USPTO issues patent to Brother Kogyo for 'Printing apparatus, printing system and printer driver'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , September 26, 2013 () – United States Patent no. 8,542,387, issued on Sept. 24, was assigned to Brother Kogyo K.K. (Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan).

"Printing apparatus, printing system and printer driver" was invented by Nobuhiro Mizuno (Nagoya, Japan).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A printing apparatus having an input unit through which a print-job is input; a printing unit, which executes the print-job input through the input unit, and which prints an image onto a recording medium; a connecting unit that is connectable to a removable storage medium; and a control unit, which reads identification information of the print-job from the connected removable storage medium when the removable storage medium is connected to the connecting unit, and which causes the printing unit to execute the print-job identified by the read identification information with priority over at least one print-job that starts being input to the input unit at a time earlier than when the print-job identified by the read identification information started being input."

The patent was filed on Jan. 24, 2011, under Application No. 13/012,774.

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