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).

  • Patent number: 6700681
    Abstract: An image data communication apparatus for sending or receiving image data to or from the destination's or destination image data communication apparatus image data communication apparatuses connected thereto via telecommunication line, network or the like. The apparatus is so configured that image data outputting means 1 outputs a communication results report containing information on the ongoing communication in case a communication error occurs while an document image data is being sent to the destination's image data communication apparatus connected to the sender via communication means 15 and the image data restarts to be sent on the basis of information on the communication written in the communication results report when a communication results report is inputted from image data inputting means 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joji Tanaka, Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Kuwano, Yuji Okada, Naoki Takahashi, Kenji Hisatomi
  • Publication number: 20030227645
    Abstract: The receiving apparatus for receiving signals containing printing data comprises a printing data receiving unit operable to receive printing data contained in the signals, a communication unit operable to send or receive the printing data to or from the printer, an external memory writing unit operable to send or receive data to or from the detachable memory card and write the printing data in the memory card, an output destination determination unit operable to select either the printer or the memory card as the output destination of the printing data based on the information on the printer for printing the printing data, and a printing data output unit operable to output the printing data to the destination determined in the output destination determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6661933
    Abstract: When an image is to be filed in the storage means 105, an original copy size detection means 102b identifies the type (size and lay) of the original copy. A first positioning means 11a puts up a plurality of possible places on the printing paper to write the ID mark in, the plurality of possible places given a priority number. A space checking means 6 checks the possible space which comes up for checking according to priority numerical order and notifies the first positioning means 11a of the results. A pattern synthesizing means 108 integrates an ID mark corresponding to the document ID in the space found to be blank by the space checking means 6, generating an image representing the marked sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Kuwano, Yuji Okada, Naoki Takahashi, Joji Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20030202831
    Abstract: A printer 2 includes the following units: a communication unit 21 which receives a plurality of pictures to be printed, in which video on the TV are captured; a command receiving unit 27 which receives from a user an input of a print setting for specifying a sectioning method of a print sheet; an outputting unit 29 which prints the received pictures on the print sheet according to the print setting; and a control unit 25 which has the outputting unit 29 stand by for the pictures until they are received by the number corresponding to that of printing areas obtained by sectioning the print sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Shigeki Matsunaga, Kazuyuki Murata, Yuji Okada
  • Patent number: 6636649
    Abstract: It is possible for the present invention to carry out the inclination correcting by adding a simple constitution of shifting an image only in the main-scanning direction to that of the conventional image processing apparatus. The first line shifting means 65 shifts the image data in the main scanning direction by specific number of lines in the shifting amount corresponding to the inclined angle detected by the inclined angle detecting means 66. The first rotating means 85 rotates the image data stored in the first image memory 88 by 90 degree or 270 degree, and then interchanges the main-scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction. The second line shifting means 91 shifts the image data rotated by the first rotating means 85 in the main-scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Kuwano, Yuji Okada, Joji Tanaka, Naoki Takahashi, Kenji Hisatomi
  • Publication number: 20030184801
    Abstract: A portable storage medium and a recording apparatus for the same that are capable of offline inputting and outputting image and text data automatically and efficiently to a digital copying machine, a scanner, a printer, a facsimile, a mobile phone, a liquid crystal projector, a television set and the like are provided. In the portable storage medium, a plurality of data files and one job file are stored, where a plurality of job information for executing each of predetermined procedures with respect to each of a designated plurality of data files from the plurality of data files are integrated. In this portable storage medium, the job file includes a plurality of job information blocks, each of which is specified to have a fixed size, for storing the plurality of job information, and each of the plurality of job information blocks includes discrimination information for used job information blocks to indicate whether the job information block is used or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20030164973
    Abstract: A printing method for printing image data in a system comprising: a reception device that receives image data distributed from outside and a printing device that prints the image data transmitted from the reception device, the printing method including: a image data acquisition step in which the reception device acquires first image data of a first image quality standard; a degradation step for converting the acquired first image data into a second image data of a second image quality standard that is inferior to the first image quality standard; and a print step in which the printing device prints the converted second image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata, Hideyuki Kuwano, Jun?apos;ichi Kubota
  • Patent number: 6606161
    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: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6604218
    Abstract: A data encoding apparatus is provided wherein, in one aspect, bit data are encoded by using at least one kind of error-correcting code out of two kinds of error-correcting modes—random error-correcting code mode and burst error correcting code mode. The encoded bit data are then arranged in a specific two-dimensional region in a matrix to form a two-dimensional image, which is then printed on a medium. The encoded bit data may be relocated in accord with a relocation map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Kuwano, Yuji Okada, Naoki Takahashi, Joji Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20030090695
    Abstract: An image output apparatus capable of offline printing or displaying image and text data automatically and efficiently to a digital copying machine, a printer, a facsimile, a liquid crystal projector, a television set and the like is provided. Discrimination is conducted as to whether data in a data file to be printed, which is read out from a memory card by a memory card controller, is color or monochrome image data. As a result of the discrimination, when the data is color image data, print confirmation means provided in the image output apparatus allows a user to confirm whether or not to print out monochrome image data, which is converted from the color image data by color/monochrome conversion means, by monochrome image formation means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20030086120
    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: October 22, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6559972
    Abstract: An image data processing apparatus for storing a multi-valued image data inputted from an image scanner as a plural image data of various resolutions and applying them for tasks, such as printing and displaying. After the conversion by the resolution converting device to a multi-valued image of low resolution, the data is binarized by the binarization circuit and stored after the encoding by the encoding circuit. Meanwhile the encoded data is decoded as the binary data by the decoding circuit and then inputted to a display screen. The image scanner includes the first gradation converting device for converting the intermediate density area of the image data to a specific high or low density. Therefore, it is possible to increase the compression rate at the time of the encoding of the display image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noaki Takahashi, Kazuyuki Murata, Takehito Yamaguchi, Hideyuki Kuwano, Yuji Okada, Joji Tanaka, Kenji Hisatomi
  • Publication number: 20030084462
    Abstract: A digital broadcast reception device comprises: a broadcast receiving unit 11 that receives a digital broadcast; a TS processing unit 12 and a decode unit 14 that separate video contents and data contents from the received digital broadcast; a image memory unit 15 that stores the separated video contents and data contents in a special-purpose plane and memorizes the separated video contents and data contents temporarily; an image output unit 16 that synthesizes the video contents and data contents stored in the image memory unit 15, generates image data, and output the image data; a remote control 26, an operation reception unit 13, and a processing control unit 20 that acquire a print instruction from an operator; and a print image generation unit 18 that selects and synthesizes the video contents and data contents stored in the image memory unit 15, generates a print data, and outputs the generated print data to a printer 30 in response to the print instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Junichi Kubota, Kazuyuki Murata, Satoshi Tsujimura
  • Publication number: 20030053150
    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: October 22, 2002
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20030030831
    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: October 22, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Applicant: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20020171857
    Abstract: An information printing system that is capable of printing data, which is handled by an arbitrary client apparatus of a digital system, in an output format suitable for printing, with a relatively simple structure without using a printer driver. In this system, conversion rule information, which is used to convert BML data (digital broadcast contents) into XML data (XML data for printing) printable by the corresponding printer 200, is pre-stored in the printer 200. A receiver 100 downloads necessary conversion rule information from the printer 200 with given timing, and converts received BML data to XML data for printing based on the conversion rule information, and transmits a conversion result (XML data for printing) to the printer 200.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 6473203
    Abstract: An image information processor has an image superimposing and outputting means for printing out a superimposed image where a bar code representative of a storage location of an electronic document file received through a facsimile is superimposed on the first page of the electronic document file. When a necessary electronic document file is read out, the bar code is read from the printed output corresponding to the necessary electronic document file being set by the user, the storage location of the electronic document file is decrypted from the bar code to thereby identify and read out the electronic document file. In this case, the reading of the bar code is performed only when a permitted password is inputted by the user. The readout of the electronic document file is not performed otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Hisatomi, Takehito Yamaguchi, Kazuyuki Murata, Shigeru Matsukawa
  • Publication number: 20020136564
    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: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Kouichi Takamine, Kazuyuki Murata
  • Publication number: 20020059231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simplified filing system, constructed in a way to be mutually utilized by connecting a plurality of simplified filing devices to one another through a network. Said operating device 100 comprises an image control means 103 for requesting, in the case where the specified simplified filing device specified at the time of registration of image data is other simplified filing device (filing destination device 200), address solution based on an device ID to said server 10, while said server 10 comprises an address control means 13 for identifying the network address corresponding to said device ID based on the request for address solution from the operating device 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: HIDEYUKI KUWANO, NAOKI TAKAHASHI, TAKEHITO YAMAGUCHI, YUJI OKADA, KAZUYUKI MURATA, KENJI HISATOMI
  • Publication number: 20020041406
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus for optically reading a document image wherein an area outside the document contour is not read as black image by image sensor when a non-rectangular document or the like is duplicated in a sky shot. The image reading apparatus according to the present invention comprises closing and opening detection means for detecting the opening of the document cover, contour detecting means for detecting as probable edge point the pixel thought to be a document edge point, contour correction means for determining whether the probable edge point is a document edge or not, and image forming means for forming an image data of the document only on the basis of the document edge points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Publication date: April 11, 2002
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Kazuyuki Murata, Hideyuki Kuwano, Takashi Nakanishi