Patents Examined by Thomas D. Lee
  • Patent number: 11520540
    Abstract: In a server device, a memory is configured to store a folder corresponding to each of a plurality of users. User permissions are set for the folder to indicate whether access to the folder is allowed. A client device is configured to perform transmitting print data to the server device. The print data is associated with identification information for identifying a user. A set of program instructions causes the server device to perform: in response to receiving the print data from the client device, storing the print data in the folder corresponding to the user identified by the identification information associated with the print data. A printer is configured to perform: receiving an input of the identification information; identifying the folder corresponding to the user identified by the identification information; acquiring the print data stored in the folder; and printing an image based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryota Kakitsuba, Yushi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 11507334
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method for management of printing jobs. In the method user identification is requested to identify the user, who then selects an artwork for the labels. Data regarding the selected artwork is retrieved from a data storage. Printing properties are defined for the selected artwork, and a set of available unique codes for the labels is determined on the basis of the user identification. A printing file is constructed including information related to at least the selected artwork and printing material selected for the printing job. The printing file is stored into a cloud storage linked with the identified user. A unique code is assigned for each label from the set of available unique codes. The unique code is assigned either in the printing file or when printing the labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: UPM RAFLATAC OY
    Inventor: Samuli Manninen
  • Patent number: 11507330
    Abstract: Systems and methods for secure transfer of printed documents from a print device to a user are disclosed. The systems may include a print device and a drone. The print device may also include an output tray configured to receive documents processed by the print device. The system may receive a print request from the user and determine whether the print request will result in a printed document that should be kept confidential. If printed document that should be kept confidential, the system may generate and transmit a first authentication information to the user. The system may then cause the print device to execute the print request and output the printed document to the output tray. A drone may then transfer the printed document from the print device to the user, and authenticate the user before allowing the user to access the printed document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ashok Jason Vedaraj, Srinivasarao Bindana
  • Patent number: 11500595
    Abstract: A method for printing documents with security elements carried out by two separate, computer-supported systems. The computer-supported systems each have a printing system with a printing machine and a security system that perform steps of preparing a document with placeholders for the security elements in the image data by the computer of the security system, and transmitting the document to the printing system. The image data is converted into an output color space of the printing machine by the computer of the printing system, and the document is transmitted to the security system. The security elements are generated, and replacement of the placeholders with the security elements by the computer of the security system is performed. The document is transmitted to the printing system. The finished document is printed with the security elements by the printing machine of the printing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventors: Stefan Schenk, Marc Woschei
  • Patent number: 11494138
    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: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akira Saito
  • Patent number: 11487488
    Abstract: In response to reception of instructions to print a color sample from a user, first, a printing unit is caused to perform calibration. Then, after the calibration is completed in the printing unit, control is performed so that print data is generated by execution of predetermined image processing for image data representing the color sample and printing processing of the print data is performed in the printing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Yabe
  • Patent number: 11487481
    Abstract: A printer according to an embodiment includes: a communication unit configured to perform communication based on a first gateway and a second gateway; and a control unit configured to control the communication unit to perform the communication through the first gateway in communication with a first device connected to a mobile communication network and to perform the communication through the second gateway in communication with a second device connected to a LAN. The control unit is configured to control the communication unit such that the communication with the first device and the communication with the second device are performed independently from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SATO HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Saito
  • Patent number: 11474760
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a print server with first circuitry and a memory and a printing apparatus with second circuitry. The first circuitry generates guest account information including a user ID of a guest terminal, an available print count, and an apparatus ID of the printing apparatus, and receives a print file from the terminal. The memory stores the account information and the print file. The second circuitry receives authentication information from the terminal, acquires the account information and the corresponding print file from the server based on the user ID and the apparatus ID, controls execution of printing with the acquired print file, updates the print count in the acquired account information based on the printing, and transmits the updated print count to the server. Based on the updated print count, the first circuitry updates the print count in the stored account information of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Susumu Chida
  • Patent number: 11467782
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a mobile communication terminal, and an image forming device. The mobile communication terminal includes memory that stores data, a location determiner that accepts specifying of data and instruction for printing the specified data and determines whether data is stored in memory or stored in an accessible external device, and a print instructor that, in a case where data is stored in the memory, sends data to the image forming device together with the print instruction, and in a case where data is stored in the external device, sends access information, which is for accessing data, to the image forming device, together with the print instruction. The image forming device includes a controller that, when receiving data together with the print instruction, prints the received data, and when receiving the access information together with the print instruction, acquires and prints data stored in the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masao Saeda, Yasuhiro Nakai, Kohji Katamoto, Kohichi Murakami, Yasutomo Hayano
  • Patent number: 11451687
    Abstract: An original image is read as an aggregate of a plurality of pixels in which adjacent pixels have different colors (R, G, and B) in a main scanning direction and in a sub-scanning direction, and the read pixels of the respective colors are stored in a line memory in association with information on relative positions of the pixels with respect to another pixel. Then, the stored pixels are sorted so that pixels having the same color are adjacent to each other, and an abnormal pixel (dust) not present in the original image is detected based on the state of the sorted pixels. With this, the dust not present in the original image is detected without increasing the cost, and the dust is corrected without forming a conspicuous trace of correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Akagi, Katsuhiro Ishido
  • Patent number: 11449285
    Abstract: An image forming device and an operation method are provided. The method includes receiving a request for performing a preparation operation for verifying integrity of a first document according to a first image forming job for the first document, obtaining first transaction information indicating that the first image forming job has been performed for the first document and obtaining a first hash code corresponding to the first transaction information, registering the first transaction information and the first hash code in a ledger based on a network of a blockchain that distributes and manages a ledger in which transaction information of a certain document has been recorded, obtaining first verification information for verifying the integrity of the first document from the ledger according to the first image forming job, and verifying the integrity of the first document based on the first verification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Sungjin Park
  • Patent number: 11445077
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that enables a user to easily grasp setting values associated with a settings history button. Execution of a function selected by a user is controlled using setting values set on a setting screen displayed with initial values of the setting values registered at factory shipment. An identification reference used for identifying a setting value used and different from a corresponding initial value is switched. An instruction for changing the initial values on the setting screen to other initial values than the initial values registered at factory shipment is received. Setting value information indicative of the identified setting value is displayed for a settings history button for calling setting values used for the function. If the initial values on the setting screen are changed to the other initial values, the identification reference is switched to the other initial values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ikuko Shino, Yohei Shogaki
  • Patent number: 11436453
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for using augmented reality to create a printing template. The method includes capturing, using a camera of a mobile electronic device, a real world image of a surface. The method further includes, by a processor, receiving the real world image, processing the real world image to isolate and measure a portion of the surface on which print job content is to be applied, creating a printing template conforming to a shape and area of the isolated and measured portion of the surface, causing the real world image to be output on a display, and causing the display to output the printing template over the real world image, overlaid over the isolated and measured portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David Parsons, Andrew T. Martin, Shane Michael Jewitt, Ken Hayward, Dragana Pavlovic, Michael J. Martin, David C. Swift
  • Patent number: 11429319
    Abstract: A disclosed information processing system includes a terminal, and an information processing apparatus. The terminal includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire first identification information from outside, and a transmitter configured to transmit the first identification information and second identification information for identifying a user of the terminal to the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive the first identification information and the second identification information, and a controller configured to cause a device associated with a combination of the first identification information and the second identification information received by the receiver to execute a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Ando
  • Patent number: 11422761
    Abstract: An example image forming apparatus includes a print engine to form an image, a memory to store a plurality of print data and user information corresponding to each of the plurality of print data, a communication apparatus to communicate with a terminal through a wireless communication method, and a processor to control the print engine to print the plurality of print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Chang Nam An
  • Patent number: 11416198
    Abstract: A document management system includes a processor configured to receive print data of a document to be printed, the print data being transmitted from a first user, transmit, to another user belonging to a predetermined group, document specification information that specifies the document when a request to print the document is received from the other user, and compute a number of other users who have printed the document on a basis of the document specification information and user specification information that specifies another user, the information being transmitted from a printing device when the other user uses the printing device to print the document on a basis of the document specification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventor: Daiki Mariyama
  • Patent number: 11409485
    Abstract: A first printing apparatus acquires identification information for identifying print data and information indicating a print setting for the print data, when receiving from a user an instruction to print out the print data and an instruction to change the print setting, sends the identification information and information indicating change content of the print setting to a second printing apparatus, and when receiving a print request, prints out print data contained in the received print request. The second printing apparatus changes the print setting based on the information indicating the change content; and sends a print request containing the changed print setting and the print data identified by the identification information. In the first printing apparatus, in response to reception of a print request from the second printing apparatus, print data contained in the received print request is printed out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirokazu Tokumoto
  • Patent number: 11405527
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a providing unit configured to provide, to a second user given an authority of tenant administrator from a first user having an authority of shared office administrator, a function of designating an allowable number of print sheets with respect to a tenant to which the second user belongs or a third user who belongs to the tenant to which the second user belongs, wherein, in a case where the third user, when authenticated, uses a print processing function, the third user is allowed to use the print processing function up to an allowable number of print sheets designated by the second user, who is a tenant administrator of the tenant to which the third user belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouya Okabe
  • Patent number: 11403056
    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: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kanako Kaneda
  • Patent number: 11392334
    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: January 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Saito