Patents by Inventor Hirotaka Asakura

Hirotaka Asakura 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: 11071029
    Abstract: A communication device may establish a second wireless connection with an external device in a case where a first wireless connection is established with the external device, determine whether a predetermined signal is received from the external device, and determine a preservation time according to the determination. The preservation time may be a time for preserving a state of the communication device in a parent station state after the second wireless connection has been disconnected. In a case where it is determined that the predetermined signal is received, one of a first preservation time and a second preservation time which is longer than the first preservation time may be determined as the preservation time, and in a case where it is determined that the predetermined signal is not received, the other of the first preservation time and the second preservation time may be determined as the preservation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Shibata, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 11012843
    Abstract: A communication device may include a first type of interface and a second type of interface. The communication device may execute the communication of object data with a mobile device using the second type of interface after executing a specific process for causing the communication device to shift to a communication-enabled state, in a case where it is determined that the communication device is not currently in the communication-enabled state. Also, the communication device may execute the communication of the object data with the mobile device using the second type of interface without executing the specific process, in a case where it is determined that the communication device is currently in the communication-enabled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20210144806
    Abstract: A communication device may execute a specific wireless communication of object data via a first wireless network with a mobile device using a second type of interface after executing a specific process of sending a first wireless setting for causing the mobile device to belong to the first wireless network using a first type of interface in a first case where the communication device operates in a first state which is a parent station state or a child station state in the first wireless network and execute the specific wireless communication of the object data with the mobile device using the second type of interface after executing another process different from the specific process in a second case where the communication device operates in a second state which is different from the first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20210144534
    Abstract: A communication device may execute a wireless communication of object data with a mobile device via a first target network using a second type of interface after executing a sending process of sending a wireless setting, for causing the mobile device to belong to the first target network, to the mobile device using a first type of interface in a case where the communication device is determined as currently belonging to the first target network. The communication device may execute the wireless communication of the object data with the mobile device via a second target network using the second type of interface after executing a specific process of causing both the communication device and the mobile device to belong to the second target network in a case where the communication device is determined as currently not belonging to the target network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20210144265
    Abstract: A function executing device may comprise a first wireless interface according to a Bluetooth Low Energy scheme being capable of repeatedly sending an advertising signal. The function executing device may after a first advertising signal in which a first radio field intensity is used has been sent from the first wireless interface, receive a specific signal via the first wireless interface from a terminal device, change a radio field intensity used for sending the advertising signal from the first radio field intensity to a second radio field intensity lower than the first radio field intensity, and after a second advertising signal in which the second radio field intensity is used has been sent from the first wireless interface, establish a first wireless connection with the terminal device via the first wireless interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: Hirotaka ASAKURA, Takuya INOUE, Munehisa MATSUDA
  • Publication number: 20210111757
    Abstract: An MFP establishes a first communication link L1 by receiving an activation command and sending an OK command. The MFP receives first target data from a portable device by using the first communication link. The MFP generates second target data by processing the first target data. After receiving the first target data, the MFP disconnects the first communication link. The MFP establishes a second communication link by receiving the activation command and sending the OK command. The MFP sends the second target data to the portable device by using the second communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20210084715
    Abstract: A terminal performs: in response to receipt of first identifying information, from a first function-executing device via a first wireless connection established between the terminal and the first function-executing device, receiving, when the computer program is launched by an OS program of the terminal, at least the first device-identifying information from the OS program; establishing a second wireless connection between the terminal and the first function-executing device, using the first device-identifying information received from the OS program without requiring user input of an operation for selecting a connection-target function-executing device from at least one function-executing device; receiving first function information that indicates at least one function executable by the first function-executing device; and displaying, a first function screen for enabling a user to select a function required of the first function-executing device to execute, from the at least one function executable by the fi
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka ASAKURA, Longlong RUAN
  • Publication number: 20210072939
    Abstract: A function executing device is configured to send a wireless identifier to a communication device via a first type of wireless communication interface for setting up a wireless connection. The function executing device is configured to determine whether the function executing device is in an error state and, if not, to establish the wireless connection via a second type of wireless communication interface. The function executing device operates in a parent state in the wireless connection. Additionally, print data may be received from the communication device. However, if the function executing device is in an error state the wireless connection is not established via the second type of wireless communication interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10879960
    Abstract: An MFP establishes a first communication link L1 by receiving an activation command and sending an OK command. The MFP receives first target data from a portable device by using the first communication link. The MFP generates second target data by processing the first target data. After receiving the first target data, the MFP disconnects the first communication link. The MFP establishes a second communication link by receiving the activation command and sending the OK command. The MFP sends the second target data to the portable device by using the second communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20200396582
    Abstract: A communication device may, in response to a wireless link via a first wireless interface being established with a terminal device while the communication device is a first parent station state, receive predetermined information from the terminal device via a second wireless interface, if the predetermined information is received, shift the communication device from the first parent station state to a second parent station state, wherein the communication device is maintained in the first parent station state if the predetermined information is not received even if the wireless link via the first wireless interface has been established with the terminal device and after the communication device has been shifted to the second parent station state, establish a first wireless connection via the second wireless interface with the terminal device so as to cause the terminal device to participate in the second wireless network as a child station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Satoshi Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Yusuke Shimada, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10863583
    Abstract: A communication device may execute a specific wireless communication of object data via a first wireless network with a mobile device using a second type of interface after executing a specific process of sending a first wireless setting for causing the mobile device to belong to the first wireless network using a first type of interface in a first case where the communication device operates in a first state which is a parent station state or a child station state in the first wireless network and execute the specific wireless communication of the object data with the mobile device using the second type of interface after executing another process different from the specific process in a second case where the communication device operates in a second state which is different from the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10853008
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a computer program readable by a computer of a communication apparatus, the computer program causing the communication apparatus to: when first trigger information for establishing first wireless connection is received, supply a first connection instruction to a first wireless interface and store device information into a memory; when second trigger information is received, supply a second connection instruction to the first wireless interface; and in a specific case where it is not possible to re-establish first wireless connection with the external apparatus, display, on a display, display information for re-establishing the first wireless connection with the external apparatus. The display information includes first display information in case the device information is first device information, and second display information in case the device information is second device information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Nonoyama, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10856125
    Abstract: A communication device may execute a wireless communication of object data with a mobile device via a first target network using a second type of interface after executing a sending process of sending a wireless setting, for causing the mobile device to belong to the first target network, to the mobile device using a first type of interface in a case where the communication device is determined as currently belonging to the first target network. The communication device may execute the wireless communication of the object data with the mobile device via a second target network using the second type of interface after executing a specific process of causing both the communication device and the mobile device to belong to the second target network in a case where the communication device is determined as currently not belonging to the target network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10856363
    Abstract: A terminal performs: in response to receipt of first identifying information, from a first function-executing device via a first wireless connection established between the terminal and the first function-executing device, receiving, when the computer program is launched by an OS program of the terminal, at least the first device-identifying information from the OS program; establishing a second wireless connection between the terminal and the first function-executing device, using the first device-identifying information received from the OS program without requiring user input of an operation for selecting a connection-target function-executing device from at least one function-executing device; receiving first function information that indicates at least one function executable by the first function-executing device; and displaying, a first function screen for enabling a user to select a function required of the first function-executing device to execute, from the at least one function executable by the fi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirotaka Asakura, Longlong Ruan
  • Patent number: 10831427
    Abstract: A function executing device is configured to send a wireless identifier to a communication device via a first type of wireless communication interface for setting up a wireless connection. The function executing device is configured to determine whether the function executing device is in an error state and, if not, to establish the wireless connection via a second type of wireless communication interface. The function executing device operates in a parent state in the wireless connection. Additionally, print data may be received from the communication device. However, if the function executing device is in an error state the wireless connection is not established via the second type of wireless communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10817237
    Abstract: A mobile terminal may obtain instruction information from a communication device in a situation where a first screen is displayed on a display of the mobile terminal, the instruction information indicating an instruction for causing the display to display a different screen from the first screen; obtain state information indicating a current state of the mobile terminal in a case where the instruction information is obtained; determine, by using the state information, whether the different screen is to be displayed in place of the first screen; and in a case where it is determined that the different screen is to be displayed, cause the display to display the different screen in place of the first screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Longlong Ruan, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10813144
    Abstract: A communication device may, in response to a wireless link via a first wireless interface being established with a terminal device while the communication device is a first parent station state, receive predetermined information from the terminal device via a second wireless interface, if the predetermined information is received, shift the communication device from the first parent station state to a second parent station state, wherein the communication device is maintained in the first parent station state if the predetermined information is not received even if the wireless link via the first wireless interface has been established with the terminal device and after the communication device has been shifted to the second parent station state, establish a first wireless connection via the second wireless interface with the terminal device so as to cause the terminal device to participate in the second wireless network as a child station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Yusuke Shimada, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Publication number: 20200322769
    Abstract: A communication device may include a first type of interface and a second type of interface. The communication device may execute the communication of object data with a mobile device using the second type of interface after executing a specific process for causing the communication device to shift to a communication-enabled state, in a case where it is determined that the communication device is not currently in the communication-enabled state. Also, the communication device may execute the communication of the object data with the mobile device using the second type of interface without executing the specific process, in a case where it is determined that the communication device is currently in the communication-enabled state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10779335
    Abstract: A communication device may, in response to a wireless link via a first wireless interface being established with a terminal device while the communication device is a first parent station state, receive predetermined information from the terminal device via a second wireless interface, if the predetermined information is received, shift the communication device from the first parent station state to a second parent station state, wherein the communication device is maintained in the first parent station state if the predetermined information is not received even if the wireless link via the first wireless interface has been established with the terminal device and after the communication device has been shifted to the second parent station state, establish a first wireless connection via the second wireless interface with the terminal device so as to cause the terminal device to participate in the second wireless network as a child station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Yusuke Shimada, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10757555
    Abstract: A communication apparatus may include: a first interface being set in one of a first operating state and a second operating state; a second interface; and an apparatus controller. The first interface is configured to: receive specific access point information in a case where a wireless connection is established in a situation where the first interface is set in the first operating state; and not receive the specific access point information in a case where a wireless connection via the first interface is established in a situation where the first interface is set in the second operating state. The apparatus controller performs: setting the first interface in the first operating state in a case where the access point information is not registered; registering the specific access point information; and setting the first interface in the second operating state in a case where the specific access point information is registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura