US Pat. No. 9,371,616

LAMINATE AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A laminate comprising:
a resin substrate, wherein the resin substrate is a polyethylene terephthalate film or a triacetyl cellulose film; and
a composite layer on the resin substrate,
wherein the composite layer contains an inorganic compound and a cellulose fiber exhibiting an average fiber diameter of not
less than 2 nm and not more than 180 nm,

the inorganic compound is an inorganic particulate compound, and
the inorganic particulate compound is silica and has a volume average particle diameter of not less than 1 nm and not more
than 1000 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,085,431

SHEET FEED CASSETTE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A sheet feed cassette comprising:
a main body to be set in a body of an image forming apparatus;
a first press-up member provided on a bottom surface of the main body and configured to support a plurality of print media
stacked thereon;

a first elastic member configured to apply an elastic force to the first press-up member such that the first press-up member
presses up a downstream end, with respect to a feeding direction, of the plurality of print media;

a second press-up member;
a second elastic member configured to apply an elastic force to the second press-up member such that the second press-up member
presses up the first press-up member or the plurality of print media;

an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust the force of the second press-up member to press up the first press-up member
or the plurality of print media in accordance with a size of the print media; and

a regulatory mechanism configured to prevent the second press-up member from pressing up the first press-up member or the
plurality of print media when the main body is detached from the body of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,402,299

TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE AND ORGANIC ELECTRONIC ELEMENT USING SAME

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A transparent electrode comprising: a first conductive layer comprising a plurality of thin lines which are formed in a
pattern on a substrate; and a second conductive layer which covers the first conductive layer and contains a conductive polymer,
wherein the thin lines are formed from nanoparticles or nanowires made of a metal or metal oxide and satisfy the following
conditions,

wherein the thin lines in the first conductive layer satisfy the following conditions,
Line width (W): 20 to 200 ?m;
Height (H): 0.2 to 2.0 ?m;
Aspect ratio: 0.001 Cross-sectional shape coefficient: 0.6 layer.

US Pat. No. 9,264,460

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR EXECUTING A JOB IN COOPERATION WITH A SERVER

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. An image processing device capable of executing a job in cooperation with a server connected through a network, comprising:
an external terminal connecting part for establishing connection that allows communication with an external terminal;
a server connecting part for conducting a negotiation to execute the job in cooperation with said server and establishing
connection that allows communication with said server in response to receipt from said external terminal of an access request
to said server while connection with said external terminal is established;

a transmission part for sending information that is received from said external terminal and addressed to said server after
rewriting a source address of the information to an address of said image processing device while connection with said server
is established;

a screen image control part for outputting screen image information to said external terminal in response to receipt of the
screen image information from said server while connection is established with said server;

a job execution control part for starting execution of the job in cooperation with said server in accordance with a control
command based on said negotiation after receiving the control command from said server while connection is established with
said server;

a setting changing part for changing communication settings on said external terminal to communicate via said image processing
device once connection with said external terminal is established by said external terminal connecting part; and

a storage part for storing therein an address to access said server, wherein
said server connecting part establishes connection with said server when the address contained in the access request received
from said external terminal matches the address of said server stored in said storage part.

US Pat. No. 9,067,240

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTIVE FILM AND NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTIVE BODY PROVIDED WITH SAME

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a near-infrared reflective film, comprising:
controlling a viscosity ratio (?15/?45) of both of a high refractive index layer coating liquid and a low refractive index layer coating liquid so as to be not
less than 2.0; and

laminating high refractive index layers and low refractive index layers alternately on a support with the high refractive
index layer coating liquid and the low refractive index layer coating liquid so as to form the near-infrared reflective film,

wherein the difference in the refractive index of the adjacent high refractive index layer and the low refractive index layer
is at least 0.3, and

wherein ?15 represents a viscosity of the high refractive index layer coating liquid and the low refractive index layer coating liquid
at 15° C. and ?45 represents a viscosity of the high refractive index layer coating liquid and the low refractive index layer coating liquid
at 45° C.

US Pat. No. 9,063,448

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An electrophotographic photoconductor comprising an intermediate layer, and a photosensitive layer that are formed on an
electrically conductive support, the intermediate layer comprising:
first titanium oxide particles surface-treated with an inorganic oxide and a first reactive organic silicon compound, the
first reactive organic silicon compound being methyl hydrogen polysiloxane;

second titanium oxide particles surface-treated only with a second reactive organic silicon compound different from the first
reactive organic silicon compound, the second reactive organic silicon compound being a compound represented by the following
general formula (1):

R—Si—(X)3  (1)
wherein R represents a alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms substituted by at least one of acryloxy and methacryloxy groups
or unsubstituted; and X represents an alkoxy group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms or a halogen atom; and
a binder resin.

US Pat. No. 9,246,911

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, AUTHENTICATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING AUTHENTICATION PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An authentication apparatus comprising:
an input device including at least a body input device for accepting an input of an authentication code from a body side of
the authentication apparatus;

a memory for storing authentication information indicating a successful authentication;
a controller for executing a user authentication process with at least one of an external authentication server connected
via a network and the authentication apparatus to determine whether a user authenticated state should be set, wherein said
controller detects whether the authentication code was input from said body input device within a prescribed period of time
after a most recent designation of a termination of said user authenticated state, and wherein

if it is detected that the authentication code was input from said body input device within the prescribed period, the controller
executes the user authentication process with the authentication apparatus by comparing the input authentication code with
the authentication information stored in said memory of said authentication apparatus and, if the input authentication code
matches the authentication information stored in the memory of the authentication apparatus, permitting the user to log in,
and

if it is detected that the authentication code was not input from said body input device during said prescribed period of
time, said controller compares the authentication code with information stored in the external authentication server and executes
the user authentication process with said external authentication server based on a result of said comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,121,951

DEPOSITION SUBSTRATE AND SCINTILLATOR PANEL

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A deposition substrate comprising a support and a reflective layer disposed on the support,
wherein the reflective layer includes light-scattering particles and a binder resin with a glass transition temperature of
?100° C. to 60° C.,

the thickness of the reflective layer is 5 to 300 ?m, and
the volatile content in the reflective layer is not more than 0.5 mg/m2.

US Pat. No. 9,060,149

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit which forms a toner image on an image carrier and transfers the formed toner image on a paper;
a color conversion process unit to carry out a color conversion process to convert inputted image data to image data of an
output color in the image forming unit; and

a control unit to make the color conversion process unit carry out a preparatory color conversion process to the inputted
image data, to determine whether a pixel value of each pixel constituting image data after the preparatory color conversion
process is greater than or equal to a threshold which is predetermined or not, to detect the number of pixels in which the
pixel value is greater than or equal to the threshold, to select a color conversion process condition for the color conversion
process unit based on the detected number of pixels in which the pixel value is greater than or equal to the threshold, and
to make the color conversion process unit carry out an actual color conversion process to the inputted image data according
to the selected color conversion process condition.

US Pat. No. 9,257,680

METHOD TO MAKE ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT ELEMENT MATERIAL

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an organic electroluminescent element comprising a substrate, a hole transport layer containing
a polymer, and a light emission layer containing a phosphorescence dopant, the method comprising the steps of:
purifying a monomer with silica gel chromatography one or two times, followed by recrystallization two or three times to make
a purified monomer having an impurity content of 1000 ppm or less;

synthesizing the polymer from at least the purified monomer having the impurity content of 1000 ppm or less via a halogen
coupling reaction;

recovering the polymer;
forming the hole transport layer containing the polymer on the substrate by a wet coating process followed by a heating process;
and

forming the light emission layer containing the phosphorescence dopant on the hole transport layer,
wherein the polymer comprises a partial structure represented by the following formula
—Ar1-N(Ar3)-Ar2-
wherein each of Ar1 and Ar2 independently represents an arylene group or a heteroarylene group, and Ar3 represents an aromatic
hydrocarbon group or an aromatic heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,384,409

WORD SEGMENTATION FOR DOCUMENT IMAGE USING RECURSIVE SEGMENTATION

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A word segmentation method performed by a computer for segmenting a text line image into a plurality of word images, the
text line image and each of the word images being a digital image, the method comprising:
(a) obtaining a plurality of one-dimensional spacing segments from the text line image, the spacing segments corresponding
to white spaces within the text line image, each of the spacing segments having a length;

(b) classifying the plurality of spacing segments based on their lengths into a first group and a second group, each spacing
segment belonging to the first group being shorter than each spacing segment belonging to the second group;

(c) further classifying the spacing segments of the first group based on their lengths into a new first group and a new second
group, each spacing segment belonging to the new first group being shorter than each spacing segment belonging to the new
second group; and

(d) segmenting the text line image into a plurality of word segments, each word segment being defined by two spacing segments
not belonging to the new first group of spacing segments to generate the plurality of word images each containing a word.

US Pat. No. 9,354,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINT SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

4. A print system comprising:
a terminal device; and
an image forming apparatus connected to the terminal device via a network,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes:
a receiver receiving a sleep request from the terminal device, the sleep request specifying a switching start time of switching
from a standby mode to a sleep mode, the standby mode being a mode in which the image formation operation is executable, and
the sleep mode being a mode in which an image formation operation is not executable;

a monitoring part monitoring occurrence of sleep-cancelling events, each sleep-cancelling event requesting for cancellation
of the sleep mode and recovery to the standby mode;

a storage part, when a sleep-cancelling event occurs, storing an identifier of the sleep-cancelling event and a sleep-cancellation
time specified by the sleep-cancelling event;

a calculation part, when (i) the receiver receives the sleep request while the image forming apparatus is in the standby mode
and (ii) one or more sleep-cancelling events specifying sleep-cancellation times later than the switching start time have
been stored in the storage part, calculating an amount of power consumption required to maintain the standby mode for a period
from the switching start time to the earliest one of the sleep-cancellation times, thereby obtaining a power-saving amount
savable during the period, and calculating a recovery power amount required for recovery from the sleep mode to the standby
mode on an assumption that the sleep mode is started at the switching start time and is cancelled at the earliest sleep-cancellation
time; and

a mode controller switching the image forming apparatus to the sleep mode if the power-saving amount is greater than the recovery
power amount, and maintaining the standby mode if the power-saving amount is not greater than the recovery power amount,

wherein:
the receiver further receives, from the terminal device, an inquiry as to whether switching to the sleep mode is allowable
at an inquiry start time specified by the inquiry,

the calculation part, when (i) the receiver receives the inquiry and (ii) one or more sleep-cancelling events specifying sleep-cancellation
times later than the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry have been stored in the storage part, calculates an amount
of power consumption required to maintain the standby mode for a period from the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry
to the earliest one of the sleep-cancellation times, thereby obtaining a power-saving amount savable during the period from
the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry to the earliest one of the sleep-cancellation times, and calculates a recovery
power amount required for recovery from the sleep mode to the standby mode on an assumption that the sleep mode is started
at the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry and is cancelled at the earliest sleep-cancellation time, and

the image forming apparatus includes:
a determination part determining that switching to the sleep mode is allowable if the power-saving amount savable during the
period from the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry to the earliest one of the sleep-cancellation times is greater
than the recovery power amount calculated on the assumption that the sleep mode is started at the inquiry start time specified
by the inquiry and is cancelled at the earliest sleep-cancellation time, and determining that switching to the sleep mode
is not allowable if the power-saving amount savable during the period from the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry
to the earliest one of the sleep-cancellation times is not greater than the recovery power amount calculated on the assumption
that the sleep mode is started at the inquiry start time specified by the inquiry and is cancelled at the earliest sleep-cancellation
time; and

a notification part notifying the terminal device of results of the determination by the determination part, and
the terminal device accepts a sleep mode instruction from a user only when the determination part determines that switching
to the sleep mode is allowable.

US Pat. No. 9,315,016

INKJET HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING INKJET HEAD

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An inkjet head comprising:
a head chip having
a front surface and a rear surface, the front surface being opposite the rear surface,
driving walls composed of piezoelectric element, wherein shear deformation is caused by applying voltage so as to jet ink
from nozzles,

channels arranged alongside the driving walls alternatively to contain ink to be jetted,
outlet ports and inlet ports respectively provided on the front surface and the rear surface of the head chip for each channel,
driving electrodes formed on surfaces of the driving walls to apply voltage to the driving walls, and
connection electrodes connected to the driving electrodes electrically and formed on the rear surface of the head chip;
a wiring substrate having wiring electrodes formed thereon to apply voltage from a driving circuit to the driving electrodes
through the connection electrodes, the wiring substrate being bonded on the rear surface of the head chip so as to protrude
from the head chip in a direction perpendicular to a direction of a channel array so that all the channels are exposed at
the rear surface of the head chip.

US Pat. No. 9,059,429

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT PANEL AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT PANEL MANUFACTURED USING THE SAME

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A manufacturing method for an organic electroluminescent panel, the organic electroluminescent panel comprising an organic
electroluminescent element including at least a first electrode, an organic functional layer containing a light-emitting layer,
and a second electrode on a substrate; and a sealing substrate having a heat-curable adhesive layer formed thereon, the organic
electroluminescent element and the sealing substrate being bonded and arranged via the heat-curable adhesive layer, wherein
the manufacturing method comprises, in this order:
preheating the heat-curable adhesive layer;
bonding the preheated heat-curable adhesive layer and the organic electroluminescent element; and
curing and heating the preheated heat-curable adhesive layer;
wherein, in the preheating, a curing degree of the heat-curable adhesive layer after preheating is at most 50%, and the preheating
and the bonding are performed in a same space and are continuously performed.

US Pat. No. 9,052,860

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus that includes a storage area for storing a document therein, and prints and edits the document
stored in the storage area, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a user identification portion that identifies a user who operates the image forming apparatus;
a print management portion that, when abort operation for giving instructions to suspend printing is performed while the document
is being printed, records print management information indicating unprinted pages, and a user who performs the abort operation
and is identified by the user identification portion;

an edit management portion that, when the document is updated according to edit operation, records edit management information
indicating an updated page;

a determination portion that determines, based on the print management information, whether or not the user who is identified
by the user identification portion is a print suspended operator who has performed the abort operation previously;

a page extraction portion that, when the print suspended operator performs reprinting operation for giving instructions to
print the document that has been updated, refers to the print management information and the edit management information and
extracts pages of the document which were printed successfully when printing of the document was suspended and, at the same
time, which have been updated thereafter; and

a print controller that controls the image forming apparatus such that the image forming apparatus prints, in response to
the reprinting operation, only unprinted pages of the document and the pages extracted by the page extraction portion,

wherein the edit operation comprises altering data of a page of the document.

US Pat. No. 9,279,982

WEATHER-RESISTANT ARTICLE, WEATHER-RESISTANT FILM AND OPTICAL MEMBER

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A weather-resistant film comprising:
a support and provided thereon;
a polymer layer comprising a light stabilizer;
a UV radiation reflective layer comprising plural materials each having a different refractive index, the UV radiation reflective
layer provided on the polymer layer; and

a water vapor barrier layer having a refractive index of 1.4 - 1.8,
wherein the water vapor barrier layer comprises at least one silicon oxide film having carbon present in an amount of less
than 0.1 at % and at least one silicon oxide film having carbon present in an amount of 1 -40 at %.

US Pat. No. 9,661,173

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiver which receives a facsimile data file or a print data file written in a page description language, from an information
processing apparatus; a spooler which stores the facsimile data file or the print data file received by the receiver, on the
spooler itself;

a converter which converts the facsimile data file or the print data file stored on the spooler, from a page description language
to an image data format;

a job generator which generates a job based on the image data file obtained by the converter;
a facsimile transmitter which performs facsimile transmission; a printer which performs printing; and
a job controller which instructs the facsimile transmitter or the printer to perform facsimile transmission or printing according
to the job generated by the job generator, respectively,

wherein when there is both facsimile and print data stored on the spooler, the converter selects the facsimile data file or
the print data file from the spooler, based on a combination of the state of the printer and the state of the facsimile transmitter,
before conversion of the selected data file to an image data format, such that when the printer or the facsimile transmitter
is presently inactive, then the inactive printer or the inactive facsimile transmitter will be activated after the conversion
of the selected data file to perform a job based on the converted data file.

US Pat. No. 9,603,268

GAS BARRIER FILM, METHOD OF PRODUCING A GAS BARRIER FILM, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A gas barrier film comprising:
a base;
a first barrier layer containing silicon which is formed on at least one surface of the base; and
a second barrier layer consisting of one layer containing silicon oxynitride which is formed on the first barrier layer,
wherein a ratio (R1/R2) of a water vapor transmission rate R1 to a water vapor transmission rate R2 is 80 or more and 5000 or less, wherein the water vapor transmission rate R1 (g/m2/day) at 40° C. and 90% RH is 1.0 (g/m2/day)?R1?1.0×10?3 (g/m2/day) and is calculated based on a structure in which one barrier layer containing the first barrier layer is formed on the
base, and the water vapor transmission rate R2 (g/m2/day) at 40° C. and 90% RH is 1.0×10?3 (g/m2/day)>R2?1.0=10?5 (g/m2/day) and is calculated based on a structure in which two barrier layers containing the first barrier layer and the second
barrier layer are laminated on the base.

US Pat. No. 9,285,368

METHOD FOR ANALYZING PSA, AND A METHOD FOR DISTINGUISHING PROSTATE CANCER FROM PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY USING THAT METHOD FOR ANALYZING PSA

TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNO...

1. A method for determining an amount, if any, of PSA having a ?-N-acetylgalactosamine residue and/or a sialic acid ?(2,6)
?-N-acetylgalactosamine residue in a sample, comprising the following step of
(a) adding a sialidase to a sample possibly containing PSA, to obtain the sialidase-treated sample;
(b) determining an amount of PSA having ?-N-acetylgalactosamine residue in the sialidase-treated sample by an immunoassay
using an antibody specific to PSA and a lectin having an affinity for ?-N-acetylgalactosamine residue.

US Pat. No. 9,232,108

PRINT MANAGEMENT IN PRINT-ON-DEMAND JOBS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for managing reproduction of an original print of a document, where a machine-readable pattern of the original
print has been previously generated and printed on the original print and containing document registration and management
information of the original print, the method comprising:
receiving a print-on-demand (POD) job order for producing a reprint of the original print;
retrieving document registration information and print management information from the machine-readable pattern;
authenticating the original print based on the document registration information;
verifying reprint permission based on the print management information;
generating a new machine-readable pattern for the reprint;
maintaining a master machine-readable pattern on a digital form of the document to encode updated information of the reprint,
wherein data encoded in the new machine-readable pattern for the reprint is a subset of data encoded in the master machine-readable
pattern on the digital form of the document; and

completing the POD job order by producing the reprint with the new machine-readable pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,109,891

STEREO CAMERA

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A stereo camera, comprising:
a first imaging part which photographs a first image;
a second imaging part which has camera parameters different from those of said first imaging part and photographs a second
image;

a distance information acquiring part which associates each pixel in said first and second images and acquires distance information
including parallax information, wherein said distance information acquiring part decides a correspondence detection area based
on photographing information at the time of photographing said first and second images, and

a right/left image generating part which generates a stereo view image based on one of said first and second images and said
distance information, wherein said first imaging part has a higher resolution than said second imaging part, and said right/left
image generating part regards said first image as a main image, displaces an image in said correspondence detection area inside
said second image in accordance with said parallax information, and regards said first image and said new second image as
said right/left images.

US Pat. No. 9,448,163

METHOD FOR DETECTING RARE CELL ON OBSERVATION REGION

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A cell detecting method for detecting rare cells in a blood sample, comprising:
a first step of performing pretreatment to remove red blood cells from a blood sample so as to obtain a cell suspension liquid
containing leukocyte cells and rare cells;

a second step of providing the cells contained in the cell suspension liquid obtained at the first step onto an observation
region provided with a plurality of holes;

a third step of photographing optically the cells provided on the observation region; and
a fourth step of detecting rare cells from an image acquired by the photographing in the third step,
wherein the plurality of holes disposed on the observation region are formed by a filter having a plurality of through-holes
which are disposed with a predetermined pore density and each of which has a diameter smaller than the maximum diameter of
the cells contained in the cell suspension liquid, and in the second step, the cell suspension liquid is made to pass through
the filter so that the cells contained in the cell suspension liquid are provided on the filter.

US Pat. No. 9,257,651

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELEMENT

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An organic electroluminescence element, comprising:
a substrate,
an anode and a cathode each disposed on the substrate; and
a plurality of organic layers which is disposed between the anode and the cathode and includes a light emitting layer,
wherein at least one organic layer of the plurality of organic layers contains a compound having a dibenzofuran skeleton and
a crown ether compound.

US Pat. No. 9,445,458

INDUCTION HEATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An induction heating device comprising:
a resonant circuit provided with a coil heating a workpiece inductively and a capacitor, the coil and the capacitor being
coupled in parallel with each other;

a switching element coupled in series with the resonant circuit;
a power supply which applies to the resonant circuit, a direct-current input voltage whose instantaneous value can be changed
with the lapse of time; and

a power controller which controls power to the workpiece by turning the switching element ON at a certain time and changing
an ON period of the switching element and turns the switching element ON after a delay of an integral multiple of a resonant
period of the resonant circuit when a value of power to the workpiece is equal to or lower than a first threshold which is
predetermined, the delay of the integral multiple of the resonant period of the resonant circuit being longer than a delay
when the value of power to the workpiece is greater than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,277,094

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image; and
a processing unit configured to
(i) analyze features of said acquired image;
(ii) classify each analyzed feature of said acquired image;
(iii) select a file format for each of the analyzed features of the acquired image
(iv) generate a new file in each selected file format; and
(v) include, in each generated new file of a selected file format, respective features of said acquired image.
US Pat. No. 9,263,677

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A TRANSPARENT GAS BARRIER FILM

Konica Minolta Holdings, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a transparent gas barrier film for an organic electroluminescence element comprising a substrate
having thereon a gas barrier layer, wherein:
the method comprises a step of forming the gas barrier layer on the substrate by a plasma CVD method using an organic silicon
compound as a raw material gas and an oxygen gas as a decomposition gas,

the gas barrier layer forming step is carried out under a condition so that a carbon content of the gas barrier layer in the
thickness direction repeatedly changes more than two times from high value, via intermediate value, low value and intermediate
value, to high value,

the carbon content is defined by the formula: number of carbon atoms/total number of atoms×100, and
a density of the gas barrier layer changes in the range of 1.90 g/cm3 or more and 2.20 g/cm3 or less in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,223,528

ELECTRONIC CONTENT MANAGEMENT WORKFLOW

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

12. An electronic content management (ECM) system for managing an electronic document (ED), comprising:
a processor that:
generates an archived document corresponding to the ED;
distributes the archived document to a plurality of users including a first user having access rights to the ED and a second
user not having rights access to the ED;

receives, from the first user, a first request for the ED;
sends the ED to the first user in response to the first user having access rights to the ED;
generates, in response to receiving a submission comprising the ED, a unique identifier (UID) and a mapping linking the UID
to the ED;

inserts a symbol corresponding to the UID into the ED, wherein the archived document comprises the symbol;
extracts the UID from the first request;
identifies the ED based on the UID extracted from the first request and the mapping;
receives a submission comprising a revised version of the ED from the first user, wherein the revised version of the ED comprises
the symbol;

identifies, based on the symbol in the revised version, the mapping;
updates the mapping to link the UID to the revised version of the ED;
receives, from a multifunction printer (MFP) operated by the second user and after updating the mapping, a second request
comprising the UID wherein the second request is generated by the MFP after the second user scans a hardcopy of the archived
document corresponding to the ED;

identifies, based on the mapping and the UID, an archived document corresponding to the revised version of the ED; and
sends the archived document corresponding to the revised version of the ED to the MFP for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,331,289

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT MATERIAL, ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT ELEMENT, DISPLAY DEVICE AND LIGHTING DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An organic electroluminescence material being a compound represented by Formula (1),

wherein A and B each represent a 6-membered aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a 5- or 6-membered aromatic heterocyclic group,
provided that at least one of A and B represents a 5-membered aromatic heterocyclic group; Q represents a substituent having
a vacant orbital which is capable of accepting a ? electron from A or B; M represents a transition metal element belonging
to groups 8 to 10 in the periodic table; L represents a ligand which is capable of coordinating with M; m1 is an integer of
1 to 3; m2 is an integer of 0 to 2; and n is an integer of 1 to 4, and

wherein the substituent Q represents one selected from the group consisting of Q-1, Q-2 and Q-3,

wherein Ar1 and Ar2 each respectively represent an aromatic hydrocarbon ring group or an aromatic heterocyclic group, provided that Ar1 and Ar2 may be joined to form an aromatic ring; Ra, Rb and Rc each represent an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aromatic hydrocarbon
ring group or an aromatic heterocyclic group; J1, J2 and J3 each represent an arylene group or a heteroarylene group; and r, s and t each represent an integer of 0 or 1.

US Pat. No. 9,274,808

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND HIBERNATION START-UP METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a volatile main memory;
a first non-volatile memory configured to store a plurality of types of partial snap shot images, wherein each of the plurality
of types of partial snap shot images is differential information between (i) an entire snap shot image for hibernation start-up
of the image processing apparatus in a standard state and (ii) an entire snap shot image for hibernation start-up on said
image processing apparatus different in configuration from the standard state;

a second non-volatile memory from which information can be read faster than from said first non-volatile memory, configured
to store one of said entire snap shot images, wherein said second non-volatile memory is different from said first non-volatile
memory; and

a processor configured to:
specify, when a hardware or software or mounted on said image processing apparatus is changed into a different type of hardware
or software, respectively, a difference in configuration between said image processing apparatus after the change and the
image processing apparatus before the change, wherein said difference in configuration, when said hardware or software is
changed into the different type of hardware or software, affects start-up controls,

read a partial snap shot image necessary for start-up of said image processing apparatus after the hardware or software is
changed into the different type of hardware or software based on said specified difference in configuration, from said first
non-volatile memory,

rewrite, when hardware or software is changed into the different type of hardware or software, the entire snap shot image
in said second non-volatile memory by using said read partial snap shot image and cause said image processing apparatus to
start up from hibernation by reading said rewritten entire snap shot image from said second non-volatile memory to said volatile
main memory,

wherein when said hardware is replaced or said software is upgraded into the same type of hardware or software, (i) said difference
in configuration does not affect start-up controls and (ii) said processor does not rewrite the entire snap shot image.

US Pat. No. 9,060,079

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet, comprising:
an image forming section configured to form an image;
a read sensor that reads the image formed on a sheet; a detection section configured to detect detachment and attachment of
a component or a unit constituting the image forming apparatus;

a storage section configured to store read data read by the read sensor before the detection section detects detachment and
attachment of the component or unit, read data read by the read sensor after the detection section detects detachment and
attachment of the component or unit, and original image data read by the read sensor that is used to generate read data for
times before and after the detection section detects detachment and attachment of the component or unit;

a determination section configured to determine whether or not quality of an image, which is formed on the sheet after detachment
and attachment of the component or unit, has been improved, using the read data before the detection section detects detachment
and attachment of the component or unit and the read data after the detection section detects detachment and attachment of
the component or unit, the both read data being stored in the storage section; and

an output section configured to output a determination result of the determination section,
wherein the determination section compares a difference between the read data before detachment and attachment of the component
or unit and the original image data of the read data with a difference between the read data after detachment and attachment
of the component or unit and the original image data of the read data, and

the determination section determines that quality of an image, which is formed on the sheet after detachment and attachment
of the component or unit, has been improved, when the difference after detachment and attachment of the component or unit
is smaller than the difference before detachment and attachment.

US Pat. No. 9,235,837

LOG INFORMATION MANAGEMENT APPARATUS FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, WHICH MANAGES JOB HISTORY PERFORMED BY USER

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. A log information management apparatus for an image forming apparatus, the log information management apparatus comprising:
an identification information acquisition unit to acquire identification information on a user from an information storage
medium in which said identification information is stored; and

a processor configured to:
determine whether a flag is set in the information storage medium from which the identification information is acquired by
said identification information acquisition unit after said identification information acquisition unit acquires the identification
information, wherein the set flag indicates that a job history relating to processing by the user is stored in a storage device,
and which job history has not yet been transferred to the information storage medium;

write the job history in the information storage medium in which said processor determined that the flag is set, the job history
being stored by said storage device, said job history relating to the identification information acquired by said identification
information acquisition unit;

release the flag after the job history in the storage device is written by said processor in the information storage medium;
set a flag indicating that new job processing relating to billing is not completed to said information storage medium from
which the identification information is acquired by said identification information acquisition unit after the flag is released;

cause the image forming apparatus to perform a job after said flag setting unit sets the flag; and
store a job history performed by said image forming apparatus based on completion of a performance of a job.

US Pat. No. 9,268,267

FUSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A fusing apparatus comprising:
a fusing section including a nipping section which conveys a recording medium while fusing a toner image which is not fused
formed on the recording medium by applying pressure and heat on the recording medium heated by a heating section;

a supplying section which is provided on a downstream side of a conveying direction of the recording medium with respect to
the nipping section and which supplies airflow between the recording medium conveyed by the nipping section and the fusing
section; and

a control section which controls operation of the supplying section,
wherein the supplying section includes a supplying opening of the airflow divided in a plurality of blocks along a width direction
of the recording medium orthogonal to the conveying direction and a changing section which changes a direction of the airflow
supplied from the supplying opening along the width direction of the recording medium;

wherein the control section controls the changing section to change the direction of the airflow supplied from the supplying
opening along the width direction according to the size in the width direction of the recording medium, and wherein the control
section selects a block to supply the airflow based on information regarding a width in a direction orthogonal to the conveying
direction of the recording medium, and the control section controls the changing section to change the direction of the airflow
of the unselected block and to not change the direction of the airflow of the selected block.

US Pat. No. 9,262,647

INFORMATION INPUT DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An information input and display device, comprising:
an input section for inputting information;
a display section for displaying the information;
an authentication processor which executes authentication processing based on authentication information inputted by the input
section; and

an input and display controller which, after the starting up of the information input and display device and before being
authenticated by the authentication processing, accepts inputting of non-confidential information, different from the authentication
information, through the input section and allows the display section to display the non-confidential information in a window,
and which input and display controller allows the display section to display protected information in response to the information
input and display device being authenticated by the authentication processing,

wherein the window is an authentication window comprising an input area for inputting the authentication information and an
input/display area for inputting and displaying the non-confidential information, and

in response to accepting inputting of information that is handwritten, the input and display controller allows the display
section to automatically change the authentication window such that the input/display area covers the whole area of the authentication
window, and in response to accepting inputting of information entered by a keyboard, the input and display controller allows
the display section to automatically change the authentication window such that the input area overlaps on the input/display
area.

US Pat. No. 9,432,526

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DISPLAYING AN INPUT SCREEN

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. A remote control apparatus for remotely controlling an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a display unit configured to display an operation screen for remotely controlling the image forming apparatus; and
a hardware processor configured to:
receive character type information from the image forming apparatus when an operator inputs an instruction to display a character
screen input to the operation screen, the character type information indicating a type of characters to be input in the character
input screen, the type of characters including a first character type corresponding to a handwriting input method of a handwriting
input application and a second character type different from the first character type;

in response to receiving the character type information from the image forming apparatus that indicates the first character
type, automatically activating the handwriting input application installed in the remote control apparatus and displaying
a handwriting input screen on the display unit, the handwriting input screen being an input screen for the handwriting input
application,

in response to receiving the character type information from the image forming apparatus that indicates the second character
type, displaying a character input screen included on the operation screen for input of the second character type on the display
unit without activating the handwriting input application; and

display a character input screen for input of the first character type on the display unit without activating the handwriting
input application even if the character type information indicates the first character type when a screen that has been displayed
before display of the character input screen is a narrowed search screen.

US Pat. No. 9,286,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus that operates according to given operational conditions, comprising:
a target power consumption receiving unit configured to receive a target value for power consumption;
an option receiving unit configured to receive options selected by a user from among a plurality of options defining the operational
conditions;

a basic data storage unit storing therein basic data for each of the plurality of options, the basic data being used for calculating
estimated power consumption;

a calculation unit configured to calculate the estimated power consumption from the basic data according to the options selected
by the user;

an excess informing unit configured to inform the user, together with the options, when the estimated power consumption is
greater than the target value; and

an alternative option informing unit configured to inform the user of an alternative option among the plurality of options
when the estimated power consumption is greater than the target value, the alternative option reducing the estimated power
consumption to be equal to or less than the target value,

wherein the target power consumption and the selected options are input by the user, and
wherein the alternative option informing unit is configured to inform the user, in response to the user inputting the target
power consumption and the options, of whether the target power consumption will be achieved.

US Pat. No. 9,230,383

DOCUMENT IMAGE COMPRESSION METHOD AND ITS APPLICATION IN DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for compressing a binary image representing a document containing text regions, the method comprising:
(a) segmenting the text regions into a plurality of symbol images, each symbol image representing a symbol of text, each symbol
image being bound by a bounding box having a location and a size;

(b) classifying each symbol image obtained in step (a) into one of a plurality of classes, each class being represented by
a template image and a class index, including, for each symbol image being classified:

(b1) comparing the symbol image with each template image to determine whether they match each other, including comparing at
least two features of the symbol image with the corresponding at least two features of the template image, the at least two
features including a first feature and a second feature, the comparing step including, for each template image being compared:
calculating a first and a second difference number representing, respectively, a number of the first feature and a number
of the second feature of the symbol image that are different from corresponding features of the template image, wherein the
symbol image and the template image are determined to match each other if the first difference number is smaller than or equal
to a first threshold value and the second difference number is smaller than or equal to a second threshold value;

(b2) if a match is found in step (b1), recording the class index corresponding to the matched template in association with
the symbol image being classified; and

(b3) if no match is found in step (b1), adding a new class to the plurality of classes, by using the image of the symbol image
being classified as the template image of the new class and assigning a class index to the new class, and recording the class
index in association with the symbol image being classified;

(c) resizing the template image of each class to a final size; and
(d) storing, as compressed image data, the resized template image for each of the plurality of classes along with its class
index, the bounding box location and size for each symbol image obtained in step (a), and the class index for each symbol
image obtained in step (b2) or (b3);

wherein in step (c), the final sizes for at least some template images are different from each other, wherein step (c) includes:
(c1) calculating a similarity measure between each template image with each other template image;
(c2) determining a final size for each template image based on the calculated similarity measure with other template images;
and

(c3) resizing each template image to the final size determined in step (c2).

US Pat. No. 9,183,541

CONTENT DISPLAY SUPPORT SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A content display support system comprising:
a portable terminal having a display capable of displaying content and supplementary information;
a content display support device that supports content display at said portable terminal; and
a shooting device,
wherein said shooting device includes a transmission unit that transmits a shot image obtained by shooting content reproduced
by a first reproduction device and positional information that specifies a position and orientation of said shooting device,
to said content display support device,

wherein said content display support device includes:
an obtaining unit that obtains said shot image and said positional information from said shooting device,
a generation unit that generates combination content by visualizing and embedding said positional information in said shot
image,

a control unit that transmits said combination content to a second reproduction device for reproduction, and
a transmission unit that transmits said supplementary information associated with said positional information to said portable
terminal in response to a request from said portable terminal, and

wherein said portable terminal includes:
a processing unit that obtains said positional information from an image obtained by shooting said combination content reproduced
by said second reproduction device,

a request unit that requests said supplementary information to be displayed on said display from said content display support
device by transmitting said positional information obtained by said processing unit to said content display support device,
and

a display processing unit that displays said supplementary information received from said content display support device on
said display.

US Pat. No. 9,235,360

PRINTING SYSTEM, SERVER FOR DISTRIBUTING PRINT JOB, METHOD FOR RESUBMITTING PRINT JOB, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR COMPUTER PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A printing system having a plurality of connected image forming apparatuses, comprising:
a central processor that controls portions of the system, including
a registration portion configured to, in response to when a print job to print an image onto a sheet of paper is executed
at a first image forming apparatus according to different printing conditions than originally specified in the print job,
store attribute data of the print job for which specified printing conditions have not yet been modified, the attribute data
containing a user identifier and a job identifier, into a storage portion, the user identifier being for identifying a user
who has given a command to execute the print job, the job identifier being for identifying the print job;

a determining portion configured to, when the user identifier is entered, determine whether or not the print job corresponding
to the job identifier of the attribute data containing the user identifier can be executed at a second image forming apparatus
in accordance with the original printing conditions; and

a re-execution portion configured to, when the determining portion determines that the print job can be executed in accordance
with the original printing conditions at the second image forming apparatus, execute the print job again at the second image
forming apparatus according to the original printing conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,188,768

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND PRODUCTION METHOD OF THE SAME

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An optical element for use in an optical apparatus having a light source which emits a light flux with a wavelength ?(350
nm???450 nm), the optical element comprising: a molded portion formed by molding resin; one or a plurality of anti-reflection
layers formed on the molded portion, wherein at least one of the anti-reflection layers is in direct contact with the molded
portion and is made of SixOy, wherein the one or a plurality of anti-reflection layers is/are disposed on only the side through which light exits or on
both sides of the molded portion; and an elemental ratio r (r=y/x) designating a ratio of O to Si in the molecule of SixOy satisfies a requirement represented by Formula (1): Formula (1) 1.40?r?1.75, wherein the optical element receives the light
flux with the wavelength ?, and wherein the optical element has an image-side numerical aperture of 0.7 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,497,805

ORGANIC EL ELEMENT DRIVING DEVICE AND ORGANIC EL LIGHTING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An organic EL element driving device that drives an organic EL element with a constant current and varies a value of said
constant current in accordance with a luminance control for varying a luminance of said organic EL element, comprising:
a power supply connected in series with said organic EL element, said power supply is a variable voltage source that varies
an applied voltage;

a voltage control unit that varies said applied voltage from said variable voltage source in accordance with said luminance
control; and

a current control unit connected in series with said organic EL element, wherein
said current control unit comprises a current detection circuit comprising a plurality of resistors that detect a value of
a current passing through said organic EL element,

said current control unit varies and sets a prescribed value for said current to be passed through said organic EL element
in accordance with said luminance which is varied by said luminance control, and performs control such that said current passing
through said organic EL element has said prescribed value in accordance with an output from said current detection circuit,
and

a particular resistor in said plurality of resistors in said current detection circuit is selected, wherein said particular
resistor has a resistance value which fits in with said detection of said value of said current which is set to pass through
said organic EL element in accordance with said luminance control.

US Pat. No. 9,344,591

DISPLAY METHOD, DISPLAY METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A display method for displaying a schedule screen which indicates an execution reservation state of JOBs on a display section,
the method comprising:
displaying, in accordance with a display scale condition of the schedule screen, a part or a whole of at least two job bar
images concerning the JOBs such that the at least two job bar images are superimposed over each other in a same area on the
schedule screen, wherein each of the job bar images comprises a bar shaped rectangular image having a width which corresponds
to a time period required for executing a respective one of the JOBs; and

displaying, in cases where information which is required to be recognized by a user exists in any of the at least two job
bar images which are superimposed over each other, the job bar image including the information required to be recognized by
the user on an uppermost layer so as to be visible on the schedule screen;

wherein the at least two job bar images are displayed to be superimposed over each other in the same area of the schedule
screen in response to a change in the display scale condition, the at least two job bar images not having been displayed to
be superimposed over each other before the change in the display scale condition.

US Pat. No. 9,457,376

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING GAS BARRIER FILM, GAS BARRIER FILM, AND ORGANIC PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a gas barrier film comprising a substrate in the form of a belt and provided thereon, a gas barrier
layer containing silicon oxide, comprising:
a coating step in which a coating solution comprising a polysilazane compound is coated on the substrate to form a coating
film, and

a UV radiation exposure step in which the coating film is exposed to vacuum UV radiation emitted from plural light sources
facing the substrate while moving the substrate on which the coating film is formed relatively to the plural light sources
of the vacuum UV radiation, the plural light sources each exhibiting even illuminance along a width direction of the substrate
to form the gas barrier layer,

wherein in the UV radiation exposure step,
during a period from beginning of vacuum UV radiation exposure to end of the vacuum UV radiation exposure, a surface of the
coating film is exposed to the vacuum UV radiation exhibiting an illuminance of not more than 160 mW/cm2;

during T period, the surface of the coating film is exposed to the vacuum UV radiation exhibiting an illuminance of not less
than 50 mW/cm2 and not more than 160 mW/cm2;

during the T period, integral exposure energy amount E1 of the vacuum UV radiation to which the surface of the coating film
is exposed is not less than 180 mJ/cm2 and not more than 1800 mJ/cm2; and

a ratio of E2/E1 is more than 0 and not more than 0.25, provided that during the period excluding the T period, an integral
exposure energy amount of the vacuum UV radiation to which the surface of the coating film is exposed is E2.

US Pat. No. 9,060,084

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR STORING AND LINKING JOBS INPUT THERETO

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an operation section;
a display section;
a job input unit to input a job;
a job storage to store the job input by the job input unit;
a link setting unit to link a new job input from the job input unit and the stored job stored in the job storage, or to link
each independent job stored in the job storage;

a storage section to store link information indicating the link of jobs set by the link setting unit;
a control section to execute predetermined processes based on the link information stored in the storage section; and
a print section to print the job;
wherein the control section displays a list of jobs stored in the job storage on the display section, and when one job is
selected from the list with the operation section, the control section displays jobs linked to the selected job so that the
jobs are distinguishable from other jobs on the display section.

US Pat. No. 9,052,856

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, JOB EXECUTION SYSTEM, AND JOB EXECUTION METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to execute an authentication print job, the authentication print job to be executed
based on an authentication result, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving portion receiving the authentication print job sent by a user;
an image data storage portion storing image data included in the authentication print job;
an accepting portion receiving first identification information, the first identification information being inputted by the
user;

a comparison portion performing comparison between the first identification information and second identification information,
the second identification information being included in the image data stored in the image data storage portion;

a job execution portion executing the authentication print job when the comparison has shown that the first identification
information matches the second identification information;

an identification information storage portion storing the first identification information;
a controller causing, when the image data included in the authentication print job is being received by the receiving portion,
the identification information storage portion to store the first identification information to enable the comparison portion
to perform the comparison on the authentication print job that is being received; and

a display portion displaying, when the authentication print job is being received by the receiving portion, a message indicating
that the comparison portion will repeat the comparison after completion of reception of the authentication print job.

US Pat. No. 9,151,874

NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTIVE FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTIVE FILM, AND NEAR-INFRARED REFLECTOR

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A near-infrared reflective film, comprising:
a substrate;
a unit constituted by a high refractive index layer and a low refractive index layer on the substrate;
wherein the near-infrared reflective film has a refractive index difference of 0.1 or more between the high refractive index
layer and the low refractive index layer both neighboring on each other,

wherein the high refractive index layer contains 1) a rutile titanium dioxide with a volume average particle size of 100 nm
or less, 2) a water soluble polymer, and 3) at least one kind of compounds A selected from the group consisting of a carboxyl
group-containing compound, hydroxamic acids, and a pyridine derivative,

wherein the water soluble polymer comprises at least one of a gelatin, a combination of a thickening polysaccharide and a
water soluble polymer with a reactive functional group, a combination of a thickening polysaccharide and a gelatin, or a combination
of a water soluble polymer with a reactive functional group and a gelatin, and

wherein the combination of a thickening polysaccharide and a water soluble polymer with a reactive functional group, or the
combination of a thickening polysaccharide and gelatin comprises the thickening polysaccharide 3 weight % or more to the total
weight of the high refraction index layer.

US Pat. No. 9,062,225

PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR COLORANT, COLORANT COMPOSITION, TONER, INK FOR INK JET RECORDING AND COLOR FILTER

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A production process for a colorant, comprising:
reacting raw materials of a silicon compound and phthalocyanine in the presence of a copper salt or a copper phthalocyanine
compound to prepare a colorant containing a silicon phthalocyanine compound and a copper phthalocyanine compound.

US Pat. No. 9,294,652

TECHNIQUE OF RELAYING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SERVER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image processing system comprising:
an image forming apparatus configured to transmit a request pertaining to an execution of an application function;
a server configured (i) to execute an application function upon receiving the request from said image forming apparatus and
(ii) transmit a response providing a result of the execution to said image forming apparatus; and

a relay device, comprising a memory and a processor, configured to relay an exchange between said image forming apparatus
and said server, said exchange including the request from said image forming apparatus to said server, and the response to
said request from said server to said image forming apparatus, wherein the memory of said relay device comprises an area configured
to cache said response from said server, wherein the relay device is further configured to:

receive said request, from said image forming apparatus, the request pertaining to the execution of the application function
of the server,

read a response, corresponding to said request, that was previously cached in said memory, and
transmit the read response to said image forming apparatus as a relay response,
transmit the request to the server, subsequent to the transmission of the relay response to the imaqe forming apparatus, and
receive a server response correspondinq to the request transmitted to the server.

US Pat. No. 9,080,940

SENSOR CHIP THAT IS USED IN SPECIMEN MATERIAL DETECTION DEVICE AND SPECIMEN MATERIAL DETECTION DEVICE USING SENSOR CHIP

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. A sensor chip that is used in a specimen material detection device, comprising:
a flow passage that is provided with a detection region; and
an inflow outflow hole that is connected to an edge part of one side of the flow passage and that is configured to be able
to make a solution inflow to and outflow from the flow passage, wherein:

after a first solution is made inflow from the inflow outflow hole and the first solution is removed from the flow passage,
a second solution is made inflow into the flow passage from the inflow outflow hole, or after a first solution is made inflow
into the flow passage from the inflow outflow hole, a second solution is made inflow into a flow passage from the inflow outflow
hole via a driving gas,

the sensor chip is configured in such a manner that the relationship between the maximum width (a) of the inflow outflow hole
and the width (b) of the flow passage is a>b, and an angle ? that is formed between a wall surface of the flow passage and
the tangent line of the inflow outflow hole at a contact point of the inflow outflow hole and the flow passage is in the range
of 90°???135°:

for a system in which a distance L from an end part on a side of the flow passage of the inflow outflow hole to a center of
the detection region is at least 1 mm, and a solution in which a degree of viscosity at 20° C. is in the range of 1 to 3 mPa*s
is sent at an average flow rate in the range of 1 to 5000 ?l/min,

flow passage length L×variable A<200 (kPa),
where the variable A=8×[(flow passage height h+flow passage width b)2×103/{(flow passage height h×flow passage width b)3×60}],
and

the units are ?l/min for a flow rate, ?m for a flow passage height, ?m for a flow passage width, ?m for a flow passage length,
and mPa*s for a degree of viscosity.

US Pat. No. 9,069,461

DISPLAY SYSTEM INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND DISPLAY DEVICES

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A display system including a first display device for storing screen data and a second display device for displaying a
screen based on the screen data stored by said first display device, comprising:
an operation accepting unit for accepting flick operation for requesting movement of a screen at said second display device;
a first transmission unit for transmitting flick information concerning the flick operation accepted by said operation accepting
unit to said first display device;

a second transmission unit for successively transmitting screen data of screens from start of movement to completion of movement
from said first display device to said second display device, based on said flick information; and

a first display unit for displaying a screen based on the screen data transmitted by said second transmission unit on said
second display device,

wherein said flick information includes a touch position of a manipulator on said second display device during said flick
operation, a moving direction of the manipulator on said second display device during said flick operation, a position where
the manipulator is released from said second display device during said flick operation, and a touch time of the manipulator
on said second display device during said flick operation.

US Pat. No. 9,170,727

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING DISPLAY PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a display program for an image processing apparatus including
a memory storing a plurality of functions in such a manner that associates the functions each with one of a plurality of categories,
a display, and a processor, said display program causing said processor to execute the steps of:
causing said display including (i) a marker display area for displaying a list of markers which indicate functions mounted
on said image processing apparatus, and (ii) an object display area, separate and distinct from said marker display area,
for displaying objects, for setting functions, corresponding to a predetermined number of markers of a range specified in
said marker display area, respectively, (1) to display said markers, which are grouped per category according to a kind of
function, in said marker display area, and (2) to display said objects, which are grouped per same category as said markers,
according to the kind of function, in said object display area; and

in response to a command to change the displayed objects to be displayed on said object display area, changing the objects
to be displayed on said object display area on a category basis.

US Pat. No. 9,516,705

ILLUMINATION DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An illumination device comprising:
a power feeding portion; and
a surface light emitter comprising:
a transparent base plate, where a shape of a first side of said transparent base plate is substantially flat;
a first electrode provided at said first side of said transparent base plate, and having a light transparency;
a second electrode provided at a side of said first electrode opposite said transparent base plate; and
a light-emission layer provided between said first electrode and said second electrode and having an area along said transparent
base plate, said light-emission layer being configured to generate light in accordance with a voltage applied by said power
feeding portion,

wherein said light-emission layer is divided into a plurality of divided light-emission layers arranged along said transparent
base plate and each of said plurality of divided light-emission layers generates light non-uniformly, and

wherein, when said light-emission layer generates light, said surface light emitter emits light having a spatially periodic
luminance variation with a substantially constant amplitude according to said non-uniformity of said light generated in each
of said plurality of divided light-emission layers.

US Pat. No. 9,110,419

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A tandem-type image forming system performing single-sided printing and double-sided printing on a sheet, the image forming
system comprising:
a first image forming apparatus; and
a second image forming apparatus connected with the first image forming apparatus in series;
wherein when the single-sided printing is performed, one of the first image forming apparatus and the second image forming
apparatus performs printing on a sheet;

wherein when the double-sided printing is performed, both of the first image forming apparatus and the second image forming
apparatus perform the printing on a sheet;

wherein the image forming system further comprises a control section which controls a sheet-passing image forming apparatus
which is one of the first image forming apparatus and the second image forming apparatus and which does not perform the printing
but performs sheet-passing in the single-sided printing;

wherein when the single-sided printing is performed, the control section rotates a resist roller and a fixing roller of the
sheet-passing image forming apparatus, and controls a component of an image forming section of the sheet-passing image forming
apparatus based on a sheet condition, the image forming section being disposed on a sheet carry path between the resist roller
and the fixing roller;

wherein the sheet condition includes a sheet length in a sub-scanning direction, a sheet basis weight, and a sheet curl amount;
wherein the sheet-passing image forming apparatus is a color image forming apparatus; and
wherein the component of the image forming section of the sheet-passing image forming apparatus includes yellow, magenta,
cyan, and black photosensitive drums, an intermediate transfer belt, and a secondary transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 9,294,640

SHEET POST-PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMATION SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A sheet post-processing device mounted in an image forming apparatus that includes an image reading unit and an image forming
unit, the image forming unit being located under the image reading unit with a space therebetween, the image forming apparatus
having an opening that is located at a front side thereof and in communication with the space, the sheet post-processing device
comprising:
a first tray that is located in the space and receives a sheet ejected from the image forming unit;
a post-processing unit that is located in the space and performs post-processing to a sheet on the first tray;
a transfer member that, after the post-processing is performed to the sheet on the first tray, transfers the sheet toward
the front side of the image forming apparatus in a direction perpendicular to a sheet ejection direction in which a sheet
is ejected to the first tray from the image forming unit; and

a second tray that is located on the front side of the image forming apparatus and receives the sheet transferred from the
first tray through the opening by the transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,046,855

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeder configured to feed a recording medium;
an image forming unit having a maximum sheet feed width corresponding to a longer side length of a maximum size recording
medium to be accommodated in the feeder, and disposed above the feeder in such a manner as to allow the maximum size recording
medium to enter the image forming unit with a longer side first;

an image reader disposed above the image forming unit in such a manner as to allow a longer side direction of a maximum size
document to be placed on a platen to be orthogonal to (i) a sheet feed width direction of the image forming unit and (ii)
a longer side direction of the feeder; and

a discharged sheet reservoir where the printed recording medium is discharged, said discharged sheet reservoir being disposed
between the image reader and the image forming unit,

wherein the feeder comprises a sheet feed cassette shaped such that a longer side direction is disposed along a direction
orthogonal to a conveyance direction of a recording medium, and the longer side direction of the sheet feed cassette is disposed
along a front-rear direction of a main body,

wherein the image reader has a front-rear direction length shorter than that of the feeder incorporating the sheet feed cassette
therein, and

wherein in a plan view, a first open space is formed between a front-rear direction front side of the image reader and a front-rear
direction front side of the feeder, and an operation panel with a sheet feed direction width smaller than the width of the
image reader is arranged in the first open space.

US Pat. No. 9,158,450

HANDWRITING INPUT DEVICE AND HANDWRITING INPUT CONTROL PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A handwriting input device in which a handwriting input is possible to a touch panel which is superimposed on a display
screen comprising:
an inputted contents processing section for recognizing a content by the handwriting input and setting up an area on the display
screen based on a recognition result;

an application software determining section for determining an application software which should be started up based on the
recognition result and starting up the application software; and

a result processing section for inserting information acquired by the started application software into the area and displaying
on the display screen,

wherein the result processing section sets up an attribute of the information acquired by the application software according
to a size of the area, and

wherein the attribute of the information comprises at least one of a resolution of an image, a recording time of a movie,
and a recording time of a sound.

US Pat. No. 9,066,037

THRESHOLD MATRIX GENERATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING THRESHOLD MATRIX FOR GENERATING THRESHOLD MATRIX OF PREDETERMINED SIZE USED FOR HALFTONE PROCESSING OF MULTITONE IMAGE DATA USING DITHERING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A threshold matrix generation device for generating a threshold matrix having a specified size for use of halftone processing
of a multi-tone image data using a dithering method, wherein
the device determines a ratio of a width of an image for defining reproducibility along a main scanning direction to a width
of the image for defining reproducibility along a subscanning direction (sub-direction), the image for defining reproducibility
obtained by the halftone processing,

determines spatial frequency characteristics having a domain of an ellipse shape having set major axis and minor axis as peak
values based on the widths of the image for defining reproducibility in the main scanning direction and the subscanning direction,
and

sets a threshold value of each pixel of the threshold matrix in accordance with the determined spatial frequency characteristics.

US Pat. No. 9,305,251

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORED WITH CONTROL PROGRAM OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a print image based of print data including a plurality of layers, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a determining unit that determines whether objects included in different layers overlap each other in a single pixel constituting
said print image; and

a selecting unit that selects, from a plurality of different image processing, an image processing to be performed with respect
to said single pixel according to a combination of attribute information for each of said layers assigned to said single pixel,
when said determining unit determines that the objects overlap each other,

wherein said selecting unit adjusts an intensity of the image processing to be performed with respect to said single pixel
according to the number of overlapping of objects of said layers different from each other in said single pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,081,343

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROLLING FOR GLOSSINESS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a fixing device for heating and pressing a toner image transferred on said recording medium; and
a glossiness control device arranged downstream of said fixing device in a conveyance direction of said recording medium;
said glossiness control device including
a plurality of non-contact heating devices arranged downstream of said fixing device in said conveyance direction for heating
said toner image without coming into contact with said toner image, and

a plurality of pressure contact devices arranged downstream of said non-contact heating device in said conveyance direction
and having a smooth surface, wherein

each said pressure contact device has a first arrangement state and a second arrangement state which are switched according
to a kind of said recording medium,

when each said pressure contact device forms said first arrangement state, said pressure contact device is arranged such that
said surface makes pressure contact with said toner image, and

when each said pressure contact device forms said second arrangement state, said pressure contact device is arranged such
that said surface does not make pressure contact with said toner image, and

wherein heating conditions of a plurality of said non-contact heating devices for said toner image and pressure contact conditions
of a plurality of said pressure contact devices for said toner image are controlled according to a kind of said recording
medium or glossiness of said recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,294,740

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A COLOR IMAGE GENERATOR GENERATING A COLOR IMAGE USING EDGE DATA AND A FAKE COLOR SUPPRESSING COEFFICIENT

Konica Minolta Advanced L...

1. An imaging device, comprising:
an imaging optical system which forms a subject image;
an imaging element which has a sensitive wavelength region including an infrared wavelength region, and selectively including
a visible wavelength region, the imaging element being composed of at least three types of pixels having spectral sensitivities
different from each other, and configured to generate original image data including at least three types of original image
components to be outputted from each of the pixels by imaging the subject image; and

an image processing section comprising a processor, the image processing section including:
a dynamic range compressor which compresses a dynamic range of the original image data for generating dynamic range compressed
image data by extracting an illumination component of the original image data by using a low-pass filter, and compressing
the extracted illumination component;

a luminance signal generator which generates a luminance signal including an infrared wavelength component by summing up and
averaging the original image components at each pixel in the dynamic range compressed image data, or applying a weight to
each of the original image components at each pixel in the dynamic range compressed image data;

a color signal data generator which generates color signal data by performing subtraction between the original image components,
and extracting a visible wavelength component from the original image data;

a color-difference signal generator which generates a color-difference signal by performing color space conversion to the
color signal data; and

a color image generator which generates a color image by: calculating an edge amount of the original image data by applying
an edging detection filter to the luminance signal; specifying a fake color suppressing coefficient such that the color suppressing
coefficient decreases as the edge amount increases; multiplying the specified fake color suppressing coefficient by the color
difference signal; and performing color space conversion to the multiplied color-difference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,359,505

GAS BARRIER FILM, PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF GAS BARRIER FILM, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A gas barrier film comprising a substrate and a gas barrier layer unit on at least one surface of the substrate,
wherein the gas barrier layer unit contains:
a first barrier layer formed with a chemical vapor deposition method; and
a second barrier layer formed by coating a coating liquid containing a silicon compound, on the first barrier layer, followed
by applying a reforming treatment thereto,

the second barrier layer has a non-reformed region at a substrate side and a reformed region at a surface side,
the silicon compound in the coating liquid is selected from the group consisting of polysilazane, hydrogenated silsesquioxane
and tetraethoxysilane, and

the second barrier layer has a thickness of 60 to 300 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,282,206

PORTABLE INFORMATION TERMINAL AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A portable information terminal which is capable of exclusively displaying a display screen based on a single application
from among display screens of a plurality of applications, the portable information terminal comprising:
a display unit that displays a display screen of a cooperation source application;
a receiving unit that receives a start instruction which instructs to start a cooperation destination application cooperating
with the cooperation source application; and

a generation unit that generates, based on the start instruction, an image for background for the cooperation destination
application by capturing the display screen of the cooperation source application,

wherein the cooperation destination application has, as a main display area, a display area which is smaller than an entire
display area of the display screen of the cooperation source application, and

the display unit displays, as the main display area for the cooperation destination application, the display area for the
cooperation destination application, and displays, as the image for background of the cooperation destination application,
the display screen of the cooperation source application, at a time when the cooperation destination application starts, in
a peripheral area of the main display area of the cooperation destination application after the cooperation destination application
starts.

US Pat. No. 9,415,723

IMAGE INTEGRATION UNIT AND IMAGE INTEGRATION METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An image integration unit, comprising:
an imaging section which is installed in a moving body and which captures time-series images at different times during movement
of the moving body, wherein each of the time-series images includes an image of a stationary body that is immovable and an
image of a moving object that is movable relative to the stationary body;

a three-dimensional image information calculating section which calculates three dimensional image information in each of
the time-series images based on the time-series images captured by the imaging section;

a stationary body area extracting section which extracts stationary body areas in each of the time-series images based on
the three-dimensional image information, wherein each of the stationary body areas corresponds to the image of the stationary
body; and

an integrating section which calculates the corresponding stationary body areas between the time-series images from each of
the stationary body areas extracted in each of the time-series images, and farms an integrated image of the time-series images
by matching the corresponding stationary body areas, such that images of corresponding moving objects between the time-series
images appear in different positions in the integrated image thereby representing movement of the moving object relative to
the stationary body, the movement being made in an interval between different times at which the time-series images are captured.

US Pat. No. 9,157,378

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT AND PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT MANUFACTURED USING SAME

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a substrate layer;
an intermediate layer formed on an upper surface of the substrate layer in order to alleviate stress acting on a piezoelectric
layer during deposition of the piezoelectric layer such that a portion of the intermediate layer is removed except for a region
where the piezoelectric layer is to be formed; and

a piezoelectric layer formed on an upper surface of the intermediate layer,
wherein the substrate layer has an oxide film layer formed on the surface thereof,
wherein the intermediate layer includes a lower electrode layer formed on an upper surface of the oxide film layer and a stress
relaxing layer formed in a prescribed region on an upper surface of the lower electrode layer,

wherein the piezoelectric layer is formed on an upper surface of the stress relaxing layer,
wherein the piezoelectric element further includes an upper electrode layer formed on the upper surface of the piezoelectric
layer, and

wherein the lattice constant of the stress relaxing layer has a value that is closer to the lattice constant of the piezoelectric
layer than the lattice constant of the lower electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 9,291,444

LIGHT REFLECTION MECHANISM, OPTICAL INTERFEROMETER AND SPECTROMETRIC ANALYZER

Konica Minolta Holdings, ...

1. An interferometer which causes a detection light having passed through a sample placed in an optical path of the detection
light and a reference light to interfere, the interferometer comprising:
a light source;
a collimating optical system configured to collimate light entering from the light source;
a beam splitter configured to split the collimated light entering from the collimating optical system into the reference light
and the detection light which enters and passes through the sample;

a light reflection surface which is located in the optical path of the detection light, the light reflection surface being
configured to reflect the detection light so as to give an optical path difference to the detection light; and

a converging optical system configured to converge the reference light and the detection light which has passed through the
sample so that the reference light and the detection light interfere,

wherein the light reflection surface is configured to be arranged on a light reflection mechanism, the light reflection mechanism
comprising:

a first moving portion which has a top surface, a bottom surface, and a first reflection surface on the top surface;
a first beam having a fixed end and a free end, the free end being coupled to the first moving portion;
a translating beam which is provided parallel to, and with a gap from, the first beam, the gap in the direction of the optical
path of the detection light, and one end of the translating beam being connected to the bottom surface of the first moving
portion;

a supporting portion having a top surface and a bottom surface, the top surface being directly coupled to the fixed end of
the first beam and the bottom surface being directly coupled to the other end of the translating beam in a cantilever beam
structure each at the upper part and the lower part of the moving portion and the supporting portion; and

a driving portion configured to translate the first moving portion so as deform the first beam and the translating beam and
to cause the moving portion to vibrate in resonance, so that the normal line of the first reflection surface is not tilted
by the cantilever beam structure and the detection light being reflected by the light reflection surface returns along a same
optical path towards the beam splitter.

US Pat. No. 9,099,657

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND SOLAR CELL

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A photoelectric conversion element comprising at least:
a semiconductor layer containing a semiconductor and a dye which is supported by the semiconductor; and
a hole transport layer containing a hole transport compound,
wherein
the dye is a compound represented by Formula (1), and the hole transport compound is a polymer made from 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:

wherein, Ar represents a substituted or unsubstituted arylene or heterocyclic group; R1 and R2 each independently represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl or heterocyclic group, provided
that R1, R2 and Ar may be combined to form a ring; R3 and R4 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, aryl,
amino, or heterocyclic group; R5 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, alkylthio, alkylseleno, amino, aryl or heterocyclic
group, provided that R5 is substituted with X; X is an acid group; m represents an integer of 1 or more, provided that when m?2, a plurality of Xs
may be the same or different; provided that a cis form and a trans form with respect to a carbon to carbon double bond are
included in Formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,272,867

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. A sheet conveying device comprising:
a plurality of conveying roller pairs provided along a sheet conveying path, including a downstream-side conveying roller
pair whose rotation is stopped at occurrence of jamming and an upstream-side conveying roller pair provided on an upstream
side of the downstream-side conveying roller pair and continuously rotating at the occurrence of jamming;

a movable guide portion for opening a sheet conveying path by moving one of rollers of at least the downstream-side conveying
roller pair in the plurality of conveying roller pairs in a direction away from the sheet conveying path; and

a control portion for executing control such that rotation of the downstream-side conveying roller pair in the plurality of
conveying roller pairs is stopped at the occurrence of jamming and a conveying force for conveying a sheet of a stepping motor
driving the upstream-side conveying roller pair becomes larger than the conveying force before the rotation of the downstream-side
conveying roller pair is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,153,752

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA ADVANCED L...

1. A method of manufacturing a light-emitting device comprising a light-emitting element which emits light of a predetermined
wavelength and a wavelength conversion portion comprising a fluorescent substance which is excited by the light emitted from
the light-emitting element to emit fluorescence of a wavelength different from the predetermined wavelength, the method comprising:
spraying so as to apply a liquid mixture containing the fluorescent substance, a layered silicate mineral, an organometallic
compound and inorganic fine particles which are not formed from the organometallic compound on the light-emitting element
from a nozzle while the nozzle is moved relative to the light-emitting element; and

forming the wavelength conversion portion by heating the sprayed and applied liquid mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,081,432

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH TOUCH PANEL

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A display device with a touch panel for displaying a variety of information, comprising:
a screen display unit for displaying a plurality of screens overlapping one another on the touch panel;
an operation accepting unit for accepting operation on any one of the plurality of screens displayed on the screen display
unit;

an identification unit for identifying a user who performs the operation accepted by the operation accepting unit; and
a screen specifying unit wherein if the user identified by the identification unit does not have operation authority over
a first screen on a highest-level of the plurality of screens, the screen specifying unit does not specify the first screen
as a screen serving as a target of the operation accepted by the operation accepting unit but specifies a second screen on
a highest level of screens over which the user identified by the identification unit has operation authority, among the plurality
of screens, as a screen serving as a target of the operation accepted by the operation accepting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,428,687

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT ELEMENT, ILLUMINATOR AND DISPLAY

Konica Minolta Holdings, ...

1. An organic electroluminescent element comprising an anode, a cathode and a light emitting layer disposed between the anode
and the cathode, wherein the light emitting layer comprises (i) a guest compound selected from the group consisting of

wherein Ra represents an alkyl group, an alkenyl group, an alkynyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an aromatic hydrocarbon group,
an aromatic heterocyclic group or a heterocyclic group, Rb and Rc each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected
from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an aromatic hydrocarbon group, an alkoxy group and a halogen atom, and A1 represents
a group of atoms necessary to form an aromatic hydrocarbon ring or an aromatic heterocycle,

and (ii) a host compound represented by the following Formula (1):

wherein Ra1 represents a carbazolyl group, R1 and R2 each represent a phenyl group, a pyridyl group, a pyridazinyl group, a pyrimidinyl group, a pyrazinyl group, a triazinyl group,
an imidazolyl group, a pyrazolyl group, a thiazolyl group, a quinazolinyl group or a phthalazinyl group, R5 represents an alkyl group or an aromatic hydrocarbon group, and n1, n2 and n5 each represent an integer of 0 to 4, provided
that n1 and n2 are not simultaneously 0.

US Pat. No. 9,196,214

DISPLAY DEVICE

Konica Minolta Holdings, ...

1. A display device, comprising:
an electrochemical display device having a display screen including display elements arranged in a matrix, and being configured
to display an image by each of the display elements being supplied with a writing current for a writing time, the writing
current or the writing time being varied depending on a density of the image to be displayed, a predetermined amount of electric
charge being accumulated in each of the display elements, each of the display elements showing a display density depending
on the predetermined amount of electric charge, and each of the display elements retaining the display density until the predetermined
amount of electric charge changes;

a first storage section configured to store, as first image data, densities of a first image which is going to be displayed
on the display screen by the display elements;

a second storage section configured to store, as second image data, densities of a second image displayed on the display screen
by the display elements;

a difference calculation section configured to calculate difference data representing difference in image densities for the
respective display elements between the second image data and the first image data;

a third storage section configured to store the difference data calculated by the difference data calculation section;
a constant current circuit configured to supply the writing current depending on an applied control voltage;
a switching element configured to control applying and cutting of the control voltage;
a driver circuit configured to apply the control voltage to the constant current circuit through the switching element;
a control voltage power source configured to supply the control voltage to the driver circuit;
a common power source configured to apply a common voltage to the display elements, the common voltage being set so as to
determine a supply direction of the writing current so that the display density of each of the display elements is increased
or decreased; and

a control section configured to control, based on the difference data stored in the third storage section, the writing current
or the writing time, and the common voltage to change the electric charge accumulated in each of the display elements, each
of the display elements showing the display density depending on the changed electric charge accumulated therein;

wherein each of the display elements is written with the density thereof being increased or decreased depending on the common
voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,131,089

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TOUCH PANEL

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a plurality of terminal devices; and
an image processing device, wherein
a first terminal device among said plurality of terminal devices (i) includes a touch panel and a controller connected to
said touch panel, (ii) receives a first gesture, including movement from two separate contact points on said touch panel,
and a second gesture on said touch panel from a user of the first terminal device, (iii) indicates a file based on the first
gesture on said touch panel, (iv) receives a search instruction by the second gesture on said touch panel, and (v) upon receipt
of the search instruction by the second gesture on said touch panel, transmits, to said image processing device, search information
including information corresponding to said file and user information associated with said user of the first terminal device,

said image processing device stores said search information, and
a second terminal device among said plurality of terminal devices (i) obtains, from said image processing device, a search
condition and said search information including said file and said user information associated with said user of the first
terminal device, (ii) sets the search condition in a search operation, (iii) executes the search operation using said search
information, and (iv) transmits, to said first terminal device, based on said user information associated with said user of
the first terminal device, a search result, said search result including information that identifies data retrieved by said
search operation.

US Pat. No. 9,202,636

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELL

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A photoelectric conversion element comprising:
a substrate;
a first electrode;
a photoelectric conversion layer comprising
a semiconductor layer containing a dye and a semiconductor and
a charge transport layer; and
a second electrode,in this order, wherein
the photoelectric conversion layer comprises a compound represented by Formula (1):
wherein R1 and R2 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group which may have a substituent, X, Y and Z each represent a hydrogen atom or
a substituent, wherein at least one of X, Y and Z is an electron withdrawing group, and
wherein the dye has an imidazolone moiety.

US Pat. No. 9,335,622

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
an image obtaining unit that, with regard to an object in a state where a spatial relationship with an imaging system is kept,
obtains

(a) a standard image in which the object is imaged by an imaging condition having a known standard focal length, and
(b) a reference image in which the object is imaged by an imaging condition having an unknown reference focal length; and
a focal length obtaining unit that obtains a value of said reference focal length by performing arithmetic operation processing
for scaling a value of said standard focal length by using information of image sizes of said object in said standard image
and said reference image,

wherein said standard image includes first and second standard images obtained by individually imaging said object at different
imaging distances, and meanwhile,

said reference image includes first and second reference images obtained by individually imaging the object at the same imaging
distances as the imaging distances in said first and second standard images.

US Pat. No. 9,130,862

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE USING DIRECT DATA ACCESS FROM CLOUD STORAGE

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An information processing system comprising a communication terminal and an information processing device that allow communication
therebetween, wherein
said communication terminal includes:
a display part on which a variety of information is displayed to a user; and
a communication terminal controller configured to:
acquire an operation screen image, with which the user makes remote operation of said information processing device, by establishing
communication with said information processing device in response to user's instruction, and cause the acquired operation
screen image to be displayed on said display part,

connect to a service providing server providing a cloud service over a network, and acquire a display screen image for using
said cloud service from said service providing server in response to user's instruction, thereby causing the acquired display
screen image to be displayed on said display part together with the operation screen image displayed, and

send connecting information for connecting to said service providing server to said information processing device as said
communication terminal controller is connecting to said service providing server,

said information processing device includes an information processing device controller configured to:
connect to said service providing server over the network, establish communication with said service providing server in accordance
with said connecting information received from said communication terminal, and acquire a second display screen image for
using said cloud service from said service providing server in response to user's instruction; and

send the second display screen image acquired from said service providing server to said communication terminal, wherein
said communication terminal controller is further configured to switch the display screen image displayed by said communication
terminal controller on said display part to the second display screen image acquired by said information processing device
from said service providing server when receiving the display screen image acquired from said service providing server by
said information processing device, and send user's instruction given to the switched second display screen image to said
information processing device.

US Pat. No. 9,047,028

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ASSIGNING PRINT JOB

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

14. A method for assigning a print job, the method comprising:
detecting an ambient temperature of each of a plurality of areas, said each of the areas including at least one printer and
at least one air conditioning system;

selecting a printer included in a suitable area of the areas, the suitable area being an area where the ambient temperature
detected is lower than a predetermined temperature; and

giving the print job to the printer selected.

US Pat. No. 9,319,539

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display;
a document image accepting unit for accepting input of an obtained document image;
a display control unit for causing a preview image of individual pages of the document image accepted by said document image
accepting unit to be displayed on said display in a manner such that the preview image continuously moves in a prescribed
direction from a first side of said display to a second side of said display and, unless movement of the preview image is
stopped based on a user operation, disappears off said second side of said display;

an operation accepting unit for accepting (i) said user operation to selectively stop the movement of the preview image of
any individual page of the document image, and (ii) an operation of image editing for document images, which are series of
document images accepted by said document image accepting unit, including the document image corresponding to the preview
image moving on said display; and

an editing unit for performing the image editing accepted by said operation accepting unit for said document images,
wherein when the operation accepting unit receives said user operation to selectively stop the movement of the preview image
of a particular page of the document image, the operation accepting unit further enables acceptance of image editing of the
stopped preview image of the particular page.

US Pat. No. 9,405,253

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a display part; and
a processor configured to:
receive an operation input from a user;
display a setting screen for mode setting on the display part in response to said operation input, the setting screen having
a plurality of setting screens that are selectively displayed during a setting operation period, each of the plurality of
setting screens corresponding to a distinct mode setting;

hide each of the setting screens displayed during the setting operation period so that the setting screens are not displayed
on the display part, and then display a job list screen on said display part, in response to a first instruction which is
a display instruction for said job list screen received during the setting operation period for mode setting, so that each
of the setting screens is not displayed on the display part while the job list screen is being displayed; and

hide said job list screen and automatically display on said display part at least one of the plurality of setting screens
that was hidden and not displayed on the display part by the first instruction just before the job list screen was displayed,
in response to a second instruction which is a non-display instruction for said job list screen received while said job list
screen is being displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,307,101

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication section for communicating with a portable type terminal device which is provided with a photographing function,
a display function, and a communication function; and

a control section for: a) receiving a photographed image of an image forming apparatus, having been photographed by said portable
type terminal device, from said portable type terminal device; b) determining a photographed region of said image forming
apparatus that appears in the photographed image, wherein the determination of the photographed region is based on information
from the photographed image; c) determining whether a prescribed location in which an event arises in said image forming apparatus,
the event which is to be notified to said portable type terminal device, is included in said photographed region of said image
forming apparatus; d) only in a case in which the prescribed location is included in said photographed region of said image
forming apparatus, transmitting a first display information corresponding to said prescribed location to said portable type
terminal device; and e) only in a case in which the prescribed location is not included in said photographed region of said
image forming apparatus, transmitting a second display information corresponding to said prescribed location, said second
display information being different from said first display information,

wherein said second display information comprises guidance information to said prescribed location, wherein said guidance
information indicates a position of the prescribed location outside of said photographed region of said image forming apparatus,
and wherein the prescribed location is within said image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,288,347

JOB SETTING REGISTRATION DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, TANGIBLE COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR REGISTERING JOB SETTING

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A job setting registration device, comprising:
a job setting selection receiving unit to receive a selection instruction for selecting a job setting to be registered as
a registered job setting for enabling the job setting to be reset by retrieving the job setting, from among job settings of
a plurality of jobs which are currently executed in parallel by a predetermined image processing apparatus; and

a registered job setting storing unit to store the selected job setting as the registered job setting in accordance with the
selection instruction received by the job setting selection receiving unit,

wherein when the job is currently executed in a background in a state that the job setting selection receiving unit does not
receive the selection instruction for selecting the job setting of the job which is currently executed, the registered job
setting storing unit stores the job setting of the job as a provisional registered job setting,

in case that the job having the job setting stored as the provisional registered job setting is executed by retrieving the
job setting from the registered job setting storing unit before a predetermined time period elapses since the job setting
is stored as the provisional registered job setting, the provisional registered job setting is stored as the registered job
setting, and

in case that the job having the job setting stored as the provisional registered job setting is not executed by retrieving
the job setting from the registered job setting storing unit before the predetermined time period elapses since the job setting
is stored as the provisional registered job setting, the provisional registered job setting is deleted from the registered
job setting storing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,080

IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image formation device to eject ink to perform recording on a recording medium, the image formation device comprising:
an image formation drum which rotates in a predetermined direction to convey the recording medium held on an outer periphery
of the image formation drum;

a recording medium supplying unit which supplies the recording medium to the image formation drum at a predetermined supply
position;

a recording head including a plurality of nozzles to individually eject the ink onto the recording medium which has been supplied
to the image formation drum, the nozzles being arranged in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the recording
medium; and

a conveying mechanism which receives the recording medium, onto which the ink has been ejected, from the image formation drum
at a reception position downstream of the recording head in the conveyance direction, and conveys the recording medium selectively
either to a paper output path for outputting the recording medium or to an inversion path for turning over the recording medium,
wherein

the conveying mechanism returns the turned-over recording medium to the image formation drum at a return position downstream
of the reception position in the conveyance direction and upstream of the supply position in the conveyance direction; and

a drum heater which heats a surface of the image formation drum is provided between the reception position and the return
position.

US Pat. No. 9,069,552

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER SUPPLIES TO CONTROL POWER PROVIDED FROM A COMMERCIAL POWER SUPPLY

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a functional unit executing a function of the image forming apparatus;
a first power supply circuit supplying electric power to said functional unit from a commercial power supply;
a second power supply circuit including a self-generation power supply and supplying electric power to said functional unit
from said self-generation power supply; and

a third power supply circuit including a power storage unit storing electric power and a charging circuit charging said power
storage unit upon receipt of supply of electric power from at least one of said commercial power supply and said self-generation
power supply, said third power supply circuit supplying electric power to said functional unit from said power storage unit,

wherein in accordance with an amount of power supply from said self-generation power supply, higher priority is given to supply
of electric power to said functional unit from at least one of said second and third power supply circuits than to supply
of electric power from said first power supply circuit, and

wherein when the amount of power supply from said self-generation power supply is smaller than a first predetermined value
and when the amount of power supply stored in said power storage unit is smaller than a second predetermined value, electric
power is supplied to said functional unit from said second and third power supply circuits when the value of a sum total of
both the amounts of power supply is larger than or equal to a third predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,046,691

LASER SCANNING OPTICAL DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A laser scanning optical device that scans optical beams in a principal scanning direction on scan surfaces of photoreceptors
provided for their respective colors, the device comprising:
a plurality of light sources configured to emit optical beams from a plurality of emission points;
a deflection section configured to, upon incidence of optical beams from the light sources, deflect the incident optical beams
by a polygon mirror; and

a scanning optical system configured to cause the optical beams deflected by the deflection section to form images on the
scan surfaces for the respective colors, wherein,

among the optical beams emitted by the light sources, a predetermined pair of optical beams are incident on the polygon mirror
at the same inclination angle, symmetrically with respect to a horizontal plane perpendicular to a central axis of the polygon
mirror and passing through a center of the polygon mirror in a secondary direction,

the scanning optical system includes:
a common scanning lens that is optically anisotropic and on which a pair of optical beams polarized by the polygon mirror
are incident; and

first and second individual scanning lenses that are optically anisotropic and on which the one and the other of the pair
of optical beams are respectively incident after the pair is transmitted through the common scanning lens,

the light sources that emit the pair of optical beams are arranged such that their respective planes of polarization are symmetrical
to each other with respect to the horizontal plane, the planes of polarization being planes each including the emission points
and having angles other than 0° and 90° with respect to the horizontal plane,

the first and second individual scanning lenses are arranged so as to be symmetrical to each other with respect to the horizontal
plane,

the common scanning lens has a symmetrical shape in the secondary direction with respect to a plane including its own optical
axis and being parallel to the horizontal plane, and

each of the individual scanning lenses has an asymmetrical shape in the secondary direction with respect to a plane including
its own optical axis and being parallel to the horizontal plane.

US Pat. No. 9,430,631

CONNECTION CONTROL DEVICE ESTABLISHING CONNECTION BETWEEN PORTABLE TYPE MOBILE TERMINAL AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE BY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. A connection control device comprising:
a hardware processor configured to:
acquire information on a position in which a user performs manipulation input to an information processing device;
acquire information on a travel distance of a portable mobile terminal;
compare the information acquired by said hardware processor to determine whether the manipulation input performed by said
user corresponds to a travel of said portable mobile terminal;

a connection unit for establishing a wireless connection between said information processing device and said portable mobile
terminal according to a determination result of said hardware processor; and

a manipulation image acquisition unit for acquiring a manipulation instruction image that guides the user in performing the
manipulation input of a predetermined pattern, wherein

the hardware processor acquires the information on the position in which the user performs manipulation input to the information
processing device and the information on the travel distance of the portable mobile terminal while the manipulation instruction
image acquired by said manipulation image acquisition unit is displayed on a display device provided in said information processing
device.

US Pat. No. 9,197,768

COOPERATION SYSTEM, MOBILE INFORMATION DEVICE, COOPERATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH COOPERATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A cooperation system including an image forming apparatus and a mobile information device capable of communicating with
said image forming apparatus,
said image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage portion to store source data; and
an image forming portion to form an image of said stored source data on a sheet of paper;
said mobile information device comprising:
an image pickup portion;
an image pickup control portion to acquire a picked-up image that said image pickup portion outputs by picking up an image
of the image formed on the sheet by said image forming apparatus;

a source data acquiring portion to acquire the source data corresponding to said picked-up image from said image forming apparatus;
a process target determining portion to determine, on the basis of said picked-up image, a process target part to be processed
within said acquired source data; and

a process executing portion to execute processing on said determined process target part within said source data, wherein
said process target determining portion of said mobile information device includes a comparing portion to compare the picked-up
image acquired by said image pickup control portion with an image of said source data.

US Pat. No. 9,049,324

DATA PROCESSING DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR CREATING A FILE IN A SPECIFIED FORMAT OR OUTPUTTING A FILE IN A DETERMINED FORMAT

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

15. A data processing method comprising:
acquiring image data with an acquisition unit;
inputting selection of application software with an input unit;
determining with a determination unit, by comparing said image data with a plurality of templates corresponding to said application
software, which of said plurality of templates matches with said image data; and

generating, with a control unit, vector data from said acquired image data, and outputting said generated vector data as a
file in a format corresponding to said template which corresponds to said application software and is determined as matching
with said image data;

wherein said plurality of templates includes at least one of first data area with its outer edge being surrounded by a frame,
and second data area with its outer frame not being surrounded by a frame; and

said determination unit classify said image data into data area corresponding to said first data area or data area corresponding
to said second data area based on presence or absence of said frame within said image data.

US Pat. No. 9,795,002

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND LIGHT EMITTING MODULE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

2. A light emitting module comprising:
a light emitting device emitting having an anode and a cathode;
a threshold value detection circuit comprising:
a first resistor having a first terminal and a second terminal;
a Zener diode having an anode and a cathode;
wherein the first terminal of the first resistor is connected to the cathode of the light emitting device and the second terminal
of the first resistor is connected to the anode of the Zener diode; and

wherein the cathode of the Zener diode is connected to the anode of the light emitting device;
wherein the threshold value detection circuit comprises the Zener diode and the first resistor connected in series and is
connected to the light emitting device in parallel; and

a voltage/current conversion circuit comprising:
a second resistor having a first terminal and a second terminal; and
a first transistor having an emitter, a collector, and a base;
wherein the first terminal of the second resistor is connected to the cathode of the Zener diode and the anode of the light
emitting device;

wherein the second terminal of the second resistor is connected to the emitter of the first transistor;
wherein the base of the first transistor is either directly connected to a connection terminal connecting the anode of the
Zener diode and the second terminal of the first resistor, or connected to the connection terminal through a diode;

wherein the voltage/current conversion circuit is configured to output a constant current when the light emitting device has
a normal state, whereas when the light emitting device has a short circuit fault, the voltage/current conversion circuit is
configured to output a current equal to zero;

wherein the light emitting module further comprising:
a second transistor having a collector connected to a power supply terminal receiving a power supply voltage, an emitter connected
to a grounding terminal receiving a ground voltage, and a base connected to the collector of the first transistor;

a third transistor being an open-collector transistor having a collector connected to a current terminal, and an emitter connected
to the grounding terminal,
and a base connected to the collector of the second transistor;
wherein the third transistor is configured to output a power supply voltage level to the current terminal when the voltage/current
conversion circuit outputs the constant current, whereas when the voltage/current conversion circuit outputs the current equal
to zero, the third transistor is configured to output a ground level to the current terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,411,253

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FORMING REGISTRATION PATCHES FOR DETECTION OF DISPLACEMENT OF TONER IMAGES

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus including:
a plurality of image forming units configured to write electrostatic latent images on image carrying members by exposing portions
and develop the electrostatic latent images by developing portions to form toner images of different colors;

an intermediary transfer member configured to be rotatable;
a primary transfer portion for transferring the toner images formed on the image carrying members to the intermediary transfer
member; and

a secondary transfer roller for secondarily transferring the toner images transferred to the intermediary transfer member
to a transfer-destination material, the secondary transfer roller being configured to be rotatable and releasably contactable
with the intermediary transfer member,

the plurality of image forming units being operable to form registration patches for detection of displacements of the toner
images such that, with the secondary transfer roller released from the intermediary transfer member, the registration patches
are primarily transferred to the intermediary transfer member so that the registration patches on the intermediary transfer
member are detected by a detecting portion and, based on results detected by the the detecting portion, calculated displacement
amounts of the registration patches of the different colors in a sub scanning direction are calculated to correct positions
at which the exposing portions write the electrostatic latent images,

a storing portion that stores a reference rotation speed of the intermediary transfer member determined at an initial use
of the intermediary transfer member, as observed when the intermediary transfer member is brand-new; and

a correcting portion including a processor that performs a displacement correction procedure including the steps of:
forming the registration patches on the intermediary member at the time the displacement correction procedure is performed;
determining a rotation speed of the intermediary member with the secondary roller released from the intermediary transfer
member using the registration patches formed at the time the displacement correction procedure is performed;

correcting, based on a rotation speed difference between the rotation speed of the intermediary transfer member and the reference
rotation speed stored in the storing portion, the calculated displacement amounts to form corrected displacement amounts expected
when the secondary transfer roller is contacted with the intermediary transfer member, and

correcting the positions at which the exposing portions write the electrostatic latent images based on the corrected displacement
amounts,

wherein the displacement correction procedure is performed at least twice, whereby the reference rotation speed determined
once at the initial use of the intermediary transfer member is used at least twice.

US Pat. No. 9,294,642

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, OPERATION CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. An image forming apparatus being capable of executing a plurality of functions that are different from each other, the
image forming apparatus comprising:
an entry portion which allows a user to issue a request for using any one of the functions and enter user authority information;
a display portion; and
a processor configured to:
receive the request for using one of the functions, among the plurality of functions that are different from each other, from
the user via the entry portion;

require user authentication corresponding to the request via a user authentication screen displayed on the display portion
for each requested function that is received;

judge whether or not the user authority information entered via the entry portion is appropriate for an authorized user for
the requested function based on stored use authority information indicating the user's authority for each function;

execute the requested function when it is judged that the user authority information entered via the entry portion is appropriate
for an authorized user for the requested function; and

automatically reset a result of the user authentication for the requested function without user intervention once execution
of the requested function has been successfully finished.

US Pat. No. 9,046,831

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EFFECTIVELY SUPPRESSING THERMAL ENERGY RELEASED EXTERNALLY FROM DEVICE DUE TO THERMAL CONVECTION AND HOT AIR FLOW

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing device for fixing a toner image onto a recording paper including:
a heating member for heating said recording paper,
a pressing member for pressing said heating member by pressure-applying contact,
a casing including an interior accommodating said heating member and said pressing member, said casing being provided with
an exit port for discharging said recording paper, and

a closing unit added to said exit port for maintaining a temperature inside said casing, wherein said closing unit has:
(i) a rotation member having a surface possessing a first portion facing said interior of said casing and a second portion
facing exteriorly of said casing, and

(ii) an opposed member forming a nip region together with said rotation member; and
a controller configured to:
obtain a value corresponding to a surface temperature of said surface on said rotation member;
determine whether a difference in surface temperature exists between said first and second portions of said rotation member
by comparing the obtained value with a predetermined value; and

uniformize a surface temperature of said rotation member by rotating said rotation member before passing of said recording
paper when said determination portion determines that a difference in surface temperature exists between said first and second
portions of said rotation member.

US Pat. No. 9,277,852

PROBE

Konica Minolta Advanced L...

1. A probe comprising:
an optical system which irradiates a site of a biological tissue to be observed with irradiation light and receives emission
light emitted from the site; and

an imaging camera which captures a surface image of the site,
wherein the imaging camera is disposed closer to an end of the probe than an entirety of the optical system,
wherein the imaging camera and the optical system are aligned in an axis of rotation which is directed to a longitudinal direction
of the probe,

wherein the probe is configured to rotate a direction of incidence of the emission light to be received on the probe and a
direction of imaging of the imaging camera around the axis of rotation while fixing an angle between the direction of incidence
and the direction of imaging, and

wherein the optical system receives the emission light emitted from the site to be observed, which always falls in a field
of view of the imaging camera, or brought with a time lag into the field of view of the imaging camera as a result of rotation,
the emission light being incident on the probe in a direction normal to, or inclined away from, the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,275,205

MATERIAL OUTPUT SYSTEM FOR OUTPUTTING MEETING MATERIAL FOR PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANT IN MEETING

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. A material output system comprising:
a server comprising storage medium, said server storage medium storing at least one piece of meeting information, the meeting
information including prospective participants in a meeting, a meeting room where said meeting is held, a meeting room use
time for said meeting, and a storage location to save material used in said meeting;

a plurality of output hardware units configured to output said material, each said output hardware unit being located in a
meeting room and comprising a processor, a display unit, and authentication hardware authenticating a user;

where said server storage medium further stores a correspondence between said plurality of output hardware units and meeting
rooms corresponding to said plurality of output hardware units;

said output hardware unit that performed authentication of the user being instructed to output material saved in the storage
location of the meeting information when i) it is determined based on said meeting information that said user authenticated
by said authentication hardware is one of the prospective participants for said meeting and it is determined based on said
meeting information that the present date and time is included in the meeting room use time for said meeting, and ii) it is
determined based on said correspondence stored in said server storage medium that said output hardware unit that performed
authentication of the user corresponds to the meeting room where said meeting is held;

said display unit displaying a screen to allow output of material saved in the storage location for at least one piece of
meeting information when said authenticated user is one of a plurality of prospective participants in the meeting information
for a meeting when it is determined that said server storage medium does not store meeting information where said authenticated
user is one of a plurality of prospective participants in a meeting, where a meeting room corresponded with said output hardware
unit has performed authentication of the user is the meeting room where the meeting is held, and where the present date and
time is included in a meeting room use time in the meeting information for the meeting; and

said output hardware unit that has performed authentication to output material being instructed, based on an instruction from
said authenticated user, to save in the storage location of the meeting information for a meeting when said screen to allow
output of material is displayed on said display unit and when said authenticated user is one of the prospective participants
in the meeting information for a meeting.

US Pat. No. 9,195,213

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FAN TO GENERATE AIR FLOW IN CONVEYANCE PATH IN SHEET CONVEYANCE DIRECTION

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image on the image carrier onto a recording sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image transferred at the transfer unit onto the recording sheet;
a conveyance path through which the recording sheet is conveyed from the transfer unit to the fixing unit;
a conveyance guide member disposed in the conveyance path on an image formation surface side of the recording sheet; and
a fan configured to send air from the transfer unit to the conveyance path toward a gap defined between the conveyance guide
member and the transfer unit so as to form a flow of air in the conveyance path from an upstream side to a downstream side
in a conveyance direction of the recording sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,369,595

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR BEING ABLE TO UTILIZE APPLICATION IN WHICH WEB BROWSER IS USED

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. An image forming apparatus that accesses a server, which provides a Web application, to enable said Web application to
be utilized, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a display; and
a processor configured to:
receive an instruction to utilize said Web application;
acquire a document expressing a Web page of said Web application in response to the instruction;
display a display screen on the display for the Web page with a first data designated by a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier)
included in the document, the first data corresponding to an interface image of the Web application;

analyze whether a previously-set fixed name is included in a URI included in the document, wherein a common data is pre-stored
in a predetermined location which is previously correlated to said fixed name, is used among a plurality of Web applications
and is different from a location for the first data, the common data corresponding to an interface image of a predetermined
application;

acquire the common data correlating to said URI from a predetermined location when it is analyzed that said fixed name is
included in said URI; and

generate the display screen of said Web application replacing the first data with the common data as interface of said Web
application.

US Pat. No. 9,294,360

OPERATION CONTROLLING METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND OPERATION CONTROLLING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A method of controlling operations performed on a common working area in a system, the system comprising one or more display
sections being configured to display the common working area so as to allow a plurality of operators to perform operations
on the common working area, the method comprising:
determining an operator in response to an operation performed by the operator on the common working area displayed in the
one or more display sections;

storing an operation history in a storage section with the operation and the operator being associated with the operation
history;

accepting one or more designated operators to be used for searching a desired operation history from among operation histories
in the storage section, before performing an editing operation using the desired operation history; and

performing the editing operation using one or more extracted operation histories as the desired operation history, the one
or more extracted operation histories being obtained by extracting one or more operation histories being associated with the
one or more designated operators from among the operation histories in the storage section;

wherein the editing operation includes a first operation to undo an operation which has ever been performed; and
wherein the storing the operation history includes storing an operation history into the storage section with the operation,
the operator and an object to be a target of the operation being associated with the operation history, and

the performing the editing operation includes, under a condition that the editing operation causes a deletion of an object,
setting operation histories being associated with the object among the one or more extracted operation histories, to be invalid
so as not to be performed, where the operation histories associated with the object excludes an operation history of an operation
to undo the deletion of the object and an operation history of an operation to redo a creation of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,268,245

TONER FOR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPMENT

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A toner for electrostatic image development, comprising:
toner particles,
wherein the toner particles contain a resin, a colorant, and a parting agent,
wherein the resin contains a vinyl polymer having a structural unit represented by the following general formula (1):
wherein,
R1 to R5 are each a hydrogen atom or —OCOR6;

R6 is an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; and

at least two of R1 to R5 are hydrogen atoms and at least one thereof is —OCOR6, and

wherein the toner particles have a particle size of 4 to 10 ?m in terms of a volume-based median diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,177,389

MOTION VECTOR GENERATION APPARATUS AND MOTION VECTOR GENERATION METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A motion vector generation apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit to capture and hold a plurality of time-series images;
a target point determination unit configured to determine a target point at a sub-pixel level in one of the plurality of time-series
images held in the image acquisition unit;

a corresponding point search unit configured to search for a corresponding point at a sub-pixel level corresponding to the
target point, the corresponding point being in an image contained in the plurality of time-series images in the image acquisition
unit, the image being different from the one of the plurality of time-series images in which the target point is determined;

a motion vector calculation unit coupled to the image acquisition unit and coupled to a central processing unit and memory
storage, and configured to calculate a motion vector according to the target point and the corresponding point;

wherein, after the corresponding point search unit searches the corresponding point, the target point determination unit determines
the corresponding point searched at a sub-pixel level as a new target point in the searched image, and the corresponding point
search unit searches for the corresponding point at a sub-pixel level corresponding to the new target point determined at
the sub-pixel level, wherein the corresponding point is in a time-series image that is different from a time-series image
in which the new target point is determined; and

wherein the determining the corresponding point searched at a sub-pixel level as a new target point in the searched image
by the target point determination unit, and the searching for the corresponding point at a sub-pixel level corresponding to
the new target point determined at the sub-pixel level by the corresponding point search unit are iteratively repeated; and

wherein the motion vector calculation unit sequentially calculates motion vectors based on each target point and each searched
corresponding point corresponding to the target point in the one of the plurality of time-series images, wherein each target
point and each corresponding point is iteratively determined or searched.

US Pat. No. 9,541,681

LIGHT EXTRACTION SHEET, ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELEMENT AND ILLUMINATION DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A light extraction sheet comprising:
a transparent resin film and provided thereon,
a light scatter layer containing a first binder resin and light scattering particles with an average particle size of from
0.2 to 1.0 ?m dispersed in the first binder resin, and

a concavo-convex layer containing a second binder resin and spherical particles with an average particle size of from 3 to
10 ?m,

wherein a content of the spherical particles in the concavo-convex layer is from 20 to 70% by volume of the second binder
resin,

wherein the sheet has a haze of not less than 98%, and
wherein the light scatter layer and the concavo-convex layer are disposed on a same side of the transparent resin film, and
the light scatter layer is disposed between the transparent resin film and the concavo-convex layer.

US Pat. No. 9,116,331

PROJECTION LENS SYSTEM HAVING VARIABLE MAGNIFICATION

KONICA MINOLTA ADVANCED L...

15. A projector, comprising:
an image display device that displays an image;
a laser light source;
an illumination optical system that directs light from the laser light source to the image display device; and
a projection lens system that projects, while enlarging, the image displayed on the image display device onto a screen surface,
wherein
the projection lens system is constructed as a zoom lens system which is for use with a laser light source and performs magnification
variation by moving at least a lens group along an optical axis, and the projection lens system fulfills conditional formula
(1) below:

(|AC(B2?G)|+|AC(R2?G)|)/(|AC(B1?G)|+|AC(R1?G)|)<0.8  (1)

where
AC(B2?G) represents longitudinal chromatic aberration between blue and green laser wavelengths;

AC(R2?G) represents longitudinal chromatic aberration between red and green laser wavelengths;

AC(B1?G) represents longitudinal chromatic aberration between (i) a middle value of a green laser wavelength and a blue laser wavelength,
and (ii) the green lasert wavelength; and

AC(R1?G) represents longitudinal chromatic aberration between (i) a middle value of a green laser wavelength and a red laser wavelength,
and (ii) the green laser wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,094,551

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING A TOUCH PANEL

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a touch panel; and
a processing unit configured to execute processing based on a gesture on said touch panel, said processing unit including
a determination unit configured to determine a detail of processing corresponding to said gesture, wherein

(i) when the detail of processing corresponding to said gesture is interpreted by said processing unit as being associated
with a first detail of processing as executing previously defined processing on a file and associated with a second detail
of processing as processing on an image displayed on said touch panel and (ii) when the file targeted for said processing
is stored in a storage device, said determination unit determines the appropriate detail of processing corresponding to said
gesture as said first detail of processing, and the processing unit executes the previously defined processing on that file.

US Pat. No. 9,558,434

REMOTE OPERATION SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, REMOTE OPERATION APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A remote operation system, comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and
a remote operation apparatus for remotely operating said image forming apparatus by using a remote operation screen,
wherein said image forming apparatus has:
an operation input part including a touch panel and a hardware key; and
a first processor configured to:
transmit first screen information indicating a first screen including a touch panel area used for displaying a touch panel
image representing said touch panel and a hardware key area used for displaying a hardware key image representing said hardware
key and synthesizable area information indicating a synthesizable area not including said hardware key image to said remote
operation apparatus, and

said remote operation apparatus has:
a display for displaying said remote operation screen;
a storage part for storing an information which associates an additional image with said first screen; and
a second processor configured to:
receive said first screen information and said synthesizable area information from said image forming apparatus;
generate a second screen by retrieving said additional image to be added to said first screen using said information stored
in said storage part and synthesizing said additional image to be added to said first screen into said synthesizable area
of said first screen so that said additional image is positioned on said first screen without hiding the hardware key area,
on the basis of said synthesizable area information and said information stored in said storage part; and

display said second screen on said display as said remote operation screen.

US Pat. No. 9,256,149

TONER FOR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPMENT

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A toner for electrostatic image development comprising toner particles, wherein
the toner particles have a domain-matrix structure in which a domain phase comprising crystalline polyester resin having a
melting point of 40 to 90° C. and domain phase comprising a vinyl resin resin B having a weight average molecular weight of
250,000 to 400,000 are dispersed in a matrix phase comprising a vinyl resin A having a weight average molecular weight of
10,000 to 50,000.

US Pat. No. 9,405,263

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND POST PROCESSING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming apparatus and a post processing apparatus,
wherein said image forming apparatus includes:
a main body;
at least one feeder disposed within the main body, said at least one feeder having a longer side direction orthogonal to a
conveyance direction of a recording medium, and being configured to feed a maximum size recording medium of a maximum size
to be accommodated with a longer side first, wherein, said at least one feeder cannot accommodate the maximum size recording
medium with the longer side of the maximum size recording medium parallel to the conveyance direction thereof, and all recording
media accommodated in the main body are accommodated only in said at least one feeder;

an image forming unit having a maximum sheet feed width corresponding to the longer side length of the maximum size recording
medium, and configured to print a toner image corresponding to digital image data onto the maximum size recording medium;
and

a sub feeder disposed on an external side of the main body and configured to externally feed a maximum size recording medium
to the image forming unit independently from the at least one feeder disposed within the main body, wherein the orientation
of the maximum size recording medium in the sub feeder with respect to the conveyance direction is different from the orientation
of the maximum size recording medium in the at least one feeder;

wherein said post processing apparatus is configured to receive a printed maximum size recording medium and execute post processing
on any one of a side of the maximum size recording medium orthogonal to the conveyance direction and a side of the maximum
size recording medium parallel to the conveyance direction, and

wherein one of the at least one feeder and the sub feeder is selectable as a feeding source of the maximum size recording
medium for executing the post processing on the longer side of the maximum size recording medium and executing the post processing
on a shorter side of the maximum size recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,289,980

POWER SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE FOR INKJET HEAD AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. A power source control device for an inkjet head, comprising:
a first input section which receives electrical power supplied from a first power source;
a second input section which receives electrical power supplied from a second power source having higher power supply capability
per predetermined time interval than the first power source; and

a control section which controls a connection status between an inkjet head driving system and the first and second input
sections such that any one of the first and second power sources is connected to the inkjet head driving system,

wherein the control section controls the connection status in such a way as to connect the second power source, preferentially
over the first power source, to the inkjet head driving system when a predetermined amount or more of electrical power is
input from both the first and second input sections.

US Pat. No. 9,190,617

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND SOLAR CELL

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A photoelectric conversion element comprising a first electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer comprising a semiconductor
and a sensitizing dye, and a solid hole transport layer, and a second electrode, on a substrate,
wherein said sensitizing dye is represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 24 carbon atoms in which at least
one of hydrogen can be substituted by a substituent, and an alkenyl group having 2 to 32 carbon atoms, in which at least one
of hydrogen can be substituted by a substituent,

R3 represents a hydrogen atom,

at least one of the hydrogen atoms in the ring b1 may be substituted by a substituent, provided that a plurality of substituents may bond with each other to form a ring which
may have a substituent, or a plurality of the rings b1 may be fused;

Z represents an organic residue having an acidic group, and an electron-attracting group or an electron-attracting ring structure;
m is an integer from 3 to 4, and each ring may each independently have a substituent;
said solid hole transport layer comprises a polymer obtainable by polymerizing a compound represented by the following formula
or a multimer of one of the following formula:

wherein X1 and X2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a linear or branched alkyl group having 6 to 18 carbon atoms, or —OR4 group, R4 represents a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,122,210

COOLING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. A cooling device used in an image forming apparatus, the cooling device comprising:
a feeding section having endless first belt and second belt faced with each other and feeding a sheet by sandwiching the same
between the first belt and the second belt;

a cooling section having a flow passage-forming section for forming a flow passage through which a cooling medium flows and
cooling the sheet via the first belt, the flow passage-forming section including a plurality of cooling pipe bodies, each
extending in a direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding direction, and a joining section joining end portions of adjacent cooling
pipe bodies to each other, and the flow passage being formed inside the plurality of cooling pipe bodies and the joining section;
and

a plurality of pressing rollers being provided inside the second belt, each of the plurality of pressing rollers being arranged
at a position facing a corresponding cooling pipe body of the flow passage-forming section through the second belt and the
first belt, and pressing the second belt onto the cooling section.

US Pat. No. 9,666,818

TANDEM-TYPE ORGANIC PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND SOLAR BATTERY

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. A tandem-type organic photoelectric conversion element comprising at least a first electrode, a second electrode and a
plurality of bulk hetero junction layers each containing an n-type semiconductor material and a p-type semiconductor material,
wherein, the plurality of bulk hetero junction layers contains a first bulk hetero junction layer and a second bulk hetero
junction layer, provided, that the second bulk hetero junction layer absorbs a light of longer wavelength than the first bulk
hetero junction layer, and that a LUMO level in a film state of the n-type semiconductor material of the first bulk hetero
junction layer (LUMO(n1)) and a LUMO level in a film state of the n-type semiconductor material of the second bulk hetero
junction layer (LUMO(n2)) satisfy Expression (1):

0.4 eV?LUMO(n1)?LUMO(n2)?0.1 eV,  Expression (1)

wherein, the n-type semiconductor material contained in the first bulk hetero junction layer and the second bulk hetero junction
layer is a compound having fullerene C60 as a parent fullerene compound,

wherein the LUMP level in a film state of the n-type semiconductor material of the first bulk hetero junction layer (LUMO(n1))
satisfies Expression (3):

?4.0 eV?LUMO(n1)??4.2 eV,  Expression (3)

and
wherein the n-type semiconductor material contained in the second bulk hetero junction layer has a band gap of 1.5 to 1.0
eV.

US Pat. No. 9,213,289

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, DISPLAY METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING DISPLAY PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image formation apparatus including a plurality of categories, wherein each category includes a plurality of functions,
said image formation apparatus comprising:
a display,
a first display controller configured to cause said display to display user-selectable category objects respectively indicating
said plurality of categories,

a first acceptance unit configured to receive a selection of a first category object indicating a first category among said
plurality of categories,

a second display controller configured to cause said display to display a screen comprising a plurality of user-selectable
first function objects used for performing a setting related to a plurality of first functions, respectively, which are included
in said first category indicated by the selected first category object,

a second acceptance unit configured to receive a user selection of a first function object to perform a setting related to
a first function indicated by said first function object, among said plurality of displayed first function objects,

a determination unit configured to determine whether a setting of a second function included in a second category, other than
said first category, is to be changed or not based on a setting entered for said first function, and

a display modification unit configured to cause said display, in response to a determination by the determination unit that
said setting of the second function included in the second category has been changed, to display, on said screen, a user-selectable
second function object used for performing a setting related to the second function whose setting has been changed, together
with said plurality of first function objects included in the first category,

wherein said plurality of the first function objects displayed by the display modification unit include a function object
corresponding to a first function whose setting is not changed.

US Pat. No. 9,116,123

GLOSS MEASURING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A gloss measuring device that measures a gloss of an image formed on a sheet which is being transported, the gloss measuring
device comprising:
a light emission portion that emits light toward the sheet;
a light reception portion that receives the light reflected specularly off the image formed on the sheet; and
a position adjustment unit that performs adjustment such that the sheet being transported is in a measurement reference position,
said the position adjustment unit including an upstream transport roller pair and a downstream transport roller pair provided
on respective upstream and downstream sides of the measurement reference position in a sheet transport direction, wherein

said upstream transport roller pair and said downstream transport roller pair are configured to nip and transport the sheet
and are controlled such that they bring the sheet into a tensioned state therebetween,

a transport speed of the downstream transport roller pair on the downstream side in the sheet transport direction is set higher
than a transport speed of the upstream transport roller pair on the upstream side in the sheet transport direction, and

the gloss measuring device measures the gloss of the image formed on the sheet being transported.

US Pat. No. 9,191,455

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR BEING ABLE TO UTILIZE APPLICATION IN WHICH WEB BROWSER IS USED

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming system comprising a plurality of image forming apparatuses utilizing a Web application which is provided
through a network, and an information processing device which can communicate with each of the plurality of image forming
apparatuses, each of the image forming apparatuses comprising:
a user identification unit for identifying a user who uses said image forming apparatus;
a registration unit for registering the provided Web application;
a selection receiver for receiving an instruction to select the Web application registered by said registration unit;
an acquisition unit for acquiring information for performing said Web application in response to the selection instruction
received by said selection receiver;

a storage in which the information acquired by said acquisition unit is stored as cache information;
a cache management unit for managing information indicating a correspondence relationship between said cache information stored
in said storage and said Web application for each user identified by the user identification unit;

an authority management unit for managing information relating to use authority provided to said user identified by said user
identification unit with respect to the Web application registered by said registration unit;

an authority cancel instruction receiver for receiving an instruction from the information processing device to cancel the
use authority provided to said user with respect to the Web application;

an authority cancel unit for cancelling the use authority in each user based on the instruction received by the authority
cancel instruction receiver; and

a deletion unit for deleting the cache information that corresponds to the Web application in which the use authority is cancelled
and corresponds to the user in whom said use authority is cancelled in pieces of cache information stored in said storage
based on said information managed by said authority management unit and said information managed by said cache management
unit when said authority cancel unit cancels the use authority that is provided to the user with respect to the Web application
registered by said registration unit;

wherein said deletion unit deletes the cache information that corresponds to the Web application in which the use authority
is cancelled and corresponds to the user in whom said use authority is cancelled in pieces of cache information stored in
said storage, and maintains the registration of the Web application in which the use authority is cancelled;

the information processing device comprising:
a cancel instruction unit for collectively sending instructions to cancel the use authority of said Web application of said
user to each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses included in the image forming system.

US Pat. No. 9,324,934

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, INK-JET HEAD, AND INK-JET PRINTER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A piezoelectric thin film of a perovskite type comprising a crystal structure of a tetragonal crystal, to which an electric
field is applied in [001] direction,
wherein
a (100) orientation degree of the tetragonal crystal is 80% or higher,
the ratio of the tetragonal crystal to all crystals in the piezoelectric thin film is 67% or higher,
the piezoelectric thin film is made of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) obtained by substituting La for a part of
Pb in PZT, and

90° domain rotation of the tetragonal crystal is capable of being caused when the electric field is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,098,716

AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM FOR INSTRUCTION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AUTHENTICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND AUTHENTICATION CONTROL PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An authentication system for an instruction processing apparatus, the authentication system comprising:
a computing device for performing user authentication using user authentication information at the time of using the instruction
processing apparatus;

the instruction processing apparatus comprising a processor to execute performing user authentication using the user authentication
information at the time of using the instruction processing apparatus;

a controller configured to:
add first restrictions implemented by the computing device to processing functions of the instruction processing apparatus
when the computing device performed the user authentication;

add further restrictions, in addition to the first restrictions implemented by the computing device, to processing functions
of the instruction processing apparatus when the user authentication was not executed by the computing device, but was executed
by the processor; and

prohibit a user from using the processing functions of the instruction processing apparatus unless the user is authenticated
by either the computing device or the processor; and

a recording portion configured to record an authentication result, wherein the controller is configured to add restrictions
to the processing functions of the instruction processing apparatus based on a determination of whether or not an authentication
result by the computing device or the processor can be recorded in the recording portion;

wherein the instruction processing apparatus is an image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,350,188

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND POWER-SOURCE DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a processing unit that includes an accepting part configured to accept a processing request from an external device, and is
configured to execute a process specified by the processing request;

a secondary battery connected with an external power source; and
a power-source device configured to transition from a waiting state to an operating state when the accepting part accepts
a processing request while in the waiting state, and then transition from the operating state to the waiting state when the
processing unit completes executing the process, wherein, in the waiting state, power supply from the external power source
to the processing unit is stopped and the secondary battery supplies power to the accepting part, and in the operating state,
power is supplied from the external power source to the processing unit,

the power-source device including a controller that is configured to execute a first charge control operation to cause the
external power source to charge the secondary battery when, in the operating state, a voltage of the secondary battery is
equal to or lower than a threshold voltage, and end executing the first charge control operation when the operating state
transitions to the waiting state,

the controller updating the threshold voltage in response to an increase in the number of times the first charge control operation
is executed,

wherein the first charge control operation is a charge control operation in which the controller charges the secondary battery
intermittently, and

wherein the controller performs a pulse charge control as the first charge control operation based on a duty ratio, a charge
time and a current value that are set in advance.

US Pat. No. 9,208,358

ELECTRONIC PAPER, COPY CONTROLLING PROGRAM AND COPY CONTROLLING METHOD

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. An electronic paper that is provided with an image display section having an image retaining property, comprising:
a sensor to detect a status of the electronic paper;
a status detecting section to determine whether or not the electronic paper currently enters into such a specific status that
allows a user to perform a copying operation or a scanning operation on the image display section, based on an output signal
outputted by the sensor;

a counting section to count a number of times the electronic paper enters into the specific status, to determine whether or
not the number of times exceeds a predetermined number of times established in advance, by comparing the number of times the
electronic paper enters into the specific status and the predetermined number of times established in advance; and

a display controlling section to make the image display section display a document image thereon;
wherein, when the status detecting section determines that the electronic paper currently enters in the specific status, and
when the counting section determines that the number of times the electronic paper has entered into the specific status, is
equal to or lower than the predetermined number of times established in advance, the display controlling section adds specific
information, indicating that the document image concerned is a copy, to the document image currently displayed on the image
display section;

and wherein, when the status detecting section determines that the electronic paper currently enters in the specific status,
and when the counting section determines that the number of times the electronic paper has entered into the specific status,
exceeds the predetermined number of times established in advance, the display controlling implements other image processing,
different than adding specific information, indicating that the document image concerned is a copy, to the document image
currently displayed on the image display section.

US Pat. No. 9,110,228

FILM MIRROR, FILM MIRROR FOR SOLAR POWER GENERATION AND REFLECTION DEVICE FOR SOLAR POWER GENERATION

KONICA MINOLTA ADVANCED L...

1. A film mirror comprising
a resin substrate and
a silver reflection layer provided on at least one side of the resin substrate,
wherein the film mirror comprises an outermost layer on a light incident side and a surface of the outermost layer exhibits
an electric surface resistivity value of 1.0×10?3 to 1.0×109 ohms per square, a pencil hardness of not less than H and less than 6H, and not more than 30 scratches in a steel wool test
under a load of 500 g/cm2.

US Pat. No. 9,256,180

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ENCODED WITH DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a storage portion to store application data and reduced image data obtained by reducing an image of said application data,
in association with each other;

a display portion to display a preview image;
a position detection portion to detect a position designated by the user on a display surface of said display portion;
an enlargement operation detection portion to detect an enlargement operation of giving an instruction to enlarge a preview
image when two different positions are detected simultaneously by said position detection portion and a distance between the
two positions continuously detected by said position detection portion is changed over time;

a first image display portion to display a first display image generated from said reduced image data as said preview image
on said display portion;

a process target determination portion to determine the amount of operation of the enlargement operation based on the amount
of change in said distance between the two positions detected by said enlargement operation detection portion, and to determine
process target data from said reduced image data and said application data associated with said reduced image data, based
on a magnification set by said amount of operation;

a second display image generation portion to generate a second display image based on said determined process target data,
in response to said enlargement operation being detected; and

a second image display portion to display said generated second display image as said preview image on said display portion,
wherein

if the magnification set by said amount of operation is greater than a first threshold value and is equal to or smaller than
a second threshold value greater than the first threshold value, said process target determination portion further determines
said application data as process target data for a region of interest and determines said reduced image data as process target
data for a peripheral region excluding said region of interest of an image of said process target data; and

if the magnification set by said amount of operation is greater than the second threshold value, said process target determination
portion determines said application data as process target data.

US Pat. No. 9,179,015

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An image forming apparatus having, as operation modes, a normal mode and a power-saving mode with power consumption smaller
than said normal mode, comprising:
an operation unit for receiving an instruction from a user,
said operation unit having an operation area to which a prescribed instruction from the user is input;
a first detection unit, arranged corresponding to said operation area, for detecting an input from the user to said operation
area in said normal mode;

a power control unit controlling power supply in said normal mode and said power-saving mode, and turning off power supply
to said first detection unit in said power-saving mode; and

a second detection unit for detecting an input from the user to said operation area in said power-saving mode; wherein
said operation unit has a plurality of operation areas; and
said second detection unit is provided for each of said plurality of operation areas.

US Pat. No. 9,170,535

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. A fixing device that thermally fixes toner images on recording sheets of various sizes, the fixing device comprising:
a conductive heat generating rotational body configured to heat toner images;
an excitation coil positioned along a part of an outer circumferential surface of the heat generating rotational body and
configured to generate a magnetic flux to heat the heat generating rotational body by electromagnetic induction; and

a demagnetization coil positioned close to the excitation coil so as to cover a part of the excitation coil and configured
to cancel, when a toner image is being fixed on a smaller-sized recording sheet, a part of the magnetic flux generated by
the excitation coil so that overheating is prevented in a region where no recording sheet passes through of the heat generating
rotational body, wherein

the demagnetization coil has a thickness smaller than a thickness of the excitation coil in a radial direction of the heat
generating rotational body;

wherein
the excitation coil and the demagnetization coil are each a wound litz wire,
the litz wire constituting the demagnetization coil has an outer diameter smaller than an outer diameter of the litz wire
constituting the excitation coil, and

a number of turns of the litz wire constituting the demagnetization coil is greater than a number of turns of the litz wire
constituting the excitation coil.

US Pat. No. 9,128,607

USER INTERFACE PROVIDED WITH DISPLAY UNIT FOR DISPLAYING SCREEN

Konica Minolta Business T...

1. A user interface device comprising:
a display unit for displaying a screen;
a tap detector for detecting a tap performed to said display unit;
a situation generation detector for detecting a situation; and
a first message display unit,
the first message display unit configured such that: when the situation generation detector detects the situation until the
tap detector detects a second tap performed to the display unit since the tap detector detects a first tap performed to the
display unit, the first message display unit suspends a displaying of a message about the situation on the display unit until
the tap detector detects the second tap performed to the display unit, the first tap and the second tap constituting a double
tap, and

the first message display unit further configured such that when the tap detector detects the second tap within a predetermined
time since the tap detector detects the first tap, the first message display unit displays the message about the situation
detected by said situation generation detector on said display unit after said tap detector detects the second tap.

US Pat. No. 9,128,646

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORED WITH INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An information processing apparatus to be used in a printing system, said printing system having a client apparatus, a
server apparatus, and an image forming apparatus, all of which are connected by a network, wherein said client apparatus executes
a printer driver for setting a plurality of setting parameters concerning printing conditions of said image forming apparatus,
and wherein said server apparatus provides said client apparatus with said printer driver and executes said printer driver,
either said client apparatus or said server apparatus serving as said information processing apparatus, the information processing
apparatus comprising:

a receiving unit for receiving a request to activate said printer driver;
a judgment unit for judging whether or not said printer driver is installed by the Point & Print function; and
a control unit for allowing a user to select one or more of the setting parameters to be displayed on a predetermined screen
of said activated printer driver among said plurality of setting parameters and allowing the user to modify setting values
of all of said plurality of setting parameters, when it is judged that said printer driver is not installed by the Point &
Print function,

said control unit further allowing said user to modify only setting values of said one or more selected setting parameters
displayed on the predetermined screen of said activated printer driver and preventing said user from adding or deleting setting
parameters to be displayed on the predetermined screen of said activated printer driver, when it is judged that said printer
driver is installed by the Point & Print function.

US Pat. No. 9,355,311

REMOVAL OF GRAPHICS FROM DOCUMENT IMAGES USING HEURISTIC TEXT ANALYSIS AND TEXT RECOVERY

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for removing graphics components in an input binary document image, comprising:
(a) determining whether each connected component in the input binary document image is a text component or a graphic component,
and removing all connected components that are determined to be graphic components to generate an intermediate document image,
the intermediate document image containing a plurality of connected components that are determined to be text components;

(b) recovering at least some connected components of the input binary document image that have been removed in step (a) as
recovered text components, wherein the recovering step recovers any connected component that is at least partially located
within a pre-defined neighboring area around either a text component in the intermediate document image or another recovered
text component, including:

(b1) setting the intermediate document image as a current text recovery image;
(b2) for each connected component of the current text recovery image, defining an expanded bounding box around the connected
component by expanding a bounding box of the connected component in one or more directions by predefined amounts;

(b3) searching the input binary document image in the expanded bounding boxes of all connected component of the current text
recovery image to find any new image components located within the expanded bounding boxes that are not present in the current
text recovery image;

(b4) updating the current text recovery image to include any new image components found in step (b3); and
(b5) repeating steps (b2) to (b4) until no new image components are found within the expanded bounding boxes in step (b3),
wherein the new image components found in all iterations of step (b3) collectively form the recovered text components; and
(c) generating an output document image which contains only the connected components that are determined to be text components
in step (a) and the connected components recovered in step (b).

US Pat. No. 9,563,291

FILM FOR PEN INPUT DEVICE, AND PEN INPUT DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A film placed on an input surface of a pen input device,
wherein a point determined by a combination of a static friction coefficient value x and a kinetic friction coefficient value
y obtained when an input pen is moved on a surface of the film with an applied load of 250 g at a speed of 5 cm/sec falls
within a region including a line segment and a neighborhood of the line segment in a coordinate system showing a static friction
coefficient on the X-axis and a kinetic friction coefficient on the Y-axis, the line segment being expressed as

y=0.3071x+0.0496

0.26?x?0.13,

the static friction coefficient value x and the kinetic friction coefficient value y falling within ranges expressed as
0.16?the static friction coefficient value x?0.10

0.100?the kinetic friction coefficient value y?0.080,

size a, height b, and pitch c of concavities and convexities in the surface falling within ranges expressed as
20 ?m?a?16 ?m

0.9 ?m?b?0.4 ?m

30 ?m?c?26 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,258,490

SMOOTHING OF GHOST MAPS IN A GHOST ARTIFACT DETECTION METHOD FOR HDR IMAGE CREATION

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for generating a high dynamic range (HDR) image from a set of multiple images at different exposure levels, comprising:
(a) detecting ghost-inducing objects in the set of multiple images to generate a binary ghost map for each image, each binary
ghost map having a plurality of pixels, each pixel having either a first predetermined pixel value indicating that a corresponding
pixel in the corresponding image is ghost-inducing or a second predetermined pixel value indicating that a corresponding pixel
in the corresponding image is not ghost-inducing;

(b) generating a continuous-tone ghost map from each binary ghost map, including:
(b1) for each pixel of the binary ghost map that has the first predetermined pixel value, assigning the first predetermined
pixel value to a corresponding pixel of the continuous-tone ghost map; and

(b2) for each pixel of the binary ghost map that has the second predetermined pixel value, calculating a distance between
the pixel and a nearest pixel in the binary ghost map that has the first pixel value, calculating a pixel value as a function
of the distance, the function having the first predetermined pixel value when the distance is zero and changing monotonously
toward the second predetermined pixel value when the distance is greater than zero, and assigning the calculated pixel value
to a corresponding pixel of the continuous-tone ghost map; and

(c) generating the HDR image using the set of multiple images and the corresponding continuous-tone ghost maps.

US Pat. No. 9,075,552

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RETRIEVING PRINT MEDIA ATTRIBUTES FROM A PRINT MEDIA DATABASE SERVER

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

11. A method of managing at least one print media database server for print media attributes of print media, comprising:
hosting print media attributes for a plurality of image forming apparatuses on the at least one print media database server,
the at least one print media database server containing print media attributes for a plurality of print media;

receiving, by the at least one print media database server, additional print media attributes from one of the plurality of
image forming apparatus;

confirming accuracy of the additional print media attributes; and
providing, by the at least one print media database server, the additional print media attributes in the print media database
to another one of the plurality of image forming apparatuses after the accuracy of the additional print media attributes is
confirmed.

US Pat. No. 9,177,394

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for processing an electronic document (ED) of a plurality of presentation slides using a page rendering device
(PRD), comprising:
identifying, within the ED, a presentation slide comprising a fixed object, a plurality of objects including a first object
and a second object, and a command for an animation effect that sequentially controls the plurality of objects, wherein the
fixed object remains visible while the presentation slide is visible and the fixed object is not part of the animation effect;

generating, based on the identified presentation slide, a first frame lacking the animation effect and comprising the first
object of the plurality of objects and the fixed object;

generating, based on the identified presentation slide, a second frame lacking the animation effect and comprising the second
object of the plurality of objects and the fixed object but not the first object; and

outputting, by the PRD and during a rendering of the ED, the first frame comprising the fixed object and the first object,
and the second frame comprising the fixed object and the second object for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,123,141

GHOST ARTIFACT DETECTION AND REMOVAL IN HDR IMAGE PROCESSING USING MULTI-LEVEL MEDIAN THRESHOLD BITMAPS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for generating a high dynamic range (HDR) image from a set of M images at different exposure levels, implemented
in one or more processors, comprising:
(a) for each image m of the set of M images, where m=1, 2, . . . M, the one or more processors generating N level-n median
threshold bitmap (MTB) for n=1, 2, . . . N, where N denotes a highest level, each level-n MTB being a gray-scale image having
the same size as the image m and 2n gray levels, generated from the image m by mapping the pixel value of each image pixel of the image m to one of the 2n gray levels, wherein the pixel value mapping maps pixel values falling within each of 2n non-overlapping ranges to a gray level, wherein the 2n ranges collectively span a total pixel value range of the image m, and wherein an approximately equal number of pixels of
the image m is mapped to each gray level;

(b) for each level n, the one or more processors comparing the M level-n MTBs corresponding to the M images to generate a
level-n ghost map for each image m, each level-n ghost map being a binary map having a size equal to the size of the corresponding
image m and having pixel values indicating whether the corresponding pixels of the corresponding image are ghost or not;

(c) for each image m, the one or more processors combining the N level-n ghost maps using pixel-wise OR to generate a combined
ghost map, where the combined ghost map has pixel values indicating whether the corresponding pixels of the image m are ghost
or not; and

(d) the one or more processors generating the HDR image using the set of M images and the corresponding combined ghost maps.

US Pat. No. 9,210,335

METHOD FOR GENERATING HDR IMAGES USING MODIFIED WEIGHT

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for generating a high dynamic range (HDR) image from a set of multiple images having different exposure levels,
comprising:
detecting ghost-inducing objects in the set of multiple images to generate a ghost map for each image, each pixel of the ghost
map representing a ghost-weight of a corresponding pixel in the corresponding image; and

generating the HDR image using the set of multiple images, the corresponding ghost maps, and a set of corresponding weight
functions, wherein each pixel of the HDR image is a weighted sum of contributions from each of the multiple images weighted
by a weighting factor, the weighting factor for each pixel of each image being a product of the ghost-weight for the pixel
of the image and a weight value for the pixel of the image, the weight value being calculated from the weight function corresponding
to the image,

wherein each weight function is a function of pixel intensity, and the weight functions for all images are defined over a
common pixel intensity range,

wherein the weight functions for at least some of the images are different from each other,
wherein for a first weight function for a first image, its values in a first region near a higher end of the intensity range
are higher than corresponding values in a corresponding second region near a lower end of the intensity range, the first region
and the second region being symmetrical to each other with respect to a midpoint of the intensity range, and

wherein for a second weight function for a second image having a higher exposure level than the first image, its values in
a first region near the lower end of the intensity range are higher than corresponding values in a corresponding second region
near the higher end of the intensity range, the first region and the second region being symmetrical to each other with respect
to the midpoint of the intensity range.

US Pat. No. 9,081,522

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SEARCHING FOR MISSING RESOURCES

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

15. A printing system comprising:
a host computer; and
an image forming apparatus having a memory unit and a print engine connected to the memory unit for forming an image on a
recording medium, wherein the image forming apparatus performs the following steps:

receiving the print job from a host computer, the print job having a non-sharable resource call-out that calls out a non-sharable
resource selected from a group consisting of graphics, an image, a logo, a form overlay, and a font;

checking the image forming apparatus for the non-sharable resource, which has been called out by the print job, and if the
non-sharable resource is not available on the image forming apparatus;

sending a request for the non-sharable resource from the image forming apparatus to a device having the non-sharable resource,
wherein the device having the non-sharable resource is a separate device external to the image forming apparatus;

receiving a response from the device including at least one link to where the non-sharable resource can be obtained; and
choosing a link having the non-sharable resource and obtaining the non-sharable resource, wherein the non-sharable resource
requires either of a single user license or a multi-user license, and wherein if the non-sharable resource requires a single
user license, rejecting a request for the non-sharable resource until the single user license has been purchased, and if the
non-sharable resource is a multi-user license, requesting user authentication in a form of an encrypted password.

US Pat. No. 9,251,568

PSEUDO-SKELETON BASED IMAGE ENHANCEMENT FOR DOCUMENT IMAGE REPRODUCTION

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for enhancing an input document image, comprising:
segmenting the input document image into non-graphical regions and graphical regions; and
for each non-graphical region:
(a) binarizing the non-graphical region to generate a binary image containing connected components;
(b) computing a plurality of levels of pseudo-skeletons for each connected component;
(c) modifying pixel values of pixels of the input document image located in each of a plurality of pseudo-skeleton difference
areas by applying a corresponding plurality of different inverse-degradation functions to the pixel values, each pseudo-skeleton
difference area being an area between two successive levels of pseudo-skeletons.

US Pat. No. 9,673,405

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND LIGHTING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA HOLDINGS, ...

1. An organic electroluminescent device having at least one luminescent layer between an anode and a cathode, containing:
a six-coordinate, ortho-metalated iridium complex represented by the formula (I) below:

wherein
V represents a trivalent linking group which bonds to L1 to L3 through a covalent bond at X9, and V is selected from the group consisting of:


n represents 1 or 2;
each of L1 to L3 is represented by any one of formulae (III) to (VII) below:


wherein, in each of formulae (III) to (VII) above,
represents a coordinated bond with Ir,
X7 and Ir form a covalent bond,

R1 represents a substituted aryl group having seven or more carbon atoms,

R2 represents a hydrogen atom or a substituent,

X6 to X11 represents an aromatic six membered ring wherein each of X6 to X11 represents a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom,
andwherein in each of formulae (III) to (V) above,
R3 represents a hydrogen atom or a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,563,389

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, GATEWAY APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING GATEWAY APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SERVER APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING GATEWAY APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING SERVER APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image processing system comprising:
a server apparatus connected to a first network;
an image processing apparatus connected to a second network; and
a gateway apparatus configured to connect the second network to the first network, perform mutual conversion between a first
communication protocol being used in the first network and a second communication protocol being used in the second network,
and relay communication between the server apparatus and the image processing apparatus, wherein

the server apparatus includes a first hardware processor configured to:
transmit job data of a job by the first communication protocol, the image processing apparatus being made to execute the job;
and

add content information to the job data, the content information indicating contents of the job, and
the gateway apparatus includes a second hardware processor configured to:
analyze the job data and acquire the content information;
determine whether the image processing apparatus is capable of executing the job based on the content information; and
execute an operation related to the job based on a result of the determination performed by the hardware processor,
the image processing system further comprising:
a log server connected to one of the first network and the second network, wherein
the job includes a transfer job to transfer information about an image to the log server, the image being an image to be formed
by the image processing apparatus, and,

when the image processing apparatus is not capable of executing the transfer job, the second hardware processor of the gateway
apparatus acquires print data from the job data, transmits the acquired print data to the image processing apparatus, and
transmits the print data or data corresponding to the print data to the log server.

US Pat. No. 9,454,688

HIGH CAPACITY 2D COLOR BARCODE DESIGN AND DECODING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for decoding a two-dimensional color barcode in an image, the barcode having a known layout comprising a plurality
of data cells forming a two-dimensional array and a plurality of reference cells having known colors, each data cell and border
reference cell having one of a plurality of primary colors, the decoding method comprising:
(a) calculating reference color intensity values for each primary color by averaging color intensity values of pixels in at
least some of the reference cells of the primary color;

(b) using color values of at least some of the reference cells, calculating a color conversion matrix which converts each
input color vector formed by color intensity values of a reference cell to a probability vector formed by probability values
of the reference cell being each of the primary colors, the probability values being 1 for the primary color of the reference
cell and 0 for other primary colors;

(c) for each pixel of the barcode in the image, applying the color conversion matrix to color intensity values of the pixel
to calculate pixel-color probabilities with respect to the plurality of primary colors, each representing a probability of
the pixel being the corresponding primary color;

(d) determining a color of each data cell using the pixel-color probabilities and the color intensity values of at least some
of the pixels of the image and the reference color intensity value for each of the primary colors; and

(e) converting the colors of the data cells to digital data.

US Pat. No. 9,355,226

DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED ON A SCANNER

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method implemented in a system comprising a digital document generation apparatus connected to a digital rights management
server via a network, the digital document generation apparatus being a scanner or a mobile device with a camera, for managing
digital rights of digital documents generated by the digital document generation apparatus, the method comprising:
by the digital document generation apparatus:
(a) storing a plurality of right management policies in a storage device local to the digital document generation apparatus,
each right management policy defining user access rights with respect to digital documents with which the policy is to be
associated;

(b) generating a digital document by scanning a hardcopy document using the scanner or photographing a hardcopy document using
the camera;

(c) receiving an operator input indicating a policy ID of a selected one of the plurality of rights management policies;
(d) generating a unique document ID for the digital document;
(e) embedding the document ID and information identifying the digital rights management server in metadata of the digital
document;

(f) encrypting the digital document using an encryption key;
(g) storing the document ID, the policy ID and the encryption key as an entry in a local document-policy association table
in the storage device local to the digital document generation apparatus;

(h) storing or transmitting the encrypted digital document to a user, without permitting any access to content of the digital
document; and

(i) transmitting, after step (h), the document ID, the policy ID and the encryption key to the digital rights management server.

US Pat. No. 9,251,614

BACKGROUND REMOVAL FOR DOCUMENT IMAGES

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for processing an input gray-scale document image for background removal, comprising:
(a) binarizing the input gray-scale image using a global threshold value close to a pixel value representing an ideal background
to generate a first binarized image;

(b) calculating external contours in the first binarized image;
(c) identifying large external contours, and designating regions of the input gray-scale image enclosed by large external
contours as candidate regions for background removal;

(d) for each candidate region of the input gray-scale image, calculating a histogram of numbers of pixels having each pixel
value, and based on the histogram, determining whether the candidate region is a region containing graphics;

(e) individually binarizing candidate regions of the input gray-scale image that are determined not to be a region containing
graphics in step (d), to generate a plurality of binarized images of the candidate regions;

(f) for each binarized image of a candidate region, analyzing its geometric characteristics and/or statistics of connected
components within it to determine whether the corresponding candidate region of the input image is a region containing graphics
or a region containing text and/or tables; and

(g) for each candidate region of the input image that is determined not to be a region containing graphics in step (e) and
step (f) or is determined to be a region containing text and/or tables in step (f), removing a background in the region by
setting pixels of the input image which are located in areas corresponding to white areas of the corresponding binarized image
generated in step (e) to the pixel value representing the ideal background, without altering any other regions of the input
image.

US Pat. No. 9,600,213

CUSTOMIZED PRINT JOB ANALYSIS TO IDENTIFY JOB COMPLEXITY

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A computerized method for managing print jobs in a print shop through a print shop management system, the method comprising:
providing a GUI (graphic user interface) allowing a user to assign respective weight factor values to a plurality of complex
factors used to specify any print job;

receiving user-assigned weight factor values from the GUI;
customizing an algorithm for automatically scoring and routing print jobs based on the user-assigned weight factor values;
receiving a print job;
applying the customized algorithm to calculate a complexity score of the received print job, wherein the complexity score
falls within a range of scores, each score representing a different complexity level of a print job; and

routing the received print job to a destination printer based on the calculated complexity score.

US Pat. No. 9,395,939

METHOD FOR MANAGING RE-ASSIGNMENT OF PRINT JOBS IN CASE OF PRINTER ERRORS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for managing a print job implemented in a print job management apparatus for managing a plurality of printers,
the method comprising:
(a) assigning a print job to a printer cluster which contains a plurality of printers, wherein the print job is divided into
two or more sub-jobs and the divided sub-jobs are assigned to two or more of the plurality of printers of the cluster for
processing;

(b) continuing to monitor printer statuses of the printers in the printer cluster after printing begins, and determining whether
an error condition has occurred with any one of the printers in the printer cluster before the print job is completed;

(c) if an error condition belonging to a second group of error conditions has occurred for a printer in the printer cluster,
automatically and immediately re-assigning the sub-job processed by that printer to another one of the printers in the printer
cluster; and

(d) if an error condition belonging to a third group of error conditions that is less severe than the second group of error
conditions has occurred for a printer in the printer cluster, waiting for a pre-defined time period without immediately re-assigning
the sub-job processed by that printer to another one of the printers in the printer cluster, and then re-assigning the sub-job
to another one of the printers in the printer cluster if the error condition is not resolved within the pre-defined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,355,227

DYNAMIC DOCUMENT DISPLAY PERSONALIZATION IMPLEMENTED IN A DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method implemented in a system comprising a server computer connected with a client computer for personalized display
of a digital document by the client to a user, the digital document being an individually accessible file and having multiple
pages arranged in a native page order, the method comprising:
by the server computer:
receiving, from the client computer, user interaction information regarding interactions of the user with the document, the
interactions including one or more types of interactions selected from a group consisting of: viewing a page of the document,
making a note on a page, printing a page, modifying a page, sharing a page with others, copying or cutting content from a
page and pasting it in another document, navigating to a page while viewing another document, and navigating from a page to
another document;

storing the user interaction information in association with a user ID of the user and a document ID of the document;
generating page ranking information based on the stored user interaction information, the page ranking information being either
one or more scores for each page of the document, or one or more page sequences of the document different from the native
page order; and

transmitting the page ranking information to the client computer in response to a request from the client computer.

US Pat. No. 9,202,199

SECURE APPROVAL PROCESS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

15. An image forming system comprising:
a remote server; and
an image forming apparatus connected to the remote server through a network connection, and wherein the remote server and
the image forming apparatus perform the following steps:

inputting information of a requestor and one or more approvers into the image forming apparatus and requesting signature approval
on one or more documents;

generating an e-mail from the image forming apparatus to the one or more approvers, wherein the e-mail requests the signature
approval of the one or more approvers on the one or more documents;

forwarding the generated e-mail to the one or more approvers, wherein the one or more approvers can approve or reject the
request for the signature approval from the requestor, the e-mail having approval and rejection icon;

sending the one or more documents to the remote server, wherein the remote server hosts the approval and rejection of the
one or more documents;

forwarding the approval or rejection of the one or more documents from each of the one or more approvers to the remote server
upon selection of an approval or a rejection icon on the e-mail;

processing the approval or rejection of each of the one or more approvers on the remote server and generating a notification
on the remote server, which is forwarded to the image forming apparatus in accordance with a notification setting received
from the image forming apparatus;

canceling the request for the signature approval on the image forming apparatus upon receipt of one or more rejections from
the remote server such that the image forming apparatus does not generate a print out of the one or more documents, and notifying
the requestor that the request for signature approval has been rejected by on or more approvers; and

generating a print out of the one or more documents on the image forming apparatus upon receipt of the notification from the
remote server in accordance with the notification setting if the request for signature approval has been approved.

US Pat. No. 9,320,449

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ON-LINE DECISION MAKING SUPPORT

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for on-line decision making support, comprising:
sensing biological signals of a subject upon detection of a decision making process during a performance of a task, wherein
the biological signals are brainwave signals;

recording from the subject for a right hemisphere visual cortex and a left hemisphere visual cortex biological activity of
the subject, wherein the biological activity is electrical activity recorded over one more frequency bands;

completing the decision making process and releasing the recorded biological activity to a data processing system for analysis;
generating a current feature vector consisting of spectra from the right visual cortex, the left visual cortex and a difference
between the right visual cortex to the left visual cortex over the one or more frequency bands;

comparing the current feature vector to a target feature vector from a profile model for the subject;
calculating a confident value for the recorded biological activity against the profile model for the subject, and
performing a post-processing procedure if the confident value does not meet a predefined threshold, wherein the predefined
threshold represents a desired performance of the subject on the task.

US Pat. No. 9,135,734

RECURSIVE APPLICATION OF GROUP EFFECTS

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

1. A method for rendering a page, comprising:
obtaining an electronic document (ED) comprising:
a first container object comprising a first member and a second member;
a plurality of first container shadow parameters defining a shadow of the first container object; and
a first plurality of member shadow parameters defining a shadow of solely the first member;
determining a main bounding box surrounding the first container object on the page but excluding the shadow of the first member;
creating a main brush comprising the first container object but excluding the shadow of the first member;
calculating, by a hardware processor, a shadow bounding box based on the main bounding box surrounding the first container
and at least one of the plurality of first container shadow parameters;

creating a first shadow brush by applying a first shadow transformation matrix to the main brush comprising the first container
object, wherein the first shadow transformation matrix maps the first container object to the shadow of the first container
object;

outputting the shadow of the first container object to a framebuffer for the page; and
outputting, by processing the first member, the first member and the shadow of the first member to the framebuffer for the
page.

US Pat. No. 9,106,621

RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD INTEGRATED WITH EMAIL TRANSMISSION OF DOCUMENTS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A digital rights management method implemented in a rights management system, the system including a rights management
server computer and a client, the client being a client computer or a scanner, the method comprising:
(a) the rights management server storing a rights management policy table which contains a plurality of rights management
policies, each rights management policy indicating one or more users and document access rights granted or denied to each
user, and storing an attention-rights rule which defines a correspondence between attention types of email recipients and
document access rights to be granted or denied for each attention type, the attention types including at least “to” and “cc;”

(b) the client receiving an email command from a user, the email command specifying one or more users as recipients of an
email, each recipient having an attention type, the email command further specifying a document to be attached in the email;

(c) the client transmitting a request to the rights management server, the request specifying the recipients of the email
and the attention type of each recipient, and indicating that a document is to be attached in the email;

(d) the rights management server determining, based on the attention type of each recipient received from the client and by
applying the attention-rights rule, document access rights to be granted or denied to each recipient of the email;

(e) the rights management server determining whether the document access rights to be granted or denied to each recipient,
as determined in step (d), match a rights management policy stored in the rights management policy table;

(f) if a matching rights management policy is found in step (e), the rights management server selecting the matching rights
management policy;

(g) if a matching rights management policy is not found in step (e), the rights management server creating a new rights management
policy based on the document access rights to be granted or denied to each recipient of the email determined in step (d),
and storing the created rights management policy in the rights management policy table;

(h) the rights management server generating a unique document ID, associating the document ID with the rights management policy
selected in step (f) or created in step (g), and storing the document ID;

(i) the rights management server transmitting an encryption key and the document ID to the client; and
(j) the client encrypting the document using the encryption key received from the rights management server, adding the document
ID as metadata to the document, and transmitting the email with the recipients specified in step (b) and with the encrypted
document as an attachment to an email server.

US Pat. No. 9,064,826

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DISPLAY DEVICE AND CIRCULARLY POLARIZING PLATE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An organic electroluminescent display device, comprising:
a protective film, a polarizer, a ?/4 retardation film, and an organic electroluminescent element in sequence from a viewer
side,

wherein at least one face of the ?/4 retardation film is provided with a layer A having a storage elastic modulus in a range
of 100 to 500 MPa, and

wherein the layer A is disposed between the polarizer and the ?/4 retardation film, a layer B is disposed between the protective
film and the polarizer, the storage elastic modulus A of the layer A is greater than the storage elastic modulus B of the
layer B.

US Pat. No. 9,495,343

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL LINE DETECTION AND REMOVAL FOR DOCUMENT IMAGES

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for detecting and removing vertical and horizontal lines in a grayscale document image, comprising:
generating a plurality of binary images from the grayscale document image using a plurality of different binarization conditions;
detecting horizontal and vertical lines in each of the plurality of binary images independently, to generate a plurality of
sets of bounding boxes corresponding to the plurality of binary images, each set of bounding boxes including a plurality of
bounding boxes each representing a detected vertical or horizontal line;

merging the plurality of sets of bounding boxes into one merged set of bounding boxes representing vertical and horizontal
lines detected in the grayscale image; and

processings a binary image generated from the grayscale document image to remove horizontal and vertical lines from it using
the merged set of bounding boxes representing the detected lines.

US Pat. No. 9,455,837

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGE MULTIFUNCTION JOB SECURITY USING IPV6 NEIGHBOR DISCOVERY OPTIONS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method that facilitates exchange of multifunction job security using IPv6 Neighbor Discovery, the method comprising:
sending an unsecured job request from a client device to a multifunction peripheral via an IPv6 communication network;
receiving the unsecured job request on the multifunction peripheral, the multifunction peripheral having a first software
module and a first IP filter configured to capture neighbor solicitation messages, and wherein the first software module is
configured to create a job identifier and at least one neighbor discovery security option for the unsecured job request, the
at least one neighbor discovery security option including a digital certificate and a first encrypted job identifier produced
by encrypting the job identifier;

broadcasting a neighbor solicitation request with the at least one neighbor discovery security option to the client device;
capturing the neighbor solicitation request via a second IP filter on the client device, wherein the second IP filter is configured
to capture neighbor solicitation messages and directs the neighbor solicitation request to a second software module on the
client device, and wherein the second software module is configured to process the neighbor solicitation request with the
at least one neighbor discovery security option;

validating the digital certificate and decrypting the first encrypted job identifier associated with the neighbor solicitation
request using the second software module on the client device;

generating a second encrypted job identifier using the second software module, the second encrypted job identifier produced
by encrypting the job identifier;

sending a neighbor advertisement to the multifunction peripheral, the neighbor advertisement including the second encrypted
job identifier;

capturing the neighbor advertisement from the client device with the first IP filter and directing the neighbor advertisement
to the first software module configured to decrypt the second encrypted job identifier to obtain the job identifier; and

if the job identifier is obtained from the client device, processing the job request on the multifunction peripheral.

US Pat. No. 9,377,973

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING PRINTING EFFICIENCY IN THE PRODUCTION PRINTING ENVIRONMENT

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for improving printing efficiency in a production printing environment, the production printing environment including
a plurality of printers, the method comprising:
hosting a list of operators on at least one server, each operator on the list of operators being assigned to one or more of
the plurality of printers, and wherein each operator is capable of fixing at least one type of error on each of the one or
more of the plurality of printers;

generating a priority listing of operators from the list of operators for each of the plurality of printers, wherein the priority
listing of operators includes at least two or more operators from the list of operators for each of the plurality of printers;

monitoring the plurality of printers via the at least one server, wherein each of the plurality of printers are configured
to provide a print job status to the at least one server;

receiving an error message from at least one of the plurality of printers;
determining a type of error associated with the error message;
selecting an operator from the priority listing of operators capable of fixing the type of error associated with the error
message received from the at least one of the plurality of printers, wherein the selected operator is first on the priority
listing of operators; and

notifying the selected operator to investigate the error message via a client device.

US Pat. No. 9,186,118

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., (J...

1. A radiographic imaging system comprising:
a portable radiographic imaging device which can be used in common in a plurality of radiographing chambers;
at least one console which has a display section, and which sets radiographing order information including information on
a patient as a subject of radiographing and a condition of radiographing and which associates the radiographing order information
with image data captured based on the radiographing order information;

a management device which associates identification information of the portable radiographic imaging device with identification
information of a radiographing chamber, and manages to know where the portable radiographic imaging device is located among
the plurality of radiographing chambers; and

a registration device which is installed in each of the plurality of radiographing chambers and which reads and outputs the
identification information of the portable radiographic imaging device,

wherein the console is associated with one of the plurality of radiographing chambers selectively at a time of radiographing
or in advance, and, when the identification information of the portable radiographic imaging device outputted from the registration
device provided in the associated one of the plurality of radiographing chambers has been notified to the console, the console
causes the display section to display an icon corresponding to the portable radiographic imaging device thereon, and

wherein the management device, when notified of the identification information of the portable radiographic imaging device
outputted from the registration device, stores the identification information of the radiographing chamber provided with the
registration device and the identification information of the portable radiographic imaging device after being associated
with each other, and, if the identification information of the portable radiographic imaging device has been associated with
the identification information of another radiographing chamber, discards the association therebetween and deletes the icon
corresponding to the portable radiographic imaging device from the display section of the console associated with the another
radiographing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,081,360

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image formation apparatus performing light exposure scanning based on image data of a target page, thereby forming a
toner image on a charged image carrier surface of a photosensitive body, applying electrical charge to the image carrier surface,
while rotating the photosensitive body, in order to remove residual charge from the photosensitive body, during a period between
completion of said light exposure scanning and commencement of light exposure scanning based on image data of a next page,
and performing a first control on rotation distance of a circumference of the photosensitive body during the period such that
the rotation distance is a predetermined distance that is shorter than circumferential length of the photosensitive body,
the image formation apparatus comprising:
a coverage calculation unit configured to calculate, for the target page, a coverage value indicating surface area of a toner
deposition region as a proportion of surface area of an image formation region of the target page;

a prediction unit configured to, when an inter-image distance between a trailing end of an image of the target page in terms
of a sub-scanning direction and a leading end of an image of the next page in terms of the sub-scanning direction is shorter
than the circumferential length of the photosensitive body, perform a prediction as to whether or not image noise will occur
in the image of the next page, based on the coverage value calculated for the target page; and

a sheet interval control unit configured to, upon the prediction unit predicting that image noise will occur, suspend the
first control and perform a second control on the rotation distance of the circumference of the photosensitive body during
the period such that the inter-image distance is extended to be at least as long as the circumferential length of the photosensitive
body.

US Pat. No. 9,389,552

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIXING MEMBER TEMPERATURE CONTROL

KONICA MINOLTA INC., Chi...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed a plurality of sheets to an image forming unit one by one;
the image forming unit configured to form a toner image based on image data, the toner image being formed on each sheet supplied
from the sheet feeding unit;

a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image formed on each sheet by the image forming unit with a fixing member, the fixing
unit including the fixing member configured to be brought into contact with each sheet supplied from the image forming unit
and heat each sheet;

a measuring unit configured to measure a temperature of the fixing member; and
a control unit configured to instruct the fixing unit to start and stop a temperature increasing operation, and provide the
image data to the image forming unit,

wherein the control unit includes:
a temperature drop rate calculating unit configured to calculate a temperature drop rate of the fixing member from the value
measured by the measuring unit while the temperature of the fixing member is dropping due to a stop of the temperature increasing
operation of the fixing unit;

a temperature rise rate predicting unit configured to predict, a temperature rise rate of the fixing member at a time when
the fixing unit is made to resume the temperature increasing operation, the temperature rise rate is determined based on the
temperature drop rate calculated by the temperature drop rate calculating unit; and

an instructing unit configured to determine a time or a temperature of the fixing member at which the fixing unit is to be
made to resume the temperature increasing operation on condition that, by the time when the fixing unit thermally fixes the
toner image, the temperature of the fixing member has reached a target value to be maintained at the time, and instruct the
fixing unit to resume the temperature increasing operation at the determined time or when the value measured by the measuring
unit drops to the determined temperature, the instructing unit using the temperature rise rate predicted by the temperature
rise rate predicting unit in determining the time or the temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,349,237

METHOD OF AUTHENTICATING A PRINTED DOCUMENT

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for authenticating a printed document, the printed document carrying barcode which encodes compressed image data
representing a binary original document image, the method comprising:
(a) obtaining an image representing the printed document;
(b) separating the image into a target document image and the barcode;
(c) decoding the barcode and decompressing the compressed image data therein to obtain the original document image;
(d) binarizing the target document image;
(e) aligning the target document image with respect to the original document image;
(f) comparing each word in the original document image with a corresponding word in the target document image to detect any
differences, comprising:

(f1) for each word of the original document image obtained in step (c), finding the corresponding word of the target document
image;

(f2) generating a difference map and calculating a Hausdorff distance between each word of the original and the corresponding
word of the target document image, and comparing the difference map and the Hausdorff distance to determine whether the corresponding
words of the original and target document images are different;

(f3) if the words of the original and target document images are not determined to be different in step (f2), identifying
one or more candidate symbols in the word of the original document image and corresponding candidate symbols in the target
document image;

(f4) comparing image features of each candidate symbol of the original document image identified in step (f3) with image features
of the corresponding candidate symbol of the target document image to determine whether any of the corresponding candidate
symbols of the original and the target document images are different;

(f5) if the corresponding symbols of the original and target document images are not determined to be different in step (f4),
generating a difference map and calculating a Hausdorff distance between each candidate symbol of the original document image
and the corresponding candidate symbol of the target document image, and comparing the difference map and the Hausdorff distance
to determine whether any of the corresponding candidate symbols of the original and target document images are different;
and

(f6) if the corresponding symbols of the original and target document images are not determined to be different in step (f5),
comparing shapes of each candidate symbol of the original document image and the corresponding candidate symbol of the target
document image using a point matching method to determine whether any of the corresponding candidate symbols of the original
and target document images are different; and

(g) visualizing the differences detected in step (f).

US Pat. No. 9,330,066

DYNAMIC DISPLAY METHOD OF MULTI-LAYERED PDF DOCUMENTS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for dynamic display of at least one layer in a PDF document, comprising the steps of:
setting, via a server, a criterion based on a geographic location of a PDF document reader for a trigger to change a display
state of the at least one layer of the PDF document to another display state of the at least one layer of the PDF document;

creating, via the server, a script that can be processed by the PDF document reader and that contains the location-based criterion
for the trigger; and

embedding, via the server, the script in the PDF document, wherein when the PDF document is opened by the PDF document reader,
the script causes evaluation of the location-based criterion for the trigger, and if a geographic location of the PDF document
reader when the PDF document is opened satisfies the location-based criterion for the trigger, then the script causes a change
of the display state of the at least one layer of the PDF document.

US Pat. No. 9,323,492

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCED PRINTING OF ONLINE CONTENT

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

1. A method, performed by a printer, for printing a web page served by a server and having a uniform resource locator (URL),
comprising:
receiving, by the printer and from a client computer without routing the server, a print request to print the web page, the
print request comprising the URL of the web page and a first version of displayed content on the web page,

wherein the first version of displayed content comprises Printer Description Language (PDL) data, and
wherein the web page is retrieved, before the print request is received by the printer, by a web browser of the client computer
over a first network connection from the server serving the web page without routing the printer;

sending, by the printer and based on the URL in the print request, a request over a second network connection to the server
serving the web page without routing the client computer for a second version of the displayed content in response to receiving
the print request,

wherein the first network connection and the second network connection are separate, and
wherein the printer is external to the client computer and external to the server;
if available, receiving, by the printer and from the server serving the web page without routing the client computer, the
second version of the displayed content over the second network connection; and

printing, by the printer, the web page with the second version of the displayed content if the second version is available,
and printing the first version of the displayed content if the second version is not available.

US Pat. No. 9,292,088

DISPLAY DEVICE, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A display device, comprising:
a display unit;
a gaze detection unit configured to detect a gaze of a user who views the display unit; and
a processor configured to control a display of a series of images on the display unit so that:
in response to the gaze detection unit detecting that the user who is viewing the display unit removes the user's gaze from
the display unit while the series of images are sequentially displayed on the display unit, the processor obtains and stores
first information specifying a position of an image in the series of images, which is the image last gazed at by the user
before the gaze detection unit detects that the user removes the user's gaze, and the display unit continues a dynamic display
of the series of images, and

in response to the gaze detection unit detecting that the user returns the user's gaze to the display unit, a judgment is
made as to whether the control unit executes a replay process for sequentially displaying the series of images from the position
specified in the first information or execute another display process other than the replay process, and

when it is judged the replay process is to be executed rather than the another display process, the processor executes the
replay process.

US Pat. No. 9,275,030

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL LINE DETECTION AND REMOVAL FOR DOCUMENT IMAGES

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for removing horizontal lines from a binary document image, comprising:
(a) obtaining a stroke width associated with each pixel of the binary image, wherein the stroke width associated with a given
pixel is defined as a smaller one of horizontal and vertical runlengths of consecutive foreground pixels that include the
pixel;

(b) obtaining a bounding box representing a detected horizontal line;
(c) computing a maximum stroke width at each horizontal position of the horizontal line, wherein the maximum stroke width
at a given horizontal position is defined as a maximum value of the stroke widths associated with all foreground pixels belonging
to the horizontal line located at that horizontal position;

(d) for each column of foreground pixels located at a horizontal position along the bounding box, removing them if the maximum
stroke width at that horizontal position is less than a median value of maximum stroke widths at all horizontal positions
within a window of the bounding box centered at that horizontal position;

(e) extracting all connected components in the bounding box that remain after step (d), and removing any connected components
that extend neither above a top boundary nor below a bottom boundary of the bounding box by predetermined amounts; and

(f) performing a closing operation on the binary image resulting from step (e) using a horizontal line as a structuring element.

US Pat. No. 9,269,741

PRODUCTION METHOD OF RADIATION IMAGE DETECTOR AND RADIATION IMAGE DETECTOR

1. A radiation image detector comprising:
a scintillator panel which is provided with a scintillator layer on a substrate,
a rigid plate which is disposed on a side of the substrate of the scintillator panel, and
a photoelectric conversion base plate which is disposed on a side of the scintillator layer of the scintillator panel and
provided with plural photoelectric conversion elements on a one side of a base board,

wherein a flexible polymer film is provided on a side opposite a scintillator panel side of the rigid plate, and
the scintillator layer comprises a phosphor having a columnar structure prepared by vapor deposition.

US Pat. No. 9,235,755

REMOVAL OF UNDERLINES AND TABLE LINES IN DOCUMENT IMAGES WHILE PRESERVING INTERSECTING CHARACTER STROKES

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for processing a document image containing straight lines extending in a first direction, the method comprising:
(a) identifying a straight line extending in the first direction;
(b) calculating a run length profile for the line, the run length profile being a run length value as a function of a position
in the first direction along the line, wherein each run length value at a given position is a number of consecutive non-white
pixels extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction including non-white pixels within the line;

(c) detecting a set of first type of intersection areas of the line by detecting a first type of characteristic features of
the run length profile, each of the first type of characteristic feature including a valley and two peaks located on both
sides of the valley within a predefined distance, a difference between run length values of each of the peaks and the valley
being greater than a first threshold value;

(d) detecting a set of second type of intersection areas of the line by detecting a second type of characteristic features
of the run length profile, each of the second type of characteristic feature including a number of consecutive positions where
the run length values are greater than a second threshold value; and

(e) removing the line in areas outside of the first and second types of intersection areas while preserving the lines in the
first and second types of intersection areas.

US Pat. No. 9,112,122

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

KONICA MINOLTA ADVANCED L...

1. A light-emitting device, comprising:
a light-emitting element for emitting light of a predetermined wavelength; and
a ceramic layer containing a phosphor, the phosphor being excited by light emitted from the light-emitting element and giving
off fluorescent light of a wavelength different from an excitation wavelength,

the ceramic layer containing the phosphor, a hardened product of an organometallic compound, a layered silicate mineral, and
an inorganic particulate,

the hardened product of the organometallic compound content of the ceramic layer being 2 to 50 wt %,
the layered silicate mineral content of the ceramic layer being 0.5 to 20 wt %,
the inorganic particulate content of the ceramic layer being 0.5 to 50 wt %,
a mean particle diameter of a primary particle diameter of the inorganic particulate being 0. 001 to 20 ?m, and
the phosphor being substantially evenly dispersed within the ceramic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,111,161

FOUR DIMENSIONAL (4D) COLOR BARCODE FOR HIGH CAPACITY DATA ENCODING AND DECODING

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

1. A method for encoding a color barcode having a plurality of cells including data cells, comprising the steps of:
(a) determining a shape, a foreground color and a background color for each data cell to encode digital data, wherein a combination
of the shape, foreground color and background color for the data cell is chosen from a plurality of combinations of shapes
and foreground and background colors in accordance with a value of the digital data to be encoded in the data cell; and

(b) coloring for each data cell, a subset of a plurality of pixels in the data cell with the foreground color and a remainder
of the pixels with the background color, in accordance with the shape, foreground color and background color for the data
cell determined in the step (a).

US Pat. No. 9,069,392

OPERATIONAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS T...

1. An operational display device, comprising:
a display portion for displaying an image based on image data including a specific portion;
a detection portion for detecting an orientation in which said display portion is held; and
a display control unit for controlling a manner of display on said display portion,
said display control unit causing an image of said specific portion to be rotated and displayed as being zoomed-in in accordance
with an orientation of holding of said display portion when the orientation in which said display portion is held is changed
from a first orientation to a second orientation,

wherein a longitudinal direction of a display area on said display portion is changed when the orientation in which said display
portion is held is changed from said first orientation to said second orientation,

said display control unit determines whether the longitudinal direction of said display area and a longitudinal direction
of the image of said specific portion cross each other when said display portion is in said first orientation,

when said display control unit determines that the longitudinal direction of said display area and the longitudinal direction
of the image of said specific portion cross each other, said display control unit causes the image of said specific portion
to be rotated and displayed as being zoomed-in in accordance with the orientation of holding of said display portion as the
orientation in which said display portion is held is changed from the first orientation to the second orientation, and

when said display control unit determines that the longitudinal direction of said display area and the longitudinal direction
of the image of said specific portion do not cross each other, said display control unit causes the image of said specific
portion to be displayed as being zoomed-in without rotating the image as the orientation in which said display portion is
held is changed from the first orientation to the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,800,834

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF GROUP INTERACTION BY USER STATE DETECTION

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for detecting interaction between two or more participants in a meeting, the method comprising:
capturing at least one three-dimensional (3D) stream of data on the two or more participants;
extracting a time-series of skeletal data from the at least one 3D stream of data on the two or more participants;
classifying the time-series of skeletal data for each of the two or more participants based on a plurality of body position
classifiers;

capturing an audio stream of data on the two or more participants;
classifying the audio stream of data on the two more participants into an utterance classifier based on utterances detected
on the audio stream of data, the utterance classifier including at least one of identification of pitch of speech, frequency
of speech, and volume of speech;

calculating an engagement score for each of the two or more participants based on the classifying of the time-series of skeletal
data and the utterance classifier based on utterances detected on the audio stream for each of the two or more participants;
and

providing a feedback in accordance with at least one of the engagement scores of the two or more participants.

US Pat. No. 9,667,838

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO ENSURE UNIFORM LEVEL OF COLOR OF A DISTRIBUTED PRINT JOB AMONG MULTIPLE PRINTERS IN A PRINT SHOP SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A server which is configured to be connected to a plurality of printers, each of the plurality of printers configured to
conduct color calibration based on a first criterion, the server comprising:
a processor configured to:
receive a print job;
determine whether the received print job is a split job which can be split into at least two printers among the plurality
of the printers;

instruct, in response to receiving the split job, to the at least two printers that color calibration is conducted based on
a second criterion, wherein the second criterion causes color calibration at each of the at least two printer to be performed
earlier than the first criterion; and

in a case that color calibration has been already conducted based on the second criterion at any of the at least two printers,
send a measured data which is measured corresponding to the color calibration conducted based on the second criterion, as
a target data, to a printer which is supposed to next conduct color calibration based on the second criterion.

US Pat. No. 9,395,640

LIQUID DEVELOPER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A liquid developer, comprising:
an insulating liquid; and
toner particles dispersed in said insulating liquid,
said insulating liquid having a flash point not lower than 100° C.,
said toner particles containing a resin,
said resin containing 80 mass % or more of a first resin containing a polyester resin or a component derived from the polyester
resin, wherein the component derived from the polyester resin is a portion of the first resin excluding a portion derived
from an isocyanate group if the first resin is a urethane-modified polyester resin, and

a solid content of said liquid developer corresponding to a portion of said liquid developer excluding said insulating liquid
satisfying relation of G?(T0)/G?(T0+10)?10 (50° C.?T0?70° C.), where G?(T0) represents a storage elastic modulus at a temperature T0 (° C.) and G?(T0+10) represents a storage elastic modulus at a temperature (T0+10) (° C.).

US Pat. No. 9,355,306

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECOGNITION OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for recognizing abnormal behavior, the method comprising:
capturing at least one video stream of data on one or more subjects;
extracting body skeleton data from the at least one video stream of data;
classifying the extracted body skeleton data as normal behavior or abnormal behavior;
generating an unknown behavior signal, if the abnormal behavior is a new type of abnormal behavior;
providing the new type of abnormal behavior to an offline analysis module and manually enrolling the new type of abnormal
behavior into an incremental hierarchy template database; and

generating an alert, if the abnormal behavior is a known type of abnormal behavior.

US Pat. No. 9,329,819

CONSTRAINT EVALUATION AND RE-EVALUATION FOR MANAGING PRINT JOBS

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method implemented in a print shop management apparatus for managing a plurality of print jobs, each print job including
a job ticket having a plurality of settings, the print shop management apparatus being connected to a plurality of printers
each having its capabilities, the method comprising:
(a) receiving an assignment of a print job to a printer by an operator, the print job including a job ticket having a plurality
of original job ticket settings;

(b) evaluating the assignment to detect any constraints by comparing the job ticket settings with capabilities of the printer;
(c) displaying one or more messages each regarding a detected constraint;
(d) displaying one or more job ticket settings that caused a detected constraint, the job ticket settings being displayed
adjacent the corresponding message;

(e) receiving a first operator input for changing a job ticket setting value of a job ticket setting displayed in step (d);
and

(f) in response to a second operator input, re-evaluating the assignment to detect any constraints by comparing the job ticket
settings including the changed value received in step (e) with the capabilities of the printer.

US Pat. No. 9,291,929

TONER FOR DEVELOPING ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

6. Toner for developing an electrostatic latent image, comprising toner particles,
said toner particles containing a resin and a pigment,
said pigment including a first pigment, a second pigment, and a third pigment, wherein
said first pigment is carbon black and is contained by 30 to 50 mass % with respect to a total amount of said pigment,
said second pigment is C. I. Pigment Brown 23 and/or C. I. Pigment Brown 25, and is contained by 30 to 50 mass % with respect
to the total amount of said pigment, and

said third pigment is nigrosine and is contained by 15 to 30 mass % with respect to the total amount of said pigment.

US Pat. No. 9,532,023

COLOR REPRODUCTION OF DISPLAY CAMERA SYSTEM

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

1. A method comprising:
outputting, for display on a display device, a plurality of test patterns;
obtaining a plurality of test images of a subject captured by a camera while the subject is exposed to light emitted from
the display device displaying the plurality of test patterns;

generating a first color transformation based on the plurality of test images; and
adjusting a color balance of the camera based on the first color transformation.

US Pat. No. 9,365,734

ACTIVE-ENERGY-RAY-CURABLE INKJET INK COMPOSITION, ACTIVE-ENERGY-RAY-CURABLE INKJET INK, AND INKJET RECORDING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An actinic energy radiation curable ink jet ink composition including at least two kinds of polymerizable monomers having
unsaturated bonds, wherein:
the maximum value of the difference in the charges of carbon atoms constituting each of the unsaturated bonds contained in
the at least two kinds of polymerizable monomers is from 0.24 to 0.46; and

the total content of the elemental ions of Fe, Co, Ca, Na, Mg, Al, Ti, Sn, and Zn is from 5.0 ppm to 100 ppm.

US Pat. No. 9,238,322

MICROCHIP, MOLDING DIE FOR MICROCHIP, AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING MICROCHIP

WAKO PURE CHEMICAL INDUST...

1. A molding die for molding a substrate to be included in a microchip, the molding die comprising:
a first die; and
a second die contactable with and separable from the first die, wherein the first die and the second die have structure so
that in the substrate molded by the first die and the second die a fluid passage groove is formed on one surface of the substrate
and a hole as a positioning reference for the groove is formed in the substrate so as to extend from the one surface across
a thickness direction of the substrate, the microchip is formed by attaching a cover to the one surface, and

wherein the first die molds the one surface and comprises:
a ridge for molding the groove; and
a columnar first protrusion for molding at least a smallest diameter portion of the hole, the portion having the smallest
inner diameter, and

wherein the second die comprises a second protrusion which is formed to be columnar having a diameter larger than a diameter
of the first protrusion and has a distal end that contacts with a distal end of the first protrusion to mold the hole so as
to extend through the substrate in cooperation with the first protrusion, wherein a diameter of the distal end of the second
protrusion is greater than a diameter of the distal end of the first protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,164,715

METHOD FOR MANAGING A PRINT JOB

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

1. A method of managing a print job, the method comprising:
receiving a print job on an image forming apparatus, wherein the print job is described in a page description language (PDL)
and comprises two or more pages;

calculating, from the print job described in the PDL, an estimated processing time and an estimated delay to print time for
each page of the print job;

individually processing each page of the print job when the estimated processing time for a page of the print job and the
estimated delay to print time for the page of the print job are equal, wherein the processing of each page of the print job
comprises converting each page of the print job to a rasterized page;

delaying the converting of each page of the print job to the rasterized page when the estimated delay to print time for the
page of the print job is greater than the estimated processing time for the page of the print job;

immediately releasing each of the rasterized pages of the print job to a print engine associated with the image forming apparatus
for printing; and

printing each of the pages of the print job on the image forming apparatus upon receipt by the print engine.
US Pat. No. 9,316,415

FILM MIRROR, PRODUCTION PROCESS OF SAME AND REFLECTION DEVICE FOR SOLAR POWER GENERATION COMPRISING SAME

KONICA MINOLTA ADVANCED L...

1. A film mirror comprising at least an adhesive layer, a silver reflection layer and an upper adjacent layer as constituent
layers provided on a resin substrate sequentially in this order,
wherein at least the upper adjacent layer contains a binder and a corrosion inhibitor for silver,
wherein the corrosion inhibitor is a corrosion inhibitor which is adsorptive to silver,
wherein the silver reflection layer reflects solar light including visible light, and
wherein the mirror has a specular reflectance of visible light of 93% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,309,141

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Konica Minolta Advanced L...

1. A method of manufacturing an optical element, comprising:
a dropping step of dropping a molten glass drop to one mold, which has a plurality of optical surface transferring surfaces
corresponding to a plurality of optical elements, among a pair of molds; and

a molding step of press-molding by coupling the one mold with the other mold,
wherein the one mold has a protruding portion, which changes the flow of the glass drop, at a portion corresponding to a mold
surface other than the plurality of optical surface transferring surfaces, and

wherein the protruding portion is formed by pre-dropping a molten glass drop before the dropping step.

US Pat. No. 9,186,837

METHOD FOR PRODUCING LONG STRETCHED FILM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A method for producing a long stretched film, comprising at least a step of forming a long film made of thermoplastic resin,
an oblique stretching step of delivering the long film in a specific direction different from a winding direction of the film
after stretching and obliquely stretching the long film in a direction of an angle exceeding 0° and below 90° with respect
to a width direction of the long film while gripping and conveying opposite end parts of the long film by gripping tools of
an oblique stretching device and a step of winding the long stretched film after the oblique stretching step, wherein:
the oblique stretching device is capable of arbitrarily changing a stretching direction so that the winding direction of the
long stretched film is oblique to a delivering direction of the long film;

in the oblique stretching step, grip release points of the gripping tools gripping the opposite end parts of the long stretched
film are movable in the winding direction of the long stretched film independently of changing the stretching direction, and
the grip release points are so adjusted that a grip release line connecting the grip release points on the opposite end parts
becomes parallel to the width direction of the long stretched film at different stretching directions; and

in the oblique stretching step, the oblique stretching device includes turning gears at the grip release points for changing
traveling directions of the gripping tools, and the turning gears at the grip release points include a mechanism for adjusting
the positions thereof along the winding direction of the long stretched film.

US Pat. No. 9,116,643

RETRIEVAL OF ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT USING HARDCOPY DOCUMENT

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for printing an electronic document (ED), comprising:
obtaining, by a printer, a print job to print a first version of the ED;
generating, by the printer, a graphical element specifying a storage location associated with a second version of the ED,
of which at least a part of contents is different from the first version of the ED; and

generating, by the printer and in response to obtaining the print job, a hardcopy document (HD) based on the first version
of the ED and comprising the graphical element,

wherein the second version of the ED is accessible to a reader of the HD by visiting the storage location specified in the
graphical element of the HD.

US Pat. No. 9,430,726

HIGH CAPACITY 2D COLOR BARCODE AND METHOD FOR DECODING THE SAME

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A two-dimensional color barcode formed on an object to have a defined region differentiated from a background of the object,
comprising:
a plurality of data cells each having one of a plurality of primary colors, the data cells having identical sizes and being
arranged to form a two-dimensional array containing a plurality of columns and rows separated by white spaces;

a plurality of corner locator cells located at corners of the barcode; and
a plurality of border reference cells each having one of the plurality of primary colors, arranged to form four borders located
between the corner locator cells and substantially surrounding the two-dimensional array of data cells, and the border reference
cells in each border between two corner locator cells having a predetermined repeating color sequence including the plurality
of primary colors,

wherein each of the corner locator cells has a solid black color, a square shape and a size larger than the size of the data
cells, and wherein each of the corner locator cells is free of any data cells or border reference cells adjacent to two of
its four sides and is separated from adjacent data cells and border reference cells on the other two of its four sides by
white spaces wider than or equal to a width of the data cells.

US Pat. No. 9,354,566

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SWITCHABLE DEMAGNETIZING COIL AND CONTROL METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus for fusing toner by using a fixing roller heated by electromagnetic induction caused by a magnetizing
coil, and fixing a toner image on a recording sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a power source applying alternating current voltage to the magnetizing coil;
a demagnetizing coil switchable between a conductive state and a cutoff state, and when in the conductive state, cancelling
out a portion of a magnetic flux produced by the magnetizing coil;

a contact switch and a semiconductor switch electrically connected in parallel, and, in combination, bringing the demagnetizing
coil into the conductive state or the cutoff state; and

a control unit opening or closing each of the contact switch and the semiconductor switch, wherein
the control unit
opens or closes the semiconductor switch in synchronization with a zero-crossing of the alternating current voltage at least
when the contact switch is open,

opens or closes the contact switch only when the semiconductor switch is closed, and
opens the semiconductor switch when the demagnetizing coil brought into the conductive state by the contact switch needs to
be maintained in the conductive state.

US Pat. No. 9,351,375

ADAPTIVE LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH LOW ENERGY CONSUMPTION

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method for designing a lighting system, comprising:
obtaining a selection of a color temperature (CT);
obtaining, for the CT, a first spectral power distribution (SPD) corresponding to a low value color rendering index (CRI)
and comprising a first plurality of peak wavelengths;

obtaining, for the CT, a second SPD corresponding to a high value CRI and comprising a second plurality of peak wavelengths;
and

identifying a plurality of common peak wavelengths shared by the first SPD and the second SPD,
wherein the lighting system comprises a first plurality of light sources corresponding to the plurality of common peak wavelengths
and a second plurality of light sources corresponding to a plurality of remaining peak wavelengths of the second plurality
of peak wavelengths,

wherein the first plurality of light sources comprises:
a long-wavelength side first light source corresponding to a peak wavelength on longer wavelength side among the plurality
of common peak wavelengths; and

a short-wavelength side first light source corresponding to a peak wavelength on shorter wavelength side among the plurality
of common peak wavelengths,

wherein the second plurality of light sources comprises:
a short-wavelength side second light source corresponding to a wavelength which is between the peak wavelength corresponding
to the long-wavelength side first light source and the peak wavelength corresponding to the short-wavelength side first light
source; and

a long-wavelength side second light source corresponding to a longer peak wave wavelength than the peak wavelength corresponding
to the long-wavelength side first light source, and

wherein the lighting system activates the second plurality of light sources in response to an event.

US Pat. No. 9,223,035

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE DETECTOR

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A radiographic image detector comprising a substrate, a scintillator layer with a columnar crystal structure disposed on
the substrate, an optical coupling layer and a photoelectric conversion element,
the scintillator layer having a flexural elastic modulus Esc satisfying relationships represented by Expression (I) as measured
by a cantilever test in which the scintillator layer disposed on the substrate is held in a cantilever condition and is bent
under a uniformly distributed load with the columnar crystal structure side being bent outward:

Esc??0.43M+372 and Esc??0.16M+98  (I)

(in Expression (I), Esc is the flexural elastic modulus (kg/mm2) of the scintillator layer and M is the thickness (?m) of the scintillator layer).