Document Or Print Quality Inspection (e.g., Newspaper, Photographs, Etc.) Patents (Class 382/112)
  • Patent number: 10657635
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus includes circuitry to acquire a reference image used for inspecting a printed matter, acquire a scanned image by scanning the printed matter, generate a difference image indicating a difference between the acquired reference image and the acquired scanned image, extract an edge region from the reference image, detect a proximity region located near the edge region, correct an inspection threshold to be applied to a pixel defining the edge region based on a density difference and a distance between the pixel defining the edge region and an influencing pixel set the proximity region, and an inspection threshold to be applied to a pixel defining the proximity region based on a density difference and a distance between the pixel defining the proximity region and an influencing pixel in the edge region, and inspect the printed matter based on the generated difference image and the corrected inspection threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hitomi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10657636
    Abstract: Substrates and technology for detecting printing plate misuse or mismatch. Such misuse or mismatch may result in multiple, different encoded signal being erroneously included in packaging. One claim generally recites a substrate for a package, hang tag or label, the substrate including: barcode including check digit; printed control icon, the printed control icon comprising a design printed with each of four (4) ink separations, the design comprising plurality of design elements, the plurality of design elements comprising a central element, rotation indicator corresponding to the check digit, and a plurality of registration indicators, the four (4) ink separations comprising Cyan (C) color channel, Magenta (M) color channel, Yellow (Y) color channel and Black (K) color channel; in which the printed control icon indicates a printing plate mismatch when it comprises more than one (1) observable rotation indicator. Of course, other features, claims and combinations are described as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen A. Lauer, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10650098
    Abstract: Improved techniques for proactive identification of errors are provided. Documents are analyzed, using natural language processing (NLP) models, to identify entities in the documents. The documents are processed with the NLP models to identify relationships among the entities, and each of the entities is stored in a data store, where the data store further includes an indication of the identified relationships among the entities. A draft correspondence is received, and it is determined that the draft correspondence includes a first entity and a second entity, where the first entity and the second entity have a first relationship. Upon determining that the first relationship conflicts with at least one of the relationships stored in the data store, a suggested revision for the draft correspondence is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. O'Connell, Brenda Berg, Alex Matos, Janet Cederholm
  • Patent number: 10642553
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus for allowing easy recognition of an image forming job corresponding to a sheet bundle on a sheet discharge tray. An image region in which an entire configuration of the image forming apparatus and a sheet discharge apparatus is displayed and a list region in which processed image forming jobs are listed are displayed on a monitor screen of the image forming apparatus. In the image region, sheet images corresponding to processed jobs are mapped at corresponding positions of the sheet discharge trays. When a sheet image is designated by a cursor, a processed job corresponding to a cursor position is identified, and a corresponding sheet image is displayed in an emphasized manner with a color different from that for other sheet images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shin Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10621805
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting currency, relates to banknote detectors, to solve the problem of accuracy rate causes the banknote detectors can not be used. The system includes a UV light source, a white light source, an image acquiring device, a controller, and a prompting device. The white light source and the UV light source are faced to each other. A currency detecting channel is formed between the white light source and the UV light source. A micro-switch and a pause switch are located on a controlling loop of the UV light source. A trigger of the micro-switch is located in the currency detecting channel. The pause switch and the micro-switch are in series connection. The image acquiring device and the white light source are located at a same side of the currency detecting channel. The image acquiring device outputs a currency image to a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Ka Wo Kwok
  • Patent number: 10606824
    Abstract: Approaches provide for updating information associated with points and/or objects of interest, such as businesses and other such entities. For example, an update service can analyze image data to determine visual features of a visual representation of a business. The visual features can be compared to information stored in a database. The information stored in the database can be derived from previously obtained image data that includes visual features corresponding to the business. A change in the visual representation of the business can be determined. The change might be due to, for example, a change in the business operating at that location which can result in a change in the visual appearance of the business; an update to business hours, contact information, or other information. Once the change is determined to at least a threshold amount, an event to update business information (e.g., the name of the business, contact information, images, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Kaolin Imago Fire, Mark Jay Nitzberg, Sunil Ramesh
  • Patent number: 10592751
    Abstract: A method of generating a summary of a media file that comprises a plurality of media segments is provided. The method includes calculating, by a neural network, respective importance scores for each of the media segments, based on content features associated with each of the media segments and a targeting approach, selecting a media segment from the media segments, based on the calculated importance scores, generating a caption for the selected media segment based on the content features associated with the selected media segment, and generating a summary of the media file based on the caption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bor-Chun Chen, Yin-Ying Chen, Francine Chen
  • Patent number: 10565477
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to automatically generate an image quality metric for an image are provided. An example method includes automatically processing a first medical image using a deployed learning network model to generate an image quality metric for the first medical image, the deployed learning network model generated from a digital learning and improvement factory including a training network, wherein the training network is tuned using a set of labeled reference medical images of a plurality of image types, and wherein a label associated with each of the labeled reference medical images indicates a central tendency metric associated with image quality of the image. The example method includes computing the image quality metric associated with the first medical image using the deployed learning network model by leveraging labels and associated central tendency metrics to determine the associated image quality metric for the first medical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jiang Hsieh, Gopal Avinash, Saad Sirohey, Xin Wang, Zhye Yin, Bruno De Man
  • Patent number: 10546171
    Abstract: An anti-counterfeiting method involves carrying out an image processing operation on an image of the printed genuine barcode including superimposing a best-fit grid on the image and extracting edge linearities of a plurality of modules of the image with respect to the best-fit grid; generating a list of the plurality of modules of the image of the printed genuine barcode (sorted based at least in part on the magnitudes of their respective extracted linearities); carrying out the image processing operation on an image of a printed candidate barcode; generating a list for the plurality of modules of the image of the printed candidate barcode (sorted based at least in part on the magnitudes of their respective extracted linearities); in first and second ranges of magnitudes, comparing the sorted list for the image of the printed genuine barcode with the sorted list for the image of the printed candidate barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SYS-TECH SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael L. Soborski
  • Patent number: 10509609
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming part that forms an image on printing paper; an image reader that reads a printed material including the image formed on printing paper by the image forming part; and a hardware processor that determines whether the printed material including the image formed on printing paper by the image forming part is non-defective in accordance with a threshold for determination and read data, the threshold for determination specifying an error margin in a printed state of the printed material including the image formed on printing paper by the image forming part, the read data corresponding to the printed material read by the image reader, wherein the hardware processor performs control to reprint a page on which the printed material including the image formed on printing paper by the image forming part is determined to be defective, and replace the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Shuichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10498811
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for automatic validation of applications on synchronized mobile devices. A server receives a command associated with a mobile application and a first image file corresponding to a current view of the application from a client computing device. The server transmits the command to a plurality of mobile devices coupled to the server. Each mobile device accesses the application and performs the command against the application. The server receives a second image file from each mobile device that corresponds to a current view of the mobile application on the mobile device. The server extracts a first set of text segments from predefined areas of the first image file and second sets of text segments from predefined areas of each second image file. The server compares the first set and each second set to determine whether a difference exists between the first set and each second set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FMR LLC
    Inventors: Numen Hao, Tao Sui, Ji Zhan
  • Patent number: 10486432
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that generates data for setting different colors for a projected portion and a recessed portion of an unevenness on a surface of a recording medium by recording a colored printing material on at least the projected portion of the unevenness includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire recording amount data representing a recording amount of the colored printing material, and a halftoning unit configured to perform first halftoning on the recording amount data to arrange a larger number of dots of the colored printing material to be recorded on the projected portion of the unevenness at a center of the projected portion than at edges of the projected portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Ishii
  • Patent number: 10482173
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to automated document composition using quality distributions. In example embodiments, each image in a document is processed by determining quality scores that describe image distortion for potential aspect ratios, determining height deviations for the aspect ratios, and generating quality distributions using the height deviations and quality scores. At this stage, a page template is applied to a subset of elements from the document to render a page of the document, and a page score is determined for the page based on, at least, the quality distribution of an image, where the page template is adjusted to include a selected aspect ratio that maximizes the page score of the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Niranjan Damera Venkata, Ildus Ahmadullin
  • Patent number: 10459931
    Abstract: The disclosure described herein is directed to a computerized system and method of grading and authenticating collectibles utilizing digital imaging devices and processes to provide an objective, standardized, consistent high-resolution grading of collectible objects, such as but not limited to sport and non-sport trading cards. The disclosure eliminates the subjectivity present in the human grading process and overcomes the inherent limitations of the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TAG P, LLC.
    Inventors: Stephen Brent Kass, Edward Korbel, Daniel R. Barbakow, Robert Alan Cook, Scot Maxwell, Kate Aplin, Hayden Blauzvern, Megan Shao, Ben Teng, Avi Thaker
  • Patent number: 10460161
    Abstract: Advanced signal processing technology including signal encoding and digital watermarking. Disclosure includes monitoring spectral differences within control strip area to determine signal robustness of encoded signals printed outside of control strip area. Other combinations and technology provided too.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen A. Lauer, Jeremy Cattone, Alastair M. Reed, Kristyn R. Falkenstern
  • Patent number: 10445330
    Abstract: The disclosure described herein is directed to a computerized system and method of grading and authenticating collectibles utilizing digital imaging devices and processes to provide an objective, standardized, consistent high-resolution grading of collectible objects, such as but not limited to sport and non-sport trading cards. The disclosure eliminates the subjectivity present in the human grading process and overcomes the inherent limitations of the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TAG P, LLC.
    Inventors: Stephen Brent Kass, Edward Korbel, Daniel R. Barbakow, Robert Alan Cook, Scot Maxwell, Kate Aplin, Hayden Blauzvern, Megan Shao, Ben Teng, Avi Thaker
  • Patent number: 10438089
    Abstract: The technology relates to technology for detecting a predetermined image using a template of the predetermined image. The method includes detecting a color, reducing the color to a range of the color, converting to a grayscale plurality of images, extracting at least one edge of the grayscale images, identifying each component in the images, conducting binarization for the each component, obtaining a threshold value, normalizing the template, and matching the template to the predetermined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HENDRICKS CORP. PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jason Porter, Michael Michael, Ye Chuanhun, Johannes Sujendro, Foo Yong Yan
  • Patent number: 10409530
    Abstract: A printing computing device connects to a multi-function printing (MFP) device to enable additional functionality and capabilities not offered by the MFP device. The printing computing device connects to a network to receive print jobs from external devices within the network. The printing computing device processes the print jobs according to rules such that print jobs are processed accordingly. The printing computing device also includes firmware not available on the MFP device such that print jobs not supported by the MFP device still may be processed. The printing computing device also includes an engine that determines whether an incoming print job is a PDL print job or a command to perform a function not available on the MFP device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Neil-Paul Bermundo
  • Patent number: 10410309
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a method to determine whether a physical identification document is authentic. An authentication manager receives an image of a physical identification document to be authenticated. The authentication manager extracts a set of characteristics of the document from the image. The authentication manager determines a class of the document based on the set of characteristics. The authentication manager applies a convolution kernel, convolving the image with the kernel to generate a feature map. The authentication manager determines a score based on the feature map, where the score identifies the likelihood that the document is valid. The authentication manager then provides an indication that the physical document is authentic based on the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Raphael A. Rodriguez, Michael Muesch, David Thor, Justin Boyd, Ryan Cahill, Xiaolu Xiong
  • Patent number: 10402654
    Abstract: An image processing method for selecting an image to be output includes evaluating a plurality of first images having a first attribute and a plurality of second images having a second attribute; performing a plurality of selection processes for selecting a plurality of images to be output from among the plurality of first images and the plurality of second images based on evaluation of the plurality of first images and the plurality of second images obtained in the evaluating; and outputting the selected plurality of images. The plurality of selection processes include a selection process for selecting an image to be output from among the plurality of first images by excluding the plurality of second images from selection candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Fumitaka Goto, Hiroyasu Kunieda, Masaaki Obayashi, Maya Kurokawa, Yoshinori Mizoguchi, Masao Kato, Tohru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10380428
    Abstract: Techniques are described for analyzing a video for memorability, identifying content features of the video that are likely to be memorable, and scoring specific content features within the video for memorability. The techniques can be optionally applied to selected features in the video, thus improving the memorability of the selected features. The features may be organic features of the originally captured video or add-in features provided using an editing tool. The memorability of video features, text features, or both can be improved by analyzing the effects of applying different styles or edits (e.g., sepia tone, image sharpen, image blur, annotation, addition of object) to the content features or to the video in general. Recommendations can then be provided regarding memorability score caused by application of the image styles to the video features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Sumit Shekhar, Srinivasa Madhava Phaneendra Angara, Manav Kedia, Dhruv Singal, Akhil Sathyaprakash Shetty
  • Patent number: 10360447
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for defining and determining a formal and verifiable mobile document image quality and usability (MDIQU) standard, or Standard for short. The Standard ensures that a mobile image can be used in an appropriate mobile document processing application, for example an application for mobile check deposit. In order to quantify the usability, the Standard establishes 5 quality and usability grades. A mobile image capture device can capture images. A mobile device can receive information associated with one or more image quality assurance (IQA) criteria; evaluating the images to select an image satisfying an image quality criteria based on the received information; and in response to the image satisfying the image quality score, sending the selected image to determine a set of image quality assurance (IQA) scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Mitek Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Mike Strange
  • Patent number: 10311322
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a character information recognition method based on image processing. The method comprises: collecting images to obtain a target character image; then sequentially comparing the target character image with character template images in a character template library to find a maximum of a coincidence area of the character in the target character image with the character templates in the character template images; and when the coincidence area meets a preset condition, determining the target character to be recognized as the character in the corresponding character template image. The character templates are designed to include not only a coincidence-permitted region but also a coincidence-restricted region. The coincidence-restricted region is set, so that the direct comparing and matching of the character templates can be more accurately carried out, thereby improving the recognition speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SUNTRONT TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jiheng Fei
  • Patent number: 10289875
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for embedding static information (such as serial numbers, etc.) on objects by modifying their exterior shape slightly, dubbed surface modulation. Data is embedded when the object is created and can then be read using readers with the appropriate resolution. According to one example of the disclosed technology, a method of embedding data expressed as a binary sequence onto an object surface includes establishing a coordinate system over an object surface, computing a transform of the coordinate system to a frequency domain, mapping the binary sequence to an integer value, replacing the highest frequency coefficient of the transform with the integer value, computing an inverse of the transform, producing a vector expressed in the coordinate system, and fabricating at least a portion of the object surface according to the vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Portland State University
    Inventors: Suresh Singh, Farnoosh Moshirfatemi
  • Patent number: 10275673
    Abstract: Techniques for assuring the quality of mobile document image captured using a mobile device are provided. These techniques include performing one or more tests to assess the quality of images of documents captured using the mobile device. The tests can be selected based on the type of document that was imaged, the type of mobile application for which the image quality of the mobile image is being assessed, and/or other parameters such as the type of mobile device and/or the characteristics of the camera of the mobile device that was used to capture the image. The image quality assurance techniques can also be implemented on can be implemented on a mobile device and/or on a remote server where the mobile device routes the mobile image to the remote server processing and the test results are be passed from the remote server to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Mitek Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolay Kotovich, Grigori Nepomniachtchi, James DeBello
  • Patent number: 10242283
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pre-validating a digital image of an identification (ID) card (e.g., a government-issued passport, driver's license, etc.) are disclosed. A mobile computing device captures image(s) of an ID card. In response, a pre-validation system in communication with the mobile computing device analyzes one or more quality features of the image(s), which includes determining, utilizing a trained neural network (trained using a dataset including images that have been accepted by a post-validation platform and images that have been rejected by the post-validation platform) and based on the one or more quality features, whether at least a first image of the captured image(s) is usable by a remote post-validation process. Responsive to the determining that the at least a first image is usable, the mobile computing device transmits the first image to a remote server for post-validation of the identification card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Chintan Jain, Ryan Fox, Monika Valiramani Boyle
  • Patent number: 10242921
    Abstract: The method includes classifying sample pattern data into a standard normal group and a standard weak group based on a first criterion. The method further includes extracting a normal group determination function by calculating an image parameter with respect to each piece of sample pattern data included in the standard normal group, and extracting a weak group determination function by calculating the image parameter with respect to each piece of sample pattern data included in the standard weak group. The method also includes classifying the object pattern data into a normal group and a weak group by calculating the image parameter with respect to object pattern data based on a first proximity between the normal group determination function and the object pattern data and a second proximity between the weak group determination function and the object pattern data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-Wook Park, Heung-Kook Ko, No-Young Chung
  • Patent number: 10217179
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods to classify and authenticate ID documents based on the information contained on the face of the ID document. This present system can automatically classify, authenticate, and extracting data from documents using artificial intelligence (AI) based machine learning for image recognition. In some implementations, the machine learning techniques include a convolutional neural network. The system can also determine the authenticity of other documents, such as currency, stamps, and invoices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Raphael A. Rodriguez, Michael Muesch, David Thor, Justin Boyd, Ryan Cahill, Xiaolu Xiong
  • Patent number: 10212299
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for detecting a folded page in a digital image of a scanned document. In one embodiment, the present method involves receiving a digital image of a document which has been converted to a digitized form using a document scanning device. The digital image is segmented horizontally and vertically to obtain a plurality of image segments. An edge profile is generated for the horizontal and vertical segments. A determination is then made, based on a comparison of the profiles, whether a page fold exists in the digital image. If a page fold is determined to exist in the digital image, the user is notified and the digital image is not sent to a print engine. Otherwise, the digital image is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Arindam Das, Ravindranath Mannuru
  • Patent number: 10192127
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for dynamically tuning optical character recognition (OCR) processes. The system receives or captures an image of a resource document and uses a general or default OCR process to identify a source of the document and values of multiple data fields in the image of the document. When the system determines that a data field is missing or cannot be extracted, it causes a computing device to display the image of the resource document and requests user input of a coordinate area of the missing data field from an associated specialist. Once the user input is received, the system applies a data field-specific OCR process on the coordinate area of the missing data field to extract the value of the data field. This value of the missing data field can be transmitted to a processing system for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: John B. Hall, Michael J. Pepe, Jr., Murali Santhanam, Kerry Kurt Simpkins
  • Patent number: 10176413
    Abstract: A tamper or copy resistant information bearing device is disclosed. The information bearing device comprises a first data bearing pattern and a second data bearing pattern in overlap. At least a portion of the first data bearing pattern overlaps with at least a portion of the second data bearing pattern to form an overlapping region comprising an overlapped data bearing pattern. At least some information bearing elements of the first type and at least some information bearing elements of the second type in said overlapping data bearing pattern are joined or connected in abutment to form a plurality of overlapped information bearing elements. An overlapped information bearing element comprises a first portion due to said information bearing element of the first type, a second portion due to said information bearing element of the second type, and a third portion due to merging or overlapping of said information bearing element of the first type and said information bearing element of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: EASY PRINTING NETWORK LIMITED
    Inventors: Tak Wai Lau, Wing Hong Lam
  • Patent number: 10133710
    Abstract: Social networking systems benefit from techniques that improve the ability of users to share online content with other users of a social networking system. In one embodiment, when a user types, pastes, or otherwise inserts a URL, or some other hyperlink, into a message or post to the social networking system, a set of data on the referenced hyperlink target is acquired and stored on a server of the social networking system. The stored data is analyzed, to automatically generate a preview for the hyperlink; and the hyperlink preview is transmitted to the client device for approval. In one embodiment, follow-up actions related to the content are performed when the content is posed, which enables users to perform social graph actions to user nodes and concept nodes related to the message or post. In one embodiment, the shared content is cached on the social networking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Vojin Katic
  • Patent number: 10007907
    Abstract: A method and a system of capturing an image of a card having a magnetic stripe is provided. The method includes obtaining a first image by an imaging device of the card, obtaining a plurality of images of the card via color delta analysis, and obtaining a third image of the card by comparing the first and the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Dan Givol, Anand Kumar, Patrick Zearfoss
  • Patent number: 9990544
    Abstract: A method and system provides augmented OCR data to a user of a financial system. The method and system include receiving image data related to an image of a financial document of the user and generating OCR data based on the image data. The method and system further include receiving financial data related to the financial document, analyzing the financial document, and generating the augmented OCR data based on the OCR data and the financial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Karla Julietta Uribe, Robert E. Bamford, Massimo Mascaro, Michael Miljour, Horace Chan, Greg Coulombe, Sheldon Porcina, Carol Ann Howe, Kasey L. Matthews, Vitaliy Lee, Brian J. Chung, Varadarajan Sriram
  • Patent number: 9984288
    Abstract: An identity document digital image correction method comprising identifying the type, class and issue of a presented identity document from features in a digital image thereof; retrieving from a reference identity document repository, information about a reference authentic version of an identity document of the same type, class and issue as the presented identity document; allowing a user to select at least two features in the digital image of the presented identity document calculating the distance between the two selected features; determining the distance between corresponding features in the reference authentic version of the identity document; calculating a scaling factor ?x, y from the ratio of the distance between the two selected features in the presented identity document and the distance between corresponding features in the reference authentic version of the identity document; applying the scaling factor to measurements of features in the digital image of the presented identity document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GB GROUP PLC
    Inventors: Tamlyn Sean Thompson, Zaher Zeidan
  • Patent number: 9783387
    Abstract: A sheet behavior monitor for a sheet processor includes: a folding machine processing a sheet; and a camera taking an image once for each signature (Wb) folded by the folding machine. The camera takes every image at a folding machine rotation phase different from that of the image immediately before taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KOMORI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinya Matsuyama, Tadahiko Iino
  • Patent number: 9779294
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for classifying pictures. In the method, the device obtains a picture to be classified. The device determines a class of the picture according to feature information of the picture, in which the class includes a text picture class and a non-text picture class. The device classifies the picture according to the class of each picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Fei Long, Zhijun Chen
  • Patent number: 9767163
    Abstract: The disclosure described herein is directed to a computerized system and method of grading and authenticating collectibles utilizing digital imaging devices and processes to provide an objective, standardized, consistent high-resolution grading of collectible objects, such as but not limited to sport and non-sport trading cards. The disclosure eliminates the subjectivity present in the human grading process and overcomes the inherent limitations of the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen Brent Kass, Edward Korbel, Daniel R. Barbakow, Robert Alan Cook, Hayden Blauzvern, Megan Shao, Ben Teng, Avi Thaker
  • Patent number: 9749487
    Abstract: A document reading device includes a reading section, an orientation detecting section, an orientation determining section, and a notification section. The reading section reads images of respective pages of a spread document one at a time. The orientation detecting section sequentially detects orientations of respective images read by the reading section. The orientation determining section determines whether or not the orientation detecting section detects orientation alternation between a first orientation and a second orientation opposite to the first orientation for a read image read by the reading section. The notification section notifies an error upon the orientation determining section determining that the orientation detecting section does not detect orientation alternation between the first orientation and the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 9706968
    Abstract: A digital image (40) comprises pixels with intensities relating to different energy levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Rafael Wiemker, Thomas Buelow, Andre Goossen, Klaus Erhard, Martin Bergtholdt, Harald Sepp Heese
  • Patent number: 9688066
    Abstract: A plurality of recording elements included in a printed head are grouped into a plurality of groups, a test order is set in units of groups, and a test of the recording elements is periodically performed in units of groups in the set test order. In a case where an abnormality is detected in the recording element as a result of the test, the recording element in which an abnormality is detected is recognized as a retest target, an order of tests is changed through interruption, and a retest of a group including the recording element recognized as a retest target is performed. In a case where an abnormality is detected again in the recording element that is a retest target as a result of the retest, the recording element that is a retest target is recognized as an abnormal recording element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Yamanobe, Tadashi Kyoso, Katsuto Sumi
  • Patent number: 9690867
    Abstract: A server device may store information identifying multiple routes. Each of the multiple routes may identify a sequence in which pages were individually selected. The server device may determine respective time-domain functions for each of the multiple routes. Each of the time-domain functions may represent a series of data points corresponding to the sequence in which the web pages were selected. The server device may determine respective frequency-domain functions based on the respective time-domain functions; determine route metrics for each of the multiple routes based on the respective frequency-domain functions; sort the multiple routes based on the route metrics; and store or output information regarding the sorted multiple routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Karthikeyan X. Sekar
  • Patent number: 9679214
    Abstract: Techniques for assuring the quality of mobile document image captured using a mobile device are provided. These techniques include performing one or more tests to assess the quality of images of documents captured using the mobile device. The tests can be selected based on the type of document that was imaged, the type of mobile application for which the image quality of the mobile image is being assessed, and/or other parameters such as the type of mobile device and/or the characteristics of the camera of the mobile device that was used to capture the image. The image quality assurance techniques can also be implemented on can be implemented on a mobile device and/or on a remote server where the mobile device routes the mobile image to the remote server processing and the test results are be passed from the remote server to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nikolay Kotovich, Grigori Nepomniachtchi, James DeBello
  • Patent number: 9638742
    Abstract: A test system and method for identifying open and shorted connections on a printed circuit board (PCB). An integrated circuit (IC) unit on the PCB is configured to generate a test signal on an output pin connected to a test pin on a second device, connector, or socket on the PCB. For a connection, the test signal is capacitively coupled to a detector plate proximal the second device. Based on the signal coupled to the detector, time domain analysis is performed on the coupled signal to determine if the test pin has a good connection to the PCB or if the pin is open or shorted. Analysis may include cross-correlating the coupled signal with a learned signal obtained from a known “good” PCB. The test pin may pass the test if the cross-correlation is within a specified threshold window. If the test fails, additional tests may be performed to troubleshoot the cause of the testing failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Teradyne, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. Suto
  • Patent number: 9626556
    Abstract: The technology of the present disclosure includes computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and systems to filter images before transmitting to a system for optical character recognition (“OCR”). A user computing device obtains a first image of the card from the digital scan of a physical card and analyzes features of the first image, the analysis being sufficient to determine if the first image is likely to be usable by an OCR algorithm. If the user computing device determines that the first image is likely to be usable, then the first image is transmitted to an OCR system associated with the OCR algorithm. Upon a determination that the first image is unlikely to be usable, a second image of the card from the digital scan of the physical card is analyzed. The optical character recognition system performs an optical character recognition algorithm on the filtered card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaohang Wang, Alessandro Bissacco, Glenn Merlind Berntson, Marria Nazif, Justin Scheiner, Sam Shih, Mark Leslie Snyder, Daniel Talavera
  • Patent number: 9626819
    Abstract: A tester is described for detecting a graphene security element in a secure document, such as a banknote, an identification card, etc. as well as a method for detection of that element. In the tester the light emitter, the reflective/transreflective element and the photodetector are arranged in the measuring slot in such a way that detection of the level of absorption and/or refraction of light passing through a graphene security element is possible and the measurement result when compared with the model provides a basis for generation of a message about the detection result, i.e. the confirmation of authenticity of a security document or information that the document is counterfeited. The tester can preferably be used in combination with a mobile device, such as a smartphone, which together form the measuring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Piotr Nawrocki
  • Patent number: 9613265
    Abstract: A method and device for capturing a positionally corrected image of a document is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining a two-dimensional image of the document with a mobile terminal apparatus; performing edge detection within the two-dimensional image to identify edges of the document; determining angles between detected edges; calculating, based on the detected edges and the angles determined, a three-dimensional position of the document relative to a position of the mobile terminal apparatus; calculating correction information to correct, by relative movement, the position of the document relative to the position of the mobile terminal apparatus; providing first guidance information derived from the correction information to a user of the mobile terminal apparatus, guiding the user to perform the relative movement; and capturing a positionally corrected image of the document. Thereby, the document can be captured with a quality sufficient to permit Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventor: Simon Dominic Copsey
  • Patent number: 9576195
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an image searching system and method for searching by using images of objects. Images of objects which it is desired to search are input via a PC-based terminal equipped with a webcam or a smart phone and then the input object images are analyzed using image recognition technology based on feature point extraction such that types of code contained in the object images are categorized and a decoder matching the object type is automatically driven such that the object is read, and thus a search function is provided which allows integrated recognition of all objects regardless of the type of object and which is convenient for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Won Na
  • Patent number: 9519918
    Abstract: Image-based features may be significantly correlated with click-through rates of images that depict a product, which may provide a more formal basis for the informal notion that good quality images will result in better click-through rates, as compared to poor quality images. Accordingly, an image assessment machine is configured to analyze image-based features to improve click-through rates for shopping search applications (e.g., a product search engine). Moreover, the image assessment machine may rank search results based on image quality factors and may notify sellers about low quality images. This may have the effect of improving the brand value for an online shopping website and accordingly have a positive long-term impact on the online shopping website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anjan Goswami, Naren Chittar, Ali Dasdan, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Sandip Namdeo Gaikwad, Sung Hwan Chung
  • Patent number: 9516089
    Abstract: A system and method for document classification are presented. An input document is received (e.g., by at least one server communicatively coupled to a network). A plurality of features are identified in the input document. The plurality of features include sequences of text extracted from the input document. A feature vector of the input document is generated based upon the sequences of text, and the feature vector of the input document is compared to each of a plurality of signature vectors to determine a primary type of the input document. The primary type of the input document is stored into a storage system in communication with the at least one server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Locu, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Ansel, Adam Marcus, Marek Olszewski, Keir Mierle