Patents by Inventor Toru Akutsu

Toru Akutsu 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: 20190028611
    Abstract: An information processor includes a reception part configured to receive user identification information identifying a user from an apparatus that causes the user to input billing destination identification information identifying a billing destination with respect to use of a function in response to reception of a request to execute the function from the user, an obtaining part configured to obtain one or more of items of the billing destination identification information from a storage part, the one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information being stored in the storage part in correlation with the user identification information received from the apparatus, and a response returning part configured to return the obtained one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information to the apparatus as available choices for selection that the user is caused to make by the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Patent number: 10116835
    Abstract: An information processor includes a reception part configured to receive user identification information identifying a user from an apparatus that causes the user to input billing destination identification information identifying a billing destination with respect to use of a function in response to reception of a request to execute the function from the user, an obtaining part configured to obtain one or more of items of the billing destination identification information from a storage part, the one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information being stored in the storage part in correlation with the user identification information received from the apparatus, and a response returning part configured to return the obtained one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information to the apparatus as available choices for selection that the user is caused to make by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20160352970
    Abstract: An information processor includes a reception part configured to receive user identification information identifying a user from an apparatus that causes the user to input billing destination identification information identifying a billing destination with respect to use of a function in response to reception of a request to execute the function from the user, an obtaining part configured to obtain one or more of items of the billing destination identification information from a storage part, the one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information being stored in the storage part in correlation with the user identification information received from the apparatus, and a response returning part configured to return the obtained one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information to the apparatus as available choices for selection that the user is caused to make by the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Patent number: 9420127
    Abstract: An information processor includes a reception part configured to receive user identification information identifying a user from an apparatus that causes the user to input billing destination identification information identifying a billing destination with respect to use of a function in response to reception of a request to execute the function from the user, an obtaining part configured to obtain one or more of items of the billing destination identification information from a storage part, the one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information being stored in the storage part in correlation with the user identification information received from the apparatus, and a response returning part configured to return the obtained one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information to the apparatus as available choices for selection that the user is caused to make by the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Patent number: 9389818
    Abstract: An information processing system which executes a job is disclosed, including a user specifying unit; a user information obtaining unit; an applied rule determining unit which refers to rule information in which is recorded a rule to be applied for executing the job in accordance with a relationship between an upper limit value and a consumed amount to determine the rule to be applied to the user; an applying unit which applies the rule determined by the applied rule determining unit to setting information of the job to be executed; and a log recording unit which records, with respect to the job to be executed, log information which includes at least one of the setting information before application of the rule and the setting information after application of the rule; and information indicating the rule applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20150371292
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire setting information corresponding to an operator of the apparatus among setting information stored in a storage unit for each user for calculating a charging amount for a process, an execution of which is instructed; and a calculation unit configured to calculate the charging amount related to the process by using the setting information acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Patent number: 9201406
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a first storage part that stores correspondence information between a first identification information and second identification information; a user identification part that identifies the second identification information corresponding to the first identification information in response to an input of the first identification information; and an authentication request part that requests an authentication to an authentication device connected through a network based on the second identification information identified by the user identification part. The user identification part inquires the authentication device about the corresponding second identification information with respect to the first identification information that is not stored in the first storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20150058249
    Abstract: A tallying apparatus includes a reception unit that receives process information regarding a process executed by an apparatus, an identification unit that identifies, based on the process information, an information group to which the process information belongs, and a tallying unit that tallies the process information according to a tallying rule that is stored in a tallying rule storage in association with the identified information group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Publication number: 20140253947
    Abstract: A transmission control system, which includes one or more devices for transmitting transmission data based on a transmission job received from an external device, includes an image processing unit configured to create, based on the received transmission job, the transmission data by performing image processing on image data included in the transmission job; a determining unit configured to determine whether the transmission job includes an instruction to make a confirmation whether to transmit the transmission data before transmitting the transmission data; a confirming unit configured to confirm with a user whether to transmit the created transmission data before transmitting the transmission data, when the instruction to make the confirmation is included in the transmission job; and a transmission control unit configured to transmit the transmission data when the user has confirmed to transmit the transmission data as a result of the confirmation by the confirming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Patent number: 8661514
    Abstract: An information processing device including a flow definition memory unit configured to store flow definition information in which a process flow of image data read by an image reading unit is defined, and an authentication screen generating unit configured to determine plural processing units that execute a part of the process flow based on the flow definition information, acquire item information indicative of items of authentication information corresponding to a part or all of the plural processing units which require authentication from the part or all of the plural processing units which require the authentication, and generate authentication screen definition information used for displaying an authentication screen integrating and showing the item information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Patent number: 8542385
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is disclosed, including: a managing part, a use amount storing part, a setting part, and a determining part. The managing part manages a group threshold of a group including multiple members allowed to use the function for a use amount of the function. The use amount storing part stores a value of the use amount for each member. The setting part allocates the group threshold to the multiple members based on a value of a priority for each member in the group, and sets a member threshold for each member. The determining part determines whether a restriction concerning a use of the function is applied to a process of a use request, based on a result from comparing the value of the use amount with the member threshold for the request originator in response to the use request of the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20130229674
    Abstract: An information processor includes a reception part configured to receive user identification information identifying a user from an apparatus that causes the user to input billing destination identification information identifying a billing destination with respect to use of a function in response to reception of a request to execute the function from the user, an obtaining part configured to obtain one or more of items of the billing destination identification information from a storage part, the one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information being stored in the storage part in correlation with the user identification information received from the apparatus, and a response returning part configured to return the obtained one or more of the items of the billing destination identification information to the apparatus as available choices for selection that the user is caused to make by the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Publication number: 20130141213
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a first storage part that stores correspondence information between a first identification information and second identification information; a user identification part that identifies the second identification information corresponding to the first identification information in response to an input of the first identification information; and an authentication request part that requests an authentication to an authentication device connected through a network based on the second identification information identified by the user identification part. The user identification part inquires the authentication device about the corresponding second identification information with respect to the first identification information that is not stored in the first storage part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Publication number: 20130016395
    Abstract: An information processing system which executes a job is disclosed, including a user specifying unit; a user information obtaining unit; an applied rule determining unit which refers to rule information in which is recorded a rule to be applied for executing the job in accordance with a relationship between an upper limit value and a consumed amount to determine the rule to be applied to the user; an applying unit which applies the rule determined by the applied rule determining unit to setting information of the job to be executed; and a log recording unit which records, with respect to the job to be executed, log information which includes at least one of the setting information before application of the rule and the setting information after application of the rule; and information indicating the rule applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20110304864
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a control data storage part configured to store control data including plural control settings that limit execution of a function of the image processing apparatus, the plural control settings including execution conditions that are progressively set in correspondence with one or more processes performed by the function of the image processing apparatus, an application control determination part configured to determine one or more of the plural control settings to be applied to the function, and a function process control part configured to limit the execution of the function by applying the one or more of the plural control settings to the function in correspondence with the progressively set execution conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Publication number: 20110188073
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is disclosed, including: a managing part, a use amount storing part, a setting part, and a determining part. The managing part manages a group threshold of a group including multiple members allowed to use the function for a use amount of the function. The use amount storing part stores a value of the use amount for each member. The setting part allocates the group threshold to the multiple members based on a value of a priority for each member in the group, and sets a member threshold for each member. The determining part determines whether a restriction concerning a use of the function is applied to a process of a use request, based on a result from comparing the value of the use amount with the member threshold for the request originator in response to the use request of the function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20100211991
    Abstract: An information processing device including a flow definition memory unit configured to store flow definition information in which a process flow of image data read by an image reading unit is defined, and an authentication screen generating unit configured to determine plural processing units that execute a part of the process flow based on the flow definition information, acquire item information indicative of items of authentication information corresponding to a part or all of the plural processing units which require authentication from the part or all of the plural processing units which require the authentication, and generate authentication screen definition information used for displaying an authentication screen integrating and showing the item information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Toru AKUTSU
  • Publication number: 20090027724
    Abstract: In a data processing method for a data processing system including an apparatus having a storing unit for storing data, and an information processing device for performing data processing in accordance with a predetermined procedure are interconnected via a network, it is detected whether a processing object data, which is an object of data processing to be performed by the information processing device, is stored in a predetermined storage area of the storing unit of the apparatus. A request of data processing of the processing object data is transmitted from the apparatus to the information processing device based on a result of the detection. Data processing to the processing object data is performed in response to the request received from the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Takuya Nagase, Toru Akutsu