US Patent No. 10,462,313

RESTORING STATE OF OPERATION IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS


Patent No. 10,462,313
Issue Date October 29, 2019
Title Restoring State Of Operation In An Image Forming Apparatus
Inventorship Masanori Okubo, Sakai (JP)
Assignee SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, Sakai, Osaka (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,462,313

1. An image forming apparatus having an image forming section that forms an image on a recording medium based on printing conditions, the apparatus comprising:state determination circuitry configured to determine a state of the image forming apparatus;
authentication circuitry configured to authenticate a user and permit login of the user to the image forming apparatus;
operation display circuitry configured to receive, via an operation screen, setting associated with the printing conditions from the user;
storage circuitry configured to store the printing conditions and a state of the operation screen in a case where the user is logged out from the image forming apparatus without performing a logout operation by the user; and
returning circuitry configured to read out the printing conditions and the state of the operation screen stored in the storage unit, and
return the image forming apparatus to the state at the time of logout in a case where the user is logged out without performing the logout operation and the state determination circuitry determines that a current state of the image forming apparatus is the same as the state of the image forming apparatus at the time of logout, when the authentication unit permits the login of the user, and
initialize the state of the image forming apparatus in a case where the user is logged out without performing the logout operation and the state determination circuitry determines that a current state of the image forming apparatus is different than the state of the image forming apparatus at the time of logout, when the authentication unit permits the login of the user.