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1. EP1855225 - Computer apparatus

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Claims

1. A computer apparatus comprising:

an equipment-information holding unit (101, 102) for holding equipment information which contains setting information of equipment of the computer apparatus and license information for using the equipment;

an image-data generating unit (105, 106, 107) for generating image data for printing the equipment information on a sheet in a predetermined form; and

an equipment-information setting unit (104) for storing the equipment information into the equipment-information holding unit based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the equipment information is printed.


  2. A computer apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:

an equipment-information printing application (103) for controlling processing to print the equipment information on a sheet in the predetermined form;

an encoder unit (107) for encoding equipment information being included in the image data;

an image generation unit (106) for generating image data to be printed; and

a plotter unit (105) for performing printing of the image data on a sheet.


  3. A computer apparatus according to claim 1 or 2, further comprising:

an equipment-information setting application (104) for controlling processing to read a printed sheet on which the equipment information is printed, and for performing storing of the equipment information;

a scanner unit (110) for performing optical reading of a sheet;

an image-analysis unit (111) for analyzing the read image data and performing recognition of marks and characters to extract codes of the equipment information; and

a decoder unit (112) for decoding the codes of the equipment information into the equipment information.


  4. A computer apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the image-data generating unit (105, 106, 107) of existing equipment is provided to print the equipment information, held by the equipment-information holding unit, on a sheet in the predetermined form, and
wherein the equipment-information setting unit (104) of new equipment is provided to store the equipment information into the equipment-information holding unit of the new equipment based on image data read from the printed sheet.
  5. A computer apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the image-data generating unit (105, 106, 107) of source equipment is provided to print the license information, held by the equipment-information holding unit, on a sheet in the predetermined form, and
wherein the equipment-information setting unit (104) of destination equipment is provided to store the license information into the equipment-information holding unit of the destination equipment based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the license information to be transferred to the destination equipment is specified.
  6. A computer apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the equipment-information setting unit (104) is provided to store the license information into the equipment information holding unit based on image data read from a license certificate.
  7. A computer apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the image-data generating unit (105, 106, 107) is provided to print the license information, held by the equipment-information holding unit, on a sheet in the predetermined form, and
wherein the equipment-information setting unit (104) is provided to delete the license information in the equipment-information holding unit based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the license information being deleted is specified.
  8. An equipment-information management method for use in a computer apparatus, comprising steps of:

generating image data for printing equipment information, which contains setting information of equipment of the computer apparatus and license information for using the equipment, on a sheet in a predetermined form; and

storing the equipment information into the equipment of the computer apparatus or equipment of another computer apparatus based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the equipment information is printed.


  9. An equipment-information management method according to claim 8, further comprising a step of performing processing to the printed sheet on which the equipment information is printed, through copying, writing, patching or rewriting.
  10. An equipment-information management method according to claim 8 or 9, further comprising steps of:

encoding the equipment information being included in the image data;

generating image data to be printed; and

performing printing of the image data on a sheet.


  11. An equipment-information management method according to any one of claims 8 to 10, further comprising steps of:

performing optical reading of the printed sheet on which the equipment information is printed;

analyzing the read image data and performing recognition of marks and characters to extract codes of the equipment information; and

decoding the codes of the equipment information into the equipment information.


  12. An equipment-information management method according to any one of claims 8 to 11, wherein existing equipment is provided to print the equipment information on a sheet in the predetermined form, and new equipment is provided to perform storing of the equipment information based on image data read from the printed sheet.
  13. An equipment-information management method according to any one of claims 8 to 11, wherein source equipment is provided to print the license information on a sheet in the predetermined form, and destination equipment is provided to perform storing of the license information based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the license information to be transferred to the destination equipment is specified.
  14. An equipment-information management method according to any one of claims 8 to 11, wherein storing of the license information to the equipment of the computer apparatus is performed based on image data read from a license certificate.
  15. An equipment-information management method according to any one of claims 8 to 11, wherein the license information is printed on a sheet in the predetermined form, and the license information is deleted based on image data read from the printed sheet on which the license information being deleted is specified.