US Pat. No. 9,233,853

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SILICA PARTICLES

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A method for producing silica particles, comprising:
preparing a silica particle dispersion containing silica particles, and a solvent containing an alcohol and water, and
bringing supercritical carbon dioxide into contact with the silica particle dispersion to remove the solvent,
wherein supercritical carbon dioxide is brought into contact with the silica particle dispersion to remove the solvent, in
which y represented by Formula (1) satisfies a range of Formula (2-1):

y=((mass of water in silica particle dispersion/mass of alcohol in silica particle dispersion)/temperature (° C.) during removal
of the solvent)  Formula (1):

0.0003?y?0.0012  Formula (2-1).

US Pat. No. 9,298,137

LIQUID DEVELOPMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A liquid development device comprising:
a storage section storing a liquid developer in which toner is dispersed;
a development member to which the liquid developer stored in the storage section is applied using an application unit;
a removing device that, after an electrostatic latent image in a latent image-holding member is developed, removes the liquid
developer remaining on the development member; and

a shearing device that is provided in a path through which the liquid developer removed using the removing device is returned
to the storage section, and applies a shear force to the liquid developer by making the liquid developer pass through a contact
section of two members both of which rotate and that have different circumferential velocities from each other,

wherein the two members move in the same direction at different circumferential velocities in the contact section, and
wherein the shearing device includes a first roll and a second roll, the first roll and the second roll having a first protrusion
section and a second protrusion section, which protrude toward an outside of a radial direction, on circumferential surfaces
respectively, the first protrusion section and the second protrusion section being alternately disposed in an axial direction,
and engage with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,367,001

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image holding member;
a charging unit that charges a surface of the image holding member;
an electrostatic latent image forming unit that forms an electrostatic latent image on a charged surface of the image holding
member;

a developing unit that stores a developer containing a toner and develops the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface
of the image holding member by using the developer so as to form a toner image;

a transfer unit that transfers the toner image onto a surface of a recording medium;
a fixing unit that includes a first member and a second member contacting with the first member, and fixes the toner image
transferred on the surface of the recording medium while transporting the recording medium with a contact portion of the first
member and the second member; and

a moving unit that moves at least one of the first member and the second member toward a direction intersecting with a transporting
direction of the recording medium,

wherein the toner contains a binder resin, a colorant, and a release agent and has a sea portion containing the binder resin
and an island portion containing the release agent,

a maximum frequent value in distribution of the following eccentricity B of the island portion containing the release agent
is in a range of from 0.75 to 0.95, and

a skewness in the distribution of the following eccentricity B is in a range of from ?1.10 to ?0.50,
the eccentricity B being represented by the following expression (1):
Eccentricity B=2d/D  (1)

wherein D indicates an equivalent circle diameter (?m) of the toner in an observation of a cross-section of the toner, and
d indicates a distance (?m) from the centroid of the toner to the centroid of the island portion containing the release agent
in the observation of a cross-section of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,507,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image reading device;
a display unit that displays operation information of a user;
a wireless communication unit that wirelessly communicates with a terminal of the user; and
a processor and memory specifically configured to acquire terminal information of the terminal by the wireless communication
unit,

wherein when proximity of the terminal is detected by the wireless communication unit, the processor adds operation information
for transmitting image data read by the image reading device to the terminal to the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,400,946

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CODE IMAGE POSITION DETERMINATION

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit that forms a test image for correction of a position of an image, which is formed on a recording medium,
on the recording medium;

a reading unit that reads an image from the recording medium on which the test image is formed;
a transport unit that transports the recording medium, on which the test image is formed, with respect to the reading unit
in order for a first reference line set with respect to the recording medium to be read at a specific position in the reading
unit; and

a correction unit that corrects the position of the image, which is formed on the recording medium by the image forming unit,
using an image that is read by the reading unit,

wherein the test image includes:
a first mark that is provided at a position at a distance determined from the first reference line in correspondence with
a first side of the recording medium;

a second mark that is provided at a position at the distance from a second reference line set with respect to a second side
in correspondence with the second side that comes into contact with the first side;

a third mark corresponding to a third side that comes into contact with the second side of the recording medium;
a fourth mark corresponding to a fourth side that comes into contact with the first side; and
a code image that is provided at a position determined based on the positions of the first mark and the second mark, and that
indicates information for correction of the position of the image by the correction unit,

wherein the first mark, the second mark, the third mark, and the fourth mark, which are included in the test image, have shapes
different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,377,722

DESTATICIZING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A destaticizing device comprising:
a first destaticizing member that is disposed at a downstream side in a conveyance direction of a medium relatively to a transfer
area where an image held in a surface of an image holder is transferred to the medium, the first destaticizing member being
grounded and destaticizing the medium;

a second destaticizing member that is disposed adjacent to the first destaticizing member with respect to the conveyance direction
of the medium, the second destaticizing member being grounded and destaticizing the medium; and

a protective member that is disposed at an inner side of a conveyance path for the medium relatively to a medium-side end
portion of the first destaticizing member, the protective member comprising (1) a protection portion that protects the end
portion of the first destaticizing member so that the first destaticizing member does not extend outside of the protective
member and (2) a support portion that supports the protection portion and also supports the first destaticizing member, wherein
the second destaticizing member is supported on the support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,106,026

CONNECTOR

HOSIDEN CORPORATION, Yao...

1. A connector, comprising:
a body of insulating material; and
first, second, and third signal terminals arranged in a line along a first direction in the body, wherein
the third signal terminal is located between the first and second signal terminals,
a frequency of a signal transmitted by the third signal terminal is about one hundredth or lower of a frequency of each signal
transmitted by the first and second signal terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,081,330

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing-device body that includes a supply opening to which toner is supplied; and
a transporting member that is provided in the developing-device body, the transporting member transporting the toner and a
carrier while stirring the toner and the carrier,

wherein the transporting member includes a rotating shaft, a first transporting section, and a second transporting section,
the first transporting section and the second transporting section being spirally formed around the rotating shaft,

wherein the number of spirals of the first transporting section is less than the number of spirals of the second transporting
section,

wherein at least a portion of the first transporting section opposes the supply opening of the developing-device body, and
wherein the second transporting section is formed at a portion other than the first transporting section that opposes the
supply opening,

wherein a plurality of the second transporting sections are provided adjacent to each other,
wherein a gap is provided between the second transporting sections that are adjacent to each other, and
wherein positions of the second transporting sections that are adjacent to each other are shifted from each other in a peripheral
direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,164,442

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
an endless belt member;
a secured member configured to contact an inner peripheral surface of the belt member;
a heating unit configured to heat the belt member; and
a rotary pressurizing roller comprising an elastic layer that is elastically deformed when the belt member is pressed against
a pressing surface of the secured member to form a fixing part,

wherein the pressurizing roller is formed in a first curved shape in which a diameter of a center portion is smaller than
diameters of end portions along an axial direction,

wherein the pressing surface of the secured member is formed in a second curved shape in which a center portion of the secured
member projects toward the pressurizing roller more than end portions portion of the secured member along the axial direction,
and

on the pressing surface of the secured member, an amount of projection of the center portion of an output side of the secured
member with respect to the end portions along the axial direction is set to be larger than an amount of projection of the
center portion of an input side of the secured member along a moving direction of the belt member.

US Pat. No. 9,316,984

SEALING MEMBER, STORAGE MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

3. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a housing member that has an image forming section forming an image and has an opening section in a given position;
an opening and closing member that is capable of opening and closing the opening section of the housing member; and
a sealing member including
a mounting section that has a portion coming into contact with one member of the opening and closing member or the housing
member,

an extension section that extends from a side of the mounting section to a side of the other member of the opening and closing
member or the housing member and is configured to approach the mounting section while coming into contact with the other member
by receiving a force from the other member, and

a recess that is provided between the mounting section and the extension section and is formed from a part of the mounting
section to a part of the extension section and is recessed from a surface of the mounting section on the side of the other
member and a surface of the extension section on a side of the one member,

wherein the recess is formed such that a cross-sectional shape thereof is an arc shape, and
a thickness of a portion where the recess is formed is thinner than a that of a portion of the extension section where the
recess is not formed.

US Pat. No. 9,225,119

CONNECTOR

HOSIDEN CORPORATION, Yao...

1. A connector comprising:
a body of insulating material;
a fourth signal terminal provided in the body; and
a fifth signal terminal and a plurality of sixth signal terminals arranged in a line along a first direction in the body,
at a height position that is different from that of the fourth signal terminal, wherein

at least two of the sixth signal terminals are adjacent to each other in the first direction, and the fourth signal terminal
is located between the two sixth signal terminals in the first direction, and

the sixth signal terminals is a low-frequency signal terminal configured to transmit a signal of a frequency being about one
tenth or lower of a frequency of a signal transmitted by the fourth signal terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,134,644

CHARGING MEMBER CONTAMINATION DETERMINING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A charging member contamination determining device comprising:
a plurality of units that includes a charging member, a member to be charged and a measuring section that measures a discharging
current value between the charging member and the member to be charged;

a calculating section that calculates a difference between discharging current values measured by two units among the plurality
of units; and

a determining section that determines the presence or absence of contamination in the charging member based on the difference
between the discharging current values for each combination of two units calculated by the calculating section.

US Pat. No. 9,081,325

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming device comprising:
an image holding member that is rotatable at a first speed and a second speed slower than the first speed;
a developing unit that includes:
a developing part that is rotatable at a third speed and a fourth speed slower than the third speed and supplies a two-component
developer including toner and carrier to the image holding member to develop a latent image formed on the image holding member
with the toner; and

a carrying part that is rotatable at a fifth speed and a sixth speed slower than the fifth speed and carries the two-component
developer supplied to the developing part while agitating the two-component developer in an accommodating part; and

a control unit that executes a change of a high speed mode in which the image holding member is operated at the first speed,
the developing part is operated at the third speed and the carrying part is operated at the fifth speed to perform development
and a low speed mode in which the image holding member is operated at the second speed, the developing part is operated at
the fourth speed and the carrying part is operated at the sixth speed to perform development, the control unit performing
a control so that when an amount corresponding to an amount of the toner supplied to the image holding member by the development
in the high speed mode exceeds a threshold value, the carrying part rotates at a speed that is slower than the first speed
while maintaining the image holding member at the first speed.

US Pat. No. 9,052,620

TONER, DEVELOPER, TONER CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrostatic charge image developing toner comprising:
toner particles containing a binder resin and pigment particles; and
an external additive containing fluorine resin particles,
wherein:
the toner particles have a mean circle-equivalent diameter D greater than an average maximum thickness C,
a number of pigment particles in which an angle of a long-axis direction of the pigment particles about the long-axis direction
of the toner particles in a cross section thereof is in a range of from ?30° to +30° when the cross section is observed in
a thickness direction of the toner particles occupies about 60% or more of a total amount of pigment particles to be observed,
and

the electrostatic charge image developing toner satisfies the following expression:
2?A/B?100

where:
A represents reflectance at an acceptance angle of +30° which is measured when a solid image is formed using the electrostatic
charge image developing toner and the solid image is irradiated with incident light at an incidence angle of ?45° by the use
of a variable-angle photometer, and

B represents reflectance at an acceptance angle of ?30° which is measured when the solid image is irradiated with incident
light at an incidence angle of ?45° by the use of the variable-angle photometer.

US Pat. No. 9,285,734

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image unit configured to use toner which contains a flat pigment;
a second image unit configured to use toner which does not contain a flat pigment; and
a fixing unit configured to fix an image which is formed on a recording medium to the recording medium by using heat while
transporting the recording medium,

wherein the image forming apparatus is configured such that the recording medium is transported again to the fixing unit after
an image formed on the recording medium by the toner containing the flat pigment is fixed to the recording medium by the fixing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,201,375

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

4. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit that forms a first image on a front surface of a transported medium with a developer including
toners and non-volatile oils;

a removing unit that is disposed on a downstream side of the first image forming unit in a transport direction of the medium,
and heats non-volatile oils on the front surface of the medium to remove the oils;

a second image forming unit that is disposed on a downstream side of the removing unit in the transport direction, and forms
a second image on a back surface of the medium with a developer including toners and non-volatile oils;

a removing section that is disposed on a downstream side of the second image forming unit in the transport direction of the
medium, and heats non-volatile oils on the back surface of the medium to remove the oils;

a fixing unit that is disposed on a downstream side of the removing section in the transport direction, and fixes the first
image and the second image on the front surface and the back surface of the medium; and

a reducing section that is disposed on a downstream side of the first image forming unit in the transport direction of the
medium and an upstream side of the fixing unit in the transport direction of the medium, and reduces an increase in gloss
of the first image after fixing,

wherein the removing section includes a first contact member that comes in contact with the back surface of the medium, and
the reducing section includes a second contact member that has a coarser surface than the first contact member and comes in
contact with the front surface of the medium.

US Pat. No. 9,176,411

ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER, TONER CONTAINER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrostatic charge image developing toner comprising:
toner particles; and
silica particles,
wherein the silica particles have an average equivalent circle size of from 70 nm to 250 nm, an average circularity of from
0.5 to 0.9, and a pore volume of from 1.0 cm3/g to 2.5 cm3/g, and

wherein the silica particles are formed from a tetraalkoxysilane and a silanol group-reactive sealant.

US Pat. No. 9,117,158

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a print request combining unit configured to combine a plurality of print requests to generate one print request; and
a reduced-size image display unit configured to extract at least one page, but not every page, to-be-displayed from each of
the plurality of print requests, reduce image sizes of the extracted pages, and display the reduced-size images of the extracted
pages,

wherein the plurality of print requests includes a first print request and a second print request, and the reduced-size image
display unit displays an initial page of the first print request using a first method that causes the initial page of the
first print request to be displayed with an indicator and a non-initial page of the second print request using a second method
that causes the non-initial page of the second print request to be displayed without the indicator.

US Pat. No. 9,176,413

LIQUID DEVELOPER, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, LIQUID DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. A liquid developer containing:
a toner that has a ratio G? (65)/G?(90) of a storage modulus G? (65) at 65° C. to a storage modulus G? (90) at 90° C. of from
1×10 to 5×102, and

a carrier liquid that has a difference of solubility parameter (SP) value between the carrier liquid and the toner (?SP(tc))
of from 1.5 to 7.0, wherein SP is the square root of density of cohesive energy.

US Pat. No. 9,250,545

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor comprising:
a conductive substrate; and
a single-layered photosensitive layer formed so as to overlie the conductive substrate, the photosensitive layer containing
a binder resin, a charge-generating material, a hole-transporting material, an electron-transporting material represented
by Formula (1), a compound represented by Formula (2), and a compound represented by Formula (3), wherein

the amount of the compound represented by Formula (2) and the compound represented by Formula (3) is in the range of approximately
10 parts by weight to 100 parts by weight in total relative to 100 parts by weight of the electron-transporting material represented
by Formula (1),


where R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, and R17 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl
group; and R18 represents an alkyl group, -L41-O—R42, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group, where L41 represents an alkylene group, and R42 represents an alkyl group,


where R21, R22, R23, R24, R25, R26, and R27 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl
group; and R28 represents an alkyl group, -L51-O—R52, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group, where L51 represents an alkylene group, and R52 represents an alkyl group, and


where R31 and R32 each independently represent an alkyl group, -L61-O—R62, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group, where L61 represents an alkylene group, and R62 represents an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,086,657

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM WITH CONTROL OF POTENTIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPONENTS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an application unit that applies to a holding unit a voltage that generates a potential difference between the holding unit
and a photoconductor member such that a toner image is developed on the photoconductor member, the potential difference causing
toner included in a two-component developer, held by the holding unit, to transfer from the holding unit to the photoconductor
member;

a controller that controls the application unit, subsequent to an expiration of an image quality assurance period throughout
which a predetermined image quality is assured, such that a potential of the holding unit is decreased according to a decrease
of a thickness of a photosensitive film, and

a cylindrical member that has an outer circumferential surface covered with the photoconductor member
wherein if a portion of the outer surface of the cylindrical member is expose as a result of the wear of the photoconductor
member, causing a potential difference between the exposed portion and the holding unit to be smaller than a predetermined
potential difference at which a carrier contained in the two-component developer is transferred to the photoconductor member,
the controller controls the application unit such that the potential of the holding unit is decreased, at a ratio of the predetermined
potential difference to the potential difference between the exposed portion and the holding unit, in step with the wear of
the photoconductor member.

US Pat. No. 9,073,343

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of nozzles that include a normal nozzle which is normal in ejection of liquid droplets and an abnormal nozzle
which is abnormal in ejection of liquid droplets;

a storage unit in which nozzle information capable of determining a non-ejection nozzle which does not eject liquid droplets
at the time of image forming is stored to correspond to each of a plurality of different conditions, the conditions being
at least one of successive forming number when an image is successively formed on a plurality of record mediums, an image
forming density for the record mediums, a type of the record mediums, and an environmental condition; and

a control unit that performs a control based on the nozzle information corresponding to at least one of the conditions related
to the image forming such that liquid droplets are not ejected from the non-ejection nozzle, and performs a control based
on the image information such that liquid droplets are ejected from ejection nozzles except the non-ejection nozzle among
the plurality of nozzles.

US Pat. No. 9,385,268

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR CHIPS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A method of manufacturing semiconductor chips comprising:
forming grooves on a front face side of a substrate; and
forming grooves on a back face side of the substrate communicating with the grooves on the front face side using a rotating
cutting member having a thickness thicker than width of inlet portions of the grooves on the front face side from the back
face side of the substrate and dicing the substrate into semiconductor chips, wherein

in manufacturing conditions in which a variation range of a top section of the cutting member having a tapered tip end shape
with no top face in the groove width direction changes from a range included in the groove on the front face side to a range
away from the groove on the front face side as wear of the cutting member advances, the use of the cutting member is stopped
before the variation range changes from the range included in the groove on the front face side to the range away from the
groove on the front face side.

US Pat. No. 9,363,402

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first processing unit that performs, in a first state, a predetermined process on data received via a first communication
interface and that does not perform the process in a second state;

a second processing unit that performs, in the first state, a predetermined process on data received via a second communication
interface and that does not perform the process in the second state;

a response processing unit that performs a response process in place of the first processing unit on the data received via
the first communication interface or in place of the second processing unit on the data received via the second communication
interface in a case where the first processing unit and the second processing unit are in the second state; and

a selection unit that selects the second processing unit as a transmission destination of the data received via the second
communication interface in a case where the second processing unit is in the first state and that selects the response processing
unit as the transmission destination of the data in a case where the second processing unit is in the second state.

US Pat. No. 9,313,371

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR ELIMINATING A SPECIFIC COLOR IN AN IMAGE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a computer processor configured to eliminate a specific color in image information,
wherein the computer processor does not consider a pixel having a saturation that exceeds a saturation threshold and a lightness
that is lower than a lightness threshold, which corresponds to a hue of the pixel, as an elimination target and considers
a pixel having a saturation that exceeds the saturation threshold and a lightness that is higher than the lightness threshold,
which corresponds to a hue of the pixel, as the elimination target, such that elimination target pixels are removed from the
image information, and

wherein the lightness threshold is defined based on a hue of a marking made by a marker superposed with the pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,288,351

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a guide plate that is movable between a first position and a second position and is configured to guide a medium at a first
side thereof when disposed at the first position;

a retention member that is rotatable about an axis intersecting a direction in which the medium is guided, that has a first
side surface and a second side surface which has a curvature greater than a curvature of the first side surface, and that
retains a plurality of color samples on the second side surface;

a reading unit configured to read, at a reading position, an image formed on the medium guided by the guide plate; and
a rotating unit configured to cause the retention member to rotate such that a second side of the guide plate and the first
side surface face each other when the guide plate is disposed at the first position and the plurality of color samples are
moved to the reading position when the guide plate is disposed at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,288,358

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A document management system comprising:
an image reading unit configured to read images of a plurality of documents and generate read image data of the plurality
of documents;

an image data dividing unit configured to divide the read image data and generate image data for respective documents included
in the plurality of documents;

an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to the plurality of documents; and
a process unit configured to associate the information acquired by the information acquisition unit with the respective image
data for the respective documents;

wherein the reading of the images of the plurality of documents by the image reading unit is performed in a state in which
the plurality of documents are fixed to a sheet-shaped base material; and

wherein a color of the plurality of documents is different from a color of the sheet-shaped base material.

US Pat. No. 9,116,644

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR DISTRIBUTING PRINT DATA TO OTHER IMAGE FORMING APPARATUSES

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving section that receives printing data from a transmission apparatus or other image forming apparatuses;
a printing data transmission section that distributes the printing data or substantially identical printing data generated
on the basis of the printing data, to the image forming apparatuses other than an own apparatus among the plurality of image
forming apparatuses, in circumstances where printing data which is substantially identical to the printing data received by
the receiving section cannot be acquired from the image forming apparatuses corresponding to a predefined reference number
among the plurality of image forming apparatuses so that the predetermined reference number of the image forming apparatuses
among the plurality of image forming apparatuses have the printing data or substantially identical printing data;

an apparatus information transmission section that transmits apparatus information regarding the image forming apparatus which
receives the printing data to the plurality of image forming apparatuses;

an apparatus information receiving section that receives the apparatus information transmitted from the other image forming
apparatuses;

an acquisition section that acquires the printing data on the basis of the received apparatus information in case that the
printing data is used by a user; and

an image forming section that performs image formation according to the printing data acquired by the acquisition section.

US Pat. No. 9,104,144

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE WITH DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE AT OUTLET AND INLET

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing rotary body that heats toner while rotating and fixes the toner on a recording medium;
a pressurizing rotary body that sandwiches and pressurizes the toner and the recording medium by the fixing rotary body; and
a supporting part that supports the fixing rotary body from the inside so that a peak pressure on an outlet side of the recording
medium becomes less than or equal to a peak pressure on an inlet side, in a contact part where the fixing rotary body and
the pressurizing rotary body come into contact with each other,

wherein the supporting part supports the fixing rotary body from the inside so that an integration value of pressures on the
outlet side of the recording medium becomes less than or equal to an integration value of pressures on the inlet side, in
the contact part,

wherein the toner has a particle diameter of 4.5 [?m] or less and a softening point of 100 [° C.] or higher and 140 [° C.]
or lower,

wherein the smoothness of the recording medium showing a surface state is 740 [sec] or more and 2000 [sec] or less, and
wherein the peak pressure on the inlet side is 392 [kPa] or higher and 589 [kPa] or lower and the peak pressure on the outlet
side is 294 [kPa] or higher and 392 [kPa] or lower.

US Pat. No. 9,360,341

MAP PREPARATION APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A map preparation apparatus comprising:
a position information acquisition section configured to acquire position information of a user who is moving;
an input information acquisition section configured to acquire input information including a date and time when the user starts
moving and a date and time when the user finishes moving; and

a selection section configured to select map information from preregistered map information on the basis of the position information
acquired by the position information acquisition section and on the basis of the input information acquired by the input information
acquisition section,

wherein the selection section is configured to select first map information, which has a map area that permits a route image
to be drawn therein, from among the preregistered map information, in response to at least one of the preregistered map information
having a map are sized so as to permit the route image to be drawn therein,

wherein the selection section is configured to select second map information so that a ratio of the route image to a map area
is greater than or equal to a predetermined ratio, in response to no preregistered map information having a map area sized
so as to permit the route image to he drawn therein, and

wherein the route image is an image of the route being taken from the date and time when the user starts moving to the date
and time when the user finishes moving.

US Pat. No. 9,341,992

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

7. An image forming method comprising:
forming a first to-be-transferred image and a first not-to-be-transferred image with a first toner containing a metal pigment;
forming a second to-be-transferred image and a second not-to-be-transferred image with a second toner that is free of any
metal pigment;

transferring the first to-be-transferred image, the first not-to-be-transferred image, the second to-be-transferred image,
and the second not-to-be-transferred image to a transfer body;

transferring the first to-be-transferred image and the second to-be-transferred image to a recording medium at a transfer
nip between a transfer member and the transfer body; and

removing particles of the first toner forming the first not-to-be-transferred image and particles of the second toner forming
the second not-to-be-transferred image that have adhered to the transfer member from the transfer member with an electrostatic
force,

wherein, in a transfer mode, the first not-to-be-transferred image is transferred to a position of the transfer body that
is on an outer side of the recording medium to be introduced into the transfer nip after the first not-to-be-transferred image,
the position being on the outer side of the recording medium when seen in a direction of introduction of the recording medium
into the transfer nip, wherein the position is where the first not-to-be-transferred image contacts the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,084,301

ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION HEATING DEVICE, FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. An electromagnetic induction heating device comprising:
a heat generation body that generates heat through electromagnetic induction;
a heating rotary body that receives the heat from the heat generation body and rotates;
a magnetic field generating unit that is disposed so as to be opposed to the heating rotary body and that generates a magnetic
field for causing the heat generation body to produce heat through the electromagnetic induction; and

a magnetic path forming member that is disposed so as to be opposed to the magnetic field generating unit across the heating
rotary body and that is made of a temperature-sensitive magnetic material, and

wherein
the magnetic path forming member is disposed inside the heating rotary body so as not to be in contact with the heating rotary
body,

the magnetic path forming member includes
controlling portions that control a magnitude of eddy current which is generated through the electromagnetic induction caused
by the magnetic field generating unit, and

a continuous portion that allows heat transfer between regions divided by the controlling portions along a direction of an
axis of the heating rotary body, and

the continuous portion is opposed to an aperture portion or an end portion of the magnetic field generating unit,
the continuous portion and the controlling portions are arranged in a circumferential direction of the heating rotary body.

US Pat. No. 9,063,466

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING AN ATTACHING UNIT FOR ATTACHING DEVELOPER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A developing device comprising:
a transporting unit that rotates while facing an image carrier that rotates while carrying an electrostatic latent image,
the transporting unit transporting developer toward the image carrier so that the electrostatic latent image on the image
carrier is developed;

a feeding unit having a peripheral surface that rotates and to which the developer is attached, the feeding unit contacting
the transporting unit to feed the developer to the transporting unit;

a transport path that connects a containing chamber that contains the developer to a feeding chamber that houses the feeding
unit;

a supplying unit that retains the developer to be supplied to the feeding unit in the transport path and supplies the developer
to the feeding unit in a supply region that is separated from a contact region in which the feeding unit contacts the transporting
unit; and

an attaching unit that is disposed downstream of the contact region and upstream of the supply region in a rotation direction
of the feeding unit and that attaches the developer to the feeding unit with an elastic force at a location below the contact
region.

US Pat. No. 9,402,055

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERIPHERAL AWARENESS OF, AND NOMINAL INTERACTION WITH, A REMOTE MEETING USING A WEARABLE DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A computer-implemented method performed on a wearable device worn by a user in connection with a meeting between a plurality
of participants, the wearable device comprising a processing unit, a memory and a display, the computer-implemented method
comprising:
a. extracting a plurality of keyframes from each of a plurality of live meeting streams;
b. displaying one of a plurality of keyframes from one of the plurality of streams to the user on the display device;
c. detecting input from the user;
d. if the detected input from the user is of a first type, displaying another one of a plurality of keyframes from the one
of the plurality of streams; and

e. if the detected input from the user is of a second type, displaying one of a plurality of keyframes from another one of
the plurality of streams.

US Pat. No. 9,354,585

CONTACT MEMBER, IMAGE CARRIER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A contact member fitted in a cylindrical body of an image carrier, and supported by the cylindrical body, the contact member
comprising:
a plurality of projections extending from an outer peripheral surface of the contact member, the plurality of projections
comprising a first projection, a second projection, and a pair of projections that are different from the first and second
projections;

a plurality of contact portions, each of the plurality of contact portions being provided on the outer peripheral surface
of each of the plurality of projections, in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical body, and provided
in three areas in a circumferential direction of the cylindrical body, each of the three areas corresponding to a respective
outer peripheral surface of the first projection, the second projection and the pair of projections; and

a groove portion extending in the axial direction and being disposed between the pair of projections, and being disposed on
a side of the axial center opposite from a gap portion of the contact member, the contact member being partly separated in
a circumferential direction to form the gap portion, and

angles formed by two straight lines passing through two of the contact portions, the contact portions being respectively provided
on the plurality of projections, and an axial center of the cylindrical body being about 120 degrees when the contact member
is supported within the cylindrical body, and when viewed from an axial direction of the cylindrical body.

US Pat. No. 9,323,491

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

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage configured to store attribute information describing an attribute of the image processing apparatus; and
at least one processor configured to implement:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to perform image processing, from a terminal;
a checking unit configured to check a condition of the image processing of the instruction received by the receiving unit
against the attribute information stored in the storage, and that determines whether or not the image processing apparatus
is capable of executing the instruction;

a request unit configured to request attribute information from a second image processing apparatus when the checking unit
determines that the image processing apparatus is not capable of executing the instruction;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire one or more pieces of attribute information transmitted as a response to the request;
an extracting unit configured to extract attribute information of a second image processing apparatus which is capable of
executing the instruction, from the one or more pieces of attribute information acquired by the acquiring unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify the terminal of identification information of the second image processing apparatus
storing the attribute information extracted by the extracting unit, the terminal having transmitted the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,291,959

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer body that transfers an image formed with toner containing a flat pigment to a recording medium; and
a fixing unit that, when the image having an area coverage that is greater than or equal to a predetermined area coverage
occupies a width that is less than a predetermined width of the recording medium, fixes the image to the recording medium
with fixing energy having a first value, and that, when the image having the area coverage that is greater than or equal to
the predetermined area coverage occupies a width that is greater than or equal to the predetermined width of the recording
medium, fixes the image to the recording medium with fixing energy having a second value, the second value being greater than
the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,291,965

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A HEATING BELT AND A SUPPORTING MEMBER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a magnetic field generator that generates a magnetic field;
a heating belt that is heated by the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator, and that, while circulating,
heats toner on a transported sheet holding an unfixed toner image;

a pressure roller that rotates while being pushed against an outer surface of the heating belt and that presses the transported
sheet as a result of interposing the sheet between the pressure roller and the heating belt;

a temperature-sensitive magnetic member that is disposed at an inner surface of the heating belt so as to oppose the magnetic
field generator with the heating belt being interposed between the temperature-sensitive magnetic member and the magnetic
field generator, the temperature-sensitive magnetic member being heated by the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field
generator;

a backing member that is disposed at the inner surface of the heating belt so as to oppose the pressure roller with the heating
belt being interposed between the backing member and the pressure roller, the backing member defining a movement path of a
region of the heating belt that contacts the pressure roller; and

a supporting member that (1) is disposed at an inner side of the heating belt, (2) supports both end portions of the heating
belt in a width direction defined along a longitudinal direction of the temperature-sensitive magnetic member, (3) supports
a back surface of the backing member, and (4) supports the temperature-sensitive magnetic member, the back surface of the
backing member being a back surface in relation to a front surface of the backing member that contacts the inner surface of
the heating belt; and

a shielding member that is separate from the supporting member and disposed with the temperature-sensitive magnetic member
being interposed between the inner surface of the heating belt and the shielding member,

wherein the only portions of the temperature-sensitive magnetic member that the supporting member supports are both end portions
of the temperature-sensitive magnetic member in the width direction so as to avoid ununiform contact of the temperature-sensitive
magnetic member with the heating belt caused by flexing of the supporting member due to the pressing by the pressure roller,
and

wherein the shielding member suports the temperature-sensitive magnetic member at middle position located between the end
positions of the temperature-sensitive magnetic member.

US Pat. No. 9,201,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body including an image forming unit that forms an image;
an opening/closing member that is openable or closeable with respect to a portion of an external surface of the apparatus
body; and

an absorption member disposed on the opening/closing member at a side facing the image forming unit, the absorption member
absorbing sound while facing a portion of the image forming unit in a state where the opening/closing member is closed with
respect to the apparatus body,

wherein the absorption member comprises a porous material and a resin sheet which is attached to a surface of the porous material
that faces the image forming unit, the resin sheet having a smooth surface from which a toner, adhered onto the smooth surface,
can be wiped.

US Pat. No. 9,122,185

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DETERMINING TRANSFER PARAMETER USING COLOR MEASUREMENT RESULT, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an adjustment image forming unit that forms an adjustment image including a combination color, which is produced by superimposing
colorants of two or more component colors, on an intermediate transfer body;

a transfer unit that transfers the adjustment image, formed on the intermediate transfer body, onto a recording medium;
a measuring unit that measures the combination color included in the adjustment image formed on the recording medium;
a density value calculating unit that calculates, in accordance with a measurement result of the combination color, a density
value of a component color of a colorant that is formed in an uppermost layer on the recording medium among the two or more
component colors; and

a transfer parameter determining unit that determines a value of a transfer parameter in accordance with the calculated density
value, wherein the transfer unit is controlled in accordance with a set value determined as the transfer parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,389,566

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material;
a cause ascertaining unit that ascertains a cause of a streaked image that is generated in the image that is formed on the
recording material by the image forming unit;

an outputting unit that outputs information regarding the cause ascertained by the cause ascertaining unit;
wherein the image forming unit includes a plurality of members, and
wherein the cause ascertaining unit ascertains the cause based on an image formed on the recording material by the image forming
unit in which an operation of at least one of the members is stopped, or based on an image formed on the recording material
by the image forming unit in which an operation parameter of the at least one of the members is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,372,551

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a casing having an opening at a front end of the casing, the front end of the casing opposite a rear end of the casing;
a light source that irradiates light towards the rear end of the casing;
a plurality of light guiding units that guide the light towards the front end of the casing through the opening to a same
position on an object along different directions from each other;

a switching unit that switches a direction of the light irradiated by the light source such that the light travels along a
path leading to any one of the plurality of light guiding units;

a light sensor that measures reflected light that is reflected by a point of the object disposed at the position through the
opening out of the light guided to the position by the plurality of light guiding units, wherein the sensor receives the reflected
light directly from the object,

wherein the plurality of light guiding units comprises a first light guiding unit in a first positional relationship to the
light sensor such than an angle of incidence of light guided by the first light guiding unit is different from an angle of
reflection of the reflected light that is reflected toward the light sensor, in a case a surface of the object is a plane
of incidence, and a second light guiding unit in a second positional relationship to the light sensor different from the first
positional relationship,

wherein the first light guiding unit comprises a first mirror and the second light guiding unit comprises a second mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,348,541

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an identifier that:
(i) calculates, between a plurality of items of first document data and a plurality of items of second document data, a first
degree of similarity of a pair of each page of the first document data and each page of the second document data, based on
a page order of the first and second document data, the first degree of similarity being calculated separately for every page
of the first document data with respect to every page of the second document data,

(ii) extracts a pair of pages of which a second degree of similarity is calculated based on the first degree of similarity,
and calculates the second degree of similarity of the extracted pair of pages based on images of the first and second document
data, and

(iii) identifies a page of the second document data that corresponds to a page of the first document data, based on the second
degree of similarity.

US Pat. No. 9,284,451

RESIN COMPOSITION AND RESIN MOLDED ARTICLE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A resin composition comprising:
a polylactic acid resin;
an alloy resin of a polycarbonate resin and an acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber-styrene resin;
surface-coated red phosphorus whose surface is coated with a hydrophobic resin; and
a glycerol fatty acid ester plasticizer,
wherein an average coating thickness of the polylactic acid resin and the alloy resin that cover the surface-coated red phosphorus,
which is obtained by observing a structure inside a molded article with a TEM in the case of forming the molded article, is
100 nm or more.

US Pat. No. 9,244,910

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD, Toh...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to execute:
a receiving unit that receives a target character string;
a determining unit that determines whether or not a sentiment character string is included in the character string received
by the receiving unit, based on a memory that stores a sentiment character string, which is a character string representing
a sentiment, and a label representing the sentiment, the sentiment character string and the label being associated with each
other;

a first assigning unit that assigns a label corresponding to a sentiment character string to the character string in a case
where the determining unit has determined that the sentiment character string is included in the character string, and that
assigns a plurality of label stored in the memory to the character string in a case where the determining unit has determined
that no sentiment character string is included in the character string;

an extracting unit that extracts a word from the character string;
a second assigning unit that assigns to the word extracted by the extracting unit a label which has been assigned to the character
string that includes the word;

a modeling unit that performs supervised topic modeling for the character string, based on the character string to which the
label has been assigned by the second assigning unit, as supervisory information; and

an output unit that outputs a result of a process by the modeling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,953

TRANSFER MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF TRANSFER MEMBER, TRANSFER UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ROLLER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A transfer member comprising:
a support;
an elastic layer; and
a resin layer having a sea-island structure on the elastic layer,
wherein elongation at break of the resin layer is from 20% to 180%, and an average diameter of an island portion thereof is
from 0.5 ?m to 3 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,389,525

FLUORINE-CONTAINING RESIN PARTICLE DISPERSION, METHOD FOR PREPARING FLUORINE-CONTAINING RESIN PARTICLE DISPERSION, COATING LIQUID WHICH CONTAINS FLUORINE-CONTAINING RESIN PARTICLES, METHOD FOR PREPARING COATING FILM WHICH CONTAINS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fluorine-containing resin particle dispersion comprising:
fluorine-containing resin particles;
a resin; and
at least one hydroxyl group-containing solvent selected from the group consisting of water, and a non-brunched, branched or
cyclic aliphatic alcohol having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, containing no aromatic ring in the molecule structure, and optionally
containing a fluorine atom,

wherein the resin is adhered on the surface of the fluorine-containing resin particles,
wherein the resin is insoluble in the at least one hydroxyl group-containing solvent,
wherein the resin comprises a segment having a hydrophilic group and a hydrophobic group, the segment having surfactant properties,
wherein the fluorine-containing resin particles having the resin adhered on the surface of the fluorine-containing resin particles
are dispersed in the at least one hydroxyl group-containing solvent, and

wherein the resin comprises a random or block copolymer derived from:
a) at least one monomer selected from the group consisting of an arcylate having a perfluoroalkyle group and a methacrylate
having a perfluoroalkyl group, and

b) a monomer having no fluorine.

US Pat. No. 9,323,197

HISTORY STORAGE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A history storage device comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate history information including event information corresponding to an event having
occurred and accompanying information accompanying the event information, the event related to supply of sheets or image formation
onto a sheet;

a determining unit, in storing first history information in a storage region, configured to determine whether or not the event
information included in the first history information is the event information in second history information having already
been stored in the storage region;

a setting unit, when event information included in the first history information is determined to be the event information
included in the second history information, configured to not set the storage region to store the event information included
in the first history information and set the storage region to store the accompanying information included in the first history
information in a region corresponding to the event information included in the first history information within the storage
region; and

a reconstruction unit, in reading out the first history information from the storage region, based on the region in which
the accompanying information included in the first history information has been stored, configured to associate the event
information with the accompanying information included in the first history information to reconstruct the first history information.

US Pat. No. 9,232,096

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory that memorizes pieces of processing information; and
a display controller
that performs control, for a piece of processing information that has been memorized by the memory and that is not concealed,
so as to display details of the piece of processing information on a display, and

that performs control, for a piece of processing information that has been memorized by the memory and that is concealed,
so as not to display details of the piece of processing information but so as to indicate only presence of the piece of processing
information on the display by displaying a numeric count of the total number of pieces of processing information, including
both concealed and non concealed pieces, that are memorized in the memory,

wherein
the display controller determines whether a storage capacity of the memory is less than a threshold capacity, and performs
control so as to indicate presence of a piece of processing information that is concealed if the storage capacity is less
than or equal to the threshold capacity.

US Pat. No. 9,116,469

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier that retains developer;
a frame that supports the image carrier and has a fixing hole; and
a cleaning device that cleans the image carrier by removing the developer retained by the image carrier from the image carrier,
the cleaning device includes:
a cleaning device body including a cleaning member, a fitting hole, and a transporting member, the cleaning member being in
contact with a surface of the image carrier so as to remove the developer retained on the surface of the image carrier and
the transporting member transports the developer removed from the image carrier by the cleaning member and is inserted into
the fitting hole, and

a fixing member that fixes an end of the cleaning device body in a longitudinal direction to a side surface of a frame that
supports the image carrier and corresponds to the end of the cleaning device body in the longitudinal direction,

wherein the fixing member includes a shaft bearing portion that supports the transporting member in a rotatable manner, and
wherein a part of the fixing member is inserted into the fixing hole from a direction parallel to a rotational axis of the
transporting member and fixed to the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,390,349

DISPLAY CONTROL OF OBJECTS ON A DISPLAY

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display that displays a screen on which a target image and a processing image are arranged, the target image representing
processing-target data, the processing image being an image for which a process to be performed on the processing-target data
has been determined; and

a controller that performs, in a case where an operation for moving the target image toward a position where the processing
image is displayed has been received as a touch operation through the screen, control such that the processing image is moved
toward a position where the target image is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,285,738

FIXING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRESSURE-APPLYING DEVICE, AND PRESSING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a plurality of contact bodies including a first contact body and a second contact body and having peripheral surfaces that
are in contact with each other, the contact bodies applying a pressure to a recording medium by allowing the recording medium
to pass through a space between the peripheral surfaces, thereby fixing an unfixed image on the recording medium;

a pressing member that applies a force to the first contact body so that the peripheral surface of the first contact body
is pressed against the peripheral surface of the second contact body, the pressing member being movable between a first position
at which the pressing member is in contact with the first contact body and a second position at which the pressing member
is separated from the first contact body;

a first urging member that urges the pressing member to apply a force to the first contact body through the pressing member;
a guide member having a guide groove that receives a portion of the first contact body to control a direction in which the
first contact body moves;

a second urging member that is interposed between the pressing member and the guide member and that urges the guide member
to apply a force to the first contact body through the guide member; and

a changer that selectively changes a position of the pressing member between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,285,757

MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF EXTERNAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting structure of an external device comprising
an apparatus body in which an exhaust port or a suction port are formed,
an external device that is connected to the apparatus body, and
a mounting member that includes a body section having one side on which the external device is mounted and the other side
which is mounted on the apparatus body so as to cover the exhaust port or the suction port, and a plurality of protruding
sections which protrude from the body section and come into contact with the apparatus body in positions different from the
exhaust port or the suction port, and that is provided to make flow paths at portions other than the plurality of protruding
sections so as to intersect or branch between the body section and the apparatus body, and at a center portion of the body
section; and

an image forming section that is providing in the apparatus body and forms an image on a recording medium based on image information
transmitted from the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,134,819

INPUT DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An input device comprising:
a main body portion that has one surface;
a movable portion that has a contact surface formed in the one surface of the main body portion, is operated through the contact
surface and is movable relative to the main body portion;

a supporting portion that is provided in the main body portion and movably supports the movable portion;
an applying portion that comprises a plurality of magnets and a plurality of coils and applies a force to move the movable
portion;

a determining unit that comprises a contact sensor that detects a contact with the contact surface of the movable portion,
the determining unit determining a state-of-contact whether the contact surface is in a contact state or in a non-contact
state based on an output of the contact sensor;

a controller that controls an amount of current flowing through each coil of the applying portion and the flow direction of
current to move the movable portion using a driving mechanism to a predetermined position when the state-of-contact determined
by the determining unit changes from the contact state to the non-contact state; and

an output unit that detects and outputs an amount of movement of the movable portion relative to the main body portion while
the state-of-contact determined by the determining unit is in contact state, and does not output the amount of movement when
the controller moves the movable portion,

wherein the controller sets a magnitude of a magnetic force of each of the magnets and an amount of current flowing through
each of the coils such that returning the movable portion is completed within 0.5 seconds after a finger of an operator is
taken away from the contact sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,335,687

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A TRANSPARENT ENDLESS BELT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a transparent endless belt that rotates around an axis thereof, the belt comprising:
an inner peripheral surface to which a lubricating liquid adheres, and
an outer peripheral surface;
a lens that has a curved surface formed to have a top portion on one end thereof which is closest to the inner peripheral
surface when viewed in the axial direction and that concentrates light incident to the curved surface on an object to be fixed
as an irradiation target;

a nip forming member that forms a nip in cooperation with the belt at the other end of the lens, the belt being interposed
between the nip forming member and the lens; and

a light source that causes the light concentrated on the object to be fixed to be incident to a portion of the outer peripheral
surface of the belt, which opposes the curved surface,

wherein at plurality of grooves are formed on one of the inner peripheral surface and the outer peripheral surface.

US Pat. No. 9,298,714

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception section configured to receive a request for a process relative to management of a publication;
a code acquisition section configured to acquire a plurality of codes affixed to the publication;
a determination section configured to determine whether or not a code corresponding to the process is present in the plurality
of acquired codes;

a process execution section configured to execute the process based on the code when it is determined that the code corresponding
to the process is present;

a transmission section configured to execute a character string corresponding to the plurality of acquired codes; and
an information acquisition section configured to acquire information corresponding to the transmitted character string,
wherein the process execution section includes:
a section configured to register the acquired information in a storage section;
a section configured to generate the codes affixed to the publication based on the registered information; and
a section configured to form the generated codes on a medium using an image forming section in response to the acquired information
indicating the publication is restricted to a specific location.

US Pat. No. 9,280,564

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a memory configured to store a history of performing, on an image having an attribute, a process that conceals an area within
the image; and

at least one hardware processor configured to implement:
a receiving unit that receives a first image;
a decision unit that extracts from the memory a history of a process performed on a second image, which is different from
the first image, having an attribute that matches an attribute of the received first image, and on the basis of the extracted
history of a process, decides a concealment area within the received first image; and

a concealment unit that conceals the concealment area within the first image decided by the decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,377,744

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A transfer device comprising:
a first-transfer power supply that includes a direct-current power supply and an alternating-current power supply;
a first-transfer member that transfers a toner image formed on an outer peripheral surface of an image carrier to a receiving
member, the first-transfer member transferring the toner image by receiving a voltage from the first-transfer power supply;
and

a second-transfer member that transfers the toner image transferred to the receiving member to a medium,
wherein the first-transfer power supply is capable of operating at (1) a first mode of applying an alternating-current voltage
to the first-transfer member, and (2) a second mode of applying only a direct-current voltage to the first-transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,286,555

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD, Tok...

1. An information processing device comprising:
at least one processor configured to compute, during a power saving mode that reduces power consumption, a power consumption
per a predetermined time, using a count per type of an interrupt signal produced during the power saving mode, and a power
consumption pre-estimated per type of the interrupt signal;

a display configured to display a power consumption computed by the at least one processor; and
a controller configured to keep a count of a power rise factor during the power saving mode that does not require reactivation
from the power saying mode;

wherein the at least one processor is configured to, in a case of a mode other than the power saving mode, instead of computing
a power consumption using a count per type of the interrupt signal and a power consumption pre-estimated per type of the interrupt
signal, compute a power consumption per a predetermined time during the power saying mode using a count per type of the interrupt
signal, a power consumption pre-estimated per type of the interrupt signal, a count result of the controller, and a power
consumption pre-estimated from the power rise factor.

US Pat. No. 9,284,143

SHEET TRANSPORT DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A sheet transport device comprising:
a device main body on which one roller of a first transport roller pair that transports sheets is provided;
an opening and closing door that is movably and rotatably supported between a closing position where a part of a sheet transport
path formed on a side surface of the device main body is covered and an opening position where a part of the sheet transport
path is open, and on which one roller of a second transport roller pair provided on the sheet transport path is provided;
and

a transport unit that includes an other one of the first transport roller pair and an other one of the second transport roller
pair, and is swingably supported by the opening and closing door,

wherein, when the opening and closing door moves to the closing position from the opening position, the opening and closing
door is positioned at a second positioning portion formed on the device main body after the transport unit is positioned at
a first positioning portion formed on the device main body,

wherein the first positioning portion is an engaging portion that includes an opening portion and a bottom surface portion,
the bottom surface portion being in contact with a base portion of the transport unit, thereby allowing engagement between
the transport unit and the engaging portion to ultimately be released with the movement of the opening and closing door.

US Pat. No. 9,280,105

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a pressing member that is rotatably held and provides a pressure acting in one direction;
a heating member that is rotatably held in such a manner as to face the pressing member and includes a substantially cylindrical
member and a heating unit, the substantially cylindrical member receiving the pressure, the heating unit being provided inside
the substantially cylindrical member, the heating member fixing a toner image on a sheet with the pressure provided by the
pressing member and heat generated by the heating unit;

a drive source that outputs a driving force with which the heating member is rotated; and
a transmission member that provides a space that receives an end of the substantially cylindrical member, the transmission
member having an inner circumferential surface that is separated from an outer surface of the end of the substantially cylindrical
member by an air gap when not receiving pressure from the pressing member, but which is configured to come into contact with
the end of the substantially cylindrical member by closing the air gap in response to the substantially cylindrical member
receiving the pressure from the pressing member, the transmission member transmitting the driving force of the drive source
to the heating member,

wherein when the air gap is closed, the transmission member and the substantially cylindrical member rotate at a different
number of revolutions per unit time,

wherein the heating member further includes a film provided over an outer circumferential surface of the substantially cylindrical
member excluding a portion at the end of the substantially cylindrical member, the film coming into contact with the pressing
member, and

wherein the inner circumferential surface of the transmission member comes into contact with the end of the substantially
cylindrical member that is free of the film.

US Pat. No. 9,280,638

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to implement:
a deleted differential image generator that generates, from first image data generated by reading an image of an unfilled
or filled-in sheet and second image data generated by reading an image of a sheet being in a format identical to the unfilled
or filled-in sheet and having a superimposed sheet superimposed thereon, deleted differential image data representing an image
that is not represented in the second image data but is represented in the first image data; and

a region specifying unit that specifies a region where the superimposed sheet is represented in the second image data, based
on a region where the deleted differential image data is.

US Pat. No. 9,244,803

FAILURE PREDICTIVE SYSTEM, AND FAILURE PREDICTIVE APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A failure predictive system, comprising:
a processor;
a collection unit, operable on the processor, that collects information with respect to a job implemented in a monitored apparatus
and information with respect to a scheduled job that is scheduled to be implemented in the monitored apparatus;

a calculator, operable on the processor, that calculates a probability of a failure occurrence in the monitored apparatus
based on the collected information of the implemented job and the collected information of the scheduled job which are collected
by the collection unit; and

an output unit, operable on the processor, that outputs information based on the calculated probability in response to the
calculated probability exceeding a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,235,145

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor comprising:
a conductive substrate;
a photosensitive layer provided on the conductive substrate; and
an outermost surface layer provided on the photosensitive layer, wherein:
the outermost surface layer comprises a polymerized product or a crosslinked product of a composition including:
at least one reactive compound selected from compounds represented by formula (II), and
a non-reactive charge transporting material;
a content of the non-reactive charge transporting material in the composition is from 5% by weight to 40% by weight based
on the weight of the outermost surface layer; and

a content of the unreacted reactive compound in the outermost surface layer after formation of the outermost surface layer
is 3% by weight or less based on the weight of the outermost surface layer,


wherein in formula (II), F represents a charge transporting skeleton; L? represents an (n+1)-valent linking group including
two or more selected from the group consisting of a trivalent or tetravalent group derived from an alkane or an alkene, an
alkylene group, an alkenylene group, —C(?O)—, —N(R)—, —S—, and —O—; R represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl
group, or an aralkyl group; m? represents an integer of 1 to 6; and n represents an integer of 2 to 3.

US Pat. No. 9,372,857

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, TRAIL COLLECTION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a population data storage unit configured to store a population comprising a plurality of transactions conducted in a business
process;

a sample extracting unit configured to sample the population thereby extracting samples from the population, extracted samples
corresponding to a subset of the plurality of transactions;

a trail information memory configured to store information about a trail related to each sample of the extracted samples,
the trail corresponding to a document which verifies a fact or details of the extracted samples;

a trail acquisition instructing unit configured to provide an instruction to acquire the trail for each sample of the extracted
samples;

a trail accepting unit configured to accept the acquired trail; and
a trail determining unit configured to determine whether the accepted trail is valid or invalid in accordance with the information
stored in the trail information memory for each accepted trail,

wherein, if the trail determining unit determines that the accepted trail is invalid, the trail acquisition instructing unit
is configured to provide an instruction to re-acquire a trail related to the sample.

US Pat. No. 9,304,453

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a heating element configured to generate heat when a current is applied thereto;
a temperature detector that is disposed in the vicinity of the heating element and is configured to detect a temperature of
the heating element;

a resistor configured to divide a detection result of the temperature detector and a predetermined reference voltage;
a disconnection detector that is connected in parallel to the resistor, and is configured to detect a disconnection of the
temperature detector;

a converter configured to convert the divided voltage value into a digital signal and to output the digital signal to a controller;
a comparing unit configured to invert an output of the comparing unit on the basis of a comparison between the divided voltage
value and a predetermined threshold, and a comparison between an output of the disconnection detector and the predetermined
threshold;

a delay circuit configured to delay an increase in an output voltage of the comparing unit;
a discharge circuit configured to quickly discharge the output voltage of the comparing unit;
a latch circuit that includes a flip-flop connected to an output of the discharge circuit; and
a power supply path connecting and disconnecting unit that is connected to the latch circuit, and is configured to connect
and disconnect a power supply path to the heating element.

US Pat. No. 9,264,560

CAUSE IDENTIFYING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A cause identifying device comprising:
a modifying unit that, in a case in which an inexpedience is detected in an image formed on a print medium by conducting a
plurality of processes, conducts a first modification of processing content that modifies only a processing parameter of a
first process or disables only the first process from among a first process and a second process included in the plurality
of processes conducted during image formation, and a second modification of procesing content that modifies only a processing
parameter of the second process or disables only the second process; and

an identifying unit that, in a case in which an inexpedience is detected in an image formed on the print medium by an image
formation conducted after the first modification is conducted, and in addition, an inexpedience is not detected in an image
formed on the print medium by image formation that is conducted after the second modification is conducted, identifies a cause
of the inexpedience as only in the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,279,036

POLYAMIDEIMIDE PRECURSOR COMPOSITION, POLYAMIDEIMIDE MOLDED ARTICLE, AND METHOD FOR PREPARING POLYAMIDEIMIDE MOLDED ARTICLE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A polyamideimide precursor composition, comprising a resin having repeating units represented by the following formula
(PA) and a solvent including water,
wherein the resin is dissolved in the solvent:

wherein RA1 represents a divalent organic group and RA2 represents a divalent organic group.

US Pat. No. 9,298,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of developing devices arranged side-by-side in a first direction;
a plurality of developer containers that contain developer and that have discharge ports disposed between the plurality of
developing devices in the first direction; and

a plurality of developer transport devices that transport the developer from the plurality of developer containers to the
plurality of developing devices,

wherein the plurality of developer transport devices include respective transport portions arranged side-by-side, and
wherein, through at least one of the transport portions, the developer is transported from a corresponding one of the discharge
ports in a direction opposite to a direction in which the developer is transported from the other discharge ports through
the other transport portions.

US Pat. No. 9,247,103

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image object separating unit that separates a read printed document into image objects;
a page aggregation state determining unit that determines a page aggregation state of the read printed document based on a
layout of the image objects separated by the image object separating unit by (1) receiving a detection of a boundary line
from an identified overlap between objects located within identified sections of the read printed document and (2) by comparing
the boundary line with a layout of a page aggregation state stored in advance, thereby identifying which page aggregation
state of the read printed document;

a printing direction determining unit that determines a printing direction of each image object determined by the page aggregation
state determining unit based on features of each text object separated by the image object separating unit; and

a document format converting unit that converts a document format of the read printed document based on the results of the
determination by the page aggregation state determining unit and the printing direction determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,298,335

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a first receiving unit that receives information specifying an area for pasting sticky information onto a board, the information
being at least start point information indicating a start point for pasting sticky information within that area, and direction
information indicating a direction in which to paste sticky information in order from that start point;

an associating unit that associates sticky information pasted onto the board, on the basis of start point information and
direction information received by the first receiving unit; and

a display that displays a sticky information group associated by the associating unit so as to indicate the association on
the board.

US Pat. No. 9,395,682

ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, AND RECORDING MATERIAL SUPPLY APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An accommodating container that is mounted in a housing, accommodates an accommodated object therein, and is provided in
such a manner that the accommodating container is capable to be pulled out of the housing,
the accommodating container comprising:
an operation reception portion that is provided with a starting point in a portion thereof which a user touches when pulling
the accommodating container out of the housing, and a plurality of ridge portions which extend in different directions from
the starting point,

wherein the accommodating container is configured for operation with an image forming apparatus, and
wherein the plurality of ridge portions are located on an upper end of an opening portion of a recess forming portion, the
recess forming portion protruding from a back surface portion of a base portion of the accommodating container,

wherein the plurality of ridge portions are located at an underside of the operation reception portion, and
wherein the accommodating container includes inclined ribs on the back surface portion of the base portion, and first and
second horizontal ribs on the back surface portion.

US Pat. No. 9,298,159

REMOVAL MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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1. A removal mechanism comprising:
a removing member that rubs against an extraneous-matter-adhered member, to which extraneous matter is adhered, so as to remove
the extraneous matter therefrom;

an accommodation section that accommodates therein the extraneous matter removed by the removing member;
a receiver that receives, at a lower side of the accommodation section, the extraneous matter spilling out and dropping from
the accommodation section; and

a cooling path that allows gas to flow therethrough so as to cool the accommodation section from outside thereof, the cooling
path being enclosed by a housing of the accommodation section, a constituent member provided between the accommodation section
and the receiver, and sidewalls, thereby spatially isolating the cooling path from a passage chamber through which the extraneous
matter dropping from the accommodation section toward the receiver passes, an accommodation chamber for the extraneous matter
in the accommodation section, and a chamber above the receiver that receives the extraneous matter.

US Pat. No. 9,188,910

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BODY WITH ADJUSTABLE TENSION

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier that forms a color component image using a color component toner and carries the color component image;
an intermediate transfer body that faces the image carrier, that is looped over a plurality of span members, that is rotated,
and that temporarily carries the color component image formed by the image carrier before transferring the color component
image to a recording medium;

a first-transfer member that is disposed on a back surface of the intermediate transfer body facing the image carrier, and
that transfers the color component image carried by the image carrier to the intermediate transfer body by forming a transfer
electric field in a first-transfer region between the first-transfer member and the image carrier;

a second-transfer member that is disposed so as to be in contact with a front surface of the intermediate transfer body and
so as to face one of the span members disposed on the back surface of the intermediate transfer body, and that transfers the
color component image transferred by the first-transfer member to the intermediate transfer body to the recording medium by
forming a transfer electric field in a second-transfer region between the second-transfer member and the span member;

a surface-positioning member that is disposed upstream of the second-transfer member in a transport direction of the intermediate
transfer body, that is in contact with the back surface of the intermediate transfer body, that is movable forward and backward
in a direction that intersects an in-plane direction of the intermediate transfer body, and that forms a transport path surface
of the intermediate transfer body extending to the second-transfer region;

a tension adjustment member that adjusts a tension of the intermediate transfer body; and
a controller configured to control a position of the surface-positioning member;
wherein when the controller changes the position of the surface-positioning member so as to change tension of the intermediate
transfer body, the tension adjustment member moves so as to absorb displacement of the intermediate transfer body.

US Pat. No. 9,310,745

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD OF SWITCHING AN ORIENTATION OF A RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming unit forming a toner image; and
a fixing unit rotating around a central axis extending in a first direction, the fixing unit including a surface fixing the
toner image formed based on image information to form the toner image in a rectangular region of a recording medium and transporting
the recording medium in a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction by contacting the recording medium,

the toner image forming unit including:
a selecting unit selecting an image formation corresponding to an orientation having a smallest integration value selected
from a first integration value and a second integration value,

the first integration value being integration values of an area of a portion of the surface of the fixing unit that first
contacts the toner image when a side of the rectangular region is parallel to the first direction, when fixing is performed,
and

the second integration value being integration values of an area of a portion of the surface of the fixing unit that first
contacts the toner image when the side of the rectangular region is perpendicular to a second direction, when fixing is performed,
wherein

the circumference of the surface in a rotation direction is shorter than at least one of the length of the toner image in
the first direction and the length of the toner image in the second direction, and

the selecting unit divides, using the circumference, a piece of image information representing the toner image into a plurality
of pieces of unit image information in the first direction and the second direction, divides each of the plurality of pieces
of unit image information into a grid that forms a plurality of division areas to each of which one of different values is
assigned depending on the presence or absence of an image to be formed, obtains the integration values by obtaining logical
sums of division areas of the plurality of pieces of unit image information along each of the first direction and the second
direction, and selects an image formation corresponding to an orientation that corresponds to a smallest one of the integration
values, each of the logical sums being obtained from corresponding ones of the division areas of the plurality of pieces of
unit image information.

US Pat. No. 9,245,172

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An authentication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to implement:
a feature acquiring unit configured to acquire a feature of at least part of a body of an authentication target;
an extracting unit configured to compare a feature of at least part of a body of each registered person that is stored in
advance with the feature acquired by the feature acquiring unit to extract one or more registered persons having degrees of
similarity between the above features, based on a predetermined first threshold value;

a determining unit configured to determine whether the feature of any of the extracted one or more registered persons has
a degree of similarity with the feature of any registered person that is stored in advance, based on a predetermined second
threshold value;

a first identifying unit configured to identify, in response to the determination by the determining unit being negative,
the registered person having the feature having a highest degree of similarity with the feature acquired by the feature acquiring
unit, among the one or more registered persons extracted by the extracting unit, as the authentication target;

a specific information accepting unit configured to accept information specific to the authentication target, different from
the feature acquired by the feature acquiring unit; and

a second identifying unit configured to identify, in response to the determination by the determining unit being affirmative
and the information specific to the authentication target accepted by the specific information accepting unit coinciding with
information that is specific to any registered person extracted by the extracting unit and that is stored in advance, the
registered person having the coinciding specific information as the authentication target.

US Pat. No. 10,091,879

CONDUCTOR CONNECTING STRUCTURE AND MOUNTING BOARD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A conductor connecting structure comprising:a mounting board that includes:
a base material formed of an insulating material, the base material including:
a first surface,
a second surface, and
an end surface,
a first conductor layer that is formed on the first surface and that has an end portion, and
a second conductor layer that is formed on the second surface and that has an end portion;
a target board that includes
a mounting surface on which the mounting board is mounted, and
a third conductor layer formed on the mounting surface; and
an anisotropic conductive material that includes
a polymeric material, and
electrically conductive particles that are dispersed in the polymeric material and that, when the electrically conductive particles are heated, aggregate so as to connect the end portion of the first conductor layer or the end portion of the second conductor layer and the third conductor layer to each other,
wherein, in the mounting board, one end portion not subjected to connection established with the anisotropic conductive material out of the end portion of the first conductor layer and the end portion of the second conductor layer is separated further from the end surface of the base material than another end portion connected to the third conductor layer out of the end portion of the first conductor layer and the end portion of the second conductor layer, and
wherein one of the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer is a ground layer, and
wherein the mounting board is a double-sided flexible printed circuit a thickness of the base material of which is 50 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,166,370

VERTICAL CAVITY SURFACE EMITTING LASER, VERTICAL CAVITY SURFACE EMITTING LASER APPARATUS, OPTICAL TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A vertical cavity surface emitting laser comprising:
a substrate;
a first semiconductor multilayer reflector of a first conduction type that is formed on the substrate and is configured by
stacking a pair of a high refractive index layer having a relatively high refractive index and a low refractive index layer
having a relatively low refractive index;

a resonator that includes an active layer formed on the first semiconductor multilayer reflector; and
a second semiconductor multilayer reflector of a second conduction type that is configured by stacking a pair of the high
refractive index layer having the relatively high refractive index and the low refractive index layer having the relatively
low refractive index, the second conduction type being different from the first conduction type,

wherein the resonator includes a pair of spacer layers disposed vertically on the active layer and a resonator extension area
formed at one side of the pair of spacer layers, and

the resonator extension area includes an n-type GaInP layer and an n-type AlGaAs layer, and the GaInP layer is interposed
between the active layer and the AlGaAs layer.

US Pat. No. 9,291,970

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing unit that includes a pipe-shaped fixing member which includes an outermost layer including at least one selected
from a group consisting of a hydrogenated nitrile rubber and a denatured hydrogenated nitrile rubber, and heats and pressurizes
the recording medium to fix an unfixed developer image on a recording medium by bringing the outermost layer into contact
with a surface of the recording medium which holds the developer image, the recording medium being transported while holding
the unfixed developer image; and

a heating unit that is disposed on an upstream side of the fixing unit in a transport direction of the recording medium, and
heats the recording medium transported while holding the unfixed developer image, the heating unit heating by at least one
heating member selected from a group consisting of a heating member that heats the recording medium in a non-contact manner,
a heating member that comes in contact with a surface opposite to the surface of the recording medium which holds the developer
image to heat the recording medium, and a heating member that comes in contact with the surface of the recording medium which
holds the developer image with a pressurizing pressure lower than a pressurizing pressure of the fixing member to heat the
recording medium,

wherein a temperature of a lowest-temperature portion of the recording medium of the following (A) or (B) is equal to or greater
than [a set temperature of the fixing member?30° C.] and is equal to or less than 140° C. when the following case (a) or (b)
is satisfied,

(a) when a member that exchanges heat with the recording medium is provided on an upstream side of the fixing unit and a downstream
side of the heating unit in the transport direction of the recording medium: (A) the recording medium before coming in contact
with the fixing member after the heat is exchanged by the member,

(b) when a member that exchanges heat with the recording medium is not provided on an upstream side of the fixing unit and
a downstream side of the heating unit in the transport direction of the recording medium: (B) the recording medium before
coming in contact with the fixing member after heating by the heating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,164,436

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing section that includes rotatable members arranged to form a nip area through which a strip-shaped medium passes, and
heaters that heat the rotatable members; and

a control section,
wherein the fixing section applies heat and pressure to a toner image that is formed on the medium and passes through the
nip area via the rotatable members heated by the heaters to fix the toner image onto the medium,

wherein the medium has softenable layers, and
wherein the control section performs such control that the rotation of the rotatable members is stopped when the temperature
of contact portions of the rotatable members that are in contact with the medium is lower than or equal to a first temperature
that is lower than a temperature at which a portion of the medium softens, the temperature at which the portion of the medium
softens being a temperature at which at least one of the softenable layers softens.

US Pat. No. 9,134,636

ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER, ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPER, AND TONER CARTRIDGE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrostatic charge image developing toner comprising:
a binder resin;
a compatibilization-promoting material; and
a release agent,
wherein when a peak temperature during a first temperature increase and a peak temperature during a second temperature increase,
that are obtained by differential scanning calorimetry including performing the first temperature increase at 10° C./min after
holding at 10° C., performing cooling at ?10° C./min, performing a heat treatment for 24 hours at 50° C., and performing the
second temperature increase at 10° C./min, are represented by Tt1 and Tt2(50° C.), respectively, the following Expression (1) is satisfied:

Tt1
wherein when a peak temperature during a second temperature increase, that is obtained by differential scanning calorimetry
that performs a first temperature increase at 10° C./min after holding at 10° C., cooling at ?10° C./min, and the second temperature
increase at 10° C./min without performing a heat treatment, is represented by Tt2(untreated), the following Expression (2) is satisfied:

Tt2(untreated)
wherein the compatibilization-promoting material is a liquid paraffin.

US Pat. No. 9,350,139

VERTICAL-CAVITY SURFACE-EMITTING LASER DIODE AND OPTICAL TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNO...

1. A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser diode comprising:
a first resonator that has a plurality of semiconductor layers comprising a first current narrowing structure having a first
conductive region and a first non-conductive region;

a first electrode that supplies electric power to drive the first resonator;
a second resonator that has a plurality of semiconductor layers comprising a second current narrowing structure having a second
conductive region and a second non-conductive region and that is formed side by side with the first resonator, the second
current narrowing structure being formed in same current narrowing layer as the layer where the first current narrowing structure
is formed;

a coupling portion that couples the plurality of semiconductor layers in the first resonator with the plurality of semiconductor
layers in the second resonator respectively; and

a second electrode that drives the second resonator to control a phase of light to be fed back to the first resonator side
when the light propagated from the first resonator side to the second resonator side is fed back to the first resonator side,
the second electrode being formed on the second resonator, wherein:

an equivalent refractive index of the coupling portion is smaller than an equivalent refractive index of each of the first
resonator and the second resonator.

US Pat. No. 9,302,881

PAIR OF SHEET TRANSPORT ROLLS, SHEET FOLDING DEVICE, POST-PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

11. A post-processing device comprising:
a stack portion that stacks sheets and forms a sheet bundle;
a first roll that has a first convex portion spirally provided on an outer peripheral surface;
a second roll that is provided along the first roll and has a second convex portion that is spirally provided in a position
facing the first convex portion of the first roll on the outer peripheral surface; and

a rotating mechanism that rotates the first roll and the second roll and performs a folding process in the sheet bundle while
sandwiching the sheet bundle formed in the stack portion between the first convex portion of the first roll and the second
convex portion of the second roll,

wherein a cross-sectional portion of the first convex portion includes a base portion fixed to an the outer peripheral surface
of the first roll, and a top portion opposite the base portion, a width of the top portion being smaller than a width of the
base portion, the top portion being a substantially flat portion, and

wherein a cross-sectional portion of the second convex portion includes a base portion and a top portion opposite the base
portion, a width of the top portion being smaller than a width of the base portion, the top portion being a substantially
flat portion.

US Pat. No. 9,182,725

DRIVE SWITCHING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A drive switching device comprising:
a driving source that is rotationally driven in one direction; and
a switching unit that is linked with the driving source such that a driving force therefrom is intermittently transmittable
to the switching unit, and that switches a transmission direction of the driving force from the driving source between a first
direction and a second direction every time the switching unit is linked with the driving source.

US Pat. No. 9,059,362

LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT ARRAY, OPTICAL WRITING HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A light emitting element comprising:
a semiconductor substrate; and
an island structure formed on the semiconductor substrate,
the island structure including
a light-emitting thyristor including stacked semiconductor layers having a pnpn structure, the pnpn structure having an anode
layer provided on the semiconductor substrate, a n-type gate layer provided on the anode layer, a p-type gate layer provided
on the n-type gate layer, and a cathode layer provided on the p-type gate layer, and

a current confinement structure,
the current confinement structure being provided in the anode layer and including a high-resistance region and a conductive
region, and confining carriers in the conductive region; and

wherein the anode layer comprises a first anode layer and a second anode layer, and the current confinement structure is provided
between the first anode layer and the second anode layer, wherein the current confinement structure is provided directly below
the first anode layer, and wherein the current confinement structure is provided directly above the second anode layer.

US Pat. No. 9,411,264

TONER ADJUSTING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A toner adjusting mechanism, comprising:
a storage section in which a liquid developer collected from a holding member surface is stored, the holding member moving
while holding the liquid developer on the holding member surface;

a supply section that causes the liquid developer which is stored in the storage section to flow at a predetermined flow velocity
to supply the liquid developer to a developer tank;

a circulating section that causes the liquid developer which is discharged from the storage section to flow and circulate
at a flow velocity faster than the flow velocity of the liquid developer which flows in the supply section;

a detecting section that detects a toner concentration of the liquid developer which flows in the circulating section; and
an addition section that adds an adjustment agent which adjusts the toner concentration of the liquid developer to the liquid
developer which is stored in the storage section.

US Pat. No. 9,304,419

ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER, ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPER, TONER CARTRIDGE, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrostatic charge image developing toner comprising toner particles containing:
a binder resin containing a polyester resin;
a release agent containing hydrocarbon-based wax;
styrene(meth)acrylic resin particles; and
an aluminum element,
wherein fluorescent X-ray NET intensity of the aluminum element existing in the toner particles is from 0.1 to 0.3, and 70%
or more of the release agent among the entire release agent exists within 800 nm from the surface of the toner particles.

US Pat. No. 9,304,481

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording medium;
an image reading unit that is provided above the image forming unit so as to read an image of a document;
a frame that accommodates the image forming unit therein, including
a beam portion disposed in a longitudinal direction along a side of the image forming apparatus that supports upward the image
reading unit, and a paper discharge opening provided along a front from a top to a bottom of the image forming unit in a direction
perpendicular to the longitudinal direction; and

a cover that covers at least a portion of the frame, provided with an opening portion of which an upper edge portion is supported
by the beam portion.

US Pat. No. 9,193,828

POLYIMIDE PRECURSOR COMPOSITION, POLYIMIDE-MOLDED PRODUCT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A polyimide precursor composition comprising:
a solvent;
acidic carbon black having a pH of 5.0 or less, and
a polyimide precursor having a repeating unit represented by the following Formula (I),
wherein R1 represents a tetravalent organic group, R2 represents a divalent organic group, each of R3 and R4 independently represents a 1-alkoxyethyl group or hydrogen, wherein at least one of R3 and R4 represents hydrogen and R3 and R4 are not hydrogen at the same time.

US Pat. No. 9,187,278

TRANSPORT DEVICE, TRANSPORT METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A transport device comprising:
a transport unit that is configured to transport a paper sheet;
a cutter unit that is configured to cut the paper sheet;
a controller that, when transport of the paper sheet is to be halted, is configured to control the transport unit so that
the transport unit halts an ideal cut line of the paper sheet corresponding to a specified length of the paper sheet at a
more upstream side in a direction of the transport of the paper sheet when a specified length of the paper sheet is shorter
than a threshold length than when the specified length of the paper sheet is longer than the threshold length; and

an accommodating unit that accommodates curving of the paper sheet occurring downstream of the cutter unit in a paper transport
path in the direction of the transport of the paper sheet,

wherein the controller adjusts a location where the ideal cut line is halted, by modifying an amount of curving occurring
in the paper sheet in the accommodating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,100,239

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, PORTABLE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing system comprising an information processing apparatus and a portable information processing apparatus
that are connected via a network,
wherein the information processing apparatus includes
a first reception unit that receives, from the portable information processing apparatus, client identification information
and a type of document template stored in a storage device within the portable information processing apparatus, and

a first transmission unit that transmits client-related information and a document template to the portable information processing
apparatus if the type of document template corresponding to the client identification information is not stored in the storage
device within the portable information processing apparatus, or transmits the client-related information to the portable information
processing apparatus if the type of document template corresponding to the client identification information is stored in
the storage device within the portable information processing apparatus, and

wherein the portable information processing apparatus includes
an acquisition unit that acquires a current position of the portable information processing apparatus,
a determination unit that determines a first client to be visited and located within a predetermined distance from the current
position acquired by the acquisition unit,

a second transmission unit that transmits, to the information processing apparatus, information for identifying the first
client determined by the determination unit and the type of document template stored in the storage device within the portable
information processing apparatus,

a second reception unit that receives information related to the first client from the information processing apparatus or
the information related to the first client and a document template corresponding to the first client from the information
processing apparatus in accordance with the transmission by the second transmission unit,

a storage unit that stores the document template into the storage device if the document template is received by the second
reception unit,

a creation unit that creates a document based on the document template corresponding to the first client within the storage
device and the information related to the first client received by the second reception unit, and

a deletion unit that deletes the information related to the first client and the created document when the current position
acquired by the acquisition unit is distant from a position of the first client by a predetermined distance or greater or
when a second client to be visited, which is different from the first client, and located within a predetermined distance
from the current position acquired by the acquisition unit is determined.

US Pat. No. 9,083,827

RELAY DEVICE, FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A relay device comprising:
a receiver that receives a plurality of facsimile transmission instructions via a private network from a client device that
does not include facsimile transmitting functions;

a facsimile communication unit that sequentially transmits facsimiles externally via a public network, on the basis of the
plurality of facsimile transmission instructions received by the receiver;

a creator that, in response to satisfaction of a predetermined condition, creates partial communication result information
regarding a transmission status of only the facsimiles which the facsimile communication unit has attempted to transmit from
among the plurality of facsimile instructions, before the facsimile communication unit completes facsimile transmission over
the public network for all of the plurality of facsimile transmission instructions; and

a transmitter that transmits, for each facsimile transmission instruction, the partial communication result information created
by the creator to the client device from which the receiver received facsimile transmission instructions, the communication
result information being transmitted before communication result information of a next facsimile of the sequentially transmitted
plurality of facsimile transmission instructions is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,055,175

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a light source that irradiates an original document that passes through a reading position with light;
a light receiving unit that receives reflected light from the original document;
a background member that is inclined at an angle such that there is: (i) a first difference between a first incident angle
of light incident on the background member from the light source and a first reflection angle of light reflected from the
background member to the light receiving unit when the original document is not present at the reading position, (ii) a second
difference between a second incident angle of light incident on the original document present at the reading position and
a second reflection angle of light reflected to the light receiving unit from the original document present at the reading
position, when the original document at the reading position is interposed between the background member and the light source,
and (iii) the first difference is smaller than the second difference; and

a foreign substance detecting section that detects, when the original document is not present at the reading position, a foreign
substance present at the reading position based on a result obtained by irradiating the background member with light having
a light intensity lower than the intensity of the light for irradiation of the original document.

US Pat. No. 9,389,547

TRANSFER-AND-TRANSPORT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A transfer-and-transport device comprising:
a substantially annular belt that rotates in such a manner as to transport a recording medium received by an outer peripheral
surface of the belt, the belt releasing the recording medium from the outer peripheral surface after transporting the recording
medium, the belt being stretchable in a direction of rotation of the belt;

a transfer roller that is rotatably provided such that the outer peripheral surface of the belt is pressed against a photoconductor,
the photoconductor being driven to rotate while carrying a toner image to be transferred to the recording medium;

a plurality of supporting rollers that support the belt at respective positions avoiding the transfer roller and such that
the belt is rotatable in a tensed state; and

a substantially plate-like cleaning member that cleans the outer peripheral surface of the belt with one end of the cleaning
member being in contact with the outer peripheral surface of the belt,

wherein one of the plurality of supporting rollers serves as a driving roller provided at a position, in the direction of
rotation of the belt, on an upstream side with respect to the transfer roller and on a side where the recording medium starts
to be received by the belt,

wherein another one of the plurality of supporting rollers serves as a releasing-side roller provided at a position, in the
direction of rotation of the belt, on a downstream side with respect to the transfer roller and on a side where the recording
medium is released from the belt, and

wherein the cleaning member is in contact with the belt at a position in an area extending from, in the direction of rotation
of the belt, a midpoint of a portion of the belt that is wrapped around the driving roller toward the upstream side up to
a midpoint of a portion of the belt that is wrapped around the releasing-side roller,

wherein the cleaning member is in contact with the belt at a position in an area extending from, in the direction of rotation
of the belt, the midpoint of the portion of the belt that is wrapped around the releasing-side roller to a downstream end
point of the portion.

US Pat. No. 9,354,559

CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A cleaning blade of which a contact portion brought into contact with at least a member to be cleaned is formed of a polyurethane
member that includes a polyurethane material containing a hard segment and a soft segment and has a ratio of an area occupied
by a hard segment aggregate having a diameter of 0.3 ?m to 0.7 ?m in a cross section being in a range of 2% to 10%.

US Pat. No. 9,352,553

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PRINTED MATTER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a positioning unit that positions a print object;
a printing unit that prints a predetermined print image on the print object after elapse of a predetermined standby time since
the print object is positioned by the positioning unit; and

a controller that adjusts the standby time depending on quality of the print image printed on the print object by the printing
unit, and controls the printing unit so as to print the print image on a subsequent print object after the elapse of the adjusted
standby time.

US Pat. No. 9,323,175

BRILLIANT TONER, ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPER, AND TONER CARTRIDGE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A brilliant toner comprising:
a binder resin; and
a metallic pigment that contains metallic Al,
wherein a Fe content in the brilliant toner is from 0.001% by weight to 2% by weight with respect to a total weight of the
brilliant toner,

wherein a Fe content in a surface of the brilliant toner that is measured by an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) is
from 0.0005% by weight to 2% by weight, and

wherein the Fe content by weight in the surface of the brilliant toner is less than the Fe content in the brilliant toner.

US Pat. No. 9,280,079

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A charging member, comprising:
a conductive base material; and
a conductive outermost layer provided on the conductive base material,
wherein the conductive outermost layer has a ten-point average surface roughness Rz of 2 ?m to 20 ?m and contains a resin
and particles in which particles having a particle diameter of 5.0 ?m or more and a circularity of 0.8 or less are 30% by
number or less with respect to the total number of particles having a particle diameter of 5.0 ?m or more, and particles having
a particle diameter of less than 5.0 ?m and a circularity of 0.8 or less are from 20% by number to 80% by number with respect
to the total number of particles having a particle diameter of less than 5.0 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,280,946

DRIVING DEVICE OF DISPLAY MEDIUM, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A driving device of a display medium, comprising:
an applying unit that applies a gray level adjusting voltage including unit pulses in accordance with a gray level of a pixel
to the pixel of a display medium in which plural types of particle group are encapsulated, the plural types of particle groups
having:

different colors,
different movement times when the particle groups move from one of a pair of substrates to the other substrate, and when an
intensity of an electric field is fixed, and

different threshold values at which the particle groups begin to move between the pair of substrates depending on the electric
field formed between the pair of substrates in which at least one of the substrates is translucent; and

a control unit that controls the applying unit so that the number of unit pulses of the gray level adjusting voltage which
is applied at the movement time of each of the plural types of particle groups is equal to the number of unit pulses of the
gray level adjusting voltage which is applied at the movement time of a particle group having the highest threshold value
among the plural types of particle groups.

US Pat. No. 9,262,109

PRINT INSTRUCTION APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A print instruction apparatus comprising:
a designation storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of designation information, each designating a print
condition not specifying any printer;

a combination storing unit configured to store a combination of any of the plurality of pieces of designation information;
a group storing unit configured to store a group of print settings which realize, in each of a plurality of printers, designation
indicated by each of the plurality of pieces of designation information stored in the designation storing unit, for each of
the plurality of printers; and

at least one processor configured to implement a constraint deriving unit configured to derive a constraint relationship common
to the plurality of printers, on the basis of the combination and the group,

wherein the constraint relationship is a combination of print settings that cannot be specified simultaneously in any of the
plurality of printers.

US Pat. No. 9,262,400

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING MULTILINGUAL DOCUMENTS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

4. A non-transitory computer readable medium storing a program causing a computer to execute a process for classifying multilingual
documents, the process comprising:
extracting, concerning first document information including a plurality of supervised texts of a first language, a word sense
associated with a word included in each of the plurality of supervised texts in the first document information from predetermined
word-sense information;

setting an extracted word sense to be a teacher signal for each of the plurality of supervised texts included in the first
document information;

creating a first topic model by executing supervised topic modeling on the first document information by using the set teacher
signal for each of the plurality of supervised texts included in the first document information;

estimating a topic of each of the plurality of supervised texts included in the first document information by using the created
first topic model; and

generating a learning model by executing supervised machine learning by using, as a feature, the estimated topic of each of
the plurality of supervised texts included in the first document information and by using, as a category, the teacher signal
for each of the plurality of supervised texts in the first document information.

US Pat. No. 9,219,349

SURFACE EMITTING SEMICONDUCTOR LASER, SURFACE EMITTING SEMICONDUCTOR LASER DEVICE, OPTICAL TRANSMISSION DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A surface emitting semiconductor laser comprising:
a substrate;
a first semiconductor multilayer reflector formed on the substrate, and including laminated pairs of a high refractive index
layer having a relatively high refractive index and a low refractive index layer having a relatively low refractive index;

an active region formed on or above the first semiconductor multilayer reflector;
a second semiconductor multilayer reflector formed on or above the active region, and including laminated pairs of a high
refractive index layer having a relatively high refractive index and a low refractive index layer having a relatively low
refractive index; and

a cavity extending region formed between the first semiconductor multilayer reflector and the active region or between the
second semiconductor multilayer reflector and the active region, having an optical film thickness greater than an oscillation
wavelength, extending a cavity length, and including a conductive semiconductor material,

wherein the cavity extending region includes an optical loss causing layer at the position of at least one node of a standing
wave of a selected longitudinal mode, and

wherein the semiconductor material forming the cavity extending region has a composition in which a semiconductor material
forming the optical loss causing layer and a semiconductor material forming a layer other than the optical loss causing layer
are equal in composition.

US Pat. No. 9,114,638

DROPLETS DRYING DEVICE, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR DROPLETS DRYING, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd., To...

1. A droplets drying device comprising:
an illuminating unit that applies infrared laser light to droplets that have been ejected onto a recording medium by an ejecting
unit that ejects droplets in accordance with an image to be formed; and

a control unit that control at least one of timing, a position or positions, and an amount or amounts of application of infrared
laser light to the droplets by the illuminating unit in accordance with an attribute that influences image quality of an image
formed;

wherein the control unit controls a time to a start of illumination from the ejecting of the droplets onto the recording medium
by the ejecting unit to a start of the application of infrared laser light to the droplets on the recording medium by the
illuminating unit on the basis of at least one of a type of the recording medium, a printing speed of the image, and a distance
from the ejecting unit to the illuminating unit in a conveying direction of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,104,994

ORGANIZATION ATTRIBUTE ESTIMATION DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND ORGANIZATION ATTRIBUTE ESTIMATION METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An organization attribute estimation device comprising:
a hardware processor configured to perform functions comprising:
acquiring software information indicating, for each information processing apparatus used in a certain department of an organization,
at least one software program used in the information processing apparatus;

determining an estimated department type of the certain department;
calculating an estimated number of persons of the certain department using a number of information processing apparatuses
used in the certain department and statistical information regarding a number of information processing apparatuses used by
each person in a department of the estimated department type, the statistical information being stored in a memory in correlation
with the estimated department type;

acquiring, for each information processing apparatus used in the certain department of the organization, information indicating
a continuous operating time of the information processing apparatus; and

using the acquired information indicating the continuous operating time of the information processing apparatus to determine
a non-working day for the certain department of the organization.

US Pat. No. 9,081,351

SUPPORTING MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A supporting mechanism comprising:
a bearing support portion that supports a bearing and is open so that the bearing is removed in a first direction that crosses
a rotating shaft that is supported by the bearing;

a ground electrode that makes contact with the rotating shaft to connect to the ground when the bearing is inserted in the
bearing support portion; and

a contact member including a bearing contact portion that makes contact with an outer circumferential surface of the bearing
and an electrode contacting portion that makes contact with the ground electrode, wherein

the bearing contact portion makes contact with the outer circumferential surface of the bearing so as to restrict the movement
of the bearing in the first direction when the bearing is inserted in the bearing support portion and the contact member is
positioned at a first position, and is separated from the bearing so as not to restrict the movement of the bearing in the
first direction when the contact member is moved from the first position in a second direction that crosses the rotating shaft,
and

the electrode contacting portion makes contact with and guides the ground electrode so that the ground electrode and the contact
member do not interrupt each other in accordance with the movement of the contact member in a direction opposite to the second
direction when the bearing is removed from the bearing support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,069,313

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A HUMAN USING A HUMAN DETECTING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a forming section that forms an image on a recording medium;
a reading device that is disposed above the forming section;
a connecting section that is disposed at one of two opposing lateral sides of the image forming apparatus, the connecting
section connecting the forming section and the reading device;

an operating section that is disposed in front of the reading device; and
a sensor configured to detect a human,
wherein the sensor is configured to detect a detection range, the detection range including a first range in front of the
forming section, but excluding a second range in front of the forming section, the second range being directly adjacent to
a vertical midline of a front side of the forming section,

wherein an optical axis of light of the sensor is horizontally inclined at a predetermined angle from the vertical midline,
and

wherein the optical axis of light of the sensor is perpendicular to the vertical midline.

US Pat. No. 9,285,896

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit that obtains position information and time information, the position information indicating a position at
which a writing action has been performed and which is specified in accordance with code information formed on a medium to
which an operation result for operation items is input by the writing action, the time information indicating a time at which
the writing action was performed;

a specifying unit that specifies, in accordance with the position information, an operation item for which the writing action
has been performed;

a calculating unit that calculates, in accordance with the time information, an operation time taken to perform an operation
of the operation item for which the writing action has been performed; and

an evaluating unit that detects an operation item in which a time difference between the operation time calculated by the
calculating unit and a predetermined standard operation time taken to perform the operation of the operation item for which
the writing action has been performed is longer than or equal to a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,244,392

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ORIENTED FLAKE SHAPE TONER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a latent image forming unit that forms a latent image on a photoreceptor;
a developing unit that accommodates a developer containing flake shape toner particles and develops the latent image using
the developer to form a toner image on a surface of the photoreceptor;

a transfer unit that transfers the toner image formed on the surface of the photoreceptor onto a recording medium;
a bias applying unit that applies a bias voltage to the toner image transferred onto the recording medium such that major
axis directions of the flake shape toner particles face substantially the same direction and such that the flake shape toner
particles lie along a surface of the recording medium,

wherein the bias generating unit generates an electric field having a direction substantially parallel to a transferring direction
of the recording medium; and

a fixing unit that fixes the toner image to which the bias voltage is applied,
wherein the flake shape toner particles have an average major axis length of from 7 ?m to 20 ?m and an average thickness of
from 1 ?m to 3 ?m and contain a flake shape metallic pigment, and

wherein the metallic pigment has an average major axis length of from 5 ?m to 12 ?m and an average thickness of from 0.01
?m to 0.5 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,239,555

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SHEET HEATING ELEMENT, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A method for manufacturing a sheet heating element comprising:
preparing a sheet member containing a metal or alloy; and
performing anodic oxidizing treatment on the sheet member until only an outer surface layer of the sheet member is oxidized
while an inner portion of the sheet member is not oxidized, wherein

the sheet member contains a chrome nickel alloy or stainless steel.

US Pat. No. 9,188,532

INSPECTION APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An inspection apparatus that inspects an inspection object, the apparatus comprising:
a light emitting device that emits a light beam;
a first lens disposed such that an optical axis of the first lens extends in one direction, the first lens changing divergence
of the light beam that has been emitted from the light emitting device and passes through the first lens;

a second lens disposed such that an optical axis of the second lens extends in the one direction, the light beam that has
exited the first lens and passes through the second lens being condensed on the inspection object by the second lens;

a light receiving device disposed between the first lens and the second lens, the light receiving device receiving at least
part of the light beam that has exited the second lens, been reflected by the inspection object, and passed through the second
lens; and

an inspection device that detects a reflection characteristic of at least part of the inspection object in accordance with
a result of light reception performed by the light receiving device.

US Pat. No. 9,164,427

POWDER ACCOMMODATION CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A powder accommodation container comprising:
an accommodation container body that accommodates powder;
a transport member that is arranged in an inside of the accommodation container body, rotates about a rotating shaft, and
transports powder in the inside of the accommodation container body; and

a discharge port that is provided on the accommodation container body and discharges the powder accommodated in the accommodation
container body to an outside of the accommodation container body,

wherein the transport member at a position corresponding to the discharge port includes a first transport piece transporting
the powder toward the discharge port, and a second transport piece arranged on a downstream side in a rotating direction of
the rotating shaft than the first transport piece,

the second transport piece has a length that is in non-contact with the inner surface at an immediate downstream of the discharge
port in the rotating direction, and

the first transport piece becomes in contact with the inner surface at an immediate upstream of the discharge port in the
rotating direction in a state where the second transport piece is in non-contact with the inner surface at the immediate downstream
of the discharge port in the rotating direction,

wherein a width of the second transport piece in an axial direction of the rotating shaft is larger than a width of the discharge
port in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,158,226

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPING CARRIER SET, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE SET

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit that includes a first image holding member and a first developing unit that develops an electrostatic
charge image formed on a surface of the first image holding member; and

a second image forming unit that includes a second image holding member and a second developing unit that develops an electrostatic
charge image formed on a surface of the second image holding member,

wherein the first image forming unit is arranged on a downstream side of the second image forming unit in a traveling direction
of a transfer medium,

the first developing unit contains a first developer containing a first toner and a first carrier,
the second developing unit contains a second developer containing a second toner and a second carrier,
wherein a ratio of a resistance value of the first carrier to a resistance value of the second carrier is within a range of
from 4.0×10?5 to 9.7×10?1.

US Pat. No. 9,097,823

LENS ARRAY, AND LENS ARRAY MANUFACTURING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A lens array comprising:
a plate-shaped light-absorbing material that is provided with a plurality of holes separated from each other; and
a lens formed of a polymer in each of the holes,
wherein the holes are provided in a staggered configuration, and
wherein a side surface of each of the holes in the plate-shaped light-absorbing material is subjected to a liquid-repellent
treatment, and

wherein the polymer has a vertical convex shape on the side surface of each respective hole, thereby allowing for a curvature
of the lens or a length of the lens to be adjusted by an amount of liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,003,572

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD, Min...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a plurality of network interfaces including:
a first network interface configured to connect the apparatus to a network, and
a second network interface configured to wirelessly connect another device to the apparatus;
a specifying unit configured to determine a first network address of a first subnet by transmitting data from the first network interface and receiving a response from the first subnet, the response indicating the first network address;
a setting unit configured to assign, in response to determining the first network address, a second network address of a second subnet, different from the first subnet, to the second network interface; and
an assigning unit configured to assign a third network address, of the second subnet, to the other device, wherein:
the first network address, the second network address and the third network address are different than each other,
the first subnet and the second subnet extend from the first network interface, and
the specifying unit is further configured to specify a subnet from among a plurality of subnets, including the first subnet and the second subnet, in response to a distance from the first network interface to the subnet being shorter than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,629,234

WIRING MEMBER FOR SHIELDING NOISE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING, METHOD OF DESIGNING, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREOF

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A wiring member comprising:
a wiring substrate that includes a plurality of wirings including a ground line, and a first insulating layer that covers
the plurality of wirings and has an opening portion exposing at least a portion of the ground line;

a first conductive sheet in which a second insulating layer is provided on one surface side of the first conductive sheet
and a conductive bonding layer is provided on the other surface side of the first conductive sheet, in which the conductive
bonding layer is disposed, toward the wiring substrate, on the first insulating layer, and in which the conductive bonding
layer is electrically connected to the ground line through the opening portion;

a second conductive sheet that includes first and second connection portions capable of being electrically connected to another
member, the first connection portion being disposed between a portion of the first conductive sheet and the wiring substrate
so as to be electrically connected to the conductive bonding layer of the first conductive sheet; and

a shielding member that is disposed on the wiring substrate, the first conductive sheet, and the second conductive sheet and
is electrically connected to the second connection portion of the second conductive sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,509,779

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of communication interfaces connected to a plurality of independent communication networks,
wherein one of the communication interfaces is configured to receive data from a terminal connected to one of the communication
networks and to transmit data to the terminal using positional information that indicates a position of the terminal on the
one of the communication networks;

a storing unit configured to, in response to data being received from the terminal, store correlation information including
correlation between first user information indicating a user of the terminal sending the data and the one of the communication
interfaces that is used to receive the data;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire second user information inputted at a user interface of the information processing
apparatus,

wherein the second user information indicates a user that commands transmission of data to the terminal; and
a selection unit configured to select one of the communication interfaces for the commanded transmission of data to the terminal
in response to the stored correlation information corresponding to the second user information,

wherein the selection unit is configured to, in response to use histories of the user for the communication interfaces being
stored in the storing unit, allow the user to select one of the communication interfaces for the commanded transmission of
data.

US Pat. No. 9,438,750

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a transport path along which a medium having an image recorded thereon is transported;
a light source member that radiates light onto the medium passing a predetermined read position in the transport path;
a reading member that receives light from the read position and reads the image on the medium, the received light being the
light from the light source member;

a detecting member that is disposed in the transport path and that detects the medium; and
a notifying member that notifies a user that the medium is jammed based on a detection result of the detecting member,
wherein the light source member is turned on when the medium is jammed based on the detection result of the detecting member.
US Pat. No. 9,285,700

LIQUID DEVELOPER, PARTICLES FOR LIQUID DEVELOPER, AND LIQUID DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATION CONTAINER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A liquid developer comprising:
a carrier liquid having silicone oil; and
toner particles including a polyester resin and having a value of ammonium ions contained therein measured by underwater extraction
in a range of 0.005 ppm to 1 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,201,350

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INITIALIZATION MECHANISM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image holding members that have toner images formed on respective surfaces thereof and hold the toner images;
image forming sections that form the toner images on the plurality of image holding members, respectively;
a belt member that has an endless belt shape and moves along a circulation path that goes past the plurality of image holding
members, respectively;

a plurality of transfer members each of which nips the belt member between the transfer member and a corresponding image holding
member among the plurality of image holding members and transfers the toner image on the image holding member onto the belt
member;

a moving mechanism that individually moves the plurality of transfer members between a first position where the belt member
is nipped between the transfer member and the image holding member and a second position where the nipping of the belt member
is released;

a plurality of rod-shaped rotating members around which the belt member is stretched and rotated;
an adjusting member that adjusts a position of the belt member in a direction intersecting a movement direction of the belt
member as the inclination of the adjusting member changes with respect to other rotating members included in the plurality
of rotating members;

an initializing mechanism that performs an initialization processing of returning the inclination of the adjusting member
to an initial state; and

a controller that starts the initialization processing by the initializing mechanism after the movement of the transfer member
by the moving mechanism is completed when the initializing mechanism performs the initialization processing and the moving
mechanism moves a first transfer member from the second position to the first position, wherein the first transfer member
is located forward, in the movement direction of the belt member, of another transfer member that is already present in the
first position.

US Pat. No. 9,187,502

SILICA PARTICLES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. Silica particles for an external additive of a toner, the silica particles comprising:
the primary particles having:
an average particle diameter in a range of from about 130 nm to about 430 nm,
a particle size distribution index in a range of from about 1.52 to about 1.75, where the particle distribution index means
a square root of a value obtained by dividing a 84% diameter with a 16% diameter with respect to a cumulative frequency of
circle-equivalent diameters, and

an average roundness in a range of from about 0.5 to about 0.85,
wherein:
about 95% or more, by number of particles, of the primary particles satisfy the following Formula (1) with respect to a roundness
(R) and a particle diameter (D) (nm):

R=?×D/1000+?  Formula (1)

(?1.9????0.9, 0.82???1.11),
the average roundness is a 50% cumulative frequency of a roundness of 100 primary particles as obtained by image analysis
using the following Formula (2):

R=4?×(A/I2)  Formula (2)

where R represents the roundness of a primary particle in an image, I represents a perimeter of the primary particle in the
image, and A represents a projected area of the primary particle in the image, and

a surface of the silica particles is hydrophobized with an organosilicon compound comprising a trimethylsilyl group, the organosilicon
compound being at least one selected from the group consisting of a silazane compound and a silane compound.

US Pat. No. 9,116,486

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A control device comprising:
an acquiring unit that acquires code image data expressing a code image having dots that form a dot pattern such that information
is embedded;

a generating unit that extracts the dots from the code image expressed by the acquired code image data, and generates patch
image data expressing a plurality of patch images in which the extracted dots are orderly arranged in different densities;

an image-formation control unit that controls an image forming unit to form the plurality of patch images on the basis of
the generated patch image data in accordance with a preset image forming condition by using an invisible toner that absorbs
infrared light or ultraviolet light;

a measuring unit that measures densities of the plurality of patch images formed by the image forming unit; and
a changing unit that changes the image forming condition in response to at least one of the measured densities being outside
of a density range that is set in accordance with a density of the corresponding dots based on a correspondence relationship
between the measured densities and densities of the dots in the plurality of patch images, so that all of the measured densities
are set within corresponding density ranges set in accordance with the densities of the corresponding dots.

US Pat. No. 9,521,290

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM FOR DETECTING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IMAGES

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one hardware processor configured to implement:
a difference detector that detects a difference between two images according to a set detection condition;
a receiving part that receives the two images as comparison targets and a target difference image that is desirable in difference
detection of the two images; and

a setting part that selects a detection condition from a plurality of predetermined detection conditions and sets the selected
detection condition in the difference detector, the selected detection condition causing a difference image that is acquired
by the difference detector from the two images received by the receiving part to be closer to the target difference image,

wherein the setting part selects, from the predetermined detection conditions, a detection condition that reduces a difference
between a number of pixels in a difference region in the target difference image and a number of pixels in a difference region
in the difference image detected by the difference detector and sets the selected detection condition in the difference detector.

US Pat. No. 9,355,236

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BIOMETRIC USER AUTHENTICATION USING 3D IN-AIR HAND GESTURES

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A method of authenticating users, comprising:
at a computing device with a depth sensor, one or more processors, and memory storing one or more programs for execution by
the one or more processors:

recording a plurality of 3D gesture samples from a first user, wherein the gesture samples correspond to a gesture selected
by the first user and wherein each respective recorded gesture sample includes a respective temporal sequence of locations
for a plurality of specified body parts;

computing an average gesture T from the gesture samples;
selecting an error tolerance ? corresponding to T, including computing a spread of the gesture samples, and when the spread
is greater than a predefined maximum spread value, recording additional gesture samples and recomputing the average gesture
T using the additional gesture samples;

storing the average gesture T and the error tolerance ? as a gesture template for the first user;
capturing a 3D gesture from a user for authentication, wherein the captured 3D gesture includes a temporal sequence of locations
for the plurality of body parts;

computing a distance d between the captured 3D gesture and the average gesture T;
when the distance d is less than or equal to ?, authenticating the user as the first user, thereby granting the user access
to a secured feature on the computing device; and

when the distance d is greater than ?, not authenticating the user.

US Pat. No. 9,354,558

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image holding member;
a charging unit that charges a surface of the image holding member;
an electrostatic charge image forming unit that forms an electrostatic charge image on a charged surface of the image holding
member;

a developing unit that stores a developer containing a toner and develops the electrostatic charge image formed on the surface
of the image holding member so as to form a toner image;

an intermediate transfer member onto a surface of which the toner image is transferred;
a primary transfer unit that primarily transfers the toner image formed on the surface of the image holding member onto the
surface of the intermediate transfer member;

a secondary transfer unit that secondarily transfers the toner image transferred onto the surface of the intermediate transfer
member onto a surface of a recording medium; and

a guide unit that is provided on an upstream side of the primary transfer unit in a rotation direction of the intermediate
transfer member, and guides at least one of the image holding member and the intermediate transfer member to a primary transfer
position by the primary transfer unit so as to cause a portion of the surface of the image holding member and a portion of
the surface of the intermediate transfer member to follow each other,

wherein the toner contains a binder resin, a colorant, and a release agent and has a sea and island structure of a sea portion
containing the binder resin and an island portion containing the release agent,

a maximum frequent value in distribution of the following eccentricity B of the island portion containing the release agent
is in a range of from 0.75 to 0.95, and

a skewness in the distribution of the following eccentricity B is in a range of from ?1.10 to ?0.50, the eccentricity B being
represented by the following expression (1):

Eccentricity B=2d/D  (1)

wherein D indicates an equivalent circle diameter (?m) of the toner in an observation of a cross-section of the toner, and
d indicates a distance (?m) from a centroid of the toner to a centroid of the island portion containing the release agent
in the observation of a cross-section of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,302,880

SHEET FOLDING DEVICE, POST-PROCESSING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

7. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming unit that forms an image on a sheet;
a folding roll that has a convex portion spirally provided on an outer peripheral surface and is rotatably provided, and performs
a folding process while pressing the convex portion on the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming unit; and

a phase change unit that changes from a first phase of the folding roll during which the sheet on which the folding process
is performed by the folding roll passes through the folding roll a first time to a second phase during which the sheet passes
through the folding roll for a second time, such that a first pressed position on the sheet by the convex portion in the first
phase is different from a second pressed position on the sheet by the convex portion in the second phase;

a transport portion that transports the sheet to the folding roll the second time after the sheet on which the folding process
is performed by the folding roll is pulled back to an upstream side from the folding roll in a transporting direction; and

a drive portion that supplies a driving force of the folding roll and the transport portion,
wherein the transport portion rotates in one direction while receiving drive by the drive portion and rotates in a direction
opposite to the one direction while receiving the drive by the drive portion after pulling back the sheet on which the folding
process is performed by the folding roll on the upstream side in the transporting direction, and transports the sheet to the
folding roll, and

wherein the phase change unit does not transmit the drive from the drive portion to the folding roll when the drive portion
rotates the transport portion in the one direction, and transmits the drive from the drive portion to the folding roll when
the drive portion rotates the transport portion in the opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 9,304,451

HEATING TRANSPORT DEVICE, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device, comprising:
a heating transport device including:
(i) a heating transport roll around which a recording medium to which a toner image is transferred is wound, and that transports
the recording medium while heating the toner image to a temperature higher than or equal to a melting temperature of toner;
and

(ii) a cooling roll that forms a nip with the heating transport roll, transports the recording medium, and cools the recording
medium such that the temperature of the recording medium is lower than or equal to a heat deformation temperature of the recording
medium at a position at which the recording medium separates from the heating transport roll; and

a fixing roll that fixes the toner image to the recording medium on an upstream side of the nip of the recording medium in
a state of the recording medium being wound around the heating transport roll of the heating transport device.

US Pat. No. 9,300,821

SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS, SERVICE PROVIDING SYSTEM, SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR NOTIFYING AN ADDED APPLICATION OF A DETECTED STATE OF A RESOURCE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A service providing apparatus comprising:
a detection section that detects states of a plurality of resources of the service providing apparatus, the plurality of resources
being resources to be used for providing a service;

an acquisition section that, when an application program which is to perform a service process is added to the service providing
apparatus and during a registration process for the application program prior to an executing of the application program,
acquires resource information indicating a resource which is necessary for the added application program to perform the service
process;

a memory that stores, in association with the added application program, the acquired resource information and information
of the service process so as to associate the resource information and the information of the service process with the added
application program; and

a notification section that, when the added application program is executed, specifies a resource which is associated with
the added application program based on the resource information stored in the memory, determines whether it is necessary to
notify the added application of the state of the specified resource, and, in a case where it is determined that it is necessary
to notify the added application of the state of the specified resource, notifies the added application program of information
indicating the detected state of the specified resource among the detected states of the plurality of resources.

US Pat. No. 9,244,864

INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENCRYPTED INFORMATION

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information providing system comprising a first apparatus and a second apparatus, the first apparatus including:
(A) a first memory configured to store an i-th shared random number Ri and shared information for updating the shared random number Ri to an (i+1)-th shared random number Ri+1, which are shared by the first apparatus and the second apparatus, wherin i represents an integer granter than or equal to
1; and

at least one first processor which implements:
(B) a providing unit configured to provide encrypted information e(Ki, Fi) and an encrypted key Yi to the second apparatus, the encrypted information e(Ki, Fi) obtained by encrypting provision target information Fi, which is to be provided in the i-th place to the second apparatus from the first apparatus, with an encryption key corresponding
to the provision target information Fi, and the encrypted key Yi obtained by encrypting a decryption key Ki corresponding to the encryption key with the shared random number Ri; and

(C) a shared random number updating unit configured to update the shared random number Ri stored in the first memory to the (i+1)-th shared random number Ri+1 in accordance with the shared information after the encrypted key Yi is obtained by encrypting the decryption key Ki with the shared random number Ri, to thereby generate the (i+1)-th shared random number Ri+1, and

the second apparatus including:
(a) a second memory configured to store the shared random number Ri and the shared information; and

at least one second processor which implements:
(b) an encrypted information acquiring unit configured to acquire the encrypted information e(Ki, Fi) and the encrypted key Yi corresponding to the i-th provision target information Fi, which are provided from the first apparatus;

(c) an encrypted key decrypting unit configured to decrypt the encrypted key Yi acquired by the encrypted information acquiring unit with the shared random number Ri to thereby calculate the decryption key Ki, and updates the shared random number Ri stored in the second memory to the (i+1)-th shared random number Ri+1 in accordance with the shared information after the use of the shared random number Ri to calculate the decryption key Ki, to thereby generate the (i+1)-th shared random number Ri+1, and

(d) an information decrypting unit configured to decrypt the encrypted information e(Ki, Fi) into the provision target information Fi with the calculated decryption key Ki,

wherein the encrypted key Yi provided to the second apparatus by the providing unit of the first apparatus is obtained by doubly encrypting the decryption
key Ki corresponding to the encryption key with the shared random number Ri and a first key encryption key ri,1 for the provision target information Fi.

US Pat. No. 9,182,689

ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER, ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPER, TONER CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrostatic image developing toner comprising:
a binder resin; and
a copper phthalocyanie pigment having a complementary relationship with a color hue of the binder resin, the pigment being
contained in an amount of from 15 ppm to 20 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,164,451

FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing member that fixes toner onto a recording material;
a pressurizing member that forms a nip portion, through which and the recording material passes between the fixing member
and the pressurizing member;

a moving member that is disposed to be movable in response to passage of the recording material in a transport path of the
recording material which passes through the nip portion;

a detection unit that detects a presence or absence of the moving member;
a displacement mechanism that changes a position of the pressurizing member with respect to the fixing member;
a housing supporting the displacement mechanism and the moving member; and
an attachment/detachment member that is disposed in a detachable manner at a position to contact the displacement mechanism,
the housing and the moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,164,457

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming device comprising:
an image forming device;
a terminal device configured to be connected to the image forming device via a communication circuit, the terminal device
being configured to request processing for which restart of the image forming device is required;

a service process provision device configured to be connected to the image forming device via the communication circuit, the
service process provision device being configured to provide a service process relating to image processing to the image forming
device, wherein

the image forming device includes:
a transmit unit configured to transmit a request to execute the service process and data relating to use of the service process
to the service process provision server, the data including at least one of billing data and personal data;

a restart unit configured to cause the image forming device to restart in response to the terminal device requesting the processing
for which a restart of the image forming device is required; and

a deletion unit configured to, in response to the terminal device requesting the processing for which the restart is required
when the service process relating to image processing is being provided by the service process provision device, transmit
a request to clear the data to the service process provision server before the image forming device is restarted in order
to prevent the data from being transmitted by the communications circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,131,147

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND ACTING ON MULTIPLE PEOPLE CROWDING A SMALL DISPLAY FOR INFORMATION SHARING

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A mobile device, comprising:
at least one hardware processor;
a camera; and
a display configured to display content,
wherein the at least one hardware processor is configured to execute:
a crowd detection software processor configured to perform image analysis on images received by the camera and estimate, based
on the image analysis performed on the images received by the camera, a number of people viewing the content displayed on
the display of the mobile device;

a device detection software processor that, in response to the number of people estimated by the crowd detection processor
exceeding a threshold, is configured to detect at least one available device in proximity to the mobile device that is capable
of receiving the content displayed on the display of the mobile device; and

a transmitter configured to transmit the content that is displayed on the display of the mobile device to one of the at least
one available device.

US Pat. No. 9,454,104

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developing sleeve that
includes a magnetism generating portion therein, a plurality of magnetic poles being attached to the magnetism generating
portion in a circumferential direction,

holds a developer on an outer circumferential surface thereof, the developer containing a toner and magnetic carriers having
a volume average diameter equal to or greater than 25 ?m and equal to or less than 35 ?m, and

is rotatably driven; and
a regulation portion that is disposed at a distance from the outer circumferential surface of the developing sleeve and that
includes a magnetic plate,

wherein a first segment connecting a peak position of the magnetic pole disposed at a position where the magnetic pole faces
the magnetic plate and an axial center of the developing sleeve has an angle, with respect to a second segment connecting
the magnetic plate and the axial center, equal to or less than 7 degrees on a downstream side in a rotation direction of the
developing sleeve and equal to or less than 6 degrees on an upstream side in the rotation direction of the developing sleep,
and

wherein an angle of a half value width of the magnetic pole is equal to or greater than 41 degrees to equal to or less than
52 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,389,529

BRILLIANT TONER AND ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A brilliant toner comprising:
a brilliant pigment comprising:
a metal pigment,
a first coating layer that coats a surface of the metal pigment and includes at least one metal oxide selected from the group
consisting of silica, alumina, and titania, and

a second coating layer that coats a surface of the first coating layer and includes a resin;
an azo yellow pigment; and
a magenta pigment,
wherein when a solid image in which a toner applied amount is 4.0 g/m2 is formed, color saturation of the image is 25 to 55, a hue angle is 65° to 95°, and lightness is 50 to 80, and

an elemental ratio Mb/Ma between a metal Ma in the metal pigment and a metal Mb in the first coating layer is from 0.08 to
0.20.

US Pat. No. 9,372,452

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a light source that emits laser light;
a condensing member including a lens having a first surface from which the laser light enters and a second surface from which
the laser light emerges, the lens condensing the laser light that has entered from the first surface and emitting the laser
light from the second surface; and

a roller provided in contact with the condensing member and that transports a recording medium advanced into a position between
the roller and the condensing member,

wherein a portion of the second surface is made of a material that blocks the laser light, and
wherein, in a section perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the roller, a plane of contact between the roller and the condensing
member includes at least a part of the portion made of the material that blocks the laser light.

US Pat. No. 9,298,403

JOB EXECUTION APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM AND JOB EXECUTION SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A job execution apparatus, comprising:
a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-readable instructions, which when executed cause the processor to control:
a job reception portion configured to receive each job;
a predicted processing time calculation portion configured to calculate an index value representing a load needed to execute
each of a pre-processing sub-job and a post-processing sub-job when each of n jobs is decomposed into a pre-processing sub
job for generating information, wherein n is a natural number greater than or equal to 2, and a post-processing sub-job for
causing an output unit to output information generated by executing the pre-processing sub-job;

a an image processing execution portion configured to sequentially execute pre-processing sub-jobs which are respectively
included in jobs received by the job reception portion and which are registered in a pre-processing sub-job queue;

a print processing execution portion configured to sequentially execute, upon completion of the pre-processing sub-jobs, post-processing
sub-jobs which are respectively included in the received jobs and which are registered in a post-processing sub-job queue;
and

a control portion configured to refer to the index values which are calculated by the predicted processing time calculation
portion and which are respectively correspond to the pre-processing sub-job and the post-processing sub-job of each of the
received jobs, to thereby rearrange i-th or later jobs registered in the pre-processing sub-job queue in an ascending order
of an absolute value of a difference between the index value corresponding to the post-processing sub-job of the i-th job,
wherein i is greater than or equal to 1 and less than n, and the index value corresponding to the pre-processing sub-job of
each of the i-th and later jobs.

US Pat. No. 9,299,003

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a characteristic information acquisition unit that acquires characteristic information indicating a characteristic relating
to at least any one of distribution of a specific brightness region and a size of a dark and flat region in a luminance image;

an enhancement degree information generation unit that generates enhancement degree information indicating a degree of enhancement
of a specific component that affects image quality of the luminance image, based on the characteristic information; and

a luminance reproduction image generation unit that generates a luminance reproduction image obtained by reproducing the specific
component of the luminance image so as to be enhanced to a degree of enhancement indicated by the enhancement degree information.

US Pat. No. 9,286,480

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing device comprising:
a processing-type receiving unit that receives a request for a type of first processing of data;
a data receiving unit that receives post-processing data, the post-processing data being data on which the type of the first
processing has been executed; and

a data processing unit that determines a data confidentiality level indicating a degree of confidentiality of the post-processing
data, on a basis of a type of the post-processing data and a content of the post-processing data, and executes second processing
according to the data confidentiality level with respect to the post-processing data,

wherein the type of the post-processing data is determined on a basis of the type of the first processing.

US Pat. No. 9,282,205

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first controller;
a second controller that is controlled by the first controller;
a device that is controlled by the second controller; and
a storage area,
wherein the second controller includes:
a detector that detects a situation change of the device;
a situation data writing unit that writes situation data indicating the situation of the device in the storage area when the
detector detects the situation change of the device;

an update notification transmission unit that transmits an update notification to the first controller if the writing to the
storage area is performed; and

a situation image data writing unit that generates situation image data for displaying a situation image indicating the situation
of the device when the detector detects the situation change of the device after the update notification transmission unit
transmits the update notification and before a display completion notification indicating that display based on storage content
of the storage area is completed is received from the first controller, and writes the situation image data in the storage
area, and

wherein the first controller includes:
a reading unit that reads the situation data or the situation image data from the storage area when the update notification
is received;

a generating unit that generates the situation image data for displaying the situation image based on the situation data when
the reading unit reads the situation data;

a display unit that displays the situation image based on the situation image data generated by the generating unit or the
situation image based on the situation image data read by the reading unit; and

a display completion notification transmission unit that transmits the display completion notification to the second controller
if the display of the situation image in the display unit is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,245,043

EMBEDDED MEDIA MARKERS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AND USING THEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a digital medium by making use of a database and an article, the database storing
a set of information, corresponding to a portion of content visualized in a predetermined space, the set of information including
(i) a plurality of local image features existing prior to placement of at least one embedded media marker and within the portion
extracted from a local spatial arrangement of the content and (ii) an embedded digital media corresponding to the portion,
wherein the portion of content has an area which includes the plurality of local image features sufficient to identify the
portion of content, the article holding the portion of content and a placement of the at least one embedded media marker on
said portion of content, the embedded media marker including a visible feature boundary enclosing the portion of the content,
the method comprising:
a. receiving, from a requestor, an image of a patch comprising an image of the placed embedded media marker, including the
visible feature boundary, on the article;

b. determining a location of the visible feature boundary in the image of the patch;
c. based on the determined location of the visible feature boundary, extracting only local image features that are within
the determined location of the visible feature boundary, from the image of the patch, and identifying the embedded media marker
from the extracted local image features by comparing the extracted local image features to the plurality of local image features
existing prior to the placement of the at least one embedded media marker of the set of information;

d. identifying the embedded digital media corresponding to the embedded media marker;
e. retrieving the identified embedded digital media from the database; and
f. providing the retrieved digital media to the requestor.

US Pat. No. 9,239,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section that receives print data and forms an image on a sheet;
a stacking section that stacks the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming section; and
a notification section that issues notification prompting the user to change orientation of the sheet stacked on the stacking
section in the case where an output mode, by which the sheet with the image formed thereon by the image forming section is
outputted onto the stacking section, is changed between the sheet and a next sheet,

wherein the notification section determines a change of the output mode based on any one of a sheet output orientation that
is an orientation in outputting the sheet, on which the image is formed, onto the stacking section and a printing orientation
that is an orientation in forming the image on the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,195,888

DOCUMENT REGISTRATION APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A document registration apparatus comprising:
at least one processor configured to execute:
a receiving unit that receives a request for registration of a registration candidate document from a new registrant;
a word extracting unit that extracts a word from the registration candidate document;
a registrant information acquiring unit that acquires information on the new registrant; and
an associating unit that associates the word extracted from the registration candidate document with information indicating
a group to which the new registrant belongs;

at least one memory comprising:
a first storage unit that stores history information, the history information containing a registered word that is extracted
from a document previously requested to be registered and an identifier of a previous registrant who registered the registered
word, in association with each other; and

a second storage unit that stores the identifier of the previous registrant and information indicating a group to which the
previous registrant has belonged, in association with each other;

wherein the at least one processor is further configured to execute:
an extracting unit that reads the history information from the first storage unit, extracts an identifier of a previous registrant
who previously registered a registered word identical to the word extracted from the registration candidate document, on the
basis of the history information, and extracts a group to which the previous registrant has belonged, on the basis of the
identifier of the previous registrant and association stored in the second storage unit;

a registration permission determining unit that determines whether to allow registration of the registration candidate document,
on the basis of whether the group to which the new registrant belongs is included in the group to which the previous registrant
has belonged; and

a document registering unit that registers the registration candidate document, if the registration permission determining
unit determines to allow the registration.

US Pat. No. 9,195,197

BOOKBINDING CONTROL DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, BOOKBINDING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING BOOKBINDING

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A bookbinding control device comprising: an acquisition unit that acquires print data including post-processing-not-required
pages requiring no post-processing after printing and before bookbinding and post-processing-required pages requiring post-processing;
a first accumulation controller that performs control so as to accumulate sheets with the printed post-processing-not-requires
pages based on print data in a first accumulation unit; an insertion unit that inserts alternative sheets representing the
positions of sheets, on which post-processing-required pages are to be disposed on the basis of print data, between the sheets
with the printed post-processing-not-required pages on the basis of print data in the first accumulation unit; and wherein
the post-processing required pages subjected to the post-processing are accumulated in a second accumulation unit different
from the first accumulation unit, the post-processing-required pages being ordered to replace the alternative sheets in the
first accumulation unit; and a bookbinding controller that performs control so as to perform bookbinding after the sheets
with the printed post-processing-not-required pages in the first accumulation unit and the post-processing-required pages
subjected to the post-processing based on the print data in the second accumulation unit are combined in an accumulation tray
and after the controller displays a screen inquiring whether or not bookbinding is to be performed in a prescribed order.

US Pat. No. 9,171,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM THAT RECOGNIZE OVERLAPPING ELEMENTS IN HANDWRITTEN INPUT

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory operable to store program code;
at least one processor operable to read said memory and execute said program code, said processor comprising:
a reception unit that receives handwriting information;
a determination unit that determines whether or not first handwriting and second handwriting overlap each other on the basis
of the handwriting information received by the reception unit, the first handwriting being indicated by first handwriting
information, the second handwriting being indicated by second handwriting information;

a handwriting separation unit that separates the first handwriting from the second handwriting by changing a first handwriting
position included in the first handwriting information or a second handwriting position included in the second handwriting
information such that the first handwriting at the first handwriting position and the second handwriting at the second handwriting
position are moved apart from each other, when the determination unit has determined that the first handwriting and the second
handwriting overlap each other;

an image generation unit that generates an image from handwriting information that is obtained through the separation performed
by the handwriting separation unit, and information regarding handwriting that has been determined not to overlap other handwriting
by the determination unit;

an image recognition unit that recognizes the image generated by the image generation unit; and
an output unit that outputs a recognition result obtained by the image recognition unit,
wherein the handwriting information further comprises time information indicating a time when the first handwriting and the
second handwriting are received, and

wherein the determination unit determines whether or not the first handwriting and the second handwriting overlap each other
on the basis of the handwriting information including the time information.

US Pat. No. 9,116,452

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH PERFORMS COLOR CONVERSION BASED ON METALLIC LEVEL DESIGNATED

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a printer that performs printing by using at least one process color toner and a toner including a metallic particle;
a normal color conversion unit that converts an input color value into an amount of each of the at least one process color
toner corresponding to a color reproduction characteristic of the printer when the printer performs the printing without the
toner including the metallic particle;

a metallic amount calculation unit that calculates an amount of the toner including the metallic particle for each of metallic
levels;

a metallic level reception unit that receives designation of the metallic level as one of a first metallic level and a second
metallic level;

a metallic color conversion unit that performs color conversion on the input color value so that a color of a colorimetric
value of a print result when the printer performs the printing by using each of the at least one process color toner by each
corresponding amount, which is a conversion result obtained by performing the color conversion on the input color value in
accordance with a first look up table of metallic setting values corresponding to the first metallic level or a second look
up table of metallic setting values corresponding to the second metallic level designated in the metallic level designation
reception unit, and by using the toner including the metallic particle by the amount, which is obtained by the metallic amount
calculation unit in accordance with the designated metallic level, becomes close to a color of a colorimetric value of a print
result when the printer performs the printing by using each of the at least one process color toner by each corresponding
amount, which is a conversion result obtained by converting the input color value by the normal color conversion unit; and

a print execution unit that, if a metallic mode is designated, causes the printer to execute the printing by inputting to
the printer the amount of each of the at least one process color toner, which is a conversion result obtained by converting
the input color value by the metallic color conversion unit and corresponding to the metallic level designated in the metallic
level designation reception unit, and the amount of the toner including the metallic particle obtained by the metallic amount
calculation unit in accordance with the metallic level.

US Pat. No. 9,098,946

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, SPECIFYING MARK ESTIMATING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD, Tok...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an estimating unit configured to:
extract a subject specifying mark image corresponding to a specifying mark from a recording area image corresponding to a
recording area in which an image is recorded, a plurality of predetermined types of specifying marks having predetermined
attributes different from an attribute of the image of the recording area and being used for specifying a region within the
recording area by using different specifying methods, at least one of the plurality of predetermined types of specifying marks
being recorded in the recording area; and

estimate the type of specifying mark corresponding to the extracted subject specifying mark image; and
a hiding unit configured to hide the region specified by the type of specifying mark estimated by the estimating unit by using
a hiding method which is uniquely determined for the estimated type of specifying mark.

US Pat. No. 9,076,057

HANDWRITTEN-INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, HANDWRITTEN-INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A handwritten-information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor executing units comprising:
a receiving unit that receives position information transmitted from an external device, wherein the position information
indicates coordinates on a surface of a medium having a region inside a writing frame and a region outside the writing frame,
the region inside the writing frame being a region including a plurality of division regions, the region outside the writing
frame being a region that is located outside the region inside the writing frame;

a handwritten-information acquisition unit that acquires a handwritten information item which has been handwritten by a user
on the medium according to the position information received by the receiving unit; and

a handwritten-information insertion unit that, when the handwritten-information acquisition unit has acquired an insertion
mark which is a handwritten information item extending across a boundary between the region inside the writing frame and the
region outside the writing frame, inserts, on the basis of the insertion mark, into the region inside the writing frame, a
handwritten information item which has been handwritten in the region outside the writing frame,

wherein the handwritten-information insertion unit inserts a handwritten information item that is located in the vicinity
of one endpoint which is one of two endpoints of a stroke making up an insertion mark and which is located in the region outside
the writing frame, into the vicinity of the other endpoint which is one of the two endpoints of the stroke making up the insertion
mark and which is located in the region inside the writing frame.

US Pat. No. 9,065,952

POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A method comprising:
selectively switching an image processing apparatus between a first power mode and a second power mode in response to results
received from at least one detector configured to detect movement and non-movement of a target near the image processing apparatus,

wherein if the results indicate that the at least one detector detects non-movement of the target, the selectively switching
comprises switching the image processing apparatus from the second power mode to the first power mode,

wherein the selectively switching comprises switching the image processing apparatus from the second power mode to the first
power mode in response to receiving the results indicating that the at least one detector detects the non-movement of the
target after detecting movement of the target,

wherein power is supplied to the image processing apparatus in the first power mode and power is not supplied to the image
processing apparatus in the second power mode.

US Pat. No. 9,448,527

DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A driving force transmission mechanism comprising:
a body including a transmission member that transmits a driving force and includes a first surface, which rotates, and two
first projections that project from the first surface at positions, each of which is spaced apart from a center of rotation
of the first surface; and

an installation unit that includes a receiving member including a second surface, which faces the first surface and which
rotates as a result of receiving the driving force in a state where the installation unit is installed in the body, and two
second projections, which project from the second surface at positions each of which is spaced apart from a center of rotation
of the second surface and which receive the driving force from the first projections by being in contact with the first projections
in accordance with rotation of the first surface, and that is configured to be removably installed in the body in a direction
in which the second surface moves parallel to the first surface in such a manner that the transmission member and the receiving
member are coupled to each other,

wherein the body further includes a contact member that comes into contact with one of the second projections while the installation
unit is being installed in the body in an installation direction intersecting with a rotation axis of the first surface and
the second surface in a state where a line segment connecting the second projections intersects the installation direction
and that causes the receiving member to rotate before the second projections come into contact with the first projections
while the installation unit is being installed in the body in the installation direction.

US Pat. No. 9,394,134

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM STACKING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A recording medium stacking apparatus, comprising:
a stacking member having a stacking surface on which a recording medium transported from an image forming unit is stacked;
an outside member that is located at the outside of the stacking surface and extends in a substantially vertical direction
to the stacking surface; and

a support member including a support portion that supports the stacking member, the support member being detachable from the
outside member while supporting the stacking member,

wherein the stacking member has an extension portion extending from the stacking surface, and
wherein the support portion of the support member supports the extension portion of the stacking member and restricts movement
of the extension portion of the stacking member,

wherein the support member is formed as a plate-shaped member, and the support portion of the support member is a recessed
portion being concaved inward from an upper surface of the support member, and the extension portion is received in the recessed
portion of the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,394,181

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FATTY ACID METAL SALT PARTICLE, AND FATTY ACID METAL SALT PARTICLE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A method for manufacturing a fatty acid metal salt particle comprising:
forming a coating layer including a fatty acid metal salt on a surface of a core material particle in supercritical carbon
dioxide; and

subjecting the core material particle to a hydrophobizing process before forming the coating layer including a fatty acid
metal salt on a surface of a core material particle; wherein

the core material particle is silica produced using a sol-gel method, and wherein the fatty acid metal salt is selected from
zinc stearate, calcium stearate, aluminum stearate, iron stearate, copper stearate, magnesium palmitate, calcium palmitate,
manganese oleate, lead oleate, zinc laurate, calcium laurate, zinc ricinoleate and zinc octylate.

US Pat. No. 9,317,171

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTING AND USING GESTURE BASED USER INTERFACE WIDGETS WITH CAMERA INPUT

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A computer-implemented method for detecting a gesture performed by a user in connection with a user interface widget comprising
a hotspot, the method being performed in a computerized system comprising a central processing unit, a camera and a memory,
the computer-implemented method comprising:
a. acquiring a plurality of images of the hotspot using the camera;
b. using the central processing unit to identify occlusion of at least a portion of the hotspot by the user in the acquired
plurality of images of the hotspot, wherein the occlusion of the portion of the hotspot is identified by detecting changes
in color values of each of a plurality of non-contiguous image sensor pixels within the acquired plurality of images of the
hotspot based on a recorded history of values of the plurality of non-contiguous image sensor pixels; and

c. using the central processing unit to detect the gesture performed by the user based on the identified occlusion of the
at least the portion of the hotspot in at least two of the acquired plurality of images of the hotspot.

US Pat. No. 9,251,445

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR CORRECTING DENSITY OF IMAGE INFORMATION

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires image information having a plurality of pixels, each pixel having density information;
a first detection unit that detects sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels in accordance with the image information, the sub-scanning-direction
boundary pixels being located on a boundary extending in a density change direction from a high-density pixel area to a low-density
pixel area having a density lower than the high-density pixel area in a preset sub-scanning direction;

a first determination unit that determines whether or not a development-related defect occurs in a preset number of pixels
downstream of the sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels in the sub-scanning direction, in accordance with the number of pixels
in a high-density area located upstream of the sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels in the sub-scanning direction;

a second detection unit that detects, in a case where a set of sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels among the sub-scanning-direction
boundary pixels in which it is determined that a development-related defect occurs is arranged in a main scanning direction,
an end pixel in the main scanning direction among the set of sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels;

a second determination unit that determines whether or not each of the set of sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels arranged
in the main scanning direction is close to the end pixel in the main scanning direction, by determining whether or not a distance
between each of the set of sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels and the end pixel in the main scanning direction is within
a preset value;

a correction unit that corrects a density for the preset number of pixels downstream of the sub-scanning-direction boundary
pixels in the sub-scanning direction,

the correction unit correcting the image information so that an amount of correction to increase a density for a sub-scanning-direction
boundary pixel determined to be close to the end pixel in the main scanning direction among the sub-scanning-direction boundary
pixels is smaller than an amount of correction to increase a density for a sub-scanning-direction boundary pixel determined
not to be close to the end pixel in the main scanning direction among the sub-scanning-direction boundary pixels; and

a transmitting unit that transmits the image information corrected by the correction unit to an image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,244,386

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A developing device comprising:
a first developer holder disposed so as to face an image holding member that holds an electrostatic latent image, the first
developer holder rotating while holding a developer on a surface thereof so as to move in a direction opposite to a direction
of movement of the image holding member at a first facing portion at which the first developer holder faces the image holding
member; and

a second developer holder disposed downstream from the first developer holder in the direction of movement of the image holding
member so as to face the image holding member, the second developer holder rotating while holding the developer on a surface
thereof so as to move in a direction the same as the direction of movement of the image holding member at a second facing
portion at which the second developer holder faces the image holding member, the first developer holder and the second developer
holder each comprising a sleeve and a magnet that is fixed in the sleeve, the sleeves rotating while developing, and a rotating
direction of the sleeve of the first developer holder being in a same direction as a rotation direction of the image holding
member,

wherein a value obtained by dividing an amount of developer per unit area held on the first developer holder by a shortest
distance between the image holding member and the first developer holder is approximately in a range from 1.00×103 kg/m3 to 1.60×103 kg/m3, and

wherein a value obtained by dividing an amount of developer per unit area held on the second developer holder by a shortest
distance between the image holding member and the second developer holder is set to be larger than the value obtained by dividing
the amount of developer per unit area held on the first developer holder by the shortest distance between the image holding
member and the first developer holder.

US Pat. No. 9,195,167

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A powder applying apparatus comprising:
a powder supply unit configured to supply powder to at least one end of a recording medium in a width direction,
wherein the recording medium comprises at least a middle adhesive layer, and
wherein a toner image is formed on a surface of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,197,775

IMAGE READING DEVICE, COPIER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image reading device comprising:
a placement stage on which document sheets bearing respective images are placed;
a pair of guide members that hold the document sheets placed on the placement stage between them and guide a document sheet
when it is conveyed, at least one of the pair of guide members being movable in a width direction that is perpendicular to
a conveying direction of the document sheets placed on the placement stage;

an interval-between-guide-members detecting unit that detects an interval between the pair of guide members;
a document sheet conveying unit that conveys the document sheets placed on the placement stage sequentially one by one and
thereby causes the document sheets to pass a reading position;

a document reading unit that generates an image signal by reading the image on a document that is passing the reading position;
a first inclination correction unit that is disposed upstream of the reading position in the direction of document conveyance
by the document sheet conveying unit and corrects inclination of a document sheet brought by conveyance when hit by a front
portion of the document sheet; and

a correction mode switching control unit that switches to a first inclination correction mode in which the first inclination
correction unit operates if the interval between the pair of guide members that are holding the document sheets placed on
the placement stage between them is larger than or equal to a predetermined first threshold value, and to a second inclination
correction mode in which the first inclination correction unit does not operate if the interval between the pair of guide
members is smaller than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,188,932

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of arrayed image forming units, each of the image forming units including
a photoconductor on which an electrostatic latent image is formed and a toner image is formed by development while the photoconductor
rotates by receiving a driving force, and

a developing device that operates by receiving a driving force, and develops the electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor
with a toner;

an intermediate transfer body that circulates on a circulation path including a partial path extending along the plurality
of photoconductors forming the plurality of image forming units by receiving a driving force, receives first transfer of the
toner images formed on the photoconductors, and transport the toner images to a second transfer position;

a fixing device that operates by receiving a driving force, and fixes the toner images to a sheet of paper, the toner images
which are transferred on the sheet from the intermediate transfer body when the toner images pass through the second transfer
position;

a driving unit including
a motor mount section that extends in a first region overlapping a first image forming unit located at a first end among the
plurality of image forming units in a rotation-axis direction of the photoconductors, and has mounted thereon a plurality
of motors that drive the plurality of photoconductors and the plurality of developing devices forming the plurality of image
forming units, the intermediate transfer body, and the fixing device, in an assigned manner, and

a driving-force transmission section that extends in a second region overlapping the other image forming units excluding the
first image forming unit among the plurality of image forming units in the rotation-axis direction of the photoconductors,
and has assembled therein a driving-force transmission mechanism that transmits a driving force to the photoconductors and
the developing devices forming the other image forming units; and

a circuit board having mounted thereon a circuit component that controls electric power for operating the driving unit, the
circuit board being arranged at a position to avoid overlapping the motor mount section and to overlap the driving-force transmission
section in the rotation-axis direction of the photoconductors.

US Pat. No. 9,122,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A REPLACEABLE MEMBER DETERMINATION UNIT

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a replaceable member that is removable from the image forming apparatus in an open state of a door, the replaceable member
having a storage portion storing information;

a first determination unit that determines whether or not a response from the storage portion exists;
a second determination unit that determines the image forming apparatus is in the open state, or a removed state where the
replaceable member is removed from the image forming apparatus, when the first determination unit determines the response
does not exist a predetermined number of times; and

a control unit that controls image forming operation of the image forming apparatus,
wherein when an image forming job is being executed by keeping printing on a sheet with toners from the replaceable member
while the second determination unit determines the replaceable member being used for printing is removed from the image forming
apparatus, the control unit continues the image forming job without stopping printing on the sheet wherein the control unit
continues the image forming job without stopping printing on the sheet when the amount of the toners remaining in the replaceable
member's corresponding developing device is sufficient for the image forming job or information of the storage portion of
the removed replaceable member is not necessary in the image forming job.

US Pat. No. 9,091,991

STRIPPING MECHANISM, IMAGE-FORMING UNIT, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image-forming unit comprising:
an image carrier that rotates and carries an image;
a substantially sheet-shaped stripping member that has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, that
is elastically deformed with part of the first surface in contact with the image carrier, and that strips a recording medium
from the image carrier; and

a pressing member disposed downstream of the stripping member in a direction in which the image carrier moves, wherein the
stripping member is pressed against the pressing member by a recording medium being transported to increase the contact force
of the stripping member on the image carrier,

wherein the stripping member includes a separated portion that is separated from the pressing member when no recording medium
is transported thereto; and

part of the separated portion is pressed against the pressing member as the stripping member is pressed by a recording medium.
US Pat. No. 9,436,113

ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPING TONER, LIQUID DEVELOPER, AND TONER CARTRIDGE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An electrostatic charge image developing toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains a binder resin and is surface-modified by a polymer obtained by polymerizing a monomer containing
dicyandiamide and diethylenetriamine,

wherein the toner particles have positive charge.

US Pat. No. 9,423,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND FIXING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a developer image on a recording medium; and
a fixing device that is removably mounted to an image forming apparatus body and configured to fix the developer image formed
by the image forming portion to the recording medium,

wherein the fixing device includes:
a first rotator,
a second rotator configured to contact the first rotator to form an interposition region in which the recording medium is
nipped between the first rotator and the second rotator,

a pressing mechanism configured to press the first rotator and the second rotator against each other, and
a change mechanism configured to change a force with which the pressing mechanism presses the first rotator and the second
rotator against each other,

the change mechanism being mounted to the image forming apparatus body,
wherein the pressing mechanism includes a movable member that is movable by action of the change mechanism,
wherein the charge mechanism is configured to change the force with which the pressing mechanism presses the first rotator
and the second rotator by moving the movable member in a direction away from the first rotator when the changing member is
in an engaged state, and

wherein the moveable member is released from a target of the pressing operation.

US Pat. No. 9,389,581

TONER FOR DEVELOPING ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE, DEVELOPER FOR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE, TONER CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A toner for developing an electrostatic image, comprising:
toner particles containing at least a binder resin, a release agent, and a colorant; and
an external additive comprising sol-gel silica particles, the sol-gel silica particles having:
an irregular shape,
a volume average particle diameter (d) of from 70 nm to 400 nm,
a ratio (d/?) of the volume average particle diameter (d) to a standard deviation (?) of a volumetric basis particle diameter
of from 7.4 to 11.3, and

an average circularity of from 0.5 to 0.9, wherein circularity is calculated by the following equation:
Circularity=Perimeter of Equivalent Circle Diameter/Perimeter of Particle=[2×(A?)1/2]/PM,
where:
A represents a projected area of the particle, and
PM represents the perimeter of the particle.

US Pat. No. 9,340,041

DRYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A drying device comprising a plurality of surface-emitting laser elements each having a plurality of laser elements and
arranged along a feeding direction of a recording medium,
wherein each of the surface-emitting laser elements has electrodes arranged on a laser illumination surface and a backside
which is an opposite surface of the laser illumination surface, respectively,

wherein first power supplying pads are respectively provided at both ends of the electrode on the laser illumination surface
in a width direction of the recording medium intersecting with the feeding direction of the recording medium and a second
power supplying pad is provided at one end of the electrode on the backside in the feeding direction of the recording medium,
and

wherein the respective first power supplying pads of the surface-emitting laser element arranged at an upstream-side with
respect to the feeding direction of the recording medium and the second power supplying pad of the surface-emitting laser
element arranged at a downstream-side with respect to the feeding direction of the recording medium are connected to each
other by wires.

US Pat. No. 9,330,473

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory and configured to execute:
a color conversion unit that performs color conversion to convert an original image to a luminance image having a luminance
component of the original image as a pixel value and to a chromaticity image having a chromaticity component of the original
image as a pixel value;

an illumination image generation unit that generates an illumination image having an illumination component of the luminance
image as a pixel value from the luminance image;

a reflectance image generation unit that generates a reflectance image having a reflectance component of the luminance image
as a pixel value, the reflectance component of the luminance image being calculated by multiplying the luminance component
of the original image and an inverse of the illumination component of the original image;

a luminance reproduction image generation unit that enhances the reflectance component of the luminance image based on the
luminance image and the reflectance image to generate a luminance reproduction image reproduced with being improved visibility
of the luminance image; and

an inverse color conversion unit that performs conversion inverse to the color conversion performed by the color conversion
unit on the luminance reproduction image and the chromaticity image,

wherein the reflectance image generation unit also includes a stabilized reflectance calculation section that calculates a
stabilized reflectance component of the original image, by correcting the reflectance component of the luminance image.

US Pat. No. 9,123,150

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COLOR ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image information transmitting unit that transmits, to a display device, pieces of information corresponding to color measurement
images that are used for performing color adjustment for the display device;

a color information acquiring unit that acquires pieces of color information of images displayed on the display device on
the basis of the pieces of information corresponding to the color measurement images, which have been transmitted by the image
information transmitting unit;

a gradation characteristic determination unit that determines, on the basis of the pieces of color information that have been
acquired by the color information acquiring unit, whether or not a setting of color adjustment that is performed in the display
device satisfies a predetermined gradation characteristic; and

a change instruction output unit that outputs an instruction to change the setting of color adjustment that is performed in
the display device in a case where the gradation characteristic determination unit determines that the setting of color adjustment
that is performed in the display device does not satisfy the predetermined gradation characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,113,014

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a display screen that displays a function setting screen;
a recognition unit that recognizes a trail of an operation of a user on the function setting screen displayed on the display
screen;

a determining unit that determines a function selected by the user based on a position of the trail of the operation recognized
by the recognition unit;

an identification unit that identifies an operation condition designated by the user with respect to the function determined
by the determining unit based on the trail of the operation recognized by the recognition unit; and

a setting unit that performs setting for executing image processing of the function determined by the determining unit using
the operation condition identified by the identification unit, wherein

the trail of the operation is included in more than one of a plurality of function selecting components, and the determining
unit determines a function correlated with one of the function selecting components in which a largest amount of the trail
of the operation recognized by the recognition unit is included among the function selecting components displayed on the function
setting screen as the function selected by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,081,317

POSITIVELY CHARGEABLE TONER, ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPER, TONER CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A positively chargeable toner comprising:
toner mother particles containing a binder resin having an ethylenically unsaturated bond; and
a water-soluble polymer compound having an amino group, the polymer compound having an amine value from 600 to 1,250 and a
weight average molecular weight of from 1,000 to 200,000,

wherein the polymer compound is adhered to a surface of the binder resin.

US Pat. No. 9,336,443

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ORGANIZING DIGITAL MEDIA BASED ON FACE RECOGNITION

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A computer-based method for organizing digital photos, comprising:
(a) detecting and cropping out faces from a plurality of digital photos in a first group to generate isolated face images;
(b) applying a face recognition algorithm to determine similarity of each of the isolated face images contained in the digital
photos in the first group with a model face image set, wherein the model face image set includes at least one model face image
contained in a digital photo in a second group;

(c) displaying the isolated face images on a display screen in accordance with the determined similarity;
(d) receiving a user input to select one of the isolated face images displayed on the display screen;
(e) reclassifying the digital photo containing the selected one of the isolated face images into the second group instead
of the first group;

(f) modifying the model face image set by adding the selected one of the isolated face images;
(g) renewing the determined similarity by applying the face recognition algorithm to determine similarity of each of the isolated
face images contained in the digital photos in the first group with the modified model face image set; and

(h) displaying the isolated face images on the display screen in accordance with the renewed determined similarity.

US Pat. No. 9,298,998

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a color extraction unit that extracts pixels by using a plurality of thresholds for at least one color used in a plurality
of sticky notes, from image information including information about the plurality of sticky notes, the plurality of thresholds
being prepared in advance for a color space;

a region cutting-out unit that cuts out at least one region which is a group of the pixels which are extracted by the color
extraction unit, for each of the plurality of thresholds;

a determination unit that determines a threshold to be employed, from the plurality of thresholds on the basis of the number
of regions which are cut out by the region cutting-out unit; and

a sticky-note-image cutting-out unit that cuts out at least one sticky note image from the image information by using the
threshold determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,286,269

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING LINEAR SEGMENT INFORMATION

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing device for processing application data including a document element to generate display data
in a plotting region, comprising:
a receiving unit that receives information changing an arrangement range of the document element in the application data and
that receives additional information which is plotted with a position designated on the plotting region in the display data
and linear segment information which is plotted between a pair of positions designated on the plotting region in the display
data;

a discriminating unit that discriminates a relationship between the linear segment information and the additional information
based on the designated position of the additional information and the pair of positions designated of the linear segment
information;

a plotting unit that plots the document element within the plotting region based on the information changing the arrangement
range;

a determining unit that determines a position of the additional information in the plotting region after the arrangement range
of the document element has been changed in the application data based on an arrangement range of the document element before
the change, an arrangement range of the document element after the change, and the designated position of the additional information
in the plotting region before the arrangement range of the document element has been changed; and

a correcting unit that corrects using a processor, a position of one of terminal points of the linear segment information
based on the position of the additional information having the relationship with the linear segment which is discriminated
by the discriminating unit, and corrects the position of the additional information to be plotted across a boundary of the
plotting region if the designated position of the additional information in the plotting region before the arrangement range
of the document element in the application data has been changed is also plotted across the boundary of the plotting region,

wherein the plotting unit plots the linear segment information and the additional information based on a correction result
obtained by the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,275,280

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires, via an image processing device, region information which is information regarding a region
in a document, line information which is information regarding a line in the region, and character information which is information
regarding a character in the line;

a determination unit that determines whether or not a region including a line indicated by line information is in left alignment
on the basis of the line information acquired by the acquisition unit wherein, when a target language of the document is a
language which is not regulated such that line ends are aligned, the determination unit changes line information on the basis
of character information regarding a character in the next line of a line indicated by the line information and then determines
whether or not a region including the line indicated by the line information is in left alignment, and wherein the changes
of line information refers to changing information indicating a length of a line in the line information;

a first division unit that divides a region, determined as not being in left alignment by the determination unit, that includes
a character indicated by character information into paragraph regions or itemized regions on the basis of the character information
acquired by the acquisition unit;

an analysis unit that analyzes an indent of a line in a region determined as being in left alignment by the determination
unit;

a second division unit that divides the region determined as being in left alignment by the determination unit on the basis
of the analysis result by the analysis unit, into paragraph regions or itemized regions; and

an output unit that outputs both: (i) the division result by the first division unit for the region determined as not being
in left alignment by the determination unit, and (ii) the division result by the second division unit for the region determined
as being in left alignment by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,018

CHARGING MEMBER, CHARGING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CHARGING MEMBER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A charging member comprising:
a conductive support;
a conductive adhesive layer that is arranged on the conductive support and contains a crosslinking agent having two or more
functional groups reacting with a halogen group and a resin having a halogen group; and

an elastic layer that is arranged so as to contact with the conductive adhesive layer and contains a rubber material having
a halogen group,

wherein the resin having a halogen group in the conductive adhesive layer and the rubber material having a halogen group in
the elastic layer are cross-linked by reaction with the crosslinking agent at least at an interface between the conductive
adhesive layer and the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,116,472

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD, Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming portion that forms a toner image on a latent image carrier with a toner containing a flat pigment; and
a second image forming portion that forms a toner image on a latent image carrier with a toner not containing the flat pigment,wherein:
the toner image formed by the first image forming portion and the toner image formed by the second image forming portion are
sequentially transferred to a toner image carrier or a recording medium;

an average charge amount per particle of the toner containing the flat pigment is smaller than that of the toner not containing
the flat pigment;

a transfer width, within which the transfer occurs between the latent image carrier of the second image forming portion and
the toner image carrier or the recording medium is set larger than a particle diameter of the toner containing the flat pigment;
and

a transfer current flowing between the latent image carrier of the second image forming portion and the toner image carrier
or the recording medium is set higher than or equal to a value required to form an electric field.

US Pat. No. 9,430,171

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A management apparatus comprising:
a user information management unit that manages information about groups to which individual users belong, in association
with user identification information identifying the users;

a device information management unit that manages, for one device or each of a plurality of devices, information about a main
group to which the device belongs and information about a sub-group, which is different from the main group, for which use
of the device is permitted, in association with each other;

a controller that controls, when accepting a request for using a device from an information terminal, use of the device specified
by the request in accordance with whether or not information about a group managed by the user information management unit
in association with user identification information of a user who operates the information terminal is included in information
about the main group or sub-group managed by the device information management unit in association with the device specified
by the request;

a first determining unit that determines whether or not a group to which the user who operates the information terminal belongs
matches the main group to which the device specified by the request belongs; and

a second determining unit that determines, when the first determining unit determines that there is no match, whether or not
the group to which the user who operates the information terminal belongs matches any one of sub-groups associated with the
device specified by the request,

wherein the controller permits use of the device specified by the request when any one of the first determining unit and the
second determining unit determines that there is a match.

US Pat. No. 9,367,028

PACKING STRUCTURE OF DEVELOPER CONTAINER

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A packing structure of a developer container, comprising:
a developer container that contains a developer in a main body of the developer container and the developer is discharged
through a supply port that is formed in a wall of the developer container;

a transport member that is rotatably disposed in the main body; and
a packing member that packs the developer container and moves the transport member by an operation of detaching the packing
member from the developer container, the packing member rotating the transport member about a rotational axis of the transport
member by operation thereof.