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Patent No. US 11240386
Issue Date Feb 1, 2022
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Patent 11240386 - Server, non-transitory computer-readable medium for server, and method > Claims

  • 1. A server comprising: a controller configured to perform: receiving, from a printer, an initiation request for initiating a service, the service being for dispatching a color material cartridge to be installed to the printer;receiving, from the printer, cartridge information indicating a color material cartridge currently installed to the printer;in response to receiving the initiation request and the cartridge information, determining whether a first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer, the first type of color material cartridge being used at the service; andin a case where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer, outputting a dispatching request causing a dispatching process for dispatching the first type of color material cartridge,wherein the dispatching request is not outputted in a case where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer.
    • 2. The server according to claim 1, wherein the printer is configured to implement printing process by using either of a plurality of color material cartridges including the first type of color material cartridge and a second type of color material cartridge different from the first type of color material cartridge,the printer is configured to operate in a first mode or a second mode,in the first mode, the first type of color material cartridge is allowed to be used in the printer, andin the second mode, the first type of color material cartridge is not allowed to be used and the second type of color material cartridge is allowed to be used in the printer.
      • 3. The server according to claim 2, wherein the controller is further configured to perform: transmitting, to the printer, a mode change request for changing a mode from the second mode to the first mode in response to receiving the initiation request from the printer.
        • 4. The server according to claim 3, wherein the controller is further configured to perform: transmitting a transmission request to the printer in response to receiving the initiation request from the printer, the transmission request being for requesting the printer to transmit status information indicating a current status of the printer repeatedly,wherein the controller transmits the mode change request to the printer in response to receiving the status information from the printer after the transmission request is transmitted to the printer.
          • 5. The server according to claim 4, wherein the status information includes the cartridge information.
        • 6. The server according to claim 3, wherein the service includes management of the number of printed pages by a color material in the first type of color material cartridge,the controller is further configured to perform: receiving, from the printer, an installation notification indicating that the dispatched first type of color material cartridge has been installed to the printer after implementing the dispatching process in response to determining that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer; andinitiating counting the number of printed pages after transmitting the mode change request to the printer and receiving the installation notification from the printer.
          • 7. The server according to claim 6, wherein the controller is further configured to perform: transmitting, to an external device, service initiation information indicating an initiation of the service in a case where counting the number of printed pages is initiated.
      • 8. The server according to claim 2, wherein the controller determines that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer based on the cartridge information indicating that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer, andthe controller determines that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer based on the cartridge information indicating that the second type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer.
        • 9. The server according to claim 8, wherein the controller determines that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer based on the cartridge information indicating that neither the first type of color material cartridge nor the second type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer.
    • 10. The server according to claim 1, wherein the controller determines that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer based on identification information included in the cartridge information, the identification information indicating a color material cartridge currently installed to the printer, the identification information identifying the first type of color material cartridge, andthe controller determines that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer based on identification information included in the cartridge information, the identification information indicating a color material cartridge currently installed to the printer, the identification information identifying other than the first type of color material cartridge.
    • 11. The server according to claim 1, wherein the service includes management of the number of printed pages with the first type of color material cartridge, andthe controller is further configured to perform: initiating counting the number of printed pages in a case where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer.
      • 12. The server according to claim 11, wherein the controller is further configured to perform: transmitting, to an external device, service initiation information indicating an initiation of the service in a case where counting the number of printed pages is initiated.
  • 13. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing instructions, the instructions, when executed by the controller, causing the server to perform: receiving, from a printer, an initiation request for initiating a service, the service being for dispatching a color material cartridge to be installed to the printer;receiving, from the printer, cartridge information indicating a color material cartridge currently installed to the printer;in response to receiving the initiation request and the cartridge information, determining whether a first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer, the first type of color material cartridge being used at the service; andin a case where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer, outputting a dispatching request causing a dispatching process for dispatching the first type of color material cartridge,wherein the dispatching request is not outputted in a case where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer.
  • 14. A method comprising: transmitting, to a server providing a service, an initiation request for initiating a service, from a printer, the service being for dispatching a color material cartridge to be installed to the printer;determining whether a first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer, the first type of color material cartridge being used at the service; andin a case where the initiation request is transmitted from the server to the printer and where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is not currently installed to the printer, outputting a dispatching request causing a dispatching process for dispatching the first type of color material cartridge,wherein the dispatching request is not outputted in a case where it is determined that the first type of color material cartridge is currently installed to the printer.
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