US Pat. No. 9,288,827

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICES, COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR SELECTIVELY ESTABLISHING DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONNECTIONS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A wireless communication device configured to operate selectively in one of a plurality of statuses comprising a master-station
status for serving as a master station of a wireless network and a slave-station status for serving as a slave station of
the wireless network, the wireless communication device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor,
instructing the wireless communication device to:

perform a first process for establishing a first-type connection with a first device in response to satisfaction of a first
condition, the first process comprising:

performing a first response process comprising:
receiving from the first device a search signal, and
transmitting to the first device a response signal in response to the search signal;
performing a determining process in response to performance of the first response process, the determining process comprising:
assigning one of the master-station status and the slave-station status to the wireless communication device; and
establishing the first-type connection with the first device, in which the wireless communication device is configured to
operate as one of the master station and the slave station in accordance with the one of the master-station status and the
slave-station status assigned to the wireless communication device in the determining process;

perform a second process for establishing a second-type connection with a second device in response to satisfaction of a second
condition, the second process comprising:

performing a detecting process of detecting the second device; and
establishing the second-type connection with the second device in response to performance of the detecting process,
wherein one of a first action and a second action is performed in response to one of the following:
the first condition is satisfied while the detecting process is being performed, and
the second condition is satisfied while the first response process is being performed,
wherein the first action includes performing the first response process of the first process without performing the detecting
process, and

wherein the second action includes performing the detecting process of the second process without performing the first response
process.

US Pat. No. 9,256,385

RELAY DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF EXECUTING SELECTED IMAGE PROCESSING USING SELECTED APPLICATION TYPES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A relay device comprising:
a network interface configured to connect with a network;
a processor coupled to the network interface; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions and one or more processing modules,
wherein, when executed by the processor, the computer-readable instructions cause the relay device to perform:
receiving, via the network interface, selected image processing identifying information from a image processing device which
is connected with the network,

the selected image processing identifying information being configured to identify a selected image processing, which is at
least one type of image processing selected in the image processing device from among plural types of image processing, and

the plural types of image processing being a processing to be executed on first image information outputted from the image
processing device;

receiving selected second image information-identifying information from the image processing device via the network interface,
the selected second image information-identifying information being configured to identify selected second image information
selected in the image processing device from among a plurality of second image information, and

the selected second image information being information to be composed with the first image information by the selected image
processing;

receiving the selected second image information identified by the selected second image information-identifying information;
executing the selected image processing identified by the selected image processing identifying information to compose the
selected second image information and the first image information by using one or more of the processing modules; and

sending created image information to the image processing device via the network interface, the created image information
being image information created by the execution of the selected image processing,

wherein in a case where the selected image processing to be executed using the one or more of the processing modules is a
first image processing that requires a predetermined number of the first image information, the computer-readable instructions
further cause the relay device to perform:

sending second information to the image processing device via the network interface when a number of the first image information
to be sent from the image processing device is greater than the predetermined number, or when the number of the first image
information to be sent from the image processing device is less than the predetermined number,

the second information being information for causing the image processing device to display, on the display of the image processing
device, an image indicating that the number of the first image information does not match the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,307,574

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a first wireless communication apparatus; and
a second wireless communication apparatus, wherein the first wireless communication apparatus comprises:
a first control device configured to:
where a first wireless network in which the first wireless communication apparatus is a master station and a second wireless
network in which the second wireless communication apparatus is a master station are formed, change a state of the first wireless
communication apparatus from a first state to a second state in a specific case where transmission of target data is to be
executed from the first wireless communication apparatus to the second wireless communication apparatus, the first state being
a state in which the first wireless communication apparatus is the master station of the first wireless network, the second
state being a state in which the first wireless communication apparatus is a slave station of the second wireless network,
and in the specific case, transmit the target data to the second wireless communication apparatus using the second wireless
network in which the first wireless communication apparatus is the slave station and the second wireless communication apparatus
is the master station, and wherein the second wireless communication apparatus comprises: a second control device configured
to:

in the specific case, receive the target data from the first wireless communication apparatus using the second wireless network
in which the first wireless communication apparatus is the slave station and the second wireless communication apparatus is
the master station.

US Pat. No. 9,244,405

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body having a bottom surface, wherein the main body accommodates:
a photosensitive drum disposed away from the bottom surface; and
a fuser having at least a portion disposed further away from the bottom surface than the photosensitive drum is to the bottom
surface, the fuser comprising:

an endless belt;
a rotatable body; and
a nip plate comprising:
a first surface with lubricant thereon that faces an inner surface of the endless belt, the first surface and the rotatable
body being configured to nip the endless belt therebetween, the endless belt and the rotatable body configured to form a nip
therebetween; and

a second surface that extends from an end of the first surface, the second surface including a furthest downstream portion
of the nip plate along a conveying path of a sheet at the nip, and being spaced apart from the inner surface of the endless
belt,

wherein the second surface includes a first portion inclined from the end of the first surface toward the bottom surface of
the image forming apparatus to an end of a second portion of the second surface, the second portion being inclined away from
the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 9,268,291

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CIRCUIT BOARD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit comprising a photosensitive body configured to carry developer, and an exposure unit configured to scan
and expose the photosensitive body to light;

a pair of frames disposed in a horizontal direction opposite to each other with the image forming unit being positioned therebetween;
a supply board configured to supply electric power to an electric motor;
a control board configured to control operation of the image forming unit; and
a connecting member extending in the horizontal direction and supporting the exposure unit and at least one of the control
board and the supply board, the connecting member having each longitudinal end portion connected to each of the pair of frames.

US Pat. No. 9,403,385

HANDHELD PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A handheld printer comprising:
a battery power supply;
a platen roller configured to feed said print-receiving paper;
a thermal line head configured to perform desired printing on a print-receiving paper fed by said platen roller;
a power key for turning the power supply on and off;
at least one function key for causing said handheld printer to execute a predetermined function, disposed adjacently to said
power key;

a first reaction force applying member configured to apply a reaction force in response to a pressing force of said power
key;

a second reaction force applying member configured to apply a reaction force in response to a pressing force of said function
key; and

a substantially right-angled parallelepiped shaped housing,
said housing including:
a top cover;
an undercover;
a cover member;
an insertion slot formed between said top cover and said cover member; and
a discharging slot formed between said cover member and said undercover,
said power key and said function key being provided on said top cover,
said function key being disposed adjacently to said power key,
said power key and said function key being arranged along a direction,that extends from said insertion slot towards said discharging slot on a surface of said top cover, and
the reaction force by said first reaction force applying member being larger than the reaction force by said second reaction
force applying member.

US Pat. No. 9,288,838

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A wireless communication device configured to operate selectively in one of a plurality of states comprising a parent station
state which functions as a parent station of a wireless network and a child station state which functions as a child station
of the wireless network, the wireless communication device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor,
causing the wireless communication device to perform:

executing a group owner negotiation, by using a first intent value that the wireless communication device stores and a particular
intent value that another device stores, of determining that one of the wireless communication device and another device is
to operate in the parent station state and determining that the other of the wireless communication device and the other device
is to operate in the child station state;

establishing a first type of connection with the other device such that the wireless communication device operates in a state
determined in the group owner negotiation, wherein in a case where the first type of connection with a first device is to
be established, the first type of connection with the first device is established by using a first wireless channel, the first
wireless channel being used in a communication between the wireless communication device and the first device;

establishing a second type of connection with another device, wherein in a case where the second type of connection with a
second device different from the first device is to be established, the second type of connection with the second device is
established by using a second wireless channel, the second wireless channel being used in a communication between the wireless
communication device and the second device; and

determining at least one of a number of the first wireless channel and a number of the second wireless channel such that the
number of the first wireless channel is identical to the number of the second wireless channel, in a specific case where one
of the first type of connection with the first device and the second type of connection with the second device is to be established
under a situation in which the other of the first type of connection with the first device and the second type of connection
with the second device has been established.

US Pat. No. 9,250,600

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING RESIN FRAME FOR SUPPORTING IMAGE FORMING UNITS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBERS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units respectively having a photosensitive drum rotatable about a rotary axis and arranged side
by side in an arrangement direction orthogonal to the rotary axis;

a support member configured to support the plurality of image forming units;
a frame, which is made of resin, is arranged at one end-side of the photosensitive drum in a direction of the rotary axis
and is configured to support the support member;

a first beam member, which is made of metal, has a long shape extending in the orthogonal direction, is arranged along an
outer surface of the frame and is fixed to the frame; and

a plurality of electrodes, which is supported to the frame and is configured to supply power to the plurality of image forming
units,

wherein the frame comprises:
a plurality of support projections, which protrudes inwardly from an inner surface of the frame and is configured to support
the plurality of electrodes, and

a projection part, which is arranged at an outer position of the plurality of support projections, at which the projection
part overlaps with the support member, as viewed from the direction of the rotary axis, and is contactable to the support
member in a case where the support member is moved towards the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,174,468

RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a long medium to be recorded;
a medium information acquiring portion configured to acquire medium information related to said medium to be recorded;
a data acquiring portion configured to acquire record data for recording on said medium to be recorded;
a recording head configured to perform recording in accordance with said record data acquired by said data acquiring portion
on said medium to be recorded fed by said feeding roller, and form a recorded medium;

a take-up body configured to sequentially take up said recorded medium around a predetermined axis and produce roll-shaped
recorded matter;

a recording speed determining portion configured to determine a recording speed by said recording head based on said medium
information acquired by said medium information acquiring portion;

a total length acquiring portion configured to acquire a total recording length by said recording head; and
a take-up time determining portion configured to predict and determine a take-up time by said take-up body before said take-up
body starts take-up of said recorded medium, based on said total recording length acquired by said total length acquiring
portion and said recording speed determined by said recording speed determining portion.

US Pat. No. 9,233,548

PRINTING FLUID CARTRIDGE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:
a front face oriented toward a first direction;
a printing fluid supply portion extending in the first direction;
a rear face positioned opposite the front face and oriented toward a second direction opposite the first direction;
an electrical interface positioned between the front face and the rear face; and
a recess that is opened in the third direction that is perpendicular to the first direction and the second direction, wherein
the recess begins at a location farther from the rear face than a location at which the electrical interface ends along the
first direction, and the recess and the electrical interface intersect a plane which is parallel with the first direction,
the second direction, and the third direction.

US Pat. No. 9,288,826

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A wireless communication device configured to operate selectively in one of a plurality of states comprising a parent station
state which functions as a parent station of a wireless network and a child station state which functions as a child station
of the wireless network, the wireless communication device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor,
causing the wireless communication device to perform:

(A) executing a state determination process of determining that one of the wireless communication device and another device
is to operate in the parent station state of a first wireless network and determining that the other of the wireless communication
device and the other device is to operate in the child station state of a first wireless network, so as to establish a first
type of connection with the other device such that the wireless communication device operates in a state determined in the
state determination process, wherein in a case where the first type of connection with a first device is to be established,
the first type of connection with the first device is established by using a first wireless channel; and

(B) establishing a second type of connection with another device such that the wireless communication device and the other
device belong to a second wireless network different from the first wireless network, wherein in a case where the second type
of connection with a second device different from the first device is to be established, the second type of connection with
the second device is established by using a second wireless channel;

(C) judging in a specific situation whether a value of the first wireless channel and a value of the second wireless channel
are identical or not, the specific situation being a situation in which one connection of the first type of connection with
the first device and the second type of connection with the second device is to be established, while the other connection
of the first type of connection with the first device and the second type of connection with the second device has been established;

wherein the above (A) and the above (B) include:
forming a multiple connection state in a first case where it is judged that the value of the first wireless channel and the
value of the second wireless channel are identical, the multiple connection state being a state in which both the first type
of connection with the first device and the second type of connection with the second device are established; and

forming a single connection state in a second case where it is judged that the value of the first wireless channel and the
value of the second wireless channel are not identical, the single connection state being a state in which one particular
connection is established, the one particular connection being one connection of the first type of connection with the first
device and the second type of connection with the second device.

US Pat. No. 9,227,435

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND PLATEN APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus comprising:
a roller pair configured to transport a sheet in a first direction;
a platen disposed downstream of the roller pair in the first direction and including a plurality of ribs spaced apart from
each other in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction; and

a plurality of contact portions spaced apart from each other in the second direction, wherein each downstream end of the plurality
of contact portions in the first direction extends toward the platen, and

wherein the plurality of ribs includes an inclined surface that is inclined upwardly, relative to the platen, in the first
direction, wherein the downstream end of the at least one of the plurality of contact portions overlaps the at least a portion
of the inclined surface in a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions.

US Pat. No. 9,290,021

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus, comprising:
a conveyor configured to convey a sheet along a conveying direction, the conveyor including a roller configured to contact
a first surface of the sheet, and another conveyor part configured to contact a second surface of the sheet opposite to the
first surface of the sheet, the roller and the other conveyor part configured to form a nip point therebetween;

a recording portion configured to eject ink droplets from nozzles onto the sheet;
a support member configured to support the recording portion to be movable along a scanning direction, the support member
including a first surface and a second surface, the first surface being opposite to the second surface in a direction perpendicular
to both the scanning direction and the conveying direction; and

a contact member disposed on the support member and comprising a first portion, a second portion and a contact portion configured
to contact the first surface of the sheet between the nozzles and the conveyor with respect to the conveying direction, the
second portion disposed between the first portion and the contact portion,

wherein the recording portion contacts the first surface of the support member,
wherein the first portion of the contact member contacts the second surface of the support member when the contact portion
is in contact with the sheet, and

wherein the second portion of the contact member extends from a first position to a second position downstream of the roller
and the other conveyor part of the conveyor in the conveying direction, a part of the second portion disposed at the first
position being closer to the support member in the direction perpendicular to both the scanning direction and the conveying
direction than a rotational axis of the roller, wherein the second portion does not overlap either the roller or the other
conveyor part of the conveyor along any axis parallel to the scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,247,094

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR EXTRACTING NON-SELECTABLE PRINTING PARAMETERS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An information processing device comprising:
an image processing unit configured to perform an image processing operation;
a communication unit configured to perform wireless communication with a terminal device, the wireless communication being
established in response to the terminal device being brought within a communicable distance from the communication unit;

a display;
an input unit; and
a controller configured to:
after the wireless communication between the communication unit and the terminal device, extract one or more un-selectable
parameters that are not selectable on the terminal device, from all parameters available for setting the image processing
operation to be performed by the image processing unit;

control the display to display one or more parameters of all the parameters available for setting the image processing operation
to be performed by the image processing unit, the one or more parameters including at least one of the extracted one or more
un-selectable parameters; and

in response to receiving, via the input unit, a signal corresponding to a specific parameter of the one or more parameters
displayed on the display, control the image processing unit to perform the image processing operation based on the specific
parameter corresponding to the signal received via the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,266,367

PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:
a feeder configured to feed a print-receiving medium;
a printing head configured to perform desired printing on said print-receiving medium fed by said feeder;
a substantially cuboid-like shaped housing comprising a longitudinal direction and a width direction, containing said feeder
and said printing head;

a touch panel portion provided to an upper part of said housing; and
a cover configured to cover a portion of said touch panel portion,
said cover comprising a plurality of locking hooks provided to areas other than a center part of said cover along said longitudinal
direction,

said touch panel portion comprising a plurality of locked parts to which said plurality of locking hooks are respectively
to be locked,

said touch panel portion and said cover are included in an upper cover unit,
said upper cover unit is pivotably connected to said housing at one end in the longitudinal direction,
said upper cover unit further comprises a liquid crystal panel part configured to display a desired display,
said upper cover unit including said touch panel portion and said liquid crystal panel part pivots in an integrated manner,
said liquid crystal panel part is pivotably connected to said touch panel portion at the one end in the longitudinal direction,
said touch panel portion comprises an operation surface facing upward and being capable of executing desired operation input;
said cover comprises an inner peripheral surface configured to sandwich an operation sheet with said operation surface,
said cover comprises:
a substantially horizontal part positioned on an upper part of said operation sheet; and
a left and right pair substantially vertical parts provided so as to cover each lateral side of said touch panel portion while
hanging substantially vertically downward from each of both end parts of said substantially horizontal part along said width
direction;

said plurality of locking hooks is provided to the areas of said inner peripheral surface of each of said left and right pair
of substantially vertical parts respectively on one side and the other side in said width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,162,463

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLEANING WIPER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus configured to jet liquid, comprising:
a liquid jetting head including a liquid jetting surface in which a plurality of nozzles are formed;
a wiper configured to wipe the liquid jetting surface of the liquid jetting head;
a moving mechanism configured to move at least one of the wiper and the liquid jetting head such that the wiper is moved relative
to the liquid jetting head in a first direction parallel to the liquid jetting surface;

a liquid discharge mechanism configured to discharge the liquid from the nozzles of the liquid jetting head;
a position change mechanism configured to change position of the wiper in a direction perpendicular to the liquid jetting
surface by rotating the wiper around a rotational shaft parallel to the liquid jetting surface and perpendicular to the first
direction;

a liquid receiving member arranged to face the liquid jetting surface to receive the liquid; and
a controller configured to control the liquid jetting head, the moving mechanism, the position change mechanism, and the liquid
discharge mechanism,

the controller being configured to perform:
controlling the liquid jetting head to jet the liquid from the nozzles such that the liquid adheres onto the liquid jetting
surface;

controlling the moving mechanism to move the wiper relative to the liquid jetting head in a direction parallel to the liquid
jetting surface in a state in which a first surface of the wiper is away from the liquid jetting surface, such that the first
surface of the wiper makes a contact with the liquid adhered onto the liquid jetting surface and that the adhered liquid flows
from the liquid jetting surface to the first surface of the wiper;

thereafter, controlling the moving mechanism to move the wiper to a position at which the wiper is not overlapped with the
liquid jetting head as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the liquid jetting surface and at which the first surface of
the wiper is located closer to the liquid receiving member in the first direction as compared with a second surface of the
wiper that is opposite to the first surface; and

controlling the position changing mechanism to rotate the wiper toward the liquid receiving member multiple times at the said
position

wherein the controller is configured to control the position change mechanism such that the wiper rotated to wipe off the
liquid adhering to the wiper.

US Pat. No. 9,286,017

TECHNIQUE FOR DISPLAYING THUMBNAIL IMAGES ON AN INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-readable instructions for an information processing
device,
the computer-readable instructions, when executed by a processor of the information processing device, causing the information
processing device to perform:

receiving a file selecting operation for selecting a particular file from among one or more files in a memory of the information
processing device;

sending the selected particular file and a registering request to a first server via the Internet, the registering request
indicating a request for registering file information in the first server, the file information being generated by the first
server which received the registering request, the file information including identification information for identifying the
selected particular file;

obtaining thumbnail image data of the selected particular file;
receiving the identification information from the first server via the Internet on a condition that the registering request
has been sent to the first server;

storing the thumbnail image data and the identification information in the memory in association with one another;
receiving a first access operation for accessing K items of file information registered in the first server, while the K items
of file information are registered in the first server, the K being an integer of one or more;

in response to receiving the first access operation, sending, to the first server via the Internet, a first access request
for accessing the K items of file information registered in the first server;

in response to sending the first access request, receiving, from the first server, K items of the identification information
included in the K items of file information registered in the first server; and

in response to receiving the K items of identification information, retrieving the K items of thumbnail image data stored
in the memory in association with the K items of identification information and controlling a displaying unit of the information
processing device to display a first screen including K items of thumbnail images represented by the retrieved K items of
thumbnail image data.

US Pat. No. 9,280,124

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING WASTE DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING PORTION

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a drum unit provided in the main body, and comprising a photosensitive drum configured to support developer and to rotate
about an axis extending in an axial direction, and a drum cleaning unit configured to remove waste developer from a surface
of the photosensitive drum to collect the waste developer;

a developing cartridge configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum and comprising a waste-developer-accommodating
portion configured to accommodate the waste developer, the developing cartridge being configured to be moved between a mounted
position where the developing cartridge is mounted on the main body and a separated position where the developing cartridge
is separated from the main body by being pulled out in the axial direction while the drum unit is accommodated in the main
body, the developing cartridge being spaced apart from the drum cleaning unit in a circumferential direction of the photosensitive
drum, the waste-developer-accommodating portion having an upstream end portion and a downstream end portion in a pulled direction
that the developing cartridge is pulled from the mounted position to the separated position, the drum cleaning unit having
an upstream end portion and a downstream end portion in the pulled direction; and

a first conveying member configured to convey the waste developer from the drum cleaning unit to the waste-developer-accommodating
portion, the first conveying member having one end portion and another end portion, the one end portion of the first conveying
member being connected to the downstream end portion of the waste-developer-accommodating portion such that the developing
cartridge and the first conveying member are integrally moved,

wherein the other end portion of the first conveying member is connected to the downstream end portion, in the pulled direction,
of the drum cleaning unit if the developing cartridge is in the mounted position, and the other end portion of the first conveying
member is disconnected from the downstream end portion, in the pulled direction, of the drum cleaning unit if the developing
cartridge is in the separated position.

US Pat. No. 9,150,028

LIQUID CARTRIDGE CAPABLE OF REDUCING FORCE REQUIRED TO OPEN AIR CHANNEL AND LIQUID CHANNEL

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:
a liquid chamber configured to store liquid therein;
a valve chamber defined by a side wall surface and a base wall surface, the side wall surface extending in a first direction
away from the liquid chamber and having an annular shape in cross-section taken along a plane orthogonal to the first direction,
the side wall surface having a first end at which the base wall surface is provided and a second end which is an open end
and positioned downstream of the first end in the first direction, the side wall surface having a first opening and a second
opening, one of the side wall surface and the base wall surface having a third opening at a position upstream of the first
opening and the second opening in the first direction;

a moving member disposed in the valve chamber and configured to move in a second direction opposite to the first direction,
the moving member having an outer surface and a through-hole, the through-hole being configured to allow communication between
a space in the valve chamber near the first end of the side wall surface and a space in the valve chamber near the second
end of the side wall surface;

a first sealing part having an annular shape and provided on the outer surface of the moving member;
a second sealing part having an annular shape and provided on the outer surface of the moving member at a position downstream
of the first sealing part in the first direction;

a first air channel configured to provide communication between the valve chamber and an atmosphere through the first opening;
a second air channel configured to allow air to flow between the valve chamber and the liquid chamber through the second opening;
a first liquid channel configured to allow liquid to flow between the valve chamber and the liquid chamber through the third
opening; and

a second liquid channel extending from the third opening to the second end of the side wall surface through the through-hole
formed in the moving member,

wherein the side wall surface includes:
a central region in which the first opening is formed, the first sealing part and the second sealing part being configured
to intimately contact the central region along its entire circumference to provide airtight seal, the central region defining
a first internal space having a first cross-sectional area taken along a plane orthogonal to the first direction;

a first-end side region in which the second opening is formed, the first-end side region being positioned upstream of the
central region in the first direction, the first-end side region defining a second internal space having a second cross-sectional
area taken along a plane orthogonal to the first direction; and

a second-end side region positioned downstream of the central region in the first direction, the second-end side region defining
a third internal space having a third cross-sectional area taken along a plane orthogonal to the first direction, the second
cross-sectional area being greater than the first cross-sectional area, and the third cross-sectional area being greater than
the first cross-sectional area, and

wherein the moving member includes a valve configured to close and open the second liquid channel, the moving member being
configured to move from a first position to a second position closer to the first end of the side wall surface than the first
position to the first end of the side wall surface, wherein

in the first position, the first sealing part is positioned within the first internal space surrounded by the central region
at a position upstream of the first opening in the first direction, the second sealing part being positioned within the third
internal space surrounded by the second-end side region, and the valve closing the second liquid channel; and

in the second position, the first sealing part is positioned within the second internal space surrounded by the first-end
side region to provide communication between the first opening and the second opening, the second sealing part being positioned
within the first internal space surrounded by the central region at a position downstream of the first opening in the first
direction, and the valve opening the second liquid channel.

US Pat. No. 9,309,420

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An ink-jet recording apparatus, comprising:
a water-based ink which contains glycol ether and water;
an element which is configured to contact with the water-based ink, is formed of a polyacetal resin, and contains aliphatic
amide in an amount of less than 29 ppm by weight;

an ink discharging mechanism which has an ink discharging surface from which the water-based ink is discharged; and
a purge unit configured to suck the water-based ink in the ink discharging mechanism, wherein the purge unit contains the
element.

US Pat. No. 9,227,416

LIQUID CARTRIDGE, IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, AND SUBSTRATE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:
a liquid reservoir configured to store liquid therein;
a liquid flow path configured to selectively allow the liquid reservoir to be in fluid communication with an exterior of the
liquid cartridge;

a sensor configured to output a signal relative to a position of a movable member disposed in the liquid flow path, the movable
member movable between a first position and a second position;

a storage configured to store data therein;
a plurality of terminals, wherein the plurality of terminals comprises:
a sensor terminal connected to the sensor;
a power terminal connected to the sensor and configured to receive power from an exterior of the cartridge; and
a data terminal connected to the storage, wherein a distance between at least a first portion of the power terminal and at
least a portion of the data terminal is greater than a distance between at least a second portion of the power terminal and
at least a portion of the sensor terminal,

wherein the sensor is disposed outside the liquid flow path, and
wherein the sensor is configured to face the movable member in the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,195,165

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing cartridge for use in an image forming apparatus with an apparatus electrode, the developing cartridge comprising:
a developing roller having a rotational shaft that extends in a first direction;
a housing having a wall portion and configured to store a developing agent therein; and
a developing electrode configured to be electrically connected to the developing roller, the developing electrode including:
a first contact portion contacting the rotational shaft and having a first surface that is positioned to slide against the
apparatus electrode;

a second contact portion disposed next to the first contact portion and having a second surface configured to contact the
apparatus electrode; and

a connecting portion including a first inclined surface connecting the first surface and the second surface with each other
and being contiguous with the first surface, the first inclined surface inclined toward the second contact portion from the
first contact portion such that the first inclined surface extends in a direction away from the wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,333,771

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INSTRUCTIONS EXECUTABLE BY THE IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:
a supply roller configured to supply a sheet to a conveyance path;
a conveying roller rotatable forwardly to convey the sheet supplied by the supply roller in a conveying direction and the
conveying roller being rotatable reversely;

an output roller rotatable forwardly to convey the sheet conveyed by the conveying roller in the conveying direction;
a carriage provided with a recording head configured to perform image recording on the sheet, the carriage being disposed
between the conveying roller and the output roller in the conveying direction and configured to be moved in a moving direction
intersecting the conveying direction;

a motor rotatable in a first rotational direction and in a second rotational direction reverse to the first rotational direction;
a transmission mechanism configured to:
cause driving power generated by the motor during rotation thereof in the first rotational direction, to be transmitted not
to the supply roller, transmitted to the conveying roller to rotate the conveying roller forwardly, and transmitted to the
output roller to rotate the output roller forwardly; and

cause driving power generated by the motor during rotation thereof in the second rotational direction, to be transmitted to
the supply roller to rotate the supply roller, transmitted to the conveying roller to rotate the conveying roller reversely,
and transmitted not to the output roller; and

a controller configured to execute:
a supply processing in which the controller controls the motor to rotate in the second rotational direction to cause the supply
roller to supply the sheet;

a conveyance processing in which the controller controls the motor to rotate in the first rotational direction to cause at
least one of the conveying roller and the output roller to convey the sheet in the conveying direction;

a recording processing in which the controller controls the carriage to move in the moving direction and controls the recording
head to perform the image recording during moving the carriage, while the conveyance processing is not being executed;

controlling the carriage, the recording head, and the motor to perform an image recording operation by executing the conveyance
processing and the recording processing alternately; and

a pre-discharge supply processing as the supply processing in the image recording operation at a point in time in a period
starting from a timing when a trailing edge position of a first sheet passes through the conveying roller and ending at a
timing when all the recording processings on the first sheet are completed, the controller being configured to, in the pre-discharge
supply processing, control the supply roller to supply a second sheet to the conveyance path, following the first sheet being
stopped from being conveyed, in a state in which the trailing edge of the first sheet is positioned between the conveying
roller and the output roller in the conveying direction, in the conveyance processing.

US Pat. No. 9,227,410

LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid jetting apparatus comprising:
a liquid jetting head having a liquid jetting surface in which a first nozzle row and a second nozzle row are formed, each
of the first nozzle row and the second nozzle row including a plurality of nozzles aligned in a predetermined direction;

a cap member configured to be in a close contact with the liquid jetting surface to cover the first nozzle row and the second
nozzle row;

a liquid discharge section connected to the cap member;
a liquid guiding member accommodated in the cap member; and
a control unit configured to control the liquid jetting head to jet a liquid from each of the first nozzle row and the second
nozzle row;

wherein a first liquid receiving groove extending in the predetermined direction and a second liquid receiving groove extending
in the predetermined direction and having a volume smaller than a volume of the first liquid receiving groove are formed in
a facing surface of the liquid guiding member, the facing surface being configured to face the liquid jetting surface;

wherein the control unit is configured to control the liquid jetting head to jet the liquid from the first nozzle row toward
the first liquid receiving groove and to jet the liquid from the second nozzle row toward the second liquid receiving groove
at a time of flushing of the nozzles;

wherein the control unit is configured to control the liquid jetting head such that, at the time of flushing, an amount of
liquid jetted from the first nozzle row toward the first liquid receiving groove is greater than an amount of liquid jetted
from the second nozzle row toward the second liquid receiving groove;

wherein the cap member includes:
a first cap portion configured to cover the first nozzle row;
a second cap portion being separated from the first cap portion by a partition wall portion and configured to cover the second
nozzle row;

a first liquid guiding member accommodated in the first cap portion; and
a second liquid guiding member accommodated in the second cap portion;
wherein the first liquid receiving groove is formed in the facing surface of the first liquid guiding member;
wherein the second liquid receiving groove is formed in the facing surface of the second liquid guiding member;
wherein a width of an opening of the first liquid receiving groove in a direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction
is greater than a width of an opening of the second liquid receiving groove in the direction orthogonal to the predetermined
direction; and

wherein a width of a bottom of the first liquid receiving groove in the direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction
is same as a width of a bottom of the second liquid receiving groove in the direction orthogonal to the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,260,621

WATER-BASED INK FOR INK-JET RECORDING, INK CARTRIDGE, INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS, AND INK-JET RECORDING METHOD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A water-based ink for ink-jet recording, comprising:
a self-dispersible pigment modified with carboxylic acid group;
water;
di-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinic acid or salt thereof; and
a compound represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein in the general formula (1);
R represents a hydrogen atom, or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group which is a straight chain alkyl group or a branched
chain alkyl group;

A represents an anion group; and
X represents H+ or alkali metal ion.

US Pat. No. 9,067,442

MEDIUM CARTRIDGE AND MEDIUM PRINTER WITH A CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A medium cartridge that comprises a first record medium roll that winds a record medium in a manner that enables feed-out,
and is configured to be mounted to a printer wherein a print mechanism configured to perform printing on said record medium
is provided movably along a medium-width direction of said record medium with respect to an opening/closing cover capable
of opening and closing at least an area above a part of an apparatus housing, the medium cartridge comprising:
a positioning contacting part configured to separate from a contacted part provided on said print mechanism with said opening/closing
cover open, and to contact said contacted part of said print mechanism and position said print mechanism in said medium-width
direction with said opening/closing cover closed.

US Pat. No. 9,076,005

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to be connected to a specific apparatus through a network, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory that stores a computer program that, when executed by the processor, causes the image processing apparatus to function
as:

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire input information from an outside for starting execution of an image processing
function;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the specific apparatus is logged in based on specific identification
information corresponding to the input information;

a first request unit configured to request input of authentication information from the outside; and
a function control unit configured to control execution of the image processing function,
wherein when it is determined that the specific apparatus is not logged in, the first request unit is configured to request
the input of the authentication information from the outside, and

wherein when it is determined that the specific apparatus is logged in, the function control unit is configured to permit
the execution of the image processing function without the first request unit requesting the input of the authentication information
from the outside.

US Pat. No. 9,304,437

DRUM UNIT FOR SUPPORTING DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE THAT INCLUDES DEVELOPING ROLLER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A drum unit configured to support a plurality of developing cartridges, each including a developing roller, the drum unit
comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive drums;
a support portion supporting the plurality of photosensitive drums; and
a plurality of contacting and spacing members provided to the support portion, each of the contacting and spacing members
being configured to take a contacting position for contacting the developing roller of one of the developing cartridges to
a corresponding one of the photosensitive drums and a spacing position for spacing the developing roller of the one of the
developing cartridges from the corresponding one of the photosensitive drums,

wherein each of the contacting and spacing members includes a pressing portion configured to press one of the developing cartridges
for spacing the developing roller of the one of the developing cartridges from a corresponding one of the photosensitive drums.

US Pat. No. 9,077,870

COPY MACHINE WITH CONTROLLING OF PRINTING UNIT

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A copy machine comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document;
memory configured to store image data of the document read by the reading unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image of the document read by the reading unit onto recording paper on a basis of the
image data stored in the memory; and

a processor,
wherein the memory is configured to store computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the copy
machine to:

in a case of controlling the reading unit to read a document of a plurality of sheets and controlling the printing unit to
print the document one at a time,

perform a former part printing with respect to a former part of the document of the plurality of sheets in a preceding print
mode, the preceding print mode comprising:

starting printing of image of the former part of the document on the basis of the stored image data before document reading
of the reading unit is completed; and

perform a latter part printing with respect to a latter part of the document of the plurality of sheets in a memory print
mode, the memory print mode comprising:

starting printing of image of the latter part of the document on the basis of the stored image data after the document reading
of the reading unit is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,235,368

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM BEARING PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An information processing device communicable with a plurality of devices, comprising:
a communication interface configured to communicate with the plurality of devices;
an input receiving device configured to receive an input, the input receiving device being configured to selectively receive
an input of a first job mode processing and a second job mode processing;

a memory; and
a controller configured to:
store, in a first region of the memory, first identification information that specifies a first default device that is associated
with the first job mode processing, the first identification information including:

first designation information that specifically identifies a first one of the plurality of devices, such that the first one
of the plurality of devices specifically identified by the first designation information is specified as the first default
device; and

first address information specifying an address of the first one of the plurality of devices specifically identified by the
first designation information,

wherein the first job mode processing is a process of processing a first type of file structure, and
wherein the first one of the plurality of devices that is specified as the first default device is configured to selectively
perform both the first job mode processing and the second job mode processing;

store, in a second region of the memory, second identification information that specifies a second default device that is
associated with the second job mode processing, the second identification information including:

second designation information that specifically identifies a second one of the plurality of devices, such that the second
one of the plurality of devices specifically identified by the second designation information is specified as the second default
device; and

second address information specifying an address of the second one of the plurality of devices specifically identified by
the second designation information,

wherein the second job mode processing is a process of processing a second type of file structure, and
wherein the second one of the plurality of devices that is specified as the default device is configured to selectively perform
both the first job mode processing and the second job mode processing;

read out the first identification information from the first region of the memory when the input receiving device receives
the first job mode processing, and transmit command data commanding the first job mode processing to the first one of the
plurality of devices specifically identified by the first designation information in the read out first identification information
via the communication interface; and

read out the second identification information from the second region of the memory when the input receiving device receives
the second job mode processing, and transmit command data commanding the second job mode processing to the second one of the
plurality of devices specifically identified by the second designation information in the read out second identification information
via the communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,174,466

PRINTER AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer, comprising:
a feeding portion configured to feed a printing medium in an auxiliary scanning direction, the feeding portion being capable
to change a feed speed for the printing medium at a specified rate of change;

a printing portion comprising a plurality of heating elements arrayed in a main scanning direction, the main scanning direction
being orthogonal to the auxiliary scanning direction, the plurality of heating elements being configured to perform printing
of one line at a time on the printing medium fed in the auxiliary scanning direction by the feeding portion, the one line
extending in the main scanning direction;

a processor configured to:
specify numbers of ON dots for at least a first specified block and a second specified block among a plurality of lines that
make up a printed pattern, the first specified block being one of a plurality of blocks, each of the plurality of blocks including
a first specified number of lines, the second specified block being another of the plurality of blocks and including a line
to be printed before the first specified block, and the number of ON dots being a number of heating elements, among the plurality
of heating elements, to be operated when the printing of one line is performed;

specify first speeds that respectively correspond to at least the first specified block and the second specified block based
on the numbers of ON dots;

set a second speed based on the first speeds that respectively correspond to the first specified block and the second specified
block, such that the printing medium is fed by the feeding portion at the first speed for the first specified block when the
printing of the first specified block is performed by the printing portion, the second speed being a feed speed of the printing
medium fed by the feeding portion when the printing of the second specified block is performed by the printing portion, the
second speed being set such that the printing of the first specified block is performed on the printing medium fed at the
first speed immediately after the feeding portion has changed the feed speed from the second speed to the first speed in accordance
with the specified rate of change; and

control the feeding portion and the printing portion such that the printing medium is fed by the feeding portion at the second
speed when the printing of the second specified block is performed by the printing portion, and such that the feed speed is
adjusted to the first speed just one line before a specified line is printed.

US Pat. No. 9,145,276

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL FOR DISCHARGING MANUSCRIPTS INTERPOSED BY TRANSPORT ROLLER, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transport roller configured to transport a manuscript;
a reading mechanism configured to read the manuscript transported by the transport roller;
a manuscript sensor configured to detect the manuscript;
a transport controller configured to control the transport roller so that the manuscript is interposed by the transport roller
under a condition that the manuscript is detected by the manuscript sensor;

a display unit;
a display controller configured to:
control the display unit to display a first screen under a condition that the manuscript is not detected by the manuscript
sensor; and

control the display unit to display a second screen in place of the first screen, wherein the second screen shows a representation
of a discharge function to discharge the manuscript interposed by the transport roller from the image forming apparatus, and
wherein the display unit is controlled to display the second screen under a condition that the manuscript is detected by the
manuscript sensor; and

an input device configured to, during display of the second screen, receive an input from a user, wherein the input invokes
the discharge function,

wherein the transport controller is configured to control the transport roller to discharge the manuscript interposed by the
transport roller from the image forming apparatus without reading the manuscript by the reading mechanism under a condition
that the input invoking the discharge function is received by the input device.

US Pat. No. 9,109,314

EMBROIDERY DATA GENERATOR, SEWING MACHINE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An embroidery data generator generating embroidery data on which an embroidery pattern is sewn, the generator comprising:
a display unit configured to be capable of color display; and
a control device configured to:
cause the display unit to display a color chart representing at least one of three attributes of hue, saturation and value
of a color in an HSV color space;

set a range on the displayed color chart;
randomly extract one of colors within the set range, the one color being used as thread color data, the embroidery pattern
including a plurality of color-based pattern portions, the thread color data specifying colors of the color-based pattern
portions; and

assign the extracted color to the thread color data of a corresponding one of the color-based pattern portions.

US Pat. No. 9,106,876

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE SETTING COLOR CONVERSION METHOD TO METHOD ADEQUATE FOR IMAGE TO BE CONVERTED

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor,
causing the image processing device to perform:

acquiring a plurality of hue values from an image, the image including the plurality of pixels having a plurality of hue values,
each of the plurality of pixels having corresponding one of the plurality of hue values, each of the plurality of hue values
indicating hue of corresponding one of the plurality of pixels;

determining an index value of the image based on the plurality of hue values, the index value representing a degree of change
in hue of the image before and after executing a color conversion on the image; and

setting a color conversion method to a first method when the index value represents that the degree of change in hue of the
image is comparatively low, and setting the color conversion method to a second method when the index value represents that
the degree of change in hue of the image is comparatively high, the second method being different from the first method;

wherein a processing load incurred by the first method is lower than a processing load incurred by the second method;
wherein a possibility that the hue of the image changes after color conversion is executed according to the first method is
higher than a possibility that the hue of the image changes after color conversion is executed according to the second method.

US Pat. No. 9,132,662

PRINTING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing device comprising:
a thermal head provided with a line head in which a plurality of heat elements are linearly lined up;
a feeding device for feeding a thermal print medium in a sub-scanning direction normal to the line head of the thermal head;
and

a control device for controlling the feeding device and the thermal head,
wherein the control device conducts a batch process or divisional process of pulse addition to selectively heat the heat elements
in the line head of the thermal head in a main scanning direction parallel with the line head every print period continuously
and repeatedly, wherein print dots are thereby printed on the thermal print medium fed in the sub-scanning direction by the
feeding device in accordance with a feed speed corresponding to the batch process or a feed speed corresponding to the divisional
process,

wherein a main pulse adding time of applying a main pulse to color-develop the thermal print medium and a sub-pulse adding
time of applying a sub-pulse to supplement the main pulse are retained in each of the print periods,

wherein the sub-pulse is a supplemental pulse for color-developing the thermal print medium by supplementing the main pulse
added in a present print period, the supplemental pulse not being able to independently color-develop the thermal print medium
or, a preheat pulse to color-develop the thermal print medium by supplementing the main pulse added in a next print period,
the preheat pulse not being able to independently color-develop the thermal print medium,

wherein the control device counts a total number of the main pulse every print period within a first predetermined range,
and when a maximum value of the total number of the main pulse exceeds a first threshold value, the divisional process is
conducted by adding the main pulse and the supplemental pulse every print period within a second predetermined range smaller
than the first predetermined range in accordance with the feed speed corresponding to the divisional process,

wherein, when the maximum value of the total number of the main pulse does not exceed the first threshold value, the control
device counts a total number of the supplemental pulse every print period within the first predetermined range, and, when
a maximum value of the total value of the supplemental pulse exceeds a second threshold value, the batch process is conducted
by adding the main pulse and the supplemental pulse every print period within the second predetermined range in accordance
with the feed speed corresponding to the batch process, and

wherein, when the total value of the supplemental pulse does not exceed the second threshold value, the batch process is conducted
by adding the main pulse and the supplemental pulse every print period within the second predetermined range at the feed speed
corresponding to the batch process and the batch process is conducted by adding the main pulse, the supplemental pulse and
the preheat pulse every print period within the second predetermined range until the feed speed shifts to a maximum speed
by exceeding the feed speed corresponding to the batch process.

US Pat. No. 9,180,704

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image recording apparatus, comprising:
a housing formed with a conveyance path comprising (i) a curved portion curved upward and (ii) an extending portion continuous
to the curved portion;

a recording device configured to record an image on a sheet conveyed in a conveying direction along the extending portion
of the conveyance path; and

a guide member disposed on the conveyance path at a position located upstream of the recording device in the conveying direction,
the guide member defining at least a portion of an outer side of the curved portion of the conveyance path, the guide member
being pivotable in a state in which an upstream end portion of the guide member in the conveying direction serves as an axis,
and a downstream end portion of the guide member in the conveying direction serves as a pivotal-movement distal end,

the guide member comprising a first guide portion and a second guide portion, the first guide portion being nearer to the
axis than the second guide portion, the second guide portion being nearer to the pivotal-movement distal end than the first
guide portion,

the first guide portion being pivotable between (i) a first position at which the first guide portion defines a portion of
the curved portion and (ii) a second position at which the curved portion is open,

the second guide portion being pivotably coupled to the first guide portion and movable between (i) a third position at which
the second guide portion defines a portion of the curved portion when the first guide portion is located at the first position
and (ii) a fourth position at which when the first guide portion is located at the second position, the second guide portion
extends in a direction directed from an inner side to the outer side of the curved portion defined by the first guide portion.

US Pat. No. 9,266,366

PRINTER INCLUDING ROLL SUPPORTING PART AND URGING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:
a roll supporting part configured to rotatably support a print-receiving tape roll, wherein the print-receiving tape roll
includes a print-receiving tape in a rolled shape;

a feed roller configured to pull out and feed the print-receiving tape included in the print-receiving tape roll supported
by the roll supporting part;

a printing head configured to print on the print-receiving tape that is pulled out and fed from the print-receiving tape roll
by the feed roller; and

an urging device configured to slide to and contact an outer peripheral surface of the print-receiving tape in the rolled
shape and to elastically press the print-receiving tape roll supported by the roll supporting part while the print-receiving
tape is pulled out and fed from the print-receiving tape roll,

wherein the roll supporting part is a roll containing part configured to rotatably contain the print-receiving tape roll,
wherein the printer further comprises at least one support roller in the roll containing part, the at least one support roller
being configured to, when the print-receiving tape is pulled out and fed from the print-receiving tape roll by the feed roller,
rotate by contacting the outer peripheral surface of the print-receiving tape in the rolled shape and rotatably support the
print-receiving tape roll,

wherein the roll containing part contains the print-receiving tape roll such that the print-receiving tape is pulled out and
fed from an upper side of the print-receiving tape roll,

wherein the print-receiving tape is pulled out and fed from the print-receiving tape roll at a feeding out position,
wherein the feeding out position is located nearer to a position where the urging device contacts the outer peripheral surface
of the print-receiving tape in the rolled shape than to a center of the print-receiving tape roll,

wherein the at least one support roller comprises three rollers,
wherein as the print-receiving tape is pulled out and fed from the print-receiving tape roll, the outer peripheral surface
of the print-receiving tape in the rolled shape has a diameter in a range from a maximum diameter to a minimum diameter,

wherein at least two rollers of the three rollers are arranged such that the at least two rollers continuously contact the
outer peripheral surface of the print-receiving tape in the rolled shape when the diameter is in the range from the maximum
diameter to the minimum diameter,

wherein the three rollers are arranged in an order of a first roller, a second roller, and a third roller from the feeding
out position in a direction extending from the feeding out position toward an opposite side of the print-receiving tape roll
from the feeding out position,

wherein the second roller and the third roller are substantially horizontal to each other, and the first roller is located
above the second roller and the third roller, and

wherein the feeding out position is located nearer to the position where the urging device contacts the outer peripheral surface
of the print-receiving tape in the rolled shape than to the first roller.

US Pat. No. 9,304,717

PRINTER FOR DETERMINING WHETHER THE CONNECTABILITY OF A USB DEVICE IS SUITABLE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printer comprising:
a host communication device that performs information transmission and reception by wired or wireless communication for the
functioning as a host device of a target device; and

a target processing portion that performs predetermined processing in accordance with target device information acquired from
said target device when said host communication device performs information transmission and reception with said target device,

said host communication device performing information transmission and reception with said target device via a USB bus, and
said target processing portion further including:
a suitability determination portion configured, in a case where an arbitrary USB target device is connected as said target
device to a target side of said USB bus, to determine whether or not the connectability of said USB target device to said
printer is suitable;

a notification device that performs illumination notification of a predetermined form in accordance with a determination result
of said suitability determination portion;

a notification control portion that controls said notification device so that a corresponding first notification is performed
when said suitability determination portion determines that the connectability is suitable, and a corresponding second notification
is performed when said suitability determination portion determines that the connectability is unsuitable;

a driver storage device that stores in advance driver software corresponding to specific types of a USB target device that
is connectable to a target side of said USB bus;

a type information storage device that stores in advance type information of said specific types of the USB target device
for which said driver software is stored in said driver storage device; and

a type information acquisition portion that acquires type information of an arbitrary USB target device via said USB bus when
the USB target device is connected to said USB bus,

said suitability determination portion including a type information comparison portion that compares type information acquired
by said type information acquisition portion with type information stored in advance in said type information storage device,
and

said notification control portion controlling said notification device so that said first notification is performed when a
comparison performed by said type information comparison portion indicates a match, and said second notification is performed
when a comparison performed by said type information comparison portion indicates a mismatch,

said type information storage device storing specific vendor IDs and specific product IDs, as type information of said specific
types of the USB target device,

said driver storage device storing the driver software corresponding to said specific vendor IDs and specific product IDs,
said type information acquisition portion acquiring a vendor ID and product ID of said connected USB target device as said
type information,

said type information comparison portion respectively comparing said vendor ID and said product ID acquired by said type information
acquisition portion with said specific vendor IDs and said specific product IDs stored in advance in said type information
storage device,

said notification control portion controlling said notification device so that said first notification is performed when both
vendor ID and product ID match, and said second notification is performed when at least one of vendor ID and product ID does
not match, as a result of a comparison of said type information comparison portion,

said target processing portion further including an overcurrent detecting device that detects whether or not a power current
that flows to said USB bus exceeds a predetermined permissible value when an arbitrary USB target device is connected to said
USB bus, and

said suitability determination portion determining that the connectability is suitable when overcurrent is not detected by
said overcurrent detecting device, and unsuitable when said overcurrent is detected by said overcurrent detecting device,

said target processing portion further includes a field effect transistor switch that shuts off the power current that flows
to said USB target device via said USB bus when said overcurrent is detected by said overcurrent detecting device, and

said USB target device is removed as well as the power source of said printer is turned OFF in a state that the power current
is shutoff by said field effect transistor switch, and then said printer is recovered to a power current supply state by rebooting
the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,280,127

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS VENTING

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main casing having a side wall and a front wall extending perpendicularly to the side wall;
a frame including a plate oriented parallel to the side wall and defining a first accommodating space having a sheet opening
through the front wall of the main casing;

the side wall of the main casing and the plate of the frame defining a second accommodating space therebetween;
the plate of the frame defining a first vent between the first accommodating space and second accommodating space;
the frame defining a second vent between the first accommodating space and second accommodating space, the second vent being
disposed below the first vent and being closer to the side wall than the first vent;

a heat generating element disposed in the second accommodating space adjacent the side wall;
the first vent having a first vent opening through the plate of the frame and disposed opposite the heat generating element;
and

the second vent having an inlet open through the plate of the frame disposed below the first vent opening, and an outlet opening
oriented perpendicularly to the inlet opening situated directly below the heat generating element.

US Pat. No. 9,473,656

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME INCLUDING REGISTRATION AND DOCUMENT PRESENCE FEATURES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display;
a sensor configured to detect a document set on the image processing apparatus;
an image processing device configured to perform an image processing operation of processing an image of the document;
a reader configured to read registration information from a recording medium positioned in proximity to or in contact with
the reader, the registration information including at least one of identification information for the recording medium and
setting information for the image processing operation; and

a controller configured to:
in response to the recording medium being brought in proximity to or in contact with the reader, control the reader to read
the registration information from the recording medium;

in response to the registration information being read by the reader, acquire the setting information based on the read registration
information;

in response to acquiring the setting information, determine whether the document is set on the image processing apparatus,
based on a detection signal from the sensor;

in response to determining that the document is set on the image processing apparatus, control the image processing device
to perform the image processing operation in accordance with the acquired setting information; and

when determining that the document is not set on the image processing apparatus, control the display to display a screen corresponding
to the acquired setting information.

US Pat. No. 9,310,973

ADAPTIVE USER INTERFACE FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image processor configured to execute image processing;
a display unit configured to provide a screen;
a reader configured to read user information by reading a medium having the user information in a contactless manner or a
contact manner;

an operation unit configured to receive the user information by operation of the operation unit;
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, the instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the processor to perform:
when at least one of the reader and the operation unit receives the user information, determining an input method from a first
input method in which the reader is used exclusively, a second input method in which both the reader and the operation unit
are used exclusively, and a third input method in which the operation unit is used exclusively;

based on the determined input method and a predetermined correspondence relationship, determining a screen providing method
from a first screen providing method of providing no input screen for inputting information, a second screen providing method
of providing a screen in which a first number of setting items is provided, and a third screen providing method of providing
a screen in which a second number of setting items is provided, the second number being larger than the first number, the
correspondence relationship being such that the first input method corresponds to the first screen providing method, the second
input method corresponds to the second screen providing method, and the third input method corresponds to the third screen
providing method; and

controlling the display unit to provide or not to provide the input screen based on the determined screen providing method.

US Pat. No. 9,180,670

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY, COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of nozzle units, each nozzle unit comprising one or more nozzles for ejecting liquid therefrom;
a plurality of capping devices, each capping device configured to seal a corresponding nozzle unit of the plurality of nozzle
units from an external space;

a movement mechanism configured to move each capping device relative to the liquid ejection head to place each capping device
in a contact state in which the capping device is in contact with the liquid ejection head or a separate state in which the
capping device is separated from the liquid ejection head;

a plurality of suctioning tubes, each suctioning tube connected to a corresponding respective one of the plurality of capping
devices;

a suctioning mechanism configured to suction fluid in the capping device by generating a suctioning force;
a connection device configured to connect the suctioning mechanism to each of the plurality of suctioning tubes, the connection
device comprising a rotation member, the rotation member comprising a first flow path and a second flow path that are each
configured to rotate with the rotation member; and

a control device configured to:
control the connection device and the movement mechanism to place the liquid ejection apparatus in a first state in which:
the suctioning mechanism is connected to a first suctioning tube, of the plurality of suctioning tubes, via the first flow
path to suction fluid in the capping device corresponding to one of the plurality of nozzle units in an unsealing state in
which the one of the plurality of nozzle units is not sealed from the external space, wherein the first suctioning tube is
connected to the capping device corresponding to the one of the plurality of nozzle units,
and
the suctioning mechanism is connected to a second suctioning tube, of the plurality of suctioning tubes, via the second flow
path to suction fluid in the capping device corresponding to a different one of the plurality of nozzle units in a sealing
state in which the different one of the plurality of nozzle units is sealed from the external space, wherein the second suctioning
tube is connected to the capping device corresponding to the different one of the plurality of nozzle units;

control the suctioning mechanism to suction fluid in the capping device corresponding to the one of the plurality of nozzle
units and to suction fluid in the capping device corresponding to the different one of the plurality of nozzle units in the
first state; and

control the connection device to rotate the rotation member to place the liquid ejection apparatus in a second state in which:
the first suctioning tube is disconnected from the suctioning mechanism in response to expiration of a predetermined time
period, the predetermined time period being a predetermined amount of time that the suctioning mechanism generates the suctioning
force in the first state, and

the second suctioning tube is connected to the suctioning mechanism via the second flow path;
control the connection device and the movement mechanism to rotate the rotation member to place the liquid ejection apparatus
in a third state in which:

the suctioning mechanism is disconnected from the first suctioning tube, and
the suctioning mechanism is connected to the second suctioning tube via the first flow path to suction fluid in the capping
device corresponding to the different one of the plurality of nozzle units in an unsealing state in which the different one
of the plurality of nozzle units is not sealed from the external space; and control the suctioning mechanism to suction fluid
in the capping device corresponding to the different one of the plurality of nozzle units in the third state, wherein the
liquid election apparatus is placed in the third state in response to expiration of another predetermined time period, the
other predetermined time period being a predetermined amount of time that the suctioning mechanism generates the suctioning
force in the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,310,734

FIXING ROLLER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fixing roller comprising:
a rotary shaft rotatable about an axis extending along an axial direction;
an elastic rubber layer that is provided at a circumference of the rotary shaft; and
a fluorine resin tube that covers a circumference of the elastic rubber layer and includes creases, the creases formed in
a mesh shape comprising:

a first crease extending in a first direction; and
a second crease extending in a second direction different from the first direction and intersecting with the first crease,
wherein an outer circumferential surface of the fluorine resin tube includes axial end portions to which the creases are provided,
and a central portion provided between the axial end portions, the central portion being smoother than both axial end portions,

wherein the creases are distributed over an entire area of both axial end portions of the fluorine resin tube,
wherein an outer peripheral surface of the elastic rubber layer includes first portions, each of the first portions covered
by a respective one of the axial end portions of the fluorine resin tube provided with the creases, and a second portion covered
by the central portion of the fluorine resin tube,

wherein the first portions of the outer peripheral surface of the elastic rubber layer are smoother than the axial end portions
of the fluorine resin tube provided with the creases, and

wherein the axial end portions of the fluorine resin tube are spaced apart from each other by a predetermined distance, the
predetermined distance being less than a width of a recording sheet, in the axial direction, that is to be conveyed by the
fixing roller, the creases configured to contact the recording sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,730,259

COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first type of interface configured to execute a wireless communication with a mobile device;
a second type of interface configured to execute a wireless communication with the mobile device;
one or more processors; and
a memory that stores computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the one
or more processors, causing the communication device to execute:

determining whether or not the communication device currently belongs to a first target network for executing a wireless communication
using the second type of interface, wherein

in a first case where the communication device is determined as currently belonging to the first target network, the first
type of interface sends a wireless setting to the mobile device, the wireless setting for causing the mobile device to belong
to the first target network,

in the first case, the computer-readable instructions cause the communication device to further execute a wireless communication
of object data with the mobile device via the first target network using the second type of interface after sending the wireless
setting, and

in a second case where the communication device is determined as currently not belonging to the first target network, the
computer-readable instructions cause the communication device to further execute:

a specific process of causing both the communication device and the mobile device to belong to a second target network; and
the wireless communication of the object data with the mobile device via the second target network using the second type of
interface after executing the specific process.

US Pat. No. 9,308,733

LIQUID CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:
a first outer face;
a second outer face opposite the first outer face;
a liquid chamber positioned between the first outer face and the second outer face and configured to store liquid therein,
wherein the liquid has a first specific gravity;

a liquid supply portion positioned at the first outer face and configured to supply the liquid from an interior of the liquid
chamber to an exterior of the liquid chamber;

a movable member positioned in the liquid chamber and comprising a detection portion and a float, wherein the float has a
second specific gravity which is less than the first specific gravity; and

a restriction member comprising an operation portion and a restriction portion, wherein the operation portion is operable
from the exterior of the liquid chamber and movable between a first position and a second position, and the second position
is closer to the second outer face than the first position is, wherein the restriction portion is configured to move when
the operation portion moves from the first position to the second position, wherein when the operation portion is in the first
position, the restriction portion is configured to directly contact the movable member in the liquid chamber such that movement
of the float is restricted within a restricted range and the float is submerged in the liquid in the liquid chamber, wherein
when the operation portion is in the second position, the restriction portion is configured to release the movable member
such that the float is positioned in a free range which is above the restricted range.

US Pat. No. 9,286,019

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THEREFOR

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image processing executing devices each configured to execute a corresponding one of a plurality of image processing
operations, the plurality of image processing executing devices comprising a scanning device configured to execute a scanning
operation to scan an image on a document sheet and a printing device configured to execute a printing operation to print based
on image data;

a selection accepting device configured to accept a selection of a specific one, of the plurality of image processing operations,
to be executed;

a communication device configured to communicate with an information processing terminal device; and
a controller configured to:
control the communication device to start establishment of communication with the information processing terminal device in
a state where the selection accepting device has accepted the selection of the specific one of the plurality of image processing
operations;

control the communication device to transmit, to the information processing terminal device, image processing information
indicating the selected specific one of the plurality of image processing operations after the communication has been established
with the information processing terminal device;

control the communication device to receive, from the information processing terminal device, execution instructing information
for instructing the image processing apparatus to execute the specific one, of the plurality of image processing operation
indicated by the image processing information; and

control a specific one of the plurality of image processing executing devices that corresponds to the received execution instructing
information to execute the specific one of the plurality of image processing operation in accordance with the received execution
instructing information,

wherein the controller is further configured to:
when the communication has been established with the information processing terminal device in a state where the selection
accepting device has accepted a selection of the scanning operation, control the communication device to transmit the image
processing information indicating the scanning operation to the information processing terminal device; and

when the communication has been established with the information processing terminal device in a state where the selection
accepting device has accepted a selection of the printing operation, control the communication device to transmit the image
processing information indicating the printing operation to the information processing terminal device.

US Pat. No. 9,174,458

HEATING DEVICE FOR DETECTING STATE OF ADJUSTMENT PORTION THAT ADJUSTS PERIOD OF CONNECTION WITH ALTERNATING CURRENT SOURCE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A heating device comprising:
a heater having a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal being configured to be connectable to one terminal
of an alternating current source;

an adjustment portion configured to selectively establish and disconnect a first connection between the second terminal and
another terminal of the alternating current source;

a switching portion configured to selectively establish and disconnect a second connection between the heater and the alternating
current source;

a generating circuit having a third terminal and a fourth terminal, the third terminal being connected to the one terminal
of the alternating current source, the fourth terminal being connected between the second terminal and the adjustment portion,
the generating circuit being configured to generate a zero-cross signal indicating a zero-cross timing concerning output of
the alternating current source; and

a processor configured to:
adjust a connection period during which the adjustment portion establishes the first connection;
detect a state of the adjustment portion in response to the zero-cross signal; and
perform an error process when the detected state of the adjustment portion indicates that the adjustment portion cannot disconnect
the first connection.

US Pat. No. 9,280,139

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a casing;
a fan configured to rotate around a rotational axis and let air inside the casing flow; and
a fan cover configured to cover the fan, the fan cover comprising:
a wall portion disposed to overlap the rotational axis in an axis direction along the rotational axis, the wall portion extending
in an orthogonal direction perpendicular to the axis direction;

a first section disposed on one side relative to the wall portion in the orthogonal direction, the first section having a
first opening disposed on one side relative to the fan in the axis direction and on the one side relative to the rotational
axis in the orthogonal direction; and

a second section disposed on an other side relative to the wall portion in the orthogonal direction, the second section having
a second opening disposed on the one side relative to the fan in the axis direction and on the other side relative to the
rotational axis in the orthogonal direction,

wherein the wall portion comprises an inclined section that is inclined to the one side in the axis direction, toward an end
of the inclined section close to the first section from another end of the inclined section close to the second section,

an opening area of the first opening is less than an opening area of the second opening,
the inclined section is disposed closer to the first section than the rotational axis in the orthogonal direction,
the inclined section comprises:
a first inclined portion disposed on one side in a second orthogonal direction, the second orthogonal direction being perpendicular
to the axis direction and the orthogonal direction; and

a second inclined portion disposed adjacent to the first inclined portion, on an other side relative to the first inclined
portion in the second orthogonal direction, and

a volume of a space defined by the first inclined portion and the fan is more than a volume of a space defined by the second
inclined portion and the fan.

US Pat. No. 9,225,856

RELAY SERVER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A relay server configured to relay a data communication between a plurality of service providing servers and a plurality
of communication devices, the relay server comprising:
one or more processors; and
an instruction memory that stores computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed
by the one or more processors, causing the relay server to execute:

registering first combination information in an information memory, the first combination information including specific account
information for a specific user, first account information for the specific user, first service identifying information for
identifying a first service provided by a first service providing server of the plurality of service providing servers, and
first device identifying information for identifying a first communication device of the plurality of communication devices,
the specific account information used when the specific user uses each of the first communication device and a second communication
device of the plurality of communication devices, the first account information being registered in the first service providing
server;

registering second combination information in the information memory, the second combination information including the specific
account information, second account information for the specific user, second service identifying information for identifying
a second service provided by a second service providing server of the plurality of service providing servers, and the first
device identifying information, the second account information being registered in the second service providing server, the
second service providing server being different from the first service providing server;

registering third combination information in the information memory, the third combination information including the specific
account information, third account information for the specific user, third service identifying information for identifying
a third service provided by a third service providing server of the plurality of service providing servers, and second device
identifying information for identifying the second communication device, the third account information being registered in
the third service providing server;

receiving first login information including the specific account information and the first device identifying information
from the first communication device;

sending a first service list to the first communication device, the first service list including the first service identifying
information combined with the specific account information and the first device identifying information in the information
memory and the second service identifying information combined with the specific account information and the first device
identifying information in the information memory in a case where the first login information is received after the first
combination information and the second combination information are registered in the information memory;

receiving from the first communication device the specific account information and the first service identifying information,
included in the first service list, selected by the specific user on the first communication device;

relaying a first data communication between the first service providing server and the first communication device by using
the first account information included in the first combination information in a case where the specific account information
and the first service identifying information are received after the first combination information has been registered in
the information memory, the first data communication being a communication for the first communication device to receive a
provision of the first service from the first service providing server;

receiving from the first communication device the specific account information and the second service identifying information,
included in the first service list, selected by the specific user on the first communication device;

relaying a second data communication between the second service providing server and the first communication device by using
the second account information included in the second combination information in a case where the specific account information
and the second service identifying information are received after the second combination information has been registered in
the information memory, the second data communication being a communication for the first communication device to receive
a provision of the second service from the second service providing server;

receiving second login information including the specific account information and the second device identifying information
from the second communication device;

sending a second service list to the second communication device, the second service list including the third service identifying
information combined with the specific account information and the second device identifying information in the information
memory in a case where the second login information is received after the third combination information are registered in
the information memory;

receiving from the second communication device the specific account information and the third service identifying information,
included in the second service list, selected by the specific user on the second communication device; and

relaying a third data communication between the third service providing server and the second communication device by using
the third account information included in the third combination information in a case where the specific account information
and the third service identifying information are received after the third combination information has been registered in
the information memory, the third data communication being a communication for the second communication device to receive
a provision of the third service from the third service providing server.

US Pat. No. 9,185,644

TERMINAL DEVICE IDENTIFYING TARGET ACCESS POINT FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF ACCESS POINTS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A terminal device comprising:
a communication unit comprising hardware configured to wirelessly communicate with a plurality of access points;
a storing unit storing a history table including access-point information, printer information, and time information in a
correlated manner, the access-point information indicating a connected access point through which the communication unit has
sent an instruction to a printer, the printer information indicating the printer to which the communication unit has sent
the instruction through the connected access point, the time information indicating a time at which the communication unit
has sent the instruction to the printer through the connected access point;

a processor; and
a memory storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the terminal device to perform:
identifying, from among the plurality of access points, at least one accessible access point from which the communication
unit is currently capable of receiving an outputted signal;

identifying, as a target access point, one of the at least one accessible access point through which the communication unit
most recently has sent the instruction to the printer, identification of the target access point being made on a basis of
the history table;

connecting to the target access point via the communication unit; and
sending, through the target access point by using the communication unit, an instruction to the printer that is indicated
by the printer information correlated to the access-point information indicating the target access point in the history table;

wherein the history table includes a plurality of sets of access-point information, a plurality of sets of printer information,
and a plurality of sets of time information, each of the plurality of sets of access-point information being correlated to
one of the plurality of sets of printer information and one of the plurality of sets of time information in the history table,
the each of the plurality of sets of access-point information indicating a connected access point through which the communication
unit has sent an instruction to a printer, the one of the plurality of sets of printer information indicating the printer
to which the communication unit has sent the instruction through the connected access point indicated by the each of the plurality
of sets of access-point information, the one of the plurality of sets of time information indicating a time at which the communication
unit has sent the instruction to the printer indicated by the one of the plurality of sets of printer information through
the connected access point indicated by the each of the plurality of sets of access-point information,

wherein the identifying identifies the target access point through which the communication unit most recently has sent the
instruction to the printer from among the at least one accessible access point on a basis of the plurality of sets of access-point
information, the plurality of sets of printer information, and the plurality of sets of time information in the history table.

US Pat. No. 9,164,616

TOUCH PANEL CONTROL DEVICE, TOUCH PANEL CONTROL METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A touch panel control device comprising:
a first identification portion that identifies a plurality of pressed cells, the plurality of pressed cells being a plurality
of cells to which a pressing force is applied, among a plurality of cells arranged in a matrix manner on a panel surface of
a touch panel;

a second identification portion that identifies a separation distance between the plurality of pressed cells identified by
the first identification portion, the separation distance indicating a degree of separation between a pair of the pressed
cells;

an extraction portion that extracts, from a pair of the pressed cells indicating a separation distance that is largest among
the separation distances identified by the second identification portion, one of the pressed cells; and

a decision portion that decides, as a specified position, a position of the pressed cell extracted by the extraction portion,
the specified position being a specified position on the panel surface wherein

the extraction portion selects a minimum separation distance for each of the pressed cells, the minimum separation distance
being a separation distance that is smallest among a plurality of the separation distances identified for one of the pressed
cells; and

the extraction portion extracts a pair of the pressed cells indicating the minimum separation distance that is largest among
the minimum separation distances selected for each of the pressed cells.

US Pat. No. 9,242,483

HANDHELD PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A handheld printer comprising:
a platen roller configured to feed said print-receiving paper;
a thermal line head configured to perform desired printing on said print-receiving paper fed by said platen roller;
a pair of side chassis members configured to support said platen roller in a rotatable manner and support said thermal line
head so that said thermal line head can press against said platen roller;

a housing comprising a top cover constituting a device contour upper part and an undercover constituting a device contour
lower part; and

a chassis assembly comprising said pair of side chassis members, wherein:
said housing encloses said chassis assembly;
said chassis assembly further comprises an installation part where a screw hole is formed;
said top cover comprises a first boss part provided protruding toward the device inside;
said undercover comprises a second boss part provided protruding toward the device inside to a position corresponding to said
first boss part of said top cover;

said chassis assembly, said top cover, and said undercover are assembled to each other by inserting a screw inserted from
one of said first boss part and said second boss part through said screw hole of said installation part and connecting said
screw to the other said boss part; and

a buffering member is provided between at least one of said first boss part and said second boss part and said installation
part.

US Pat. No. 9,253,441

CONFERENCE SYSTEM, PROGRAM AND CONFERENCE METHOD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A conference system configured to perform a remote conference by transmitting and receiving conference data among a plurality
of terminals through a network, the terminals including a transmission terminal for transmitting conference data and a reception
terminal for receiving the conference data,
wherein the transmission terminal comprises:
a first processor; and
first memory storing first computer-readable instructions, the first instructions, when executed by the first processor, causing
the transmission terminal to perform operations comprising:

a receiving operation receiving input of the conference data, the conference data including audio data;
a selecting operation selecting either one of a real time mode of sequentially performing transmission of the input audio
data received by the receiving operation and a package mode of performing transmission of the input audio data for each input
of a predetermined unit amount;

an audio recording operation recording the input audio data in the predetermined unit amount to generate audio record data
when the package mode is selected by the selecting operation; and

a communication control operation transmitting the input audio data to the reception terminal when the real time mode is selected
by the selecting operation, and transmitting the audio record data to the reception terminal when the package mode is selected
by the selecting operation, and wherein the reception terminal comprises:

a second processor; and
second memory storing second computer-readable instructions, the second instructions, when executed by the second processor,
causing the reception terminal to perform operations comprising:

a storing operation storing the input audio data transmitted by the communication control operation in a first storage device,
and storing the audio record data transmitted by the communication control operation in a second storage device; and

an outputting operation outputting the input audio data stored in the first storage device preferentially over the audio record
data stored in the second storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,195,193

FIXING DEVICE HAVING FLEXIBLE FUSING MEMBER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a heater comprising at least one of a halogen lamp and a carbon heater;
a metallic film extending around the heater, the metallic film having an inner peripheral surface; and
a nip plate comprising:
a metallic main body; and
a protection layer contactable with the inner peripheral surface of the metallic film, the protection layer comprising at
least one of nickel, nickel-phosphor alloy and alumite, the protection layer being harder than the inner peripheral surface
of the metallic film.

US Pat. No. 9,213,305

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a housing configured to accommodate developer, the housing comprising a developing chamber and a developer accommodating chamber
arranged in an arrangement direction;

a developing roller extending in an extending direction;
a supply roller extending in the extending direction, the supply roller configured to supply the developer to the developing
roller;

a developing electrode provided outside of the housing, and electrically connected to the developing roller, wherein the developing
electrode includes a developing protrusion protruding in the extending direction, the developing protrusion including a first
surface acutely angled relative to the arrangement direction between the developer accommodating chamber and the developing
chamber, the arrangement direction being perpendicular to the extending direction; and

a supply electrode provided outside of the housing, and electrically connected to the supply roller, wherein the supply electrode
includes a supply protrusion protruding in the extending direction, the supply protrusion having a second surface acutely
angled relative to the arrangement direction between the developer accommodating chamber and the developing chamber,

wherein the first surface extends toward the supply protrusion, and
wherein the second surface extends toward the developing protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,116,695

STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INPUT/OUTPUT SETTING PROGRAM, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING OUTPUT SETTING PROGRAM, AND DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions that, when executed, cause a data processing apparatus,
which includes a first input/output section for performing input/output of data, includes a storage section and which is driven
by a battery, to:
judge whether the first input/output section is set as an input/output section used for the input/output of the data;
judge whether a remaining battery level of the battery is not less than a first reference remaining level;
judge whether the data processing apparatus includes a second input/output section requiring a power consumption which is
used for the input/output of the data and which is lower than that of the first input/output section, in a case that the data
processing apparatus judges that the first input/output section is set as the input/output section used for the input/output
of the data and that the remaining battery level is less than the first reference remaining level;

switch the input/output section from the first input/output section to the second input/output section or output a notification
to switch the input/output section from the first input/output section to the second input/output section, in a case that
the data processing apparatus judges that the data processing apparatus includes the second input/output section,

create a logical third input/output section which outputs the data by writing the data into the storage section, in a case
that the data processing apparatus judges that the data processing apparatus does not include the second input/output section;
and

switch the input/output section from the first input/output section to the third input/output section or output a notification
to switch the input/output section from the first input/output section to the third input/output section.

US Pat. No. 9,296,239

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette comprising;
a generally rectangular housing having a top wall and a bottom wall, the generally rectangular housing defining first, second,
third, and fourth corner portions, wherein the fourth and second corner portions are disposed diagonally at opposite ends
of the bottom wall;

a first hole formed in the fourth corner portion, the first hole extending from the bottom wall toward the top wall;
a roller provided in the fourth corner portion;
a second hole formed in the second corner portion, the second hole extending from the bottom wall toward the top wall;
a double-sided adhesive tape wound around a first tape spool, the first tape spool being positioned in a first area, the first
area being at one side with respect to a first straight line connecting the first hole and the second hole;

a film tape wound around a second tape spool, the second tape spool being on the first straight line;
an ink ribbon wound around a ribbon spool, the ribbon spool being positioned in a second area, the second area being at the
other side with respect to the first straight line;

a ribbon winding spool configured to wind the ink ribbon, the ribbon winding spool being positioned in the second area; and
a tape containment portion positioned around the film tape, the tape containment portion extending from the bottom wall toward
the top wall, a part of the tape containment portion being a part of an edge defining the second hole, the tape containment
portion comprising an arc-like wall, the arc-like wall accommodating the film tape inside the arc-like wall, the second hole
being positioned outside the arc-like wall.

US Pat. No. 9,552,332

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING IMPROVED PREVIEW FUNCTION

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a processor that is
installed in an information processing apparatus,
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
the processor;
a display interface to which a display is connected;
a user interface; and
a printer interface,
wherein the computer program includes a driver and a previewer,
wherein the driver, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
acquire a print setting of a print job;
determine whether a print preview setting, included in the print setting, indicates that a preview is to be displayed;
determine a spool type of the print job identified in the print job, the spool type being selectable from among a plurality
of types including a RAW spool format;

change the spool type of the print job to the RAW spool format based on a determination that the print preview setting indicates
that the preview is to be displayed and a determination that the spool type of the print job is set to another spool type;

acquire image data for generating the print job using the RAW spool format;
generate preview data from the image data, wherein the preview data is image data for displaying the preview;
store the preview data in a preview data file;
generate print data based on the image data;
store the print data in a print data file which is different from a RAW spool file which is a file provided by an operating
system of the information processing apparatus;

start up the previewer after a portion of the preview data for at least one page is generated, and
wherein the previewer, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
control the display interface to display the preview data, stored in the preview data file, on a preview screen of the display;
receive, through the user interface, a print instruction to print in accordance with the preview data displayed on the preview
screen; and

output at least a portion of the print data from the information processing apparatus to a printing apparatus through the
printer interface in response to the print instruction, wherein the at least the portion of the print data comprises data,
in the print data file, that corresponds to the preview data.

US Pat. No. 9,195,415

PRINT CONTROLLER, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM HAVING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR GENERATING PRINT DATA BASED ON PRINT SETTING INFORMATION STORED THEREON, AND METHOD OF GENERATING PRINT SETTING INFORMATION

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
memory storing executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the data processing apparatus to:
receive a user print instruction;
set a first setting value to a first setting item;
set a second setting value to a second setting item that is related to and is a detailed item of the first setting item;
generate a first print condition including the first setting item having the first setting value and the second setting item
having a second setting value;

generate a second print condition separate from the first print condition, the second print condition including the second
setting item having the second setting value, each of the second setting item and the second setting value included in the
second print condition having a same content as a content of the second setting item and a content of the second setting value,
respectively, included in the first print condition;

generate print setting information specific to a print instruction, the generated print setting information including the
first print condition and the second print condition, each of the first print condition and the second print condition including
the second setting item having the same respective content and the second setting value having the same respective content;

determine whether the second setting item included in the generated first print condition of the generated print setting information
has the second setting value;

in response to determining that the second setting item included in the generated first print condition of the generated print
setting information does not have the second setting value, previously set for the first setting item when the first print
condition was generated, as a result of a change to the second setting item included in the first print condition:

obtain the second setting value of the second setting item in the second print condition included in the print setting information,
and

produce print data corresponding to the print instruction and based on the first print condition having no second setting
value and included in the print setting information and the second setting value of the second setting item obtained from
the generated second print condition.

US Pat. No. 9,395,680

DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developer cartridge comprising:
a developing roller including a developing roller shaft extending in a first direction;
a frame extending in the first direction;
an electrode positioned at a side of the frame in the first direction, the electrode having a first state and a second state,
the electrode including:

a base portion fixed to the frame at the side of the frame, the base portion including a first end portion and a second end
portion separated from the first end portion in a second direction different from the first direction;

a first extending portion extending in the first direction from the first end portion of the base portion; and
a second extending portion extending from the first extending portion, the second extending portion opposed to the base portion
in the first direction, the second extending portion connected to the first extending portion; and

an electrode cover covering at least a portion of the base portion, at least a portion of the first extending portion, and
at least a portion of the second extending portion, the electrode cover being made of conductive resin, the electrode cover
including:

a bearing having a first hole through which one end portion of the developing roller shaft is inserted; and
an electrode supporting portion supporting the electrode;
wherein, in the first state, a distance between the base portion and the second extending portion is a first distance, and
wherein, in the second state, the distance between the base portion and the second extending portion is a second distance
smaller than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,332,667

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a panel having at least one of an input section to which operation instructions for the electronic apparatus are inputted
and a display section;

a main body configured to retain the panel rotatably;
a retention mechanism configured to retain the panel at a predetermined rotation angle and including:
a retaining member provided in the main body;
a retained member provided on the panel and configured to be retained by the retaining member;
an elastic deformation member configured to be connected to the retained member and to be changeable between a first state
in which the elastic deformation member is not elastically deformed and a second state, occurring at least during a rotation
of the panel, in which the elastic deformation member is elastically deformed;

a contact member configured to contact with the elastic deformation member and change the state of the elastic deformation
member; and

an operating member configured to receive an operation for making the elastic deformation member contact with the contact
member,

wherein in a state that the elastic deformation member is in the first state, the retained member is retained by the retaining
member, and in a state that the elastic deformation member is in the second state, the retained member is separated from the
retaining member.

US Pat. No. 9,172,843

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor,
causing the image processing device to perform:

acquiring target image data including each pixel value of a plurality of pixels, the target image data representing a target
image by using the plurality of the pixels;

extracting a plurality of edge pixels and a plurality of non-edge pixels from the plurality of the pixels in the target image;
determining a first reference value by using the plurality of edge pixels without using the plurality of non-edge pixels and
a second reference value by using the plurality of non-edge pixels without using the plurality of edge pixels, the second
reference value being greater than the first reference value;

generating correspondence data by using the first reference value and the second reference value; and
converting, using the correspondence data, a plurality of original pixel values of the plurality of pixels into respective
converted pixel values, the correspondence data including a first feature used to convert each of the original pixel values
smaller than or equal to the first reference value, a second feature used to convert each of the original pixel values greater
than the first reference value and smaller than the second reference value, and a third feature used to convert each of the
original pixel values greater than or equal to the second reference value, the first feature, the second feature, and the
third feature being different from each other;

wherein the first feature is used to convert each of the original pixel values into the respective converted pixel values
having the same values as each of the original pixel values,

wherein the second feature is used to convert each of the original pixel values into each of the converted pixel values such
that the converted pixel values increase monotonically, and

wherein the third feature is used to convert each of the original pixel values into the respective converted pixel values
all having a same value.

US Pat. No. 9,251,288

THUMBNAIL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, SERVER, CLIENT AND PROGRAM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A thumbnail distribution system comprising:
a client device comprising:
a request generating unit configured to generate a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request having a request line storing
a file name of a file stored in a storing unit and to generate inquiring data to inquire if the server is provided with a
thumbnail providing function;

a request transmitting unit configured to transmit the HTTP request;
a response receiving unit configured to receive an HTTP response having a response body storing a thumbnail corresponding
to the file having the file name stored in the request line;

a data processing unit configured to perform a data processing based on the thumbnail stored in the response body; and
a determining unit; and
a server communicable with the client device by using the HTTP, the server comprising:
a request receiving unit configured to receive the HTTP request transmitted from the request transmitting unit;
a response generating unit configured to generate the HTTP response based on the HTTP request; and
a response transmitting unit configured to transmit the HTTP response to the response receiving unit,
wherein the request transmitting unit of the client device is further configured to transmit the inquiring data to the request
receiving unit of the server, whereupon the response generating unit of the server is further configured to generate response
data based on the inquiring data, the response data indicating whether or not the server is provided with the thumbnail providing
function, the response data not including the thumbnail even if the server is provided with the thumbnail providing function,
the response transmitting unit of the server is further configured to transmit the response data in response to the inquiring
data to the response receiving unit of the client device, and

wherein the determining unit of the client device is configured to determine, based on the response data, whether or not the
server is provided with the thumbnail providing function, and the request transmitting unit of the client device is configured
to transmit an HTTP request, requesting for a transmission of a thumbnail, to the request receiving unit of the server when
the determining unit of the client device determines that the server is provided with the thumbnail providing function, and
the request transmitting unit of the client device is configured not to transmit the HTTP request requesting for the transmission
of the thumbnail, when the determining unit of the client device determines that the server is not provided with the thumbnail
providing function.

US Pat. No. 9,986,591

FUNCTION EXECUTION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:a printing execution unit; and
a controller configured to:
in a case where wireless connections are established between the printer and N devices, receive a wireless connection request from a mobile device different from the N devices, wherein N is an integer equal to or greater than 2 and is an upper limit number of devices with which the printer is capable of establishing wireless connections simultaneously;
when the wireless connection request is received from the mobile device in the case where wireless connections are established between the printer and N devices, transmit an inquiry signal to each of K devices among the N devices in order to inquire of each device, which is a final transmission destination of the inquiry signal, whether a print application program for causing the printer comprising the printing execution unit to execute printing is currently activated in each device, wherein K is an integer equal to or greater than 1 and equal to or less than N;
select a target device, for which the wireless connection is to be disconnected, among the K devices based on a result of the inquiry;
disconnect a wireless connection with the target device;
establish a wireless connection with the mobile device after the wireless connection with the target device is disconnected;
under a situation where the printer operates as a master station of a first type wireless network which includes no access point, in the case where the wireless connections with the N devices including one or more first type slave station devices operating as a slave station of the first type wireless network are established, receive the wireless connection request from the mobile device;
transmit the inquiry signal to each of the one or more first type slave station devices without transmitting through another device and monitor reception of an activation signal representing that the print application program is activated;
when the activation signal is received from an activation device, in which the print application program is activated, among the one or more first type slave station devices which are the final transmission destination of the inquiry signal, not select the activation device as the target device, for which the wireless connection is to be disconnected; and
when the activation signal is not received from a non-activation device, in which the print application program is not activated, among the one or more first type slave station devices which are the final transmission destination of the inquiry signal, select the non-activation device as the target device, for which the wireless connection is to be disconnected.

US Pat. No. 9,302,404

APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An apparatus performing cutting or printing on an object, comprising:
a moving device configured to move a holding member and a cutting head or a printing head relative to each other, the holding
member being set to the apparatus while holding the object;

a detection device configured to detect ultrasonic waves;
a projection device configured to be capable of projecting information about a pattern onto a predetermined projection range;
and

a control device configured to cause the apparatus to:
specify, as a designated position, a position of an ultrasonic source located within the projection range on the holding member,
based on the detected ultrasonic waves with the holding member being positioned, the projection range including a holding
region holding the object on the holding member and an edge region located outside the holding region on the holding member;

determine an edit pattern which is a pattern to be applied to the object, based on the designated position to be specified;
determine a cutting position or a printing position on the object based on the designated position to be specified;
cause the projection device to project the edit pattern onto a corresponding position on the holding region and a menu image
onto the edge region, the corresponding position serving as the cutting position or the printing position of the edit pattern,
the information about the pattern including the determined edit pattern and the menu image representing a plurality of items
to edit the edit pattern;

edit the edit pattern according to editing contents represented by an applicable one of items in the menu image projected
onto the edge region when a position corresponding to the applicable item has been specified, based on the position which
has been specified as the designated position and which is on the edge region within the projection range;

generate data to perform cutting or printing on the object based on the determined edit pattern or the edited edit pattern
and the cutting or the printing position; and

control the moving device based on the generated data to move the holding member and the cutting head or the printing head
relative to each other, thereby performing cutting or printing on the object.

US Pat. No. 10,053,806

SEWING MACHINE AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PATTERN DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A sewing machine that is capable of sewing a combined embroidery pattern on a work cloth on the basis of stored pattern data, the sewing machine comprising:a storage unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of pattern data respectively corresponding to a plurality of embroidery patterns, each of the plurality of pieces of pattern data being respectively associated with condition information, the condition information:
specifying an embroidery pattern combinable with the embroidery pattern corresponding to the pattern data for which the condition information is associated; and
being information for specifying a size of an embroidery pattern of the pattern data; and
a controller configured to control the sewing machine to:
select one piece of pattern data from the plurality of pieces of the pattern data stored in the storage unit;
randomly extract a plurality of other pieces of the pattern data of other embroidery patterns determined to be combinable with the embroidery pattern corresponding to the selected one piece of pattern data on the basis of the condition information associated with the selected one piece of pattern data;
generate images of a plurality of combined embroidery patterns as a combination of a plurality of embroidery patterns respectively corresponding to the extracted plurality of other pieces of the pattern data and an embroidery pattern corresponding to the selected one piece of pattern data; and
display the images of the generated combined embroidery patterns on a display.

US Pat. No. 9,296,207

LIQUID DISCHARGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING LIQUID

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid discharge recording apparatus, comprising:
a first liquid containing trimethylolpropane;
a liquid discharge head configured to discharge the first liquid;
a second liquid containing a solvent of which freezing point is less than 20 degrees Celsius and of which specific gravity
is not more than 1.12 and is smaller than a specific gravity of the first liquid; and

an absorber which is configured to contain the second liquid and which is configured to absorb the first liquid exited from
the liquid discharge head,

wherein a blending amount (% by weight) of the solvent in the second liquid is not less than a blending amount (% by weight)
of the trimethylolpropane in the first liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,120,341

INKJET PRINTER AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING GAP INFORMATION OF THE INKJET PRINTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:
an inkjet head configured to discharge ink droplets from nozzles formed in an ink discharging surface thereof;
a head scanning unit configured to move the inkjet head with respect to a recording medium to reciprocate along a head-moving
direction, the head-moving direction being parallel with the ink discharging surface of the inkjet head;

a conveyer unit configured to convey the recording medium in a conveying direction which intersects with the head-moving direction,
the conveyer unit including a feed roller and an ejection roller, which are arranged to have the inkjet head interposed therebetween
along the conveying direction;

a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the recording medium along the conveying direction;
a wave shape generating mechanism configured to deform the recording medium into a predetermined wave shape that has tops
of portions protruding toward the ink discharging surface and bottoms of portions recessed toward a side opposite from the
ink discharging surface, the tops and the bottoms being alternately arranged along the head-moving direction, the wave shape
generating mechanism comprising a first wave shape generating unit, which is disposed on an upstream side with respect to
the inkjet head along the conveying direction, and a second wave shape generating unit, which is disposed on a downstream
side with respect to the inkjet head along the conveying direction;

a gap information storing device configured to store predetermined reference gap information related to a gap between the
ink discharging surface and the recording medium at a predetermined reference position along the conveying direction, the
predetermined reference gap information being acquired from a predetermined range in the recording medium; and

a correcting device configured to correct the predetermined reference gap information stored in the gap information storing
device according to a condition of the recording medium, which is determined depending on a position of the recording medium
along the conveying direction detected by the position detecting unit,

wherein the condition of the recording medium includes a first condition, in which the recording medium is deformed into the
wave shape by the first wave shape generating unit, a second condition, in which the recording medium is deformed into the
wave shape by the first wave shape generating unit and the second wave shape generating unit, and a third condition, in which
the recording medium is deformed into the wave shape by the second wave shape generating unit,

wherein the predetermined reference gap information corresponds to a gap between the ink discharging surface and the recording
medium in one of the first, second, and third conditions,

wherein the predetermined reference gap information is maintained without correction when the condition of the recording medium
is determined to be the one of the first, second, and third conditions corresponding to the predetermined reference gap information,
and

wherein the predetermined reference gap information is corrected when the condition of the recording medium is determined
to be one of the other two of the first, second, and third conditions than the one of the first, second, and third conditions
corresponding to the predetermined reference gap information.

US Pat. No. 9,111,374

MOBILE TERMINAL, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM TO BE EXECUTED BY MOBILE TERMINAL

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A non-transitory storage medium storing a program to be executed by a computer of a mobile terminal comprising: a storage
configured to store an image data set containing a plurality of image data to which order numbers are respectively assigned
in order; and a display configured to display thereon at least one image of a plurality of images respectively based on the
plurality of image data,
wherein the program is designed to cause the computer to function as a display controller configured to control the display
to display a first image based on image data that is a selected one of the plurality of image data contained in the image
data set, and

wherein the display controller is configured to:
extract book-file information from the image data set stored in the storage, the book-file information indicating a plurality
of images respectively based on the plurality of image data have a two-page-spread relationship in which consecutive two of
the plurality of images constitute a pair of right and left pages on the display;

determine whether the plurality of images have the two-page-spread relationship o the basis of the extracted book-file information;
when it is determined that the plurality of images the two-page-spread relationship, control the display to display the first
image and a second image consecutive to the first image in a two-page spread layout in which the first image and the second
image are arranged respectively on one and the other of the right and left pages; and

when it is determined that the plurality a images do not have the two-page-spread relationship, control the display to display
the first image in a layout that differs from the two-page spread layout.

US Pat. No. 9,090,096

PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:
a housing forming an apparatus outer enclosure;
a cartridge holder disposed inside said housing and configured to removably mount a tape cartridge including a print-receiving
tape roll feeding out a print-receiving tape and an ink ribbon roll feeding out an ink ribbon;

a display device disposed on said housing and configured to display desired content in monochrome;
an opening and closing cover disposed on said housing and configured to open and close said cartridge holder;
a thermal head configured to form print data by transferring ink of said ink ribbon fed out from said ink ribbon roll to said
print-receiving tape fed out from said print-receiving tape roll of said tape cartridge mounted in said cartridge holder,
to produce print tape;

a color detection portion configured to detect first color information representing a color of said print-receiving tape and
second color information representing a color of said ink ribbon, in said tape cartridge mounted in said cartridge holder;
and

a control portion configured to control said display device at appropriate timing with said opening and closing cover closed,
to display in text said first color information and said second color information detected by said color detection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,057,981

DEVELOPER CONTAINER AND DEVELOPING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developer container comprising:
a conveyance member including a rotation member having a rotary shaft extending in a first direction, and an elastic part
which is supported by the rotation member and is configured to be elastically deformed;

a driving member that is connected to one end portion of the rotary shaft and is configured to rotate the rotary shaft; and
a container body configured to accommodate therein developer, the container body including:
a first side wall including a first support part configured to support another end portion of the rotary shaft, the first
support part including a first surface and a second surface extending in a direction intersecting with the first surface;

a second side wall disposed apart from the first side wall in the first direction, the second side wall including a second
support part configured to support the one end portion of the rotary shaft; and

a peripheral wall disposed between the first and second side walls, the peripheral wall including a sliding contact part that
is provided in the vicinity of an upstream side in a rotating direction of the conveyance member as regards an opening communicating
an inside of the container body with an outside of the container and that the elastic part sliding-contacts while being elastically
deformed when the conveyance member is being rotated,

wherein the first surface and the second surface are arranged so that the rotary shaft abuts on both the first surface and
the second surface at a moment that the elastic part being rotated is separated from the sliding contact part.

US Pat. No. 9,377,986

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of wireless communication with a communication terminal, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a first communication portion configured to perform wireless communication based on a first standard included in short-range
wireless communication standards;

a second communication portion configured to perform wireless communication based on a second standard, which is different
from the first standard;

a storage portion that stores information, which can be obtained from the image forming apparatus by the communication terminal,
as a result of wireless communication being performed with the communication terminal via the first communication portion;

an image forming portion that performs processing relating to image formation based on data transmitted from the communication
terminal to the image forming apparatus; and

a processor configured to perform processes comprising:
first storing that stores setting information in the storage portion, the setting information being the information set in
the communication terminal to perform communication with the communication terminal via the second communication portion;

second storing that stores application information in the storage portion, the application information being information that
identifies an application which is executed by the communication terminal in accordance with a state of the image forming
apparatus, the application information including location information that specifies a location of application data relating
to the application; and

receiving the data transmitted from the communication terminal in accordance with the application being executed in the communication
terminal as a result of wireless communication, via the second communication portion, with the communication terminal in which
the setting information stored in the storage portion by the first storing is set, the application relating to the application
data obtained by the communication terminal from the location specified by the location information.

US Pat. No. 9,098,053

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF POSITIONING DRAWER RELATIVE TO MAIN FRAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main frame having an opening, the main frame including a cover and a positioning portion, the cover being configured to
move between a closed position covering the opening and an open position exposing the opening;

a drawer configured to be moved relative to the main frame in a prescribed direction;
a plurality of cartridges configured to be detached from and mounted in the drawer;
a contact member configured to contact the drawer in response to the movement of the cover to the closed position; and
an urging member disposed between the cover and the contact member, the urging member being configured to urge the contact
member toward the drawer in response to the movement of the cover to the closed position such that the drawer is pressed against
the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,300,914

COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM AND TERMINAL APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer readable recording medium storing a program which is executable by a computer configured to control
a terminal apparatus used for a remote conference with a counterpart apparatus through a network, the program causing the
computer to execute:
a detection instruction of detecting an input of a movement instruction through an operation unit of the terminal apparatus,
the movement instruction being to move a position of a sub-display area in which a sub-display image is to be displayed on
a main display image in a remote conference screen, wherein the sub-display image overlaps with a part of the main display
image in the remote conference screen;

a registration instruction of registering position information in a storage unit, the position information being acquired
through a communication unit connected to the network, the position information indicating an input position of input information
with respect to a predetermined position of a counterpart main display image on a counterpart remote conference screen which
is displayed on the counterpart apparatus;

a first judgment instruction of judging whether the position information registered in the storage unit corresponds to position
information of each of a plurality of candidate areas, the plurality of candidate areas being movement destination candidates
of the sub-display area;

a determination instruction of determining a priority of the candidate area of the position information not corresponding
to the position information registered in the storage unit to be a first value, and determining a priority of the candidate
area of the position information corresponding to the position information registered in the storage unit to be a second value,
the second value being different from the first value; and

a first display control instruction of displaying a guide image corresponding to the candidate area with a priority of the
first value, in correspondence to the detected input of the movement instruction, without displaying a guide image corresponding
to the candidate area with a priority of the second value.

US Pat. No. 9,201,377

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to transfer a developer image onto a recording sheet to form an image, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to transfer the developer image;
a processor; and
memory storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, causing the image forming apparatus to:
perform an image forming operation of forming the image;
perform a cleaning operation of cleaning unnecessary developer of the image forming unit;
in a case where existence of data of an image which is to be formed is recognized after activation of the image forming apparatus
and before a first image forming operation, determine whether to perform the cleaning operation; and

in a case where existence of data of the image which is to be formed is not recognized after the activation of the image forming
apparatus and before the first image forming operation, not perform the cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 9,116,650

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS SIGNING-IN TO SERVER BASED ON SIGN-IN DATA AND EXECUTING ONE OF SCANNING PROCESS AND PRINTING PROCESS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a communication device configured to communicate with a server;
an image processing device;
at least one processor; and
a memory storing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the image processing
apparatus to:

acquire sign-in data from a storing device;
automatically sign-in to the server based on the sign-in data; determine whether a prescribed sign-out condition is met;
sign-out from the server when the prescribed sign-out condition is met; and
execute at least one of a scanning process and a printing process,
wherein in the scanning process, the at least one processor acquires image data by controlling the image processing device
to scan an image, and controls the communication device to transmit the image data to the server,

wherein in the printing process, the at least one processor receives print data from the server via the communication device,
and controls the image processing device to print an image based on the print data, and

wherein the computer executable instructions, when executed by the at least one processor, further cause the image processing
apparatus to perform automatic sign-in to the server in response to start-up of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,111,701

RUBBER KEY

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A rubber key comprising:
a key top portion having a shape of a rectangle having a long side and a short side in planar view;
a skirt portion formed along a perimeter of the key top portion; and
a contact portion projecting within the skirt portion from the key top portion on a same side of the skirt portion in a convex
state along a long-side direction of the key top portion,

wherein a shortest distance from the contact portion to a virtual plane defined by passing through an edge of the skirt portion
is longer as measured at a portion closer to a center of the key top portion in the long-side direction of the key top portion
than at a portion closer to an end of the key top portion in the long-side direction of the key top portion.

US Pat. No. 9,462,050

TERMINAL DEVICE, PRINTER AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A terminal device configured to support selection of a printer, the terminal device comprising:
a global positioning system (GPS) module configured to receive a GPS signal;
a first processor; and
a first memory storing instructions that, when executed by the first processor, cause the terminal device to perform:
registering area information which defines an area including a location of the printer and is for associating the area with
the printer located in the area, the registering of the area information including generating the area information;

acquiring the registered area information;
acquiring terminal position information which represents a position of the terminal device; and
specifying that the printer is to be used based on the area information and the terminal position information,
wherein the generating of the area information includes:
acquiring, in a case where a first specific operation is received when the terminal device is at a first position, information
which represents a current position of the terminal device at the first position by using the GPS module;

acquiring, in a case where a second specific operation is received when the terminal device is at a second position different
from the first position after the information which represents the current position of the terminal device at the first position
has been acquired, information which represents a current position of the terminal device at the second position by using
the GPS module; and

acquiring, in a case where a third specific operation is received when the terminal device is at a third position different
from the first position and the second position after the information which represents the current position of the terminal
device at the second position has been acquired, information which represents a current position of the terminal device at
the third position by using the GPS module, and

wherein the registering of the area information comprises registering, in a case where a registering process is instructed
from a user, one area which is defined based on three or more different positions including the first position, the second
position, and the third position.

US Pat. No. 9,304,729

CLIENT DEVICE, PRINT DEVICE AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR REALIZING PRINT OF TARGET IMAGE REPRESENTED BY TARGET DATA

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A client device used in a system comprising a plurality of devices including a print device for performing a print of a
target image represented by target data of a print target, a converting device for generating print data by performing a converting
process on the target data, and the client device for performing print indication for causing the print device to perform
the print of the target image, the client device comprising:
a processor; and
an instruction memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by
the processor, causing the client device to perform:

causing an information memory to store, for each combination of two devices among the plurality of devices, communication
information related to whether or not the two devices composing the combination are capable of directly communicating;

acquiring a data format the print device is capable of interpreting;
deciding a specific communication path using the communication information in the information memory, the specific communication
path being a path capable of supplying the print data acquired from the target data to the print device;

sending the print indication to a first device among the plurality of devices, the first device being a device that is to
perform a process performed first among one or more processes performed sequentially for realizing the print of the target
image;

determining, using the acquired data format, whether the converting device is to generate the print data by performing the
converting process on the target data;

accepting a print instruction for causing the print device to print;
confirming, when the print instruction has been accepted, whether or not the client device is capable of directly communicating
with the print device and whether or not the client device is capable of directly communicating with the converting device
by sending a specific signal to the print device and converting device respectively and monitoring to receive a response signal;

acquiring, from the print device and/or the converting device, information related to whether or not the print device and
the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other;

confirming whether or not the print device and the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other
using the received information related to whether or not the print device and the converting device are capable of directly
communicating with each other; and

causing the information memory to store the communication information using a result of the confirmation using the specific
signal and the information from the print device and/or the converting device; wherein:

in a case where it is determined that the converting device is to generate the print data, and it is confirmed that the client
device is capable of directly communicating with the converting device, and the print device and the converting device are
capable of directly communicating with each other, the deciding includes deciding the specific communication path such as
directly sending the target data to the converting device in order to cause the converting device to generate the print data
and to directly send the generated print data to the print device and cause the print device to perform the print of the target
image using the print data sent from the converting device, and

in a case where it is determined that the converting device is not to generate the print data, and it is confirmed that the
client device is capable of directly communicating with the print device, the deciding includes deciding the specific communication
path such as directly sending the target data to the print device in order to cause the print device to perform the print
of the target image using the target data and not to send the target data to the converting device;

wherein the plurality of devices includes a storing device configured to store the target data; and
wherein the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the client device to further perform:
confirming whether or not the client device is capable of directly communicating with the storing device;
acquiring, from the storing device and/or the converting device, information related to whether or not the storing device
and the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other;

confirming whether or not the storing device and the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other
using the received information related to whether or not the storing device and the converting device are capable of directly
communicating with each other;

acquiring, from the storing device and/or the print device, information related to whether or not the storing device and the
print device are capable of directly communicating with each other; and

confirming whether or not the storing device and the print device are capable of directly communicating with each other using
the received information related to whether or not the storing device and the print device are capable of directly communicating
with each other,

in a case where it is determined that the converting device is to generate the print data, and it is confirmed that the client
device is capable of directly communicating with the converting device and the print device respectively, the storing device
and the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other, and the print device and the converting device
are not capable of directly communicating with each other, the deciding includes deciding the specific communication path
such that the storing device directly sends the target data to the converting device in order to cause the converting device
to generate the print data and directly send the generated print data to the client device, and the client device sends the
print data to the print device in order to cause the print device to perform the print of the target image using the print
data, and

in a case where it is determined that the converting device is to generate the print data, and it is confirmed that the client
device is capable of directly communicating with the converting device, the client device is not capable of directly communicating
with the print device, the storing device and the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other,
and the print device and the converting device are capable of directly communicating with each other, the deciding includes
deciding the specific communication path such that the storing device directly sends the target data to the converting device
and the converting device directly sends the generated print data to the print device.

US Pat. No. 9,104,360

TERMINAL APPARATUS INTERACTING WITH A FUNCTION EXECUTING APPARATUS TO PERFORM SCAN FUNCTIONS USING DIFFERENT COMMUNICATION SCHEMES

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-readable instructions for a terminal apparatus, wherein
the computer-readable instructions, when executed by a processor of the terminal apparatus, cause the terminal apparatus to
perform:
receiving first information relating to a first function executing apparatus from the first function executing apparatus,
the first function executing apparatus being configured to execute a scan function;

causing a display mechanism of the terminal apparatus to display a first image indicating M1 items of communication schemes
by using the first information, the M1 being an integer of one or more, each of the M1 items of communication schemes being
a communication scheme available for the first function executing apparatus to send scan data;

sending particular destination information corresponding to a first communication scheme to the first function executing apparatus
in a case where the first communication scheme is selected from among the M1 items of communication schemes indicated in the
first image, the particular destination information indicating a destination to which the first function executing apparatus
sends particular scan data to the terminal apparatus in accordance with the first communication scheme; and

receiving the particular scan data from the first function executing apparatus in accordance with the first communication
scheme in a case where the first communication scheme is selected from among the M1 items of communication schemes.

US Pat. No. 9,079,412

PRINTING FLUID CARTRIDGE, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND USE OF PRINTING FLUID CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:
a front face oriented toward a first direction;
a printing fluid supply portion extending in the first direction;
a rear face positioned opposite the front face and oriented toward a second direction opposite the first direction;
a top face extending between the front face and the rear face;
at least one electrical interface positioned between the front face and the rear face;
an engagement surface facing in the second direction;
side walls; and
a guide portion positioned at the top face and comprising a pair of ribs,
wherein the at least one electrical interface is positioned between the pair of ribs,
the at least one electrical interface is offset from the printing fluid supply portion with respect to a third direction perpendicular
to the first direction and the second direction, and

the at least one electrical interface is positioned closer to the front face than the engagement surface is, and the at least
one electrical interface comprises at least a first electrical interface, a second electrical interface, and a third electrical
interface which are aligned and spaced apart from each other in a fourth direction which is perpendicular to the first direction,
the second direction, and the third direction,

the first electrical interface and the engagement surface intersect a first single plane which is parallel with the first
direction, the second direction, and the third direction, the second electrical interface and the engagement surface intersect
a second single plane which is parallel with the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction, and the third
electrical interface and the engagement surface intersect a third single plane which is parallel with the first direction,
the second direction, and the third direction, and

a width of the guide portion between outer surfaces of the pair of ribs in the fourth direction is less than a width of the
printing fluid cartridge between outer surfaces of the side walls.

US Pat. No. 9,545,015

METHOD FOR CONNECTING TWO OBJECTS ELECTRICALLY

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A method for connecting two objects electrically by an electroconductive liquid, comprising:
providing a substrate having a first surface and a second surface which is opposite to the first surface with respect to a
thickness direction of the substrate;

forming a channel of the liquid on the first surface of the substrate to extend along the first surface of the substrate;
forming a through hole in the substrate which communicates with the channel and defines openings on the first and second surfaces,
respectively;

forming, as one of the two objects, a wiring proximate to the first surface, wherein the wiring extends into an opening of
the through hole;

arranging the two objects such that the substrate interposes the two objects, wherein the two objects overlap with the openings
of the through hole, respectively, as viewed in the thickness direction of the substrate;

filling the liquid to the through hole via the channel, by a capillary force or a surface tension between the liquid and a
channel-defining surface;

bringing the liquid filled in the through hole in contact with the two objects; and
hardening the liquid filled in the through hole,
wherein, when bringing the liquid filled in the through hole in contact with the two objects, the liquid is supplied into
the through hole, via the channel, until a surface of the liquid at an end opening of the through hole bulges to form a projection
due to surface tension, and the projection of the surface of the liquid makes contact with one of the two objects.

US Pat. No. 9,367,777

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND PERIPHERAL DEVICE FOR SETTING A VALUE OF THE PERIPHERAL DEVICE FROM THE TERMINAL DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A communication system comprising:
a terminal device; and
a peripheral device configured to be connected to the terminal device via a LAN;
the terminal device comprising:
a first transmitting unit configured to transmit a request signal to the peripheral device via the LAN;
a first receiving unit configured to receive setting screen data from the peripheral device via the LAN after the first transmitting
unit transmits the request signal;

a first displaying unit configured to display a setting screen using the setting screen data in accordance with a web browser,
the setting screen including a first set value field, a setting button, and a first cancel button, the first set value field
displaying a first value so as to be changeable, the first value being currently set in a setting item of the peripheral device;

a first screen controlling unit configured to display the first value in the first set value field by using the setting screen
data already received from the peripheral device by the first receiving unit without receiving the setting screen data again
so as to replace a second value with the first value, in a case where the first cancel button is selected in the terminal
device while the second value is displayed in the first set value field instead of the first value;

a second transmitting unit configured to transmit a post signal including the second value to the peripheral device via the
LAN in a case where the setting button is selected in the terminal device while the second value is displayed in the first
set value field instead of the first value;

a second receiving unit configured to receive error screen data from the peripheral device via the LAN after the second transmitting
unit transmits the post signal;

a second displaying unit configured to display an error screen using the error screen data in accordance with the web browser,
the error screen including a second set value field and a second cancel button, the second set value field displaying the
second value included in the post signal;

a third transmitting unit configured to transmit a resupplying instruction to the peripheral device via the LAN, in a case
where the second cancel button is selected in the terminal device while the second value is displayed in the second set value
field;

a third receiving unit configured to receive the setting screen data from the peripheral device again via the LAN after the
third transmitting unit transmits the resupplying instruction, the setting screen data displaying the setting screen that
includes the first set value field, the setting button, and the first cancel button, the first set value field displaying
the first value so as to be changeable, the first value being currently set in the setting item of the peripheral device;
and

a second screen controlling unit configured to display the first value in the first set value field by using the setting screen
data received again by the third receiving unit so as to replace the second value with the first value, when the third receiving
unit receives the setting screen data again;

the peripheral device comprising:
a processor, when executing computer readable instructions stored on a memory of the peripheral device, configured to provide:
a first receiving section configured to receive the request signal from the terminal device via the LAN;
a first creating section configured to create the setting screen data in response to the receiving of the request signal from
the terminal device;

a first supply section configured to supply the setting screen data to the terminal device via the LAN after the first creating
section creates the setting screen data;

a second receiving section configured to receive the post signal from the terminal device via the LAN after the first supply
section supplies the setting screen data;

a determination section configured to determine, in response to the receiving of the post signal from the terminal device,
whether the second value included in the received post signal is an appropriate value;

a second creating section configured to create the error screen data when the determination section determines that the second
value is an inappropriate value;

a second supply section configured to supply the error screen data to the terminal device via the LAN after the second creating
section creates the error screen data;

a third receiving section configured to receive the resupplying instruction from the terminal device via the LAN after the
second supply section supplies the error screen data;

a resupplying section configured to resupply the setting screen data to the terminal device again via the LAN when the third
receiving section receives the resupplying instruction; and

a setting section configured to set the second value in the peripheral device when the determination section determines that
the second value is the appropriate value.

US Pat. No. 9,354,598

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a housing;
a cartridge including:
a first frame supporting a photosensitive drum;
a second frame supporting a developing roller and moving relative to the first frame between a contact position where the
developing roller is in contact with the photosensitive drum and a separated position where the developing roller is spaced
away from the photosensitive drum;

a first engagement portion; and
a second engagement portion, the second frame being at the separated position when the second engagement portion engages with
the first engagement portion, the second frame being at the contact position when the second engagement portion disengages
from the first engagement portion; and

a drawer frame configured to move between an inside position inside the housing and an outside position outside the housing
in a first direction, the drawer frame having a releasing part configured to release engagement of the second engagement portion
and the first engagement portion so as to move the second frame from the separated position to the contact position.

US Pat. No. 9,317,345

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF SHARING IMAGE DATA TO PLURAL APPLICATIONS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions, which is read in an information processing device having:
a data sharing unit capable of sharing, the sharing being a process of causing an application, selected as data output destination
from a plurality of applications, to process data output from a data output source application;

a display;
an human interface device; and
a processor,
the instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the information processing device to perform:
acquiring image data;
displaying identification images for identifying each of the plurality of applications on the display;
receiving an input designating N identification images of the plurality of identification images displayed on the display
from the human interface device, N being natural number greater than 1; and

causing the data sharing unit to perform sharing the acquired image data to each of N data output destination application,
each of N data output destination application respectively corresponding to each of the N identification images.

US Pat. No. 9,300,747

SERVER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A first server comprising:
a processor; and
memory which stores a computer program that, when executed by the processor, causes the first server to perform:
receiving a plurality of request commands from an external apparatus sequentially, wherein each of the plurality of request
commands is a command for requesting the first server to transmit converted data which is data generated by converting target
data according to one conversion instruction and which is divided into P-number (P is an integer of two or more) of partial
data and stored in an external storage device, and wherein each of at least (P?1)-number of partial data of the P-number of
partial data has a predetermined data size; and

providing the converted data stored in the external storage device to the external apparatus in response to each of the plurality
of request commands, wherein the providing includes:

writing one or more untransmitted partial data in an internal storage device of the first server by acquiring the one or more
untransmitted partial data as a portion of the P-number of partial data from the external storage device each time when one
request command of the plurality of request commands is received, wherein the untransmitted partial data is partial data including
a portion, which has not been transmitted yet, of the P-number of partial data; and

transmitting at least a portion of the one or more untransmitted partial data written in the internal storage device, to the
external apparatus, each time when one request command of the plurality of request commands is received.

US Pat. No. 9,193,166

CARTRIDGE ACCOMMODATING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A cartridge accommodating apparatus comprising:
a cartridge accommodating section configured to accommodate a cartridge which includes a liquid accommodating section configured
to accommodate liquid, a liquid lead-out channel communicated with the liquid accommodating section and configured to lead
the liquid to outside of the liquid accommodating section, a first blocking member configured to block a first portion of
the liquid lead-out channel, and a second blocking member configured to block a second portion, of the liquid lead-out channel,
between the first portion of the liquid lead-out channel and the liquid accommodating section;

a hollow tube configured to introduce the liquid, in the liquid lead-out channel of the cartridge, into inside of the hollow
tube;

a moving mechanism configured to move the hollow tube between a first position at which a tip portion of the hollow tube is
located outside the liquid lead-out channel of the cartridge accommodated in the cartridge accommodating section and a second
position at which the tip portion of the hollow tube has entered inside the liquid lead-out channel of the cartridge and the
hollow tube is communicated with the liquid accommodating section of the cartridge;

a driving source;
a driving force transmitting mechanism configured to transmit driving force of the driving source to the moving mechanism;
and

a driving source controller configured to control driving speed of the driving source,
wherein the driving source controller is configured to:
drive the driving source at a first driving speed, after causing the hollow tube to move from the first position and until
judging that the tip portion of the hollow tube has reached a first contact position at which the tip portion of the hollow
tube makes contact with the first blocking member;

drive the driving source at a second driving speed which is faster than the first driving speed, after judging that the tip
portion of the hollow tube has reached the first contact position and until judging that the tip portion of the hollow tube
has reached a release position at which the tip portion of the hollow tube releases the first blocking member; and

drive the driving source at a third speed, after judging that the tip portion of the hollow tube has reached a second contact
position at which the tip portion of the hollow tube makes contact with the second blocking member.

US Pat. No. 9,118,252

SWITCHING POWER SOURCE, POWER-SUPPLY SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A power supply system, comprising:
a switching power source comprising:
a transformer;
a semiconductor switching element that is provided at a primary side of the transformer;
a rectifying-and-smoothing circuit that is provided at a secondary side of the transformer;
a switching controller configured to perform a switching control to turn on-and-off the semiconductor switching element, the
switching controller being configured to start the switching control in response to receiving power from an AC power source,

wherein the switching controller comprises:
a stoppage circuit configured to perform a stoppage process to stop the switching control when a first-level control signal,
which is associated with a first level, is input;

a restart circuit configured to restart the switching control when a second-level control signal, which is associated with
a second level and is different in its level from the first-level control signal, is input; and

a limiting circuit configured to limit, when the limiting circuit is started in response to receiving power from the AC power
source, a performance of the stoppage process performed by the stoppage circuit;

a control device configured to start up in response to receiving power from the AC power source and to output one of a first
switching signal to switch a control signal input into the switching controller to the first-level control signal and a second
switching signal to switch the control signal input into the switching controller to the second-level control signal,

wherein, during start-up of the control device, the control device outputs the first switching signal, and
wherein, after the control device is started up, the limiting circuit releases a limitation of the performance of the stoppage
process.

US Pat. No. 9,110,397

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH LINKING MECHANISM LINKS MOVEMENT OF EXPOSURE MEMBERS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body having an opening;
a photoconductor unit comprising a first photoconductor and a second photoconductor, and being movable through the opening
in a first direction;

a first exposure member configured to expose the first photoconductor;
a second exposure member configured to expose the second photoconductor;
a linking mechanism configured to link the first exposure member and the second exposure member such that, in conjunction
with movement of the first exposure member from a first position where the first exposure member is closer to the first photoconductor
to a second position where the first exposure member is further from the first photoconductor, the second exposure member
moves from a third position where the second exposure member is closer to the second photoconductor to a fourth position where
the second exposure member is further from the second photoconductor,

wherein the linking mechanism comprises:
a first holding arm holding the first exposure member, the first holding arm configured to be moved in a second direction
perpendicular to an axial direction of the first photoconductor;

a second holding arm holding the second exposure member; and
a connecting member connecting the first holding arm and the second holding arm,
such that, when the first holding arm is moved so as to move the first exposure member from the first position to the second
position, the second holding arm is moved by the connecting member and the second exposure member moves from the third position
to the fourth position.

US Pat. No. 9,052,674

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH METAL AND RESIN FRAME COMPONENTS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including an image carrying member;
a drive force transmission mechanism configured to transmit a drive force to the image carrying member; and
a main body configured to support the image forming unit, the main body including:
a first frame disposed on a first side of the image carrying member in an axial direction of the image carrying member, the
first frame supporting the drive force transmission mechanism;

a second frame disposed on a second side of the image carrying member opposite to the first side thereof, the second frame
and the first frame facing each other;

a first connecting member extending in the axial direction of the image carrying member, the first connecting member connecting
the first frame and the second frame; and

a second connecting member spaced apart from the first connecting member, the second connecting member connecting the first
frame and the second frame,

wherein the first frame of the main body is made of metal and the second frame of the main body is made of resin.

US Pat. No. 9,370,933

LIQUID CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:
a first outer face;
a second outer face opposite the first outer face;
a liquid chamber positioned between the first outer face and the second outer face and configured to store liquid therein,
wherein the liquid has a first specific gravity;

a liquid supply portion positioned at the first outer face and configured to supply the liquid from an interior of the liquid
chamber to an exterior of the liquid chamber;

a movable member positioned in the liquid chamber and comprising a detection portion and an anchor, wherein the anchor has
a second specific gravity which is greater than the first specific gravity; and

a restriction member comprising an operation portion and a restriction portion, wherein the operation portion is operable
from the exterior of the liquid chamber and movable between a first position and a second position, and the second position
is closer to the second outer face than the first position is, wherein the restriction portion is configured to move when
the operation portion moves from the first position to the second position, wherein when the operation portion is in the first
position, the restriction portion is configured to directly contact the movable member in the liquid chamber such that movement
of the anchor is restricted within a restricted range, wherein when the operation portion is in the second position, the restriction
portion is configured to release the movable member such that the anchor is positioned in a free range which is below the
restricted range.

US Pat. No. 9,278,567

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette comprising;
a generally rectangular housing having a top wall and a bottom wall, the generally rectangular housing defining first, second,
third, and fourth corner portions, wherein the fourth and second corner portions are disposed diagonally at opposite ends
of the bottom wall;

a first hole formed in the fourth corner portion, the first hole extending from the bottom wall toward the top wall;
a roller provided in the fourth corner portion;
a second hole formed in the second corner portion, the second hole extending from the bottom wall toward the top wall;
a double-sided adhesive tape wound around a first tape spool, the first tape spool being positioned in a first area, the first
area being at one side with respect to a first straight line connecting the first hole and the second hole;

a film tape wound around a second tape spool, the second tape spool being on the first straight line;
an ink ribbon wound around a ribbon spool, the ribbon spool being positioned in a second area, the second area being at the
other side with respect to the first straight line;

a ribbon winding spool configured to wind the ink ribbon, the ribbon winding spool being positioned in the second area; and
a tape containment portion positioned around the film tape, the tape containment portion extending from the bottom wall toward
the top wall, a part of the tape containment portion being a part of an edge defining the second hole, the tape containment
portion comprising an arc-like wall, the arc-like wall accommodating the film tape inside the arc-like wall, the second hole
being positioned outside the arc-like wall.

US Pat. No. 9,223,255

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form toner images on a recording sheet, comprising:
a chassis;
a plurality of photosensitive members configured to be stored in the chassis and to carry the toner images;
an intermediate transfer belt including an endless belt, the intermediate transfer belt being configured to roll in a predetermined
rolling direction, the intermediate transfer belt being arranged to have a surface thereof facing the plurality of photosensitive
members, and the intermediate transfer belt being configured to have the toner images on the plurality of photosensitive members
transferred onto the surface;

a cleaner device configured to clean the intermediate transfer belt and convey toner collected from the intermediate transfer
belt toward one side of the cleaner device along a direction of axes of the photosensitive members;

a sheet feed tray configured to store the recording sheet;
a first sheet feeding path extending from the sheet feed tray to the intermediate transfer belt;
a second sheet feeding path arranged in between the sheet feed tray and the intermediate transfer belt, the second sheet feeding
path being merged into the first sheet feeding path;

a sheet feed roller arranged on the second sheet feeding path;
a connector comprising a first joint; and
a waste toner container comprising a second joint, the second joint being attachable to the first joint of the connector,
the waste toner container being configured to accept the toner collected from the intermediate transfer belt through the second
joint, and the waste toner container being arranged on a side closer to the connector with respect to the sheet feed roller
on the second feeding path along the direction of axes of the photosensitive members,

wherein the first joint and the second joint are arranged on the one side, toward which the cleaner device conveys the collected
toner, with respect to the sheet feed roller arranged on the second sheet feeding path along the direction of axes of the
photosensitive members.

US Pat. No. 9,176,696

RELAY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A relay apparatus comprising:
a network interface configured to perform communication with an image processing apparatus and a server apparatus through
a network;

a processor; and
memory storing instructions, the instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the relay apparatus to perform:
in response to receiving, via the network interface, establishment request information transmitted from the image processing
apparatus, establishing a session between the relay apparatus and the image processing apparatus according to a session establishment
type first protocol for enabling server-push for transmitting the server request information to the image processing apparatus;
and

while the session according to the session establishment type first protocol for enabling server-push is established between
the relay apparatus and the image processing apparatus in response to receiving the establishment request information:

receiving, via the network interface, server request information transmitted from the server apparatus, the server request
information representing a request to the image processing apparatus; and

in response to receiving the server request information from the server apparatus, transmitting, via the network interface
as part of a server-push process and without requiring any further request from the image processing apparatus other than
the establishment request information, the server request information, received from the server apparatus, to the image processing
apparatus by using the session established between the relay apparatus and the image processing apparatus according to the
session establishment type first protocol for enabling server-push.

US Pat. No. 9,145,018

PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer configured to perform printing by ejecting liquid onto a print medium which is fed in a first direction, the
printer comprising:
a print head unit having an ejection portion configured to eject the liquid toward the print medium;
a carriage having the print head unit mounted thereon and configured to cause the ejection portion to reciprocate in a second
direction orthogonal to the first direction;

a guide shaft provided along the second direction and configured to support the carriage;
a rail member provided along the second direction and disposed facing the guide shaft;
a frame body internally housing the guide shaft and the rail member, configured to support the guide shaft on a first side
in the first direction, and also configured to support the rail member on a second side being opposite to the first side in
the first direction, the frame body having a side wall portion and an upper wall portion, the side wall portion having a first
surface, the first surface being an external surface on the first side of the frame body and being a surface extending toward
a third direction in which the ejection portion ejects the liquid, the upper wall having a second surface, the second surface
being an external surface on the first side of the frame body and being a surface extending toward the first side from an
end portion of the side wall portion on a side of a fourth direction, the fourth direction being a direction opposite to the
third direction, and the second surface having an opening portion extending along the second direction;

an object member to be detected, the object member having a pattern formed thereon, the pattern indicating a position of the
carriage in the second direction, the object member having a strip shape and extending further to the first side than the
first surface and further to a side of the third direction than the opening portion along the second direction; and

a detection portion configured to output a detection signal based on the pattern, the detection portion being fixed to a first
end portion which is an end portion on the first side of the carriage, and being provided such that the detection portion
penetrates the opening portion from the side of the fourth direction with respect to the opening portion and protrudes toward
the side of the third direction.

US Pat. No. 9,093,005

DISPLAY DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A display device, comprising:
a display area configured to display information therein;
an information storing unit configured to store therein a plurality of event titles respectively representing one or more
events known to occur in an image forming apparatus;

an abbreviation storing unit configured to store therein an abbreviation corresponding to each of the plurality of event titles;
a processor; and
memory having instructions stored therein that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to operate as:
an event detecting unit configured to detect one or more events that have occurred in the image forming apparatus as a subject
to be displayed in the display area;

a judging unit configured to judge whether only one event has been detected or whether multiple events have been detected
by the event detecting unit; and

a first control unit configured to:
in a first case where it is judged by the judging unit that the event detecting unit has detected multiple events, (i) acquire
a first group of event titles representing a first group of events detected by the event detecting unit and a first group
of abbreviations thereof from the information storing unit and the abbreviation storing unit, respectively, and (ii) display
each acquired event title and each acquired abbreviation thereof in the display area,

in a second case wherein it is judged by the judging unit that the event detecting unit has detected only one event, acquire
and display one event title representing one event detected by the event detecting unit without acquiring and displaying the
abbreviation thereof, and

in a third case where it is judged by the judging unit that the event detecting unit has detected a second event when only
the one event title is displayed, (i) acquire a first abbreviation of the one event title, (ii) acquire a second event title
representing the second event and a second abbreviation of the second event title, and (iii) display the first abbreviation,
the second abbreviation, and the second event title in addition to the one event title.

US Pat. No. 9,335,729

PHOTOSENSITIVE-BODY CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH MEMBER THAT CONTACTS BEARING OF PHOTOSENSITIVE BODY

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A photosensitive-body cartridge comprising:
a cartridge frame having a first frame and a second frame;
a photosensitive drum accommodated in the first frame of the cartridge frame and covered by the second frame, the photosensitive
drum comprising:

a first rotational shaft extending in a first direction, the photosensitive drum being configured to rotate together with
the first rotational shaft;

a drum body extending in the first direction and having a first end and a second end in the first direction;
a pressing member provided on the first end of the drum body and applying pressing force to the drum body toward the second
end; and

a bearing member provided on the second end of the drum body and receiving the first rotational shaft; and
a contact member configured to be attached to the cartridge frame and supported by the cartridge frame, the contact member
contacting the bearing member in the first direction by the pressing force, the contact member including a first engaging
pawl engaging the first frame and a second engaging pawl engaging the second frame to couple the first frame and the second
frame.

US Pat. No. 9,335,655

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller;
a first electrode having an exposure portion; and
a housing having a wall which partitions a developer accommodation chamber for accommodating developer and a developing chamber
to which the developing roller is arranged; and

a frame configured to support the cartridge, the frame comprising a second electrode configured to be electrically coupled
to the first electrode,

wherein the cartridge comprises a cover having an opening for exposing the exposure portion of the first electrode therefrom,
and

wherein the exposure portion of the first electrode overlaps with the wall when viewed from an axis direction of the developing
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,329,537

FIXING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH FRAME MOVABLY SUPPORTING HEATING ASSEMBLY

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a roller having an axis extending in a first direction, the roller configured to rotate about the axis and having end portions
in the first direction;

a heating assembly facing the roller in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the heating assembly being
configured to provide a nip region in cooperation with the roller, the heating assembly including a guided portion having
a first surface and a second surface positioned opposite to the first surface in a third direction perpendicular to the first
direction and the second direction, the first surface being formed with a first groove recessed into the first surface toward
the second surface, the second surface being formed with a second groove recessed into the second surface toward the first
surface;

a pressing assembly configured to urge the heating assembly toward the roller; and
a frame configured to support the end portions of the roller and configured to movably support the heating assembly in the
second direction, the frame having a first wall and a second wall facing the first wall in the third direction, the frame
including:

a recessed portion defined by the first wall and the second wall and having an opening facing the heating assembly, the recessed
portion being configured to support the end portions of the roller;

a first guide portion configured to guide movement of the heating assembly and connected to the first wall, the first guide
portion having a first protrusion and a first restriction wall, the first protrusion protruding toward the first groove and
configured to fit into the first groove, the first protrusion having a surface facing in the first direction, the first restriction
wall protruding from the surface facing in the first direction of the first protrusion and being positioned outside the first
groove, the first restriction wall having a first restriction surface that is configured to face the first surface in the
third direction to restrict the guided portion from moving in the third direction, the first restriction surface having a
farthest end portion positioned farthest from the roller in the second direction, the farthest end portion of the first restriction
surface facing the first surface in the third direction when the heating assembly is at its closest position to the roller;
and

a second guide portion configured to guide movement of the heating assembly and connected to the second wall, the guided portion
being configured to be interposed between the first guide portion and the second guide portion in the third direction, the
second guide portion being positioned opposite to the first guide portion in the third direction, the second guide portion
having a second protrusion and a second restriction wall, the second protrusion protruding toward the second groove and configured
to fit into the second groove, the second protrusion having a surface facing in the first direction, the second restriction
wall protruding from the surface facing in the first direction of the second protrusion and being positioned outside the second
groove, the second restriction wall having a second restriction surface that is configured to face the second surface in the
third direction to restrict the guided portion from moving in the third direction, the second restriction surface having a
farthest end portion positioned farthest from the roller in the second direction, the farthest end portion of the second restriction
surface facing the second surface in the third direction when the heating assembly is at its closest position to the roller,

wherein the first surface of the guided portion of the heating assembly has a first portion facing the farthest end portion
of the first restriction surface, the first portion extending beyond the farthest end portion of the first restriction surface
in a direction away from the roller when the heating assembly is at its closest position to the roller, and

wherein the second surface of the guided portion of the heating assembly has a second portion facing the farthest end portion
of the second restriction surface, the second portion extending beyond the farthest end portion of the second restriction
surface in a direction away from the roller when the heating assembly is at its closest position to the roller.

US Pat. No. 9,304,486

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING WASTE TONER CONTAINER THAT STORES TONER REMOVED FROM INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording sheet, comprising:
a chassis having a first opening and a second opening, the first opening being formed on a first side of the chassis, the
second opening being formed separately from the first opening;

a drawer configured to hold a plurality of photosensitive members therein in line and to be slidably installed in the chassis
through the first opening and movable between a first position and a second position in the chassis, the plurality of photosensitive
members being configured to carry toner images;

an intermediate transfer belt unit including an endless belt, the endless belt rolling in a predetermined rolling direction
and having a surface which faces the plurality of photosensitive members and being configured to have the toner images on
the plurality of photosensitive members transferred onto the surface in cooperation with a plurality of primary-transfer members;

a secondary-transfer roller arranged on a second side opposite from the first side within the chassis and configured to transfer
the toner images on the surface of the endless belt onto the recording sheet;

a first feed roller arranged in a vicinity of the second side and configured to convey the recording sheet toward the secondary-transfer
roller;

a first feeding path configured to extend in a range between the first feed roller and the secondary-transfer roller;
a cleaner device arranged in a position between one of the plurality of photosensitive members being in a most upstream position
along the predetermined rolling direction of the endless belt and the secondary-transfer roller, and configured to collect
residual toner from the surface of the endless belt;

a conveyer configured to convey the collected residual toner toward an outer side of the endless belt;
a waste toner container configured to be removably installed in the chassis through the second opening and to store the residual
toner collected by the cleaner device;

a connector connected to the cleaner device, and to which the waste toner container is detachably attached, the connector
being configured to convey the residual toner collected by the cleaner device to the waste toner container;

a first cover configured to be rotatably movable about a first axis to a first open position when the drawer is moved in the
chassis and to cover the first opening when in a first closed position; and

a second cover configured to cover the second opening when in a second closed position and to be rotatably movable about a
second axis to a second open position when the waste toner container is moved in the chassis.

US Pat. No. 9,302,488

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus, comprising:
a tank for storing a liquid;
a liquid ejecting head including an inner passage having an inlet and an outlet and a plurality of individual liquid channels
extending from the inner passage to respective ejection openings;

a supply passage which connects the tank and the inlet;
a return passage which connects the tank and the outlet;
a pump configured to forcibly supply the liquid in the tank to the inner passage;
a restrictor valve configured to restrict an amount of the liquid that flows through the return passage; and
a controller configured to:
drive the pump while placing the restrictor valve in an open state such that liquid circulation is conducted in which the
liquid in the tank returns back thereto via the supply passage, the inner passage, and the return passage, in order; and

when a printing operation is not being conducted, control the restrictor valve, at the time when the pump keeps supplying
the liquid in the tank to the inner passage through the supply passage in the circulation and keeps returning the liquid in
the inner passage to the tank through the return passage in the circulation, to start to restrict the amount of the liquid
that flows through the return passage, for discharging the liquid from the ejection openings.

US Pat. No. 9,280,103

FUSER UNIT

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fuser unit comprising:
a heater elongated in a longitudinal direction;
a reflection member having a reflection part, the reflection part being configured to receive radiant heat from the heater
and recessed in a direction away from the heater;

a stay member recessed in a direction away from the heater to form a recess having a substantially U shape, wherein at least
a portion of the reflection part is disposed in the recess of the stay member;

a frame recessed in a direction away from the heater to form a recess having a substantially U shape, wherein at least a portion
of the stay member is disposed in the recess of the frame and wherein the stay member has a first through hole for assembling
the stay member and the frame;

an endless film extending around the heater, the stay member, the frame, and the reflection member, the endless film having
an inner peripheral surface;

a nip plate contactable with the inner peripheral surface of the endless film; and
a backup member configured to nip the endless film therebetween to form a nip part between the backup member and the endless
film, wherein a recording sheet is to be conveyed in a conveyance direction at the nip part.

US Pat. No. 9,266,365

PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:
a storage portion configured to store a roll sheet as a print medium, the print medium being a long sheet-shaped medium, a
release paper being adhered to a back surface of the print medium by an adhesive, and the back surface being an opposite side
of a print surface;

a feeding portion configured to feed the print medium pulled out from the storage portion along a longitudinal direction of
the print medium;

a printing portion configured to perform printing on the print surface of the print medium fed by the feeding portion;
a cutting portion provided separately from the printing portion and further to a downstream side in a feed direction of the
print medium than the printing portion, and configured to cut the print medium printed by the printing portion;

a guide portion provided between the printing portion and a cutting position of the cutting portion and separately from the
printing portion, and configured to guide the print medium fed by the feeding portion to the cutting position;

a processor; and
a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the printer to perform
processes comprising:

determining whether the roll sheet stored in the storage portion is an inward facing roll sheet or an outward facing roll
sheet, the inward facing roll sheet being a sheet that is wound with the print surface facing an inner peripheral side, and
the outward facing roll sheet being a sheet that is wound with the print surface facing an outer peripheral side;

controlling, in a case where it is determined that the roll sheet is the inward facing roll sheet, before the printing on
the print medium is performed by the printing portion, the feeding portion so as to cause a print medium leading end portion
to be moved from the cutting position and to be positioned further to an upstream side in the feed direction than an upstream
end portion, and controlling the printing portion so as to cause the printing on the print medium to be started after the
controlling of the feeding portion is completed, the print medium leading end portion being a downstream-side end portion
of the print medium in the feed direction and the upstream end portion being an upstream-side end portion of the guide portion
in the feed direction; and

controlling, in a case where it is determined that the roll sheet is the outward facing roll sheet, the printing portion so
as to cause the printing on the print medium to be started in a state in which the print medium leading end portion is positioned
further to the downstream side in the feed direction than the upstream end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,254,696

RECORDING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a container configured to contain a recording medium;
a conveying mechanism configured to convey the recording medium contained in the container along a conveying path;
a recording head configured to record an image on the recording medium that has been conveyed in a first direction through
the conveying path by the conveying mechanism;

a moving mechanism including a carriage that supports the recording head and configured to move the carriage reciprocatingly
together with the recording head in a second direction which intersects the first direction;

a first sensor installed in the carriage on an upstream side of the recording head in the first direction and configured to
detect the recording medium;

a second sensor configured to detect a change of a state of the container;
a storage unit configured to store width information relating to the second direction of the recording medium that is conveyed
by the conveying mechanism; and

a controller configured to control the conveying mechanism, the moving mechanism, and the recording head to record an image
on at least one recording medium based on width information and a recording job which is a series of processing corresponding
to a recording command, and configured to judge whether a predetermined condition for updating the width information is satisfied,
the predetermined condition being detection of the change in the state of the container by the second sensor;

wherein after the controller judged that the predetermined condition has been satisfied, and before an image is recorded on
a first recording medium based on the recording job, the controller is configured to: acquire width information of the first
recording medium by detecting two ends in the second direction of the first recording medium by the first sensor; and store
the width information of the first recording medium, which has been acquired, in the storage unit until the controller judges
next time that the predetermined condition has been satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,229,365

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE WITH PRESSING MEMBER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a developer carrier including a roller configured to rotate about a first axis;
a pressing member configured to pivot about a second axis extending in a direction parallel to the first axis;
a case pivotally supporting the pressing member on an outer surface of the case; and
an elastic member disposed on the outer surface of the case and located between the outer surface of the case and the pressing
member; and

a support member disposed on the outer surface of the case, the support member pivotally supporting the pressing member.

US Pat. No. 9,146,628

INPUT APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING INPUT CONTROL PROGRAM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An input apparatus comprising:
a display device configured to display an operational screen including at least one operational button image having a detecting
area capable of detecting an input of an input object, the at least one operational button image each being associated with
a corresponding one of processings which is executed when the detecting area of the at least one operational button image
is touched or approached by the input object;

a processing executing section configured to, when the detecting area of the at least one operational button image is touched
or approached by the input object, execute a processing assigned in advance to the touched or approached operational button
image;

a display updating section configured to perform an update such that the operational screen displayed on the display device
is changed from a first operational screen on which a first operational button image as the at least one operational button
image is displayed to a second operational screen on which a second operational button image, as the at least one operational
button image, which is different from the first button image is displayed;

a judging section configured to judge whether or not at least a part of the detecting area of the second operational button
image, having been touched or approached by the input object, displayed on the second operational screen overlays at least
a part of the detecting area of the first operational button image displayed on the first operational screen,

wherein, when the second image button is touched or approached by the input object and when the judging section has judged
that the at least the part of the detecting area of the touched or approached second operational button image overlays the
at least the part of the detecting area of the first operational button image, the processing executing section is configured
to:

disable an execution of the processing assigned to the touched or approached second operational button image,
execute the processing assigned to the overlaid first operational button image in response to the touch or the approach of
the input object on or to the second operational button image, while the touch or the approach of the input object on or to
the overlaid first operational button image does not occur.

US Pat. No. 9,127,385

SEWING MACHINE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, AND SEWING MACHINE SYSTEM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A sewing machine, comprising:
an embroidery frame moving portion that is configured to move an embroidery frame in a movement direction;
a sewing portion that is configured to form a stitch in a sewing workpiece that is clamped in the embroidery frame;
a communication portion that is configured to perform transmission and receiving of data to and from an external device;
a processor; and
a memory that is configured to store computer-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor
to perform the steps of:

specifying an embroidery pattern to be formed in the sewing workpiece that is clamped in the embroidery frame, and a size
of the embroidery pattern,

outputting the size of the embroidery pattern through the communication portion to a device that is provided with an image
capture portion,

providing notification, from the time of the outputting of the size of the embroidery pattern to the device until a time of
acquiring of positioning data, that the sewing machine is in a state of waiting for the acquiring of the positioning data,

acquiring the positioning data through the communication portion, the positioning data being data that the device has computed
based on image data for an image that has been captured of a range that includes at least one reference mark and at least
one indicator mark, the positioning data indicating at least one of a position and an angle of the at least one indicator
mark in relation to the at least one reference mark, the at least one reference mark being provided on the embroidery frame,
the at least one indicator mark being positioned in an area inside the embroidery frame on the sewing workpiece that is clamped
in the embroidery frame, the positioning data being output from the device to the sewing machine in response to determining
by the device that the embroidery pattern can be positioned in a sewing area in a case where at least one of a position and
an angle of the embroidery pattern on the sewing workpiece is set based on the size of the embroidery pattern and on the positioning
data, the sewing area being an area that is set inside the embroidery frame,

setting at least one of the position and the angle of the embroidery pattern on the sewing workpiece, based on the positioning
data,

acquiring embroidery data, the embroidery data being data for forming stitches that make up the embroidery pattern at at least
one of the position and the angle of the embroidery pattern on the sewing workpiece that has been set, and

causing the embroidery frame moving portion and the sewing portion to form the stitches that make up the embroidery pattern
on the sewing workpiece, based on the embroidery data.

US Pat. No. 9,122,209

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge configured to store developer;
an intermediate transfer belt configured to be in contact with a photoconductor drum;
a secondary transfer member configured to transfer a developer image formed on the intermediate transfer belt onto a recording
medium;

a support member configured to be movable in a first direction from an inside position where the support member is located
inside a main body casing of the image forming apparatus and an outside position where the support member is located outside
the main body casing, the support member configured to support the cartridge;

a sheet feeding unit disposed under the intermediate transfer belt and comprising a sheet feed tray;
a conveyance guide configured to guide the recording medium toward the secondary transfer member such that the recording medium
passes between the intermediate transfer belt and the sheet feed tray in a direction from one end of the sheet feed tray which
is positioned downstream in the first direction and another end of the sheet feed tray which is positioned upstream in the
first direction;

a cleaner configured to remove waste developer from a surface of the intermediate transfer belt; and
a waste developer carrier configured to carry the waste developer removed by the cleaner in an axial direction of the photoconductor
drum,

wherein the cleaner is disposed upstream of the photoconductor drum and downstream of the secondary transfer member in a traveling
direction of the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,120,330

RECORDING MEDIUM, PRINT DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND LABEL PRODUCING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

7. A label producing apparatus comprising:
a printing head configured to perform printing on a print-receiving tape;
a cutter configured to at least partially cut said print-receiving tape on which printing has been performed by said printing
head in a thickness direction and to produce a print label;

a primary print data acquisition portion configured to acquire primary print data that includes a first dot pattern indicating
desired print contents to be formed by said printing head, and a second dot pattern indicating a cutting movement timing corresponding
to a cutting location by said cutter;

a secondary print data generating portion configured to newly generate second print data, wherein said first dot pattern has
been extracted from said primary print data acquired by said primary print data acquisition portion;

a cut command generating portion configured to generate a cut command corresponding to said cutting movement timing indicated
by said second dot pattern included in said primary print data acquired by said primary print data acquisition portion; and

a data and command output portion configured to add said cut command generated by said cut command generating portion to said
second print data generated by said secondary print data generating portion, and to output a result to said label producing
part.

US Pat. No. 9,346,295

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette comprising:
a housing having a top case and a bottom case, the top case having a top surface, the bottom case having a bottom surface,
the housing having a front surface and a pair of side surfaces, the front surface extending from the bottom surface toward
the top surface;

a wound tape mounted within the housing;
an arm portion defined by a section of the front surface and a first wall, the first wall extending from the bottom surface
toward the top surface and being spaced from the section of the front surface, the section of the front surface and the first
wall forming an exit, the arm portion directing the tape generally in parallel with the front surface to the exit;

an opening extending through the housing in a first direction, the first direction being perpendicular to the top surface
or the bottom surface, the opening being defined by the first wall, a second wall and a connection portion, the first wall
and the second wall facing each other, the first wall being disposed between the second wall and the front surface, the second
wall extending from the bottom surface toward the top surface and being generally parallel to the front surface, the connection
portion connecting upstream side ends of the first wall and the second wall in a feed direction of the tape, the connection
portion being positioned in an end which is connected to the upstream side ends; and

a first surface provided in the connection portion and in the bottom case, the first surface being disposed between the top
surface and the bottom surface in the first direction, the bottom case having a first indentation extending from the bottom
surface to the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,319,541

FACSIMILE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DATA FORWARDING AND DATA FORWARDING METHOD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A facsimile apparatus comprising a data receiver, a data transmitter, and a controller,
wherein the controller is configured to:
receive facsimile data from another facsimile apparatus through the data receiver, the received facsimile data including related
information which is information related to the facsimile data;

output a screen on which at least one forwarding destination indicator indicating a forwarding destination related to the
related information of the received facsimile data is displayed in preference to at least one forwarding destination indicator
indicating a forwarding destination which does not relate to the related information of the received facsimile data; and

forward the received facsimile data through the data transmitter to at least one forwarding destination designated on the
screen,

wherein the facsimile apparatus further comprises a storage configured to store sign-in information for signing in to the
forwarding destination of facsimile data, and

wherein the controller is configured to output the screen on which at least one forwarding destination indicator indicating
the forwarding destination related to the related information of at least one forwarding destination, the sign-in information
of which is stored in the storage, is displayed, and at least one forwarding destination indicator, indicating the forwarding
destination, the sign-in information of which is not stored in the storage, is not displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,319,546

READING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A reading apparatus comprising:
a reading device comprising a light source and a light receiver;
a sheet tray;
a conveyer;
a receiving device; and
a control device comprising a processor and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the
control device to:

execute, when the receiving device receives a read instruction, a conveying process of causing the conveyer to perform a conveying
operation of starting conveyance of a sheet,

execute a reading process of causing the reading device to read an image of the sheet conveyed by the conveyer while the sheet
is passing a reading position of the reading device,

execute a stop determining process of determining whether a stop condition of the conveyer is satisfied, and
execute, in response to determining in the stop determining process that the stop condition is satisfied, a stopping process
of causing a leading edge of a next sheet, which is a sheet next to the sheet for which the reading process is executed, to
be stopped in a specific position which is any position between the sheet tray and the reading position,

wherein in the reading process, the control device is caused to execute an over-scan mode reading operation in which the reading
device is caused to start reading the image when a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the conveyer reaches an upstream
position which is upstream to the reading position by a first distance in the conveyance direction of the conveyer.

US Pat. No. 9,186,898

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A method for producing a piezoelectric actuator, comprising:
forming a diffusion preventing layer, on one surface of a substrate formed of a metallic material, for preventing a diffusion
of a metal from the substrate by colliding particles of metallic oxide with the one surface of the substrate to deposit the
particles on the one surface of the substrate;

heating the diffusion preventing layer at a first temperature after forming the diffusion preventing layer by colliding the
particles of metallic oxide with the one surface of the substrate;

forming an electrode on a surface of the diffusion preventing layer, the surface of the diffusion preventing layer not facing
the substrate;

forming a piezoelectric layer of a piezoelectric material on a surface of the electrode, the surface of the electrode not
facing the diffusion preventing layer; and

annealing the piezoelectric layer at a second temperature, wherein the first temperature is lower than the second temperature,
wherein heating the diffusion preventing layer at the first temperature is performed prior to forming the piezoelectric layer
of the piezoelectric material, and

wherein after the electrode has been formed and before the piezoelectric layer is formed, a residual stress in the diffusion
preventing layer is relieved by the heating of the diffusion preventing layer at the first temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,091,959

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

20. A developing device detachably attachable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:
a casing having an opening facing upward when the developing device is attached to the main body;
a developer carrying member configured to rotate, carry developer, and be at least partially disposed inside the casing;
a thickness regulating member configured to regulate a thickness of developer on the developer carrying member, and be at
least partially disposed inside the casing;

a supply member configured to supply developer to the developer carrying member, and to be at least partially disposed inside
the casing; and

a first conveying member configured to rotate around a rotational axis, convey developer along a direction parallel to the
rotational axis, and be at least partially disposed inside the casing,

wherein the developer carrying member is exposed through the opening,
wherein the thickness regulating member is configured to be disposed below the developer carrying member when the developing
device is attached to the main body,

wherein the supply member is configured to be disposed below the developer carrying member when the developing device is attached
to the main body,

wherein the thickness regulating member comprises a contact portion configured to contact the developer carrying member via
developer, and be disposed below a horizontal plane passing through a rotational axis of the developer carrying member when
the developing device is attached to the main body, and

wherein a position at which the developer carrying member contacts the thickness regulating member is:
positioned downstream of a position at which the developer carrying member faces the supply member, in a rotating direction
of the developer carrying member, and

positioned upstream of a position at which the developer carrying member is exposed through the opening, in the rotating direction
of the developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 9,094,312

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first storage portion that stores identification information, the identification information identifying a communication
device with which measurement of a transmission channel bandwidth is permitted, the transmission channel bandwidth being a
usable bandwidth in a transmission channel with another communication device via a network; and

a controller configured to control the communication device to:
receive an establishment request from each of a plurality of communication devices, the establishment request requesting establishment
of a session;

perform a first determination including determining whether to permit measurement of the transmission channel bandwidth, based
on whether identification information of each of the plurality of communication devices that transmitted the establishment
request is stored in the first storage portion; and

select, as a session establishment sequence, one of a first sequence and a second sequence, the first sequence being selected
in response to determining, in the first determination, that the measurement of the transmission channel bandwidth to and
from a specific device is permitted, the second sequence being selected in response to determining, in the first determination,
that measurement of the transmission channel bandwidth to and from the specific device is not permitted, and the specific
device being one of the plurality of communication devices,

wherein the first sequence comprises:
performing a first measurement including measuring the transmission channel bandwidth to and from the specific device;
performing a second determination after the first measurement has performed, the second determination including determining
whether permission input has been received for the specific device, the permission input permitting establishment of the session;

establishing the session between the communication device and the specific device in response to determining, in the second
determination, that the permission input has been received without establishing the session between the communication device
and the specific device in response to determining, in the second determination, that the permission input has not been received;
and

setting the usable bandwidth for the data communication based on the measurement of the transmission channel bandwidth to
and from the specific device performed in the first measurement, and

wherein the second sequence comprises:
performing a third determination including determining whether the permission input has been received for the specific device;
performing a second measurement including measuring the transmission channel bandwidth to and from the specific device in
response to determining, in the third determination, that the permission input has been received without measuring the transmission
channel bandwidth to and from the specific device in response to determining, in the third determination, that the permission
input has not been received;

establishing the session between the communication device and the specific device in response to determining, in the third
determination, that the permission input has been received without establishing the session between the communication device
and the specific device in response to determining, in the third determination, that the permission input has not been received;
and

setting the usable bandwidth for the data communication based on the measurement of the transmission channel bandwidth to
and from the specific device performed in the second measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,086,673

COLLECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

2. The collection device according to claim 1, further comprising a cover that covers the moving member,
wherein the cover includes an exposing part that exposes at least a part of the moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,505,246

CONTROL DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A control device comprises:
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor,
causing the control device to perform:

acquiring image data representing a target image;
creating print data by using the image data; and
supplying the print data to a print performing unit,
wherein
the print performing unit comprises a print head configured to perform a main scanning operation of discharging ink while
moving along a main scanning direction,

the print head comprises K groups of nozzles (K being an integer equal to or more than 2) provided along a sub scanning direction
being orthogonal to the main scanning direction,

in the K groups of nozzles, a first type of nozzle group and a second type of nozzle group are alternately provided along
the sub scanning direction, the first type of nozzle group comprising a first type of nozzle line including N pieces of nozzles
(N being an integer equal to or more than 2) provided along the main scanning direction, the second type of nozzle group comprising
a second type of nozzle line including N pieces of nozzles provided along the main scanning direction,

a color of ink discharged by an n-th nozzle (n being each integer satisfying 1?n direction among the N pieces of nozzles included in the first type of nozzle line is identical to a color of ink discharged
by an n-th nozzle from a second side of the main scanning direction among the N pieces of nozzles included in the second type
of nozzle line,

the creating of the print data includes selecting one printing method for printing the target image on a record medium from
among a plurality of printing methods including a first printing method and a second printing method, the first printing method
being a printing method for performing a color printing of the target image by the print head conducting both of a first main
scanning operation and a second main scanning operation, the first main scanning operation including discharging ink while
moving from the first side to the second side in the main scanning direction, the second main scanning operation including
discharging ink while moving from the second side to the first side in the main scanning direction, the second printing method
being a printing method for performing a color printing of the target image by the print head conducting only a specific main
scanning operation which is one of the first main scanning operation and the second main scanning operation, and

the creating of the print data includes:
creating, in a case where one of the first printing method and the second printing method is selected, first print data for
causing all of the K groups of nozzles to discharge inks of a plurality of different colors so as to perform the color printing
of the target image, the first print data including main scanning direction information which indicates a direction the print
head is being made to move in, and first association information which indicates a correspondence relation between a nozzle
line number and a pixel line which is to be created by the corresponding nozzle line for respective K groups of nozzles; and

creating, in a case where the other of the first printing method and the second printing method is selected, second print
data for causing (K?k) groups of nozzles to discharge inks of a plurality of different colors so as to perform the color printing
of the target image, the (K?k) groups of nozzles being nozzle groups excluding k groups of nozzles (k being an odd integer
satisfying 1?k the second print data including main scanning direction information which indicates a direction the print head is being made
to move in, and second association information which indicates a correspondence relation between a nozzle line number and
a pixel line which is to be created by the corresponding nozzle line for respective (K?k) groups of nozzles.

US Pat. No. 9,411,261

DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE HAVING SPACER BETWEEN HOUSING AND LAYER THICKNESS REGULATION BLADE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a housing configured to accommodate a developing agent therein;
a developing agent carrying member configured to carry the developing agent;
a layer thickness restricting member disposed between the housing and the developing agent carrying member and comprising
a blade supporting member and a blade, the blade supporting member being configured to support the blade and comprising a
first engaging portion, the blade being configured to contact the developing agent carrying member to restrict a layer thickness
of the developing agent carried by the developing agent carrying member;

a spacer disposed between the housing and the blade supporting member in a first direction in which the developing agent carrying
member and the blade supporting member face one another and in which is orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the developing
agent carrying member, the spacer comprising—a first engaged portion configured to engage with the first engaging portion
of the blade supporting member such that relative movement of the spacer and the blade supporting member is restricted in
a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and

a fixing member,
wherein the first engaging portion has a first through-hole penetrating the blade supporting member and the first engaged
portion has a second through-hole penetrating the spacer, and the first engaged portion, having the second through-hole, of
the spacer is inserted in the first through-hole of the first engaging portion of the blade supporting member, and

wherein the fixing member extends through the first through-hole and the second through-hole and fixes the blade supporting
member to the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,403,391

LIQUID-DROPLET EJECTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NONVOLATILE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A liquid-droplet ejecting apparatus comprising:
at least one liquid-droplet ejection head configured to eject a plurality of liquid droplets, each being one of a plurality
of sizes, onto a recording medium, the plurality of sizes respectively corresponding to a plurality of predetermined amounts
of liquid that are different from each other;

a liquid-droplet-ejection-data storage section configured to store liquid-droplet ejection data which causes the at least
one liquid-droplet ejection head to eject the plurality of liquid droplets each having one size selected from among the plurality
of sizes according to an image formed on the recording medium;

a liquid-droplet-ejection-head controlling section configured to control the at least one liquid-droplet ejection head on
the basis of the liquid-droplet ejection data;

a liquid-droplet-count obtaining section configured to obtain the number of liquid droplets to be ejected for each of a plurality
of evaluation regions that are defined on the recording medium and locations of which on the recording medium are different
from each other, the liquid-droplet-count obtaining section being configured to obtain the number of the liquid droplets on
the basis of evaluation ejection data corresponding to the plurality of evaluation regions among the liquid-droplet ejection
data;

a liquid-amount obtaining section configured to obtain an amount of the liquid to be ejected for each of the plurality of
evaluation regions, the liquid-amount obtaining section being configured to obtain the amount of the liquid on the basis of
the evaluation ejection data;

a curl-amount obtaining section configured to obtain an amount of a curl of the recording medium on the basis of liquid-curl
correlation information, the obtained amount of the liquid for each of the plurality of evaluation regions, and the obtained
number of the liquid droplets for each of the plurality of evaluation regions, the liquid-curl correlation information representing
a plurality of correlations between the amount of curl, the obtained amount of the liquid, and the obtained number of the
liquid droplets for the respective plurality of evaluation regions, the plurality of correlations for the respective plurality
of evaluation regions being different from each other;

a curl suppressing section configured to change the evaluation ejection data on the basis of the amount of the curl of the
recording medium obtained by the curl-amount obtaining section when a processing for suppressing the curl of the recording
medium is required, the curl suppressing section being configured to change the evaluation ejection data so as to change at
least one of the amount of the liquid and the number of the liquid droplets to be ejected onto at least one of the plurality
of evaluation regions on the recording medium to suppress the curl of the recording medium; and

a correlation-information storage section configured to store the liquid-curl correlation information comprising a first liquid-curl
correlation value and a second liquid-curl correlation corresponding to the amount of curl based on a number of liquid droplets
to be ejected for a certain evaluation region of the plurality of evaluation regions in a case when the total amount of ejected
liquid in the certain evaluation region is equal,

wherein the first liquid-curl correlation value corresponds to a first curl amount that occurs when a first number of the
liquid droplets is ejected for the certain evaluation region and the second liquid-curl correlation value corresponds to a
second curl amount that occurs when a second number of the liquid droplets is ejected for the certain evaluation region,

wherein the first number of the liquid droplets is less than the second number of the liquid droplets, and
wherein the first curl amount is less than the second curl amount.

US Pat. No. 9,352,566

LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection device comprising:
a liquid supply section including a plurality of liquid chambers respectively configured to contain plural kinds of liquids;
and

a liquid ejection section including plural nozzle groups of one or plural nozzle(s) and configured to eject the plural kinds
of liquids to be supplied from the liquid supply section;

wherein the liquid ejection section includes a plurality of supply ports which are aligned in a first direction and through
which the plural kinds of liquids are supplied;

wherein the liquid supply section includes:
a plurality of connection passages respectively connecting the plurality of supply ports of the liquid ejection section to
the liquid chambers configured to contain the liquids to be supplied respectively to the supply ports; and

a plurality of air discharge passages connected respectively to the plurality of liquid chambers;
wherein the plurality of liquid chambers are aligned in a second direction intersecting with the first direction;
wherein the liquid ejection section further includes:
a plurality of common passages respectively through which the liquids are supplied from the plurality of supply ports; and
a plurality of individual passages respectively which branch from the common passages and extend to the nozzles; and
wherein the plurality of supply ports are formed in the plurality of common passages, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,272,535

PRINTER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printer comprising:
a feeder configured to feed a recording medium;
a printing head configured to form desired print in a predetermined print area of said recording medium fed by said feeder;
a take-up body configured to sequentially take up said recording medium on an outer circumference part with a tip end region
of said recording medium positioned on a downstream side from said print area in a transport direction, said tip end region
being connected to said outer circumference part, and said take-up body is further configured to produce roll-shaped printed
matter; and

a print control portion configured to control said printing head so as to form, during preheating of said printing head, a
print part in a position that serves as a border between said tip end region and said print area of said recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,235,190

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FIXING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to carry a developer image thereon;
a fixing device including:
a heating member configured to heat the developer image transferred from the photosensitive member onto the sheet;
a pressing member configured to press the sheet toward the heating member; and
a frame; and
a fan configured to generate airflow,
wherein the heating member includes:
a heater configured to generate heat and extending in a direction parallel to a width direction of the sheet being fed;
a cylindrical member storing the heater therein, each end of the cylindrical member in an axial direction thereof being open;
and

first and second support terminals disposed at first and second ends of the heater, respectively, in a longitudinal direction
of the heater, the first and second support terminals supporting the heater,

wherein the frame is made of resin, and includes a first support terminal supporting portion supporting the first support
terminal of the heater and a second support terminal supporting portion supporting the second support terminal of the heater,

wherein the fan is disposed proximate to the first support terminal supporting portion, and
wherein the frame further includes a duct portion disposed proximate to the first support terminal supporting portion, the
duct portion through which air flows to the fan.

US Pat. No. 9,232,091

IMAGE READER WITH BUTTON DISPLAY CONTROL, AND METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image reader comprising:
an image reading unit configured to perform an image reading operation of reading an image of a document sheet and creating
image data of the read image;

a display unit configured to display a plurality of selection buttons corresponding to respective devices, each selection
button being configured to, when selected, set a corresponding device as an intended transmission destination of the image
data of the read image; and

a controller configured to:
control, before a selection button corresponding to the intended transmission destination of the image data of the read image
is selected, the display unit to display one or more selectable selection buttons of the plurality of selection buttons in
a first display manner, the one or more selectable selection buttons corresponding to accessible devices to which it is possible
to transmit the image data of the read image; and

perform, after the selection button corresponding to the intended transmission destination of the image data of the read image
is selected,

controlling the display unit to display the selected selection button corresponding to the intended transmission destination
of the image data of the read image in a second display manner different from the first display manner,

controlling the display unit to display one or more selectable selection buttons, other than the selected selection button,
in the first display manner, and

controlling the image reading unit to start the image reading operation;
wherein the controller is further configured to control the display unit to display the selected selection button corresponding
to the intended transmission destination of the image data of the read image in a third display manner, different from the
second display manner, during execution of the image reading operation.

US Pat. No. 9,208,416

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS PERFORMING HALFTONE PROCESS ON IMAGE DATA BASED ON A CORRECTED TONE VALUE AND AN ERROR VALUE OF TARGET PIXELS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to:
perform a halftone process on image data to generate processed image data, the image data including a plurality of tone values
of a plurality of pixels, the processed image data including a plurality of dot values of the plurality of pixels, each of
the plurality of dot values indicating dot formation status; and

supply the processed image data to a printing execution unit,
wherein, to perform the halftone process, the processor is further configured to:
calculate a corrected tone value of a target pixel using a tone value of the target pixel and an error value of a previously
processed pixel;

determine a dot value of the target pixel by comparing the corrected tone value of the target pixel with a threshold value;
calculate an error value of the target pixel using the corrected tone value of the target pixel and a first density value
when the dot value of the target pixel is determined to be a particular value indicating to form a dot and the dot to be formed
corresponding to the particular value is a first dot, the first dot being an isolated dot; and

calculate an error value of the target pixel using the corrected tone value of the target pixel and a second density value
when the dot value of the target pixel is determined to be the same particular value and the dot to be formed corresponding
to the particular value is a second dot, the second dot being a dot to be formed at a particular location in consecutive dots.

US Pat. No. 9,197,784

PRINTING DEVICE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING THUMBNAIL IMAGE OF MOTION IMAGE FILE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A printing device comprising:
a processor; and
an instruction memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer readable instructions, when executed by
the processor, causing the printing device to perform:

retrieving an image file representing a motion image, the motion image including
one frame image, at least one intermediate frame image and another frame image, chronologically consecutive with one another
in the recited order;

extracting a plurality of frame images including the one frame image and the another frame image from the image file without
extracting the at least one intermediate frame image from the image file,

for each of the plurality of extracted frames including the one frame image and the another frame image:
converting the extracted frame image to a predetermined size and displaying the converted extracted frame image at the predetermined
size on a display unit of the printing device;

laying out the extracted frame image on a page; and
wherein a subsequent frame image is extracted from the image file after the converted extracted frame image is displayed and
the extracted frame image is laid out; wherein each of the plurality of extracted frame images are laid out on a same page,

wherein each of the plurality of converted extracted frame images is displayed sequentially at predetermined time intervals
and without displaying the at least one intermediate frame image, the plurality of converted extracted frame images including
one converted extracted frame image and another converted extracted frame image,

generating a first output image in which the plurality of extracted frame images including the one frame image and the another
frame image are laid out on the same page as a single output image;

displaying, on the display unit of the printing device, the first output image after the plurality of converted extracted
frame images are displayed, and the display of the one converted extracted frame image being switched to display of the another
converted extracted frame image as a next display, the one converted extracted frame image being displayed in a same position
as-the another converted extracted frame image; and

printing the first output image.

US Pat. No. 9,160,880

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image reading apparatus configured to read an image of a manuscript, the apparatus comprising:
a contact glass which is provided at an upper surface of a main body of the apparatus to set the manuscript thereon;
an image sensor which is positioned below the contact glass and which has a reading surface on a contact glass side configured
to read the image from the manuscript on the contact glass, the image sensor having a lower surface opposite to the reading
surface;

a carriage which has a sensor container having a recess open to the contact glass side and which supports the image sensor
accommodated in the sensor container;

a rail member which extends in a first direction parallel to the contact glass and which slidably supports the carriage;
a protruding portion protruding relative to the image sensor in the first direction; and
a biasing member which biases the image sensor to the contact glass side via the protruding portion,
wherein an upper end of the biasing member is positioned below the contact glass and above the lower surface of the image
sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,145,009

PRINT LABEL PRODUCING APPARATUS AND CUTTING BLADE RECEIVING MEMBER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A print label producing apparatus comprising:
a print label producing apparatus main body; and
at least one cutting blade receiving member configured to receive and stop a cutting blade when a print-receiving tape is
cut by said cutting blade,

said print label producing apparatus main body comprising:
a feeder configured to feed said print-receiving tape along a feeding path;
a printing head configured to perform desired printing on said print-receiving tape fed by said feeder;
said cutting blade configured to move along a direction orthogonal to said feeding path and press and cut said print-receiving
tape after printing; and

a holding portion configured to attach and detach said cutting blade receiving member, and
said at least one cutting blade receiving member comprises:
a first cutting blade receiving member comprising at least one concave portion configured to receive at least a part of an
entire tape width of said print-receiving tape in a tape thickness direction, and a first contact portion configured to receive
and stop contact of a blade edge of said cutting blade at an adjacent position, disposed at said adjacent position along said
tape width direction from said concave portion;

a second cutting blade receiving member comprising a second contact portion configured to receive and stop contact of the
blade edge of said cutting blade while sandwiching the entire tape width of said print-receiving tape,

a hook disposed on one of said first cutting blade receiving member or said second cutting blade receiving member; wherein
said holding portion of said print label producing apparatus main body comprises a locking hole configured to selectively
engage with said hook disposed on one of said first cutting blade receiving member or said second cutting blade receiving
member and is configured to permit selective mounting of one of said first cutting blade receiving member and said second
cutting blade receiving member by means of said locking hole.

US Pat. No. 9,122,198

DEVELOPING UNIT

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing unit of an image forming apparatus comprising:
a body defining a developing chamber and a developer accommodating chamber, the developing chamber being configured to accommodate
a developing roller, and the developer accommodating chamber being configured to accommodate a developer and being connected
to the developing chamber via a connection port, the body including a sliding portion, a restoring portion and a colliding
portion at the developer accommodating chamber; and

a developer delivery member arranged in the developer accommodating chamber and configured to rotate in a rotating direction
so that the developer in the developer accommodating chamber is delivered to the developing chamber, the developer delivery
member including an elastic member configured to be in sliding contact with the sliding portion while being curved elastically,
configured to be restored elastically at the restoring portion, and configured to collide with the colliding portion,

wherein the sliding portion, the restoring portion and the colliding portion are arranged along the rotating direction,
the connection port is located on an upstream side of the colliding portion in the rotating direction, and
the developer delivery member is configured so that the elastic member which has been elastically restored at the restoring
portion is collided with the colliding portion to generate an air flow in a direction opposite the rotating direction and
to deliver the developer in the developer accommodating chamber toward the connection port by the air flow in the direction
opposite the rotating direction.

US Pat. No. 9,116,463

SEAL CONFIGURATION FOR SUPPRESSING DEVELOPER LEAKAGE IN A DEVELOPING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing device comprising:
a housing configured to accommodate developer therein;
a developing roller rotatably provided to the housing;
a plate-shaped layer thickness regulation blade configured to contact the developing roller and regulate a layer thickness
of the developer on the developing roller;

a first seal member arranged between the housing and the layer thickness regulation blade; and
a second seal member arranged between the housing and the developing roller at an end portion of the developing roller in
an axis line direction of the developing roller,

wherein the first seal member is arranged adjacent to the second seal member in a rotating direction of the developing roller,
wherein the second seal member includes a first member contacting a circumferential surface of the developing roller and a
second member arranged between the housing and the first member,

wherein the second member includes a protruding portion that, in the rotating direction of the developing roller, protrudes
more towards the first seal member than the first member, and

wherein end portions of the first member and the second member in the rotating direction of the developing roller are respectively
configured to contact the first seal member.

US Pat. No. 9,505,216

LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejecting device, comprising a fluid passage structure formed with multiple nozzles arranged in a particular nozzle
arrangement direction and multiple passages respectively communicating with the multiple nozzles,
wherein the fluid passage structure comprises a laminated body including a synthetic-resin nozzle plate formed with the multiple
nozzles, the synthetic-resin nozzle plate being laminated and bonded to a metallic passage body that is formed with multiple
individual passage parts communicating with the multiple nozzles of the liquid passages,

wherein the laminated body has:
a liquid ejection surface on a first side of the nozzle plate which defines multiple ejection openings respectively corresponding
to the multiple nozzles being formed;

a metallic plate of the metallic passage body laminated and bonded to a second side of the nozzle plate opposite the first
side of the nozzle plate, the metallic plate including multiple convex parts forming multiple protective parts protruding
from the liquid ejection surface, the multiple protective parts being arranged along the nozzle arrangement direction, beside
the multiple ejection openings, respectively; and

a liquid-repellent coat covering the liquid ejection surface including the multiple protective parts protruding from the liquid
ejection surface, and

wherein the convex parts forming the multiple protective parts are formed by press working applied to the laminated body from
a passage body.

US Pat. No. 9,367,027

PHOTOSENSITIVE CARTRIDGE HAVING LIGHT GUIDE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A photosensitive cartridge removably mounted in an image forming device having a light source, the photosensitive cartridge
comprising:
a photosensitive drum having a surface on which an electrostatic latent image is configured to be formed, the photosensitive
drum extending in an axial direction;

a drum frame accommodating the photosensitive drum therein, the drum frame having a pair of side walls facing and spaced apart
from each other in the axial direction, each of the axial ends of the photosensitive drum being supported at each of the pair
of side walls; and

a guide member configured to guide light emitted from the light source toward the surface of the photosensitive drum to neutralize
charge on the surface of the photosensitive drum, the guide member comprising:

a first part configured to receive the light emitted from the light source, the first part extending in a direction crossing
the axial direction;

a second part facing the photosensitive drum and extending in the axial direction; and
a third part connecting the first part and the second part and configured to allow the light to pass through the first part
toward the second part, the drum frame accommodating the guide member such that the first and the third part are positioned
inward of the pair of side walls in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,316,991

DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developer cartridge comprising:
a case having a first side wall formed with a toner fill-hole and a second side wall facing the first side wall in a particular
direction, the case being configured to accommodate a developing agent therein;

a developer roller supported to the first side wall and the second side wall and rotatable about a rotation axis extending
in an axial direction parallel to the particular direction, the developer roller being configured to carry the developing
agent;

a supply roller supported to the first side wall and the second side wall and rotatable about a rotation axis extending in
the axial direction, the supply roller being configured to supply the developing agent onto the developer roller;

a cap configured to seal the toner fill-hole, the cap having:
a main body part closing the toner fill-hole; and
a boss extending outward from the main body part in the axial direction, the boss including an end in the axial direction;
an electrode made from electrically conductive resin and configured to supply a bias voltage to at least one of the developer
roller and the supply roller, the electrode being overlapped with the cap as viewed in the axial direction, the electrode
having:

a first end part contacting with the at least one of the developing roller and the supply roller;
a second end part including a contact point; and
an extending part extending from the first end part to the second end part, the extending part including a fitting hole into
which the boss is fitted; and

a screw configured to fix the electrode to the cap by being threaded into the end of the boss in a state where the boss is
fitted into the fitting hole, wherein the screw has a shaft portion threadingly engaged with the cap.

US Pat. No. 9,319,564

SCANNER SYSTEM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A scanner system comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan a document;
a processor configured to determine whether to perform a first process or a second process based on whether a color correction
process is a contrast or brightness correction, wherein the first process is performed if the color correction process includes
a contrast or brightness correction and the second process is performed if the color correction process modifies a color value;
and

implement at least one of the first process and the second process;
wherein the first process comprises:
generating scan image data in accordance with the scanning by the scanning unit, wherein each pixel of the scan image data
is defined as a coordinate in an RGB color space;

generating a first image data by applying a first input-side color conversion profile to the scan image data, wherein each
pixel of the first image data is defined as a coordinate in a second color space different from the RGB color space, wherein
the second color space is a L*a*b* color space and each coordinate in the L*a*b* color space corresponds to the associated
coordinate in the RGB color space;

generating a second image data by correcting at least one of contrast and brightness of the first image data in the L*a*b*
color space by changing a value of at least one coordinate within the L*a*b* color space;

generating a third image data by applying an output-side color conversion profile to the second image data, wherein each pixel
of the third image data is defined as a coordinate in a third color space different from the second color space, wherein the
third color space comprises an sRGB color space;

generating a first processed image data based on the third image data; and
outputting the first processed image data with a second input-side color conversion profile in the sRGB color space, the second
input-side color conversion profile being different from the first input-side color conversion profile; and

wherein the second process comprises:
generating the scan image data in accordance with the scanning by the scanning unit, wherein each pixel of the scan image
data is defined as a coordinate in the RGB color space;

generating the first image data by applying the first input-side color conversion profile to the scan image data, wherein
each pixel of the first image data is defined as a coordinate in the L*a*b* color space and each coordinate in the L*a*b*
color space corresponds to the associated coordinate in the RGB color space;

generating a fourth image data by applying the output-side color conversion profile to the first image data, wherein each
pixel of the fourth image data is defined as coordinate in the sRGB color space and converted from the L*a*b* color space
without correcting at least one of contrast and brightness of the first image data in the L*a*b* color space;

generating a fifth image data by correcting at least one RGB value of the fourth image data within the sRGB color space by
changing the at least one RGB value;

generating a second processed image data based on the fifth image data; and
outputting the second processed image data with the second input-side color conversion profile.

US Pat. No. 9,317,620

SERVER DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A server device configured to communicate with a client device via a network, the server device comprising:
a storing unit configured to stores a file in a directory that constructs a hierarchy structure;
a receiving unit configured to receives a command from the client device; and
a processor comprising hardware, the processor being configured to:
generate a first index file with respect to the directory and a second index file with respect to a first subdirectory of
the directory, the first index file lists name of all the files existing in the directory and name of the first subdirectory,
both the first index file and the second index file are in a hypertext format;

generate a first dummy file and a second dummy file, both being in a hypertext format, the first dummy file including first
information to access directly to the file in the directory and a path of the file in the directory, and the second dummy
file including second information to access to the first subdirectory of the directory and a path of the second index file,
first dummy file including a first redirect command to redirect to the file in the directory and a file name of the file in
the directory, the second dummy file including a second redirect command to redirect to the second index file and a file name
of the second index file, the first index file links to the first dummy file and the second dummy file by including a list
of third information that identifies the file and a path of the first dummy file including the first information to access
directly to the file in the directory and the part of the file in the directory, the second dummy file including a list of
fourth information that identifies the first subdirectory and a path of the second index file including the second information
to access to the first subdirectory of the directory and the part of the first subdirectory;

store the first dummy file including the first information to access directly to the file in the directory and the path of
the file in the directory and the second dummy file including the second information to access to the first subdirectory of
the directory and the path of the first subdirectory;

transfer the first index file to the client device in response to the command received at the receiving unit instructing to
transfer the first index file;

transfer the second index file to the client device in response to the command received at the receiving unit instructing
to transfer the second index file caused by the second redirect command included in the second dummy file identified by the
fourth information included in the second index file; and

transfer the file stored in the storing unit in response to the command received at the receiving unit instructing to transfer
the file caused by the first redirect command included in the first dummy file identified by the third information included
in the first index file.

US Pat. No. 9,280,082

DEVELOPING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing device comprising:
a housing made of resin;
a developer carrier, which is rotatably supported by the housing, and which is configured to carry developer on a circumferential
surface thereof;

a receiving-side coupling member, which is provided rotatably to one of end portions in a rotational axial direction of the
developer carrier and which is configured to couple with a driving-side coupling member in the rotational axial direction
and to transmit driving force to the developer carrier;

a blade, which is provided along the rotational axial direction, and which is configured to contact the circumferential surface
of the developer carrier and to regulate a layer thickness of the developer on the circumferential surface of the developer
carrier; and

a support member, which is bent into an L-shape in a plane normal to the rotational axial direction, and which supports the
blade,

wherein the receiving-side coupling member is overlapped with a bending portion of the support member, in a direction parallel
the rotational axial direction, and

wherein a rotation center of the receiving-side coupling member is located in a square or a rectangle, two sides of which
are defined by the support member having the L-shape, in the plane normal to the rotational axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,235,152

TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A toner, comprising toner mother particles which contain a binder resin, a colorant, and a wax, wherein the wax is selected
from the group consisting of stearic acid stearyl, stearic acid behenyl, heneicosanoic acid behenyl, dipentaerythritol hexamyristate,
myristic acid behenyl, and combinations thereof;
wherein a difference between a density of the wax in a solid state at 24° C. and a density of the wax in a liquid state at
120° C. is not less than 0.11 g/cm3;

the density of the wax in the liquid state at 120° C. is not more than 0.835 g/cm3; and

a heat quantity of the wax per unit mass which is obtained from an endothermic peak area at a low temperature side measured
by a differential scanning calorimetry is not less than 190 mJ/mg, and an anion equivalent of the toner mother particles is
not more than 1×10?5 mol/g and is more than 0 mol/g.

US Pat. No. 9,213,308

CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH PROTECTION COVER CAPABLE OF PROTECTING DEVELOPER CARRIER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a first cartridge including:
a photosensitive body configured to rotate;
a photosensitive-body accommodating portion configured to accommodate the photosensitive body therein; and
a cartridge mounting portion;
a second cartridge configured to be detachably mounted in the first cartridge and including a developer carrier configured
to rotate to supply toner to the photosensitive body; and

a protection cover configured to provide an attached state to be attached to the second cartridge and a detached state to
be detached from the second cartridge, the protection cover at the attached state being configured to face the developer carrier
to protect the developer carrier, the second cartridge being configured to provide an accommodated position to be accommodated
in the cartridge mounting portion when the protection cover is at the attached state, the second cartridge being configured
to provide a mounted position to be mounted in the cartridge mounting portion when the protection cover is at the detached
state.

US Pat. No. 9,137,395

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH USB DATA PACKETS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a Universal Serial Bus Interface (USB I/F) comprising a plurality of USB endpoints for reception, each of the USB endpoints
for reception being configured to receive USB data packets transmitted by a data processing device according to a USB protocol;
and

a control device configured to:
execute one or more processing on the basis of a HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) command;
execute image processing on the basis of a particular command other than the HTTP command;
execute USB configuration processing in which the data processing device designates a first USB endpoint from among the plurality
of USB endpoints for reception, the first USB endpoint being for receiving content data including the HTTP command and content
data including the particular command;

cause a specific buffer to store content data included in the received USB data packets, the specific buffer being a buffer
corresponding to the first USB endpoint for reception; and

execute content data allocation processing,
wherein the content data allocation processing includes:
analyzing the content data stored in the specific buffer;
causing the content data to be processed in the execution of the one or more processing in a case where the analyzed content
data includes the HTTP command; and

causing the content data to be processed in the execution of the image processing in a case where the analyzed content data
includes the particular command.

US Pat. No. 9,069,324

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a body frame including an opening;
a cover configured to rotate between an open position where the cover opens the opening and a closed position where the cover
closes the opening, the cover including a base end portion rotatably supported by the body frame, and a distal end portion
opposite to the base end portion;

an exposure member including a light source, the exposure member being supported by the cover and configured to swing relative
to the cover when the cover is rotated from the closed position to the open position;

a cable configured to transmit current to the exposure member; and
a metal plate fixed to the cover and including:
a main body part having a through-hole through which the cable extends; and
a conduction part protruding, toward the exposure member from a portion of the main body part, the portion of the main body
part being located adjacent to the through-hole and at a distal end side of the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,894,813

ELECTRIC APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH FRAME AND POWER SUPPLY

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An electric apparatus comprising:
a casing;
a power supply accommodated in the casing and comprising:
a power supply board having a mounting surface; and
a power supply component mounted on the mounting surface;
a frame extending in a vertical direction and disposed outward of the power supply within the casing, the frame being formed
with a through-hole extending therethrough, the frame having a first part and a second part,

the through-hole having one open end open to an inner surface of the casing and another open end open to the power supply,
the through-hole facing the power supply component in a horizontal direction orthogonal to the vertical direction, the through-hole
being surrounded by an ambient portion of the frame,

the first part being made from a flame retardant resin and constituting at least a part of the ambient portion, the at least
a part of the ambient portion being positioned at a side the same as the power supply component with respect to the mounting
surface,

at least a part of the second part being made from a material having flame retardancy lower than that of the flame retardant
resin; and

a fan configured to generate an airflow directed from the power supply to the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,413,904

IMAGE-READING DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image-reading apparatus, comprising:
a reading device configured to convey a document along a conveying path and to read the conveyed document while conveying
the document;

a document feed tray configured to hold one or more unfinished read documents;
a detector configured to detect the document feed tray is in a used position where a document holding surface is exposed or
in an unused position where the document holding surface is not exposed, wherein the conveying path includes the document
feed tray while the document feed tray is in the used position;

a power supply device configured to supply power to the reading device; and
a power supply control device configured to:
determine whether the document feed tray has moved from the used position to the unused position based on the detection result
of the detector while supplying the power to the reading device; and

when the power supply control device determines that the document feed tray has moved from the used position to the unused
position while supplying the power to the reading device, control the power supply device to:

(i) stop supplying the power to the reading device in a case that the reading device is not performing both of reading and
conveying the document; and

(ii) continue supplying the power to the reading device while the reading device performs reading and conveying the document;
wherein the power supply control device is configured to control the power supply device to stop supplying the power to the
reading device in a case, since last performing document reading, a time period has elapsed that exceeds a waiting period.

US Pat. No. 9,338,818

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS FOR WIRELESS NETWORK AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A wireless communication apparatus configured to operate selectively as a group owner or as a client in a Wi-Fi Direct
wireless network, comprising:
a processor configured to:
manage one or more remote devices, which operate as clients in a particular Wi-Fi Direct wireless network, when the wireless
communication apparatus operates as the group owner in the particular Wi-Fi Direct wireless network; and

continue the operation of the wireless communication apparatus as the group owner, when the wireless communication apparatus
operates as the group owner in the particular Wi-Fi Direct wireless network, until a continuation period elapses when the
number of remote devices to be managed is zero,

wherein the continuation period begins at a time when the number of remote devices to be managed becomes zero, wherein, if
the number of remote devices to be managed becomes one or more before the continuation period elapses, the processor is configured
to continue the operation of the wireless communication apparatus as the group owner in the particular Wi-Fi Direct wireless
network, even after a lapse of the continuation period,

wherein, if the number of remote devices to be managed remains zero until the continuation period elapses, the processor is
configured to stop the operation of the wireless communication apparatus as the group owner after the lapse of the continuation
period,

wherein, when the number of remote devices to be managed becomes zero without obtaining a disconnect signal from a last removed
remote device, which is a last device that has been removed from the particular network, among the one or more remote devices
to be managed, the processor is configured to continue the operation of the wireless communication apparatus as the group
owner until the continuation period elapses, and

wherein, when the number of remote devices to be managed becomes zero while the disconnect signal is obtained from the last
removed remote device, the processor is configured to stop the operation of the wireless communication apparatus as the group
owner before the continuation period elapses.

US Pat. No. 9,317,618

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING CONTENT TITLES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A communication device configured to access, based on summary location data, content summary data, which includes at least
titles of a plurality of pieces of content, location data representing locations of the plurality of pieces of content and
description data representing a part of each of the plurality of pieces of content, the communication device comprising:
a first memory;
a first storage control unit configured to obtain a plurality of pieces of content summary data based on the summary location
data, generate a plurality of pieces of storing summary data based on the plurality of pieces of content summary data so as
to include at least part of the respective pieces of content summary data, and store the plurality of pieces of storing summary
data in the first memory;

a second memory;
a second storage control unit configured to select a predetermined number of pieces of storing summary data from among the
plurality of pieces of storing summary data stored in the first memory and store the selected predetermined number of pieces
of storing summary data in the second memory;

a first display unit configured to display, in a plurality of scroll areas, the titles and corresponding description data
of the predetermined number of pieces of storing summary data stored in the second memory in a list, and execute a scroll
display of the description data corresponding to the displayed titles, sequentially, on the list in display order by automatically
changing a scrolling area where the description data is being scrolled, from one to another sequentially, the description
data being scrolled and further automatically changing from one area to another area sequentially among the plurality of scroll
areas where the description data is to be scrolled, the scroll areas of the plurality of scroll areas that correspond to description
data that is not being scrolled displayed, display the description data without being scrolled, the description data being
scrolled in a horizontal direction and wherein the scrolling areas are arranged in a vertical direction and the scrolling
areas are switched in the vertical direction, wherein when scrolling, in the horizontal direction, of only a certain line
is finished, scrolling, in the horizontal direction, of only a next line in the vertical direction, is automatically started;
and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the content location data included in the storing summary data corresponding to
a selected title to a data display device that is communicably connected with the communication device.

US Pat. No. 9,296,240

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette, comprising:
a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a tape feed path, a front wall having a front surface, and a tape feed exit
adjacent to the front wall and configured to expose a tape guided in the housing along a tape feed path in a tape feed direction
towards the tape feed exit;

the tape at least partially included within the housing and configured to be fed along the tape feed path extending to the
tape feed exit;

an ink ribbon at least partially included within the housing;
a take-up spool included within the housing and configured to take-up the ink ribbon; and
a first aperture formed on the front surface of the front wall, wherein a first virtual line orthogonal to the front wall
and passing through a most upstream, in the tape feed direction at the front wall, end of the first aperture also passes through
the take-up spool, and wherein a second virtual line orthogonal to the front wall and passing through a most downstream, in
the tape feed direction at the front wall, end of the first aperture also passes through the take-up spool.

US Pat. No. 9,213,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MECHANISM FOR RESTRICTING MOVEMENT OF COVER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a cartridge supporting member configured to support a plurality of cartridges, the cartridge supporting member being movable
along a moving path between an inside position inside the main body and an outside position outside of the main body;

a cover provided at the main body, the cover being pivotally movable between a first position and a second position higher
than the first position in a height direction generally perpendicular to the moving path; and

a restricting member configured to move in interlocking relation with the movement of the cartridge supporting member, the
restricting member being movable between a restricting position for restricting movement of the cover from the second position
to the first position and a permitting position for permitting the movement of the cover from the second position to the first
position, the restricting member being configured such that the restricting member is placed in the restricting position when
the cartridge supporting member is in the outside position and such that the restricting member is placed in the permitting
position when the cartridge supporting member is in the inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,193,167

PRINTING FLUID CARTRIDGE, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND USE OF PRINTING FLUID CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A printing fluid cartridge comprising:
at least one electrical interface configured to be electrically connected to at least one contact;
a light attenuating portion configured to attenuate light;
a storage portion comprising at least one chamber configured to store printing fluid therein;
a printing fluid supply portion configured to supply the printing fluid from an interior of the chamber to an exterior of
the chamber;

a front face oriented toward a first direction, wherein the printing fluid supply portion is positioned at the front face;
and

a rear face positioned opposite the front face and oriented toward a second direction opposite and parallel to the first direction,
wherein the light attenuating portion is positioned farther from the rear face than the at least one electrical interface
is with respect to the first direction, and

wherein the light attenuating portion is configured to receive and attenuate light travelling in a third direction perpendicular
to the first direction and the second direction, and the at least one electrical interface is accessible in a fourth direction
perpendicular to the first direction, the second direction, and the third direction, and

wherein the light attenuating portion is disposed outside of the storage portion so as to not contact printing fluid therein.

US Pat. No. 9,134,690

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RELIABLY PROTECTING EXPOSURE MEMBER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main casing;
a photosensitive member provided in the main casing;
a moving mechanism;
a movable member configured to move between an inside position in which the movable member is inside the main casing and an
outside position in which the movable member is at least partly outside the main casing, the movable member comprising:

a frame;
a protection member fixed to the frame; and
an exposure member configured to expose the photosensitive member to light, the moving mechanism being configured to move
the exposure member between an exposing position in which the exposure member exposes the photosensitive member to light and
a protected position in which the exposure member is protected by the protection member; and

a cartridge including a developer bearing member, the cartridge being configured to be supported at the movable member,
wherein the moving mechanism is configured to move the exposure member to the exposing position, a retracted position in which
the exposure member is moved from the exposing position in a direction away from the photosensitive member, and the protected
position in which the exposure member is pivotally moved from the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 9,114,610

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing device configured to generate input image data used in a liquid ejecting device including: a liquid
ejecting head having an ejection port for ejecting liquid onto a recording medium; a moving mechanism configured to move at
least one of the liquid ejecting head and the recording medium such that a relative positional relationship of the liquid
ejecting head and the recording medium varies with respect to a predetermined direction; and a recording controller configured
to control the liquid ejecting head and the moving mechanism based on the input image data in which tone values of respective
pixels corresponding to dots on one recording medium are represented by N tones (N is an integer greater than or equal to
two) such that liquid of liquid amounts associated with the tone values of the respective pixels in the input image data is
ejected to positions of dots corresponding to the respective pixels, the image processing device comprising:
a correction-value memory storing a correction value in association with the ejection port, the correction value being for
correcting variations in the liquid amounts of liquid ejected from the ejection port;

a quantizer configured to generate N-value image data from M-value image data, the M-value image data being image data in
which tone values of respective pixels corresponding to dots on one recording medium are represented by M tones (M is an integer
greater than the integer N), the N-value image data being image data in which tone values of respective pixels are represented
by N tones; and

a corrector configured to correct the N-value image data generated by the quantizer based on the correction value, thereby
generating the input image data,

wherein the corrector is configured to perform:
designating a target pixel belonging to a pixel array corresponding to the ejection port, the target pixel being designated,
sequentially from one end to another end of the pixel array, as one of a plurality of pixels arranged in an array direction
of the pixel array, the pixel array being formed with the plurality of pixels in the N-value image data corresponding to a
plurality of dots formed by the ejection port respectively;

allocating a corresponding one of N representative tone values out of L tone values of L tones (L is an integer greater than
the integer N) to a tone value of the target pixel of the N-value image data generated by the quantizer;

adding the correction value to a representative tone value of the target pixel, thereby obtaining a corrected tone value of
the target pixel;

quantizing the corrected tone value of the target pixel to N tones; and
diffusing an error generated in quantizing the corrected tone value to the corrected tone value of an adjacent pixel adjacent
to the target pixel in the array direction.

US Pat. No. 9,092,006

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CARTRIDGE DETACHABLY MOUNTED THEREIN

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body; and
a cartridge configured to be mounted in and removed from the apparatus body, the cartridge including:
a housing; and
a movable member configured to move relative to the housing upon receipt of input of a drive force from the apparatus body,
the apparatus body including:
a sensing body having a first part configured to contact the housing and having a second part configured to contact the movable
member; and

a judging unit configured to judge whether the cartridge is a new product or a used product,
the movable member having a contact part configured to contact the second part of the sensing body,
the sensing body being configured to move among first, second and third positions, the sensing body being configured to be
disposed at the first position when the cartridge has been removed from the apparatus body, disposed at the second position
when the first part of the sensing body contacts the housing of the cartridge that has been mounted in the apparatus body,
and disposed at the third position when the second part of the sensing body contacts the movable member of the cartridge that
has been mounted in the apparatus body, and

the judging unit is configured to determine that the cartridge has been removed from the apparatus body if the sensing body
is at the first position, to determine that the cartridge has been mounted in the apparatus body if the sensing body is at
the second position, and to determine that the cartridge is a new product if the sensing body is at the third position.

US Pat. No. 9,085,155

CAP DEVICE AND LIQUID JETTING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A cap device configured to cover a jetting surface of a liquid jetting head to recover a jetting performance of the liquid
jetting head, the cap device comprising:
a cap unit which is tiltable in a plane substantially parallel to the jetting surface, and which is configured to come into
close contact with the jetting surface of the liquid jetting head;

a flexible discharge tube of which one end is connected to the cap unit, which is configured to communicate with an inner
space defined by the cap unit and the jetting surface under a condition that the cap unit comes into close contact with the
jetting surface, and through which a liquid in the inner space is to be discharged; and

a fixing mechanism configured to fix a first portion of the discharge tube, other than the one end, and a second portion of
the discharge tube, which is farther from the one end than the first portion,

wherein the fixing mechanism comprises two first wall portions sandwiching the first portion of the discharge tube in a horizontal
direction, two second wall portions sandwiching the second portion of the discharge tube in the horizontal direction, and
a projection portion projecting from the one of the second wall portions and being configured to fix the discharge tube.

US Pat. No. 9,335,678

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING RETAINING PART FOR RETAINING MOVABLE GUIDE IN PRESCRIBED POSITION

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a sheet discharge unit configured to discharge a sheet out of the main body;
a fixing unit including a heating member to thermally fix developer image deposited on the sheet to provide an image-fixed
sheet; and

a movable guide disposed near the heating member and defining at least a part of a conveying path for guiding the image-fixed
sheet toward the sheet discharge unit, the movable guide being movable about a rotational shaft defining an axial direction
and between a first position and a second position, the movable guide being configured to guide one surface of the image-fixed
sheet in the first position, and the movable guide being configured to expose the conveying path in the second position;

a cover disposed on a top of the main body and configured to move between an open position in which the movable guide is exposed
and a closed position in which the movable guide is covered, wherein the movable guide is disposed in the first position while
the cover moves from the closed position to the open position; and

a retaining part configured to retain the movable guide in the second position after the movable guide moves from the first
position to the second position, the retaining part being a protrusion extending in the axial direction,

wherein the movable guide has a retained part configured to contact the protrusion in a direction perpendicular to the axial
direction, and

wherein the movable guide is configured to be disengaged from the protrusion and move from the second position to the first
position by receiving pressure from the cover when the cover moves from the open position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,316,940

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing device comprising:
a housing;
a developer carrier which is rotatably supported by the housing, and having a circumferential surface that is configured to
carry developer thereon;

a layer thickness regulating member which includes:
a blade with a first end portion configured to contact the circumferential surface of the developer carrier along an axial
direction of the developer carrier and a second end portion spaced from the first end portion; and

a support member supporting the blade; and
first and second screws that attach the layer thickness regulating member to the housing,
wherein the support member includes:
a first attachment part, which is attached to the housing, the first attachment part being formed with a first attachment
hole penetrating therethrough in a penetrating direction, the first attachment hole into which the first screw is inserted;

a second attachment part, which is attached to the housing, the second attachment part being formed with a second attachment
hole penetrating therethrough in a direction parallel to the penetrating direction, the second attachment hole into which
the second screw is inserted; and

a contact part which contacts the blade at a second end portion of the blade,
wherein the second end portion of the blade is spaced from the first end portion of the blade in a direction that is perpendicular
to the axial direction of the developer carrier and perpendicular to the penetrating direction,

wherein the first attachment part is provided at one side of the contact part in the axial direction and perpendicular to
the penetrating direction, and all of the second attachment hole of the second attachment part is located beyond the contact
part contacting the second end portion of the blade in the direction perpendicular to the axial direction and perpendicular
to the penetrating direction.

US Pat. No. 9,313,298

TERMINAL DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR TERMINAL DEVICE, AND SYSTEM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A terminal device comprising:
a communication unit configured to connect with a network;
an operation reception unit;
a storage unit;
a display unit; and
a control device configured to perform:
receiving, via the communication unit, server-side display order information transmitted from a server which is connected
with the network,

the server-side display order information indicating a server-side display order, designated on a server side, of a plurality
of object images included in a display screen displayed on the display unit, and

the display unit being configured to display various kinds of images;
storing terminal device-side display order information in the storage unit when a predetermined operation is received via
the operation reception unit,

the terminal device-side display order information indicating a terminal device-side display order which is an order different
from the server-side display order;

displaying, in the display screen, the plurality of object images in accordance with the server-side display order when the
storage unit is not storing the terminal device-side display order information; and

displaying, in the display screen, the plurality of object images in accordance with the terminal-side display order when
the storage unit is storing the terminal device-side display order information.

US Pat. No. 9,244,409

FIXING DEVICE HAVING NIP MEMBER WITH ELASTIC LAYER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a tubular endless belt having an inner peripheral surface defining an internal space and configured to circularly move in
a moving direction;

a heater disposed in the internal space and configured to generate radiant heat;
a nip member disposed in the internal space and spaced away from the heater;
an elastic layer fixed on the nip member and positioned between the nip member and the inner peripheral surface of the tubular
endless belt; and

a backup member, the backup member and the nip member being configured to nip the tubular endless belt therebetween to provide
a nip region between the backup member and the nip member,

wherein the nip member includes:
a supporting portion supporting the elastic layer; and
a first protruding portion connected to the supporting portion and protruding toward the backup member, and
wherein the elastic layer has a first surface configured to be in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the tubular
endless belt and a second surface opposite to the first surface and supported by the supporting portion, the elastic layer
being in contact with the first protruding portion in the moving direction of the tubular endless belt, the first protruding
portion of the nip member and the first surface of the elastic layer constituting the nip region in cooperation with the backup
member.

US Pat. No. 9,224,073

DATA PROCESSOR SAVING DATA INDICATING PROGRESS STATUS OF PRINTING PROCESS RETRIEVABLE BY CLIENT

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A data processor bi-directionally communicably connected to a host device, the data processor comprising:
a process-executing unit configured to execute a prescribed printing process in response to a process-requested file being
written into a prescribed folder; and

a progress-status-saving unit configured to save, in a memory, progress status data having a prescribed filename in a prescribed
folder having a prescribed folder name,

wherein the progress status data describes a progress status of the prescribed printing process and the prescribed filename
includes a string of characters having a meaning indicating a progress status of the prescribed printing process being executed
to the process-requested file, and

wherein the prescribed folder is included within a plurality of folders and the progress status of the prescribed printing
process is classified into a plurality of categories, and wherein each of the plurality of folders identifies a different
possible category of progress status the progress-status-saving unit saves the progress status data in a folder selected from
among the plurality of folders identified by a category of the progress status from among the plurality of categories.

US Pat. No. 9,195,207

CARTRIDGE HAVING DETECTION BODY

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A cartridge, comprising:
a developing roller configured to rotate around a first rotational axis extending in a predetermined direction and to carry
developer thereon, the developing roller having a first end and a second end that are apart from each other in the predetermined
direction, a from-first-to-second direction being defined along the predetermined direction as being directed from the first
end to the second end;

a developing electrode formed of a conductive material and configured to be electrically connected to the developing roller,
the developing electrode including a main part and a protruding portion that protrudes from the main part in the from-first-to-second
direction; and

a detection body formed of an insulating material and rotatably supported by the protruding portion, the detection body including
a first opening that exposes part of the protruding portion and a covering portion configured to cover part of the protruding
portion,

wherein the first opening is formed to extend in a rotating direction of the detection body,
wherein the covering portion includes:
a first covering portion disposed in a midway of the first opening in the rotating direction of the detection body and configured
to cover the protruding portion from outside in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to the predetermined direction; and

a second covering portion that is configured to cover the protruding portion from outside in the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 9,108,408

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a carriage configured to move in a main scanning direction;
a recording head mounted on the carriage and comprising a nozzle surface in which nozzles are formed, the recording head being
configured to eject ink through the nozzles;

a maintenance mechanism configured to discharge the ink from the recording head, the maintenance mechanism comprising:
a cap disposed to face the carriage when the carriage is positioned in a maintenance area, the cap being configured to move
between a covering position in which the cap covers the nozzle surface of the recording head and a separate position in which
the cap is separate from the nozzle surface,

a pump comprising an inlet and an outlet and configured to be driven to discharge the ink from the recording head through
the inlet to the outlet,

a tube extending from the outlet of the pump, and
a waste ink storage detachably attached to an end of the tube and configured to store the ink discharged from the recording
head; and

a controller configured to:
drive the pump to execute purging in a state in which the inlet of the pump is in communication with the cap in the covering
position,

receive an input indicating replacement of the waste ink storage,
determine a time elapsed after the execution of the purging until the input is received,
determine whether the time elapsed is shorter than a first threshold time, and
in response to determining that the time elapsed is shorter than the first threshold time, drive the pump a first driving
amount to execute a first idle suction in a state in which the inlet of the pump is in communication with atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 9,098,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum;
a transfer roller configured to form a nip portion together with the photosensitive drum to transfer an image formed on the
photosensitive drum onto a recording sheet; and

a sheet guide that is configured to guide the recording sheet having passed through the nip portion along a guide path in
a conveyance direction,

wherein the sheet guide comprises:
a conductor configured to face the recording sheet, and
a plurality of insulating ribs that are arranged, corresponding to a printing area of the recording sheet, in a width direction
of the recording sheet substantially perpendicular to the conveyance direction and that are protruding from the conductor
to guide the recording sheet,

wherein the conductor comprises:
a central portion arranged at an area corresponding to the printing area in the width direction, the central portion including
a face that extends in both the width direction and the conveyance direction, and

a pair of end portions, each of which is arranged at a corresponding side of the central portion in the width direction and
outside the printing area and each of which is protruding towards the guide path relative to the central portion, and

wherein the face of the central portion of the conductor is parallel to a face of the pair of end portions of the conductor,
and

wherein protrusion amounts of the end portions with respect to the central portion are smaller than a protrusion amount of
each rib from the central portion of the conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,092,003

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a body casing;
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller;
a first electrode; and
a housing having a wall which partitions a developer accommodation chamber for accommodating developer and a developing chamber
in which the developing roller is arranged; and

a frame configured to support the cartridge and being movable with respect to the body casing, the frame comprising a second
electrode configured to electrically couple to the first electrode, the second electrode overlapping with the wall of the
housing of the cartridge when viewed from an axis direction of the developing roller in a state where the cartridge is supported
by the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,075,990

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A wireless communication apparatus comprising:a wireless communication interface;
a processor; and
a memory storing computer-readable instructions therein, the computer-readable instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the wireless communication apparatus to perform:
receiving, from a terminal device, a signal for forming a specific wireless network including the wireless communication apparatus and the terminal device, the specific wireless network being either of a first wireless network or a second wireless network, the first wireless network being a network in which the terminal device operates as a parent station and the wireless communication apparatus operates as a child station, the second wireless network being a network in which the wireless communication apparatus operates as the parent station and the terminal device operates as the child station, the signal including related information specifying a frequency band to be used in the first wireless network and a terminal index value being set in advance in the terminal device, wherein the terminal device supports both a first frequency band not supported by the wireless communication interface of the wireless communication apparatus and a second frequency band supported by the wireless communication interface of the wireless communication apparatus;
determining whether the frequency band is the first frequency band not supported by the wireless communication interface of the wireless communication apparatus;
determining whether the terminal index value indicates that the terminal device is to become the parent station rather than the wireless communication apparatus by determining whether the terminal index value is greater than an apparatus index value set in advance in the wireless communication apparatus; and
forming the second wireless network in which a second frequency band different from the first frequency band is to be used by shifting the state of the wireless communication apparatus to the parent state, in a first case where it is determined that:
the first frequency band is not supported by the wireless communication interface of the wireless communication apparatus, and
the terminal index value indicates that the terminal device is to become the parent station rather than the wireless communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,471,854

TAPE PRINTER AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape printer comprising:
a tape feeder configured to feed a decorative to-be-printed tape;
a printing head configured to form print on said decorative to-be-printed tape fed by said tape feeder and to produce a decorative
tape; and

a processor,
said processor being configured to execute:
a selection acceptance process for accepting an input of selection of one pattern type among a plurality of pattern types
prepared in advance to form print on said decorative to-be-printed tape;

a full-length acceptance process for accepting a specification of a full length of said decorative tape;
a print data generation process for generating print data to form a first image portion, a second image portion, and a third
image portion on said decorative to-be-printed tape, wherein said first image portion has a first length in accordance with
a result of acceptance in said full-length acceptance process, and a first pattern image that has a fixed length and is formed
by use of said one pattern type accepted in said selection acceptance process is repeated a plurality of times toward a first
side along a tape longitudinal direction in said first image portion, and wherein said second image portion has a second length
in accordance with the result of acceptance in said full-length acceptance process, and a second pattern image that has a
fixed length and is a mirror image of said first pattern image is repeated a plurality of times toward a second side opposite
to said first side along said tape longitudinal direction in said second image portion, and wherein said third image portion
is composed of a third pattern image corresponding to said one pattern type accepted in said selection acceptance process,
and is set to have a length variable in accordance with the result of acceptance in said full-length acceptance process, and
is formed on said second side of said first image portion and on said first side of said second image portion; and

a cooperative control process for controlling said tape feeder and said printing head cooperatively by using said print data
generated in said print data generation process, to produce said decorative tape having the full length accepted in said full-length
acceptance process, wherein a single of said first image portion is formed in a region on said first side containing an end
on said first side, and a single of said second image portion is formed in a region on said second side containing an end
on said second side, and at least one of said third image portion is formed between said first image portion and said second
image portion, on said decorative tape.

US Pat. No. 9,473,676

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
memory storing non-transitory computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing
apparatus to execute:

acquiring target data representing a target image, the target data being acquired from an image inputting device;
calculating, for each of a plurality of target pixels forming the target data, a density relation value related to density
of the target pixel;

selecting a conversion color for an object pixel among the plurality of target pixels;
converting a pixel value of the object pixel to generate converted data such that, the higher the density represented by the
density relation value of the object pixel, the closer the pixel value of a pixel of the converted data to a value indicative
of the conversion color for the object pixel; and

communicating the converted data to an image outputting device
wherein the converting includes converting the pixel value of the object pixel such that, the lower the density represented
by the density relation value of the object pixel, the closer the pixel value of the pixel of the converted data to a specific
value,

wherein the specific value is a value indicative of the color of a background image included in the target image, and
wherein the computer readable instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to execute:
analyzing the target data to calculate the value indicative of the color of the background image and deciding the specific
value coinciding with the calculated value.

US Pat. No. 9,335,728

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER CARTRIDGES AND CARTRIDGE SUPPORTING MEMBER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main casing;
a plurality of process units, each of the plurality of process units comprising:
a photosensitive drum; and
a developer carrying member disposed in confrontation with the photosensitive drum;
a plurality of developer cartridges, each of the plurality of developer cartridges configured to be provided for each of the
plurality of process units, each of the plurality of developer cartridges comprising:

a developer accommodating section configured to accommodate developer; and
a transporting member configured to transport developer in the developer accommodating section to a corresponding one of the
plurality of process units and to be moved between a communicated position, in which developer is transported to the corresponding
one of the plurality of process units, and an interrupted position, in which transporting of developer to the corresponding
one of the plurality of process units is interrupted;

a process unit supporting member configured to hold the plurality of process units together therein and to be withdrawn in
a predetermined direction;

a cartridge supporting member configured to hold the plurality of developer cartridges together therein and to move between
an attached position, in which the cartridge supporting member is attached to the main casing, and a withdrawn position, in
which the cartridge supporting member is withdrawn from the main casing; and

a moving mechanism configured to move each of the plurality of transporting members between the communicated position and
the interrupted position,

wherein the transporting member positioned in the interrupted position allows the cartridge supporting member to move from
the attached position to the withdrawn position and allows the process unit supporting member to be withdrawn, and the transporting
member positioned in the communicated position prevents the cartridge supporting member from moving from the attached position
to the withdrawn position and prevents the process unit supporting member from being withdrawn.

US Pat. No. 9,180,689

RECORDING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a plurality of recording modules each having:
a first conveyance path for conveying a recording medium; and
a recording portion configured to record an image on the recording medium that is conveyed along the first conveyance path;
a first common supply tray having a support surface for supporting the recording medium;
a first common discharge tray having a support surface for supporting the recording medium;
a second conveyance path that connects an upstream end of the first conveyance path of each of the recording modules and a
downstream end of the first common supply tray for conveying the recording medium in a conveyance direction, the conveyance
direction being a direction in which the recording medium is conveyed through the first conveyance direction; and

a third conveyance path that connects a downstream end of the first conveyance path of each of the recording modules and an
upstream end of the first common discharge tray for conveying the recording medium in the conveyance direction;

wherein the recording modules are disposed such that the first conveyance paths of the respective recording modules are parallel
to each other and are spaced apart from each other in a direction orthogonal to the first conveyance paths; and

wherein an angle formed by the second conveyance path and the support surface of the first common supply tray, an angle formed
by the second conveyance path and the first conveyance path of each of the recording modules, an angle formed by the first
conveyance path of each of the recording modules and the third conveyance path, and an angle of the third conveyance path
and the support surface of the first common discharge tray are made larger than 90° and are not larger than 180°, such that
a maximum bending angle of the recording medium that is conveyed between the first common supply tray, each of the recording
modules, and the first common discharge tray is less than 90°.

US Pat. No. 9,164,469

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING ENDLESS BELT DISPOSED ABOVE PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a frame;
a retaining unit configured to move between an internal position within the frame and an external position outside of the
frame;

a process cartridge configured to be attached to and detached from the retaining unit, the process cartridge including a photosensitive
drum, the photosensitive drum extending in an axial direction;

a belt disposed above the retaining unit when the retaining unit is disposed at the internal position; and
a first pressing member configured to press, when the retaining unit retaining the process cartridge is disposed at the internal
position, a first pressed portion of the process cartridge upward to permit the photosensitive drum to be in contact with
the belt,

wherein the frame has a first positioning portion disposed above the first pressing member and above the photosensitive drum
when the retaining unit retaining the process cartridge is disposed at the internal position, the first positioning portion
configured to be in contact with a first contacted portion of the process cartridge when the first pressing member presses
the first pressed portion, and

wherein the retaining unit includes a side plate having a receiving portion in which the process cartridge is received so
as to move upward and downward relative to the receiving portion, a position of the side plate in the axial direction being
disposed farther from the center of the photosensitive drum in the axial direction than a position of the first positioning
portion in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,432,535

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a first unit, which includes a supporting platen capable of supporting a read object;
a second unit, which is provided to the first unit and is pivotable about an axis extending a first direction to be moved
between an opened position and a closed position, wherein in a case where the second unit is located in the opened position,
the supporting platen is exposed, and in a case where the second unit is located in the closed position, the supporting platen
is covered;

a conveyor, which is provided to the second unit and configured to convey a sheet in a conveying direction along a conveyance
path;

a first image sensor, which is provided to the second unit and which is configured to read an image of a first surface of
the sheet conveyed by the conveyor, through a first reading surface along the conveyance path;

a second image sensor, which is provided to the first unit and is configured to read an image of a second surface opposite
to the first surface of the sheet conveyed by the conveyor, through a second reading surface along the conveyance path;

a first facing member, which is configured to face the first reading surface and to form the conveyance path between the first
reading surface; and

a second facing member, which configured to face the second reading surface and to form the conveyance path between the second
reading surface;

wherein as the second unit moves between the opened position and the closed position, the second facing member moves,
wherein in a case where the second unit is located at the opened position, the first facing member upwardly protrudes from
an upper face of the first unit, and

wherein a groove is formed at a facing surface, which faces the first reading surface, of the first facing member and extends
in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,403,389

TAPE CASSETTE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A tape cassette comprising:
a housing comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, a front wall, and a side wall, the front wall having a tape exit;
a tape at least partly contained within the housing;
a tape feed roller at least partly disposed between the top wall and the bottom wall, the tape feed roller being disposed
in a vicinity of or at a first corner portion of the housing, the tape feed roller being disposed downstream of the tape exit
in a tape feed direction;

a first opening provided in the bottom wall and disposed in a vicinity of or at the first corner portion of the housing; and
a second opening provided in the top wall and disposed in a vicinity of or at a second corner portion of the housing, the
second corner portion being at a diagonal position with respect to the first corner portion, the side wall connecting to a
third corner portion of the housing, the third corner portion being an edge portion of the front wall opposite of the tape
feed roller with respect to the tape exit in the tape feed direction, the side wall extending from the third corner portion
toward the second corner portion, the second opening being concaved from the side wall of the housing, the second opening
being defined by a first wall and a second wall, the first wall extending from an edge of the top wall to an edge of the bottom
wall, a part of the edge of the top wall being straight and connecting with the side wall, the part of the edge of the top
wall being at an acute angle to the side wall, a part of the edge of the bottom wall being straight and connecting with the
side wall, the part of the edge of the bottom wall being at an acute angle to the side wall, the second wall extending from
another edge of the top wall to another edge of the bottom wall, the first wall and the second wall opposing each other.

US Pat. No. 9,323,204

BELT UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A belt unit, comprising:
an endless belt comprising a belt strip and a guided section, the guided section protruding from an inner circumferential
surface of the belt strip at one of widthwise sides along a widthwise direction of the belt strip;

a first roller and a second roller, around which the endless belt is strained; and
a guiding member arranged on one of axial-end sides of the first roller along an axial direction of the first roller coaxially
with the first roller, the guiding member being formed to have a groove, in which the guided section is set,

wherein the groove comprises a first face and a second face, which face each other along a direction in parallel with a central
axis of the first roller, the first face being arranged in a position closer to the one of widthwise sides with respect to
the second face along the direction in parallel with the central axis,

wherein the guiding member comprises a first piece containing the first face and a second piece containing the second face,
the first piece and the second piece being separately formed and subsequently assembled to form the guiding member, and the
first face protrudes outwardly with respect to the inner circumferential surface of the belt strip, and

wherein the first piece is molded so as to have a parting line on an end of an axially extending and radially outmost edge
of the first piece, the end of the edge being spaced from the first face.

US Pat. No. 9,201,238

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An optical scanning device comprising:
a light source;
a deflector configured to deflect a light beam derived from light of the light source in a main scanning direction;
a scanning optical system configured to cause the light beam deflected by the deflector to be focused on a target surface
to form an image thereon, the scanning optical system including an elongate optical element;

a scanner frame including a lower frame, wherein the lower frame includes a first wall, a second wall, a third wall, and a
base wall which supports the deflector and on which the first, second and third walls are provided, the first wall contacting
the optical element, the second wall being connected to a second-wall connecting position of the first wall, the third wall
being connected to a third-wall connecting position of the first wall; and

a biasing member having a first end contacting the optical element and a second end supported by the scanner frame, the biasing
member pressing the optical element against the first wall,

wherein the second wall extends in a traverse direction angled with respect to a direction in which the first wall extends,
the third wall extends in a direction facing away from an optical element side of the first wall that is one of two sides
of the first wall on which the optical element is located, and the optical element is in contact with at least one position
of the first wall which position is between the second-wall connecting position and the third-wall connecting position.

US Pat. No. 9,146,518

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT ATTACHABLE THERETO

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming device comprising:
an image forming unit including:
a photoconductive body;
a development agent container configured to accommodate development agent;
a development device configured to supply the photoconductive body with development agent;
a transfer unit configured to transfer, onto a sheet, the development agent image formed on the photoconductive body; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the development agent image on the sheet;
a feed tray disposed under the image forming unit and configured to hold a sheet;
a pickup roller configured to pick up and feed a sheet held in the feed tray toward the image forming unit;
a first conveying roller configured to convey the sheet picked up by the pickup roller along a first conveying path inclined
downward from a first position to a second position; and

a second conveying roller configured to convey the sheet along a second conveying path inclined upward from the second position
to a third position through a nipping point disposed between the photoconductive body and the transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 9,292,235

STORAGE MEDIUM AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a computer of
a communication apparatus connected to a network including a plurality of image processing apparatuses, the computer program,
when executed by the computer, causing the communication apparatus to perform operations comprising:
searching the plurality of image processing apparatuses in the network;
obtaining processing information being related to execution of image processing configured to be executed by each of the plurality
of image processing apparatuses and is prepared for each of the plurality of image processing apparatuses;

determining a plurality of executable image processing, which can be executed by the plurality of searched image processing
apparatuses, by using the processing information, the plurality of executable image processing including complex processing
that is configured to be executed by a first image processing apparatus configured to execute first image processing and a
second image processing apparatus configured to execute second image processing by using data obtained by executing the first
image processing; and

displaying first support information, which is for selecting an image processing from the plurality of executable image processing,
on a display unit of the communication apparatus, the first support information being a first list showing information indicating
a name of each of a plurality of image processing including the complex processing which can be executed within the network

displaying, when an image processing is selected from the first list, second support information, which is for selecting one
or more image processing apparatuses which can execute the selected image processing, on a display unit of the communication
apparatus, the second support information being a second list showing information indicating names of the plurality of image
processing apparatuses; and

transmitting, when the one or more image processing apparatuses are selected from the second list, a request for executing
the selected image processing to the selected image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,278,521

INKJET PRINTER AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An inkjet printer, comprising:
an ink jet head having a plurality of nozzles;
a head scanning mechanism configured to move the ink jet head in multiple passes in a scanning direction during an ink jet
printing operation;

a feeding mechanism configured to move a print medium in a feeding direction during the ink jet printing operation; and
a controller configured to perform the following:
determine a first time function f1(x) identifying ink ejection timing values for positions x across a width of the print medium in the scanning direction;

determine a second time function f2(x) identifying ink ejection timing values for positions x across the width of the print medium in the scanning direction;
and

use the first and second time functions to adjust ink ejection timing while printing on one print medium sheet, wherein the
functions f1(x) and f2(x) are wave functions corresponding to a printing medium corrugate wave shape.

US Pat. No. 9,162,840

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:
a conveyor configured to:
convey a sheet along a predetermined conveyance path; and
discharge the sheet in a discharge direction by a discharge roller;
a stacking surface configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge roller; and
a movable member provided downstream from the discharge roller in the discharge direction and supported so as to be swingable
on a swinging shaft extending parallel with a width direction of the stacking surface,

wherein the movable member has a first surface and a second surface that is positioned closer to a center of the stacking
surface in the width direction than the first surface,

wherein the first surface is inclined at a first inclined angle relative to the stacking surface so that the first surface
is inclined towards the stacking surface in the discharge direction,

wherein the second guide surface is inclined at a second inclined angle relative to the stacking surface so that the second
surface is inclined towards the stacking surface in the discharge direction, and

wherein the second inclined angle is smaller than the first inclined angle.

US Pat. No. 9,448,528

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS HAVING STRUCTURE FOR STABLY SUPPORTING BELT UNIT

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a belt unit attachable to the main body, the belt unit comprising:
a belt;
a first roller defining an axis extending in an axial direction and configured to rotate about the axis; and
a second roller opposing the first roller in a first direction perpendicular to the axial direction, the belt being looped
over the first roller and the second roller and extending in the first direction;

a coupling configured to move in the axial direction to come into engagement with the first roller for inputting a drive force
into the first roller;

a first restricting part provided on the main body and configured to restrict the first roller from moving in a second direction
perpendicular to the axial direction and the first direction when the belt unit is attached to the main body;

a second restricting part provided on the main body and configured to restrict the belt unit from moving in the first direction;
and

a second restricted part provided on the belt unit and configured to abut on the second restricting part when the belt unit
is attached to the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,434,172

LIQUID CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid cartridge comprising:
a liquid chamber;
a liquid supply portion providing selective liquid communication between an interior of the liquid chamber and an exterior
of the liquid chamber;

a partitioning wall partitioning the liquid chamber into a first liquid chamber and a second liquid chamber;
a communication path providing selective liquid communication between the first liquid chamber and the second liquid chamber;
a blocking member having a block position in which liquid is prevented from flowing from the first liquid chamber to the second
liquid chamber through the communication path, such that liquid is stored in the first liquid chamber and not stored in the
second liquid chamber, wherein the liquid has a first specific gravity; and

a first movable member positioned in the second liquid chamber and comprising a float, wherein the float has a second specific
gravity which is less than the first specific gravity, and the float moves in response to the level of liquid in the second
chamber when liquid flows from the first liquid chamber to the second liquid chamber.