Remote Monitoring Patents (Class 399/8)
  • Patent number: 10356203
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the present invention, a method receives, at a first node of multiple nodes, each node connected to a common network bus, a health message from a second node. The health message includes a log of health messages from other nodes. Each node sends health messages at a frequency known to the plurality of nodes. The method further compares, at the first node, the log of messages from other nodes in the received health message to a log of health messages previously received from other nodes stored by the first node. Based on the comparison, determining a health status of each node. Using embodiments of the present method and system, computing units can form dynamic fault-tolerant groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel Beilin
  • Patent number: 10341501
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus which acquires, at a monitoring timing, device information which is a target of collection from a device includes a status information acquisition unit configured to acquire from the device, status information that includes information representing a power supply state of the device; and a monitoring interval setting unit configured to set a monitoring interval which is an interval of the monitoring timing in accordance with the power supply state denoted by the status information which has been acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshie Imai, Ryosuke Kakio, Kazuaki Naito, Masato Iguchi
  • Patent number: 10326906
    Abstract: A management server that manages a network device (e.g., an MFP) using NETCONF registers, in the MFP, designation of a condition under which the MFP is to notify the management server of an event, receives, from the MFP, a first notification indicating that a transition is made from a first state in which a session enabling the event notification is established to a second state in which the session needs to be disconnected and a second notification indicating return to the first state, and re-registers the designation of the condition in the MFP in response to reception of the second notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tetsuya Sato
  • Patent number: 10281841
    Abstract: A toner cartridge includes a cylinder having an opening and accommodating carbon powder, a transmission member having a pipe portion sleeved onto the cylinder, an end portion and at least one outlet communicating with the opening, a powder guiding member having a main body disposed at the end portion and blades extended from the main body radially, a powder storing cover having a cover body sleeved onto the pipe portion, a powder exiting passage located under the powder guiding member and a powder exit provided on the bottom side of the cover body and communicating with the powder exiting passage, and a spring. As a result, when the blades stir the spring, the carbon powder accumulating in the powder exiting passage can be vibrated, so the carbon powder remaining near the powder exit can be effectively reduced and the powder exit can be prevented from being blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL PLASTIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-His Chuang, Zheng-Yi Xiao
  • Patent number: 10209656
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a first printer section configured to form an image on a sheet using decolorable toner which is decolored by heating thereof, a second printer section configured to form an image on the sheet using non-decolorable toner, a heating section configured to heat the sheet on which the image is formed, and a controller configured to control the operation of the image forming apparatus based on an electric energy value which is an integrated value of power consumed within a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaaki Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 10200556
    Abstract: In a case where an image forming apparatus is connected to an information processing apparatus, correction information is generated through comparison between time information obtained by the image forming apparatus and time information obtained by the information processing apparatus. The image forming apparatus transmits, to the information processing apparatus, time information indicating a time at which setting information is updated in the image forming apparatus. The information processing apparatus corrects the received time information with the correction information. The information processing apparatus determines whether to update setting information stored in the information processing apparatus with received setting information, based on the corrected time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10042301
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an image processing apparatus which is provided with an application controller, a display unit, and a controller. The application controller executes an application. The display unit configured to display display information which indicates that an error is generated when the application is not normally executed. The controller configured to determine a display location of the display information in accordance with a process state of the application when the error is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinichi Mimura
  • Patent number: 10013223
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided for routing a plurality of print jobs and generating a schedule to process the plurality of print jobs. A routing server routes the plurality of print jobs to a plurality of print shops to process the plurality of print jobs within a pre-defined period. The routing server receives a first capacity from each of the plurality of print shops. The routing server routes a first set of print jobs from the plurality of print jobs to the plurality of print shops based on the request and the received first capacity. In an embodiment, a first cost of routing the first set of print jobs is less than a pre-defined first threshold. An application server generates the schedule for processing the first set of print jobs based on one or more second constraints. The first set of jobs are submitted based on the schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ketki Kulkarni, Pallavi Manohar
  • Patent number: 9989899
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a feeding unit for feeding a recording material, and a calculating unit for calculating a degree of deterioration of the feeding unit, while making correction depending on stiffness of the recording material and a content of a filler contained in the recording material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shun-ichi Ebihara, Tomonori Shida, Michio Sugano
  • Patent number: 9983839
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes a volatile first storage, a non-volatile second storage, a host controller, a guest controller, an emulator that emulates access to the first storage and the second storage by the host controller such that the guest controller accesses the first storage and the second storage, and an application portion that controls the host controller to access the first storage and the second storage. Any one of the application portion and the emulator includes a transfer portion that stores data that is stored in a predetermined region of the second storage in a certain region of the first storage before the application portion stops the second storage. The emulator includes an access destination converter that converts access to the second storage by the guest controller into access to the certain region of the first storage after the second storage is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Masao Hosono, Shigeyuki Ueda, Tadashi Suzue
  • Patent number: 9971292
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a storage and a controller. When it is determined that a temperature detected by a temperature detector is equal to or higher than a reference temperature, the controller stops a wireless communication between an RFID tag and a reader/writer. In addition, when a predetermined condition for determining that the detected temperature is lower than the reference temperature is satisfied, the controller starts the wireless communication between the RFID tag and the reader/writer, and causes the reader/writer to update information stored in the RFID tag to update information that was stored in the storage between a time point when it was determined that the temperature detected by the temperature detector is equal to or higher than the reference temperature and a time point when the predetermined condition was satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hitoshi Hayamizu
  • Patent number: 9967414
    Abstract: A management system includes: a management server; one or more image forming apparatuses that notify the management server of information on a remaining amount of toner; and one or more terminals, in which the management server makes a toner remaining amount history by combining the information on the remaining amount of toner with time and date information, detects, based on the toner remaining amount history, that toner replacement has been performed when an increase rate of the remaining amount of toner exceeds a threshold value, and determines, based on the contract value, whether the remaining amount of toner before the toner replacement is not more than the contract value when the toner replacement is detected, and notifies the one or more terminals of that the performed toner replacement corresponds to a contract violation when the remaining amount of toner before the toner replacement is more than the contract value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kawakami
  • Patent number: 9826122
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including applications and system side software for providing system side services to the applications is provided, in which the image forming apparatus includes: an authentication module for displaying an authentication screen on an operation panel of the image forming apparatus, wherein the authentication module allows the image forming apparatus to display a screen for using the image forming apparatus instead of the authentication screen if authentication data input from the authentication screen satisfies an authentication condition, and wherein the authentication module is provided in the image forming apparatus separately from the system side software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Shohhei Moroi
  • Patent number: 9811037
    Abstract: In some examples, a device authenticates a first consumable product installed in the device, sends a first identifier of the authenticated first consumable product over a network to an engine, receives, over the network from the engine, a list of identifiers for consumable products classified as non-authentic, and in response to installation of a second consumable product in the device that stores an identifier in memory, determines whether the identifier of the second consumable product matches one of the identifiers in the received list of identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul L. Jeran, Shell S. Simpson, Stephen D. Panshin, Jefferson P. Ward
  • Patent number: 9741258
    Abstract: Techniques for conditional presentation of auxiliary information are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method comprises determining, by a device operatively coupled to a processor, feedback information for a user in response to a media presentation, wherein the feedback information is indicative of a mental state of the user during presentation of the media presentation. The computer-implemented method can further comprise determining content of the media presentation associated with the mental state of the user, and determining auxiliary information about the content based on the mental state of the user. The computer-implemented method can further comprise providing, by the device, the content to a user device during the presentation of the media presentation and for rendering at the user device in association with presentation of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Malolan Chetlur, Vijay Ekambaram, Vikas V. Joshi, Ashok Pon Kumar Sree Prakash, Sharad Sundararajan
  • Patent number: 9705860
    Abstract: A device administration apparatus includes an apparatus information obtainer that obtains via a network, apparatus information stored in a device, a judger that judges whether or not the device is an administration object based on the obtained apparatus information, and an administrator that administers use of the device, if the judger judges that the device is an administration object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Takayuki Doui
  • Patent number: 9602678
    Abstract: A method used in first and second information processing apparatuses in communication with an image forming apparatus. The method includes a transfer step of transferring print setting information for controlling the image forming apparatus from the image forming apparatus to the second information processing apparatus, an acquisition step of acquiring the print setting information transferred in the transfer step from the second information processing apparatus, an input step of inputting the print setting information acquired in the acquisition step into a printer driver in a form that can be identified by the printer driver; and a print control step of controlling a printing operation by using the print setting information inputted in the input step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koichi Abe
  • Patent number: 9602682
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, in a case where in a remote control instruction received from an information processing apparatus that controls a maintenance, a screen to be displayed next is a restricted screen, if a predetermined input is not accepted from a user of the image forming apparatus, does not display the restricted screen to the operation unit, and if the predetermined input is accepted, does display the restricted screen to the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Mutsuno
  • Patent number: 9547262
    Abstract: A fixing device detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus, includes: a pair of rotatable members forming a nip configured to fix a toner image on a recording material by heat and pressure; a receiving portion capable of receiving information corresponding to the width of a recording material from an external terminal so as to limit a use of the fixing device; and a storing portion configured to store the information received by the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Taiya Hirayama, Kenichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9535808
    Abstract: A system for performing failure signature recognition training for at least one unit of equipment. The system includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured by computer code to receive sensor data relating to the unit of equipment and to receive failure information relating to equipment failures. The processor is further configured to analyze the sensor data in view of the failure information in order to develop at least one learning agent for performing failure signature recognition with respect to the at least one unit of equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Mtelligence Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander B. Bates, Paul Rahilly, Scott Macnab
  • Patent number: 9477343
    Abstract: A method for moving content and an electronic device thereof is provided. The method includes detecting at least two touches, selecting content corresponding to locations at which the at least two touches are detected, detecting a combined shape of touch entities corresponding to the at least two touches if the detected at least two touches are released, and moving the selected content to a location at which the combined shape of the detected at least two touch entities is changed, wherein the touch entities include at least one of a user's finger, a stylus pen, and an extra touch tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chan-Woo Park, Nam-Hoi Kim
  • Patent number: 9443234
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an image processing section that processes an image, a plug-in adding section that adds a plug-in, the plug-in being a function executed in corporation with the image processing section, an additional-charging-information adding section that adds additional charging information as the plug-in is added by the plug-in adding section, the additional charging information being set for a job included in the plug-in, and a charging section that charges for a job on a basis of the additional charging information, in a case where the job to be executed is included in at least one job included in the additional charging information and the job to be executed is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD
    Inventor: Takanori Masui
  • Patent number: 9438680
    Abstract: A method, and associated system, for enforcing compliance with data definitions in an information or conceptual model. The method includes storing a set of data models, which define model parameter definitions, having a content based on data definitions of the conceptual model. A validator is positioned between a registry service and services use data definitions to define their data parameters. The registry service stores registered services in a service repository. The validator processes a registration request from one of the services that includes the data definitions for the parameters of the service. The processing includes accessing the data models and comparing each of the data definitions to a corresponding model parameter definition. When the registration request is determined compliant with the conceptual model, the service is deployed to the service registry. Typically, only registration requests processed by the validator are deployed to the service registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: ORACLE AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paris E. Bingham, Jr., Michael J. Wookey
  • Patent number: 9389816
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus without bothering a user, even when it is necessary to disconnect and restart the image forming apparatus which has been connected to the information processing apparatus so as to transmit and receive maintenance work data for performing the maintenance work on the image forming apparatus. When the image forming apparatus is required to be disconnected and reconnected after restarting the image forming apparatus during connection with the information processing apparatus, identification information for identifying an information processing apparatus to be reconnected is stored in a storage section. The image forming apparatus is reconnected to the information processing apparatus identified by the identification information stored in the storage section after the image forming apparatus is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9361051
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus without bothering a user, even when it is necessary to disconnect and restart the image forming apparatus which has been connected to the information processing apparatus so as to transmit and receive maintenance work data for performing the maintenance work on the image forming apparatus. When the image forming apparatus is required to be disconnected and reconnected after restarting the image forming apparatus during connection with the information processing apparatus, identification information for identifying an information processing apparatus to be reconnected is stored in a storage section. The image forming apparatus is reconnected to the information processing apparatus identified by the identification information stored in the storage section after the image forming apparatus is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 9360795
    Abstract: A method of supplying a developing unit with toner and an image forming apparatus using the method are provided. The method may include supplying toner to a developing unit separate from a toner bottle in an image forming apparatus. The method includes: detecting a remaining amount of toner in the developing unit during printing; comparing the remaining amount of toner with a first reference value; if the remaining amount of toner is greater than the first reference value, continuing printing; and if the remaining amount of toner is not greater than the first reference value, determining whether to supply toner based on a preset mode. Deterioration of printing quality in a toner supply mode may be markedly reduced according to a user's settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bum-Kwon Kang, Chun-sub Ryu
  • Patent number: 9323186
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material includes: an image forming portion for forming the image on the recording material; a fixing portion, including a cylindrical rotatable member having a heat generating layer, for fixing the image on the recording material by heat of the rotatable member; and a temperature detecting portion for detecting a temperature of the rotatable member. The temperature detecting portion monitors a temperature change amount during one rotation of the rotatable member. The rotatable member is heated by the heat generating layer generating heat by a flow of a current in a circumferential direction of the rotatable member. Depending on the temperature change amount, a notification of an abnormality of the image forming apparatus is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kita, Minoru Hayasaki, Kimitaka Ichinose, Michio Uchida
  • Patent number: 9316981
    Abstract: An image forming system includes a plurality of image forming apparatuses which are each equipped with an image forming section and a control section, and which are connected such that each image forming apparatus can form an image on the same recording sheet. The control section has a function to perform a first activation control to in tandem activate the plurality of image forming apparatuses and a second activation control to independently activate each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses. With this configuration, activation and stopping are managed appropriately with respect to each operating state, and wasteful power consumption is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Masayuki Ito
  • Patent number: 9311033
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes an authentication unit that authenticates a user and logs in the user when the user is authenticated. An input unit receives an input from the user indicating a setting of a function of the image processing apparatus. A setting management unit causes a storage unit to store setting information corresponding to the setting indicated by the input from the user, while the user is logged in, and to store the setting information when the user logs out. A setting state control unit retrieves the setting information of the user and sets a setting state of the image processing apparatus according to the retrieved setting information when the authentication unit logs in the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroaki Morita
  • Patent number: 9290104
    Abstract: Electric vehicle (EV) charging apparatus and methods are described which allow the sharing of charge current between multiple vehicles connected to a single source of charging energy. In addition, this charge sharing can be performed in a grid-friendly manner by lowering current supplied to EVs when necessary in order to satisfy the needs of the grid, or building operator. The apparatus and methods can be integrated into charging stations or can be implemented with a middle-man approach in which a multiple EV charging box, which includes an EV emulator and multiple pilot signal generation circuits, is coupled to a single EV charge station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Rajit Gadh, Ching-Yen Chung, Chi-Cheng Chu, Li Qiu
  • Patent number: 9294639
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display device, an operation device, an information-for-display reception unit, and a display control unit. The display device displays information for display. The operation device is receives input of an operation by a user. The information-for-display reception unit receives the information for display from an external device. The display control unit controls the display device, and causes the display device to display the information for display when the information for display received by the information-for-display reception unit is directed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yoshida, Yasushi Tsukamoto, Tetsuya Nishino, Keisaku Matsumae
  • Patent number: 9276999
    Abstract: According to one example of the present invention, there is provided a system for providing a service. The service is accessible from a client application and is provided through a service application using a set of service provider resources. The system comprises a mapping module for generating mapping data, the mapping data being generated in part from an enterprise architecture definition, in part from a vocabulary definition; and in part from a client context definition. The system additionally comprises a communication module for receiving a communication request, transforming the communication request using the generated mapping data, and processing the transformed communication request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Ajay A. Tipnis, Chandra H. Kamalakantha
  • Patent number: 9258439
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, in a case where in a remote control instruction received from an information processing apparatus that controls a maintenance, a screen to be displayed next is a restricted screen, if a predetermined input is not accepted from a user of the image forming apparatus, does not display the restricted screen to the operation unit, and if the predetermined input is accepted, does display the restricted screen to the operation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masahiro Mutsuno
  • Patent number: 9223241
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that includes a controlling unit for controlling executions of a single color calibration which is for correcting a reproduction characteristic of a single color image, formed by an image forming unit, according to measurement of a single color image formed by the image forming unit with a single color recording material and a multi-color calibration which is for correcting a reproduction characteristic of a multi-color image, formed by the image forming unit, according to measurement of a multi-color image formed by the image forming unit with a plurality of recording materials. It is decided to execute at least one of the single color calibration and the multi-color calibration in accordance with history information of the single color calibration executed by the controlling and then the calibration which has been decided on is executed by the controlling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidekazu Nakashio
  • Patent number: 9218151
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a resource information acquisition unit and a controller unit. The resource information acquisition unit acquires first resource information and second resource information. The first resource information indicates resources used to execute predetermined image processing. The second resource information indicates resources held by an image processing device selected as a device that executes the image processing. The controller unit performs control to generate a screen on which an operation to execute the image processing is accepted in accordance with a resource corresponding to the second resource information among the resources included in the first resource information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Takeshita
  • Patent number: 9195422
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image forming apparatus having a hibernation function and a control method of the apparatus. When a transition to hibernation is instructed, it is determined whether or not a job is ongoing, and if it is determined that a job is ongoing, a job suspension request for suspending the ongoing job is issued. As a result, a job execution unit prohibits a new job input in response to the job suspension request, and if the ongoing job involves data reception from an external apparatus, the job execution unit awaits for completion of the data reception and returns the response. In accordance with the response, a pre-processing sequence to be executed at the time of return from the hibernation is generated, and hibernation processing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Sano
  • Patent number: 9182806
    Abstract: An electronic device, comprising: an execution unit which executes a predetermined function; a first control unit that has an input terminal and causes the execution unit to execute the predetermined function; a power source unit that supplies power at least to the first control unit; and a second control unit that has an output terminal connected to the input terminal of the first control unit via a signal line, operates to output a signal to the first control unit via the signal line, and causes the power source unit to cut off power supply to the first control unit, and wherein the second control unit keeps a potential of the signal line at a reference level lower than or equal to a predetermined threshold while the second control unit causes the power source unit to cut off power supply to the first control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Atsushi Tanaka, Takayuki Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9176692
    Abstract: In a job history management system, a printer determines whether the print data includes a job history recorded flag indicating that a PC has recorded a job history of the print data and has transmitted the job history to a job history management server. If the printer determines that the job history recorded flag is not included in the print data, the printer transmits the print data to a multifunction peripheral. Upon receiving the print data from the printer, the multifunction peripheral records the job history of the print data and transmits the job history to the job history management server, without performing a printing process based on the received print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Sato
  • Patent number: 9167112
    Abstract: An image forming system comprises a calling part for calling up customized information which is operation setting information customized for a specific user, a converter for dividing an operation to be executed in a specific function mode which is installed in a first image forming apparatus and not installed in a second image forming apparatus into a plurality of jobs and changing execution information of the specific function mode to converted execution information described by using combination of pieces of execution information on the plurality of jobs when the specific function mode is included in the customized information, and a controller for executing an operation to implement the same function as that of the specific function mode in the second image forming apparatus by using the converted execution information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Eiichi Yoshida, Takuya Okada, Takeshi Hibino, Toshimi Shinchi, Kenichi Komaba
  • Patent number: 9159007
    Abstract: A network apparatus transmits the completion notice of the start to a start indicating apparatus in a case of completing a start processing to be executed according to a start indication. In a case of monitoring and receiving the receipt of the completion notice of the start transmitted from the network apparatus, the start indicating apparatus transmits the completion notice of the start with respect to a terminal apparatus through a repeating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hikaru Kumagai, Yuji Mukai, Kyoichi Kamijima
  • Patent number: 9141661
    Abstract: A report creating system includes a storage part storing machine type information correlating the machine type codes of apparatuses with corresponding types of the apparatuses, pattern information showing usage patterns based on the presence or absence of usage of the types of the apparatuses, and type information correlating the usage patterns with corresponding report types; an identification part obtaining the machine type code of one or more of the apparatuses remotely managed by a remote management system and identifying the type of the one or more of the apparatuses based on the machine type code and the machine type information; a first determination part determining the usage pattern based on the identified type and the pattern information; a second determination part determining the report type based on the determined usage pattern and the type information; and a creation part creating a report based on the determined report type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Satoh
  • Patent number: 9135541
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus, including a nonvolatile memory writing unit configured to write into the nonvolatile memory, at every predetermined time period in which change data is written into the volatile memory within that predetermined time period, the change data written into the volatile memory, a temporary area writing unit configured to write new change data into a temporary area while a primary area writing unit is writing any change data into the primary area, and a primary area transfer unit configured to transfer any change data written into the temporary area by the temporary area writing unit to the primary area when the primary area writing unit completes writing the change data into the primary area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Toyoaki Oku
  • Patent number: 9129049
    Abstract: A medical imaging apparatus includes a transmission suspension time determination unit that determines a transmission suspension time from when an inspection is ended to when inspection end information generated by an inspection end information generation unit is transmitted to a hospital information system based on inspection information; an inspection end information transmission unit transmits the generated inspection end information to the hospital information system after the transmission suspension time has passed after the inspection is ended; and an additional imaging-operation instruction determination unit determines whether an additional imaging-operation instruction is issued from an operator before the transmission suspension time passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Nobu Miyazawa, Koji Takekoshi
  • Patent number: 9106526
    Abstract: Traversing a firewall. A method embodiment includes receiving, from behind the firewall, an electronic mail message with instructions to establish a connection with a device located outside the firewall. A connection is then established through the firewall with the device outside the firewall according to the instructions in the electronic mail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Eugene Perkins, Curtis Reese
  • Patent number: 9094547
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a display device, an operation device, an information-for-display reception unit, and a display control unit. The display device displays information for display. The operation device is receives input of an operation by a user. The information-for-display reception unit receives the information for display from an external device. The display control unit controls the display device, and causes the display device to display the information for display when the information for display received by the information-for-display reception unit is directed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yoshida, Yasushi Tsukamoto, Tetsuya Nishino, Keisaku Matsumae
  • Patent number: 9075589
    Abstract: A management system which includes an image forming apparatus having a plurality of functions, and a management apparatus which manages the image forming apparatus, the management apparatus comprises: a power consumption acquisition unit which acquires information of power consumptions for the respective functions of the image forming apparatus; a supply power acquisition unit which acquires information of a supply power to be supplied to the image forming apparatus; a determination unit which determines a power consumption value to be consumed by the image forming apparatus based on the information of the power consumptions for the acquired respective functions and the information of the acquired supply power; and a setting unit which sets a power consumption of the image forming apparatus to be operated at the determined power consumption value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Wada
  • Patent number: 9049572
    Abstract: A mobile device periodically polls a network server via a communications network to obtain new communications addressed to a client account according to a polling schedule. The mobile device receives an indication of a threshold change of one or more of ambient light, temperature, or proximity of an object to the mobile device via an optical sensor of the mobile device, or an indication of motion of the mobile device via a motion sensor of the mobile device. The polling schedule is advanced responsive to the indication of the threshold change of ambient light, temperature, or proximity, or the indication of motion. The mobile device outputs a notification that new communications have been received by the mobile device from the network server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew R. Kissinger, Michael J. Andri
  • Patent number: 9036191
    Abstract: A printing system includes a first unit, a second unit, a third unit, and a display. The first unit stores start and end time of a printed job. The second unit stores start time of an in-progress print job and stores predicted end time calculated from attributes of the in-progress print job. The third unit stores predicted start and end time calculated from attributes of a ready-for-print job. The display indicates a mark representing current time, indicates a figure along a time axis on one side of the mark, representing an existence of the printed job from the start to end time, indicates a figure crossing the mark, representing an existence of the in-progress print job from the start to predicted end time, and indicates a figure on the other side of the mark, representing an existence of the ready-for-print job from the predicted start to end time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Kikumoto
  • Patent number: 8995853
    Abstract: A transfer device includes an intermediate transfer belt, a driving roller, an environment sensor, a resistance detecting sensor, and a speed ratio adjusting section. The toner images are transferred from the plurality of image carriers onto a surface of the intermediate transfer belt in a superimposed manner. The driving roller circumferentially and rotationally drives the intermediate transfer belt. The environment sensor detects a temperature or a humidity around the intermediate transfer belt. The resistance detecting section detects a change in a resistance value of the intermediate transfer belt. The speed ratio adjusting section controls a rotation speed of the driving roller according to results of detection by the environment sensor and the resistance detecting section, thereby adjusting a speed ratio Vb/Vd between a circumferential rotating speed Vb of the intermediate transfer belt and a rotation speed Vd of the image carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Sadanori Nakae
  • Patent number: 8988697
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus, connected to a printing apparatus, that transfers print data to the printing apparatus and performs a status display of the printing apparatus, the data processing apparatus comprising: a first determination unit adapted to determine a processing status of the print data; a second determination unit adapted to determine the presence/absence of a warning status based on a status notified from the print apparatus; and a message display unit adapted to display a warning based on the determination made by the second determination unit, in accordance with the processing status of the print data as determined by the first determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kai