Mail Processing Patents (Class 382/101)
  • Patent number: 11106908
    Abstract: Techniques to determine document recognition errors are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise an image reception component operative to receive an incoming document image; a document recognition component operative to perform a document recognition process on the incoming document image to generate a recognized document; and collect document recognition process information for the document recognition process of the incoming document image; a document reconstruction component operative to generate a reconstructed document image based on the document recognition process information; and an image comparison component operative to compare the reconstructed document image to the incoming document image to generate document recognition performance information for the recognized document. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: STATE STREET BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
    Inventor: Amir Sanjar
  • Patent number: 11097316
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a sorting system has a delivery processing apparatus, a video coding terminal, and a recognition support apparatus. The recognition support apparatus has an information management portion, a correct solution derivation portion, and a machine learning portion. The information management portion acquires an image obtained by imaging a delivery object and keying information. The correct solution derivation portion derives respective correct solutions for a plurality of processings for the image obtained by imaging the delivery object, based on the keying information acquired by the information management portion. The machine learning portion performs machine learning using the respective correct solutions for the plurality of processings derived by the correct solution derivation portion, to adjust the plurality of processings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohkawa, Tomoyuki Hamamura, Takuma Akagi
  • Patent number: 11049204
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting block legal billing is described where the technique analyzes each billing entry in the legal bill for visual or textual aspects that indicate that a list of billing items is included in the block. The technique utilizes a combination of textual analysis for punctuation characters, count of the number of verbs, or a search for conjunctions. A visual analysis is match the image of the billing item with a predetermined image of a list. Essentially, a novel natural language processing technique is described that identifies lists in a block of text, where the block of text is in the context of a legal bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Bottomline Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scot Calitri
  • Patent number: 11025580
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling delivering to a receiver of a message addressed to a non-electronically addressable entity ID associated with the receiver employs a database storing a plurality of verified electronically addressable and non-electronically entity IDs associated with the receiver, and a controller that upon receiving a message addressed to non-electronically addressable entity ID identifies the receiver and enables the receiver access to the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Arnexa, Inc.
    Inventor: Sridhar Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10972712
    Abstract: An image merging method using viewpoint transformation and a system therefor are provided. The method includes obtaining images captured by a plurality of cameras included in the camera system, performing viewpoint transformation for each of the images using a depth map for the images, and merging the images, the viewpoint transformation of which is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CENTER FOR INTEGRATED SMART SENSORS FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Ki Yeong Park
  • Patent number: 10956729
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a data processing apparatus includes a memory configured to store a determination table, a camera configured to image a commodity package, and a processor. The processor is configured to extract an area having a predetermined shape from the imaged commodity package, recognize characters in the extracted area; determine whether the recognized characters meet a criterion described in the determination table, and output the recognized characters to a display or a printer connected to the data processing apparatus when the recognized characters meet the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Okamura
  • Patent number: 10943155
    Abstract: A system of recognizing identity of object and method of automatically recognizing identity of object are provided. The method is to shoot a monitoring region for obtaining a monitoring image, recognize an object image in the monitoring image, scan the monitoring region for retrieving each identity data of each wireless badge, determines each image position of each object image in the monitor region, determine each badge position of each wireless badge in the monitor region, and link the object image and the identity data together when the positions match with each other. The system can pair the object image with the identity data instantly, determine whether the object is unregistered, and effectively save the time and human resources required by artificially pairing the object images with the identity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Yin-Chang Liu, Hsuan-Lin Cheng, Chih-Wei Wang, Chun-Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 10872265
    Abstract: Improvements are disclosed for detecting counterfeit objects, based on comparison to digital fingerprints that describe features found in images of objects known to be counterfeit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Alitheon, Inc.
    Inventors: David Justin Ross, Brian J. Elmenhurst, Mark Tocci, John Forbes, Heather Wheelock Ross
  • Patent number: 10861452
    Abstract: An object authentication device includes a speech recognition unit configured to obtain candidates for a speech recognition result for an input speech and a likelihood of the speech as a speech likelihood, an image model generation unit configured to obtain image models of a predetermined number of candidates for the speech recognition result in descending order of speech likelihoods, an image likelihood calculation unit configured to obtain an image likelihood based on an image model of an input image, and an object authentication unit configured to perform object authentication using the image likelihood, wherein vocabularies predicted through speech recognition are categorized and the image model is formed in association with a category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Nakano, Tomoyuki Sahata
  • Patent number: 10778625
    Abstract: An electronic business postal system collects, clears and delivers electronic business mail through a closed access, secure messaging system. A collection subsystem consists of access portals that are associated with secured system nodes. The access portals provide authenticated users access to the system to send and retrieve electronic business mail that includes postal system electronic delivery addresses, physical delivery addresses, or both. Secured message servers that are associated with the respective access portals process the electronic business mail into uniquely identified messages for delivery over the system nodes and also process received messages to provide the corresponding electronic business mail to the intended recipients through associated access portals. A delivery subsystem directs the messages through the system nodes associated with the senders' access portals to the system nodes associated with the recipients' access portals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Escher Group (IRL) Limited
    Inventors: Liam Church, Fionnuala Higgins, David James Fleming
  • Patent number: 10740899
    Abstract: A plurality of character regions is extracted from an image, candidates for an item value region including an item value corresponding to a predetermined item name are identified from among the plurality of character regions based on a condition for the item value, candidates for a key word region including the predetermined item name are identified from among the plurality of character regions based on a position of each of the identified candidates for the item value region, and the key word region including the predetermined item name is identified from among the identified candidates for the key word region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kinya Honda
  • Patent number: 10713520
    Abstract: A glare reducing optical recognition system that recognizes alphanumeric text wherein the system includes a first light emitter that emits light in a first direction and a second light emitter that emits light in a second direction different from the first direction. The system includes an image capturing device that captures a first image of alphanumeric text illuminated by the first light emitter emitting light in the first direction, and a second image of the alphanumeric text illuminated by the second light emitter emitting light in the second direction. The system includes an image processor that constructs a glare reduced image by comparing sections of the first image with corresponding sections of the second image and selecting the section with the least luminosity to populate the corresponding section of the glare reduced image. The system may include a character recognition processor, a label producing apparatus, and/or a conveyance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Engineering Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Rebecca Irrgang, Dale McCoy
  • Patent number: 10643113
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus comprises one or more processors and one or more memories communicatively coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions which, when processed by the one or more processors, cause: receiving a digital image of undeliverable mail and storing the digital image in a first database; causing data to be extracted from the digital image using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) or by processing encoded data; causing additional data to be requested from a second database based on the data extracted from the digital image; automatically generating one or more options for the undeliverable mail based on the data from the first database and the additional data from the second database; and causing the digital image, the data, the additional data, and the one or more options for the undeliverable mail to be displayed using a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Steve Cousins, Nicole Blohm
  • Patent number: 10521632
    Abstract: A distribution item includes a first item with a container having an outer surface defining an enclosed space. A computer-readable code is disposed on the outer surface. The computer-readable code is associated with a first level entity. The first item also includes destination information associated with a second level entity disposed on the outer surface. The distribution item also includes one or more second items removably positioned within the enclosed space of the first item. Each of the one or more second items includes the computer-readable code associated with the first level entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Victoria K. Stephen, Elke Reuning-Elliott
  • Patent number: 10410080
    Abstract: An NC-program conversion device includes an OCR processing unit that recognizes a character string from an input image; a first storage unit that stores one alphabetic letter and the number of digits of a number subsequent to the alphabetic letter, in an associated manner; a second storage unit that stores a program code that is composed of a combination of one alphabetic letter and a two-character number and an effective character that is composed of one alphabetic letter subsequent to the program code, in an associated manner; and a character-string segmenting unit that refers to the first storage unit and the second storage unit, to segment each line of the character string, which is recognized by the OCR processing unit, as program codes stored in the first storage unit in an associated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daisuke Uenishi
  • Patent number: 10384235
    Abstract: A method of improving board feature quality grading facilitates human check grader reaction to grading output. The method entails specifying, for application by an automatic grading system to the faces of boards passing through a scanning zone, a virtual grade expressed by a range of values that overlap values in two of successive standard rule-based grades representing higher and lower board feature qualities; producing a signal in response to detection of a board feature quality representing a virtual grade value of a board analyzed by the automatic grading system; indicating, in response to the signal, a virtual grading designation onto the board to alert a check grader to assess whether the board exhibits board feature quality that exceeds the lower board feature quality; and assigning to the board the standard rule-based grade representing the higher board feature quality whenever the check grader's assessment concurs with the virtual grade designation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hayden Michael Aronson, Ryan T. Shear
  • Patent number: 10346891
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for notifying an addressee about a mail piece having an address. The system captures an image of the mail piece and determines a communication channel for the addressee using the address from the mail piece. The system provides the addressee with the image via the communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventor: Michael J. Amato
  • Patent number: 10318827
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating object detection predictions from a neural network. In some implementations, an input characterizing a first region of an environment is obtained. The input includes a projected laser image generated from a three-dimensional laser sensor reading of the first region, a camera image patch generated from a camera image of the first region, and a feature vector of features characterizing the first region. The input is processed using a high precision object detection neural network to generate a respective object score for each object category in a first set of one or more object categories. Each object score represents a respective likelihood that an object belonging to the object category is located in the first region of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Zhaoyin Jia, Ury Zhilinsky, Yun Jiang, Yimeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10262290
    Abstract: A device receives delivery information indicating instructions for delivery of an item at a location, wherein the delivery information include an image of the location with a designated point for delivering the item. The device receives information indicating that a user device, associated with a delivery person, is at the location, and processes the delivery information and the information indicating that the user device, associated with the delivery person, is at the location, with a machine learning model, to generate delivery instructions for the item, wherein the delivery instructions include augmented reality information indicating the designated point for delivering the item at the location. The device provides the delivery instructions to the user device, wherein the delivery instructions enable the user device to utilize the augmented reality information to display the designated point for delivering the item within a live image of the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mossoba, Abdelkadar M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards
  • Patent number: 10235564
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a delivery handling apparatus includes a recognition portion which performs an image recognition processing to an image imaged by an imaging portion to image a delivery object, to recognize information including an address given to the delivery object and a parameter selecting portion which sequentially selects parameter sets from a plurality of the parameter sets previously stored in a storage portion and a control portion which makes the parameter selecting portion sequentially select parameter sets from a plurality of the parameter sets, and the recognition portion perform an image recognition processing to an image with the parameter sets selected by the parameter selecting portion, and the parameter selecting portion select the parameter set satisfying a prescribed condition, based on a result of the image recognition processing corresponding to the respective parameter sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ying Piao, Tomoyuki Hamamura, Bunpei Irie, Masaya Maeda, Yasuhiro Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 10228532
    Abstract: A camera lens module includes an image sensor and a lens assembly. The image sensor includes a photosensitive chip defining a photosensitive path, wherein the lens assembly is coupled to the image sensor along the photosensitive path of the photosensitive chip. The lens assembly includes at least one optical lens module and an aperture member coupled at the optical lens module, wherein the optical lens module includes a lens barrel and at least an optical lens supported within the lens barrel. A relative position of the lens assembly with respect to the image sensor is adjustable for calibration and the relative position of the optical lens module is permanently fixed after calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Heng Jiang, Feifan Chen, Chunmei Liu, Bojie Zhao, Nan Guo, Liang Ding
  • Patent number: 10205538
    Abstract: Distributed communications systems providing and supporting radio frequency (RF) communication services and digital data services, and related components and methods are disclosed. The RF communication services can be distributed over optical fiber to client devices, such as remote units for example. Power can also be distributed over electrical medium that is provided to distribute digital data services, if desired, to provide power to remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices for operation. In this manner, as an example, the same electrical medium used to transport digital data signals in the distributed antenna system can also be employed to provide power to the remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Igor Berlin, William Patrick Cune, Jason Elliott Greene, Christian Heidler, James Arthur Register, III, Wolfgang Gottfried Tobias Schweiker
  • Patent number: 10168192
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an angular gauge reporting system (“AGRS”) may determine one or more values from an image of an angular gauge. The AGRS may receive one or more images of the gauge and develop an angular map to determine values indicated by the gauge. The AGRS may identify numbers in the image to generate the angular map. The AGRS may determine a center for the angular gauge. The AGRS may determine numerical values by processing capture images of the angular gauge though angular or linear interpolation of values. By generating the angular map prior to later determination of values, the AGRS may provide for determination of numerical values without requiring repetition of actions which may be computationally complex or resource intensive. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rita Chattopadhyay, Anne M. Russell, Nikhil Jog, David M. Bayba, Ravindra V. Narkhede
  • Patent number: 10142316
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for managing an email input facility in a networked secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein a secure email input facility for accepting non-secure email from outside the exchange into the secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein the non-secure email is received and the non-secure email and/or the content delivered thereby is stored as secure content in a location of the secure exchange server related to at least one of the sender of the email, the subject line of the non-secure email, the destination address of the email within the exchange, and the content of the email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Intralinks, Inc.
    Inventors: William Huang, Liviu Rozin, James Andrew Fieweger
  • Patent number: 10102583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using a mobile device to submit an application for an insurance policy using images of documents captured by the mobile device are provided herein. The information is then used by an insurance company to generate a quote which is then displayed to the user on the mobile device. A user captures images of one or more documents containing information needed to complete an insurance application, after which the information on the documents is extracted and sent to the insurance company where a quote for the insurance policy can be developed. The quote can then be transmitted back to the user. Applications on the mobile device are configured to capture images of the documents needed for an insurance application, such as a driver's license, insurance information card or a vehicle identification number (VIN). The images are then processed to extract the information needed for the insurance application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Mike Strange
  • Patent number: 10026008
    Abstract: Inspection and classification system have a customs data repository for automatic customs inspection of parcels comprising a data acquisition module configured to acquire information about parcels by input devices, wherein the information indicates customs classification criterias, the acquisition module further configured to communicate the information to the customs data repository; wherein the data repository stores the following data: information about parcels; parameters; attributes and big-data; a processor coupled with memory configured to map the information according with the parameters and attributes, wherein the mapped information of the parcel is a cluster; the processor is further configured for predicting customs classification of the parcel based upon comparison between parameters/attributes of the cluster and parameters/attributes of clusters stored in the big-data, wherein clusters stored in the big-data are were previously inspected, and wherein the cluster assumes a customs classification o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Ronen Simgi
  • Patent number: 10009530
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to controlling optical chains (OCs) of a camera device to scan a scene area of interest, thereby capturing images of the scene area, in a synchronized manner are described. In various embodiments a synchronized rolling shutter read out of two or more image sensors included in two or more corresponding OCs is implemented controlling the sensors to read out rows of pixel values corresponding to a portion of the scene at the same time, e.g., concurrently. While two or more of the OCs are controlled to read out at the same time, some other OCs in the camera maybe controlled not to read out pixel values while other image sensors are reading out. In various embodiments the read out rate of the two or more sensors corresponding to two or more optical chains is controlled as a function of the focal lengths of the corresponding OCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Light Labs Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9978034
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for processing information related to a terminal operating system. In one exemplary implantation, there is provided a method for providing information of terminal operating system management. The method may include processing information related to an input to manage the terminal operating system management. Other exemplary implementations may include processing to generate a result such that an output of a result of the managed terminal operating system management functionality is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ports America Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Irina Sheykh-Zade, Teresa Duffy, Geeta Desai, Sophie Miron, Chung Daniel Song, Nathan Johnson, Theresa Hill, Eldar Sheykh-Zade
  • Patent number: 9969179
    Abstract: Assemblies, systems, and methods for applying postage indicia to one or more sequential mailpiece on a high speed mail sorter are disclosed. In some aspects, a system for franking one or more sequential mailpiece using a postal security device (PSD) hub assembly on a high speed mail sorter includes a plurality of PSDs configured to generate a coded digital signature for the one or more sequential mailpiece during a latency period, a plurality of photo sensors configured to define the latency period, a PSD host configured to receive the generated coded digital signature, wherein the generated coded digital signature is encoded in a data matrix, and an indicia printer configured to receive printer control data and to print the printer control data on the one or more sequential mailpiece in an order in which the plurality of PSDs are tasked during the latency period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Fluence Automation LLC
    Inventors: Brian Bowers, Richard A. Yankloski
  • Patent number: 9961065
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for managing an email input facility in a networked secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein a secure email input facility for accepting non-secure email from outside the exchange into the secure collaborative computer data exchange environment, wherein the non-secure email is received and the non-secure email and/or the content delivered thereby is stored as secure content in a location of the secure exchange server related to at least one of the sender of the email, the subject line of the non-secure email, the destination address of the email within the exchange, and the content of the email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Huang, Liviu Rozin, James Andrew Fieweger
  • Patent number: 9932126
    Abstract: System and method of integrity checking digitally displayed data in a display system having a display comprising a pixel array with a viewable area, including rendering a known value into a QR code graphic, generating an image onto the display including drawing the QR code graphic in the viewable area of the pixel array, monitoring the generated image for the drawn QR code graphic and determining the integrity of the drawn graphical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Lewis William Catton
  • Patent number: 9919346
    Abstract: Apparatus for assisting in merging postal articles with a stack of mailpieces that have already been sorted into a certain sequence, said apparatus comprising a merge table suitable for storing the stack of mailpieces on edge, a first camera suitable for forming a digital image of a current postal article to be merged with the stack of mailpieces, a second camera that observes the stack of mailpieces in the manner of an operator placed at one end of the merge table, and a monitoring and control unit with a display screen that is placed at the end of the merge table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOLYSTIC
    Inventors: Emmanuel Miette, Bruno Volta
  • Patent number: 9883064
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a document reading section; a character detection section detecting, based on image data of a document obtained through reading by the document reading section, characters included in an image formed on the document; a character concentration detection section detecting concentration of the characters detected by the character detection section; a character direction detection section detecting a direction of the characters whose concentration detected by the character concentration detection section is in a preset specified concentration range; and a document direction determination section determining, based on the direction of the characters detected by the character direction detection section, a direction of the image formed on the document as a document direction, wherein the character direction detection section, upon determination that the image on the document is a monochromatic image, defines, as the specified concentration range, a concentration range higher tha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Shinichi Kimura
  • Patent number: 9767375
    Abstract: A delivery processing apparatus has a recognition unit and a determination unit. The recognition unit executes recognition processing for recognizing information that is provided on a delivery target item based on an image obtained by shooting an image of the delivery target item. The determination unit determines whether or not to extend the recognition processing performed by the recognition unit, based on a degree of progress of the recognition processing that has been performed by the recognition unit in a period from when the information recognition processing was started by the recognition unit until a predetermined time has elapsed, and an extension rate, which indicates a ratio of the number of times that the recognition unit has extended the recognition processing to the number of times that the recognition unit has performed the recognition processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ohkawa, Tomoyuki Hamamura, Bunpei Irie
  • Patent number: 9641715
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including: a specifying unit that specifies a plurality of parts where a character string is described in image data; a layout information acquiring unit that acquires, for each of the plurality of specified parts, layout information including the position of the part in the image data and the size of described characters; and an estimating unit that calculates, for each of the plurality of parts, a likelihood as a character string having a predetermined attribute that can be included in the image data based on a positional relationship with other parts and on a size relationship with other parts, and estimates a part where a character string having the predetermined attribute is described based on the likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventor: Katsuhito Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 9609973
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for providing electronic notifications of physical delivery of mail. Realtime geolocation services are leveraged to trigger one or more automated notifications. The notifications are delivered via a modern delivery means such as email, SMS text or pre-recorded voice message. No extra equipment is needed to implement the system from the perspective of postal workers since many postal workers already carry a GPS-enabled device. Instead of people passively waiting around for an imprecise time of delivery, people can go about their lives and can respond to actual delivery of paper-based mail via a notification and notification type of their choosing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Anthem Andrew Pleasant
  • Patent number: 9547821
    Abstract: Automated feature construction for algorithm portfolios in machine learning is provided. A gray scale image is generated from a text representing a problem instance. The gray scale image is rescaled or reshaped to a predefined size that is smaller than an initial size of the gray scale image. The rescaled gray scale image represents features of the problem instance. The rescaled gray scale image is input as features to a machine learning-based convolutional neural network. Based on the rescaled gray scale image, the machine learning-based convolutional neural network is automatically trained to learn to automatically determine one or more problem solvers from a portfolio of problem solvers suited for solving the problem instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrea Loreggia, Yuri Malitsky, Horst C. Samulowitz, Vijay A. Saraswat
  • Patent number: 9541505
    Abstract: The advantageous embodiments provide an apparatus for identifying anomalies on an object comprising a sensor system and an analysis process. The sensor system is configured to detect a presence of the object, identify a speed of travel for the object, and determine a scan rate for the object using the speed of travel to generate scan results. The analysis process is configured to analyze the scan results and determine whether a number of maintenance anomalies are detected on the object using the scan results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Paul Allen Kesler, Robert Daniel Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 9536142
    Abstract: A method for automated user information provision using an image includes requesting at least one user information image in response to receiving a user information form from a requesting entity over a network. The at least one user information image is received from a camera. The at least one user information image is analyzed using a processor to determine that the at least one user information image includes requested user information in at least one request section of the user information form. The requested user information is automatically provided into the at least one request section of the user information form. The user information form including the requested user information in the at least one request section is displayed on a display. The user information form may then be sent over the network to provide the requested user information to the requesting entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl B. Stone
  • Patent number: 9514219
    Abstract: A system and method for classifying documents via propagation are provided. Text highlighted by a user within at least one document is identified. The document is associated with a classification code based on the highlighted text. At least a portion of the highlighted text is compared with one or more unclassified documents. Those unclassified documents with text that is the same as the compared portion of the highlighted text in the document are identified. The classification code of the document is automatically assigned to the identified unclassified documents with text that is the same. Further, those unclassified documents with text that is similar to the compared portion of the highlighted text in the document are identified. The unclassified documents with similar text are provided to the user for review and classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: FTI CONSULTING, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Michael Robinson, Manfred J Gabriel
  • Patent number: 9501791
    Abstract: An online marketplace system generates an online marketplace for seller-financed transactions. The system includes a plurality of listings of transaction offerings that are available. The transaction offerings are listed by a plurality of users and are from a plurality of different categories of products and services. The transaction offerings include a plurality of transaction terms, including payment and seller-financing terms. A transaction engine facilitates the negotiation of transaction terms between users and the formation of agreement between users. Transaction coins are awarded during the successful performance of a transaction according to the agreed upon transaction terms. A reputation engine generates trust profiles and trust scores for users. The trust profiles and trust scores are used by parties to evaluate the trustworthiness of the other party. A user interface engine generates a user interface that includes listings from users and trust scores of those users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Mark V. Dziuk
  • Patent number: 9490913
    Abstract: Distributed communications systems providing and supporting radio frequency (RF) communication services and digital data services, and related components and methods are disclosed. The RF communication services can be distributed over optical fiber to client devices, such as remote units for example. Power can also be distributed over electrical medium that is provided to distribute digital data services, if desired, to provide power to remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices for operation. In this manner, as an example, the same electrical medium used to transport digital data signals in the distributed antenna system can also be employed to provide power to the remote communications devices and/or client devices coupled to the remote communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC
    Inventors: Igor Berlin, William Patrick Cune, Jason Elliott Greene, Christian Heidler, James Arthur Register, III, Wolfgang Gottfried Tobias Schweiker
  • Patent number: 9350552
    Abstract: An automated document processing machine may comprise an electro-mechanical transport subsystem configured to convey a document through the machine, and a camera arranged adjacent the transport and configured to capture an image of a front side of the document. A fingerprinting software component may be configured for processing the captured image of the document to create a unique digital fingerprint of the document based on the front side image, and a software interface may be configured for storing the digital fingerprint in a database of document identifiers in association with a unique alphanumeric identifier so that the document may be subsequently identified in a second processing machine that has access to the database. The digital fingerprint may be responsive to indicia that otherwise appears on the front side of the document, and may comprise data that identifies a document as being unique based on the front side indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Authentect, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Elmenhurst, David Justin Ross
  • Patent number: 9342547
    Abstract: An approach for managing memory usage in cloud and traditional environments using usage analytics is disclosed. The approach may be implemented in a computer infrastructure including a combination of hardware and software. The approach includes determining that space is available within one or more tables which have schema definitions with string fields having a predefined length. The approach further includes creating a virtual table and mapping the available space to the virtual table for population by one or more records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Avinesh Kumar, Sandeep R. Patil, Gandhi Sivakumar, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9327406
    Abstract: One or more images of a physical environment may be received, where the one or more images may include one or more objects. A type of surface feature predicted to be contained on a portion of one or more surfaces of a single object may be determined. Surface features of the type within regions of the one or more images may then be identified. The regions may then be associated to corresponding objects in the physical environment based on the identified surface features. Based at least in part on the regions associated to the corresponding objects, a virtual representation of the physical environment may be determined, the representation including at least one distinct object segmented from a remaining portion of the physical environment so as to virtually distinguish a boundary of the at least one distinct object from boundaries of objects present in the remaining portion of the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Hinterstoisser, Kurt Konolige
  • Patent number: 9323998
    Abstract: A method for identifying postal mailings includes registering the mailings by means of at least one recognizable pictorial feature and at least one external information item, or both. Further, the method includes carrying out recognition of the pictorial feature to identify a mailing, and if identification is incomplete, performing identification using the external information item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Gisbert Berger, Katja Worm, Wolf-Stephan Wilke
  • Patent number: 9291559
    Abstract: A method of illuminating an item is disclosed. The method includes applying adhesive to the item, interspersing a taggant in the adhesive, illuminating the item with an excitation signal, sensing luminescence emitted by the taggant in response to illumination by the excitation signal, and determining the authenticity of the item based on the sensed emitted luminescence. The item can include any item benefited by authentication, and can include a postage stamp. A method of customizing an item is disclosed. This can include the steps of preparing a substrate, applying a security feature to the substrate, printing non-customized information on the substrate, receiving image information, and printing the image information on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Khalid Hussain, Marie Therese Dominguez, David E. Failor, William G. Ackerman
  • Patent number: 9280855
    Abstract: A computerized method for intelligently distributing computer processing of mail piece scan images across a plurality of mail piece scan image processors. The method can include receiving a mail piece scan image from a mail piece scan image job requestor and selecting one of a plurality of scan mail piece scan image processors to process said mail piece scan image. The mail piece scan image can be transmitted to said one of a plurality of plurality of mail piece scan image processors and a mail piece scan image processing result can be received from said one of a plurality of plurality of mail piece scan image processors. Post-processing operations can be performed based on said mail piece scan image processing result. The mail piece scan image processing result can be transmitted to said mail piece scan image processing requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Coleman, Keith Quinn, Edward Ovando
  • Patent number: 9226095
    Abstract: A method for machine-type communication between a mobile communication network and a machine-type communication device includes: determining, by the machine-type communication device, a waiting time interval based on identity information and time interval information stored in the machine-type communication type and based on application of a hash function operation applied to the identity information; and requesting, by the machine-type communication device, access to a random access resource of the mobile communication network after the determined waiting time interval has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM (UK) LIMITED
    Inventor: Moyeen Mufti
  • Patent number: 9208550
    Abstract: A method for providing real-time feedback of an estimated quality of a captured final image, the method including obtaining a preliminary image, calculating a quality score of the preliminary image, and in response to the quality score of the preliminary image exceeding a threshold quality value, taking a first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Francine Chen, Scott Carter, Laurent Denoue, Jayant Kumar