Patents by Inventor Kazuyuki Murata

Kazuyuki Murata 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: 20060165456
    Abstract: The print system (0001) is made up with the print instruction device (0101), the print device (0102) and the print data supply device (0103). The print instruction device (0101) has a print instruction device (0111) which transmits, to the print device (0102), authentication information and a print instruction of print data in a print data supply device (0103), and the print device (0102) has a print data requesting unit (0112) which transmits the authentication information according to the print instruction to the print data supply device (0103) and requests a transmission of print data and a print data receiving unit (0113) which receives the print data from the print data supply device (0103).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Inventors: Shigeki Matsunaga, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20060120786
    Abstract: In a print system in which without requiring a standardized command indicating use of a thumbnail image, and without causing an abnormal operation, a print content transmission device can direct a print device to use the thumbnail image, print content is described using XML format, and a direction command is described using XML format in the print content. In other words, in a step S201, a processing control unit (111) proceeds to a step S202 in the case where there is input from a user I/F unit. In the step S202, a unique information addition unit (104) judges whether or not the thumbnail image should be used for printing. In the case where it is judged that the thumbnail image should be used (S202: Yes), the unique information addition unit (104) directs a print content generation unit (108) to add, to the print content, a direction to use the thumbnail image (step S203).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Publication date: June 8, 2006
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 7054028
    Abstract: A digital copying machine comprising an image scanner part for reading an original image to reproduce image data of the original image, a laser printer part for printing an image according to given image data, a removable memory card, and a reader/writer of the memory card is provided. For offline print, the image data of a document prepared in an external computer and output control data are stored into the memory card. By installing this memory card in the digital copying machine, the digital copying machine prints the image data read out from the memory card offline in a desired output form. For offline image input, read control data obtained by using an image scanner such as a read gradation level, a read size, density, and the degree of edge enhancement is stored in the removable memory card using software executed in an external computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20060109507
    Abstract: A digital copying machine comprising an image scanner part for reading an original image to reproduce image data of the original image, a laser printer part for printing an image according to given image data, a removable memory card, and a reader/writer of the memory card is provided. For offline print, the image data of a document prepared in an external computer and output control data are stored into the memory card. By installing this memory card in the digital copying machine, the digital copying machine prints the image data read out from the memory card offline in a desired output form. For offline image input, read control data obtained by using an image scanner such as a read gradation level, a read size, density, and the degree of edge enhancement is stored in the removable memory card using software executed in an external computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6965457
    Abstract: An apparatus for image processing which determines such attributes as screen halftone area, character area and continuous tone area that appear in image data. A wavelet transform circuit wavelet transforms values of picture elements within a reference block selected from an image. Absolute value calculation circuits and adders calculate characteristic values representing characteristics of said reference block for every spatial frequency band on the basis of results of wavelet transform. And a determination circuit determines an attribute of notice area made up of one or a plurality of picture elements within the reference block on the basis of the characteristic values of the reference block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Nakanishi, Kazuyuki Murata, Hideyuki Kuwano, Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6943906
    Abstract: A digital copying machine comprising an image scanner part for reading an original image to reproduce image data of the original image, a laser printer part for printing an image according to given image data, a removable memory card, and a reader/writer of the memory card is provided. For offline print, the image data of a document prepared in an external computer and output control data are stored into the memory card. By installing this memory card in the digital copying machine, the digital copying machine prints the image data read out from the memory card offline in a desired output form. For offline image input, read control data obtained by using an image scanner such as a read gradation level, a read size, density, and the degree of edge enhancement is stored in the removable memory card using software executed in an external computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6924902
    Abstract: A digital copying machine comprising an image scanner part for reading an original image to reproduce image data of the original image, a laser printer part for printing an image according to given image data, a removable memory card, and a reader/writer of the memory card is provided. For offline print, the image data of a document prepared in an external computer and output control data are stored into the memory card. By installing this memory card in the digital copying machine, the digital copying machine prints the image data read out from the memory card offline in a desired output form. For offline image input, read control data obtained by using an image scanner such as a read gradation level, a read size, density, and the degree of edge enhancement is stored in the removable memory card using software executed in an external computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20050151986
    Abstract: The description interpreting unit (101) identifies the format (the Exif, the JFIF and the like) of the image data which is included in the content which is received from the host equipment (10). The image data obtaining unit (103) obtains the image data which is linked to the content from the printing content buffer (102) or the external DB (119). The image judging unit (104) judges the type of the received image file, and notifies the result to the image rasterization unit (105). The image rasterization unit (105) extends the compressed image data. The image processing deciding unit (106) decides parameters for the image processing which is executed by the image processing unit (107). The rendering unit (108) converts the image data to be described by the CMYK color space in order to execute printing. And, the printing unit (109) executes printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata, Hideyuki Kuwano
  • Publication number: 20050147440
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to an STB (100) used by being connected to a printer (200) and a content distributing apparatus (21) that receives an order for consumables (223a-223c) used by the printer (200). The STB (100) includes the following: a communication I/F unit (103) for obtaining a content with which a point value is associated; a job management unit (106b) which outputs the obtained content so as to allow the printer (200) to print it, and also accumulates the point value associated with the content; a point accumulation unit (109); a printer I/F unit (107); and an ordering control unit (106a) for transmitting, to the content distributing apparatus (21), a notification for ordering consumables, together with the accumulated point value. The content distributing apparatus (21) receives the order for the consumables from the STB (100), and performs charging processing of reducing the price of the consumables by the amount equivalent to the point value transmitted together with the order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Inventors: Takashi Nakanishi, Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 6903833
    Abstract: An image data distribution system wherein an image server has information on destination group formed of members selected from among a plurality of image communication apparatuses. The information is memorized on a storage memory and the image data will be sent out to the respective members of the destination group specified by the destination information. In this image data distribution system, the distribution managing element sends all the distribution destination group names to a digital combination unit when a request for registration with a group is received from input manipulation element provided in the digital combination unit and registers the digital combination unit with a specified distribution destination group when the distribution destination group is specified by the digital combination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Murata, Hideyuki Kuwano, Yuji Okada, Naoki Takahashi, Takehito Yamaguchi, Kenji Hisatomi, Joji Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20050078334
    Abstract: A producer of contents previously associates information for print control with contents such as a picture, before delivery. In a digital broadcast receiving device (20) that receives this contents delivery, the contents are decoded by a data decoding unit (22) via a broadcast receiving unit (21). A controlling unit (26) judges print control information registered in association with the decoded contents, performs image processing in accordance with this print control information, and transmits data for printing to a printing device (30). The printing device (30) performs printing on the basis of the received data for printing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Publication date: April 14, 2005
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata, Jun'ichi Kubota, Kaoru Murase, Yukio Yagi
  • Publication number: 20040249979
    Abstract: An internal document data structure (DOM tree) based on data described by a markup language is stored in a memory, and an internal document data structure building unit modifies the stored DOM tree in the memory according to a script. A video signal converter converts the DOM tree stored in the memory to display data for a TV screen, while a print data creation unit creates print data according to the DOM tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Takehito Yamaguchi, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20040190055
    Abstract: The present invention provides a printing apparatus for generating print data with a priority given to a processing speed over a quality of images, even without explicit instructions, when printing images which do not require a high quality. The printing apparatus is composed of the following: a priority decision unit 203 for deciding which to prioritize, a speed of processing the image data or a quality of the images at the time of printing, based on print content description data including information on layout instructions for printing the images; a print data generation unit 204 for generating print data including the images, based on the following: the print content description data, the decision made by the priority decision unit 203, and the image data; and a print unit 205 for printing the print data generated by the print data generation unit 204.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventors: Ryuichiro Takamatsu, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6789962
    Abstract: A printer includes a communication unit which receives a plurality of pictures to be printed, in which pictures video on a TV are captured, a command receiving unit which receives a user input of a print setting for specifying a sectioning method of a print sheet, an outputting unit which prints the received pictures on the print sheet according to the print setting, and a control unit which controls the outputting unit to stand by for the pictures until they are received by the number corresponding to number of printing areas obtained by sectioning the print sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeki Matsunaga, Kazuyuki Murata, Yuji Okada
  • Patent number: 6792547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a digital integrated apparatus capable of registering and fetching image data, and has an object to solve various problems resulting from the necessity of the user authentication at the time of using the apparatus. Specifically, it is arranged that, the display-input control means 92a classifies the user authentication under the first user authentication in a specific level and the second user authentication in a lower level than the first one, and then judges based on the initial setting whether the result of the second user authentication is valid or not. The first user authentication is based on the attribute of user's personal information including a user registration card Ku, and the second user authentication is based on the user ID and password inputted from the control panel 92. Therefore, it is possible to limit the fetching by using the other person's user ID and password.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Murata, Hideyuki Kuwano, Takehito Yamaguchi, Yuji Okada, Naoki Takahashi, Joji Tanaka, Kenji Hisatomi
  • Publication number: 20040169880
    Abstract: When performing Push-type data transfer from the side of an image-supply apparatus 100 to a printer 200P, it is necessary for the printer 200P to have a buffer that is capable of containing at least the capacity for one page of data. Therefore, the text/image-supply apparatus 100 stores printing-description data obtained from the application on its own memory unit 105. The image-formation apparatus 200 performs rasterization based on received printing-description data, however, in this process, when there is a link file L that is linked to the top file T of the printing-description data, the image-formation apparatus 200 specifies the link destination and sends a data-acquisition request to the text/image-supply apparatus 100, so there is no need for a buffer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Takashi Nakanishi, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20040169728
    Abstract: A system for printing print data that is multiplexed with a television-broadcast signal. By displaying a print button only when printing is possible, it is not possible for the user to determine whether there is no print data itself or there is no printing display because there is no printer. In this system, not only is print data detected, but the printer is also detected. When print data is detected but the printer is not detected, a display indicating that printing of the print data is not possible is performed to notify the user that printing is not possible because there is no printer even though there is print data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kuwano, Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi, Yuji Okada, Takashi Nakanishi, Kenji Hisatomi, Shigeki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 6771914
    Abstract: An image formation and control method and apparatus enabling a user to print data to be printed reliably up to the limited reproduction number permitted to the user even if troubles at the time of printing occur when the number of reproductions of the data to be printed is limited, is presented. With reference to the printing management information added to the data to be printed, when the number of reproductions of the data to be printed is limited, the mode is changed from the performance priority mode for normally reproducing data to be printed into the safety priority mode capable of carrying out the required reproduction more reliably than in the performance priority mode, the number of printing of the data to be printed is managed as a printing history, and the printing of the data to be printed is controlled based on the number of reproductions of the data to be printed and the managed printing history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouichi Takamine, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6750987
    Abstract: A digital copying machine comprising an image scanner part for reading an original image to reproduce image data of the original image, a laser printer part for printing an image according to given image data, a removable memory card, and a reader/writer of the memory card is provided. For offline print, the image data of a document prepared in an external computer and output control data are stored into the memory card. By installing this memory card in the digital copying machine, the digital copying machine prints the image data read out from the memory card offline in a desired output form. For offline image input, read control data obtained by using an image scanner such as a read gradation level, a read size, density, and the degree of edge enhancement is stored in the removable memory card using software executed in an external computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6734988
    Abstract: A digital copying machine comprising an image scanner part for reading an original image to reproduce image data of the original image, a laser printer part for printing an image according to given image data, a removable memory card, and a reader/writer of the memory card is provided. For offline print, the image data of a document prepared in an external computer and output control data are stored into the memory card. By installing this memory card in the digital copying machine, the digital copying machine prints the image data read out from the memory card offline in a desired output form. For offline image input, read control data obtained by using an image scanner such as a read gradation level, a read size, density, and the degree of edge enhancement is stored in the removable memory card using software executed in an external computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata