Patents by Inventor Chiyo Koga

Chiyo Koga 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: 10053806
    Abstract: A sewing machine that includes a storage unit to store a plurality of pieces of pattern data respectively corresponding to a plurality of embroidery patterns and is capable sewing an embroidery pattern on a work cloth on the basis of the pattern data, the sewing machine includes a controller to control the sewing machine to: select one piece of pattern data from the pattern data stored in the storage unit; extract a plurality of pieces of other pattern data from the pattern data stored in the storage unit randomly; generate images of a plurality of combined embroidery patterns as a combination of a plurality of embroidery patterns respectively corresponding to the plurality of pieces of other pattern data extracted by extracting and an embroidery pattern corresponding to the one piece of pattern data selected; and display the images of the combined embroidery patterns generated by the generating on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotsugu Takahata, Chiyo Koga
  • Publication number: 20170191199
    Abstract: A sewing machine that includes a storage unit to store a plurality of pieces of pattern data respectively corresponding to a plurality of embroidery patterns and is capable sewing an embroidery pattern on a work cloth on the basis of the pattern data, the sewing machine includes a controller to control the sewing machine to: select one piece of pattern data from the pattern data stored in the storage unit; extract a plurality of pieces of other pattern data from the pattern data stored in the storage unit randomly; generate images of a plurality of combined embroidery patterns as a combination of a plurality of embroidery patterns respectively corresponding to the plurality of pieces of other pattern data extracted by extracting and an embroidery pattern corresponding to the one piece of pattern data selected; and display the images of the combined embroidery patterns generated by the generating on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotsugu TAKAHATA, Chiyo KOGA
  • Patent number: 9617670
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing portion, a switching frame, a movement mechanism, a processor, and a memory. The sewing portion is configured to perform sewing on a sewing workpiece. The switching frame is configured to hold the sewing workpiece. The movement mechanism is configured to move the switching frame mounted thereon. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions, wherein the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the sewing machine to perform processes that include acquiring first pattern data used to sew a first pattern, acquiring second pattern data used to sew a second pattern, causing the movement mechanism to move the switching frame and the sewing portion to sew the first pattern, causing the movement mechanism to move the switching frame to an escape position, and causing the movement mechanism to move the switching frame and the sewing portion to sew the second pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomotaka Katano, Chiyo Koga, Kiyomi Kato
  • Patent number: 9008818
    Abstract: An embroidery data generating device includes a first storage device, a processor, and memory. The first storage device stores a plurality of stitch data used to sew a unit pattern that includes special stitches causing the sewing workpiece to be locally puckered. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions cause the processor to perform processes that include acquiring an area in which the unit pattern is to be arranged, first identifying a selected unit pattern from among a plurality of the unit patterns, based on the plurality of stitch data stored in the first storage device, arranging the identified unit pattern in the acquired area, and generating embroidery data used to sew, on the sewing workpiece held by an embroidery frame, the unit pattern arranged in the plurality in the area, using the sewing machine, based on the stitch data of the identified unit pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Mizuno, Chiyo Koga, Yin Hsuan Huang
  • Publication number: 20150059631
    Abstract: A sewing machine includes a sewing portion, a switching frame, a movement mechanism, a processor, and a memory. The sewing portion is configured to perform sewing on a sewing workpiece. The switching frame is configured to hold the sewing workpiece. The movement mechanism is configured to move the switching frame mounted thereon. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions, wherein the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the sewing machine to perform processes that include acquiring first pattern data used to sew a first pattern, acquiring second pattern data used to sew a second pattern, causing the movement mechanism to move the switching frame and the sewing portion to sew the first pattern, causing the movement mechanism to move the switching frame to an escape position, and causing the movement mechanism to move the switching frame and the sewing portion to sew the second pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Tomotaka KATANO, Chiyo KOGA, Kiyomi KATO
  • Patent number: 8897908
    Abstract: A sewing data creation apparatus includes an area specification portion that specifies at least one area in which a plurality of stitches are to be formed and a sewing data creation portion that creates sewing data for forming the plurality of stitches in each of the specified at least one area and for forming an overlapping portion in a case where the specified at least one area includes a first area and a second area. The overlapping portion is a region in which at least one of the first area and the second area is enlarged in a direction that extends across a boundary line, such that a portion of the plurality of stitches to be formed in the first area is one of intersected and overlapped by a portion of the plurality of stitches to be formed in the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomotaka Katano, Chiyo Koga, Takashi Hirata, Satoko Hishida, Masayuki Hori
  • Publication number: 20140324210
    Abstract: An embroidery data generating device includes a first storage device, a processor, and memory. The first storage device stores a plurality of stitch data used to sew a unit pattern that includes special stitches causing the sewing workpiece to be locally puckered. The memory is configured to store computer-readable instructions. The computer-readable instructions cause the processor to perform processes that include acquiring an area in which the unit pattern is to be arranged, first identifying a selected unit pattern from among a plurality of the unit patterns, based on the plurality of stitch data stored in the first storage device, arranging the identified unit pattern in the acquired area, and generating embroidery data used to sew, on the sewing workpiece held by an embroidery frame, the unit pattern arranged in the plurality in the area, using the sewing machine, based on the stitch data of the identified unit pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro MIZUNO, Chiyo KOGA, Yin Hsuan HUANG
  • Patent number: 8655474
    Abstract: An embroidery data generating apparatus that includes a pattern data acquisition device that acquires pattern data, an area identification device that identifies a base area in which a plurality of base stitches including a plurality of intersecting portions are to be formed, each of the intersecting portions being a portion at which two base stitches extending in different directions intersect, a first generating device that generates first sewing data to be used to sew the base stitches in the base area, a sewing data acquisition device that acquires second sewing data to be used to sew a pattern represented by the pattern data in an area including at least a part of the base area, and an embroidery data generating device that generates embroidery data including the first sewing data and the second sewing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomotaka Katano, Takashi Hirata, Chiyo Koga
  • Patent number: 8607721
    Abstract: The sewing machine includes an irradiation unit that irradiates a reference mark providing a basis for locating a workpiece or a sewing pattern in sewing the workpiece placed on a sewing machine bed; a relocation unit that moves the reference mark irradiated on the bed or the workpiece; an imaging unit that captures an image of a predetermined view range including the reference mark irradiated on the bed or the workpiece; a movement identifying unit that identifies a direction of movement and an amount of movement of the reference mark being specified and moved by a user based on the image including the reference mark captured by the imaging unit; and a control unit that controls the relocation unit such that the reference mark irradiated on the bed or the workpiece is moved in correlation with the direction and the amount of movement identified by the movement identifying unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Chiyo Koga, Masayuki Hori
  • Publication number: 20120239180
    Abstract: A sewing data creation apparatus includes an area specification portion that specifies at least one area in which a plurality of stitches are to be formed and a sewing data creation portion that creates sewing data for forming the plurality of stitches in each of the specified at least one area and for forming an overlapping portion in a case where the specified at least one area includes a first area and a second area. The overlapping portion is a region in which at least one of the first area and the second area is enlarged in a direction that extends across a boundary line, such that a portion of the plurality of stitches to be formed in the first area is one of intersected and overlapped by a portion of the plurality of stitches to be formed in the second area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomotaka KATANO, Chiyo KOGA, Takashi HIRATA, Satoko HISHIDA, Masayuki HORI
  • Publication number: 20120222602
    Abstract: A sewing machine which forms stitches on a first object to be sewn based on stitch data, includes an imaging unit which images an outline of an upper cloth as the first object onto a lower cloth as a second object, obtaining image data, an outline calculation unit which calculates the outline of the upper cloth from the image data obtained by the imaging unit, a determination unit which determines a stitch-forming region for sewing the upper cloth onto the lower cloth based on the outline of the upper cloth calculated by the outline calculation unit, and a stitch data generating unit which generates stitch data for the stitch-forming region determined by the determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoko HISHIDA, Chiyo KOGA, Masayuki HORI
  • Publication number: 20120210925
    Abstract: The sewing machine includes an irradiation unit that irradiates a reference mark providing a basis for locating a workpiece or a sewing pattern in sewing the workpiece placed on a sewing machine bed; a relocation unit that moves the reference mark irradiated on the bed or the workpiece; an imaging unit that captures an image of a predetermined view range including the reference mark irradiated on the bed or the workpiece; a movement identifying unit that identifies a direction of movement and an amount of movement of the reference mark being specified and moved by a user based on the image including the reference mark captured by the imaging unit; and a control unit that controls the relocation unit such that the reference mark irradiated on the bed or the workpiece is moved in correlation with the direction and the amount of movement identified by the movement identifying unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chiyo KOGA, Masayuki HORI
  • Publication number: 20110218665
    Abstract: An embroidery data generating apparatus that includes a pattern data acquisition device that acquires pattern data, an area identification device that identifies a base area in which a plurality of base stitches including a plurality of intersecting portions are to be formed, each of the intersecting portions being a portion at which two base stitches extending in different directions intersect, a first generating device that generates first sewing data to be used to sew the base stitches in the base area, a sewing data acquisition device that acquires second sewing data to be used to sew a pattern represented by the pattern data in an area including at least a part of the base area, and an embroidery data generating device that generates embroidery data including the first sewing data and the second sewing data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomotaka KATANO, Takashi HIRATA, Chiyo KOGA
  • Patent number: 6095067
    Abstract: A sewing apparatus is provided with: a stitch forming device; a driving device for driving the stitch forming device; a controller for controlling the driving device; and a displaying device comprising a color switch panel including a plurality of transparent switches on a surface of the color switch panel. The transparent switches are divided into a plurality of switch groups, each of which includes at least one transparent switch, depending upon functions of the sewing apparatus corresponding to the transparent switches respectively. The sewing apparatus is further provided with a color display controlling device for controlling the displaying device to perform a color display on the color switch panel by using one color for all of the at least one transparent switch belonging to one of the switch groups and by using another color for all of the at least one transparent switch belonging to another of the switch groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Tomita, Chiyo Koga, Mika Nitamizu