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Patent Issued for Client Apparatus, Control Method Therefor, and Bookbinding System

July 29, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- A patent by the inventor Kuroshima, Masashi (Tokyo, JP), filed on November 10, 2011, was published online on July 15, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8780392 is assigned to Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Tokyo, JP).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to cooperation processing technology used in a bookbinding system and, in particular, to cooperation processing technology used in a bookbinding setting.

"For facsimile (FAX) devices, a technique has been proposed in which a transmission-side device designates the size and type of printing paper on which a document is to be output, and a reception-side device prints out the document using printing paper of the designated size and type (for example, Japanese Patent Laid-open No. 11-088648).

"However, for example, in a bookbinding system including a server apparatus and a client apparatus, if the respective apparatuses are configured to be able to independently designate paper size and paper type, problems such as the following will occur. Specifically, in a case where the client apparatus carries out bookbinding settings based on requests designated by the server apparatus, there are cases in which the client apparatus sets paper information other than that managed by the server apparatus. If the client apparatus sets a combination of paper size and paper type that is not managed by the server apparatus, normal print output cannot be obtained as a result."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "According to one aspect of the present invention, a client apparatus that receives document data and a job ticket that includes one or more combination information pieces, each including a paper size and a paper type, from a server apparatus, and generates a print job for the document data, the apparatus comprises: a size designation unit configured to designate a paper size to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; a type designation unit configured to designate a paper type to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; and a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where designation of a paper size by the size designation unit is performed preceding designation of a paper type by the type designation unit, a combination information piece that includes the paper size designated by the size designation unit is extracted from among the one or more combination information pieces included in the job ticket, and the paper type included in the extracted combination information piece is set as a paper type that is selectable by the type designation unit, and in a case where designation of a paper type by the type designation unit is performed preceding designation of a paper size by the size designation unit, a combination information piece that includes the paper type designated by the type designation unit is extracted from among the one or more combination information pieces included in the job ticket, and the paper size included in the extracted combination information piece is set as a paper size that is selectable by the size designation unit.

"According to another aspect of the present invention, a client apparatus that receives document data and a job ticket that includes one or more combination information pieces, each including a paper size and a paper type, from a server apparatus, and generates a print job for the document data, comprises: a size designation unit configured to select and designate a paper size to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; a type designation unit configured to select and designate a paper type to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the one or more combination information pieces include a combination of the paper size designated by the size designation unit and the paper type designated by the type designation unit; a request unit configured to, in a case where it is determined that the one or more combination information pieces do not include the combination, request the server apparatus to register the combination; and a display unit configured to, in a case where information indicating that the combination requested by the request unit is not registerable is received from the server apparatus, perform display indicating that the combination is not registerable.

"According to still another aspect of the present invention, a control method for a client apparatus that receives document data and a job ticket that includes one or more combination information pieces, each including a paper size and a paper type, from a server apparatus and generates a print job for the document data, the method comprises the steps of: a size designation unit selecting and designating a paper size to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; a type designation unit selecting and designating a paper type to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; and a control unit performing control such that, in a case where designation of a paper size by the size designation unit is performed preceding designation of a paper type by the type designation unit, a combination information piece that includes the paper size designated by the size designation unit is extracted from among the one or more combination information pieces included in the job ticket, and the paper type included in the extracted combination information piece is set as a paper type that is selectable by the type designation unit, and in a case where designation of a paper type by the type designation unit is performed preceding designation of a paper size by the size designation unit, a combination information piece that includes the paper type designated by the type designation unit is extracted from among the one or more combination information pieces included in the job ticket, and the paper size included in the extracted combination information piece is set as a paper size that is selectable by the size designation unit.

"According to yet another aspect of the present invention, a bookbinding system including a server apparatus that outputs document data and a job ticket that includes one or more combination information pieces, each including a paper size and a paper type, and a client apparatus that receives the document data and the job ticket from the server apparatus and generates a print job for the document data, wherein the client apparatus comprises: a size designation unit configured to designate a paper size to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; a type designation unit configured to designate a paper type to be used to print out the document data received from the server apparatus; and a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where designation of a paper size by the size designation unit is performed preceding designation of a paper type by the type designation unit, a combination information piece that includes the paper size designated by the size designation unit is extracted from among the one or more combination information pieces included in the job ticket, and the paper type included in the extracted combination information piece is set as a paper type that is selectable by the type designation unit, and in a case where designation of a paper type by the type designation unit is performed preceding designation of a paper size by the size designation unit, a combination information piece that includes the paper type designated by the type designation unit is extracted from among the one or more combination information pieces included in the job ticket, and the paper size included in the extracted combination information piece is set as a paper size that is selectable by the size designation unit.

"The present invention provides a technique that enables a reduction in the possibility of wrong print output settings in a client apparatus.

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

URL and more information on this patent, see: Kuroshima, Masashi. Client Apparatus, Control Method Therefor, and Bookbinding System. U.S. Patent Number 8780392, filed November 10, 2011, and published online on July 15, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8780392.PN.&OS=PN/8780392RS=PN/8780392

Keywords for this news article include: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Technology.

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