Embedding A Hidden Or Unobtrusive Code Or Pattern In A Reproduced Image (e.g., A Watermark) Patents (Class 358/3.28)
  • Patent number: 10249015
    Abstract: Some implementations may include a method for watermarking an identification document, the method including: modulating a spatial luminance pattern associated with a first digital watermark to encode a first portion of personally identifiable information; modulating a spatial chrominance distribution associated with a second digital watermark to encode a second portion of the personally identifiable information; and applying the first digital watermark and the second digital watermark to the identification document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MorphoTrust USA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Poder, Robert Andrew Eckel
  • Patent number: 10223618
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining orientation and dot pitch of characters in an image. A statistical neighborhood of a set of dots of an image is determined. The statistical neighborhood includes a set of points and each point is associated with a position and a statistical measure indicative of a likelihood that one or more dots that satisfy a shape and a size criteria are located at that position. A Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is computed across the set of points of the statistical neighborhood; and based on the FFT of the set of points, a first orientation and a first distance between adjacent dots of characters along the first orientation, and a second orientation and a second distance between adjacent dots of the characters along the second orientation are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MATROX ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Dominique Rivard
  • Patent number: 10192090
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a scanner that performs scanning of a read image of a document and detects a code image included in a scanned region, which is a region where the scanning is completed; and a setting unit that sets, based on the code image detected by the scanner, a scanning region when the scanner scans an unscanned region, in which the scanning by the scanner has not been performed yet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akane Yoshizaki, Kunihiko Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Oya, Shigeru Okada, Shintaro Adachi, Hiroyuki Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 10194041
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a scanner configured to scan a plurality of manuscripts, at least one processor configured to generate classification information of the plurality of manuscripts using a scanning result of the plurality of manuscripts, and a display configured to display guide information of the plurality of manuscripts for manuscript classification using the generated classification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: S-Printing Solution Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-young Jung, So-hye Kim, Chang-hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10182171
    Abstract: An image forming device includes: a reader configured to generate an image of a document; a setting receiving circuit configured to receive a plurality of set values on a print setting when test printing is executed for confirming a test result; an area dividing circuit configured to divide an area of an image on the read document based on number of the set values; an image processing circuit configured to perform image processing corresponding to each of the set values, on each of the divided areas; a combined image generating circuit configured to generate a combined image acquired by combining the areas of the image on the document to which the image processing corresponding to each of the set values is performed; and a printer configure to print the combined image generated by the combined image generating circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuya Monden
  • Patent number: 10182175
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a manuscript reader configured to read a manuscript, an embedment processing unit configured to perform a process of embedding additional information into data of the manuscript that has been read by the manuscript reader. The embedment processing unit embeds, as the additional information, a pattern including a plurality of dots arranged in such a shape that an inclination of the manuscript is detectable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Matsumura, Hidenori Shindoh
  • Patent number: 10162579
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a processor, and a memory storing instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the image forming apparatus to function as a reception unit configured to receive image data from an information processing apparatus, a printing unit configured to print an image based on the image data, an acceptance unit configured to accept a user operation for issuing an instruction to start printing, a first print control unit configured to cause the printing unit to print an image generated from the image data received by the reception unit, and a second print control unit configured to cause the printing unit to print an image obtained by adding a predetermined pattern image to an image generated from the image data received by the reception unit, wherein the second print control unit starts printing according to the user operation being accepted by the acceptance unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiko Kamoi
  • Patent number: 10129430
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is for arranging at least one dot, which expresses information relating to image data, in the image data. The information processing apparatus includes processing circuitry configured to create an edge image of the image data; determine a position near an edge in the edge image to be a position of the at least one dot; and arrange the at least one dot at the determined position in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kohichiroh Minami
  • Patent number: 10073596
    Abstract: A method for the operator control of at least one electronic device and/or application on a display device 10, for example in a motor vehicle, in which a plurality of selectable objects are presented, wherein the objects are displayed spatially in a two-dimensional landscape and are automatically filtered and/or sorted by a preselection with a gesture in front of or on the display device. Also disclosed is a device for carrying out the method having a display device, a touchpad, a processing device, a control device for gesture and handwriting recognition, and a memory for filtering and/or sorting a plurality of selectable objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Manuel Joachim, Michael Mischke, Michael Wittkämper
  • Patent number: 10049438
    Abstract: Further, there are provided a filter acquisition apparatus, a filter acquisition method, a program, and a recording medium, capable of acquiring a filter which is suitably usable in such a filtering process. An image processing apparatus 35 includes a filtering process unit 41 that performs an image filtering process that has a plurality of times of filtering processes. The filtering process unit 41 applies a filter to processing target data to acquire filter application process data, applies a gain to the filter application process data to acquire gain application process data, in each filtering process. In each filtering process, the gain applied to the filter application process data is acquired based on a target frequency characteristic of the image filtering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yousuke Naruse, Kenkichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10049421
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the subject matter described herein includes a method for secure content watermarking. The method includes generating a watermark that encodes information as a set of visual elements; receiving content that represents a graphical workspace to be displayed to a user; creating watermarked content by combining an image of the received content with at least one copy of the watermark sufficient to fill the area of the image; and displaying the watermarked content to the user via a display device having a display area. Should the user take a screenshot or take a picture of some or all of the watermarked content, the picture so acquired will contain watermark information that can be used to identify the session from which the picture or screenshot was taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: The Sixth Flag, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Kofod, David Kinghorn
  • Patent number: 10025940
    Abstract: A method for encrypting data. The method comprises receiving, from a user, via a client terminal, digital content including at least one textual string for filling in at least one field in a document managed by a network node via a computer network, encrypting the at least one textual string, and sending the at least one encrypted textual string to the network node via the computer network so as to allow filling in the at least one field with the at least one encrypted textual string. The network node is configured for storing and retrieving the at least one textual encrypted string without decrypting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Vaultive Ltd.
    Inventor: Ben Matzkel
  • Patent number: 10001955
    Abstract: Due to different formats for print jobs, in particular different means of identifying users, it is a problem how to handle a print job submitted to a cloud printing service, in which a user is identified by first user credentials, for processing by an authenticated printing system for which the user is identified by second user credentials. This problem is solved by a method comprising the steps of: i. obtaining the print job from the cloud printing service, the print job comprising print job metadata comprising the first user credentials, ii. obtaining the second user credentials based on the first user credentials, iii, adding the second user credentials to the metadata, and iv. forwarding at least the print job metadata comprising the second user credentials, to the authenticated printing system for the processing. A system for performing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Next Print Technologies APS
    Inventors: Tavs Dalaa, Manfred Bergmann
  • Patent number: 9983835
    Abstract: Due to the lack of a user account, it is a problem to handle a guest print job, submitted by a guest user and associated with first user credentials, for processing by an authenticated printing system requiring the guest print job to be authenticated using second user credentials. This problem is solved by a method comprising the steps of i. obtaining the guest print job, the guest print job comprising print job metadata, the first user credentials being associated with the print job, ii. obtaining the second user credentials, iii. creating a guest user account with the authenticated printing system, the guest user account being associated with the second user credentials, iv. adding the second user credentials to the metadata, and v. forwarding at least the print job metadata, comprising the second user credentials, to the authenticated printing system for processing. A system and a computer program product for performing the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NEXT PRINT TECHNOLOGIES APS
    Inventor: Tavs Dalaa
  • Patent number: 9952038
    Abstract: The time and labor required to set an extraction region of point cloud data is decreased. A shape measuring apparatus includes a projecting unit that projects a measurement beam onto a measurement region of a measurement target, an imaging unit that captures an image of the measurement target onto which the measurement beam is projected, a movement mechanism that relatively moves the projecting unit or the imaging unit with respect to the measurement target so that a position of the measurement region of the measurement target changes, and an extraction region setting unit that sets an extraction region for image information used for calculating a position of the measurement target from capture images captured by the imaging unit, on the basis of positions of images of the measurement beam captured by the imaging unit when the measurement beam is projected onto different measurement regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenta Kanto
  • Patent number: 9936230
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for transforming fingerprints to detect unauthorized media content items are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Johan Granström
  • Patent number: 9921055
    Abstract: The time and labor required to set an extraction region of point cloud data is decreased. A shape measuring apparatus includes a projecting unit that projects a measurement beam onto a measurement region of a measurement target, an imaging unit that captures an image of the measurement target onto which the measurement beam is projected, a movement mechanism that relatively moves the projecting unit or the imaging unit with respect to the measurement target so that a position of the measurement region of the measurement target changes, and an extraction region setting unit that sets an extraction region for image information used for calculating a position of the measurement target from capture images captured by the imaging unit, on the basis of positions of images of the measurement beam captured by the imaging unit when the measurement beam is projected onto different measurement regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenta Kanto
  • Patent number: 9917979
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed towards generating a verified unique watermark. More specifically, the systems and methods are directed towards generating a watermark that is as long as possible without any repetition. Such watermarks are possible by selecting characteristics of the watermark and methods for producing the watermarks (e.g., dandy rollers). By producing longer unique watermarks, users would be capable of generating longer rolls of paper whereby more sheets can be produced that each possesses a unique watermark. With the unique watermark, users can identify what information is printed on each sheet as well as authenticate the contents of each individual sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SONICWALL INC.
    Inventor: Samuel James Liddicott
  • Patent number: 9870479
    Abstract: Due to different formats for documents, in particular different means of identifying users, it is a problem how to handle a document in a cloud storage system, in which a user is identified by first user credentials, for processing by an authenticated printing system for which the user is identified by second user credentials. This problem is solved by a method comprising the steps of: i. obtaining the document from the cloud storage system, the document comprising document metadata comprising the first user credentials, ii. obtaining the second user credentials based on the first user credentials, iii, obtaining a print job corresponding to the document, the print job comprising print job metadata comprising the second user credentials, and iv. forwarding at least the print job metadata comprising the second user credentials, to the authenticated printing system for the processing. A system and a computer program product for performing the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: NEXT PRINT TECHNOLOGIES APS
    Inventor: Tavs Dalaa
  • Patent number: 9860414
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a communication interface to communicate data including image data with an image forming apparatus, a data storage device to store background pattern data, and circuitry. The circuitry causes the communication interface to transmit the background pattern data and a registration request command to the image forming apparatus, generates synthesis information, generates a background pattern synthesis drawing command for instructing the image forming apparatus to synthesize the background pattern data with each page data of the image data, based on the synthesis information of the page data, generates a printing command for printing the image data, generates print request information for requesting the image forming apparatus to print the image data, and causes the communication interface to transmit the print request information to the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yutaka Saitoh
  • Patent number: 9813579
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for generating a multi-layer correlation mark via a monochrome printer are disclosed. For example, the method includes setting a first scalar value of a channel of the monochrome printer, setting a second scalar value of the channel of the monochrome printer, generating a first layer of the multi-layer correlation mark at the first scalar value of the channel, generating a second layer of the multi-layer correlation mark at the second scalar value of the channel and printing the multi-layer correlation mark comprising the first layer at the first scalar value of the channel and the second layer at the second scalar value of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Chapman
  • Patent number: 9723177
    Abstract: An image processing system for generating a processed image depending on an input image is provided. The system includes an image processing portion configured to add, to the processed image, an AR marker which is an image for identifying missing information missing from information of the input image; an AR content generating portion configured to generate an AR content corresponding to the missing information; an AR marker recognizing portion configured to recognize the AR marker contained in a photographed image obtained by photographing the processed image; and an AR display processing portion configured to display the AR content stored in association with the recognized AR marker in a manner to be superimposed on the processed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Kaitaku Ozawa, Katsuhiko Akita, Hiroaki Kubo, Kazusei Takahashi, Akihiro Torigoshi, Yuji Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9620086
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for dynamic contrast adjustment for glyph rendering. Example methods may include rendering a first glyph associated with a font in a first font size, increasing a first contrast of the first glyph in the first font size by adjusting a first grayscale value associated with the first glyph in the first font size to generate an adjusted first grayscale value, and storing the adjusted first grayscale value in a grayscale mapping table associated with the font, the grayscale mapping table comprising a default grayscale value for the first glyph in a second font size. Example methods may include generating a font file comprising the first glyph and the grayscale mapping table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lokesh Joshi, Yushu Cao, Hao Hu
  • Patent number: 9582701
    Abstract: A dot pattern including a block defined as a rectangular area of a square or a rectangle of a medium face, such as printed matter. A straight line in a vertical direction and a horizontal direction configuring a frame of the block each are defined as a standard grid line. Virtual reference grid points are provided at predetermined intervals on the reference grid line. Reference grid point dots are placed on respective virtual reference grid points. Straight lines that connect the virtual reference grid points to each other and are parallel to the reference grid lines are defined as grid lines. A point of intersection of grid lines is defined as a virtual grid point. A dot pattern is generated by arranging one or a plurality of information dots, each of which has a distance and a direction around the virtual grid point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Kenji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9579915
    Abstract: Printing with a single colorant a security feature imperceptible to the naked eye. For a digital security image having a first region formed by a first pattern of binary pixels and a second region formed by a different second pattern of binary pixels, the first and second patterns are printed with the single colorant. A darker one of the first and second printed patterns is determined. The security image is printed with the single colorant, the region corresponding to the darker printed pattern printed at a reduced gray level such that the printed first and second regions appear substantially indistinguishable to the naked eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Omri Shacham, Oren Haik
  • Patent number: 9535635
    Abstract: In one example, a first directive is received at a system. The directive is to embed, into content selected via a printer application accessed at a network-connected printer, a network address. A carrier image that includes the network address in encoded form is generated. A second directive, to provide first content to the printer, is received via the application. The carrier image is merged into the first content. After the merging, the merged first content is sent to the printer for printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sekhar Muni Sirigiri, Matthew D. Gaubatz, Robert Alan Ulichney
  • Patent number: 9514687
    Abstract: A method of displaying an image on a display panel including pixels arranged in an m-by-n matrix (m and n being natural numbers), including measuring a complexity of image data based on an entropy or a most significant bit, the image data including a plurality of unit data corresponding to the pixels; and adjusting the amount of light supplied by a backlight unit according to the measured complexity of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jai-Hyun Koh, Kyungsu Lee
  • Patent number: 9508063
    Abstract: When a second image G2 is acquired by emitting UV light to the surface 2a of a check 2 (medium) in a first operating mode for acquiring images by sequentially emitting visible light and UV light, a check processing device 5 (image reading device) acquires an image based on corrected scanning information acquired by using a first UV light correction value 33UV1 to correct the scanning information output from the reading unit 26. In a second operating mode that acquires images by emitting only UV light, the check processing device 5 acquires an image based on corrected scanning information acquired by using a second UV light correction value 33UV2 to correct the scanning information output from the reading unit 26.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Shunichi Wakasa
  • Patent number: 9499006
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeiting feature generation method for a valuable document and an authentication method and device therefor. The anti-counterfeiting feature generation method for a valuable document uses the anti-counterfeiting feature information redundancy to hide accurate information about an anti-counterfeiting feature. In the generation method, the anti-counterfeiting feature of a valuable document has little change on the human perception, but a valuable document authentication device in a financial self-service equipment can effectively extract the hidden accurate information about an anti-counterfeiting feature from signals obtained by a sensor and conduct quantitative detection and authentication, thereby effectively authenticating whether the valuable document is counterfeit or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tiancai Liang, Yuanchao Yu, Weifeng Wang, Xiaoliang Wang
  • Patent number: 9495572
    Abstract: A method for identifying a one- or two-dimensional barcode in input image data, the method comprising the steps of: obtaining first image data of a first image of the object, said first image being acquired using a first illumination wavelength; obtaining second image data of a second image of the object, said second image being acquired using a second illumination wavelength being different from said first illumination wavelength; calculating a weighting factor based on a statistical processing of pixel values of the first image data and pixel values of the second image data; and generating third image data by calculating a weighted combination using the pixel values of said first image data, the pixel values of said second image data, and said weighting factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SICPA HOLDING SA
    Inventors: Pablo Sempere, Amine Zahar, Andras Szappanos, Oliver Francois
  • Patent number: 9454605
    Abstract: Improved techniques involve transferring data into a target device using bar codes. Along these lines, suppose that someone wants to send a message to the target device via a source device. For some messages, the source device may encode the message into a single bar code that the target computer may decode back into the message. However, for a sufficiently large message, the source device breaks the message into a series of message portions, encodes each of the portions into a distinct bar code, and outputs the bar codes, e.g., on sheets of paper using a laser printer. From these sheets, an operator scans each bar code into the target device. The target computer then decodes the scanned bar codes back into message portions and reassembles them into the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Mello, Gregory R. Gallagher, Robert McFadries
  • Patent number: 9438764
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention acquires a file from a file generation apparatus and also acquires address book information including a facsimile number from an apparatus having a facsimile function. Then, the information processing apparatus extracts a character string from a predetermined position in a file name of the acquired file and collates the extracted character string with the acquired address book information to identify a facsimile number of a transmission destination of the acquired file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuki Kusakabe, Ryuta Mori
  • Patent number: 9426331
    Abstract: A printed matter identifying device that identifies a printed matter printed by a predetermined printing apparatus and having on its surface at least two or more areas that are different in surface property to each other includes: an image reading unit that controls an external light source and camera so that reflected images displayed by the light source respectively on the areas of the surface of the printed matter are captured by the camera to acquire respective image information of the reflected images; an image processing unit that performs image-processing of the image information of the reflected images acquired by the image reading unit; and an image determination unit that uses a differential value between the image information of the reflected images obtained by the image-processing by the image processing unit, to determine whether or not the printed matter is a printed matter printed by the predetermined printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Ichiro Furuki
  • Patent number: 9373032
    Abstract: A forensic verification system (1100) extracts a print signature via a print signature extractor (1110) from an interior of a halftone contained in an image. The system (1100) utilizes a comparator (1120) to compare the print signature to a reference signature stored in a registry to determine differences between the print signature and the reference signature. The system (1100) utilizes a forensic analyzer (1130) to perform a forensic analysis on the signatures based on the comparison to authenticate the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Alan Ulichney, Stephen Pollard, Matthew D Gaubatz, Steven J Simske
  • Patent number: 9361516
    Abstract: A forensic verification system (700) extracts a print signature via print signature extractor 710 from the boundary of a halftone contained in an image. The system (700) compares the print signature to a reference signature stored in a registry via comparator 720 to determine differences between the print signature and the reference signature. The system 700 performs a forensic-level statistical image analysis via forensic analyzer 730 on the print signature and the reference signature based on the comparison to authenticate the printed media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Alan Ulichney, Stephen Pollard, Matthew D Gaubatz, Steven J Simske
  • Patent number: 9361514
    Abstract: A forensic verification system (900) extracts a print signature via a print signature extractor (910) from a captured image of a printed halftone. The system (900) utilizes a comparator (920) to compare the print signature to a reference signature stored in a registry to determine differences between the print signature and the reference signature. The system (900) utilizes a forensic analyzer (930) to perform a forensic analysis on the signatures based on the comparison to authenticate the printed halftone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen Pollard, Robert Alan Ulichney, Matthew D Gaubatz, Steven J Simske
  • Patent number: 9350897
    Abstract: An image processing device inserts an AR (Augmented Reality) marker in documents. The AR marker is to deliver an air tag which corresponds to the AR marker from an air tag server to a terminal device, when the terminal device which reads the AR marker satisfies deliver conditions. The image processing device identifies the air tag which is to be delivered from among air tags stored in the air tag server. The image processing device acquires the AR marker which corresponds to the air tag which is to be delivered from the air tag server. The image processing device inserts the acquired AR marker into the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Yosuke Taniguchi, Takeshi Minami, Kenichi Takahashi, Kenji Matsuhara, Kaitaku Ozawa, Yoshiaki Shibuta, Atsushi Tamura
  • Patent number: 9330429
    Abstract: A media stream is delineated into multiple fragments. Different watermark variants of individual fragments are generated. Particular sequences of watermark variants are selected for particular clients and maintained in a user access database. Analyzing media streams allows determination of the sequences of watermark variants and identification of particular clients intended to receive the media streams. Fragments can continue to be cached efficiently and unique watermarks need not be generated for each individual client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Fritz Barnes, Kent Karlsson, Cedric Fernandes
  • Patent number: 9291950
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first image forming unit configured to form a first image to be transferred to a sheet with a non-decolorizable material, and a second image forming unit configured to form a second image to be transferred to the sheet with a decolorizable material. At least a part of the second image transferred to the sheet is formed on the first image transferred to the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motonari Udo, Masahiro Ikuta, Kazuhisa Takeda, Tsuyoshi Itou, Takayasu Aoki, Takafumi Hara
  • Patent number: 9292772
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a detecting portion, a correspondence setting portion, a piling order determining portion, and a print data generating portion. The detecting portion detects color information based on image data. The correspondence setting portion determines respective colors of a plurality of paper sheets to be used in creation of a material M based on the color information, and associates the determined colors with respective section image regions which are made by the read image being sectioned based on the color information. The piling order determining portion determines a piling order of paper sheets having those colors. The print data generating portion generates print data of an image that includes cutting lines for each of paper sheets composing the material M1. A control portion causes an image forming portion to form line images indicating the cutting lines based on the print data in accordance with the piling order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Junichi Oura
  • Patent number: 9282215
    Abstract: A document contains a security element that combines a correlation mark and microgloss mark so that foreground pixels of the correlation mark are printed in a toner of a first color, and pixels of the correlation mark overwrite portions of the correlation mark in a second color, but neither the first color nor the second color appear on areas that correspond to background pixels of the correlation mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Edward N. Chapman, Reiner Eschbach, Judith E. Stinehour
  • Patent number: 9258452
    Abstract: Systems and methods scan a previously printed sheet using a scanner to create an original scan, and evaluate the original scan to identify marks printed on the printed sheet. For example, any marks, such as the straight and curved marks located in separation areas (areas separating data areas of the printed sheet) of the printed sheet can be evaluated using a specialized image processor. Then, these systems and methods alter the pixels of such marks to add security features (e.g., microtext, microprinting, etc.) to the marks that identify the time, place, and user of the scanner, and this process produces an altered scan. Rather than outputting the original scan, these systems and methods instead substitute the altered scan in place of the original scan and, therefore, output the altered scan from the image processor in place of the original scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Reiner Eschbach, Safwan R. Wshah
  • Patent number: 9213558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for tailoring the output of an intelligent automated assistant. One embodiment of a method for conducting an interaction with a human user includes collecting data about the user using a multimodal set of sensors positioned in a vicinity of the user, making a set of inferences about the user in accordance with the data, and tailoring an output to be delivered to the user in accordance with the set of inferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SRI INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Gokhan Tur, Horacio E. Franco, Elizabeth Shriberg, Gregory K. Myers, William S. Mark, Norman D. Winarsky, Andreas Stolcke, Bart Peintner, Michael J. Wolverton, Luciana Ferrer, Martin Graciarena, Harry Bratt, Neil Yorke-Smith
  • Patent number: 9188954
    Abstract: Negatives of variable digital holographic images may be generated based on desired images and generic optical matrices. An original image may be obtained. A geometry associated with a generic optical matrix may be obtained. The generic optical matrix may have pixels corresponding to color and sub-pixels corresponding to non-color effects. The geometry may indicate locations and colors of pixels in the generic optical matrix, and locations and non-color effects of sub-pixels within the pixels. Color separation may be performed on an original image to provide two or more separations. The separations may be indexed to the geometry associated with the generic optical matrix to provide indexed separations. The indexed separations may be merged to provide a negative of the original image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: NANOGRAFIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel Lieberman
  • Patent number: 9153005
    Abstract: The method of automatically authenticating a document having a label-forming portion comprises the following steps: a) printing an authentic label having optically-variable elements; b) photographing the authentic label to create a first reference image; c) calculating and storing a reference digital fingerprint of the label; d) photographing a label for verification successively in first lighting conditions and in second lighting conditions that are essentially different from the first lighting conditions in order to create first and second verification images, by using a camera having a communications unit, a memory unit, and a calculation unit; e) verifying the optically-variable nature of said elements from the first and second verification images and calculating a verification digital fingerprint for the label that is to be verified; and f) comparing the verification digital fingerprint with the corresponding reference digital fingerprint, calculating the distance between these two digital fingerprint
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: HOLOGRAM INDUSTRIES
    Inventors: Fabio Tremolada, Marc M. Pic, Mathieu Hoarau
  • Patent number: 9137420
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for operating a multifunction device in communication with multiple devices. The multifunction device is configured to receive an operation request and an electronic document from a first device. The multifunction device is further configured to receive document manipulation data from a second device. The multifunction device is also configured to manipulate the electronic document using the document manipulation data based on the operation request. The multifunction device communicates the manipulated electronic document to a third device. The second device is isolated from the third device and the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: KishoreKumar Manikkoth Vasudevan, Ramesh Nagarajan
  • Publication number: 20150146262
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods and systems of embedding and extracting information in a printed document. According to one exemplary embodiment, a method is provided wherein information is encoded by one or more partial or complete gaps in a line associated with a form, and the line gaps are patterned to provide N-bit codes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Zhigang Fan, Reiner Eschbach, Saurabh Prabhat, Raja Bala, Judith E. Stinehour, Martin S. Maltz
  • Patent number: 9041981
    Abstract: With the aim of realizing an easy and inexpensive method of realizing a “stealth” dot pattern, whose presence on a medium surface is not visually recognizable, merely through minor improvements in the existing printing technology, the present invention provides dots which form a dot pattern by printing these dots using an ink of any color reactive in the infrared or ultraviolet wavelength range on a medium surface on which a dot pattern is to be formed, for use with a dot pattern reading system that irradiates infrared or ultraviolet light on a medium surface having a dot pattern provided thereon, recognizes the dot pattern by reading the reflections of the light with an optical reading means, converts the dot pattern into the corresponding data, and outputs the text, voice, images and so forth contained in the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Kenji Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20150138608
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for printing a hidden and secure barcodes and, more particularly, to digital printers structured, configured, and/or programmed to print a set of unique non-standard symbols for the purpose of representing a data string based on a barcode standard that can be hidden in the background of a media substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: CTPG OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Turner, Robert Delaney, Joseph Howe, John Hall-Thurnheer
  • Patent number: 9025204
    Abstract: An image creating apparatus has a printing device configured to print a changed image on a recording medium; a difficult-to-recognize color arrangement storage unit configured to store a difficult-to-recognize color arrangement that is difficult to visually recognize; an object extracting unit configured to extract objects from an original image; a difficult-to-recognize object detecting unit configured to detect a difficult-to-recognize object; a representative color obtaining unit configured to obtain the representative color of the difficult-to-recognize object; a color arrangement changing unit configured to (i) change the color arrangement of the image so that the color arrangement of the periphery is changed from the difficult-to-recognize color arrangement in at least part of the difficult-to-recognize object and (ii) embed information about the representative color as dots; and a changed image printing unit configured to command the printing device to print the changed image with the changed color arr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kishi