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Patent Issued for Image Reading System, Image Reading Apparatus, Control Methods and Programs

February 20, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventor Kishida, Akira (Tokyo, JP), filed on July 26, 2011, was published online on February 4, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8643883 is Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo, JP).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In order to use a peripheral device, such as a scanner device, which is an information reading apparatus, through an information processing apparatus, it is necessary to install a specific device driver for the peripheral device (a scanner driver, in the case where the peripheral device is a scanner device). Accordingly, if a plurality of scanner devices are used, it is necessary to install the same number of scanner drivers as there are scanner devices, and therefore for each scanner device, it is necessary for a user to perform a cumbersome installation operation by checking the IP address and finding a scanner driver for the scanner device.

"In view of this, recently, research and development of an OS/general scanner driver that can be used in any scanner device regardless of the type of scanner device are being carried out. For example, a method has been proposed in which a scan process is performed by selecting an available network scanner device after a scan instruction has been issued from an application to the OS/general scanner driver. According to this method, it is possible to use all scanner devices supported by the OS/general scanner driver simply by preinstalling only the OS/general scanner driver in an information processing apparatus. Also, Japanese Patent Laid-Open No. 2009-145970 proposes a system in which when a management server receives a network participation message in unicast from a device, a driver for that device is push installed in each client PC, and thereby the usage environment is constructed and managed.

"Furthermore, a system has been recently proposed in which a network-compliant scanner driver performs a pseudo push scan function as a specific scan mode that can be easily used in USB interface-compliant scanner devices. 'Pseudo push scan' is the name of a scan operation that transmits image data from a scanner device to an information processing apparatus as if pushing the data to the information processing apparatus. The internal operations are as follows. In response to a user operation, an event signal for commencing the scan operation is transmitted from the scanner device to the information processing apparatus, and the information processing apparatus that has received the event signal acquires image data via the scanner driver. A pseudo push scan system can be constructed on a network by configuring the network interface-compliant scanner device and scanner driver to adapt to the internal operations of the pseudo push scan."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "The present invention enables the realization of an image reading system and an image reading apparatus with which an environment for performing a specific scan mode can be constructed with ease according to the functions of connected information processing apparatuses and the scan environment can be changed with ease, and enables the realization of control methods and programs thereof.

"One aspect of the present invention provides an image reading system in which a plurality of information processing apparatuses and an image reading apparatus capable of executing a specific scan mode are connected, the image reading apparatus comprising: selection means for selecting an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted; transmission means for transmitting identification information for identifying the image reading apparatus stored in advance in a memory and an instruction to construct an environment for performing the specific scan mode to the information processing apparatus selected by the selection means; receiving means for receiving a response to the instruction transmitted by the transmission means; and display control means for, when the response is received by the receiving means, displaying a setting screen in which settings regarding the environment for performing the specific scan mode can be changed on a display, and each information processing apparatus comprising: construction means for, when the identification information and the instruction to construct the environment for performing the specific scan mode are received, constructing a scan environment dedicated to the image reading apparatus or a general scan environment usable in a plurality of image reading apparatuses as the environment for performing the specific scan mode used in the image reading apparatus; and notification means for notifying the image reading apparatus of a result of construction of the environment by the construction means.

"Another aspect of the present invention provides an image reading apparatus capable of connecting to a plurality of information processing apparatuses and executing a specific scan mode, the image reading apparatus comprising: selection means for selecting an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted; transmission means for transmitting identification information for identifying the image reading apparatus stored in advance in a memory and an instruction to construct an environment for performing the specific scan mode to the information processing apparatus selected by the selection means; receiving means for receiving a response to the instruction transmitted by the transmission means; and display control means for, when the response is received by the receiving means, displaying a setting screen in which settings regarding the environment for performing the specific scan mode can be changed on a display.

"Still another aspect of the present invention provides an image reading apparatus comprising: selection means for selecting an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted; acquisition means for acquiring, from the information processing apparatus, setting information regarding a read processing stored in the information processing apparatus selected by the selection means; modifying means for modifying the setting information acquired by the acquisition means in accordance with an instruction of an user; transmission means for transmitting the setting information modified by the modifying means to the information processing apparatus; instruction transmission means for transmitting a transmission instruction of a read start request to the information processing apparatus upon receiving a reading start instruction from the user; and control means for executing the read processing of an original based on the modified setting information, and transmitting generated image data to the information processing apparatus upon receiving a read start request transmitted from the information processing apparatus in response to the transmission instruction by the instruction transmission means.

"Yet still another aspect of the present invention provides a method for controlling an image reading system in which a plurality of information processing apparatuses and an image reading apparatus capable of executing a specific scan mode are connected, the method comprising: with the image reading apparatus, selecting an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted; transmitting identification information for identifying the image reading apparatus stored in advance in a memory and an instruction to construct an environment for performing the specific scan mode to the selected information processing apparatus; receiving a response to the transmitted instruction; and when the response is received in the receiving step, displaying a setting screen in which settings regarding the environment for performing the specific scan mode can be changed on a display, and with each information processing apparatus, when the identification information and the instruction to construct the environment for performing the specific scan mode are received, constructing a scan environment dedicated to the image reading apparatus or a general scan environment usable in a plurality of image reading apparatuses as the environment for performing the specific scan mode used in the image reading apparatus; and notifying the image reading apparatus of a result of construction of the environment in the construction step.

"Still yet another aspect of the present invention provides a method for controlling an image reading apparatus capable of connecting to a plurality of information processing apparatuses and executing a specific scan mode, the method comprising: selecting an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted; transmitting identification information for identifying the image reading apparatus stored in advance in a memory and an instruction to construct an environment for performing the specific scan mode to the selected information processing apparatus; receiving a response to the transmitted instruction; and when the response is received in the receiving step, displaying a setting screen in which settings regarding the environment for performing the specific scan mode can be changed on a display.

"Yet still another aspect of the present invention provides a method for controlling an image reading apparatus, the method comprising: selecting an information processing apparatus to which image data read from an original is to be transmitted; acquiring, from the information processing apparatus, setting information regarding a read processing stored in the information processing apparatus selected in the selecting step; modifying the setting information acquired in the acquiring step in accordance with an instruction of an user; transmitting the setting information modified in the modifying step to the information processing apparatus; transmitting a transmission instruction of a read start request to the information processing apparatus upon receiving a reading start instruction from the user; and executing the read processing of an original based on the modified setting information, and transmitting generated image data to the information processing apparatus upon receiving a read start request transmitted from the information processing apparatus in response to the transmission instruction in the transmitting step.

"Still yet another aspect of the present invention provides a computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute the method for controlling the image reading system.

"Yet still another aspect of the present invention provides a computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for causing a computer to execute the method for controlling the image reading apparatus.

"Further features of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of exemplary embodiments (with reference to the attached drawings)."

For additional information on this patent, see: Kishida, Akira. Image Reading System, Image Reading Apparatus, Control Methods and Programs. U.S. Patent Number 8643883, filed July 26, 2011, and published online on February 4, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=55&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=2733&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20140204.PD.&OS=ISD/20140204&RS=ISD/20140204

Keywords for this news article include: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha.

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