Page Or Frame Memory Patents (Class 358/1.17)
  • Patent number: 10325189
    Abstract: An image processing method of performing rasterization of a page in units of band area includes, among other things, performing, in units of band areas, rasterization based on second intermediate data stored in a first memory area for storing intermediate data and compressed raster data stored in a second memory area. The rasterization of the plurality of band areas is performed in parallel. In addition, the performing of the rasterization based on the second intermediate data and the compressed raster data includes selectively decompressing, in units of predetermined areas, a piece of the compressed raster data stored in the second memory area, in accordance with which band areas, of a plurality of band areas, are to be subject to the rasterization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ken Achiwa
  • Patent number: 10289358
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which is capable of reading an original, temporarily storing image data in a storage unit, and then transferring the image data to an image forming unit to improve FCOT in forming an image. A memory stores image data output from image reading units. An image forming unit forms an image on a recording medium based on the image data stored in the memory. A first memory output frequency in a first mode in which one side of an original is read and an image is formed on one side of a recording medium is lower than a second memory output frequency in a second mode in which both sides of an original are read and an image is formed both sides of a recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Furukawa, Satoshi Seki, Yohei Katto, Akiko Kanno, Hidenori Sunada, Asahiro Nakayoshi, Seiji Shibaki, Kaoru Hamada, Yumeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10242424
    Abstract: An image processing device including a plurality of processors that execute arithmetic processing on image data, an information retaining portion that retains information related to arithmetic processing speeds of the plurality of processors, and a control portion that, among the image data, designates partial data to be processed by the respective processors and causes the plurality of processors to execute arithmetic processing, in which the control portion determines partial data for causing the plurality of processors to process on the basis of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Arazaki
  • Patent number: 10178273
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a tray, first sensors configured to acquire information related to a maximum size of sheets placed on the tray, a scanner configured to generate first image data for each of the sheets conveyed from the tray based on the maximum size, a sheet conveyor configured to convey the sheets placed on the tray toward the scanner, second sensors configured to acquire information related to an actual size of each of the sheets conveyed by the sheet conveyor, and a controller. The controller converts for each of the sheets having an actual size that is different from the maximum size, the first image data stored in a first memory region into second image data based on the maximum size and the actual size of the sheet, and stores the second image data in a second memory region which is different from the first memory region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaaki Sei
  • Patent number: 10175917
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium stores a program executable by a terminal apparatus. The program causes the terminal apparatus to execute: a first determination processing for determining whether an operating system of the terminal apparatus can convert a format of content data from a first format into a second format; a first conversion processing for causing the operating system to convert the format of the content data from the first format into the second format, in response to a convertible determination made in the first determination processing; a second conversion processing for causing a server connected to the terminal apparatus to convert the format of the content data from the first format into the second format, in response to a non-convertible determination made in the first determination processing; and an output processing for outputting the content data in the second format converted in the first or second conversion processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 10089532
    Abstract: The present application is directed to new methods for automatically determining several characteristics of frames in a video sequence and automatically recommending or preparing image output products based on those frame characteristics. In some embodiments, motion characteristics of particular image frames are calculated, and those motion characteristics are automatically used to prepare or recommend image output products suitable for the motion characteristics of the frames. In other embodiments, facial, audio, and overall image quality are assessed and used to automatically recommend or prepare image output products. In still other embodiments, image frames in a video sequence are analyzed for various user-specified characteristics, which characteristics are then used to automatically recommend or prepare image output products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Alexander C. Loui, Brian Mittelstaedt
  • Patent number: 9931849
    Abstract: A liquid ejection apparatus includes: a plurality of nozzles configured to eject liquid onto a conveyed object conveyed by a conveyance unit, based on input image data; and a control unit configured to control a number of droplets in first flushing for ejecting the liquid outside a region corresponding to the image data and a number of droplets in second flushing for ejecting the liquid inside the region corresponding to the image data in addition to ejection based on the image data. The control unit is configured to control the number of droplets in the first flushing and the number of droplets in the second flushing based on at least a length of the image data in a direction in which the conveyed object is conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuuta Katoh, Shino Sasaki, Yukihito Niino
  • Patent number: 9900091
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a sensor network, machine type communication (MTC), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, and technology for internet of things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the above technologies, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. A method of an electronic device for pairing with a lighting device is provided. The method includes acquiring an image photographing the lighting device, acquiring identification data of the lighting device from the image, and pairing with the lighting device by transmitting the identification data to the lighting device. Further, a method of a lighting device for pairing with an electronic device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Kyu Choi, Yong-Seok Park
  • Patent number: 9892346
    Abstract: A method is provided for converting image data from a source format into a target format in a system including a converter for converting a sequence of data from the source format into an intermediate format, and an image processing system for converting the data from the intermediate format into the target format. The inverter is capable of dividing the data in the intermediate format into separate files. The method includes the steps of processing a first file in the image processing system; compiling a second file in the converter; and when the first file has been processed completely, instructing the converter to close the second file and send it to the image processing system and to open a new file for the next data to be converted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: OCÉ-TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Luijten, Frank Hermans, Christian Terwellen, Oana Dragomir
  • Patent number: 9871933
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is for generating image data by using drawing information for drawing an image. The information processing apparatus includes a print data acquirer configured to acquire print data including the drawing information from outside; a request acceptor configured to accept a request to display the image data of any page in the print data; a reader configured to read specific drawing information of pages in the print data up to a page before the any page accepted by the request acceptor, from a drawing information storage storing the specific drawing information, which is the drawing information that may be applied to the image data of pages after a page in which the drawing information is described, among the drawing information included in the print data; and a generator configured to generate the image data of the any page by applying the read specific drawing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Suzuki, Takao Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9692930
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image compressing unit, and a print-data generating unit. The image compressing unit divides the image of one page's worth of the document into each band region by a predetermined width in the sub-scanning direction and sets a rectangular region by a further division of each band region by a predetermined width in the main-scanning direction to generate rectangular compressed data. When the print-data generating unit generates the print data where a plurality of pages of document image are aggregated in one sheet, and an region in which the image does not exist occurs in a last page after the aggregation, the storing control unit complements the region in which the image does not exist in the rectangular compressed data storage unit using the white image data stored in the white image data storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kouichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9659107
    Abstract: An object including at least one element is moved on a document in which the object is arranged in response to an instruction from a user. In addition, if the object is moved to a boundary between two pages, at least one element that is included in the object and that corresponds to a break position of the two pages is detected. Then, a position where the at least one detected element is arranged in the document is determined so that the element is arranged in either of the documents of the two pages and an image corresponding to the document is output. In the above manner, it is possible to appropriately arranging elements in a document to output an image corresponding to the document having the elements appropriately arranged therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshinori Igari
  • Patent number: 9639308
    Abstract: This invention relates to printing, and discloses a method and apparatus for variable data printing. The method comprises: obtaining a current page of a file to be printed; performing a rasterization process on the current page to obtain a current page dot matrix; determining a reference page for the current page and obtaining a reference page dot matrix corresponding to the reference page; dividing the reference page dot matrix and the current page dot matrix into dot matrix blocks having a predetermined granularity; identifying variable data blocks in the current page dot matrix based on the dot matrix blocks; dynamically adjusting the size of the variable data blocks; extracting a variable data dot matrix in the current page dot matrix splitting the current page dot matrix up into the reference page dot matrix and the variable data dot matrix and then storing and outputting them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: PEKING UNIVERSITY FOUNDER GROUP CO., LTD., FOUNDER INFORMATION INDUSTRY HOLDINGS CO., LTD, BEIJING FOUNDER ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhangwei Meng
  • Patent number: 9639792
    Abstract: Methods and systems herein provide for efficiently resolving how a rasterizer responds to out of memory conditions when attempting to write raster data to a solid state memory. In one embodiment, a print controller determines that the solid state memory is no longer available for storing raster data. The print controller determines that a process is utilizing the shared memory to complete an operation, where completing the operation frees up a portion of the solid state memory. The print controller suspends the rasterizer from writing raster data to a hard disk, and waits for the process to complete the operation. The print controller then instructs the rasterizer to resume writing raster data to the solid state memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: John T. Varga, David Ward, Lisa A. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9626143
    Abstract: A first-region allocating unit of an electronic device allocates a first region having a size required for a first process. The first process includes at least one second process in a region of the memory. A second-region dividing unit divides a second region having a size required for the second process by the second process. A region-for-release dividing unit divides a region for release from the first region when the second-region dividing unit has allocated the second regions for all the second processes included in the first process. The region for release is a region other than the second region and to be released. The second-region dividing unit divides the second region regardless of a page basis used as a unit in the memory management. The region-for-release dividing unit divides the region for release on the page basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuyuki Chimura
  • Patent number: 9621705
    Abstract: A device and a method for performing a cooperative function with another device is provided. The device includes a communication unit; and a controller that determines whether the other device is in a surrounding area of the device based a signal received through the communication unit, selects one cooperative function from among a plurality of cooperative functions according to a relative position of the device with respect to the other device and performs the selected cooperative function with the other device. It is determined whether another device is in a surrounding area of a device. When it is determined that the other device is in the surrounding area, the cooperative function is performed by the device with the other device according to a location of the other device. Accordingly, the cooperative function may be performed automatically if devices are in adjacent areas without a user's command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-dong Yu, Woo-yong Chang, Se-jun Park, Min-jeong Moon
  • Patent number: 9507762
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, machines, systems, computer-implemented methods and computer program products are provided for converting part or all of a document from an unstructured format into a structured format, and combining structured and unstructured data into an unstructured format. In some embodiments, documents are received in an unstructured format, and stored in a repository for querying (e.g., including updating and other operations (e.g., SQL SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE, MERGE, etc.)). Responsive to detecting a predetermined number of the documents in an unstructured format stored in a repository for querying, an optimization criteria may be applied to identify one or more components of the stored documents for conversion, and the one or more components of the stored documents are converted from the unstructured format to a structured format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott D. Lashley, John F. Miller, III, Raghupathi K. Murthy
  • Patent number: 9363392
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: an image input portion that inputs image data page by page; a sub memory; an encoder that encodes the image data; a main memory and a non-volatile memory; a mode judgment portion that judges a mode; and a controller that implements a first or second method depending on the judgment, the first method including: storing a part of one page on the sub memory; reserving a memory area for the one page in the main memory; storing the one page on the main memory; and reserving a memory area for next one page in the main memory, the second method including: reserving a memory area being capable of storing image data page by page in the sub memory; storing a part of image data on the main memory; storing a backup copy on the non-volatile memory; and deleting the image data from the main memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Kitaguchi, Takanobu Sugiyama, Tomoyuki Atsumi, Takashi Oikawa
  • Patent number: 9304897
    Abstract: An image data producing apparatus includes: a page dividing portion that divides data described in a page description language into a page unit; a plurality of image processors that form raster data from divided data; and a controlling portion that allocates pages on which the raster data is formed to each of the plurality of the image processors, and causes each of the plurality of the image processors to execute registration of a printing resource on respective pages with at least a change of the printing resource by controlling each of the plurality of the image processors irrespective of a page allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Torii
  • Patent number: 9305249
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus which divides image data into predetermined unit blocks and forms an image, the apparatus comprises: a determination unit that determines continuous block lines, that include closed regions having identical components, among a plurality of block lines included in a block; a generation unit that generates data of an intermediate language of each of the blocks using pieces of information of the plurality of block lines and the determination result obtained by the determination unit; a selection unit that selects an image forming method corresponding to the data of the intermediate language of each of the blocks, that is generated by the generation unit; and a forming unit that forms an image of the data of the intermediate language of each of the blocks, in accordance with the image forming method selected by the selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mori
  • Patent number: 9137418
    Abstract: An image processing device may acquire original image data, acquire a level selected from a plurality of levels representing compression degrees, and compress the original image data according to the original image data and the selected level to generate compressed image data. The device compresses first original image data using a first-type compression method, when the original image data is the first original image data and the selected level is a specific level of the plurality of levels. The device compresses second original image data using a second-type compression method different from the first-type compression method, when the original image data is the second original image data and the selected level is the specific level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Tsugimura
  • Patent number: 9134728
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and a system for the loss-free processing of process values which can be integrated into a process control system of a technical installation or of a technical process. The method and system can include process values acquired as raw data by means of an acquisition unit. A physical unit and a measuring range are associated with the respective process value and the acquired raw data are used to generate archivable data. The archivable data in the predetermined tolerance range can be selected by an archive function and are stored in a history server in a raw data format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ABB TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Heino Hanking
  • Patent number: 9067453
    Abstract: The disclosed book production system and method allow a book block and flexible book cover for that book block to be printed in the same print job immediately prior to binding. Specifically, a user-selection indicates that a book print job contains both the book block and the cover. Raster image processing is performed to produce raster images based on all page descriptions in the print job. The raster images are sorted by size to identify first raster images for the book block pages and to identify at least one second raster image, which is more than twice as large as any of the first raster images, for the cover. The pages for the book block and the cover can be printed on first print media sheets and on a second larger print media sheet, respectively. Then, the cover can be bound to the book block by an in-line bookbinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Wiegand, Albert L. O'Neil, III, Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 9041975
    Abstract: A printer device has a two-sided printing function and a circulatory transporting path for transporting a printing medium. The printer device is configured such that after creating a set of print data for a first recording surface to be printed with two-sided printing, the printer device adds a set of dummy print data for a second recording surface corresponding to a back side of the first recording surface to the set of print data for the first recording surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Arazaki
  • Patent number: 9019555
    Abstract: Printer devices occasionally cause electronic documents to be automatically contracted prior to printing, in order to ensure that all of the content to be printed will fit within the dimensions of a page. Where the electronic document includes information having close tolerances, such as information to be printed on an address label or other defined region on a sheet, the automatic contraction may cause the information to be misaligned with respect to the label or other defined region. Automatically expanding the information within the electronic document prior to printing may counter this effect, and increase the likelihood that the information will be printed within the label or other defined region for which it is intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Louis Chappell, Adrian Paul Inglis, Zhengqiang Xu
  • Patent number: 9019521
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first transfer unit configured to DMA-transfer input data to a holding unit, a second transfer unit configured to DMA-transfer the input data held by the holding unit to at least one unit, a notification unit configured to notify, in accordance with the DMA transferring of the first transfer unit, that the input data held by the holding unit is updated, and a transfer control unit configured to control so as to operate the second transfer unit in one of a first mode for transferring the input data from the holding unit to the at least one unit in response to the notification and a second mode for transferring the input data independently of the notification, wherein the transfer unit performs the switching to the second mode after the operation in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Tsunemi, Hiroki Horikoshi, Shigeru Fujita, Hideki Takemura, Akira Ichimura
  • Patent number: 9001373
    Abstract: A parallel Raster Image Processor system that includes a plurality of Raster Image Processors (RIPs) for parallel processing of a plurality of document jobs into a printer-ready format for the printing of the document jobs and a splitter. The splitter configured to combine the plurality of document jobs to form a plurality of chunks, each chunk is sent to a respective designated RIP for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Morgana, R. Victor Klassen, Andrew D. Spooner, Christopher S. Meteyer
  • Patent number: 8994970
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first selection unit configured to receive selection of a first device object having a first function of an output apparatus via a setting screen, a second selection unit configured to select a second device object having a second function of the output apparatus, which corresponds to the first device object selected by the first selection unit, and a setting unit configured to set both the first device object selected by the first selection unit and the second device object selected by the second selection unit to a virtual device object, wherein the first function differs from the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuya Nakashima
  • Patent number: 8988718
    Abstract: This disclosure discloses a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium, storing a program for executing steps. The steps comprising a first storage processing step for obtaining a plurality of print data, a capacity obtaining step for obtaining a storage capacity of the storage portion of the printed matter producing apparatus, a data allocation step for grouping the plurality of print data into a plurality of print data groups, so that each data volume is not more than the predetermined storage capacity and for determining allocation of the print data to be included in each print data group so that the number of the print data groups becomes the minimum, a second storage processing step for storing the plurality of print data so that they can be read for each print data group, and a first data transmission step for sequentially transmitting the print data to the printed matter producing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Maehira
  • Patent number: 8988725
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, a data handling unit (a) estimates a size of the intermediate data on the basis of the image data, and (b) selects one of a first rendering mode and a second rendering mode on the basis of a size of the image data and the estimated size of the intermediate data. In the first rendering mode, the data handling unit makes a copy of the image data and stores the copy in the storage device and causes a rendering unit to generate bitmap image data from the image data stored in the storage device. In the second rendering mode, the data handling unit causes the rendering unit to generate the bitmap image data from the image data stored in the removable drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeshi Araya
  • Patent number: 8982398
    Abstract: Modules include ASIC modules for printing and ASIC modules for the scanner. A permission time slot, in which a bus request for inter-buffer memory data transfer is permitted, is allocated to each of a first module group including the ASIC modules for printing and a second module group including the ASIC modules for the scanner, in each of a first multi-operation in which print and image scan functions are operated in parallel and a second multi-operation in which copy and image scan functions are operated in parallel. The permission time slot is defined so that a value obtained by dividing the permission time slot allocated to the first module group by the permission time slot allocated to the second module group is larger in the first multi-operation than in the second multi-operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Norifumi Miyahara
  • Patent number: 8982405
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: a drawing command transfer unit that transfers a drawing command for generating image data in a third region of a second storage unit to a first region of a first storage unit; a drawing unit that generates band image data in units of a band having a lower height compared with one page and a predetermined width, in accordance with the drawing command in the first region; a band image data transfer unit that transfers the band image data to a second region of the first storage; and an image transfer unit that transfers the band image data in the second region to a fourth region of the second storage unit. The drawing unit determines the first region according to a size of the drawing command, and determines the second region by subtracting the first region from a region of the first storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Naoto Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8976403
    Abstract: A document processing system includes: a generator that generates a document image to be printed; a memory that stores document images for plural pages, the document images generated by the generator in print processing; an arithmetic unit that performs an AND operation on document images for a plural number of specific pages among the document images stored in the memory; and a display controller that causes a display device to display a synthetic image obtained by the AND operation by the arithmetic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hajime Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 8976376
    Abstract: A first RIP processing unit reads cache data from a first cache unit. The first RIP processing unit transmits first RIP-processed variable part data to a printer. Since an identifier read by the first RIP processing unit is not a transmitted identifier, the first RIP processing unit transmits RIP-processed reuse part data to the printer. A second RIP processing unit reads cache data from a second cache unit. The second RIP processing unit transmits second RIP-processed variable part data to the printer. Since an identifier read by the second RIP processing unit is a transmitted identifier, the second RIP processing unit does not transmit the RIP-processed reuse part data to the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Isoguchi, Kenta Nagai, Rui Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8970928
    Abstract: This invention provides a technique of preventing a collision between an original document and a printing material on a conveyance path when an image forming apparatus executes both additional printing on the original document and printing on the printing material. In a case where both additional printing on an original document and printing on a printing material are executed, the image forming apparatus according to one aspect of the invention conveys a read original document to a transfer unit through a conveyance path commonly used for an original document and sheet, and prints an image to be added on the original document. After the original document is conveyed to the transfer unit through the conveyance path, the image forming apparatus feeds a sheet from a sheet feeding unit to the conveyance path, and performs copying on the sheet in the transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junya Arakawa
  • Patent number: 8971621
    Abstract: A method is disclosed. The method includes analyzing each tile of a sheetside image to determine if one or more color values of a tile exceeds a predetermined maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Virgil-Alexandru Panek, John Thomas Varga
  • Patent number: 8964193
    Abstract: A print controlling method, an image forming method and a print controlling terminal apparatus are provided. The print controlling method includes receiving a job command to execute a printing job, determining whether accumulative printing is needed based on a ratio of a number of accumulated organic photo conductor (OPC) revolutions to a number of accumulated output pages of the image forming apparatus, if it is determined that the accumulative printing is needed, accumulating and storing data of the printing job, and, if a number of printing pages of entire data accumulated and stored is greater than or equal to a pre-set threshold number of pages, transmitting all the data to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-myung Joo, Seung-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 8964204
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus which is capable of solving a problem that printing cannot be performed due to a shortage of a storage area for image data after rendering of a secure print job, and reducing a wait time from authentication to start of printing. A first storage unit performs rendering on a received secure print job, and stores image data in a storage area. A first transition unit makes the secure print job transit to waiting-for-authentication state. A first suspending unit suspends rendering when a stored image data amount reaches a full capacity during rendering in the waiting-for-authentication state. A second transition unit makes the secure print job transit to a successfully-authenticated state. A second storage unit performs printing on the stored image data, erases the printed image data, starts rendering on a subsequent page, and stores image data obtained by converting the subsequent page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taku Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 8964216
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method (2500) of determining, for a rendering job (2402) comprising one or more page building jobs, a start time for a print engine (195) to print the rendering job (2402), the method including determining (2502) for the rendering job a current start time for printing based on at least a predicted finishing time of a page building job, determining (2503) a difference between the predicted finishing time and an actual finishing time of the page building job, determining (2504) if, based on the difference, a predetermined condition is satisfied, and if the predetermined criterion is satisfied, determining (2505) an updated start time for printing the rendering job based on information relating to the actual finishing time of the page building job, and starting (2509) the print engine to print the rendering job at the updated start time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Paul William Morrison, David Robert James Monaghan, Ekaterina Stefanov
  • Patent number: 8958083
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a communication portion to communicate with a portable information device; an operation accepting portion to accept an operation by a user; an operation state switching portion to switch an operation state between an operating state showing a state in which a user is inputting an operation to the operation accepting portion and a non-operating state that is not the operating state; a display portion to display an image; an operation screen transmission portion to, in response to a request being received from the portable information device when an operation state is being switched to the non-operating state, transmit an operation screen corresponding to the received request to the portable information device through the communication portion; and a display control portion to, in response to transmission of the operation screen, display an image different from the operation screen on the display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshiya Shozaki
  • Patent number: 8958121
    Abstract: Scanning technology, in which one or more electronic communications that designate a scan area of an object are received from an input apparatus. A preview scan area is displayed based on the received one or more electronic communications that designate the scan area of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungyong Lee, Bumsang Lee, Injik Lee
  • Patent number: 8947707
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a method. The method includes allocating, by a host computer, a bandwidth of a communication port to a printer that shares the communication port of the host computer with other peripheral devices, generating, by the host computer, a raster page having a file size smaller than a maximum file size, and transferring, by the host computer, the raster page to the printer at the bandwidth to satisfy a print rate of the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: David H. Harris, Randall D. Briggs
  • Patent number: 8941868
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing multiple mailing services orders for print items of varying quantities include filling 3-dimensional gangs configured to receive print-ready items with print-ready items in a stack-wise manner. Individual stacks can be submitted to the system for reprint without holding up remaining items in an order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Vistaprint Schweiz GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Arpino, Robert Sheehan, Marc Tanner, Brendan Shea, Jacob Hyman, Adrian Griego, Philipp Nietlispach, John Marcos, Brian Olson
  • Patent number: 8941864
    Abstract: Disclosed is an image processing apparatus which (i) determines whether or not characters to be subjected to a character recognition process in image data have a size larger than a predetermined size, (ii) in a case where the characters is determined as larger than the predetermined size, reduces at least a region including the characters so that the size of the characters fits within the predetermined size, and (iii) performs a character recognition process of the characters with use of the reduced image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hitoshi Hirohata, Akihito Yoshida, Atsuhisa Morimoto, Yohsuke Konishi
  • Publication number: 20150022862
    Abstract: At the printing of a first set of copies, image data of a page that requires a long development time is preferentially stored in an image data storage section (S6 to S10). This makes it possible to curb a decrease in printing speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ataka
  • Patent number: 8937734
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for creating a URL shortcut name corresponding to a web page and printing the web page with the shortcut name. The system includes a printer in operative communication with a processor configured for accessing a network and the at least one web page identifiable by a corresponding URL; a memory storing a shortcut name corresponding to the URL; and at least one application software module having a set of programmable instructions configured for execution by the processor for enabling said printer to print the shortcut name on a web page printout corresponding to the at least one web page. The system further enables providing the shortcut name in an URL address window of a network browser, determining the corresponding URL from the shortcut name, and accessing the at least one web page using the determined URL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Pesar
  • Patent number: 8928903
    Abstract: A CPU perform the steps of: (a) causing a compression/decompression processor to decompress the compressed data of one of three bands in the data area except for the first block in the band, and storing decompressed bitmap data in the data area; (b) rasterizing each of the intermediate data blocks in the band and synthesizing the rasterized data and the decompressed bitmap data in the band; and (c) causing the compression/decompression processor to compress the synthesized bitmap data and storing the compressed data in the data area. The CPU performs the steps (a) to (c) in different respective tasks in parallel, and performs the steps (a) to (c) along the order of (a), (b), (c) for each of the intermediate code blocks in each of the bands while using the 1st to the 3rd bitmap data area in turn for each of the steps (a) to (c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hara
  • Patent number: 8928927
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a processor, and a storage controller that writes band data to a storage device and reads the band data. The processor: (a) generates a write-side process and a read-side process; (b) generates a write-side thread by the write-side process; (c) generates a read-side thread and a file read thread by the read-side process; (d) notifies the read-side process of an identifier within the storage device, and causes the storage controller to sequentially write the band data; and (e) requests the file read thread to cause the storage controller to sequentially read out the band data corresponding to the identifier and causes the storage controller to sequentially read out the band data and one or more subsequent band data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hara
  • Patent number: 8928926
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a processor, and a storage controller that writes band data to a storage device and reads the band data. The processor: (a) generates a write-side process and a read-side process; (b) generates a write-side thread by the write-side process; (c) generates a read-side thread and a file read thread by the read-side process; (d) notifies the read-side process of an identifier within the storage device, and causes the storage controller to sequentially write the band data; and (e) requests the file read thread to cause the storage controller to sequentially read out the band data corresponding to the identifier and causes the storage controller to sequentially read out the band data and one or more subsequent band data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hara
  • Patent number: 8928922
    Abstract: A printing system includes an allotment device, spooling devices, interpretation devices, and a print controller. The allotment device allots pages of print data to the interpretation devices in a distributed manner in a predetermined order without regard to a print output order corresponding to an imposition designation. The interpretation devices interpret the allotted pages to generate interpretation result data, and each cause a spooling device corresponding to that interpretation device to store the generated interpretation result data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mamoru Mochizuki