Patents by Inventor Andrew R. Ferlitsch

Andrew R. Ferlitsch has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8456665
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems and methods for detecting the status of printing devices and recovering from printing errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8384929
    Abstract: A method for efficiently handling image data may involve creating an imaging job that includes image data corresponding to an outputting operation that is to be performed by an imaging device. The method may also involve determining whether the image data includes one or more reduced size images in addition to one or more full size images. The method may also involve determining whether the one or more reduced size images are satisfactory for the outputting operation. If the image data includes the one or more reduced size images in addition to the one or more full size images, and if the one or more reduced size images are satisfactory for the outputting operation, the method may involve despooling the one or more reduced size images to the imaging device without despooling the one or more full size images to the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8379243
    Abstract: A method for deferring a print job within a queue is disclosed. The print job is received. The print job is scheduled for despooling to a printing device. Print data and print settings associated with the print job are analyzed. Paper requirements of the print job are determined. Availability of a paper supply associated with the printing device is determined. The print job is deferred if the paper supply does not satisfy the paper requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Ferlitsch, William J. Vojak
  • Patent number: 8358436
    Abstract: When an imaging job is received by an imaging device, a modified job environment for the imaging job may be created based on job-specific settings that are specified by the imaging job and also based on default settings of the imaging device. When the imaging job is processed, modified job-specific input source settings of the modified job environment may be provided to an input source subunit that corresponds to the imaging job. The input source subunit may use the modified job-specific input source settings to process the imaging job. Modified job-specific output engine settings of the modified job environment may be provided to an output engine subunit that corresponds to the imaging job. The output engine subunit may use the modified job-specific output engine settings to process the imaging job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8355147
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining and linking scanned images are disclosed. An exemplary system includes an imaging device. The imaging device includes a processor and memory in electronic communication with the processor. Instructions are stored in the memory. The instructions are executable to implement a method. A first scanned image of a multi-page document is obtained. The first scanned image is stored in the memory and is sent to a destination device. A second scanned image of the multi-page document is obtained. The second scanned image is stored in the memory of the imaging device such that the first scanned image is not needed. The second scanned image is sent to the destination device. The second scanned image is linked to the first scanned image in a logical multi-page scanned image wherein the first scanned image and the second scanned image are not in the same electronic file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8319993
    Abstract: Methods for operating the user interfaces (UIs) of a device such as an MFP device while the device is under simultaneous user operations from different access points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8319988
    Abstract: A document that corresponds to an imaging job to be performed by an imaging device may be received. The document may be in a non-native format that is not native to the imaging device. It may be determined that a translation operation should be performed on the document. The translation operation may include translating the document from the non-native format into a native format that is native to the imaging device. At least one job auditing function may be performed with respect to the document in the non-native format. Audit data may be generated as a result of the at least one job auditing function being performed. The audit data may be provided to a job auditing record manager. The job auditing record manager may store the audit data in a job auditing record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8305602
    Abstract: A method for managing printer settings is described. Physical printers in electronic communication with a network are discovered. Installed printers, configured with a printer driver, are discovered. The physical printers are associated with the installed printers. One or more default print settings are specified. The one or more default print settings of at least one of the installed printers are updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Ferlitsch, Gregory E. Borchers
  • Patent number: 8289536
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a job request is received. The job request may include at least one accounting detail requirement. A determination may be made about whether the at least one accounting detail requirement is supported by a rendering device. If the at least one accounting detail requirement is supported by the rendering device, the method may involve facilitating determination by the rendering device of at least one accounting detail corresponding to the at least one accounting detail requirement. If the at least one accounting detail requirement is not supported by the rendering device, the at least one accounting detail corresponding to the at least one accounting detail requirement may be determined by performing a job simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8279461
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a plurality of resources across multiple printing devices are disclosed. An exemplary system includes a resource server. The resource server includes a processor and memory in electronic communication with the processor. Instructions are stored in the memory. The instructions are executable to implement a method that involves receiving a registration message from a printing device. The method also involves downloading to the printing device a plurality of soft-links to resources in a server resource repository. The method also involves receiving a request for a resource from the printing device. The request includes a soft-link to the resource. The method also involves attempting to download the resource to the printing device in response to receiving the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8253951
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining when to download a resource to a printing device as part of a print job are disclosed. An exemplary system includes a computing device. The computing device includes a processor and memory in electronic communication with the processor. Instructions are stored in the memory. The instructions are executable to implement a method that involves generating a print job for a printing device. The method also involves generating a resource index. The resource index includes a list of at least one resource referenced in the print job. The method also involves associating the resource index with the print job. The method also involves spooling the print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8237949
    Abstract: A system and method for combining at a single location selection of image finishing operations of multiple devices. The system comprises a first memory for storing imaging finishing operations of the source device; a second memory for storing imaging finishing operations of the destination device; a display; and a system processor, coupled to the first memory, the second memory and the display, for producing a representation of both imaging finishing operations of the source device and imaging finishing operations of the destination device, and causing that representation to be presented by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8214752
    Abstract: A method for dynamically constructing a user interface definition is disclosed. A request for an information list is sent. The user interface definition with the information list is received. A filter script is applied to the user interface definition to provide a filtered user interface definition. The filtered user interface definition is sent to an application. The filtered user interface definition is constructed. The filtered user interface definition is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8122372
    Abstract: A wireless handset and a method and system for a wireless handset that better enable a user of the wireless handset to identify, select and view objects on a web page. Objects from a web page are rendered on a wireless handset display as selectable panels in perspective views. The rendering of objects from a web page as selectable panels in perspective views allows a web page designed for rendering on a display of a conventional Internet capable device to fit within a much smaller display of a wireless handset while maintaining the relative position, visibility, selectability and natural appearance of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Ferlitsch, Benjamin K. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 8094324
    Abstract: An imaging method enabling spontaneous, single-site implementation of, and control over, the execution of an imaging job employing the combinable native functionalities and related user-accessible controls of plural, currently available, imaging-related instrumentalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8023161
    Abstract: A multi-function peripheral imaging device for providing page description language (“PDL”) encapsulated image data is disclosed. The imaging device includes a processor for control of the imaging device and memory in electronic communication with the processor. The imaging device also includes a scanner in electronic communication with the processor and a printer in electronic communication with the processor. The multi-function peripheral imaging device includes a control panel for operation of the imaging device by a user. The control panel is in electronic communication with the processor for receiving user inputs. Executable instructions are included that are configured to implement a method for providing PDL encapsulated image data. An image is scanned using the scanner to produce image data. Document and page formatting inputs are obtained from the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8014013
    Abstract: A method for modifying settings in printing a document is disclosed. Document data is provided that comprises multiple graphical elements. The document data is converted into printing instructions. At least one setting is applied to the printing instructions. A preview is presented of the printing instructions to a user through a graphical display. The method enables the user to select a specific graphical element from the preview and to change the setting to a new setting. A device specific rendering is simulated using the new setting. The user is provided with the option of saving the new setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Owen, Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 8001270
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for discovering a network address. An exemplary method provides for communicating between a client device and a peripheral device over a network that includes a server device adapted to control the peripheral device. The network address of the peripheral device is determined to permit direct communication with the peripheral device, thereby bypassing the server device. The method includes reading a first data file of the server device. The first data file includes at least one of (a) the network address of the peripheral device, and (b) a network address of a second data file associated with and including the network address of the peripheral device. The method further includes comparing portions of at least one of the first and second data files with a predetermined data formatting pattern indicative of a network address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 7921420
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, an imaging device that is logically connected to at least one host computer system receives installation of a firmware upgrade. The firmware upgrade includes at least one new feature that is not accessible to the host(s) without a driver upgrade. The firmware upgrade includes the driver upgrade and/or driver upgrade information. In response to receiving installation of the firmware upgrade, the imaging device identifies the host(s) to which it is logically connected. The imaging device sends the driver upgrade and/or the driver upgrade information to the host(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch
  • Patent number: 7911626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a configurable user interface on an imaging device are disclosed. An exemplary system includes an imaging device. The imaging device includes a processor and memory in electronic communication with the processor. Instructions are stored in the memory. The instructions are executable to implement a method to provide a configurable user interface. A user interface edit mode is entered. A part of the user interface is presented to a user for modification. User input is received from the user to modify the part of the user interface. The part of the user interface with the modification is then saved. The user interface edit mode is exited, and the user interface that includes the modification made by the user is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew R. Ferlitsch