Patents by Inventor Hikonosuke Uwai

Hikonosuke Uwai 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).

  • Publication number: 20190050839
    Abstract: A receipt printer according to the invention includes a first communication section, a second communication section, a printing mechanism, a memory, and a processor. The processor receives receipt print information including POS data via the first communication section, generates receipt information including generation data generated in accordance with the receipt print information and processing history information, performs at least one of processing for causing a printing mechanism to print a receipt in accordance with the receipt print information and processing for transmitting receipt information to an external device via the second communication section, and includes in the processing history information information indicating details of the receipt information having been processed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayoshi NAMIKOSHI, Haruyoshi OHORI, Hikonosuke UWAI
  • Publication number: 20180285034
    Abstract: Provided is a method enabling easily determining the color characteristics of the print medium, and enabling a printer to print according to the color characteristics of the print medium. An information processing system 1 enables printing based on media properties information for a particular print medium by dividing the ranges of values three parameters in the HSV color space, hue, saturation, and value, can take into multiple intervals; assigning an interval name to each interval; using a specific combination of the interval names for the three parameters as media properties information; using the media properties information to identify a particular piece in a media piece group dividing the HSV color space based on print medium dependency; and printing on the print medium based on the media properties information for the specific print medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kohei IWAMOTO, Hikonosuke UWAI, Satoshi MORIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20100191866
    Abstract: An information processing device that is connected to external devices includes a receiving unit that receives a command from the external devices, a judgment unit that determines whether the command received by the receiving unit is a first type command that reads out, rewrites, or deletes data stored in the information processing device, or a second type command other than the first type command, and a command processing unit in which execution of the command received by the receiving unit is prohibited when the command is the first type command, and execution of the command received by the receiving unit is performed when the command is the second type command, in accordance with determination by the judgment unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junpei KUROGI, Masayasu IWANAMI, Makoto ONO, Tomonori ISSHI, Kazuhito GASSHO, Hikonosuke UWAI
  • Publication number: 20080316526
    Abstract: In order to provide an image forming apparatus through which the user can perform a print out under which a desirably printed out image is laid out on a desired record sheet, the image forming apparatus according to the present invention includes an operation panel unit which displays an input data preview window that displays input data which is input from an external device or input data which is read out by a manuscript readout mechanism, an output sheet size selection window that selects an output sheet size, an output application setup selection window that selects an output application setup, an output figuration preview window that displays an output figuration which is determined based on an output sheet size which is selected by the output sheet size selection window and an output application setup which is selected by the output application setup selection window, an input data adjustment window that adjusts input data, and an output result preview window that displays input data which is adjusted b
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji MATSUZAKI, Hikonosuke UWAI
  • Patent number: 7033009
    Abstract: An ink cartridge which has an IC memory for holding information about the cartridge. At the time the ink cartridge is to be installed in a printing apparatus, its insertion is inhibited at a position before installation by a lock mechanism. In this state, the information in the IC memory is read out via a first electrode terminal located on the cartridge side and connected to the IC memory and the propriety of the installation of the ink cartridge to the apparatus is determined. When the ink cartridge is determined to be appropriate, the lock mechanism is unlocked and the ink cartridge can be installed into the printing apparatus. When the ink cartridge is installed in the printing apparatus, data is exchanged between the printing apparatus and the IC memory via a second electrode terminal connected to the IC memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Shinada, Takahiro Naka, Yusuke Torigoe, Yuki Togawa, Satoru Orii, Hikonosuke Uwai, Toshio Kumagai
  • Publication number: 20030137568
    Abstract: An ink cartridge which has an IC memory for holding information about the cartridge. At the time the ink cartridge is to be installed in a printing apparatus, its insertion is inhibited at a position before installation by a lock mechanism. In this state, the information in the IC memory is read out via a first electrode terminal located on the cartridge side and connected to the IC memory and the propriety of the installation of the ink cartridge to the apparatus is determined. When the ink cartridge is determined to be appropriate, the lock mechanism is unlocked and the ink cartridge can be installed into the printing apparatus. When the ink cartridge is installed in the printing apparatus, data is exchanged between the printing apparatus and the IC memory via a second electrode terminal connected to the IC memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Shinada, Takahiro Naka, Yusuke Torigoe, Yuki Togawa, Satoru Orii, Hikonosuke Uwai, Toshio Kumagai
  • Patent number: 6547363
    Abstract: An ink cartridge which has an IC memory for holding information about the cartridge. At the time the ink cartridge is to be installed in a printing apparatus, its insertion is inhibited at a position before installation by a lock mechanism. In this state, the information in the IC memory is read out via a first electrode terminal located on the cartridge side and connected to the IC memory and the propriety of the installation of the ink cartridge to the apparatus is determined. When the ink cartridge is determined to be appropriate, the lock mechanism is unlocked and the ink cartridge can be installed into the printing apparatus. When the ink cartridge is installed in the printing apparatus, data is exchanged between the printing apparatus and the IC memory via a second electrode terminal connected to the IC memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Shinada, Takahiro Naka, Yusuke Torigoe, Yuki Togawa, Satoru Orii, Hikonosuke Uwai, Toshio Kumagai
  • Patent number: 6545766
    Abstract: A printing device (1) includes print management means. The print management means interrupts the execution of a print job under execution and executes preferentially another print job waiting for printing: 1) when the print job waiting for printing rather than the print job under execution is first executed, the best order of printing operations is secured or the print mechanism (6) is more efficiently operated, or 2) the processing of the print job under execution takes much time because of time consumption by the intermediate code generation and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Shima, Yasunori Hiyoshi, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Patent number: 6494560
    Abstract: When ink is sucked from the nozzles during a cleaning process, a rubber cap having a plural number of small spaces independently operable for ink suction is applied to a print head, and only the small space associated with a clogged nozzle of those nozzles of the print head is connected to a suction pump. A user looks up in advance the number and location of a clogged nozzle, judges the cause of the clogging of the nozzle on the basis of the number and location of the clogged nozzle, and selects a suitable type of cleaning process, a selective cleaning (based on the specified-nozzle suction) or a conventional cleaning (based on the all-nozzle suction).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Seshimo, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Patent number: 6481824
    Abstract: A valve unit is arranged in an ink supply path located between an ink cartridge and a recording head in an ink jet recording apparatus. The valve unit controls the opening and closing of the ink supply paths between the ink cartridge and the nozzle openings during a cleaning operation of the recording head. Air bubbles entered into the recording head when the ink cartridge is replaced are discharged by opening the valve unit after applying negative pressure within a cap covering the nozzle openings. By closing valve units disposed on the other recording head that does not receive a new ink cartridge, unnecessary ink suction discharging ink equally through all nozzle openings can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Hayakawa, Tatsuya Seshimo, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Publication number: 20020130918
    Abstract: When ink is sucked from the nozzles during a cleaning process, a rubber cap having a plural number of small spaces independently operable for ink suction is applied to a print head, and only the small space associated with a clogged nozzle of those nozzles of the print head is connected to a suction pump. A user looks up in advance the number and location of a clogged nozzle, judges the cause of the clogging of the nozzle on the basis of the number and location of the clogged nozzle, and selects a suitable type of cleaning process, a selective cleaning (based on the specified-nozzle suction) or a conventional cleaning (based on the all-nozzle suction). A valve unit is arranged in an ink supply path located between an ink cartridge and a recording head. The valve unit controls the opening and closing of the ink supply paths between the ink cartridge and the nozzle openings during the cleaning operation of the recording head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Hayakawa, Tatsuya Seshimo, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Patent number: 6348971
    Abstract: A printer selection device selects an optimum printer for printing a document based on user information indicating such conditions as print commands and specifications, and based on printer information concerning print environments of the printers and causes the optimum printer to print the document. An optimum printer can be selected for each document, or each page of a document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Owa, Susumu Shiohara, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Publication number: 20010043357
    Abstract: A printer selection device selects an optimum printer for printing a document based on user information indicating such conditions as print commands, specifications, and the like, and based on printer information concerning print environments of the printers and causes the optimum printer to print the document. An optimum printer can be selected for each document, or each page of a document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: MASAHIRO OWA, SUSUMU SHIOHARA, HIKONOSUKE UWAI
  • Patent number: 6104498
    Abstract: An image information print system has a reception task for receiving data containing print information input from a host computer, a job language interpretation task for interpreting the data, a print data analysis task for converting the format of the print information to prepare intermediate print information, memory means for storing the data and the intermediate print information, and a print management task for issuing a print execution instruction based on print specifications of print information contained in the data according to interpretation of the job language interpretation task and converting the intermediate print information into bit image data and executing print based on the print execution instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Shima, Kazuhiko Iida, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Patent number: 5960165
    Abstract: An intermediate code generating section generates intermediate codes corresponding to a print job on a rectangular block basis, the print job being received by a receiving section, arranges the intermediate codes generated on a rectangular block basis either in a lengthwise direction or in a widthwise direction of a page, and stores the arranged intermediate codes on a band basis in an intermediate code memory, the rectangular block being a square. An actual image data generating section generates actual image data by extracting the intermediate codes on a band basis from the intermediate code memory. In generating the actual image data, if the initially set direction of a page is changed, a direction in which to generate bits forming an intermediate code within each rectangular block having been generated is rotated by 90.degree. and rectangular blocks, each forming an intermediate code, are extracted on a band basis, the band extending in the other direction of the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Norishige Kakuno, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Patent number: 5646617
    Abstract: The present invention offers a system which operates with reference to a dictionary for registering a registered data string as correlated to a registration number and for performing a data compressing process by replacing a combination consisting of two or more character strings with a registration number mentioned above. The system according to the present invention performs the compilation and updating of the dictionary at the Step A1 and A2, respectively, and judges at the Step A3 whether or not the dictionary has become the optimum dictionary. The system performs the updating of the dictionary in such a case by an incremental decomposition method, or an augmentative decomposition method, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuji Ohmoto, Hikonosuke Uwai
  • Patent number: 5576743
    Abstract: An ink jet recording apparatus comprising: an ink jet recording head for sucking an ink into a pressure chamber and jetting an ink droplet from a nozzle opening by expanding and contracting the pressure chamber by a piezoelectric vibration element; the pressure chamber being formed of a nozzle plate and a vibration plate; and a signal generating device for generating signals. The signals includes a first signal for contracting the piezoelectric vibration element at a predetermined speed to suck the ink into the pressure chamber, a second signal for starting an extension process of the piezoelectric vibration element to splash the ink droplet from the nozzle opening by contracting the pressure chamber, a third signal for interrupting the extension process of the piezoelectric vibration element at least once while the extension process is still being performed and a fourth signal for resuming the extension process of the piezoelectric vibration element again after a predetermined period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kaoru Momose, Munehide Kanaya, Masahiko Yoshida, Hikonosuke Uwai