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Patent Issued for Image Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Apparatus, and Storage Medium

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventor Inoue, Katsuhiro (Kawasaki, JP), filed on October 27, 2009, was published online on June 3, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8743427 is Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo, JP).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to an image processing apparatus, an information processing apparatus, and a storage medium.

"A conventional image processing apparatus, such as a scanner, a facsimile apparatus, or a multifunction peripheral (MFP) receives a previously generated job ticket and executes processing according to a parameter defined in the received job ticket.

"By using the above-described job ticket, the administrator can previously set a parameter, which allows a user to use an image processing apparatus, in a job ticket and instruct the image processing apparatus to execute only the operation instructed in the job ticket.

"In addition, a conventional information processing apparatus generates a job ticket that can be used regardless of a manufacturer and model of an image processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus like this uses a template which includes setting items related to basic configurations independent from a manufacturer, model type, and functions of the image processing apparatus and generates a job ticket according to settings set in the setting items included in the template. A job ticket generated in the above-described manner can be used on a wide spectrum of types of image processing apparatuses regardless of the manufacturer and model or type of the image processing apparatuses.

"Meanwhile, in recent years, a conventional image processing apparatus includes high extended functions, such as a portable document format (PDF) encryption function for converting an image of a read document into an encrypted PDF file and an optical character recognition (OCR) function for recognizing characters (text) from an image of a document read by a scanner.

"However, in a conventional method, in generating a job ticket according to a template, a parameter for an extended function, which is a function other than basic functions of an image processing apparatus such as a reading resolution setting function, cannot be set.

"Accordingly, if an image processing apparatus receives a job ticket, a user cannot use an extended function, such as a PDF encryption function or a signed PDF file generation function on the image processing apparatus."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "According to an aspect of the present invention, an image processing apparatus includes a receiving unit configured to receive a job ticket from an information processing apparatus, a determination unit configured to determine whether it is permitted for a user to use an extended function not included in functions described in function information defined in the job ticket received by the receiving unit, and a control unit configured, if it is determined by the determination unit that it is permitted for the user to use the extended function not included in the functions included in the function information defined in the job ticket received by the receiving unit, to permit execution of processing on image data that uses a function described in the function information defined in the job ticket received by the receiving unit and execution of processing that uses the extended function.

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

For additional information on this patent, see: Inoue, Katsuhiro. Image Processing Apparatus, Information Processing Apparatus, and Storage Medium. U.S. Patent Number 8743427, filed October 27, 2009, and published online on June 3, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Information Technology, Information and Data Encoding and Encryption.

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