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).

  • Publication number: 20190181914
    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: February 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20190163415
    Abstract: The communication device may include a wireless interface configured to repeat operating sequentially in a plurality of states including a first state and a second state, a processor and a main memory. The communication device may acquire detection information from the wireless interface in a case where the wireless interface operating in the second state receives a second polling signal from a specific external device. The communication device may supply a specific signal to the wireless interface in a case where the detection information is acquired from the wireless interface operating in the second state, the specific signal being for causing the wireless interface to use, as a duration time period of the second state, a specific time period instead of the second predetermined time period, the specific time period being longer than the second predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Shun Takeuchi, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10282153
    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: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10278072
    Abstract: A communication device may supply connection information to a first wireless interface so as to store the connection information in an interface memory, establish a wireless connection via a second wireless interface with a terminal device by using the connection information after the connection information has been sent to the terminal device, execute a first authentication using first authentication information in a case where the first authentication information is received from the terminal device, send a first registration instruction to the terminal device by using the wireless connection via the second wireless interface in a case where the first authentication is successful, and execute a second authentication using the first authentication information in a case where the first authentication information which has been registered in the terminal device is received from the terminal device after the first registration instruction has been sent to the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shun Takeuchi, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Publication number: 20190102123
    Abstract: A communication device may set a second value instead of a first value as an upper limit child station number in a case where a first signal including a predetermined character string is received from a first external device under a situation where the first value is set as the upper limit child station number in the communication device and a participating child station number is equal to the first value. In a case where the second value is set instead of the first value as the upper limit child station number, the communication device may establish a wireless connection with the first external device via the first wireless interface so as to cause the first external device to participate as a child station in the wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Takuya Inoue, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Publication number: 20190104454
    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: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Takeshi Shibata, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10250296
    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: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10237448
    Abstract: A terminal device may receive authentication information from a server and communicate a wireless profile with a printer using a first terminal interface. The wireless profile may be used in a wireless network, which is established by using a second terminal interface, and is a wireless network to which both the terminal device and the printer are to belong. The terminal device may establish a belonging state, which is a state in which both the terminal device and the printer belong to the wireless network, and send the authentication information to the printer via the established wireless network. The authentication information may be used when the printer acquires print data of a print target stored in the server in association with the print data. The receiving, communicating, establishing and sending may be instructions stored on a computer readable medium executable by one or more processors of the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura
  • Publication number: 20190075442
    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: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10223054
    Abstract: A communication device may, in response to a wireless link via the first wireless interface being established with a terminal device while the communication device is a parent station state, receive a predetermined signal from the terminal device via the second wireless interface. If the predetermined signal is received from the terminal device, shifting communication device from the parent station state to a specific state where the communication device does not operate as a parent station. The communication device is maintained in the parent station state if the predetermined signal is not received from the terminal device even if the wireless link via the first wireless interface has been established with the terminal device. After shifting the communication device to the specific state, establishing a first wireless connection via the second wireless interface with the terminal device so as to participate in a second wireless network as a child station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Yusuke Shimada, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10218875
    Abstract: A communication device may receive a first specific signal from a terminal device via an NFC interface, determine whether the first specific signal includes install information, change an operation mode of the NFC interface from Reader mode to CE mode in a case where it is determined that the first specific signal does not include the install information, change the operation mode of the NFC interface from Reader mode to Writer mode in a case where it is determined that the first specific signal includes the install information, supply first identification information to the NFC interface in a case where the NFC interface operates in CE mode, and supply specific information different from the first identification information to the NFC interface in a case where the NFC interface operates in Writer mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura
  • Publication number: 20190014609
    Abstract: A communication device is described as including: a first wireless interface configured to communicate over a first distance; a second wireless interface configured to communicate over a second distance, the second distance being greater than the first distance; a display; a processor; and a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the communication device to: receive, via the second wireless interface, a connection request from a first external device; wait for user confirmation of second wireless interface connection between the first external device and communication device; while waiting, establish, via the first wireless interface, a connection with a second external device; where no user confirmation has been received and the connection with the second external device has been established, terminate the waiting; and establish, via the second wireless interface, a connection with the second external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Hirotaka Asakura, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Publication number: 20190014608
    Abstract: A communication device is described as including: a first wireless interface; a second wireless interface; a processor; and a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the communication device to: receive, via the second wireless interface, a connection request from a first external device; after receiving the connection request from the first external device, establish, via the first wireless interface, a connection with a second external device, wherein the second external device is different from the first external device; transmit information to the second external device, wherein the information prevents the second external device from establishing, via the second wireless interface, a connection with the communication device; and establish, via the second wireless interface, a connection with the first external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Hirotaka Asakura, Hiroshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 10143026
    Abstract: A communication device may receive a first signal including first identification information and attribute information from a target device via the wireless interface, determine which of a first type device or a second type device the target device is by using the attribute information, execute an authentication of the target device by using the first identification information in a case where it is determined that the target device is the first type device, and execute an authentication of the target device by using the second identification information in a case where it is determined that the target device is the second type device and a second signal including second identification information different from the first identification information is received via the wireless interface, the second signal is sent to the communication device from the second type device in accordance with a predetermined application software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10136471
    Abstract: A communication device may shift an operation state of the communication device from a parent station state for operating as a parent station of a first wireless network to a specific state different from the parent station state, in a case where a predetermined communication with an external device not belonging to the first wireless network is executed under a first state where the communication device is operating as the parent station of the first wireless network; and after the operation state of the communication device has been shifted to the specific state, establish a first wireless connection with the external device operating as a parent station of a second wireless network via a first wireless interface of the communication device, so as to cause the communication device to participate in the second wireless network as a child station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shibata, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10123193
    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: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanobu Suzuki, Hirotaka Asakura, Munehisa Matsuda, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10108383
    Abstract: A communication device may communicate a first establishing command with an external device via a NFC interface so as to establish a first communication link, receive first target data from the external device via the NFC interface by using the first communication link, process a specific command included in the first target data so as to create second target data, select one type of disconnection method according to information included in the first target data from among plural types of disconnection methods for disconnecting the first communication link, and disconnect the first communication link by using the selected one type of disconnection method. The communication device may communicate a second establishing command with the external device via the NFC interface so as to establish a second communication link, and send the second target data to the external device via the NFC interface by using the second communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10095856
    Abstract: A communication device may receive a first specific signal not including authentication information from a first terminal device via an NFC interface, change an operation mode of the NFC interface from a first operation mode to a third operation mode, supply first authentication information to the NFC interfac, store first authentication information in a predetermined area, change the operation mode of the NFC interface from the third operation mode to the first operation mode, receive a second specific signal including the first authentication information from the first terminal device via the NFC interface and execute an authentication using the first authentication information by determining whether the first authentication information included in the second specific signal is stored in the predetermined area without changing the operation mode of the NFC interface from the first operation mode in a case where the second specific signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shibata, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Publication number: 20180288819
    Abstract: A communication device may shift an operation state of the communication device from a specific state to a G/O state in a case where a first wireless connection via a first wireless interface is established with a first external device under a situation where the operation state of the communication device is the specific state, supply a prohibition instruction for prohibiting a Listen process to a second wireless interface in the case where the first wireless connection is established with the first external device under the situation where the operation state of the communication device is the specific state, and after the completion of the shift, establish a second wireless connection via the second wireless interface with the first external device so as to cause the first external device to participate as a child station in a first wireless network in which the communication device operates as a G/O.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Takeshi Shibata, Hirotaka Asakura
  • Publication number: 20180285035
    Abstract: In a case where a specific wireless connection is established between a terminal device and a communication device under a state where a first wireless connection not via an access point is being established between the terminal device and the communication device, the terminal device may determine whether the first wireless connection is a wireless connection according to a first communication scheme or a wireless connection according to a second communication scheme, and supply a predetermined instruction to an OS (abbreviation of Operating System) program of the terminal device in a case where it is determined that the first wireless connection is the wireless connection according to the first communication scheme. The predetermined instruction may include an instruction for disconnecting the first wireless connection and an instruction for establishing a second wireless connection according to the second communication scheme between the terminal device and the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Hirotaka ASAKURA, Longlong RUAN