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1.

Printed circuit board (PCB) virtual x-ray visualization

      
Application Number 17710966
Grant Number 11748960
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-03-31
First Publication Date 2023-09-05
Grant Date 2023-09-05
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Nordback, Kurt Nathan

Abstract

A method for visualizing a reference object in an augmented reality (AR) workspace includes: calibrating the AR workspace by mapping a first coordinate space to the AR workspace; projecting an interface with control elements onto the AR workspace; obtaining an image of the AR workspace that includes the interface and the reference object; identifying the reference object in the image using an image recognition algorithm; retrieving a reference file associated with the reference object, where the reference file includes structural information describing one or more layers of the reference object; identifying a first point of interest (POI) on the reference object; generating, based on the structural information of the reference file, a virtual x-ray representation of structures of the reference object; projecting the virtual x-ray representation onto the AR workspace. The virtual x-ray representation includes a rendering of an internal structure of the reference object.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06T 15/08 - Volume rendering
  • G06T 7/80 - Analysis of captured images to determine intrinsic or extrinsic camera parameters, i.e. camera calibration
  • G06T 7/11 - Region-based segmentation

2.

Automatic generation of training data for hand-printed text recognition

      
Application Number 17562344
Grant Number 11715317
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-12-27
First Publication Date 2023-06-29
Grant Date 2023-08-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Grams, Jason James

Abstract

A method for generating training data for hand-printed text recognition includes obtaining a structured document, obtaining a set of hand-printed character images and database metadata from a database, generating a modified document page image, and outputting a training file. The structured document includes a document page image that includes text characters and document metadata that associates each of the text characters to a document character label. The database metadata associates each of the set of hand-printed character images to a database character label. The modified document page image is generated by iteratively processing each of the text characters. The iterative processing includes determining whether an individual text character should be replaced, selecting a replacement hand-printed character image from the set of hand-printed character images, scaling the replacement hand-printed character image, and inserting the replacement hand-printed character image into the modified document page image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 30/414 - Extracting the geometrical structure, e.g. layout tree; Block segmentation, e.g. bounding boxes for graphics or text
  • G06V 30/19 - Recognition using electronic means
  • G06V 30/16 - Image preprocessing
  • G06V 30/244 - Division of the character sequences into groups prior to recognition; Selection of dictionaries using graphical properties, e.g. alphabet type or font

3.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAPPING A VIRTUAL SMART CARD TO A PLURALITY OF USERS

      
Application Number 17548459
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-12-10
First Publication Date 2023-06-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Suraparaju, Rahul

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a personal computer for mapping a virtual smart card to a plurality of users. The method includes hosting, on a personal computer, an identity and access management (IAM) client, the IAM client configured to store a master virtual smart card for the plurality of users on the personal computer; authenticating, on the personal computer, a first user of the plurality of users; injecting, by the IAM client on the personal computer, an identity of the first user of the plurality of users and a personal identification number of the virtual smart card into a Kerberos communication application programming interface (API) with an Active Directory (AD), the Active Directory (AD) including the plurality of users; and mapping, on the personal computer, the master virtual smart card to the first user of the plurality of users.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/33 - User authentication using certificates

4.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SECURE CLOUD ACCESS VIA PASSWORD-LESS SINGLE SIGN-ON (SSO) FOR NATIVE MARKETPLACE APPLICATIONS ON MULTIFUNCTION PRINTERS

      
Application Number 17548455
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-12-10
First Publication Date 2023-06-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Suraparaju, Rahul

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and multifunction printer for accessing a resource hosted on one or more cloud servers from a cloud ready application on the multifunction printer are disclosed. The method includes receiving, on the multifunction printer, a redirection request from an authentication server for an authentication token for a pre-authenticated user in response to a request for the resource hosted on the one or more cloud servers from the multifunction printer; sending, from the multifunction printer, the authentication token for the pre-authenticated user to the authentication server in response to the redirection request form the authentication server; receiving, on the multifunction printer, an authentication assertion from the authentication server; sending, by the multifunction printer, the authentication assertion to the one or more cloud servers; and accessing, by the cloud ready application on the multifunction printer, the resource hosted on the one or more cloud servers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/41 - User authentication where a single sign-on provides access to a plurality of computers

5.

REACT

      
Serial Number 98011848
Status Pending
Filing Date 2023-05-24
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Computer software and hardware platforms comprising of equipment and computer software for the video surveillance and the analysis of video data featuring artificial intelligence for the real-time detection of weapons and threat analysis, for enabling real-time incident notification of security alerts and facilitating communication to law enforcement and linked public address systems; computer hardware and software enabling the automated sounding of alarms to allow for rapid response by security teams; downloadable mobile applications for receiving alerts and providing audio or mobile alerts for bystander protection during security incidents; computer software and hardware for enabling the detection of threats in low-light situations; computer software and hardware for controlling and securing physical facilities through linked door locks Software as a service (SAAS) services featuring software for real-time detection of security threats, video surveillance and analysis, threat detection, and alert generation; providing temporary use of non-downloadable cloud-based software for video surveillance, analysis, low-light threat detection, and for the automated generation of alarms and rapid communication with security teams; providing online non-downloadable software for use in database management in the field of video surveillance and threat detection

6.

DEEP-LEARNING BASED TEXT CORRECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number 17515230
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-10-29
First Publication Date 2023-05-04
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

A text correction method and apparatus can take advantage of a greatly reduced number of error-ground truth pairs to train a deep learning model. To generate these error-ground truth pairs, different characters in a ground truth word are replaced with a symbol, not appearing in any ground truth words, to generate error words which are paired with that ground truth word to provide error-ground truth word pairs. This process may be repeated for all ground truth words for which training is to be performed. In embodiments, pairs of characters in a ground truth word may be replaced with a symbol to generate the error words which are paired with that ground truth word to provide error-ground truth word pairs. Again, this process may be repeated for all ground truth words for which training is to be performed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 40/232 - Orthographic correction, e.g. spell checking or vowelisation
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means
  • G06K 9/68 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means using sequential comparisons of the image signals with a plurality of reference, e.g. addressable memory

7.

IMAGING IOT PLATFORM UTILIZING FEDERATED LEARNING MECHANISM

      
Application Number 17490086
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-30
First Publication Date 2023-03-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Amano, Jun

Abstract

A cloud server is connected to a plurality of edge devices via a network, and includes: a storage that stores a common machine learning (ML) model that is pretrained and used for optimizing image analysis; and a processor that repeatedly executes: distributing the common ML model to each of the edge devices that optimize the image analysis using local data and that modify the common ML model to create a locally optimized ML model, collecting a key parameter of an optimization result, without collecting the locally optimized ML model or accessing the local data, from each of the edge devices, and updating the common ML model stored in the storage by reflecting the key parameter in the common ML model at a predetermined timing to continuously improve the common ML model for more accurate image analysis.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06N 3/04 - Architecture, e.g. interconnection topology
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

8.

EXTRACTING TEXT FROM AN IMAGE

      
Application Number 17490770
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-30
First Publication Date 2023-03-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Prebble, Tim

Abstract

A method for extracting text from an input image and generating a document includes: generating an edges mask from the input image; generating an edges image that is derived from the edges mask; identifying, within the edges mask, one or more probable text areas; extracting a first set of text characters by performing a first optical character recognition (OCR) operation on each of one or more probable text portions, of the derived edges image, corresponding to each of the probable text areas; generating a modified image by erasing, from the input image, image characters corresponding to the first set of text characters extracted by the first OCR operation; and generating a document by overlaying the extracted first set of text characters on the modified image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/46 - Extraction of features or characteristics of the image
  • G06T 7/11 - Region-based segmentation
  • G06T 11/00 - 2D [Two Dimensional] image generation
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means
  • G06T 7/13 - Edge detection

9.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT JOB PROCESSING AND SCHEDULING USING PROCESS MINING

      
Application Number 17490214
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-30
First Publication Date 2023-03-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Aher, Pritam

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for processing and scheduling print jobs on a plurality of printers. The method includes: collecting job information on one or more past print jobs; collecting job information on a plurality of print jobs currently being processed, each of the plurality of print jobs being assigned to one or more operators from a plurality of operators; generating a process workflow visualization for the plurality of print jobs currently being processed with a processing mining algorithm based on the job information collected on the one or more past print jobs and the job information collected on the plurality of print jobs currently being processed; and displaying the process workflow visualization for the plurality of print jobs currently being processed.

IPC Classes  ?

10.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CUSTOMIZED DEEP LEARNING-BASED TEXT CORRECTION

      
Application Number 17491122
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-09-30
First Publication Date 2023-03-30
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

A text correction engine meets different and changing end user requirements, with the ability to change a desired output by providing sufficient amounts of data, and by finetuning the appropriate text correction engine at the point of origin of the data. It is possible to retain confidentiality of data by retraining the base deep learning model at the base deep learning model's point of origin, to improve the base deep learning model's performance, making the base deep learning model more accurate for different contexts. Separate training of an end user model, leaving the base deep learning model intact, streamlines end user model training, and highlights desirable changes in the base deep learning model for further training or retraining.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/03 - Detection or correction of errors, e.g. by rescanning the pattern
  • G06N 3/04 - Architecture, e.g. interconnection topology
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means
  • G06K 9/46 - Extraction of features or characteristics of the image

11.

Method and system for controlling communication means for determining authentication area to reduce battery consumption of mobile devices

      
Application Number 17363153
Grant Number 11737028
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-06-30
First Publication Date 2023-01-05
Grant Date 2023-08-22
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Ikari, Hiroki

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a mobile device are disclosed for reducing battery consumption of mobiles devices with location settings. The method includes: enabling a location setting on the mobile device, the location setting having an on state and an off state, the on state being a state in which location services are available to applications on the mobile device and the off state being a state in which location services are not available to applications on the mobile device; checking a battery life of the mobile device; and when the battery life of the mobile device is less than or equal to a preset threshold: changing a status of the location setting on the mobile device to the off state when the mobile device is not running an application that is using the location services; or maintaining the location setting in the on state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 52/02 - Power saving arrangements
  • H04W 52/28 - TPC being performed according to specific parameters using user profile, e.g. mobile speed, priority or network state, e.g. standby, idle or non-transmission
  • H04W 12/63 - Location-dependent; Proximity-dependent
  • H04W 12/065 - Continuous authentication
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information

12.

HANDWRITING RECOGNITION METHOD AND APPARATUS EMPLOYING CONTENT AWARE AND STYLE AWARE DATA AUGMENTATION

      
Application Number 17364641
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-06-30
First Publication Date 2023-01-05
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Xu, Ting

Abstract

A content aware and style aware neural network based data augmentation model generates augmented data sets to train neural network based handwriting recognition models to recognize individuals' handwriting. In embodiments, the augmented data sets are generated so as to be artificial, and to lack personal or confidential information. In embodiments, the data augmentation model generates content reference sets of individual characters generated in different fonts, and style reference sets of pluralities of characters of a particular style, for example, an individual's handwriting.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means
  • G06N 3/04 - Architecture, e.g. interconnection topology
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods

13.

METHOD FOR ELIMINATING VIDEO ECHO IN A PROJECTOR-CAMERA BASED REMOTE COLLABORATIVE SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17358641
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-06-25
First Publication Date 2022-12-29
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Kulbida, Jie

Abstract

A method is disclosed for eliminating potential video echo effect for a collaboration session that utilizes AR environments. During the collaboration session and in the local AR environment, a contact overlap mask is generated that identifies a content overlap region where the projected remote content superimposes over the physical object placed on the local workspace surface. Based on the contact overlap mask, the local AR environment is temporarily modified throughout a short time period when the projected remote content is prevented from superimposing over the physical object within the content overlap region. A local image is generated based on the temporarily modified local AR environment and sent to the remote workstation for sharing in the collaboration session. By excluding any projected remote content from superimposing over the physical object in the local image, a potential video feedback loop is eliminated so as to eliminate any potential video echo effect.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03B 17/54 - APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR - Details of cameras or camera bodies; Accessories therefor adapted for combination with other photographic or optical apparatus with projector
  • G10K 11/178 - Methods or devices for protecting against, or for damping, noise or other acoustic waves in general using interference effects; Masking sound by electro-acoustically regenerating the original acoustic waves in anti-phase
  • H04N 7/15 - Conference systems
  • H04N 7/14 - Systems for two-way working
  • H04N 5/272 - Means for inserting a foreground image in a background image, i.e. inlay, outlay

14.

Method and system for transparently injecting custom screens into existing third-party workflows

      
Application Number 17491206
Grant Number 11523012
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-09-30
First Publication Date 2022-12-06
Grant Date 2022-12-06
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Pinney, Shaun

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and multifunction printer are disclosed for injecting screens into a third-party workflow on a display panel of a multifunction printer. The method includes displaying, on the display panel of the multifunction printer, a first screen from a third-party workflow; detecting, on the multifunction printer, a first authentication attempt from a user; inserting, on the display panel of the multifunction printer, a first screen from an authentication workflow into the third-party workflow upon the detection of the first authentication attempt from the user; sending, from the multifunction printer, authentication data associated with the first authentication attempt to an authentication server; receiving, from the authentication server, an authentication result associated with the first authentication attempt; and displaying, on the display panel of the multifunction printer, a second screen from the third-party workflow following a successful authentication result from the authentication server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems

15.

Method, apparatus, and system for form auto-registration using virtual table generation and association

      
Application Number 17218026
Grant Number 11748341
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-30
First Publication Date 2022-10-06
Grant Date 2023-09-05
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

In different kinds of forms with incomplete lines, or with different color cells in lieu of lines, virtually completing or providing the lines enables formation of tables from which keywords and content in the forms may be identified. Where a form may have one or more such tables, as can be the case with forms with irregular formats, multiple tables may be identified, to facilitate identification of keywords and content in each such table. In embodiments, deep learning techniques may be applied. Cost analysis involving minimum distances between keywords and content may be performed, with the cost analysis also facilitating formation of a keyword dictionary and a content dictionary.

IPC Classes  ?

16.

Method, apparatus, and system for auto-registration of nested tables from unstructured cell association for table-based documentation

      
Application Number 17218028
Grant Number 11537605
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-30
First Publication Date 2022-10-06
Grant Date 2022-12-27
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

In some forms containing keywords and content, there may be nested levels of keywords, also referred to as a hierarchy. Content in the forms may be associated with one or more keywords in one or more of the nested levels, or in the hierarchy. Identifying keywords in adjacent cells in a table (with a nested keyword being either to the right of or below another keyword) enables distinguishing between keywords and content in filled forms, and enables correct association of content with respective keywords.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/242 - Query formulation
  • G06F 16/22 - Indexing; Data structures therefor; Storage structures
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods
  • G06F 16/25 - Integrating or interfacing systems involving database management systems

17.

Template-based intelligent document processing method and apparatus

      
Application Number 17219633
Grant Number 11574118
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-31
First Publication Date 2022-10-06
Grant Date 2023-02-07
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Gohari, Ebrahim Emami

Abstract

A blank template form generation method and system may employ synthetically generated blank template forms, differing from each other in one or more respects, to train a neural network to recognize relevant differences between otherwise similar forms, including types and locations of keywords and potential locations of values corresponding to the keywords. In an embodiment, filled or partly filled forms as well as blank template forms may be used later in training. Forms are input in pairs to identify differences between the two. Depending on the differences, weights of a neural network may be adjusted. After training, when a form is input into the system, whether the form is filled or blank, a blank template may be generated for future use.

IPC Classes  ?

18.

METHOD FOR REAL TIME WHITEBOARD EXTRACTION WITH FULL FOREGROUND IDENTIFICATION

      
Application Number 17154631
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-01-21
First Publication Date 2022-07-21
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Bellert, Darrell Eugene

Abstract

A method to extract static user content on a marker board is disclosed. The method includes generating a sequence of samples from a video stream comprising a series of images of the marker board, generating at least one center of mass (COM) of estimated foreground content of each sample in the sequence of samples, detecting, based on a predetermined criterion, a stabilized change of the at least one COM in the sequence of samples, wherein the stabilized change of the at least one COM identifies, in the sequence of samples, a stable sample with new content, generating, in response to the stabilized change of the at least one COM and from the stable sample with new content, a mask of full foreground content, and extracting, based at least on the mask of full foreground content, a portion of the static user content from the video stream.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/14 - Picture signal circuitry for video frequency region
  • G06T 7/66 - Analysis of geometric attributes of image moments or centre of gravity
  • G06T 7/136 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving thresholding
  • G06T 7/194 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving foreground-background segmentation
  • G06T 7/187 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving connected component labelling
  • H04N 7/04 - Systems for the transmission of one television signal, i.e. both picture and sound, by a single carrier
  • G06T 7/11 - Region-based segmentation

19.

Separation of projection and capture in collaboration environment

      
Application Number 17144627
Grant Number 11425310
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-01-08
First Publication Date 2022-07-14
Grant Date 2022-08-23
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Grams, Jason James

Abstract

An optical shutter device includes: a projection shutter disposed in front of a projection device that projects an AR image onto an object surface with a local content; an imaging shutter disposed in front of an image capturing device that captures a local image of the local content; and a controller that electrically drives the projection and imaging shutters and switches the optical shutter device between a projection state and an imaging state. In the projection state, the controller electrically drives: the projection shutter to an open state, and the imaging shutter to a closed state. In the imaging state, the controller electrically drives: the projection shutter to the closed state, and the imaging shutter to the open state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/235 - Circuitry for compensating for variation in the brightness of the object
  • G09G 3/00 - Control arrangements or circuits, of interest only in connection with visual indicators other than cathode-ray tubes

20.

Finding natural images in document pages

      
Application Number 17127174
Grant Number 11721119
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-18
First Publication Date 2022-06-23
Grant Date 2023-08-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Prebble, Tim

Abstract

An image processing method includes: generating, from combined connected components (CCs) of a document image, candidate text CCs, candidate background CCs, and candidate natural image CCs where the candidate background CCs are excluded from the combined CCs to generate the candidate natural image CCs with a predetermined criterion dependent on the candidate text CCs; generating a final natural image bounding box by expanding a candidate natural image bounding box of the candidate natural image CCs and including in the expanded candidate natural image bounding box at least one combined CC that intersects the expanded candidate natural image bounding box; and modifying, based on the final natural image bounding box, the document image and displaying the modified document image to a user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 30/413 - Classification of content, e.g. text, photographs or tables
  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles

21.

Finding the page background color range

      
Application Number 17150070
Grant Number 11330149
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-01-15
First Publication Date 2022-05-10
Grant Date 2022-05-10
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Prebble, Tim

Abstract

A method to reduce background noise in a document image includes: extracting, from the document image, a connected component corresponding to a background of the document image; generating a histogram of pixel values of the connected component; generating a replacement range using a range pruning algorithm that narrows a range of the histogram by iteratively discarding at least one pixel value and corresponding pixel count of the histogram from at least one side of the histogram; selecting, from the connected component, at least one pixel having a corresponding pixel value within the replacement range; converting the corresponding pixel value of the at least one pixel to a uniform background color; and outputting, subsequent to the converting, the document image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/40 - Picture signal circuits
  • H04N 1/58 - Edge or detail enhancement; Noise or error suppression, e.g. colour misregistration correction
  • H04N 1/409 - Edge or detail enhancement; Noise or error suppression
  • G06T 5/40 - Image enhancement or restoration by the use of histogram techniques
  • G06T 5/00 - Image enhancement or restoration

22.

Broadband light emitting device with grating-structured electrode

      
Application Number 16199607
Grant Number RE049016
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-05-10
First Publication Date 2022-04-05
Grant Date 2022-04-05
Owner
  • KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
  • THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LELAND STANFORD JUNIOR UNIVERSITY (USA)
Inventor
  • Wang, Leiming
  • Brongersma, Mark
  • Esfandyarpour, Majid
  • Amano, Jun

Abstract

g less than or equal to 200 nm and the patterned second electrode layer and the light emitting layer are separated by at most 100 nm.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01L 27/32 - Devices consisting of a plurality of semiconductor or other solid-state components formed in or on a common substrate including components using organic materials as the active part, or using a combination of organic materials with other materials as the active part with components specially adapted for light emission, e.g. flat-panel displays using organic light-emitting diodes
  • H01L 51/52 - Solid state devices using organic materials as the active part, or using a combination of organic materials with other materials as the active part; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of such devices, or of parts thereof specially adapted for light emission, e.g. organic light emitting diodes (OLED) or polymer light emitting devices (PLED) - Details of devices
  • H01L 51/50 - Solid state devices using organic materials as the active part, or using a combination of organic materials with other materials as the active part; Processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of such devices, or of parts thereof specially adapted for light emission, e.g. organic light emitting diodes (OLED) or polymer light emitting devices (PLED)
  • H01L 33/38 - SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES NOT COVERED BY CLASS - Details thereof characterised by the electrodes with a particular shape
  • H01L 33/50 - Wavelength conversion elements
  • H01L 33/40 - Materials therefor

23.

Ordering uncertainty representation using transparency blending

      
Application Number 16997230
Grant Number 11373626
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-19
First Publication Date 2022-02-24
Grant Date 2022-06-28
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Nordback, Kurt Nathan

Abstract

A method for processing images in an information sharing and collaboration environment includes: receiving a plurality of graphical contents including a first graphical content from a first source and a second graphical content from a second source different from the first source within the information sharing and collaboration environment and overlapping the first and second graphical contents; determining a probability that the first graphical content was created before the second graphical content; rendering, using a transparency blending formula and based on the probability that the first graphical content was created before the second graphical content, an opacity of an overlapped portion of the first and second graphical contents; and displaying, on a display, the overlapped first and second graphical contents.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 5/377 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators characterised by the display of individual graphic patterns using a bit-mapped memory - Details of the operation on graphic patterns for mixing or overlaying two or more graphic patterns
  • G09G 5/38 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators characterised by the display of individual graphic patterns using a bit-mapped memory with means for controlling the display position
  • G06V 10/50 - Extraction of image or video features by summing image-intensity values; Projection analysis

24.

Online training data generation for optical character recognition

      
Application Number 16843811
Grant Number 11295155
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-04-08
First Publication Date 2021-10-14
Grant Date 2022-04-05
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Xu, Ting

Abstract

A method and system to generate training data for a deep learning model in memory instead of loading pre-generated data from disk storage. A corpus may be stored as lines of text. The lines of text can be manipulated in the memory of a central processing unit (CPU) of a computing system, using asynchronous multi-processing, in parallel with a training process being conducted on the system's graphics processing unit (GPU). With such an approach, for a given line of text, it is possible to take advantage of different fonts and different types of image augmentation without having to put the images in disk storage for subsequent retrieval. Consequently, the same line of text can be used to generate different training images for use in different epochs, providing more variability in training data (no training sample is trained on more than once). A single training corpus may yield many different training data sets. In one aspect, the model being trained is a deep learning model, which may be one of several different types of neural networks. The training enables the deep learning model to perform OCR on line images.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • G06K 9/34 - Segmentation of touching or overlapping patterns in the image field
  • G06T 7/11 - Region-based segmentation
  • G06T 3/00 - Geometric image transformation in the plane of the image
  • G06T 5/00 - Image enhancement or restoration
  • G06T 1/20 - Processor architectures; Processor configuration, e.g. pipelining

25.

Method, apparatus, and system to manage patient treatment

      
Application Number 16837967
Grant Number 11335445
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-04-01
First Publication Date 2021-10-07
Grant Date 2022-05-17
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Parmley, John

Abstract

2 values in a predetermined range may be grouped into a cohort, and their care plans managed as a group.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G16H 20/00 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance
  • G16H 20/10 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to drugs or medications, e.g. for ensuring correct administration to patients
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • G16H 20/60 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to nutrition control, e.g. diets
  • G16H 20/30 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to physical therapies or activities, e.g. physiotherapy, acupressure or exercising

26.

Method and system for temporary use of biometric information of another for access to a system

      
Application Number 16827816
Grant Number 11520869
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-24
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-12-06
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, Yu-Shing
  • Young, Kenneth Huang
  • Soriano, Randy Cruz
  • Feng, Ann Qiongying

Abstract

A method and system for temporarily gaining access to a system is disclosed, The method includes: receiving biometric data from a first biometric device of a first user on a computer processor; generating a temporary code on the computer processor in response to receipt of the biometric data from the first biometric device of the first user; sending the temporary code from the computer processor to the first biometric device of the first user; receiving biometric data from a second biometric device of a second user on the first biometric device of the first user; generating an access code on the first biometric device, the access code including one or more of the biometric data of the first user, the temporary code from the computer processor, and the biometric data of the second user; and sending the access code to the biometric device of the second user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communications; Network security protocols including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • G06F 21/33 - User authentication using certificates
  • G06F 21/44 - Program or device authentication
  • G06F 21/40 - User authentication by quorum, i.e. whereby two or more security principals are required

27.

Method and system to securely register a user in a biometric system

      
Application Number 16835384
Grant Number 11373453
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-06-28
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Young, Kenneth Huang
  • Soriano, Randy Cruz
  • Chen, Yu-Shing
  • Feng, Ann Qiongying

Abstract

A method and system for securely registering a user in a biometric system. The method includes: receiving, on a computer processor of the biometric system, an identifier of a biometric device and user information; sending, with the computer processor, a request that the biometric device be sent to the user of the biometric device upon the receipt of the identifier of the biometric device and user information; receiving, on the computer processor, the identifier of the biometric device and one or more authenticators from the user; initiating, with the computer processor, a registration of the user based on the receipt of the identifier of the biometric device and the one or more authenticators from the user; and receiving, on the computer processor, biometric data of the user from the biometric device to complete a registration of the user in the biometric system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/32 - User authentication using biometric data, e.g. fingerprints, iris scans or voiceprints
  • G06F 21/40 - User authentication by quorum, i.e. whereby two or more security principals are required
  • G06F 21/44 - Program or device authentication
  • H04W 4/80 - Services using short range communication, e.g. near-field communication [NFC], radio-frequency identification [RFID] or low energy communication
  • A61B 5/024 - Measuring pulse rate or heart rate
  • G06V 40/50 - Maintenance of biometric data or enrolment thereof
  • G01S 19/25 - Acquisition or tracking of signals transmitted by the system involving aiding data received from a cooperating element, e.g. assisted GPS
  • H04W 4/021 - Services related to particular areas, e.g. point of interest [POI] services, venue services or geofences
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules

28.

Method for separating local and remote content in a camera-projector based collaborative system

      
Application Number 16836074
Grant Number 11206294
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2021-12-21
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Kulbida, Jie

Abstract

An image processing method, for collaborating between a first augmented reality (AR) workspace and a second AR workspace, includes: calibrating the first AR workspace by creating a camera-to-shared space transformation between a camera coordinate space and a shared coordinate space, and a shared space-to-projector transformation between the shared coordinate space and a projector coordinate space; obtaining a remote composite image of a foreground content in the second AR workspace; generating a projector image by applying the shared space-to-projector transformation to the remote composite image; projecting the projector image into the first AR workspace; obtaining an input image of the first AR workspace that includes the projector image and a foreground content of the first AR workspace; generating an output image by applying the camera-to-shared space transformation to the input image; and obtaining a remote mask based on the remote composite image.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics

29.

Authentication server and method that provide authentication information upon interruption of power supply

      
Application Number 16836126
Grant Number 11470082
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-10-11
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Ikari, Hiroki

Abstract

An authentication server is connected to a client device via a network and includes: an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) that supplies power to the authentication server upon interruption of a main power supply; a storage that stores a database including: a piece of user information of a user of the client device; and a piece of authentication information for the user to log into the client device or a predetermined server on the network via the client device; and a processor that, once the UPS starts to supply the power to the authentication server, transmits to the client device the piece of authentication information corresponding to the piece of user information before the authentication server is shut down.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols
  • G06F 1/30 - Means for acting in the event of power-supply failure or interruption, e.g. power-supply fluctuations
  • G06F 1/26 - Power supply means, e.g. regulation thereof
  • H04L 67/1001 - Protocols in which an application is distributed across nodes in the network for accessing one among a plurality of replicated servers

30.

AUTONOMOUS POLYMER COMPOUNDING OPTIMIZATION

      
Application Number 16836309
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Bruening, Karsten
  • Amano, Jun

Abstract

A testing apparatus for obtaining mechanical properties of a polymer composite extruded from a nozzle of a compounding extruder includes a plurality of pairs of roller units that roll the polymer composite along a first direction. Each of the pairs of roller units includes a first roller unit and a second roller unit disposed such that a center of the first roller unit and a center of the second roller unit are separated by a predetermined distance in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. The pairs of roller units are disposed along the first direction such that the predetermined distance of each of the pairs of roller units increases stepwise along the first direction. The pairs of roller units strain a vulnerable portion of the polymer composite in the second direction. The testing apparatus further includes a sensor that measures stress in the vulnerable portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 48/92 - Measuring, controlling or regulating

31.

Method and system for visualization and comparison analysis between printers

      
Application Number 16834111
Grant Number 11137962
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-30
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2021-10-05
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Tashiro, Masayuki

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for comparing usage of plural printers. The method includes collecting print information on each of a plurality of printers, the print information including print volume, printer run time, printer print time, printer stop time, and raster image processing time; and displaying, on a graphical user interface, a printer usage dashboard, the printer usage dashboard including a line chart of print volume for the plurality of printers, a bar chart of printer stop time for each of the plurality of printers, and a scatter chart of printer usage for the plurality of printers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles

32.

Method and system of piggybacking user registration with mirrored identities to achieve federation without on-premises identities

      
Application Number 16834285
Grant Number 11463428
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-30
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-10-04
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Suraparaju, Rahul

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for user registration with mirrored identities to achieve federation without on-premises identities. The method including: forwarding, from a computer processor, a password-based authentication request for a user to an active directory for access to cloud services; receiving, on the computer processor, a cloud authentication from the active directory for the user; piggybacking, on the computer processor, the cloud authentication for the user from the active directory with a FIDO2 registration to an authentication server; requesting, by the computer processor, an application or service from a cloud provider with the cloud authentication for the user from the FIDO2 registration; and receiving, on the computer processor, the application or service from the cloud provider.

IPC Classes  ?

33.

Method and system for instant single sign-on workflows

      
Application Number 16834599
Grant Number 11140148
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-30
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2021-10-05
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solution U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Suraparaju, Rahul

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for a single sign-on for services. The method includes: receiving, on a computer processor, user identification captured by a biometric device of a user; forwarding, by the computer processor, the user identification to an authentication server; receiving, on the computer processor, a user JSON Web Token (user-JWT), user principle name, active directory domain name, and user domain name password, upon authentication of the user by the authentication server; performing, by the computer processor, an active directory join operation with an active directory using the user principle name, the active directory domain name, and the user domain name password; launching, on the computer processor, a browser that communicates with the authentication server; and receiving, on the computer processor, an HTML page constructed with JavaScript code with clickable icons for provisioned services from the authentication server.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 3/0481 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 21/41 - User authentication where a single sign-on provides access to a plurality of computers

34.

Authentication server and method that allow user to log into application or service provided via client devices

      
Application Number 16836179
Grant Number 11582220
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2023-02-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Ito, Hiroyasu

Abstract

An authentication server is connected to a plurality of client devices via a network and includes: a storage that stores a database including: a plurality of pieces of user information; and multiple kinds of a plurality of pieces of credential information for logging into an application or service provided by an external server via each of the client devices; and a processor that: upon receiving a first piece of user information from a first client device, determines whether the database contains a first piece of credential information corresponding to the first piece of user information, and upon determining that the database contains the first piece of credential information, sends to the first client device the first piece of credential information required to allow a user to log into the application or service provided via the first client device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 9/40 - Network security protocols
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication

35.

Method and apparatus for foreground geometry and topology based face anti-spoofing

      
Application Number 16836525
Grant Number 11354940
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-06-07
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

A method and system to detect visual spoofing of a process of authenticating a person's identity employs computer vision techniques to define characteristics of different kinds of spoofing. Embodiments identify a foreground object within an image and by examining positions and/or orientations of that foreground object within the image, determine whether the presentation of the foreground object is an attempt to spoof the authentication process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 40/40 - Spoof detection, e.g. liveness detection
  • G06T 7/194 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving foreground-background segmentation
  • G06V 10/25 - Determination of region of interest [ROI] or a volume of interest [VOI]
  • G06V 40/16 - Human faces, e.g. facial parts, sketches or expressions

36.

Text location method and apparatus

      
Application Number 16836662
Grant Number 11270146
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-03-08
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

Aspects of the present invention provide a new text location technique, which can be applied to general handwriting detection at a variety of levels, including characters, words, and sentences. The inventive technique is efficient in training deep learning systems to locate text. The technique works for different languages, for text in different orientations, and for overlapping text. In one aspect, the technique's ability to separate overlapping text also makes the technique useful in application to overlapping objects. Embodiments take advantage of a so-called skyline appearance that text tends to have. Recognizing a skyline appearance for text can facilitate the proper identification of bounding boxes for the text. Even in the case of overlapping text, discernment of a skyline appearance for words can help with the proper identification of bounding boxes for each of the overlapping text words/phrases, thereby facilitating the separation of the text for purposes of recognition.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/46 - Extraction of features or characteristics of the image
  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles
  • G02B 27/46 - Systems using spatial filters
  • G06K 9/72 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means using context analysis based on the provisionally recognised identity of a number of successive patterns, e.g. a word
  • G06F 40/10 - Text processing
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06F 40/20 - Natural language analysis
  • G06T 9/00 - Image coding
  • G06F 40/00 - Handling natural language data

37.

Method and system for authentication and anti-counterfeiting using coffee-ring effect

      
Application Number 16836729
Grant Number 11386436
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-07-12
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Amano, Jun

Abstract

A method and system providing an anti-counterfeiting label or mark, using ordinary inkjet printers, take advantage of a phenomenon called a coffee ring pattern, something that inkjet printers. Even the same inkjet printer can output different patterns under different conditions. As a result, the likelihood of reproduction of a particular printer's coffee ring pattern using another printer is so low as to be negligible. It is possible to capture images of the coffee rings using a smartphone camera. The coffee ring approach may be used on any labels or packages on which inkjet printing can be used.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce
  • G06K 19/06 - Record carriers for use with machines and with at least a part designed to carry digital markings characterised by the kind of the digital marking, e.g. shape, nature, code

38.

Method and apparatus to estimate image translation and scale for alignment of forms

      
Application Number 16836778
Grant Number 11386686
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2021-09-30
Grant Date 2022-07-12
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Zhang, Yongmian

Abstract

Method and apparatus to match bounding boxes around text to align forms. The approach is less computationally intensive, and less prone to error than text recognition. For purposes of achieving alignment, information per se is not as important as information location. Information within the bounding boxes is not as critical as is the location of the area which the bounding boxes occupy. Scanning artifacts, missing characters, or noise generally do not affect bounding boxes themselves so much as they do the contents of the bounding boxes. Thus, for purposes of form alignment, the bounding boxes themselves are sufficient. Using bounding boxes also avoids misalignment issues that can result from stray marks on a page, for example, from holes punched in a sheet, or from handwritten notations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06V 30/414 - Extracting the geometrical structure, e.g. layout tree; Block segmentation, e.g. bounding boxes for graphics or text
  • G06V 10/24 - Aligning, centring, orientation detection or correction of the image
  • G06V 30/224 - Character recognition characterised by the type of writing of printed characters having additional code marks or containing code marks
  • G06V 30/416 - Extracting the logical structure, e.g. chapters, sections or page numbers; Identifying elements of the document, e.g. authors
  • G06V 30/40 - Document-oriented image-based pattern recognition

39.

Document image content protection in the context of noise reduction

      
Application Number 16830401
Grant Number 11100355
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-26
First Publication Date 2021-08-24
Grant Date 2021-08-24
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Prebble, Tim

Abstract

A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and system to reduce visual background noise in an image, especially in images of document pages, without destroying and/or deteriorating the content of that image. In particular, natural images, filled and stroked vector graphics, and text are protected from being destroyed and/or deteriorated by the noise removal process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/40 - Noise filtering
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints

40.

ALL COVERED CARE

      
Serial Number 90867088
Status Registered
Filing Date 2021-08-05
Registration Date 2022-10-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 37 - Construction and mining; installation and repair services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Installation and maintenance of computers, computer servers, and computer peripherals Installation and maintenance of computer software; technical support, namely, troubleshooting computer software and hardware problems via phone, e-mail, and in person; technological consultation in the technology field of computer software, computer hardware systems, computer networks, and computer connectivity via electronic communication networks; custom computer programming for others

41.

Approximating the layout of a paper document

      
Application Number 16746520
Grant Number 11393236
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-01-17
First Publication Date 2021-07-22
Grant Date 2022-07-19
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Bellert, Darrell Eugene

Abstract

An image processing method to generate a layout of searchable content from a physical document. The method includes generating extracted content blocks in the physical document, generating, based on a bounding box of a text block, a layout rectangle that identifies where machine-encoded text is placed in the layout of the searchable content, generating, based on a bounding box of a non-text block, an avoidance region that identifies where the machine-encoded text is prohibited in the layout of the searchable content, generating, based on the layout rectangle and the avoidance region, a draft layout of the searchable content, and iteratively adjusting a point size of the machine-encoded text in the draft layout to generate the layout of the searchable content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06V 30/414 - Extracting the geometrical structure, e.g. layout tree; Block segmentation, e.g. bounding boxes for graphics or text
  • G06F 40/58 - Use of machine translation, e.g. for multi-lingual retrieval, for server-side translation for client devices or for real-time translation
  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles
  • G06F 17/18 - Complex mathematical operations for evaluating statistical data
  • G06V 30/148 - Segmentation of character regions
  • G06V 30/10 - Character recognition

42.

Background noise reduction using a variable range of color values dependent upon the initial background color distribution

      
Application Number 16818089
Grant Number 11069043
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-13
First Publication Date 2021-07-20
Grant Date 2021-07-20
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Prebble, Tim

Abstract

A method to reduce background noise in a document image. The method includes extracting, from the document image, a connected component corresponding to a background of the document image, generating a histogram of pixel values of the connected component, generating, using a non-linear mapping function based on the histogram, a non-linear probability distribution of the pixel values in the connected component, generating, based at least on a comparison between the non-linear probability distribution and a predetermined threshold, a replacement range of the pixel values, selecting, from the connected component, a pixel having a pixel value within the replacement range, and converting the pixel value of the pixel to a uniform background color.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 5/40 - Image enhancement or restoration by the use of histogram techniques
  • G06T 5/00 - Image enhancement or restoration
  • G06K 9/38 - Quantising the analogue image signal

43.

Integrated sensing system

      
Application Number 16729817
Grant Number 11416734
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-30
First Publication Date 2021-07-01
Grant Date 2022-08-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Amano, Jun

Abstract

An integrated sensing system to perform multi-modality sensing of an environment. The integrated sensing system includes a first sensing element that generates a first modality sensing output of the environment, a first edge artificial intelligence (AI) engine that controls the first sensing element and generates a first data analysis result based on the first modality sensing output, a second sensing element that generates a second modality sensing output of the environment, a second edge AI engine that controls the second sensing element and generates a second data analysis result based on the second modality sensing output, and a computer processor that generates, using a central AI algorithm, a classification result of the environment based on the first data analysis result and the second data analysis result, where the computer processor is directly coupled to the first edge AI engine and the second edge AI engine.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 67/12 - Protocols specially adapted for proprietary or special-purpose networking environments, e.g. medical networks, sensor networks, networks in vehicles or remote metering networks
  • G06N 3/04 - Architecture, e.g. interconnection topology
  • G06F 16/27 - Replication, distribution or synchronisation of data between databases or within a distributed database system; Distributed database system architectures therefor
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods

44.

Generation of translated electronic document from an input image by consolidating each of identical untranslated text strings into a single element for translation

      
Application Number 16586175
Grant Number 11604930
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-27
First Publication Date 2021-04-01
Grant Date 2023-03-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Dozier, Iii, Mabry Frazier
  • Grams, Jason James

Abstract

A method of generating an editable translated electronic document from an input image of an original document with a first layout includes: segmenting the input image to generate a first region including first untranslated text; extracting, from the first region, the first untranslated text and a first layout information; generating an editable output data including the first untranslated text and the first layout information; translating the first untranslated text into a translated text; editing the output data to include the translated text; and generating, using the first layout information, the translated electronic document including the translated text and a second layout that is identical to the first layout.

IPC Classes  ?

45.

Key-based security for cloud services

      
Application Number 16588153
Grant Number 11095436
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-30
First Publication Date 2021-04-01
Grant Date 2021-08-17
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Soriano, Randy Cruz

Abstract

In providing cloud services, key-based security measures specific to a local network are utilized when an internal client terminal logs into the network to access cloud services, and when a remote client terminal connects directly to the cloud services. A cloud service computer references the credential authorization service of the local network, allowing key-based security measures of that network to be applied even when a remote client terminal connects directly to a cloud service computer. By referencing the local credential authorization service, it is possible to provide cloud services to different organizations that administer key-based security measures independently of each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 9/08 - Key distribution
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communications; Network security protocols including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

46.

Aligning and merging contents from multiple collaborative workstations

      
Application Number 16587473
Grant Number 11605183
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-30
First Publication Date 2021-04-01
Grant Date 2023-03-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Kulbida, Jie
  • O'Farrell, Ronald
  • Beck, David
  • Beck, Kevin
  • Grams, Jason

Abstract

A method for aligning and merging contents from multiple collaborative workstations. Collaborative workstations are multiple workstations that contribute respective contents to be combined into a single computer-generated output. The content generated from each collaborative workstation is the collaborative content. Individual collaborative content is created from each workstation by a user drawing on a piece of paper that is placed on a workspace surface of the workstation. Collaborative contents contributed by multiple workstations are aligned such that a combined product (i.e., a single computer-generated output) including both virtual and physical content appears to be collaboratively drawn by multiple users on a single piece of paper.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/80 - Analysis of captured images to determine intrinsic or extrinsic camera parameters, i.e. camera calibration
  • H04N 9/31 - Projection devices for colour picture display
  • G03B 21/14 - Projectors or projection-type viewers; Accessories therefor - Details
  • G03B 21/132 - Overhead projectors, i.e. capable of projecting hand-writing or drawing during action

47.

Authentication server, system, and method that allow client device to log into client device and/or target service

      
Application Number 16587950
Grant Number 11277409
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-30
First Publication Date 2021-04-01
Grant Date 2022-03-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Ito, Hiroyasu

Abstract

An authentication server that connects a client device and a target server via a first network. The authentication server includes: a storage and a processor. The storage stores user-specific information that includes a plurality of data items. The processor: upon receiving an authentication request including a user ID and a user password, an authentication ID, a biometric device ID unique to a user, or biometric data of a user, identifies a corresponding credential data of the user; determines which of the items in the user-specific information will be sent to the client device; and returns the determined items to the client device, and causes the client device to store the determined items as cache data used for logging into at least one of the client device and the target service, wherein the client device and the target server have given a login authority to the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

48.

3D-printed article with transitional metastructures

      
Application Number 16557464
Grant Number 11495202
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-30
First Publication Date 2021-03-04
Grant Date 2022-11-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Amano, Jun

Abstract

A single-step method of generating a three dimensional (3D) printed article includes: selecting a first metastructure and a second metastructure; designing and constructing a first transitional metastructure that transitions from the first metastructure to the second metastructure; depositing a first layer comprising the first metastructure; seamlessly connecting the first and first transitional metastructures by depositing a first transitional layer comprising the first transitional metastructure on the first layer; and seamlessly connecting the first transitional and second metastructures by depositing a second layer comprising the second metastructure on the first transitional layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10K 11/168 - Plural layers of different materials, e.g. sandwiches
  • B33Y 80/00 - Products made by additive manufacturing
  • B29C 64/393 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B29C 64/10 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B29C 64/386 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 50/00 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing

49.

Method and system for sales recommendations with graphical analysis of multifunctional printer and customer data using demographic, economic, multifunctional printer usage characteristics

      
Application Number 16457350
Grant Number 10855858
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-28
First Publication Date 2020-12-01
Grant Date 2020-12-01
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Stopa, Michael
  • Bruening, Karsten

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for recommending products based on usage of one or more multifunctional printers. The method includes collecting usage data from a multifunctional printer; classifying the usage data from the multifunctional printer into one or more categories; comparing the usage data from the multifunctional printer in each of the one or more categories to usage data from one or more other multifunctional printers; determining one or more usage patterns for the multifunctional printer from the comparison of the usage data between the multifunctional printer in each of the one or more categories to the usage data from one or more other multifunctional printers; identifying one or more products or services based on the one or more usage patterns for the multifunctional printer; and recommending one or more products or services for the multifunctional printer on a graphical user interface (GUI).

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • G06N 3/08 - Learning methods
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit

50.

ONE RATE PLATINUM

      
Application Number 205682400
Status Registered
Filing Date 2020-10-09
Registration Date 2023-03-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
NICE Classes  ? 35 - Advertising and business services

Goods & Services

(1) Rental of office machinery and equipment

51.

Identifying section headings in a document

      
Application Number 16675456
Grant Number 11494555
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-11-06
First Publication Date 2020-10-08
Grant Date 2022-11-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Bellert, Darrell

Abstract

A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and system for inferring certain texts as stylized section headings in an electronic document (ED). Stylized section headings are section headings that have unique styling distinct from the body of text below each stylized heading. In particular, the stylized section headings are identified based on styling information in the ED. Identifying stylized section headings includes grouping candidate headings based on identification of dominant styling, locating high level fragments, and repeatedly locating nested fragments from within higher level fragments. The ED may or may not include explicitly identified headings in the document.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 40/205 - Parsing
  • G06V 30/414 - Extracting the geometrical structure, e.g. layout tree; Block segmentation, e.g. bounding boxes for graphics or text
  • G06V 30/416 - Extracting the logical structure, e.g. chapters, sections or page numbers; Identifying elements of the document, e.g. authors
  • G06F 40/258 - Heading extraction; Automatic titling; Numbering
  • G06V 30/10 - Character recognition
  • G06N 5/04 - Inference or reasoning models

52.

Identifying sequence headings in a document

      
Application Number 16370724
Grant Number 11468346
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-29
First Publication Date 2020-10-01
Grant Date 2022-10-11
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Bellert, Darrell

Abstract

A method for processing an electronic document (ED) to infer a sequence of section headings in the ED. The method includes generating, by a computer processor, based on regular expression matching of a predetermined section heading pattern and a plurality of characters in the ED, a list of candidate headings in the ED; generating, by the computer processor and based on the list of candidate headings, a list of chain fragments for inferring a portion of the sequence of section headings; and generating, by the computer processor and based on predetermined criteria, the sequence of section headings by merging at least two chain fragments in the list of chain fragments.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06N 5/04 - Inference or reasoning models
  • G06F 40/258 - Heading extraction; Automatic titling; Numbering

53.

Method and system for efficient job scheduling by collecting data from multiple sources

      
Application Number 16834174
Grant Number 11275544
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-30
First Publication Date 2020-10-01
Grant Date 2022-03-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aher, Pritam
  • Yokoohji, Ryoichi

Abstract

A method, a non-transitory computer readable medium, and a system are disclosed for scheduling print jobs on a plurality of printers. The method includes: collecting job information on each of a plurality of print jobs; obtaining a predicted success rate for each of the plurality of print jobs with each of the plurality of printers based on the job information on the each of the plurality of print jobs, the predicted success rate being a likelihood that a print job can be successfully completed by a printer; and assigning each of the plurality of print jobs to one or more printers of the plurality of printers with the predicted success rate for each of the one or more printers of the plurality of print jobs being greater than a predicted success threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

54.

Customized grayscale conversion in color form processing for text recognition in OCR

      
Application Number 16585669
Grant Number 10764471
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-27
First Publication Date 2020-09-01
Grant Date 2020-09-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Wei, Junchao

Abstract

In a color to grayscale image conversion particularly method suitable for processing color document images such as forms, the color image is analyzed to determined which of the red, green and blue channels are the most dominant, second most dominant, and least dominant channels, based on the amount of information contained in each channel. Then, coefficients are assigned to the three channels, where the coefficient for the most dominant channel is smaller than the coefficient for the second most dominant color channel, which is in turn smaller than the coefficient for the least dominant color channel. The grayscale pixel value is then calculated using a linear combination of the red, green and blue pixel values weighted by their assigned coefficients. In one example, the ratio of the coefficients for the least dominant, the second most dominant and the most dominant channels is 10:3:1.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • H04N 1/40 - Picture signal circuits
  • H04N 1/411 - Bandwidth or redundancy reduction for the transmission or reproduction of two-tone pictures, e.g. black and white pictures

55.

Detection of finger press from live video stream

      
Application Number 16457449
Grant Number 10747371
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-28
First Publication Date 2020-08-18
Grant Date 2020-08-18
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Kulbida, Jie

Abstract

A method to detect a finger press in an augmented reality (AR) workspace. The method includes obtaining, using an image sensor, an image of the AR workspace, where the image includes an icon of a graphic user interface (GUI), where the GUI is hovered over by a hand of a user, extracting, by a computer processor based at least on a skin tone color filter, a hand candidate from the image of the AR workspace, extracting, by the computer processor based on a pre-determined confidence measure, a finger candidate from a contour of the hand candidate, and detecting, by the computer processor based on a location of the finger candidate with respect to the icon of the GUI, the finger press performed by the hand of the user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/042 - Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means by opto-electronic means
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06K 9/46 - Extraction of features or characteristics of the image
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object, an image or a displayed text element, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06T 7/194 - Segmentation; Edge detection involving foreground-background segmentation
  • G06T 7/246 - Analysis of motion using feature-based methods, e.g. the tracking of corners or segments

56.

DEPTH SECURITY

      
Serial Number 90062175
Status Registered
Filing Date 2020-07-20
Registration Date 2021-03-02
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Computer security consultancy; computer security threat analysis for protecting data; computer software consultation; consulting in the field of IT project management; data security consultancy; information technology consulting services; internet security consultancy; IT consulting services

57.

Method of generating infill geometry from a native computer aided design (CAD) file

      
Application Number 16835850
Grant Number 11214050
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-31
First Publication Date 2020-07-16
Grant Date 2022-01-04
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Nordback, Kurt Nathan

Abstract

The method includes: obtaining a first file of a computer-aided design (CAD) application; identifying, within the first file, a first 3D shape associated with a 3D infill pattern; generating a second file including: a first section specifying the 3D infill pattern; and a second section including instructions describing the first 3D shape filled with multiple instances of the 3D infill pattern by referencing the first section. The first section and the second section are separate in the second file.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B29C 64/386 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing

58.

Augmented reality document redaction

      
Application Number 16234071
Grant Number 11481507
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-27
First Publication Date 2020-07-02
Grant Date 2022-10-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Tecu, Kirk Steven

Abstract

A method for processing an image of a physical document to show a redacted portion including: identifying a tag associated with the redacted portion and including first user rights; obtaining, using the identified tag, a digital copy of the physical document including a non-redacted form of the redacted portion; receiving, from an external device, second user rights; determining that the second user rights match the first user rights; outputting, based on the determination, information indicating that the non-redacted form of the redacted portion is able to be shown; receiving, in response to the non-redacted form being able to be shown, an instruction to display the non-redacted form; and displaying, based on the instruction and using a projector onto a surface a predetermined distance from the physical document, the non-redacted form of the redacted portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems
  • G06V 20/20 - Scenes; Scene-specific elements in augmented reality scenes
  • G06V 30/416 - Extracting the logical structure, e.g. chapters, sections or page numbers; Identifying elements of the document, e.g. authors
  • G06V 30/10 - Character recognition
  • G06F 21/84 - Protecting input, output or interconnection devices output devices, e.g. displays or monitors
  • G06V 30/14 - Image acquisition
  • G06F 17/00 - Digital computing or data processing equipment or methods, specially adapted for specific functions

59.

PROCESS FOR FABRICATION OF FIBER COMPOSITES USING DUAL-CURE FREE-FROM 3D-PRINTED TAILORED FIBER PLACEMENT PREFORM

      
Application Number US2019053998
Publication Number 2020/139433
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-10-01
Publication Date 2020-07-02
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. (USA)
Inventor Bruening, Karsten

Abstract

A method for generating a thermo set Fiber- Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite preform includes: dispensing, from a print head of a 3D-printer, a dual-cure resin coated fiber including a dual-cure resin with a ultra-violet (UV)-curable component and a thermally-curable component; curing, during the dispensing of the dual-cure resin coated fiber, the UV-curable component with a UV light source such that the dual-cure resin coated fiber is partially cured and contacting lengths of the partially-cured dual-cure resin coated fiber bond together; and positioning the print head during the dispensing and curing of the dual-cure resin coated fiber to three- dimensionally print the thermoset FRP composite preform.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B33Y 70/00 - Materials specially adapted for additive manufacturing
  • C08G 59/68 - Macromolecules obtained by polymerising compounds containing more than one epoxy group per molecule using curing agents or catalysts which react with the epoxy groups characterised by the catalysts used
  • C08L 63/00 - Compositions of epoxy resins; Compositions of derivatives of epoxy resins

60.

Process for fabrication of fiber composites using dual-cure free-form 3D-printed tailored fiber placement preform

      
Application Number 16235252
Grant Number 11426898
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-28
First Publication Date 2020-07-02
Grant Date 2022-08-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Bruening, Karsten

Abstract

A method for generating a thermoset Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite preform includes: dispensing, from a print head of a 3D-printer, a dual-cure resin coated fiber including a dual-cure resin with a ultra-violet (UV)-curable component and a thermally-curable component; curing, during the dispensing of the dual-cure resin coated fiber, the UV-curable component with a UV light source such that the dual-cure resin coated fiber is partially cured and contacting lengths of the partially-cured dual-cure resin coated fiber bond together; and positioning the print head during the dispensing and curing of the dual-cure resin coated fiber to three-dimensionally print the thermoset FRP composite preform.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29B 11/16 - Making preforms characterised by structure or composition comprising fillers or reinforcements
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B29B 13/08 - Conditioning or physical treatment of the material to be shaped by using wave energy or particle radiation
  • B29C 70/48 - Shaping or impregnating by compression for producing articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles using matched moulds, e.g. for deforming sheet moulding compounds [SMC] or prepregs and impregnating the reinforcements in the closed mould, e.g. resin transfer moulding [RTM]
  • B29K 101/10 - Thermosetting resins

61.

Ultra high frequency and tunable carbon nanotube resonator

      
Application Number 16147355
Grant Number 11271538
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-28
First Publication Date 2020-04-02
Grant Date 2022-03-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Stopa, Michael
  • Amano, Jun
  • Bruening, Karsten

Abstract

A carbon nanotube (CNT) resonator includes: a first CNT having a first end and a second end both fixed to a substrate; and a second CNT having a first end fixed to the substrate. The second CNT creates a Van der Waals (VdW) bond with the first CNT where the second CNT overlaps the first CNT. A length of the VdW bond along a distance between the first and the second CNTs oscillates based on a DC voltage applied between the first end of the first CNT and the first end of the second CNT. An electrical current passing through the first and the second CNTs using the VdW bond oscillates based on the oscillation of the length of the VdW bond.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H03H 9/02 - Networks comprising electromechanical or electro-acoustic elements; Electromechanical resonators - Details
  • C01B 32/159 - Carbon nanotubes single-walled
  • H03H 9/10 - Mounting in enclosures
  • H03H 3/02 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for the manufacture of impedance networks, resonating circuits, resonators for the manufacture of electromechanical resonators or networks for the manufacture of piezoelectric or electrostrictive resonators or networks
  • B82Y 40/00 - Manufacture or treatment of nanostructures

62.

ONE RATE PLATINUM

      
Serial Number 88847243
Status Registered
Filing Date 2020-03-25
Registration Date 2022-11-22
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 35 - Advertising and business services

Goods & Services

Rental of office machinery and equipment

63.

Automatic generation of training data for supervised machine learning

      
Application Number 15941815
Grant Number 11270224
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-03-30
First Publication Date 2019-10-03
Grant Date 2022-03-08
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Grams, Jason James

Abstract

A method is disclosed for training a machine learning model to process electronic documents (EDs). The method includes obtaining a structured ED (SED) from a document repository, where the SED includes a first metadata. The method further generates, based on the SED, a bitmap and a second metadata. The method also determines whether the second metadata is within a predetermined threshold of the first metadata and generates, based on the SED and in response to determining that the second metadata is not within the predetermined threshold of the first metadata, a third metadata. The method additionally determines whether the third metadata is within the predetermined threshold of the first metadata and stores, in response to determining that the third metadata is within the predetermined threshold of the first metadata, a second SED comprising the bitmap and the third metadata.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/583 - Retrieval characterised by using metadata, e.g. metadata not derived from the content or metadata generated manually using metadata automatically derived from the content
  • G06N 20/00 - Machine learning
  • G06F 16/80 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor; File system structures therefor of semi-structured data, e.g. markup language structured data such as SGML, XML or HTML
  • G06F 16/93 - Document management systems

64.

Deep search embedding of inferred document characteristics

      
Application Number 15940794
Grant Number 11768804
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-03-29
First Publication Date 2019-10-03
Grant Date 2023-09-26
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Tecu, Kirk Steven

Abstract

A method for generating a searchable file from a document. The method includes identifying an object within the document and a formatting attribute of the object, determining an inferred semantic characteristic of the object by comparing the formatting attribute with a plurality of inference rules, wherein the inferred semantic characteristic comprises an estimation of author-defined semantic characteristic of the object, generating metadata based at least on the inferred semantic characteristic and the formatting attribute of the object, wherein the metadata comprises text data that is searchable by a search application for the searchable file to identify the object within the searchable file, and generating, based on the document, the searchable file comprising the metadata.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/14 - File systems; File servers - Details of searching files based on file metadata
  • G06F 16/80 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor; File system structures therefor of semi-structured data, e.g. markup language structured data such as SGML, XML or HTML
  • G06F 16/16 - File or folder operations, e.g. details of user interfaces specifically adapted to file systems
  • G06F 16/33 - Querying

65.

Patterns for 3D printing

      
Application Number 15395435
Grant Number 10675857
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-12-30
First Publication Date 2018-07-05
Grant Date 2020-06-09
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Nordback, Kurt Nathan

Abstract

A method for three-dimensional (3D) printing. The method includes: obtaining a native file of a computer-aided design (CAD) application; identifying, within the native file, a first 3D shape associated with a 3D infill pattern; generating a slicer description language file including: a first section specifying the 3D infill pattern; and a second section including instructions to print the first 3D shape filled with multiple instances of the 3D infill pattern by referencing the first section, where the first section and the second section are separate in the slicer description language file; and sending the slicer description language file to a 3D printer for printing the first 3D shape filled with the 3D infill pattern.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B29C 64/386 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing

66.

ONE RATE

      
Serial Number 87918011
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-05-11
Registration Date 2019-05-28
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 35 - Advertising and business services

Goods & Services

Rental of office machinery and equipment

67.

Stable thermochromics polymer films with vanadium dioxide nanowires

      
Application Number 15858069
Grant Number 11236239
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-12-29
First Publication Date 2018-05-03
Grant Date 2022-02-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor Amano, Jun

Abstract

A thermochromic device includes a film and a number of vanadium dioxide nanowires disposed within the film. The film is manufactured by hot extruding a material that includes a polymer and a plurality of vanadium dioxide nanowires on a drum to form a rough film.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C09D 5/26 - Thermosensitive paints
  • B29C 71/00 - After-treatment of articles without altering their shape; Apparatus therefor
  • B29C 48/08 - Flat, e.g. panels flexible, e.g. films
  • B29C 48/00 - Extrusion moulding, i.e. expressing the moulding material through a die or nozzle which imparts the desired form; Apparatus therefor
  • C08K 9/02 - Ingredients treated with inorganic substances
  • C08K 7/08 - Oxygen-containing compounds
  • B29K 105/16 - Fillers
  • B29K 505/08 - Transition metals
  • B29K 67/00 - Use of polyesters as moulding material
  • B29C 71/04 - After-treatment of articles without altering their shape; Apparatus therefor by wave energy or particle radiation
  • B29C 35/08 - Heating or curing, e.g. crosslinking or vulcanising by wave energy or particle radiation
  • C08K 3/22 - Oxides; Hydroxides of metals

68.

VIOPOINT INTELLIGENT CYBER SECURITY

      
Serial Number 87829621
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-03-12
Registration Date 2018-09-04
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Providing consulting services in the field of information technology and cyber security, namely, scouting computer networks to identify malicious threats, identifying systems vulnerabilities, identifying suspicious behavior with potential to compromise computer systems, computer threat detection, providing security compliance reporting, security intelligence and log management; IT consulting services, namely, computer network evaluation and safety assessment through social engineering, computer vulnerability assessments, application testing; providing computer security services, namely, integrating defenses across development and operations, unifying vulnerability detection and assessment, and providing attack protection from computer security breach attempts

69.

Miscellaneous Design

      
Serial Number 87829627
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-03-12
Registration Date 2018-08-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Providing consulting services in the field of information technology and cyber security, namely, scouting computer networks to identify malicious threats, identifying systems vulnerabilities, identifying suspicious behavior with potential to compromise computer systems, computer threat detection, providing security compliance reporting, security intelligence and log management; IT consulting services, namely, computer network evaluation and safety assessment through social engineering, computer vulnerability assessments, application testing; providing computer security services, namely, integrating defenses across development and operations, unifying vulnerability detection and assessment, and providing attack protection from computer security breach attempts

70.

VIOPOINT

      
Serial Number 87829631
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-03-12
Registration Date 2018-08-14
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Providing consulting services in the field of information technology and cyber security, namely, scouting computer networks to identify malicious threats, identifying systems vulnerabilities, identifying suspicious behavior with potential to compromise computer systems, computer threat detection, providing security compliance reporting, security intelligence and log management; IT consulting services, namely, computer network evaluation and safety assessment through social engineering, computer vulnerability assessments, application testing; providing computer security services, namely, integrating defenses across development and operations, unifying vulnerability detection and assessment, and providing attack protection from computer security breach attempts

71.

PRECISION LABEL SERIES

      
Serial Number 87787804
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-02-07
Registration Date 2020-09-22
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. ()
NICE Classes  ? 07 - Machines and machine tools

Goods & Services

Printing presses; digital label presses, namely, label pressing machines for forming and printing labels for commercial use

72.

DEPTH SECURITY

      
Serial Number 87786666
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-02-06
Registration Date 2019-07-02
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A., INC. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Computer security consultancy; Computer security threat analysis for protecting data; Computer software consultation; Consulting in the field of IT project management; Data security consultancy; Information technology consulting services; Internet security consultancy; IT consulting services

73.

Multi-spectral gas analyzer system with multiple sets of spectral sensitivity

      
Application Number 15176480
Grant Number 11022545
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-08
First Publication Date 2017-02-16
Grant Date 2021-06-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Wang, Leiming
  • Hung, Po-Chieh

Abstract

A system and method for multi-spectral gas concentration analysis that includes using a library of multiple sets of optimized spectral sensitivities prepared in advance, and a multi-spectral IR gas analyzer tuned to a set of optimized spectral sensitivity. The multi-spectral IR gas analyzer measures spectral absorption of gas using one or more different sets of optimized spectral sensitivities.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 21/3504 - Investigating relative effect of material at wavelengths characteristic of specific elements or molecules, e.g. atomic absorption spectrometry using infrared light for analysing gases, e.g. multi-gas analysis
  • G01J 3/42 - Absorption spectrometry; Double-beam spectrometry; Flicker spectrometry; Reflection spectrometry
  • G01N 33/00 - Investigating or analysing materials by specific methods not covered by groups
  • G01N 33/22 - Fuels; Explosives
  • G01J 3/02 - Spectrometry; Spectrophotometry; Monochromators; Measuring colours - Details
  • G01J 3/36 - Investigating two or more bands of a spectrum by separate detectors
  • G01J 3/12 - Generating the spectrum; Monochromators
  • G01J 3/28 - Investigating the spectrum
  • G01N 33/24 - Earth materials

74.

WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE

      
Serial Number 86905281
Status Registered
Filing Date 2016-02-11
Registration Date 2017-05-09
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 35 - Advertising and business services
  • 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Computer software for workflow management and workflow automation, for operating multi-functional office devices, document management, content authoring and publishing, developing customized internal network sites, designing, creating, maintaining and accessing document management, authoring, storage and retrieval systems, and accessing remotely stored data for such applications; computer software to pre-index documents, to capture documents from multifunction peripherals, to capture documents transmitted via facsimile machines; computer software to search and locate content within document libraries; computer software for data migration and metadata migration; computer software, namely, software for remotely servicing printers, copying machines, facsimile machines, scanners, and multi-functional office devices Providing virtual office services, namely, computerized office business administration, business operation, office functions, and business management Computer software consulting services; providing information and online information about the implementation and use of computer hardware and software; provision of technical information in relation to the implementation and use of computers, computer hardware and software; providing online tools in the nature of non-downloadable software to check for printer functionality, and other computer trouble shooting; providing tech support, namely, help desk services for IT infrastructure support, data backup services, and, virus spyware removal services, and computer security consultancy; managed print services, namely, monitoring the status and performance of computers, computer hardware, printers, and copiers in a computer network; configuration of computers, computer hardware, printers and copiers in a computer network for printing; consultation in the field of ergonomics, namely, designing and configuring workplace facilities and equipment to optimize efficiency and safety; consulting services in the field of office and workplace automation; consulting services in the field of designing modular office environment; software design services, namely, providing design and technical architecture for web-based applications, mobile applications, and internet-of-things applications; software design services, namely, providing design and technical architecture for web-based applications, mobile applications, and internet-of-things applications; providing technology consulting in the field of Internet of Things; interior design services; design services, namely, architectural design of commercial building and their interior

75.

Monitoring device mesh network systems and method

      
Application Number 14816411
Grant Number 10508929
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-08-03
First Publication Date 2015-11-26
Grant Date 2019-12-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Trevino, Ramiro
  • Anderson, Lester

Abstract

Methods, systems, devices, and software are described for data transmission to and from a monitored device via a mesh network. Monitoring devices report usage, status, location, and other pertinent data via a mesh network, and perhaps other networks as well. Novel data collection, transmission, and aggregation techniques are described. Data transfer may be bi-directional in order to manage and update device status and operation. The monitored device location may be tracked with the reported information.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 40/34 - Modification of an existing route
  • H04W 84/18 - Self-organising networks, e.g. ad hoc networks or sensor networks
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • G01D 4/00 - Tariff metering apparatus

76.

BIZDRIVE

      
Serial Number 86681870
Status Registered
Filing Date 2015-07-02
Registration Date 2017-08-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Cloud computing featuring software for use to estimate total cost of ownership for printing devices

77.

Copier/printer exterior part using halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition including recycled polycarbonate and recycled polyethylene terephthalate

      
Application Number 14302633
Grant Number 08865795
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-06-12
First Publication Date 2014-10-02
Grant Date 2014-10-21
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Xin, Minqi
  • Luo, Minghua
  • Li, Wenqiang
  • Gao, Lei
  • Li, Qiang
  • Kitani, Ryuji
  • Saita, Yasuharu

Abstract

A copier/printer exterior part uses a halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition. The halogen-free flame-retardant resin composition includes 5 wt % to 50 wt % of unused polycarbonate, 20 wt % to 63 wt % of recycled polycarbonate, 5 wt % to 35 wt % of recycled polyethylene terephthalate, 0.2 wt % to 2 wt % of a styrene-acrylonitrile-glycidyl methacrylate terpolymer, 5 wt % to 15 wt % of a toughener, 10 wt % to 20 wt % of a flame retardant, 0.1 wt % to 0.8 wt % of a flame-retardant antidrip agent, 0.1 wt % to 1 wt % of an antioxidant, and 0.1 wt % to 2 wt % of a lubricant. The styrene-acrylonitrile-glycidyl methacrylate terpolymer includes 1 wt % to 5 wt % of glycidyl methacrylate and 20 wt % to 33 wt % of acrylonitrile.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C08K 5/521 - Esters of phosphoric acids, e.g. of H3PO4
  • C08L 69/00 - Compositions of polycarbonates; Compositions of derivatives of polycarbonates
  • C08L 67/02 - Polyesters derived from dicarboxylic acids and dihydroxy compounds

78.

FILEASSIST

      
Serial Number 86392393
Status Registered
Filing Date 2014-09-11
Registration Date 2015-12-15
Owner Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

Application service provider (ASP) featuring software for use in knowledge management, document management, and for the collection, editing, organizing, modifying, transmission, storage and sharing of data and information

79.

FORZA

      
Serial Number 86311207
Status Registered
Filing Date 2014-06-16
Registration Date 2016-11-01
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A ()
NICE Classes  ? 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments

Goods & Services

Software for enterprise resource planning and management of information technology hardware, specifically for use in connection with office automation and imaging products and services

80.

THE LAWYERS HELP DESK

      
Serial Number 86233596
Status Registered
Filing Date 2014-03-27
Registration Date 2015-01-06
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific, technological and industrial services, research and design

Goods & Services

CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE FIELD OF SELECTION, IMPLEMENTATION, AND USE OF COMPUTER HARDWARE AND CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE FIELD OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS

81.

FORZA

      
Serial Number 86146893
Status Registered
Filing Date 2013-12-18
Registration Date 2016-10-25
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS U.S.A ()
NICE Classes  ? 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments

Goods & Services

Computer software that provides real-time, integrated business management intelligence related to office automation and imaging products and services by combining information from various databases and presenting it in an easy-to-understand user interface

82.

Toner, manufacturing method thereof and image forming method

      
Application Number 13963452
Grant Number 08748073
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-09
First Publication Date 2013-12-05
Grant Date 2014-06-10
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nagasawa, Hiroshi
  • Ohmura, Ken

Abstract

3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 5/00 - Recording-members for original recording by exposure e.g. to light, to heat, to electrons; Manufacture thereof; Selection of materials therefor

83.

Intermediate transfer member comprising an inorganic layer, and image forming method and image forming apparatus employing thereof

      
Application Number 13848207
Grant Number 08802336
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-21
First Publication Date 2013-11-14
Grant Date 2014-08-12
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakka, Kenji
  • Maehara, Yuichiro

Abstract

An image forming apparatus may include an electrophotographic photoreceptor and an intermediate transfer member. An image may be formed by primary transferring a toner image held on a surface of an electrophotographic photoreceptor to an intermediate transfer member, and secondary transferring the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to a transferee material. A dispersive component of surface energy of the electrophotographic photoreceptor and a dispersive component of surface energy of the intermediate transfer member may satisfy a relationship of (the dispersive component of surface energy of the electrophotographic photoreceptor)≦(the dispersive component of surface energy of the intermediate transfer member).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 13/01 - Electrographic processes using a charge pattern for multicoloured copies

84.

Image forming apparatus for selecting pages for N-up printing

      
Application Number 13894374
Grant Number 08810848
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-05-14
First Publication Date 2013-10-24
Grant Date 2014-08-19
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakajima, Takeshi
  • Iwase, Tomohiro

Abstract

There is described an image processing apparatus, which makes it possible not only to eliminate the deterioration of the perceptibility, but also to determine the pages being suitable for applying the predetermined image processing. The control section determines specific pages, being suitable for applying a predetermined image processing, based on the attributes detected by the detecting section, so as to apply the predetermined image processing to the specific pages. On the other hand, the control section applies image processing, including a variable power processing, to both the partial image area and the partial character area by employing different magnification factors, so as to generate a size-changed partial image area and a size-changed partial character area, and to arrange both of them into a predetermined imaginary area being smaller than an area of the original image, so as to accommodate them within the predetermined imaginary area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data

85.

Image forming apparatus with control section to control contact pressure between heating member and pressure member and control method thereof

      
Application Number 13845991
Grant Number 09002228
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-17
Grant Date 2015-04-07
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakamaki, Tsutomu
  • Yamada, Takashi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus is provided that includes: a heating member that heats a recording sheet; a pressure member that presses the recording sheet between the heating member and the pressure member; an adjustment mechanism that causes the heating member and the pressure member to contact or to separate; and a control section that, at a time of a warm-up operation or an idling operation, based on a predetermined condition, controls the adjustment mechanism so as to cause the heating member and the pressure member to contact at a contact pressure that is lower than a contact pressure between the heating member and the pressure member at a time of image formation or is approximately identical to the contact pressure at a time of image formation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 15/16 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for transferring a pattern to a second base of a toner pattern, e.g. a powder pattern

86.

Gradation correction device for generating gradation correction data in accordance with density data obtained by reading control strip, and printing system having the same

      
Application Number 13852117
Grant Number 08848248
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-28
First Publication Date 2013-10-10
Grant Date 2014-09-30
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kawabe, Toru

Abstract

Disclosed is a gradation correction device in which the control strip has white or light-colored end patches and has at least one reference point at each of both ends of the control strip, which is defined by two straight lines including a fine line drawn on at least a part of a peripheral edge of each end patch except a border between the end patch and an adjacent patch which is adjacent to the end patch, and in which the gradation correction device detects the reference point at each of the both end portions of the control strip in the read image data, and obtains the density data of each patch by specifying a position of each patch in the control strip in the read image data in accordance with the detected reference point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/407 - Control or modification of tonal gradation or of extreme levels, e.g. background level
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • B41J 29/393 - Devices for controlling or analysing the entire machine

87.

Image forming apparatus, image formation control method, and recording medium which stores image control program and is readable by computer

      
Application Number 13857842
Grant Number 08982372
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-04-05
First Publication Date 2013-10-10
Grant Date 2015-03-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Noda, Yoriko

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes an image processing section to process gradation characteristic of the image data based on a tone curve, an image forming section to form an image based on the image data processed by the image processing section; and a control section to control processing in the image processing section. The control section has a function to adjust characteristic of output density relative to input density of image data as the gradation characteristic as a tone curve via a setting screen, saves operational situations at the time of adjustment of the tone curve on the setting screen as a history, and, when the history is designated, reproduces a state at the time of the past adjustment for the tone curve on the setting screen by using the saved operational situations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 1/40 - Picture signal circuits
  • G06K 15/02 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data using printers
  • H04N 1/407 - Control or modification of tonal gradation or of extreme levels, e.g. background level
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit

88.

Control method of feeder and image forming system

      
Application Number 13852263
Grant Number 08764003
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-28
First Publication Date 2013-10-10
Grant Date 2014-07-01
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Icn. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Oyama, Hiroshi
  • Izumiya, Kenji
  • Kojima, Kiyoto
  • Takahashi, Atsushi

Abstract

When conveying an envelope, a posture of the envelope is corrected by hitting a closed portion of the envelope, which is opposite side of an opened portion of the envelope, against a nip portion between upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers and the envelope is then conveyed with the envelope being nipped by the upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers. The upper and lower rollers of the pre-registration rollers nip the envelope to remove air from the envelope. When setting an envelope mode to control a conveying speed of the envelope based on a coverage rate of an image to be formed on the envelope, the conveying speed of the envelope is controlled by adjusting a rotation speed of the registration rollers based on the coverage rate of the set envelope mode.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65H 5/00 - Feeding articles separated from piles; Feeding articles to machines

89.

Image forming system, image forming apparatus, external terminal, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13789715
Grant Number 08896870
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-08
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2014-11-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kobayashi, Minako
  • Komaki, Yoshio
  • Hase, Junichi
  • Yoshimura, Tomonari
  • Tajima, Hiroki
  • Shibuta, Yoshiaki

Abstract

An image forming system comprises an image forming apparatus and an external terminal. The image forming apparatus has a receiving part for receiving operation input information on an operation input into an operation screen from the external terminal, a specifying part for specifying a first program to which an execution instruction is given through the operation screen on the basis of the operation input information, a determination part for determining a second program having the same function as that of the first program as an execution object program on the condition that the second program is installed in the external terminal, and a notification part for notifying the external terminal that the second program is determined as the execution object program. The external terminal executes a processing in accordance with the second program and displays a result of the processing executed in accordance with the second program.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof

90.

Mounting structure for bearing member, fixing device, and image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13803338
Grant Number 08942609
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-14
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2015-01-27
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Hata, Masaki

Abstract

A mounting structure for a bearing member comprises the bearing member, bearing a rotary shaft; a frame body that includes a mounting hole; and a plurality of projections, each of the projections being formed at one of three or more positions on at least one of an outer circumferential surface of the bearing member and an inner circumferential surface of the mounting hole, the positions extending radially from a center of the rotary shaft, the bearing member being press fitted into the mounting hole via the projections, each of the projections being formed at a circumferential position having no other projection formed at a position 180° therefrom with respect to the center of the rotary shaft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16C 33/04 - Brasses; Bushes; Linings
  • F16C 35/02 - Rigid support of bearing units; Housings, e.g. caps, covers in the case of sliding-contact bearings
  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • F16C 17/02 - Sliding-contact bearings for exclusively rotary movement for radial load only

91.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13845881
Grant Number 09116453
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2015-08-25
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Kato, Shigetaka
  • Suzuki, Katsufumi
  • Higashi, Natsuyo
  • Seki, Hirotada

Abstract

An image forming apparatus calculates a positional deviation in the main and sub-scanning directions for each color by forming registration patterns in two arrays along a sub-scanning direction on an image carrier. Each registration pattern in one array is paired with an identical registration pattern in the other array. A first sensor has: a light-emitting element irradiating one registration pattern in a pair; a photodetector for regular reflection light; and a photodetector for diffuse reflection light. A second sensor has: a light-emitting element irradiating the other one in the pair; and a photodetector for regular reflection light. The relative positions of a pair of registration patters calculated using the respective sensors are corrected so as to reduce the positional deviation between the calculated positions by the amount of offset deviation estimated occur between positions detected by the respective sensors when the registration patterns are without positional deviation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 15/01 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for producing multicoloured copies

92.

Authentication system, electronic apparatus and authentication method

      
Application Number 13851704
Grant Number 09633194
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-27
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2017-04-25
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Suzue, Tadashi

Abstract

Disclosed is an authentication system including: an electronic apparatus; and a remote operating device to remotely operate the electronic apparatus, wherein the electronic apparatus comprises a main controller to control the electronic apparatus and a sub-controller to control the electronic apparatus independently from the main controller; and wherein in case that the remote operating device accesses to the electronic apparatus, after the main controller carries out a first user authentication, the sub-controller carries out a second user authentication.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/40 - User authentication by quorum, i.e. whereby two or more security principals are required
  • G06F 21/31 - User authentication

93.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13846146
Grant Number 08913946
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2014-12-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sawano, Shigeru
  • Kawai, Masashi
  • Nonoyama, Naoki

Abstract

An image forming apparatus that is orientatable in either a first position or a second position, the second position being different from the first position in inclination with respect to a horizontal plane, comprising: a platform configured to be stacked with a plurality of recording sheets used for image formation; a pickup roller in contact with the recording sheets and configured to pick up the recording sheets one at a time; a pressing member applying pressure to the platform against the pick-up roller; and a pressure changer causing the pressing member to change an amount of the pressure according to whether the image forming apparatus is in the first position or in the second position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern

94.

Image forming apparatus and image forming method

      
Application Number 13846178
Grant Number 08804194
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-18
First Publication Date 2013-10-03
Grant Date 2014-08-12
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Saito, Kazuhiro
  • Tanaka, Hideaki
  • Hirata, Katsuyuki
  • Harashima, Takashi

Abstract

An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a storage unit, an image processing unit and a control unit. The image processing unit (i) calculates a summed height of a color toner image formed on a sheet by summing up a height of the color toner image on the basis of input image data, (ii) calculates, on the basis of a target value for glossiness stored in the storage unit, a target total height of the color toner image and a clear toner image to realize the target value for glossiness, and (iii) calculates a height of the clear toner image by subtracting the summed height from the target total height. On the basis of the calculated height of the clear toner image, the control unit adjusts the height of the clear toner image formed on the sheet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 1/00 - Methods or arrangements for marking the record carrier in digital fashion
  • H04N 1/60 - Colour correction or control

95.

Image forming apparatus, operation control method for the same, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13785241
Grant Number 09294642
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-05
First Publication Date 2013-09-26
Grant Date 2016-03-22
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor Kaku, Shinya

Abstract

An image forming apparatus being capable of executing a plurality of functions comprises: an entry portion which allows a user to issue a request for using any one of the functions and enter user authority information; a display portion; an authenticator which: requires user authentication via a user authentication screen displayed on the display portion; and judges whether or not the user authority information entered via the entry portion is appropriate for an authorized user for the function; and a function execution controller which executes the function as requested, if the authenticator judges that the user authority information entered via the entry portion is appropriate for an authorized user for the function, wherein the authenticator resets the result of the user authentication if the function execution controller successfully finishes executing the function.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 15/00 - Arrangements for producing a permanent visual presentation of the output data
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems

96.

Image forming apparatus having exhaust treatment system

      
Application Number 13771111
Grant Number 09037034
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-20
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-05-19
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Ikeda, Tomofumi
  • Yoshikawa, Shoichi
  • Matsuura, Kuniya
  • Satou, Masayuki
  • Oshima, Ryo
  • Oomoto, Noboru

Abstract

An image forming apparatus having; a fusing unit that heats and presses a recording medium with an image transferred thereto, thereby fixing the image thereon; a first duct section in which air that contains emissions generated by the fusing unit flows; an ion generation unit provided away from the first duct section to generate ions; a second duct section in which air that contains the ions generated by the ion generation unit flows; a third duct section connected to the first and second duct sections, such that air flows in from the first and second duct sections, whereby the emissions are charged by the ions; a filter unit provided in the third duct section to trap the charged emissions; and a blowing unit that generates air flows from the connections with the first and second duct sections in the third duct section toward the filter unit.

IPC Classes  ?

97.

Image forming apparatus

      
Application Number 13779192
Grant Number 08913943
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-27
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2014-12-16
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Nakane, Yoshiki
  • Ito, Yohei

Abstract

In an image forming apparatus, a cleaning unit includes: a cleaning blade that scrapes off untransferred toner remaining on an image support; an application brush that contacts the image support on the downstream side in the rotational direction of the image support relative to the cleaning blade, the application brush rotating in a counter direction at a contact position with the image support, thereby scratching off lubricant particles from a solid lubricant provided at its periphery, and supporting and feeding the lubricant particles toward the contact position with the image support; and a moving force providing unit that provides the lubricant being fed by the application brush with an electrical moving force toward the image support, on the upstream side in the rotational direction of the application brush relative to the contact position of the image support and the application brush.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 21/00 - Arrangements not provided for by groups , e.g. cleaning, elimination of residual charge

98.

Server, print job control method for the same, and recording medium

      
Application Number 13788378
Grant Number 09507556
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-07
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2016-11-29
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor Nojima, Nobuhiro

Abstract

A server includes a spooler which puts one or more jobs connected to one or more users in a spool queue; a user information receiver which receives from a printing apparatus, user information of a user who is logged on to the printing apparatus; a job search portion which finds one or more jobs connected to the logon user among the one or more jobs waiting in the spool queue, by using the user information received by the user information receiver; and a controller which controls such that the most recent job among the one or more jobs found by the job search portion is transferred to the printing apparatus and further controls, on the basis of one or both of: the job title of the most recent job; and the spool time the most recent job is put into the spool queue.

IPC Classes  ?

99.

Information processing system for starting up a browser, user terminal, information processing device, and non-transitory computer readable recording medium

      
Application Number 13788577
Grant Number 09578084
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-07
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2017-02-21
Owner KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Sakiyama, Daisuke
  • Yamada, Masami
  • Ohshima, Atsushi
  • Teramoto, Keisuke
  • Tamura, Atsushi
  • Hisada, Yukina

Abstract

An information processing system comprises a user terminal and an information processing device. A remote operation screen image for remotely operating the information processing device is displayed with the user terminal so that the information processing device is operated by remote control via the user terminal. The information processing device includes: a screen image controlling part for receiving operation information from the user terminal; a contents determining part for determining if contents accessed by a browser are internal contents of the information processing device when the operation information is a process request requiring start up of the browser; and a browser controlling part for starting up a first browser on the information processing device when the internal contents are to be accessed, and sending a browser start up instruction to cause start up of a second browser installed on the user terminal when external contents are to be accessed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 3/12 - Digital output to print unit
  • H04N 1/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details thereof
  • H04N 1/44 - Secrecy systems

100.

Image forming apparatus and method of controlling the same

      
Application Number 13836197
Grant Number 08983332
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-15
First Publication Date 2013-09-19
Grant Date 2015-03-17
Owner Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc. (Japan)
Inventor
  • Horie, Takayuki
  • Hayashi, Hideaki
  • Saito, Masashi
  • Hadano, Hideki
  • Morita, Osamu
  • Yoneda, Satoru

Abstract

An image forming apparatus has an outline surrounded by a casing. The casing has an opening. The image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit configured to fix an image formed on a recording medium, and a control unit. The fixing unit includes a heating fixing member. The control unit is configured to control an opening degree of the opening based on temperature of a surface of or in the vicinity of the heating fixing member, so as to prevent emission of a substance by an air current to outside of the casing through the opening, during an image forming operation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G03G 15/00 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern
  • G03G 15/20 - Apparatus for electrographic processes using a charge pattern for fixing, e.g. by using heat
  • G03G 21/20 - Humidity or temperature control
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