Separating Document Regions Using Preprinted Guides Or Markings Patents (Class 382/175)
  • Patent number: 10885325
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus extracts an area by performing an area analysis on an image, acquires a rule that defines a keyword and conditions of a value corresponding to the keyword, determines an order of specifying an area including the keyword and an area including the value corresponding to the keyword based on the acquired rule, firstly specifies the area including the keyword or the area including the value corresponding to the keyword from among the extracted area in accordance with the determined order, performs character recognition processing on the specified area, and secondly specifies the corresponding another area based on the acquired rule and the first specified area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taeko Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10887491
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes a scanner, a memory, and a processor. The scanner acquires a read image of an original document. The memory stores the read image of the original document that is acquired by the scanner. The processor detects a highlighted region including a region that is highlighted with a chromatic color in the read image of the original document which is stored in the memory and a circled region including a region circled by the chromatic color, and classifies the highlighted region as a region for first processing and classifies the circled region as a region for second processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sadowara, Hiromasa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10817759
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a character recognizing unit and a font type determining unit. The character recognizing unit is configured to determine a character code of a character in a text of a predetermined process unit in an image. The font type determining unit is configured to determine a font type of the character. Further, the font type determining unit performs a font type determining process; and in the font type determining process, (a) determines a font type on a character by character basis and (b) sets as a specific font type font types of all characters in a text of the predetermined process unit if a ratio of the number of characters with the specific font type to the number of all characters in the text of the predetermined process unit exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Mineyuki Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10812677
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an interface through which scanned image data obtained by scanning a designated region, is acquired, and a processor. The processor extracts a contour line representing a document area from the scanned image data, extracts vertices of the contour line, determines whether a plurality of original documents is present in the document area based on the vertices, extracts document image data of each original document from the scanned image data, and generates one file including the extracted document image data for each original document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiromasa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10810743
    Abstract: An image processing device includes a memory configured to store layout data of a layout of a format, and a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to execute first acquiring a captured image that includes a format region, detecting edges that are included in the captured image, second acquiring edge straight lines based on the edges, calculating a correction amount of the format region with reference to the layout based on the edges, selecting, as a selected straight line, an edge straight line that is outermost among the edge straight lines that form a rectangle, third acquiring a reference straight line that forms an outline of the format region based on the correction amount and the selected straight line, and specifying a format coordinate of the format region based on the reference straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masayoshi Hayashi, Kiyoto Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10747993
    Abstract: An example process described herein may involve capturing an image including a document; identifying a first part of the document, wherein the first part of the document is identified based on detecting an outline of the first part of the document; analyzing a first region of the image determined in relation to the first part of the document to detect a second part of the document based on an outline of the second part of the document; identifying the second part of the document based on detecting the first part of the document and analyzing the first region; combining the first part of the document with the second part of the document to generate object data associated with the document, wherein the object data includes data representative of a gap between the first part of the document and the second part of the document; and performing an action related to the object data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Pribble, Daniel Alan Jarvis, Nicholas Capurso
  • Patent number: 10706225
    Abstract: The present invention provides a form management system, comprising: a form building module, the form building module calling a word processing application software to obtain layout information of a form; and a common library building module, the common library building module building a correlation between a specific field of the form and default data of the specific field and storing the correlation in a common library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Chen-Chung Yeh
  • Patent number: 10691936
    Abstract: A method for processing an electronic document (ED) to infer columns in the ED, where the ED comprises a plurality of characters. The method includes generating a mark-up version of the ED having text-layout attributes of the characters in the ED, where the characters are grouped into paragraphs based on the text-layout attributes, and each paragraph corresponds to a paragraph bounding box surrounding a corresponding paragraph, generating border pieces by initiating a pair of left scan and right scan from each paragraph bounding box to identify any adjacent paragraph bounding box, and generating, based at least on the border pieces, column borders for use in inferring the columns in the ED, where at least one column has a vertically aligned portion of the paragraphs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY U.S.A., INC.
    Inventor: Darrell Eugene Bellert
  • Patent number: 10671892
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes training a first machine learning model based on multiple documents and multiple templates associated with the multiple documents. The method further includes executing the first machine learning model to generate multiple relevancy masks, the multiple relevancy masks to remove a visual structure of the multiple templates from a visual structure of the multiple documents. The method further includes generating multiple multichannel field images to include the multiple relevancy masks and at least one of the multiple documents or the multiple templates. The method further includes training a second machine learning model based on the multiple multichannel field images and multiple non-native texts associated with the multiple documents. The method further includes executing the second machine learning model to generate multiple non-native texts from the multiple multichannel field images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hyper Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Nikolaev Daskalov, Daniel Biser Balchev
  • Patent number: 10565961
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method for dynamic contrast equalization for a see-through display subject to varying light conditions is provided. The method comprises: generating an intensity map for the field of view of the see-through display using a selected image portion of the retrieved image that is coextensive with the field of view of the see-through display; determining, using the intensity map, one or more sectors of the see-through display, on which a set of pixels corresponding to symbology in an overlay is to be displayed, that are in a high light intensity area; applying a filter to the see-through display at the one or more sectors of the see-through display to block a portion of light emanating from an external environment in the field of view of the see-through display; and displaying the overlay on the see-through display wherein the symbology is displayed over the one or more sectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: John G. Suddreth, Jan Bilek
  • Patent number: 10523848
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an image processing apparatus includes a scanner, a memory, and a processor. The scanner acquires a read image of an original document. The memory stores the read image of the original document that is acquired by the scanner. The processor detects a highlighted region including a region that is highlighted with a chromatic color in the read image of the original document which is stored in the memory and a circled region including a region circled by the chromatic color, and classifies the highlighted region as a region for first processing and classifies the circled region as a region for second processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sadowara, Hiromasa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10481472
    Abstract: There is provided a method and device for projection parameter adjustment and a projection apparatus. The method comprises adjusting a projector in accordance with predetermined patterns sequentially, wherein the predetermined patterns correspond to respective projection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lihua Geng
  • Patent number: 10482338
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus includes a character recognition processing unit, an incorrect recognition index calculator, a certainty calculator, a direction determining unit, and an image processing unit. The incorrect recognition index calculator calculates incorrect recognition indexes. The incorrect recognition index is set based on a count of incorrect recognition characters. The count of incorrect recognition characters is a count of candidates for characters possibly incorrectly recognized when the documents are read. The incorrect recognition index is set such that recognition certainty indicative of accuracy of the recognition becomes smaller as the count of incorrect recognition characters increases. The certainty calculator adjusts the recognition certainty using the incorrect recognition index. The direction determining unit that determines a direction of the documents based on the adjusted recognition certainty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Toru Michigami
  • Patent number: 10318563
    Abstract: Described herein are an apparatus, method, and computer-readable medium. The apparatus including processing circuitry configured to extract a textual content included within a digital document, perform a text search using the extracted textual content on an indexed master document database to identify one or more master documents that are similar, within a pre-determined threshold, to the digital document, generate a candidate master document list using the one or more master documents identified based on the text search, extract a plurality of features of the digital document, perform a comparison, after performing the text search, of the plurality of features of the digital document with features of the one or more master documents in the candidate master document, and identify a master document of the one or more master documents that matches the digital document based on the comparison of the features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LEAD TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Moe Daher, Waseem Shadid, Kousay Alani
  • Patent number: 10296559
    Abstract: When a reduction instruction is given to characters contained in a character region displayed in a wrapped-display mode, the display apparatus of the present invention determines whether or not the width of the reduction-instructed character region to which the reduction instruction has been made is equal to or less than the width of the screen. When the display apparatus determines that the width of the reduction-instructed character region is equal to or less than the width of the screen, the display apparatus controls to switch the wrapped-display mode to the partial region display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoichi Kashibuchi
  • Patent number: 10268337
    Abstract: A method for automatically generating column layouts comprises obtaining, by a page layout computer, source code of an electronic document comprising content, in response to a request to activate a page layout of the electronic document and before receiving a first input indicating a modification to a layout of the electronic document, automatically inserting, by the page layout computer, a coded hierarchy into the source code of the electronic document specifying a single section and a single column including the content, receiving, by the page layout computer, the first input indicating the modification to the layout of the electronic document, based on the first input and by the page layout computer, modifying the source code, causing, by the page layout computer, generating an updated editing view of the electronic document that graphically represents the modification to the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Atlassian Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Matt Ryall, Bill Arconati, Wesley Atwood Walser, Craig Thomas Petchell
  • Patent number: 10216824
    Abstract: Various embodiments included herein include at least one of systems, methods, and software for explanatory animation generation. Some embodiments include receiving data representative of at least two data items, each data item to be presented as a node. Relationships between these data items are discovered in an interrelated dataset and the relationship is illustrated as a set of sequential nodes on a canvas. A text-script descriptive of each of the nodes is then generated. Finally, such embodiments include generating a visualization with a synchronized voiceover based on the sequence nodes and the text-script, the visualization including each node with a synchronized voiceover of each node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Horst Werner
  • Patent number: 10146796
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for photograph classification and storage by matching an image characteristic of a first photograph with an image characteristic of a second photograph in a directory, and calculating the similarity between the first photograph and the second photograph and presenting the first photograph and the second photograph in a front-end page as located in a same subdirectory when the similarity between the first photograph and the second photograph is larger than a preset threshold. The beneficial effects being that a number of similar images in a user's photo album can be sorted efficiently and placed into the same directory to facilitate the user's management and viewing of the photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haoyuan Gao, Xi Wu
  • Patent number: 10115216
    Abstract: A display control apparatus includes an acquiring unit, a first control unit, a selecting unit, a second control unit, a switching unit, and an arranging unit. The acquiring unit acquires an image group including pieces of image data. The first control unit displays a layout image in which images selected from the acquired image group are arranged in slots. The selecting unit selects a change target slot in which an image to be changed is arranged from the slots in the displayed layout image. The second control unit displays candidate images which are selected based on the image arranged in the change target slot. The switching unit switches the displayed candidate images to candidate images selected based on an image arranged in a slot different from the change target slot. The arranging unit arranges a candidate image selected from the displayed candidate images in the change target slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoya Ishida, Masao Kato
  • Patent number: 10108928
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for generating electronic transactional documents using a form generating system. The electronic transactional document may be created using a design tool that allows a user to place data entry fields over an image or snap shot of a transactional document. Rules, default values, and attributes associated with the date entry fields may be established as the electronic transactional document is being created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: dotloop, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Austin Allison, Matthew Allan Vorst, Nandagopal Mysoro Jayaram
  • Patent number: 10062172
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computer-implemented method is capable of automatically segmenting and detecting a tattoo within an image. An image may be initially obtained. A block coverage pattern that identifies multiple blocks within the obtained image may be determined. A set of processing operations may then be performed for each block. The processing operations may include calculating a plurality of statistical features. A confidence score reflecting a likelihood that at least a portion of the block includes a predetermined graphical attribute associated with tattoos may be calculated. A subset of the multiple blocks of the image that have a respective confidence score greater than a predetermined threshold value may be identified. A portion of the image that includes one or more blocks from among the subset of the multiple blocks may then be determined to correspond to a tattoo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: MorphoTrak, LLC
    Inventors: Darrell Hougen, Peter Zhen-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 10043492
    Abstract: Provided are a display driver, a display device, and a display system. The display driver includes: an interface configured to receive a control signal and image data from a host, a sum of a number of columns and rows of the image data being less than a sum of a number of columns and rows of the display panel; an image splitter configured to split, based on the control signal, the image data into a plurality of image data respectively corresponding to a plurality of partial regions of the display panel, the plurality of partial regions being separate from each other; a storage configured to store the plurality of image data in a plurality of storage areas respectively corresponding to the plurality of partial regions; and a source driver configured to drive the display panel based on the plurality of image data output from the storage during one frame period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Soo-young Woo, Yang-hyo Kim, Do-kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10025766
    Abstract: A system of associating text items with fillable fields of an electronic fillable form may identify an electronic fillable form comprising one or more fillable fields and one or more text items, and for one or more pairs of fillable fields and text items, determine a confidence value associated with the pair. The system may determine a first configuration for the electronic fillable form, determine an overall confidence value for the first configuration, and identify one or more orphan fields from the determined configuration. The system may determine a second configuration for the electronic form, determines an overall confidence value for the second configuration, and in response to the overall confidence value for the first configuration exceeding the overall confidence value for the second configuration, selects the first configuration, otherwise, selects the second configuration. The system creates an association map for the selected configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Martin S. Maltz, Safwan R. Wshah
  • Patent number: 10013147
    Abstract: Provided is a display apparatus that displays a first page and a second page. The display apparatus includes a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the layout of the first page is similar to the layout of the second page by comparing an object included in the first page with an object included in the second page which is different from the first page; and a display unit configured to display the first page on a screen based on a display area having been set by a user, wherein, if the determining unit determines that the layout of the first page is similar to the layout of the second page, the display unit displays the second page on the screen based on the set display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sumio, Yoichi Kashibuchi, Motoki Ikeda, Masahito Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10002291
    Abstract: A system of identifying one or more fillable fields of an electronic form may include an electronic device, and a computer-readable storage medium that includes one or more programming instructions. The programming instructions are configured to instruct the electronic device to receive an electronic form, identify fillable field candidates of the electronic form, and determine, for each fillable field candidate, whether the fillable field candidate is a fillable field. The system updates metadata associated with the electronic form by applying a sequencing framework to only the fillable fields by obtaining position information for each fillable field that indicates a position of the fillable field on the document, sorting the fillable fields based on the position information to form a sequence of fillable fields, determining a designator to each fillable field that indicates a position of a corresponding fillable field in the sequence, and storing the designator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Safwan R. Wshah, Martin S. Maltz, Dennis L. Venable, Saurabh Prabhat
  • Patent number: 9971468
    Abstract: In one aspect, a page layout editor is configured to automatically modify page layouts of Web pages with sections and columns. An online WYSIWYG HTML editor enables users to create page layouts with arbitrary numbers of sections and columns without specialized knowledge of HTML coding techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: ATLASSIAN PTY LTD
    Inventors: Matt Ryall, Bill Arconati, Wesley Atwood Walser, Craig Thomas Petchell
  • Patent number: 9886628
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for processing and extracting content from an image captured using a mobile device. In one embodiment, an image is captured by a mobile device and corrected to improve the quality of the image. The corrected image is then further processed by adjusting the image, identifying the format and layout of the DL, binarizing the image and extracting the content using optical character recognition (OCR). Multiple methods of image adjusting may be implemented to accurately assess features of the DL, and a secondary layout identification process may be performed to ensure that the content being extracted is properly classified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Mike Strange
  • Patent number: 9838032
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a data compression device includes a receiving unit, generating unit, a selecting unit, and a compressing unit. The receiving receives input data pieces. The generating unit generates starting point candidates representing the data having an error within a threshold value with respect to starting point data input at a first timing. The selecting unit refers to the starting point candidates, end point data input at a second timing, and intermediate data input at a timing in between the first timing and the second timing; and selects the starting point candidate which, as compared to the other candidates, has a greater number of pieces of the intermediate data approximated using the starting point candidate and using the end point data in such a way that the error is within the threshold value. The compressing unit outputs the selected starting point candidate and the end point data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Masakazu Hattori
  • Patent number: 9779317
    Abstract: An image processing system includes a reading unit, a checking unit, a display control unit, and an image correcting unit. The reading unit reads image information from an original manuscript to generate image data. The checking unit checks whether or not a plurality of items listed in the original manuscript include an unentered item with the result of a character recognition process for recognizing a character contained in the image data. When the unentered item is present, the display control unit performs control to display information for informing a user of the unentered item. The image correcting unit adds a text with respect to the unentered item according to an input made by a user to correct the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9710702
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for processing and extracting content from an image of a driver's license captured using a mobile device. In one embodiment, an image of a driver's license (DL) is captured by a mobile device and corrected to improve the quality of the image. The corrected image is then further processed by cropping the image, identifying the format and layout of the DL, binarizing the image and extracting the content using optical character recognition (OCR). Multiple methods of image cropping may be implemented to accurately assess the borders of the DL, and a secondary layout identification process may be performed to ensure that the content being extracted is properly classified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Mike Strange
  • Patent number: 9671921
    Abstract: An object is associated with one or more controls in a software application. An object associated with a control determines the operation of the data entry user interface when the data entry user interface is being employed to enter data into the control. More particularly, the object may communicate interface e characteristics to a component that is responsible for providing the user interface to the user. Such a component may be, for example, a shared software module that renders the user interface on a display, receives input data from the user through the user interface, and routes the entered data to a designated destination. Alternately, the object itself may create a user interface having the specified characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Zhigu Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Kyril Feldman, Robert L. Chambers, Steve Dodge, Takanobu Murayama, Tobias Zielinski, Todd A. Torset, Thomas R. Wick, Adrian J. Garside
  • Patent number: 9659214
    Abstract: A digital document is represented as a set of codes comprising indices into a feature space comprising a number of subspaces, each code corresponds to one subspace and identifying a cell within the subspace. Each digital document can be represented by a code set, and the code set can be used as selection criteria for identifying a number of digital documents using each digital document's corresponding code set. By way of some non-limiting examples, digital document code sets can be used to identify similar or different digital images, used to identify duplicate or nearly-duplicate digital images, used to identify similar and/or different digital images for inclusion in a recommendation, used to identify and rank digital images in a set of search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Lyndon Kennedy, Ioannis Kalantidis, David Shamma
  • Patent number: 9563606
    Abstract: Provided is an image display apparatus that displays a page image including a plurality of objects on a screen, determines an amount of movement of the end of the object to be displayed from the end of the screen by detecting a user operation on a touch panel, and sets the end position of the object based on the determined amount of movement when the object to be displayed is larger than the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoichi Kashibuchi
  • Patent number: 9524429
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for interpreting character arrangements. An image including an arrangement of characters may be received or captured by a computing device. Techniques described herein generate data representative of the characters. Characteristics and other information interpreted from the image may be processed to determine a data type. The data representative of the characters may be arranged into a data structure based on the data type, an arrangement type and/or other information interpreted from the image. The data type may indicate one or more attributes of the arranged data such as a format, font, date, language, or currency. The data type may also indicate how data is used in a process, equation or calculation. In addition, the data type may identify an anchor that may be used to merge data generated from the image with other data generated from another image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yi Zhang, Daniel Parish, Aaron Lamar Wilson, Shangwei Fang
  • Patent number: 9454335
    Abstract: A printer which is configured to automatically transmit data, such as critical and non-critical printer data, and route that data through at least one of a plurality of communication channels and services, such as via e-mail or mobile wireless equipment (e.g. an Internet-ready pager, a Personal Communications Service (PCS) phone or a wireless Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)). Preferably, the printer is configured such that it can be programmed and controlled from a remote location. Preferably, the printer is configured such that new label formats can be added from a remote location, and label formats stored in the printer can be viewed and modified from a remote location. Preferably, the printer is also configured such that barcode rendering algorithms can be downloaded to the printer from a remote location, and such that printer settings can be viewed and modified from a remote location, and thereafter can be downloaded to the printer and/or to other printers in a network to facilitate cloning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH CORP.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Kaufman, Victor Salmons, Steven P. King, Bruce N. Alleshouse, Bret M. Anno
  • Patent number: 9398182
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus that can improve operability for reading a reading target including a plurality of objects. In the information processing apparatus, when the reading target placed on a reading plate on which a plurality of objects can be placed is read, a completion level of the reading target including one or more objects placed on the reading plate is determined based on an image obtained by an imaging unit that captures an image of the reading plate from above. A timing of executing the reading of the reading target is controlled based on the completion level of the reading target determined by a determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsunekazu Arai
  • Patent number: 9338312
    Abstract: A portable handheld device includes an image sensor for capturing an image; an image sensor interface for receiving data from the image sensor; a DRAM for storing the data received by the image sensor interface; an image processor for storing the image the DRAM, the image processor including a plurality of micro-coded processing units; a central processor for instructing the image processor; and an orientation sensor for sensing a rotation of the protable handheld device at a time of sensing the image. The central processor is configured to load the plurality of micro-coded processing units of the image processor with micro-code for performing an affine transform of the data in the DRAM to rotate the data in the DRAM by a rotation corresponding to the rotation sensed by the orientation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 9311385
    Abstract: Rating content of a digital file includes analyzing, by a computer, data associated with content of the digital file based on predetermined criteria defining a confidence level in the content of the digital file. Each predetermined criterion includes a range of values and at least one threshold delineating a lower confidence level and a higher confidence level. Different confidence ratings are assigned to different segments of the content based on determining that the different segments correspond to different thresholds of the predetermined criteria. The computer associates the different confidence ratings to the different segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan F. Benner, Bilicon Patil
  • Patent number: 9245043
    Abstract: Embedded Media Markers (EMM) are optical-filter-like overlaid marks that can be printed on a part of a paper document that signify the existence of media associated with that part of the document. Users take a picture of an EMM-signified document patch using a cell phone camera, and the media associated with the EMM-signified document location is retrieved and displayed on the phone. Unlike bar codes, EMMs are nearly transparent and thus do not interfere with the document contents. Retrieval of media associated with an EMM is based on image local features of the captured EMM-signified document patch. A semi-automatically technique places an EMM at a location in a document, in such a way that the EMM encompasses sufficient identification features with minimal disturbance to the original document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiong Liu, Chunyuan Liao, Lynn Wilcox, Anthony Dunnigan, Bee Liew
  • Patent number: 9218523
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable mediums for determining authorship of a handwritten document for which the authorship is not known. A method includes scanning a document to produce a high-quality scanned image of the document, and identifying stylus information corresponding to the document. The method includes identifying authorship information corresponding to the document, and determining an authorship of the document based on the stylus information and the authorship information. In some cases, content analysis of the document is also performed and used to determine authorship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Carpenter, Ingolf Rauh
  • Patent number: 9158967
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products for processing digital images captured by a mobile device are disclosed. Myriad features enable and/or facilitate processing of such digital images using a mobile device that would otherwise be technically impossible or impractical, and furthermore address unique challenges presented by images captured using a camera rather than a traditional flat-bed scanner, paper-feed scanner or multifunction peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Kofax, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Shustorovich, Anthony Macciola, Christopher W. Thrasher
  • Patent number: 9152617
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for processing of objects are disclosed. A processor coupled to a graphical user interface is configured to display an object. The processor receives input from a user concerning the object, wherein input relates to at least a partial location of the object, as a mouse position close to the object, a line approximately covering the vertical or horizontal extent of the object, or a box approximately covering the object. The processor provides input to a keying module, wherein the keying module processes the received input and provides the input to a recognition engine. The recognition engine is in communication with the keying module. Based on the received input, the recognition engine provides an exact information concerning the received input to the keying module, as an exact location, a recognition result, and a confidence score qualifying the reliability of the recognition results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: A2iA S.A.
    Inventors: Olivier Baret, Valery Anisimov, Sergey Maximov, Vadim Pepelka
  • Patent number: 9110868
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for determining the structure of a document are provided. The method includes receiving a set of document pages for a document and linking one page frame to each of a plurality of document pages in the set. For each document page linked to a page frame, a content bounding box surrounding the content on the document page is identified, and the document page categorized, based at least in part on the geometrical relationship between the page frame and the content bounding box of the document page. The document page can then be identified as a logical cut based at least in part on the categorization of the document page. Information, such as a table of contents or updated table of contents, can then be output, based on the determined logical unit(s) of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hervé Déjean
  • Patent number: 9082065
    Abstract: Provided is an image editing device that enables a user to easily assign images to a plurality of pages of an album or the like so as to satisfy editorial restrictions. The image editing device acquires a plurality of pieces of image data; determines, based on respective photographed times of the plurality of pieces of image data and a reference time interval, details of an assignment of the plurality of pieces of image data to each of the plurality of pages so that an interval between photographed times of pieces of image data to be assigned to the each of the plurality of pages is the reference time interval or smaller; and outputs image output data on the each of the plurality of pages based on a result of the assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Raketen, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Watanabe, Bhupendra Singh
  • Patent number: 9058516
    Abstract: A system and method for processing form images including strokes. A controller receives a plurality of form images including a plurality of strokes. A stroke identification module identifies the position of each stroke in each of the form images. A geometry engine generates an overlay of the plurality of form images and identifies a group of overlapping strokes from the overlay. The geometry engine generates a field bounding box encompassing the group of strokes, the field bounding box representing a field in the plurality of form images. The geometry engine crops a field image from each form image based on the size and position of the field bounding box. A label detector analyzes an area around the field image in the form image to determine a label and generates a label image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: John W. Barrus
  • Patent number: 9047265
    Abstract: There is provided a form creation device including a retaining unit that retains a range of set information which prescribes image elements that are suitable for OCR processing and an image generation unit that generates a form image based on a user's input and the set information range retained in the retaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Shoichi Hagisawa, Go Dojo, Toshihiko Sugita, Yoshinori Kuwamura
  • Patent number: 9031324
    Abstract: An image-processing device stores computer-readable instructions therein. The computer-readable instructions, when executed by a processor, cause the image-processing device to perform identifying an object in a target image represented by target image data. The object includes object pixels. The processor further performs setting frame regions for the object pixels and counting an intersection number. The partial object region is positioned within frame regions and has object pixels consecutively arranged. The processor performs calculating a ratio of first object pixels to the object pixels as a first ratio. Each first object pixel is an object pixel whose intersection number is 2. The processor performs judging whether the first ratio is greater than or equal to a first reference value and determining that the object is an encircling line that encloses a part of the target image if the first ratio is greater than or equal to the first reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Kondo
  • Patent number: 9008425
    Abstract: A method of detection of numbered captions in a document includes receiving a document including a sequence of document pages and identifying illustrations on pages of the document. For each identified illustration, associated text is identified. An imitation page is generated for each of the identified illustrations, each imitation page comprising a single illustration and its associated text. For a sequence of the imitation pages, a sequence of terms is identified. Each term is derived from a text fragment of the associate text of a respective imitation page. The terms of a sequence complying with at least one predefined numbering scheme which defines a form and an incremental state of the terms in a sequence. The terms of the identified sequence of terms are construed as being at least a part of a numbered caption for a respective illustration in the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Herve Dejean, Jean-Luc Meunier
  • Patent number: 8977057
    Abstract: A system and method of assigning diacritics in an electronic image using optical character recognition (OCR) is disclosed. In one example, the method comprises analyzing, by a computer system, the electronic image to generate a plurality of bounding blocks associated with text lines within the electronic image. The method further comprises establishing a plurality of bounding boxes for diacritics and base text with the electronic image. The method also comprises determining a distance from a diacritic to a nearest base text character and a nearest text line. The method also comprises evaluating a base box distance and the nearest text line distance to assign the diacritic to a correct text line in the electronic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Wensley Smith
  • Patent number: RE48003
    Abstract: An image display unit capable of displaying image data page-wise includes: a scanner portion; a display panel for displaying input image data in preview representation; an input condition determiner that compares the image data successively input through the scanner portion, as to input condition and determines whether there is any change in the image data input condition; and a display controller that, when the input condition determiner determines that the input image data has changed in the input condition, makes control such as to display the image data that was determined to have changed in the input condition and the image data input immediately before the image data in question, together on the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoichi Kimura, Kunihisa Chiba, Kazuyuki Ogida