries is based on user information stored in the user record entries. After the re-ordering of the user record entries in the table, the controller performs an authentication operation that includes comparing the received biometric information to reference biometric information in the re-ordered user record entries of the table until a match is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinji Koizumi
  • Patent number: 11836402
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, includes: an image generator; a motion sensor; a login-logout processor; a display; a console; a memory; an on-hold setting receiver that receives a setting to either hold or cancel a set value not completely entered, when the motion sensor is not able to detect the user; and a controller that controls the image generator, the motion sensor, the login-logout processor, the display, the console, the memory, and the on-hold setting receiver. The controller causes the memory to store the set value not completely entered and switches a setting screen if the on-hold setting receiver is set to hold the setting not completely entered when the motion sensor is not able to detect the user while the display displays the setting screen, and cancels the set value not completely entered and switches the setting screen if the on-hold setting receiver is set to cancel the setting not completely entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenichiroh Imayoshi
  • Patent number: 11829427
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a database configured to store digital versions of physical or electronic items received at a controlled-environment facility. Each of the digital versions associated with a unique identifier. A digital network portal is configured to provide remote access to the database. A production system is configured to create physical or electronic copies of selected ones of the stored digital versions. The physical or electronic copy comprises an image of the original physical or electronic item and a two-dimensional barcode. The two-dimensional barcode comprises a network address for the digital network portal and the unique identifier. The two-dimensional barcode may comprise a Quick Response (QR) code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Isaac Parampottil, Christopher Douglas, Christopher Barrett Bruton
  • Patent number: 11822834
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus configured to include an execution function of performing authentication processing on a user and executing a stored job, which is stored in a storage device in association with the user, based on a success of the authentication processing without an instruction from the user includes one or more memories, and one or more processors that execute a set of instructions to receive a job execution request to execute a job different from the stored job from an information processing terminal, and in a case where the job execution request is received and the authentication processing using user information included in the job execution request is successful, control execution of the execution function of executing the stored job without the instruction from the user to prevent the execution function from being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11809761
    Abstract: An image processing system includes an information processing apparatus and an image forming apparatus. A first controller of the information processing apparatus transmits a print job, a setting instruction, and a plurality of mail addresses, to the image forming apparatus, upon receipt of a private print mode setting instruction through an operation device. A second controller of the image forming apparatus sets the private print mode, upon receipt of the print job, the setting instruction, and the plurality of mail addresses, generates a second print approval code, transmits the second print approval code to each of the plurality of mail addresses, and executes the print job, when the first print approval code is received via an input device, and the first print approval code and the second print approval code accord with each other, by causing the image forming device to form the image on the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Victorie Maia Oplado
  • Patent number: 11789674
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to determining whether a stored print job is potentially orphaned, and, in response to determining that the stored print job is potentially orphaned, requesting a renewal from a user associated with the stored print job and deleting the stored print job if no renewal is received within a configurable time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jayalakshmi Manjunath Bhat, Divya Bidarakatte Nanjarangalah, Deb Rupam Banerjee, Poornima Angadi Hiremath, Lakshmi venkataswamy Setty
  • Patent number: 11789684
    Abstract: Setting information, which is stored in an image forming device, is imported to a mobile terminal when the mobile terminal is brought close to the image forming device by sending the setting information stored in the image forming device from the image forming device to the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kanako Kaneda
  • Patent number: 11782652
    Abstract: The present invention offers a system including a transmission unit configured to transmit, based on a reception of predetermined information, first notification information for causing an audio control device to audibly notify a user of a first message related to a printing apparatus, and second notification information for causing a terminal device outside the audio control device and outside the printing apparatus to notify, through a notification screen, the user of a second message related to the printing apparatus and including a message not included in the first message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yu Tomioka
  • Patent number: 11775235
    Abstract: A default image formation apparatus is desired to be easily set. An information processing apparatus includes a controller including a processor and a memory, the controller configured to acquire identification information that identifies an image formation apparatus, and transmit the identification information to a server system in which the identification information about the image formation apparatus is previously registered so as to set the image formation apparatus as a default image formation apparatus in the server system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Saito
  • Patent number: 11775227
    Abstract: Job information being information concerning a processed job is managed together with an attribute that indicates whether the job information is printed or unprinted. Out of the managed pieces of job information of jobs, job information having an attribute indicating unprinted state is printed and the attribute of the printed job information is updated so as to indicate printed state. Out of the managed pieces of job information of jobs, when an instruction to print job information of a job corresponding to a logged-in user is received, the job information corresponding to the user is printed and the attribute of the printed job information is not updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Hiruma