Patents by Inventor Michael W. Barry

Michael W. Barry 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: 7791777
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for color balancing page data, from a variety of input sources having non-consistent device color profiles, among a plurality of individually accessible print engines arranged in a system for color printing multiple copies of multiple page documents. Input page data is converted to a common color space, rasterized and routed to a selected print engine. Page data routed to each marking engine is color balanced to the selected marking engine where at least a portion of the color balancing occurs following the rasterizing of the page data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Electronics For Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, Neal E. Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7706015
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for processing a print job including a plurality of raster image processed pages. A tab page is created that includes a tab image located at a predetermined position in the tab page, the predetermined position associated with a tab position on tab stock. The tab page is raster image processed, and the rasterized tab page is inserted at a selected position in the print job. The tab image is detected on the rasterized tab page at the predetermined location, and then the rasterized tab image is positioned at the associated tab position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Carlos A. Espinosa, Kevin M. Hoffman, Robert Gregory Pennington, Michael D. Raines
  • Patent number: 7554687
    Abstract: The toner in the toner cartridge is determined by taking each of the rasterized images output by the RIP and evaluating the pixel levels over the surface thereof. The average value is determined as a percentage of the maximum toner that can be applied to the page. This is then subtracted from a toner value and a remaining toner level determined. Further, all pages of the rasterized document can be evaluated to predetermine the toner level after printing. If this falls below a predetermined minimum, printing is inhibited for that document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Electronics For Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7532347
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for routing page data of a print job to printers in a multi-engine printing system based on print job parameters associated with the page data. One or more virtual printers are configured, each with a plurality of individual print engines, each having associated printing characteristics. Page data of the print job are rasterized and stored as bit-mapped images in print buffers associated with the multi-engine printing system. The bit-mapped images are distributed to select ones of the print engines based on matching the print job parameters of each bit-mapped image with the printing characteristics of the print engines to be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7471403
    Abstract: A multiple print engine configuration allows a plurality of workstations to create individual print jobs and then transfer them to a distributing processor. The distributing processor spools the jobs in a print spooler and then performs a software raster image processing (“RIP”) operation on the print jobs. The RIP operation divides the jobs into multiple individual jobs which are stored in a page buffer. An image task manager in conjunction with an engine manager selectively s the RIPed pages to multiple print engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins
  • Publication number: 20080165378
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for color balancing page data, from a variety of input sources having non-consistent device color profiles, among a plurality of individually accessible print engines arranged in a system for color printing multiple copies of multiple page documents. Input page data is converted to a common color space, rasterized and routed to a selected print engine. Page data routed to each marking engine is color balanced to the selected marking engine where at least a portion of the color balancing occurs following the rasterizing of the page data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Publication number: 20080151281
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for color balancing page data, from a variety of input sources having non-consistent device color profiles, among a plurality of individually accessible print engines arranged in a system for color printing multiple copies of multiple page documents. Input page data is converted to a common color space, rasterized and routed to a selected print engine. Page data routed to each marking engine is color balanced to the selected marking engine where at least a portion of the color balancing occurs following the rasterizing of the page data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7342686
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for color balancing page data, from a variety of input sources having non-consistent device color profiles, among a plurality of individually accessible print engines arranged in a system for color printing multiple copies of multiple page documents. Input page data is converted to a common color space, rasterized and routed to a selected print engine. Page data routed to each marking engine is color balanced to the selected marking engine where at least a portion of the color balancing occurs following the rasterizing of the page data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, Neal E. Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7301665
    Abstract: The toner in the toner cartridge is determined by taking each of the rasterized images output by the RIP and evaluating the pixel levels over the surface thereof. The average value is determined as a percentage of the maximum toner that can be applied to the page. This is then subtracted from a toner value and a remaining toner level determined. Further, all pages of the rasterized document can be evaluated to predetermine the toner level after printing. If this falls below a predetermined minimum, printing is inhibited for that document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7206082
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for routing page data of a print job to the printers in a multi-print engine based on print job parameters associated with the page data of the print job is disclosed. One or more virtual printers are configured, each with a plurality of individual print engines, each having associated printing characteristics. Page data of the print job, downloaded form a print file and having the print job parameters associated therewith, is rasterized and stored as bit-mapped images in print buffers associated with the multi-engined printing system. The bit-mapped images are distributed to select ones of the print engines based upon matching the print job parameters of each bit-mapped images with the printing characteristics of the print engine to be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7116444
    Abstract: The toner in the toner cartridge is determined by taking each of the rasterized images output by the RIP and evaluating the pixel levels over the surface thereof. The average value is determined as a percentage of the maximum toner that can be applied to the page. This is then subtracted from a toner value and a remaining toner level determined. Further, all pages of the rasterized document can be evaluated to predetermine the toner level after printing. If this falls below a predetermined minimum, printing is inhibited for that document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Electronics For Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 7097369
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for inserting tabs in a print job. A method for inserting tab sheets in a print job is disclosed. First, a position is selected within a document to insert a tab sheet, which document includes a plurality of sheets each with a document defined image space associated therewith. A tab sheet is then created as a rasterized tab sheet image that has a rasterized tab specific image disposed in a predetermined location on the rasterized image. The created tab image is then inserted in the document after rasterizing thereof in the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Carlos A. Espinosa, Kevin M. Hoffman, Robert Gregory Pennington, Michael D. Raines
  • Patent number: 7095528
    Abstract: A multiple print engine configuration allows a plurality of workstations to create individual print jobs and then transfer them to a distributing processor. The distributing processor spools the jobs in a print spooler and then performs a software RIP on the print jobs. The RIP process divides the jobs into multiple individual jobs which are stored in a page buffer. An image task manager in conjunction with an engine manager selectively distribute the RIPed pages to multiple print engines. For duplex printing, one of the odd or even RIPed pages are sent to a select one of the print engines for printing on an imaging receiving media, and a sequentially adjacent one of the even or odd RIPed pages is subsequently sent to the same print engine for printing on the image receiving media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins
  • Patent number: 7046391
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for color balancing page data, from a variety of input sources having non-consistent device color profiles, among a plurality of individually accessible print engines arranged in a system for color printing multiple copies of multiple page documents. Input page data is converted to a common color space, rasterized and routed to a selected print engine. Page data routed to each marking engine is color balanced to the selected marking engine where at least a portion of the color balancing occurs following the rasterizing of the page data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Electronics For Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 6977752
    Abstract: The toner in the toner cartridge is determined by taking each of the rasterized images output by the RIP and evaluating the pixel levels over the surface thereof. The average value is determined as a percentage of the maximum toner that can be applied to the page. This is then subtracted from a toner value and a remaining toner level determined. Further, all pages of the rasterized document can be evaluated to predetermine the toner level after printing. If this falls below a predetermined minimum, printing is inhibited for that document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 6888644
    Abstract: A method for determining the amount of toner required to render a print job using a print engine at a printing location without prior information about the toner level thereof, comprising the steps of accumulating in a first register the toner values of all the pixels in a rasterized image prior to sending the print job to the printing location; decrementing the toner level register for the print engine at the printing location if the accumulated value is less than or equal to the toner level of the print engine; and sending the print job to the print engine at the printing location for rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 6850335
    Abstract: A multiple print engine is provided wherein a plurality of print engines are configured as a single virtual print engine. A software RIP engine is provided for receiving a print job, ripping that print job to provide a rasterized image, which rasterized image is parsed into a plurality of pages. Each of the pages has associated therewith information as to the printing characteristics for that page. Each of the print engines also has associated therewith printing parameters. A job distributor is provided for selectively distributing the rasterized pages to engines based upon their associated print characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Electronics for Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Jack N. Bartholmae, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins, Peter A. Zuber
  • Patent number: 6825943
    Abstract: The present invention disclosed and claimed herein comprises a system and method for parallel conversion processing of a print job in a print system having a plurality of RIP engines, comprising the steps of: defining the print job for RIP of select portions of the print job in parallel; partitioning the print job into select portions according to defined boundaries; generating a substitute RIP instruction for each select portion of the print job; and processing the RIP requirements of each select portion in an assigned one of the plurality of RIP engines according to the substitute RIP instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: T/R Systems
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Robert Gregory Pennington, E. Neal Tompkins, Michael D. Raines
  • Publication number: 20040120003
    Abstract: A multiple print engine configuration allows a plurality of workstations to create individual print jobs and then transfer them to a distributing processor. The distributing processor is operable to spool the jobs in a print spooler and then perform a software RIP on the print jobs. The RIP process divides the jobs into multiple individual jobs which are stored in the page buffer. An image task manager in conjunction with an engine manager are then operable to selectively distribute the pages to multiple print engines. They are distributed in such a manner that they are placed in the output bins in the order that the pages were received in the print jobs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Publication date: June 24, 2004
    Inventors: Michael W. Barry, Francis A. Rowe, E. Neal Tompkins
  • Patent number: D906107
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: WD-40 COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephanie Lyn Barry, Jayashree Cummaragunta, Michael J. Starzman, John W. Freudenberg, Jeffrey T. Cole, Michael John Utley, Erin Bala, Wende L. Oliverio, Kevin Victor Bates, Christopher Michael Howell, Benjamin Thomas Krupp, David A. Parrott, Brandon Christopher Leedy, Ryan Andrew Lewis, Sara Dawson Falcon, Brandon Lee Ramsuer, Robert J. Good, Joseph K. Dodd