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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Mobile Scan Setup & Context Capture Prior to Scanning", for Approval

February 20, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors HILBERT, David M. (Palo Alto, CA); SRIRAM, Ram (Saratoga, CA); UEHORI, Yukiyo (Los Altos, CA); SANKARAPANDIAN, Kandha (Palo Alto, CA); ADCOCK, John (San Francisco, CA), filed on July 26, 2012, was made available online on February 6, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Example embodiments described herein are generally directed to multi-function device technology, and more specifically, to mobile scan setup and context capture.

"Modern multifunction scanner-printer-copier devices (MFDs) are devices that can perform several functions, but are hampered by a) being large, fixed, non-mobile assets, and b) having inconvenient user interfaces due to the multi-functionality of the device. Because MFDs tend to be large, fixed non-mobile devices, a user may delay for hours, days or weeks before approaching an appropriate MFD to scan a document. The user may forget to scan needed documents if the MFD is not conveniently located.

"Further, because MFDs need to support several different functions, the user interfaces may be inconveniently complex. The ease of use of such a user interface is further hampered if the user has to stand in front of the MFD to perform complex interactions with the device.

"Related art systems can perform automatic routing of document faxes or scans using cover sheets with machine readable metadata. However, there is no routing in the related art based on ad hoc matching of document images without cover sheet generation or inclusion of a document in a document management system prior to the performed scan."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Aspects of the example embodiments involve a computer readable storage medium storing instructions for executing a process. The instructions may include associating a workflow with an image of at least a portion of a first document; determining whether the image is associated with at least a portion of a second document undergoing a scan process; and triggering an execution of the workflow for the second document undergoing a scan process when the image is determined to be associated with at least the portion of the second document undergoing the scan process.

"Additional aspects of the example embodiments include a server, that may involve an associating unit configured to associate a workflow to an image of at least a portion of a first document; a determining unit configured to determine if the image is to be associated with at least a portion of a second document undergoing a scan process; and a triggering unit configured to trigger an execution of the workflow for the second document undergoing the scan process when the image is associated with the portion of the second document undergoing the scan process.

"Additional aspects of the example embodiments include a multi-function device, which may involve a determining unit configured to determine if at least a portion of a second document undergoing a scan process is associated with an image of at least a portion of a first document; and a triggering unit configured to trigger an execution of a workflow associated with the image for the second document undergoing the scan process, when the image is associated with the second document undergoing the scan process.

"Additional aspects of the example embodiments include a multi-function device, which involves a downloading unit configured to download preset workflows for implementation on a document undergoing a scan process; and an execution unit configured to execute one of the preset workflows after the document is scanned.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 illustrates an example flow diagram for a 'Scan Flow' operation, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIG. 2 illustrates an example flow pattern for a mobile device, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIG. 3 illustrates an example flow pattern for editing a workflow, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIG. 4 illustrates an example interface for adding reviewable information to the workflow, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIG. 5 illustrates an example flow pattern for a mobile device after scanning a document at an MFD, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIGS. 6A to 6C illustrate example MFD interface screens, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIG. 7 illustrates an example functional diagram for a mobile device, in accordance with an example embodiment.

"FIG. 8 is a block diagram that illustrates an embodiment of a computer/server system upon which an embodiment may be implemented.

"FIG. 9 illustrates examples of various units that can be executed by a processor of the computer/server system, in accordance with an example embodiment."

For additional information on this patent application, see: HILBERT, David M.; SRIRAM, Ram; UEHORI, Yukiyo; SANKARAPANDIAN, Kandha; ADCOCK, John. Mobile Scan Setup & Context Capture Prior to Scanning. Filed July 26, 2012 and posted February 6, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4356&p=88&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140130.PD.&OS=PD/20140130&RS=PD/20140130

Keywords for this news article include: Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd.

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