US Pat. No. 9,563,386

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information
processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:

acquiring printer information from a printer;
displaying, by being called from a first print setting screen offered by an operating system, a second print setting screen
offered by a device application based on the printer information, wherein the first print setting screen includes a plurality
of selectable options for a print setting; and

in a case where the first print setting screen is called from the second print setting screen, transmitting, as a response,
capability information based on the printer information, the capability information including information related to an additional
selectable option for the print setting, the additional selectable option different from each of the plurality of selectable
options,

wherein the additional selectable option for the print setting is added to the first print setting screen when the first print
setting screen is displayed based on the capability information transmitted in the transmitting as the response.

US Pat. No. 9,374,881

RADIATION GENERATOR INCLUDING CUT-OFF VOLTAGE GENERATOR AND ASSOCIATED DETECTION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generator comprising:
a radiation tube including:
a cathode heater configured to generate heat in response to a voltage being applied thereto,
an electron emitting cathode configured to emit electrons in response to the heat generated by the cathode heater,
a grid electrode configured to control an amount of electrons emitted from the electron emitting cathode,
a lens electrode configured to focus an electron beam passing through the grid electrode, and
an anode having a target configured to generate radiation in response to an electron irradiation from the electron emitting
cathode;

a grid-voltage generating unit configured to apply an extraction voltage to the grid electrode in response to an external
request for radiation output;

a cathode heater driver configured to generate a cathode heater voltage;
a cut-off voltage generating unit configured to generate a cut-off voltage applied to the grid electrode so as to lower the
potential of the grid electrode relative to the potential of the electron emitting cathode when there is no external request
for the radiation output;

a lens electrode driver configured to generate a lens electrode voltage applied to the lens electrode; and
a detection unit including a primary switching circuit and a secondary switching circuit, the primary switching circuit configured
to turn off energizing to the cathode heater and configured to detect a decrease in the cut-off voltage with respect to the
electron emitting cathode, and the secondary switching circuit configured to turn off energizing to the lens electrode,

wherein, when the decrease in the cut-off voltage is detected, the primary switching circuit turns off energizing to the cathode
heater such that the target is not irradiated by the electrons.

US Pat. No. 9,491,322

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor;
a retaining unit configured to retain transition information indicating that the image forming apparatus is started by shifting
from a power-off state to a standby state or that the image forming apparatus is started by shifting from the power-off state
to a sleep state;

a failure detection unit configured to detect that a failure has occurred in the image forming apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the transition information indicates that the image forming apparatus
is started by shifting the power-off state to the sleep state, and whether the detected failure requires that the image forming
apparatus shift to the standby state after being restarted;

a changing unit configured to change, in a case where the determination unit determines that the transition information indicates
that the image forming apparatus is started by shifting the power-off state to the sleep state, and that the detected failure
requires that the image forming apparatus shift to the sleep state after being restarted, the transition information so that
the transition information indicates that the image forming apparatus is started by shifting the power-off state to the standby
state;

a detection unit configured to detect an instruction to supply power in the power-off state of the image forming apparatus;
and

a control unit configured to perform control such that the image forming apparatus is started by shifting from the power-off
state to the standby state or is started by shifting from the power-off state to the sleep state based on the transition information
retained in the retaining unit when the detection unit detects the instruction to supply power to the image forming apparatus,

wherein the processor implements the retaining unit, the failure detection unit, the determination unit, the changing unit,
the detection unit, and the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,502,452

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS DRIVING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit;
a first holding unit configured to hold a charge generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, at a location different from
location of the photoelectric conversion unit;

a second holding unit configured to hold a charge held by the first holding unit at a location different from locations of
both of the first holding unit and the photoelectric conversion;

an amplifying unit including an input node and configured to output a signal based on a charge transferred to the input node
from the second holding unit, the input node being a different node from the second holding unit;

a reset unit configured to reset a voltage of the input node; and
a first discharge unit configured to discharge a charge of the first holding unit,
wherein the first discharge unit includes a charge draining node,
wherein the charge draining node is electrically connected to a line to which a predetermined voltage is to be supplied,
wherein the first discharge unit is configured to discharges a charge held by the first holding unit to the charge draining
node,

wherein the reset unit is configured to discharge a charge of the second holding unit via the input node, and
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a third transfer unit configured to transfer a charge from the second holding
unit to the input node.

US Pat. No. 9,243,155

INK JET INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet ink, comprising: a polyurethane polymer and a self-dispersing pigment, the polyurethane polymer having units
derived from a polyisocyanate, a polyol having no acid group, and a diol having an acid group,
wherein the polyol having no acid group contains a polyether polyol having no acid group, and the percentage (% by mole) constituted
by a unit derived from the polyether polyol having no acid group with respect to all the units derived from the polyol having
no acid group is 80% by mole or more,

the polyether polyol has a number-average molecular weight of 450 or more to 4,000 or less,
the ratio of the percentage (% by mole) of urethane bonds in the polyurethane polymer to the percentage (% by mole) of urea
bonds in the polyurethane polymer is 85.0/15.0 or more to 100.0/0 or less, and

the diol having an acid group is at least one selected from dimethylolpropionic acid and dimethylolbutanoic acid, and the
acid value of the polyurethane polymer resulting from the unit(s) derived from the diol having an acid group is 40 mgKOH/g
or more to 140 mgKOH/g or less.

US Pat. No. 9,291,921

DETECTION APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD AND FILTER TO REDUCE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DETECTED INTENSITY VALUES OF LIGHTS HAVING DIFFERENT WAVELENGTH RANGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus which detects an object to be detected, the apparatus comprising:
an illumination system configured to illuminate the object with light containing a first wavelength range and a second wavelength
range different from the first wavelength range;

a detector configured to detect light from the object illuminated by the illumination system; and
an optical member configured to set a transmittance for light in the first wavelength range and a transmittance for light
in the second wavelength range to be different from each other, thereby reducing a difference between an intensity value of
the light which has the first wavelength range and is detected by the detector and an intensity value of the light which has
the second wavelength range and is detected by the detector,

wherein
the detection apparatus has, as operation modes, a detection mode in which the detection apparatus detects the object, and
a preparation mode in which the detection apparatus makes preparations to detect the object,

in the preparation mode,
the illumination system illuminates the object with light in each of a plurality of divided wavelength ranges obtained by
dividing a wavelength range including the first wavelength range and the second wavelength range, and

the detector detects the light in each of the plurality of divided wavelength ranges from the object,
the optical member includes a plurality of optical elements which have different transmittances and are exchangeably placed
in an optical path of the light, and

the detection apparatus further comprises a control unit configured to obtain an intensity ratio in the wavelength range from
an intensity value of the light in each of the plurality of divided wavelength ranges detected by the detector, select an
optical element, which reduces the difference, from the plurality of optical elements based on the intensity ratio, and place
the selected optical element in the optical path in the detection mode.

US Pat. No. 9,292,774

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform a double-sided print for a plurality of pages; and
a deletion unit configured to delete data of a page that the printing unit prints;
wherein the deletion unit, in a case where a page printed last by the printing unit out of the plurality of pages is an odd
page counting from the first page in a print order, does not delete but stores data of the page printed last.

US Pat. No. 9,288,833

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
a connection unit configured to connect to a wireless network;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit data by establishing communication with a receiving apparatus after connection
to the wireless network;

an interruption unit configured to interrupt transmission of the data;
a storage unit configured to store interruption information relating to the transmission of data interrupted by the interruption
unit;

a search unit configured to search for an external apparatus after the transmitting apparatus disconnects the connection with
the wireless network in a state in which the transmission of data is interrupted by the interruption unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the receiving apparatus is found based on the interruption information
stored in the storage unit and a search result from the search unit,

wherein if it is determined by the determination unit that the receiving apparatus is found, the connection unit is configured
to connect to the wireless network, and the transmitting unit is configured to restart the transmission of interrupted data
by establishing communication with the receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,288,354

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that operates in a first electric power state and a second electric power state where less power
is consumed than in the first electric power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect an object in a detection range;
an operation unit configured to receive an input caused by the object being in the detection range regardless of whether the
object is detected, wherein receipt of the input shifts the image forming apparatus from the second electric power state to
the first electric power state;

a control unit configured to, when the first detection unit detects the object or the operation unit receives the input, shift
the image forming apparatus from the second electric power state to the first electric power state; and

a notification unit configured to provide information indicating a failure condition of the first detection unit if the image
forming apparatus has shifted from the second electric power state to the first electric power state as a result of the operation
unit receiving the input.

US Pat. No. 9,285,675

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an uncured resin on a substrate using a mold and cures the resin to thereby form a pattern
of the cured resin on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a mold holding unit configured to hold the mold;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate;
a deforming unit configured to deform the mold held by the mold holding unit into a convex shape toward the substrate;
a driving unit configured to change an attitude of the mold or the substrate during a pressing operation in which the mold
deformed into the convex shape is pressed against the uncured resin to thereby make a position of a contact region at which
the mold is brought into contact with the uncured resin movable;

a measuring unit configured to acquire an image information indicating a state of the contact region; and
a control unit configured to calculate a plane coordinates of a centroid of the contact region based on the image information
and to control an operation of the driving unit such that the plane coordinates position of the centroid is directed toward
the plane coordinates position of the centroid of a pattern-forming region on the substrate, which has been calculated based
on the image information or has been acquired in advance.

US Pat. No. 9,277,149

METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR CORRECTING DIGITAL SIGNAL, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving an image pickup device, the image pickup device comprising:
a pixel configured to output a pixel signal, and
an analog-to-digital conversion unit configured to convert an analog signal into a digital signal, the analog-to-digital conversion
unit comprising:

a comparison unit configured to output a comparison result signal obtained by comparing an analog signal with a reference
signal whose potential changes with time, and

a counting unit configured to generate a count value by counting a clock signal,
the method comprising:
generating, a first digital signal having the count value generated by the counting unit as a result of counting the clock
signal during a period from when the counting unit starts counting the clock signal in response to a timing at which a potential
of a first reference signal (Vr1) starts changing at the counting unit by a first amount per unit time, to when a signal value
of the comparison result signal obtained by comparing a first test signal being the analog signal with the first reference
signal changes;

generating, a second digital signal having the count value generated by the counting unit as a result of counting the clock
signal during a period from when the counting unit starts counting the clock signal in response to a timing at which a potential
of a second reference signal (Vr2) starts changing at the counting unit by a second amount per unit time which is greater
than the first amount, to when a signal value of the comparison result signal obtained by comparing the first test signal
with the second reference signal changes; and

generating, a third digital signal having the count value generated by the counting unit as a result of counting the clock
signal during a period from when the counting unit starts counting the clock signal in response to a timing at which a potential
of at least one of the first reference signal and the second reference signal starts changing, to when a signal value of the
comparison result signal obtained by comparing a signal of the analog signal based on the pixel signal with at least one of
the first reference signal and the second reference signal changes, wherein

the third digital signal is corrected on the basis of the first digital signal and the second digital signal, so as to reduce
an offset which is included in the third digital signal, and arises from a difference between the timing at which the potential
of at least one of the first reference signal (Vr1) and the second reference signal (Vr2) starts changing with time, and the
timing at which the counting unit starts counting the clock signal.

US Pat. No. 9,279,965

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An image pickup lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit;
a stop; and
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power, the second lens unit comprising a second lens sub-unit composed of
one or more positive lenses,

wherein each of the positive lenses included in the second lens sub-unit is made of material, the material satisfying the
following conditions:

62 N2a<1.63;

0.605?(?2a/1000)
dn2a/dTrelative where N2a represents a refractive index at a d-line, v2a represents an Abbe constant, ?2a represents a partial dispersion
ratio, and dn2a/dTrelative represents an absolute value of a differential of refractive indices against temperature at the
d-line, and
wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.20
3.00 where f represents a focal length of the image pickup lens, f2a represents a focal length of the second lens sub-unit, TD
represents an overall length of the image pickup lens, and BF represents a distance from an image-side surface of a lens arranged
closest to an image side in the image pickup lens to an image plane of an image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 9,262,417

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVER AND DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management server connected to a client via a network and configured to manage content documents stored in folders
having a hierarchical structure, the document management server comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a download request from the client, wherein the received download request includes
information specifying a plurality of content documents to be downloaded and flag information indicating whether there are
content documents having a same name among the specified plurality of content documents, the flag information being set by
the client;

an entity data storage unit configured to acquire, based on the received download request, entity data of the plurality of
content documents specified to be downloaded by the client, and store the acquired entity data of the specified plurality
of content documents in different folders generated under a root of an archive file if the flag information indicates that
there are content documents having a same name among the specified plurality of content documents, wherein the entity data
storage unit stores the acquired entity data of the specified plurality of content documents under a root of an archive file
if the flag information indicates that there are not content documents having a same name among the specified plurality of
content documents;

an archive information file storage unit configured to generate an information file in which path information in the document
management server and path information in the archive file with respect to each of the plurality of content documents specified
to be downloaded are described in association with each other, and store the generated information file in the archive file;
and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the archive file storing the entity data of the specified plurality of content
documents and the information file to the client.

US Pat. No. 9,280,098

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member that is rotatable and transfers a toner image transferred from the image bearing member at
a primary transfer part onto a transfer material at a secondary transfer part;

a switching unit that can switch polarities of potentials of the intermediate transfer member which are generated at the primary
transfer part and the secondary transfer part in synchronization; and

a control unit that executes adjustment processing in which a potential having a first polarity opposite to the polarity upon
the transfer is to be generated at least one of the primary transfer part and the secondary transfer part,

wherein the control unit controls the switching unit in a manner that, in a case where the adjustment processing is performed
in a course of continuous image formation on a plurality of transfer materials conveyed to the secondary transfer part, a
timing for generating the potential having the first polarity corresponds to a timing at which toner images are not transferred
at both of the primary transfer part and the secondary transfer part.

US Pat. No. 9,281,159

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation tube having a cathode for emitting an electron and an anode for generating radiation by impingement thereon of
the electron emitted from said cathode;

a housing container filled with an insulating liquid, and containing said radiation tube; and
a mechanism in which a voltage for allowing the insulating liquid to flow is applied between said cathode and said anode in
a state where said cathode does not emit any electron.

US Pat. No. 9,244,419

SHEET COMPRESSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
a pair of first nipping members configured to compress the sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit while the sheet is nipped and
configured to be separatable from each other;

a first separation mechanism configured to perform a separation operation of the pair of first nipping members;
a pair of second nipping members configured to compress the sheet nipped by the pair of first nipping members while the sheet
is nipped and configured to be separatable from each other;

a second separation mechanism configured to perform a separation operation of the pair of second nipping members;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the sheet nipped by the pair of first nipping members and the pair of
second nipping members;

a conveyance switching unit having a reversely-rotatable roller which normally rotates and conveys the sheet compressed by
the pair of first nipping members and then, which reversely rotates and conveys the sheet to switch the sheet conveying direction
of the sheet compressed by the pair of first nipping members; and

a controlling portion controls the first separation mechanism so after a first end of the sheet as a leading edge in a sheet
conveying direction passes between the pair of first nipping members, the first separation mechanism relatively moves the
pair of first nipping members closer to each other to nip the sheet, and then the pair of first nipping members compresses
a second end of the sheet as a trailing edge in the sheet conveying direction, and controls so after the first end of the
sheet leading edge in the sheet conveying direction passes between the pair of second nipping members, the second separation
mechanism relatively moves the second nipping members closer to each other to nip the sheet and the conveyance switching unit
switches sheet conveying direction of the sheet, and then the pair of second nipping members compresses the first end of the
sheet as the trailing edge in the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,469,129

PRINTING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CONVEYANCE CONTROL USING MARKS IN NON-IMAGE AREAS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a continuous sheet;
a printing unit configured to perform a first printing so as to alternately arrange image area and a non-image area on the
continuous sheet in conveyance by the conveying unit and form marks in the respective non-image areas and perform a second
printing subsequently to the first printing;

a detecting unit configured to detect each of the marks that are formed in the first printing; and
a control unit configured to obtain a correction factor for the second printing regarding a conveyance error of the conveying
unit for conveying the continuous sheet in the respective image areas in the first printing, based on a measured conveyance
amount in response to a detection of the respective marks with the detecting unit and a theoretical conveyance amount, the
control unit further configures to update the correction factor by multiplying a previous correction factor by a new correction
factor each time the new correction factor is obtained in the respective image areas in the first printing, wherein the correction
factor obtained in the first printing is used by the conveying unit to perform sheet conveyance in the second printing.

US Pat. No. 9,389,584

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a supporting member capable of supporting a plurality of developing rollers and a plurality of photosensitive drums, said
supporting member being movable substantially linearly between an inside position which is inside said main assembly and an
outside position which is outside said main assembly, in a direction substantially perpendicular to axes of said developing
rollers while supporting said developing rollers and said photosensitive drums;

a plurality of developing cartridges each having the developing roller and a pair of side walls opposing each other in a longitudinal
direction of said developing roller, said developing cartridges being mountable to and dismountable from said supporting member,
wherein in a state that said supporting member supports the plurality of photosensitive drums in the outside position, said
developing cartridges are mountable to and dismountable from said supporting member, without removing said photosensitive
drums;

an urging member for urging said developing cartridge to urge said developing roller toward said photosensitive drum; and
a spacing member for spacing said developing roller and said photosensitive drum from each other,
wherein said developing cartridges each include an upper surface facing upward when mounted to said supporting member and
a projection projecting upwardly from the upper surface and having a shape providing a space through a middle portion thereof,

wherein with respect to the longitudinal direction of said developing roller, a width of said projection is narrower than
a distance between said pair of side walls,

wherein each said developing cartridge includes a cylindrical engaging portion extending in the longitudinal direction of
said developing roller to engage with said supporting member, wherein said cylindrical engaging portion protrudes from one
side wall of said pair of side walls, and wherein said engaging portion is movably engaged with said supporting member to
permit said developing cartridge to be moved relative to said photosensitive drum by said spacing member and said urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,301,328

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PARAMETER CONFIGURATION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication device itself becomes a providing apparatus for providing
communication parameters for performing wireless communication compliant with IEEE 802.11 standard series, wherein the communication
parameters include information of an SSID (Service Set Identifier) and an encryption method;

a first generation unit configured to generate a first random number for generating an encryption key for encrypting the communication
parameters;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information of a second random number generated by an other communication device;
a second generation unit configured to generate an encryption key for encrypting the communication parameters based on the
first random number generated by the first generation unit and on the information on the second random number that is generated
by said the other communication device and is obtained by the obtaining unit;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the other communication device, the communication parameters, which has been
encrypted based on the encryption key generated by the second generation unit, in a case where the determination unit determines
that the communication device itself becomes the providing apparatus; and

a communication unit configured to perform, with the other communication device, wireless communication complaint with IEEE
802.11 standard series using the communication parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,380,626

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit;
a second communication unit that is different from the first communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control processing in which the first and second communication units are used,
wherein the control unit performs control such that
information regarding an application needed for processing performed using the second communication unit is sent to a first
apparatus using the first communication unit,

a signal based on the information regarding the application is received using the second communication unit from the first
apparatus or a second apparatus connected with the first apparatus and the application is launched in accordance with the
signal, and

processing performed using the second communication unit is executed using the launched application,
wherein the second communication unit is a communication unit whose communication distance is shorter than that of the first
communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,288,451

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for transmitting image data of a plurality of frames to a client, comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
detecting an object in a frame;
determining that a first object detected in a first frame should be unidentifiable at the client if the first object satisfies
a predetermined condition;

determining whether second and third objects detected in a second frame after the first frame are divided from the first object
detected in the first frame;

determining whether the second object detected in the second frame is an abandoned object in accordance with whether the second
object stays in a predetermined range for a predetermined period of time;

determining that the second object detected in the second frame should be identifiable at the client if the second object
is not determined to satisfy the predetermined condition and that the third object detected in the second frame should be
unidentifiable at the client if the third object is determined to satisfy the predetermined condition and the second object
does not satisfy a condition to determine the second object as an abandoned object;

determining whether the second and third objects are detected in a third frame after the second frame;
determining whether the second object detected in the third frame is an abandoned object in accordance with whether the second
object stays in the predetermined range for the predetermined period of time; and

determining that the second object detected in the third frame should be identifiable at the client if the second object is
not determined to satisfy the predetermined condition and that the third object detected in the third frame should be identifiable
at the client if the second and the third objects are divided from the first object and the second object stays in the predetermined
range for the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,285,719

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member that is endless and moveable, including a primary transfer portion formed by contacting the
image bearing member, and a secondary transfer portion, wherein the toner image is primarily transferred from the image bearing
member onto the intermediate transfer member in the primary transfer portion and secondarily transferred from the intermediate
transfer member onto a transfer material in the secondary transfer portion;

a secondary transfer member to which a voltage is applied, the secondary transfer member contacting an outer peripheral surface
of the intermediate transfer member to form the secondary transfer portion;

a charging device to which a voltage is applied, the charging device contacting the outer peripheral surface of the intermediate
transfer member to charge toner remaining on the intermediate transfer member;

a first power supply capable of applying one of a positive polarity voltage and a negative polarity voltage to the secondary
transfer member;

a second power supply capable of applying one of a positive polarity voltage and a negative polarity voltage to the charging
device; and

a controller for controlling the first power supply and the second power supply,
wherein the charging device is provided on a downstream side of the secondary transfer member and an upstream side of the
primary transfer portion with respect to a moving direction of the intermediate transfer member,

wherein the intermediate transfer member is configured to determine a polarity of an electric potential formed in the primary
transfer portion by a polarity of the current supplied from the secondary transfer member independently of a polarity of a
current supplied from the charging device provided at a portion closer to the primary transfer portion, and

wherein before the intermediate transfer member starts rotating, the controller applies the positive polarity voltage to the
charging device from the second power supply while applying a negative polarity voltage to the secondary transfer member from
the first power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,244,397

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING MEMBER AND SUPPLYING COOLING AIR TO A NON-SHEET-PASSING AREA FOR COOLING THE FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating a toner image borne on a recording material while conveying the recording material
at a nip portion, the image heating apparatus comprising:
a heater;
a fixing member heated by the heater;
a pressure member configured to form the nip portion with the fixing member;
a first temperature detecting member configured to detect a sheet-passing area temperature of the fixing member or the heater;
a second temperature detecting member configured to detect a non-sheet-passing area temperature of the fixing member or the
heater;

a control device configured to control the heater power supplied to the heater for maintaining the temperature detected by
the first temperature detecting member at a target temperature; and

an air supplying member supplying cooling air to the non-sheet-passing area for cooling the fixing member, the air supplying
member being started to be driven when the temperature detected by the second temperature detecting member reaches a predetermined
temperature,

wherein while the recording material is being conveyed at the nip portion, the control device controls the cooling air quantity
of the air supplying member in response to an electric current flowing in the heater for adjusting the cooling level of the
air supplying member, a rate at which the temperature of the non-sheet-passing area detected by the second temperature detecting
member increases reflecting the electric current flowing in the heater.

US Pat. No. 9,150,016

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head, comprising:
a step of preparing a support substrate provided with a plurality of liquid supply ports for supplying liquid and a plurality
of recesses or through-holes in a main surface thereof, the plurality of liquid supply ports being arranged in a zigzag arrangement
on the main surface;

a step of transferring an adhesive agent onto the main surface by effecting relative movement between the support substrate
and a roller holding the adhesive agent so as to make the recess or through-hole face the roller before the liquid supply
port faces the roller; and

a step of bonding, using the adhesive agent, the support substrate and a plurality of recording element substrates having
energy generating elements for ejecting liquid,

wherein the dimension of the recess or through-hole is greater than the dimension of the liquid supply port in a direction
orthogonal to the direction of the relative movement between the roller and the support substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,307,634

CIRCUIT BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A circuit board for supplying power to a unit in an apparatus through a contact member of a line connected to the unit,
said circuit board comprising:
a contact including at least three copper foil patterns connected to a center portion and extending radially from the center
portion with constant spaces between two adjacent copper foil patterns, each of the at least three copper foil patterns having
a predetermined width, and the center of the contact including a center area in which no solder is applied,

wherein one of the at least three copper foil patterns is connected to a signal pattern of a high-voltage circuit,
wherein solder is applied on portions respectively in the at least three copper foil patterns, each of the portions being
away from the center portion of the contact, and

wherein the contact member contacts at least one of the portions in the at least three copper foil patterns and does not contact
the center area.

US Pat. No. 9,280,113

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF STABILIZING IMAGE DENSITY ON A SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM BASIS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a predicting unit configured to predict an amount of electrostatic charge of toner particles in a developer container;
a determining unit configured to determine an exposure condition based on the amount of electrostatic charge of the toner
particles predicted by the predicting unit;

a storage unit configured to store a gradation conversion table;
a converting unit configured to convert image data based on the gradation conversion table stored in the storing unit;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the converted image data converted by the converting unit, the
image forming unit having an image bearing member, an exposure unit configured to expose the image bearing member using light
according to the exposure condition determined by the determining unit to form an electrostatic latent image on the image
bearing member, and a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using toner particles;

a measuring unit configured to measure a pattern image formed by the image forming unit;
a controlling unit configured to control the converting unit to convert pattern image data based on the gradation conversion
table, control the exposure unit to expose the image bearing member based on the converted pattern image data using light
according to the exposure condition determined by the determining unit to form a pattern image, and control the measuring
unit to measure the pattern image; and

an updating unit configured to correct the gradation conversion table stored in the storage unit based on the measurement
result of the pattern image, and to update the gradation conversion table stored in the storage unit to the corrected gradation
conversion table.

US Pat. No. 9,242,471

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid container in which a negative pressure generating member is contained in a first recessed
portion separated from a second recessed portion by a partition wall with a communication portion formed therein, the method
comprising:
a compression step of pressing, before the negative pressure generating member is placed in the first recessed portion, a
plurality of outer surfaces of the negative pressure generating member so that the negative pressure generating member becomes
smaller than an opening of the first recessed portion, the plurality of outer surfaces of the negative pressure generating
member including a first outer surface which is pressed by a first compression member and which is to contact a surface of
the partition wall positioned in the first recessed portion and a second outer surface which is pressed by a second compression
member and which is to contact an inner surface of the first recessed portion lying opposite the partition wall; and

a placing step of placing the negative pressure generating member in the first recessed portion while releasing the pressure
exerted on the first outer surface by the first compression member and while maintaining the pressure exerted on the second
outer surface by the second compression member so that the negative pressure generating member is positionally biased toward
the partition wall, and after the negative pressure generating member is placed in the first recessed portion, releasing the
pressure exerted on the second outer surface by the second compression member.

US Pat. No. 9,313,868

RADIOGRAPHY CONTROL APPARATUS AND RADIOGRAPHY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiography control apparatus, comprising:
a search condition specifying unit configured to specify a search condition for acquiring an examination order;
an examination order acquiring unit configured to acquire the examination order based on the search condition through a network;
and

an imaging preparation unit configured to determine whether the examination order acquired by the examination order acquiring
unit corresponds to an imaging start condition or not, and shift an X-ray detector to an imaging mode in a case where the
examination order corresponds to the imaging start condition.

US Pat. No. 9,266,346

COLOR MIXING DETECTION METHOD, COLOR MIXING DETECTION APPARATUS, AND PRINTING APPARATUS FOR INKJET PRINTING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for detecting an occurrence of a color mixing of ink in an inkjet printing head that can eject at least first
and second inks having different colors, comprising:
a printing step of allowing the printing head and a printing medium to move relative to each other in a first direction while
allowing the first ink to be ejected through the printing head so that an inspection pattern having a uniform density is printed
on the printing medium by the first ink;

a density measurement step of measuring a density of a printed image of the inspection pattern; and
a detection step of detecting the occurrence of the color mixing of the first and second inks when a density-changed part
in the printed image in which the density measured by the density measurement step deviates from an allowable density continuously
extends in the first direction for a predetermined range or more.

US Pat. No. 9,374,888

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT HAVING AN INDUCTOR UNIT AND CAPACITOR UNITS CONFIGURED TO ATTENUATE A COMMON-MODE DIGITAL SIGNAL COMPONENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A printed circuit board comprising:
a printed wiring board;
a semiconductor element configured to be mounted on the printed wiring board, and configured to transmit a digital differential
signal;

a differential signal wiring configured to be formed on the printed wiring board, and configured to comprise a first signal
line and a second signal line connected to the semiconductor element;

an inductor unit configured to be formed on the printed circuit board, and configured to comprise a first inductor provided
on the first signal line and a second inductor provided on the second signal line;

an input side capacitor unit configured to comprise a first capacitor wherein one end thereof is connected to a signal input
end of the first inductor, and the other end thereof is connected to a signal input end of the second inductor, a second capacitor
wherein one end thereof is connected to the signal input end of the first inductor, and the other end thereof is connected
to a ground, and a third capacitor wherein one end thereof is connected to the signal input end of the second inductor, and
the other end thereof is connected to the ground; and

an output side capacitor unit configured to be provided between the inductor unit and a differential signal reception unit,
wherein a difference between the capacitances of the second capacitor and the third capacitor falls within 20%, and a value
of C1/C2, when a capacitance of the first capacitor is C1, and a capacitance of one of the second and the third capacitor
is C2, is equal to or more than 0.75 and equal to or less than 2.25.

US Pat. No. 9,287,318

SOLID-STATE IMAGING SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging sensor which has a first face and a second face on an opposite side of the first face, and includes
an image sensing region in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arrayed and an electrode region, comprising:
in a direction from the second face to the first face,
a first portion including an insulating member and a wiring pattern provided in the insulating member;
a second portion including the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in the image sensing region; and
a third portion including a plurality of microlenses corresponding to the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in
the image sensing region,

wherein an opening is formed on the side of the first face in the electrode region so that the wiring pattern is exposed,
and

the solid-state imaging sensor includes
a first film provided to cover the plurality of microlenses in the image sensing region and to not cover a side face of the
opening, and

a second film provided to cover the side face of the opening and expose at least part of the wiring pattern in the electrode
region while covering the first film in the image sensing region.

US Pat. No. 9,288,355

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRINTING BASED ON INFORMATION WRITTEN BY AN EXTERNAL DEVICE IN A POWER-OFF STATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first communication unit configured to perform short distance wireless communication with an external device for performing
a read or write operation on a first storage unit with information for acquiring print data by the external device even when
said electronic device is in a power-off state, wherein the first communication unit operates in a card emulation mode for
communicating with the external device that operates in a reader/writer mode;

a second communication unit configured to acquire print data;
a printing unit configured to print the print data acquired by said second communication unit; and
a control unit configured to control said second communication unit to acquire the print data in accordance with the information
for acquiring the print data and said printing unit to print the print data acquired by said second communication unit when
said electronic device transits from a power-off state to a power-on state and the information for acquiring the print data
has been written in the first storage unit by the external device via said first communication unit during the power-off state,
wherein at least one of the units is implemented by a CPU executing computer-executable code stored in a non-transitory computer-readable
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,262,112

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING FILE SERVER FUNCTION, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanner configured to scan an original;
a network interface configured to communicate with an external apparatus via a network;
a storage unit configured to store in a specified folder files which are generated from the original in accordance with scanning
operation of said scanner or are received from the network through said network interface, the files being accessed by an
external apparatus via the network;

a setting unit configured to allow a user to set a notification destination; and
a control unit configured to, in case where a new file is stored into the specified folder, determine whether or not the new
file has been generated in accordance with the scanning operation,

wherein said control unit is configured to control said network interface to send an e-mail containing a path of the new file
to the notification destination, in a case where it is determined that the new file has been generated in accordance with
the scanning operation,

wherein said control unit further determines whether or not the new file stored into the specified folder has been received
from the network through said network interface, and

wherein said control unit does not send the e-mail to the notification destination if said control unit determines that the
new file stored into the specified folder has been received from the network through said network interface.

US Pat. No. 9,250,562

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light-emitting portions that are each configured to emit a light beam for exposing
a photosensitive member;

a first light receiving unit configured to receive a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light-emitting
portions;

a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light-emitting portions,
such that the plurality of light beams scan the photosensitive member;

a second light receiving unit configured to, in response to receiving a light beam deflected by the deflection unit, generate
a detection signal indicating that the light beam has been received;

a current control unit configured to execute light power control of causing the plurality of light-emitting elements to emit
light individually and controlling a driving current which is supplied to each of the plurality of light-emitting portions
based on a light reception result of the first light receiving unit receiving a light beam emitted from each of the plurality
of the light-emitting portions, and supply a driving current with a pre-determined value to at least a second light-emitting
portion among the plurality of light-emitting portions, the current control unit being configured to supply driving currents
to a first light-emitting portion and the second light-emitting portion among the plurality of light-emitting portions such
that light beams emitted from the first light-emitting portion and the second light-emitting portion are incident on the second
light receiving unit in sequence; and

a timing control unit configured to measure a time interval between a first detection signal generated due to the second light
receiving unit receiving a light beam from the first light-emitting portion and a second detection signal generated due to
the second light receiving unit receiving a light beam from the second light-emitting portion, and based on the time interval,
control relative emission timings according to which the plurality of light-emitting portions emit the plurality of light
beams,

wherein the current control unit is configured to:
cause the second light receiving unit to generate the first detection signal by supplying, to the first light-emitting portion,
a driving current with a value based on a light reception result of the first light receiving unit receiving the light beam
emitted from the first light-emitting portion; and

cause the second light receiving unit to generate the second detection signal by supplying a driving current with a pre-determined
value to the second light-emitting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,244,428

PHOTOSENSITIVE CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive cartridge detachably attachable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the photosensitive cartridge
comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an attachment region provided to detachably attach a developing cartridge having a developing member for developing a latent
image formed on the photosensitive member; and

a grip member configured to be gripped at a time when the photosensitive cartridge is attached to and detached from the main
body of the image forming apparatus, the grip member being movable between a first position at which the grip member enters
the attachment region in a case where the developing cartridge is not attached to the photosensitive cartridge, and a second
position at which the grip member retracts from the attachment region in a case where the developing cartridge is attached
to the photosensitive cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,100,759

LOUDSPEAKER DRIVER WITH SENSING COILS FOR SENSING THE POSITION AND VELOCITY OF A VOICE-COIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A loudspeaker driver comprising:
at least one actuator connected to a vibrating support to impart excitation to the latter when caused to move,wherein the loudspeaker driver further comprises:
a plurality of sensing members arranged to move with the at least one actuator, each sensing member providing output sensing
data dependent on the velocity of said at least one actuator, and

means for determining the position of the at least one actuator based on at least one ratio X/Y of output sensing data or
of linear combinations of output sensing data provided from the plurality of sensing members, said at least one ratio being
independent of the velocity of the at least one actuator.

US Pat. No. 9,319,983

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with another communication apparatus in an awake state, and not
to wirelessly communicate with the other communication apparatus in a doze state; and

a determination unit configured to determine a keep period corresponding to a predetermined percentage of a transmission cycle
of a beacon signal transmitted by the other communication apparatus, the keep period indicating a period to keep the awake
state in one transmission cycle of the beacon signal,

wherein (a) the communication unit transits from the doze state to the awake state in accordance with reception timing of
the beacon signal, (b) the awake state of the communication unit is kept for the determined keep period, and (c) if the determined
keep period elapses, the communication unit transits from the awake state to the doze state.

US Pat. No. 9,283,761

INK-JET RECORDING HEAD, RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INK-JET RECORDING HEAD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a plurality of recording element substrates, the method comprising:
preparing a silicon wafer to include the plurality of recording element substrates, each recording element substrate including
energy generating element groups for generating energy used for ejecting a liquid; and

dividing, by dry etching, the silicon wafer so as to separate the recording element substrates from each other, each recording
element substrate including the energy generating element groups.

US Pat. No. 9,267,790

MEASURING DEVICE OF MEASUREMENT OBJECT, CALCULATING DEVICE, MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ITEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring device that measures a measurement object, the measuring device comprising:
a two-dimensional measuring unit that obtains two-dimensional image data by performing image pickup on the measurement object;
a three-dimensional measuring unit that obtains three-dimensional data by three-dimensionally measuring the measurement object;
and

an obtaining unit that detects a temporary edge of the measurement object using the three-dimensional data, sets an edge detection
range in a two-dimensional image using the detected temporary edge, and detects an edge of the measurement object in the edge
detection range using the two-dimensional image data to obtain shape information of the measurement object.

US Pat. No. 9,267,840

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS THAT AMPLIFIES REFERENCE VOLTAGES CORRESPONDING TO PIXEL SIGNALS OF DIFFERENT COLORS AT DIFFERENT GAINS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each generating pixel signals by a photoelectric conversion, and including a first pixel and a second
pixel, the first pixel having a first color filter of a first color, the second pixel having a second color filter of a second
color different from the first color;

a first amplifier circuit configured to input the pixel signal of the first pixel and the pixel signal of the second pixel,
amplify the pixel signal of the first pixel at a first gain, and amplify the pixel signal of the second pixel at a second
gain different from the first gain; and

a second amplifier circuit configured to input a reference signal, amplify the reference signal at a third gain in correspondence
with the pixel signal of the first pixel inputted to the first amplifier circuit, and amplify the reference signal at a fourth
gain in correspondence with the pixel signal of the second pixel inputted to the first amplifier circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,079,743

SHEET DISCHARGE CONTROL BY SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a staying unit disposed in a conveyance path through which a sheet is conveyed, and configured to hold at least one sheet
in staying and feed the sheet held in staying again to the conveyance path to superimpose the sheet on a succeeding sheet,
forming a sheet bundle of the sheet held in staying and the succeeding sheet;

a discharge unit configured to discharge a sheet or a sheet bundle;
a stacking unit configured to stack the sheet or the sheet bundle discharged from the discharge unit; and
a pressure unit configured to press a preceding sheet or sheet bundle stacked on the stacking unit against the stacking unit
when a succeeding sheet bundle of a plurality of sheets is discharged on the preceding sheet or sheet bundle on the stacking
unit,

wherein, in a case where a succeeding sheet bundle of a predetermined number of sheets or more is conveyed from the staying
unit and the succeeding sheet bundle is to be stacked on the preceding sheet or sheet bundle on the stacking unit, the pressure
unit presses the preceding sheet or sheet bundle against the stacking unit, and

wherein, in a case where a succeeding sheet or sheet bundle of less than the predetermined number of sheets is conveyed from
the staying unit and the succeeding sheet or sheet bundle is to be stacked on the preceding sheet or sheet bundle on the stacking
unit, the pressure unit does not press the preceding sheet or sheet bundle against the stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,444,973

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR PERFORMING A TRAPPING PROCESS OF INCREASING A DENSITY OF A PIXEL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing a trapping process of increasing a density value of a pixel, comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input image data including a target pixel and a peripheral pixel of the target pixel, the
target pixel having a density value of a first color component and a density value of a second color component and the peripheral
pixel having a density value of the first color component and a density value of the second color component;

a trapping unit configured to increase, on a basis of at least the density value of the first color component and the density
value of the second color component of the target pixel and the density value of the first color component and the density
value of the second color component of the peripheral pixel, the density value of the second color component of the target
pixel; and

a printing unit configured to print the target pixel by using at least the increased density value of the second color component
of the target pixel,

wherein the trapping unit is configured to calculate a first trap rate by using the density value of the first color component
of the target pixel, a second trap rate by using the density value of the second color component of the target pixel, a third
trap rate by using the density value of the first color component of the peripheral pixel, and a fourth trap rate by using
the density value of the second color component of the peripheral pixel,

wherein the trapping unit is configured to calculate a final trap rate by using the first trap rate, the second trap rate,
the third trap rate, and the fourth trap rate,

wherein the trapping unit is configured to calculate a trap color density value by using the density value of the second color
component of the peripheral pixel and the final trap rate, and

wherein the trapping unit is configured to increase the density value of the second color component of the target pixel to
the trap color density value.

US Pat. No. 9,439,267

ANALYTE-INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit including an emitting portion that emits light to be applied to an analyte;
a probe configured to receive photoacoustic waves that the analyte generates when receiving the light emitted from the light
emitting unit and to output an electrical signal;

a detecting unit configured to detect information concerning speed of movement of the emitting portion; and
a control unit configured to control the light emitting unit on the basis of a detection result of the detecting unit,
wherein the control unit controls the light emitting unit in such a manner that the emitting portion does not emit light in
a case where it is determined that the speed of movement of the emitting portion does not correspond to a predetermined value
or less, the predetermined value being not zero, on the basis of the detection result of the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,288,409

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a detector that includes a plurality of conversion elements which convert radiation into charge and that executes image pickup
operations in which electrical signals based on the charge are output;

a control unit that controls the detector such that the detector executes, in a period between a first image pickup operation
and a second image pickup operation, which is executed after the first image pickup operation, among the image pickup operations
that are performed a plurality of times, inter-image pickup operations including a first inter-image pickup operation for
suppressing a lag generated by the first image pickup operation and a second inter-image pickup operation for obtaining, from
the detector, dark signals based on charges included in the conversion elements that are in a state in which the radiation
is not radiated after the first inter-image pickup operation; and

a signal processing unit that executes arithmetic processing on the electrical signals output from the detector,
wherein the signal processing unit
calculates a correction coefficient using a first time until the conversion elements begin to accumulate charges for the second
inter-image pickup operation after the first inter-image pickup operation is completed, a second time until the second inter-image
pickup operation begins after the first inter-image pickup operation is completed, and the dark signals,

predicts an amount of offset to be included in electrical signals output from the detector in the second image pickup operation
using a third time until the conversion elements begin to accumulate charges for the second image pickup operation after the
first inter-image pickup operation is completed, a fourth time until an operation for outputting the electrical signals begins
in the second image pickup operation after the first inter-image pickup operation is completed, and the correction coefficient,
and

executes calculation using the electrical signals and the amount of offset output from the detector in the second image pickup
operation.

US Pat. No. 9,285,919

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device configured to be held and be operable with a single hand of a user, the information processing
device comprising:
a processor;
at least one memory;
a display unit including a touch screen;
a setting unit configured to set a first area and a second area on the touch screen, the second area being independent of
the first area;

a sensing unit configured to sense a touch position on the touch screen touched by the user; and
an invalidation unit configured to invalidate, in a case where the sensing unit senses the touch position in the second area
within a predetermined time after the sensing unit sensed the touch position in the first area, an operation identified in
accordance with the touch position sensed in the first area so as not to execute the operation in the information processing
device,

wherein the invalidation unit doesn't invalidate, in a case where the sensing unit doesn't sense the touch position in the
second area within the predetermined time after the sensing unit sensed the touch position in the first area, the operation
identified in accordance with the touch position sensed in the first area,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented upon executions of instructions stored in the at least one memory.

US Pat. No. 9,288,415

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel section in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a column signal line configured to output a pixel signal from the pixel section;
a column amplifier circuit configured to output an amplified signal by inverting and amplifying the pixel signal;
a bypass circuit configured to bypass the column amplifier circuit;
an analogue to digital (AD) converter; and
a control unit configured to change an operation mode of the AD converter,
wherein the AD converter includes a ramp signal generation circuit configured to generate a reference signal, a comparator
configured to compare the reference signal and one of the pixel signal and the amplified signal, and a counter configured
to count a time and output a count value corresponding to the time, and

the control unit is configured:
in a first operation mode, to control the AD converter to AD-convert the pixel signal output from the column signal line via
the bypass circuit,

in a second operation mode, to control the AD converter to AD-convert the amplified signal, and
to change one of a slope of a reference signal and a counting procedure of the counter between the first operation mode and
the second operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,277,858

ABERRATION CORRECTING METHOD AND ABERRATION CORRECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aberration correcting method comprising:
measuring, using an aberration measuring unit, a wavefront aberration of reflected light acquired by irradiating measurement
light on a subject, the wavefront aberration being measured as phase information at each of a plurality of aberration measurement
points of the aberration measuring unit;

measuring, using the aberration measuring unit, wavefront gradient information at each of the aberration measurement points;
and

driving an aberration correction unit having a number of pixels greater than the number of the plurality of aberration measurement
points, wherein driving the aberration correction unit comprises:

driving first pixels of the aberration correction unit positionally corresponding to the aberration measurement points based
on the phase information being measured, and

driving second pixels of the aberration correction unit not positionally corresponding to the aberration measurement points
based on (i) the phase information being measured at the aberration measurement points corresponding to each of the first
pixels in the vicinity of each of the second pixels, (ii) the gradient information being measured at aberration measurement
points corresponding to each of the first pixels in the vicinity of each of the second pixels, and (iii) a distance between
each of the first pixels in the vicinity of each of the second pixels and each of the second pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,101,039

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation generating unit configured to generate radiation; and
a diaphragm unit configured to limit a radiation field that is formed by the radiation emitted from the radiation generating
unit,

wherein the diaphragm unit includes
a light source configured to generate visible light with which the radiation field is simulated by a visible-light field;
an optical lens configured to control a state of diffusion of the visible light, and
a pair of field-limiting blades configured to limit the radiation field,
wherein the radiation generating unit includes
a radiation tube provided thereinside and configured to generate radiation;
an emission window through which the radiation generated by the radiation tube is emitted, and
an envelope provided over and enclosing the emission window; and
wherein the light source and the optical lens are provided between the emission window and the pair of field-limiting blades,
and the light source is movable into and retractable from a path of the radiation by a movable mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,288,740

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit configured to communicate with a first other communication apparatus by a first wireless communication
method;

a second communication unit configured to communicate by a second wireless communication method different from the first wireless
communication method;

a determination unit configured to determine whether it is possible to communicate with a second other communication apparatus
via communication with the first other communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method and/or it is possible
to communicate with the second other communication apparatus via communication by the second wireless communication method;
and

a providing unit configured to provide, to a third other communication apparatus, either first communication parameters for
connecting to the communication apparatus or second communication parameters for connecting to the first other communication
apparatus based on a determination result by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,282,889

OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND CAMERA FOR USE IN OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera which is detachable from a fundus camera body including an illumination optical system configured to illuminate
a subject's eye with illumination light and a photographing optical system configured to photograph the subject's eye illuminated
by the illumination optical system with one of visible light and infrared light, the camera comprising:
an image sensor including a light receiving surface to receive return light from the subject's eye through the photographing
optical system; and

a display unit configured to display an image of the subject's eye formed on the light receiving surface in monochrome based
on an output signal from the image sensor in a case where the illumination optical system illuminates the subject's eye with
the infrared light, and to display an image of the subject's eye formed on the light receiving surface in color based on an
output signal from the image sensor in a case where the illumination optical system illuminates the subject's eye with visible
light.

US Pat. No. 9,225,867

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
a first illumination unit and a second illumination unit each having a plurality of light sources, each illumination unit
is configured to irradiate light from the light source to a document reading position, the plurality of light source include
a first light source and a second light source, the first light source emits light in a first color and the second light source
emits light in a second color which is different from the first color;

a light receiving unit configured to receive reflection light from a document to which light is irradiated by the first illumination
unit and the second illumination unit, and to output, in response to a line synchronization signal, a first image signal in
accordance with received light quantity; and

a control unit configured to independently control 1) a turn-on period of each of the plurality of light sources in the first
illumination unit and 2) a turn-on period of each of the plurality of light sources in the second illumination unit, in response
to the line synchronization signal, wherein:

the control unit is further configured to control, when reading the document, to turn on the light source of a same color
by the first illumination unit and the second illumination unit within a line cycle defined in response to the line synchronization
signal, and;

the control unit is further configured to control the first illumination unit and the second illumination unit such that a
center position of the turn-on period of each of the plurality of the light sources in the first illumination unit coincides
with a center position of the turn-on period of each of the plurality of the light sources in the second illumination unit,
within the line cycle defined in response to the line synchronization signal.

US Pat. No. 9,307,607

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus formed of a plurality of light emission areas capable of individually controlling emission brightness
and emission colors thereof, the light source apparatus comprising:
a brightness determination unit configured to determine emission brightness of each of the light emission areas;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a color of a target light emission area, which is one of the light emission
areas, changes by changes in emission brightnesses of light emission areas other than the target light emission area, based
on the emission brightness of each of the light emission areas determined by the brightness determination unit;

a color determination unit configured to determine an emission color of each of the light emission areas based on a determination
result by the determination unit; and

a control unit configured to cause each of the light emission areas to emit light of the emission color determined by the
color determination unit, at the emission brightness determined by the brightness determination unit,

wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the color of the target light emission area changes, the color
determination unit determines the emission color of the target light emission area in such a manner so as to suppress the
change in the color of the target light emission area.

US Pat. No. 9,282,270

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a cell array having a plurality of unit cells arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of clamping units each provided corresponding to a column of the cell array; and
a plurality of analog-to-digital (AD) conversion units each configured to convert a signal output from a corresponding clamping
unit to a digital signal,

each of the plurality of unit cells having:
a first photoelectric conversion unit;
a second photoelectric conversion unit; and
an intra-cell amplification unit configured to amplify signals generated by the first and second photoelectric conversion
units,

wherein each of the plurality of AD conversion units AD-converts a first analog signal based on a signal generated at the
first photoelectric conversion unit and output from the clamping unit,

and AD-converts a second analog signal output from the clamping unit by applying a signal based on the signals generated by
the first and second photoelectric conversion units to the clamping unit while the first analog signal is clamped at a reference
level.

US Pat. No. 9,350,903

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WHICH ADJUSTS IMAGE INSPECTION TO MATCH VARIATIONS IN THE EJECTION STATE OF THE PRINTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image in a region on a printing medium based on input image data by using a printing
head having an array of nozzles for ejecting ink;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a state of ink ejected from the printing head to the region at
a timing when the image based on the input image data is printed by the printing unit;

a determination unit configured to determine an inspection item on which a read image is obtained by reading the image printed
by the printing unit based on the input image data by a reading unit to be inspected from a plurality of inspection items
based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit wherein a kind of the determined inspection item varies according
to the state indicated by the obtained information; and

an inspection unit configured to inspect the read image by performing, on image data of the read image, image processing corresponding
to the inspection item determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,282,199

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC METHOD, AND IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to print a predetermined test chart that corresponds to an image defect to be analyzed,
and to transmit the printed test chart to an image diagnostic apparatus as scanned image data, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
an image forming unit that prints the test chart;
a scanning unit that scans the test chart printed by the image forming unit and acquires the image data;
a determination unit that determines a transmission setting for transmitting the image data of a test chart scanned by the
scanning unit according to the type of image defect corresponding to the test chart, the transmission setting including an
item that has an influence on the size of the image data; and

a transmission unit that transmits the image data acquired by scanning the test chart by the scanning unit, the image data
to be transmitted having a data size according to the transmission setting determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,268,233

FORMING METHOD AND SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a detection mark from a line pattern formed on a substrate, comprising:
a first step of deciding a first region for forming the detection mark on the substrate, and a second region which surrounds
the first region and in which formation of the detection mark is forbidden; and

a second step of projecting, onto the substrate by a projection optical system, patterns including a first cut pattern for
partially cutting the line pattern in the first region to form a plurality of mark elements, and a removal pattern for removing
the line pattern in the second region, and forming the detection mark including the plurality of mark elements.

US Pat. No. 9,411,300

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CLEANING BLADE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A cleaning blade comprising:
an edge layer which includes an edge portion and which is formed of a first resin material;
a base layer which is provided superposedly on the edge layer so as to support the edge layer with respect to a thickness
direction of the cleaning blade and which is formed of a second resin material different from the first resin material; and

a hardened portion, provided at a part of the edge layer including the edge portion, subjected to hardening so as to be harder
than another portion of the edge layer,

wherein the hardened portion has a length shorter than a length of the edge layer with respect to the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 9,278,540

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:
a housing member having a space therein;
a defining member attached to a wall surface inside the housing member to define the space and including a flexible member
having flexibility;

a liquid storage chamber provided in the space defined and capable of storing a liquid therein; and
an urging unit configured to urge the defining member in a direction in which a volume of the liquid storage chamber expands,
wherein in a position during use, an angle, on the liquid storage chamber side, as between the wall surface inside the housing
member and the defining member in a lower attachment position of the defining member to the housing member, is greater than
an angle, on the liquid storage chamber side, as between the wall surface inside the housing member and the defining member
in an upper attachment position of the defining member to the housing member.

US Pat. No. 9,242,470

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a convey mechanism configured to convey a sheet in a first direction;
a recording head configured to perform recording by discharging ink on the sheet, the recording head including a base board
having a first nozzle chip group in which a plurality of first nozzle chips, in each of which a plurality of nozzles is arranged
in a second direction crossing the first direction, is provided in the second direction, a second nozzle chip group in which
a plurality of second nozzle chips, in each of which a plurality of nozzles is arranged in the second direction, is provided
in the second direction, and a plurality of first and second sealing portions, the plurality of first sealing portions provided
in end portions of the plurality of first nozzle chips in the second direction, and the plurality of second sealing portions
provided in end portions of the plurality of second nozzle chips in the second direction, each of the plurality of first and
second sealing portions protruding from the base board, wherein the first nozzle chip group and the second nozzle chip group
are arranged so as to be shifted from each other in the first direction, and wherein a first nozzle chip and a second nozzle
chip which are adjacent to each other, the first nozzle chip being from the first nozzle chip croup and the second nozzle
chip being from the second nozzle chip group, are shifted from each other in the second direction;

a suction holder including a first suction unit configured to suck ink from the plurality of first nozzle chips and a second
suction unit configured to suck ink from the plurality of second nozzle chips, wherein the first suction unit and the second
suction unit are shifted from each other in the second direction by an amount that corresponds to the shift between the first
nozzle chip and the second nozzle chip; and

an urging member configured to urge the suction holder in such a manner that the first suction unit and the second suction
unit are in contact with the base board;

wherein the suction holder moves in the second direction in a state where the first suction unit and the second suction unit
are urged to the base board, and in moving in the second direction, the first suction unit and the second suction unit abut
the first and second sealing portions, respectively, simultaneously, such configuration allowing the first suction unit and
the second suction unit to perform suctioning of the nozzles across which they move as they move in the second direction,
even where the sealing portions protrude over a surface height of the nozzles.

US Pat. No. 9,285,765

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CARTRIDGE WITH SHUTTER PORTION FOR OPENING AND CLOSING A SUPPLY OPENING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus for forming an image
on a recording material by developer, said developer supply cartridge comprising:
an accommodating portion, provided with a supply opening for permitting discharge of developer, for accommodating the developer;
a shutter portion movable between a closed position where the supply opening is closed from an outside of said accommodating
portion and an open position where the supply opening is open to the outside; and

a movable portion for moving said shutter portion, wherein said movable portion is movable between a first position where
said shutter portion is positioned in the closed position and a second position where said shutter portion is positioned in
the open position, and

wherein said movable portion in the first position is engaged with an engaging portion so that said movable portion is moved
with the movement of said developer supply cartridge and then said movable portion is positioned in the second position when
said developer supply cartridge reaches a mounting position, the mounting position being a position where said developer supply
cartridge is mounted to the main assembly,

wherein said movable portion performs a preventing operation for preventing movement thereof to the first position when said
movable portion is positioned in the second position during mounting of said developer supply cartridge to the main assembly,
and

wherein, said movable portion is moved from the second position to a preventing position in the preventing operation, the
preventing position being a position where said shutter portion is positioned in the open position and said movable portion
is located at a position different from the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,253,391

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR TRACKING OF FOCUS POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a computation unit that computes a focus evaluation value indicating contrast of a subject image included in a focus detection
area using an image signal output from the image sensor;

a first focus adjustment unit that performs focus adjustment through a reciprocating motion of a focus lens;
a second focus adjustment unit that performs focus adjustment by moving the focus lens in a direction toward which the focus
evaluation value increase,

a blur detection unit that detects a blur amount of the subject image; and
a control unit that performs an operation for identifying a direction of a focus position using the first focus adjustment
unit and then performs an operation for identifying the focus position,

wherein in a case that the blur amount is larger than or equal to a first threshold, the control unit performs the operation
for identifying the focus position using the first focus adjustment unit without using the second focus adjustment unit, and

wherein when the blur amount is smaller than the first threshold, the control unit performs the operation for identifying
the focus position using the first focus detection unit and the second focus detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,288,370

IMAGING APPARATUS AND AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit that generates an image signal corresponding to an image obtained by an optical system;
an audio obtaining unit that obtains an audio signal; and
a control unit that controls a driving operation of a component of the optical system so as to start driving in accordance
with a drive start instruction, to drive for a predetermined driving period, and to stop driving after the predetermined driving
period;

a determination unit that determines a noise period in which a noise is included in the audio signal obtained by the audio
obtaining unit,

where the determination unit performs an operation for determining the noise period in an analysis period which includes a
determined period from a driving stop timing of the component of the optical system and determines the noise period in the
analysis period in accordance with the obtained audio signal in the analysis period; and

an audio processing unit that reduces a noise from the audio signal in the noise period determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,532,380

WIRELESS DATA EXCHANGE IN A NETWORK COMPRISING COLLABORATIVE NODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of data exchange on a wireless communication medium accessible by a plurality of nodes via a contention mechanism,
the plurality of nodes comprising a collaborative group of nodes, each node of the collaborative group being provided with
a first and a second MAC address, the method comprising at a first node of the group:
determining if a communication from a source node of the group to a node outside the group is required, and in the event of
a positive determination,

selecting the second MAC address of the source node as source address for issuing a request to access the medium,
requesting a time slot by issuing a request to access the medium with the second MAC address of the source node as source
address,

receiving a medium access authorization granting the time slot, the method further comprising,
transmitting first data from the source node to the node outside the group using said second MAC address as a source address,
transmitting second data from a node of the group using its first MAC address as a source address, to another node of the
group,

wherein both the transmission of first data and transmission of second data are realized within the granted time slot and
the first data transmission is separated from the second data transmission by a short control frame,

and wherein a MAC address used as a destination address of the short control frame is the first MAC address of a node of the
collaborative group.

US Pat. No. 9,350,896

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a plurality of documents to generate image data;
a setting unit configured to set a destination of the image data; and
a transmission control unit configured to execute first transmission control that starts transmission of the image data before
the reading unit finishes reading all of the plurality of documents in a case where the image data is transmitted by one communication
session to a plurality of destinations set by the setting unit, and to execute second transmission control that starts transmission
of the image data after the reading unit finishes reading all of the plurality of documents in a case where the image data
is transmitted by a plurality of communication sessions to the plurality of destinations set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,521,749

CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A circuit substrate on which an electronic component having a mounting terminal and a signal terminal is mounted, comprising:
a first mounting land configured to be connected to the mounting terminal by soldering; and
a second mounting land configured to be connected to the signal terminal by soldering,
wherein the first mounting land has a larger area than the second mounting land so as to increase reliability of connection
between the circuit substrate and the electronic component when the electronic component is mounted on the circuit substrate,

wherein said first mounting land is provided with a protruding portion of an insulating material formed so as to protrude
from an outer side of said first mounting land toward an inner side of said first mounting land,

wherein the protruding portion does not divide said first mounting land into a plurality of areas, and
wherein said second mounting land is not provided with the protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,596,718

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, and an endless belt for heating an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the belt
to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of contact portions including at least a first contact portion provided on said substrate and electrically connectable
with the first terminal, and a plurality of second contact portions provided on said substrate and electrically connectable
with the second terminal;

a plurality of electrode portions arranged in a longitudinal direction of said substrate with predetermined gaps therebetween;
a plurality of electroconductive line portions electrically connecting said electrode portions with respective ones of said
contact portions, such that an electrode portion electrically connected with said at least one first contact portion and another
electrode portion electrically connected with said second contact portions are alternately arranged in the longitudinal direction
of said substrate; and

a plurality of heat generating portions, provided between adjacent electrode portions, respectively, for generating heat by
electric power supply between adjacent electrode portions,

wherein all of said first contact portions are provided in one end portion side of said substrate with respect to the longitudinal
direction, and all of said second contact portions are provided in another end portion side of said substrate with respect
to the longitudinal direction,

wherein said electroconductive line portions include:
a first electroconductive line portion electrically connecting a first heat generating portion of said heat generating portions
with said at least one contact portion,

a second electroconductive line portion electrically connecting a second heat generating portion of said heat generating portions,
which is different from said first heat generating portion, with one of said second contact portions,

a third electroconductive line portion electrically connecting said first heat generating portion with a predetermined contact
portion of said second contact portions, and

a fourth electroconductive line portion electrically connecting said second heat generating portion with the predetermined
contact portion,

wherein said first electroconductive line portion is longer than said second electroconductive line portion, and said fourth
electroconductive line portion is longer than said third electroconductive line portion.

US Pat. No. 9,575,528

POWER SUPPLY VOLTAGE CONTROL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply voltage control system comprising:
a semiconductor integrated circuit; and
a power supply unit configured to supply a power supply voltage to the semiconductor integrated circuit,
the semiconductor integrated circuit including:
a data processing unit configured to operate in any of a plurality of operating states,
a storage unit configured to store information of a corrected voltage value required for the data processing unit to operate
in a predetermined operating state,

an interface unit configured to output, to the power supply unit, the information of the corrected voltage value stored in
the storage unit,

a clock supply unit configured to supply a clock signal having a first frequency and a clock signal having a second frequency
to the data processing unit, and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a time taken for an initial voltage value to reach the corrected voltage value
based on a difference between the initial voltage value and the corrected voltage value,

wherein the power supply unit supplies a voltage to the data processing unit based on the initial voltage value and the clock
supply unit supplies the clock signal having the first frequency to the data processing unit at startup of the semiconductor
integrated circuit,

wherein the interface unit outputs, to the power supply unit, the information of the corrected voltage value stored in the
storage unit in accordance with the voltage supplied to the data processing unit having reached the initial voltage value,

wherein the power supply unit supplies a voltage to the data processing unit based on the information of the corrected voltage
value output from the interface unit,

wherein the clock supply unit switches a clock signal to be supplied to the data processing unit from the clock signal having
the first frequency to the clock signal having the second frequency based on the initial voltage value and the corrected voltage
value, and

wherein the clock supply unit controls a timing at which the clock to be supplied to the data processing unit is switched
from the clock signal having the first frequency to the clock signal having the second frequency based on the calculated time.

US Pat. No. 9,563,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING HIBERNATION FUNCTION ACCORDING TO DEVICE CONNECTION STATES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a device is connectable, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to function as:
a creation unit configured to create a hibernation image based on data stored in a memory of the image forming apparatus;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first device connection state indicating a device connection state at a timing
of turning off the image forming apparatus;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a second device connection state indicating a device connection state at a timing
of turning on the image forming apparatus; and

a control unit configured to start the image forming apparatus by using the hibernation image, in a case that the second device
connection state corresponds to the first device connection state, and start the image forming apparatus without a hibernation
image, in a case that the second device connection state does not correspond to the first device connection state.

US Pat. No. 9,585,287

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic component comprising:
an electronic device; and
a container configured to contain the electronic device,
wherein the container includes a base having a first region to which the electronic device is secured and a second region
around the first region, a cover facing the electronic device across a space, and a frame secured to the second region to
surround the space;

the frame includes a first member and a second member having a thermal conductivity lower than those of the first member and
the base;

the first member includes, in a first direction from an inner edge of the frame to an outer edge of the frame, a first portion
located on a side of the inner edge of the frame than an outer edge of the base, and a second portion located on a side of
the outer edge of the frame than the outer edge of the base, the first portion being located between the second region and
the cover in a second direction from the base to the cover; and

the second member is located between the cover and the first portion, and a shortest distance between the first portion and
the cover is larger than a shortest distance between the first portion and the base and is smaller than a length of the first
portion in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,560,306

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A FORMAT OF AN ANALOG VIDEO SIGNAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a measuring unit that measures an effective image area of an input analog video signal;
a determining unit that calculates an overlapping ratio of the measured effective image area and an effective image area of
a candidate format using information relating to the measured effective image area and information relating to the effective
image area of the candidate format, and determines whether or not the candidate format is a format of the input analog video
signal using the calculated overlapping ratio of the candidate format and other overlapping ratios calculated from other candidate
formats; and

a conversion unit that converts the input analog video signal to a digital signal using a sampling clock frequency specified
by the candidate format, when the candidate format is determined as the format of the input analog video signal.

US Pat. No. 9,362,482

METHOD OF PRODUCING PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE USING BE, FE AND CO UNDER EXCESS OXYGEN ATMOSPHERE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a piezoelectric device comprising a substrate bearing a piezoelectric material and a pair of electrodes
provided to contact the piezoelectric material, the method comprising:
subjecting a raw material comprising Bi, Fe and Co to a heat treatment at 430° C. or lower under an atmosphere comprising
at least 25 vol % oxygen to obtain a piezoelectric material formed of a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by formula
(1):

Bix(Fe1-yCoy)O3  (1)

where 0.95?x?1.25 and 0.10?y?0.30.

US Pat. No. 9,560,333

MOVIE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A movie processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the movie processing apparatus to:
accept a first instruction to delete a section of a chapter including a frame image while displaying the frame image corresponding
to a paused position, the paused position being a position where a reproduction was paused in response to acceptance of a
pause instruction from a user during reproduction of a series of frames of a movie divided into a plurality of chapters;

obtain, upon accepting the first instruction, a number of a first frame and a number of a last frame of the section of the
chapter including the frame image of the paused position of the reproduction, and reproduce the movie of the section of a
deletion target chapter from the first frame to the last frame of the section even when the frame image which was displayed
when the pause instruction was accepted is different from the frame image of the first frame;

accept, after reproduction of the section of the deletion target chapter starts, a second instruction to execute a deletion
operation for the section of the deletion target chapter or a cancellation instruction of the deletion operation; and

delete, in response to acceptance of the second instruction, the section of the deletion target chapter of the movie,
wherein reproduction of the section of the deletion target chapter automatically repeats until the second instruction or the
cancellation instruction is accepted, and

wherein a display state transitions to a state where the first frame of the chapter, which includes the frame image which
was displayed when the pause instruction was accepted, is displayed when the cancellation instruction was accepted, and the
display state transitions to a state where a first frame of a chapter after the deleted chapter is displayed when the second
instruction was accepted.

US Pat. No. 9,345,133

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND METHOD OF MOUNTING COMPONENTS ON THE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board on which a component having a plurality of terminals is to be mounted by using a reflow soldering
process, comprising:
wiring patterns that are arranged in correspondence with the plurality of terminals of the component and have a size which
is smaller in wiring patterns for terminals near a central portion of the component than in wiring patterns for terminals
near each end portion of the component,

wherein the wiring patterns for the terminals near each end portion of the component respectively have a larger dimension
in a direction perpendicular to a pitch direction than that of the wiring patterns for the terminals near the central portion
of the component.

US Pat. No. 9,354,359

PRECURSOR SOL OF ALUMINUM OXIDE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL MEMBER, OPTICAL MEMBER, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A precursor sol of aluminum oxide including particles containing a hydrolysate or a condensate of an aluminum compound,
a solvent, and an organo aluminum compound represented by general formula (1), wherein when a pulsed-NMR T2 relaxation curve of nuclide 1H of the precursor sol of aluminum oxide includes two components with different T2 relaxation times and the component with the longer T2 relaxation time has an abundance level of CL (%) and the component with the shorter T2 relaxation time has an abundance level of CS (%), a relative proportion RCS (%) of CS determined by equation (1) is in a range of 23.5% to 50.0%, both inclusive:
where R1 and R2 denote an alkyl, perfluoroalkyl, or allyl group of one to six carbon atoms, R3 denotes a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, or an alkyl, perfluoroalkyl, allyl, or aryl group of one to six carbon atoms, and
n denotes an integer of 1 to 3, both inclusive

US Pat. No. 9,341,831

OPTICAL SYSTEM WITH CATADIOPTRIC OPTICAL SUBSYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
a catadioptric subsystem configured to collect light from an object;
a refractive subsystem configured to form an image of the object through the catadioptric subsystem; and
a baffle arranged along an optical axis of the optical system and configured to block light, which travels toward the refractive
subsystem without being reflected by the catadioptric subsystem, to form a shielded portion in a center of an exit pupil plane
of the optical system,

wherein the catadioptric subsystem includes a partially transparent surface around the optical axis so that transmissivity
of a region, other than the shielded portion, in the exit pupil plane varies in a radial direction of the exit pupil plane.

US Pat. No. 9,750,072

MOBILE DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile device having a phone function that establishes communication with a partner apparatus by carrying out wireless
communication with a base station using one of a plurality of wireless communication standards, the device comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions, which when executed by the processor, causes the mobile device to:
hold a correspondence table in which the plurality of wireless communication standards that can be used by the mobile device
are associated with corresponding numbers of connections with the partner apparatus;

specify a current wireless communication standard of the mobile device;
determine the number of connections corresponding to the specified wireless communication standard, based on the correspondence
table;

provide a screen for inputting an instruction as to whether or not to use the number of connections corresponding to the determined
wireless communication standard;

carry out communication with the partner apparatus using the determined number of connections when an instruction to use the
number of connections is input via the screen; and

carry out communication with the partner apparatus using a predetermined number of connections when an instruction not to
use the number of connections is input via the screen.

US Pat. No. 9,665,036

REGULATING MEMBER AND DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device for developing a latent image on an image bearing member comprising:
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry a toner;
a first bearing member, provided at one end of said developer carrying member, configured to rotatably support said developer
carrying member;

a second bearing member, provided at the other end of said developer carrying member, configured to rotatably support said
developer carrying member;

a regulating member configured to regulate an amount of a developer carried on said developer carrying member, said regulating
member comprising:

a base portion;
a regulating portion, extending along a rotational axis direction of said developer carrying member, configured to project
from a first surface of said base portion and configured to regulate a layer thickness of a developer;

a first supporting portion, provided at one end of said base portion with respect to the rotational axis direction, configured
to support said first bearing member;

a second supporting portion, provided at the other end of said base portion with respect to the rotational axis direction,
configured to support said second bearing member;

a first through hole structure which is provided outside a maximum image forming region where an image is formable on the
image bearing member and inside said first supporting portion with respect to the rotational axis direction and which is provided
so as to oppose a gap between the image bearing member and said developer carrying member;

a second through hole structure which is provided outside the maximum image forming region and inside said second supporting
portion with respect to the rotational axis direction and which is provided so as to oppose the gap between the image bearing
member and said developer carrying member; and

a first rib which projects from a second surface opposite from the first surface of said base portion and which extends from
said one end to said the other end along the rotational axis direction;

a second rib, extending from one end of said first rib in a substantially perpendicular direction to said first rib, configured
to form part of said first through hole structure; and

a third rib, extending from the other end of said first rib in a substantially perpendicular direction to said first rib,
configured to form part of said second through hole structure.

US Pat. No. 9,130,049

AMORPHOUS OXIDE AND FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A field effect transistor comprising:
a gate electrode,
a gate insulator, and
an active layer of an amorphous oxide selected from the group consisting of an amorphous oxide containing In, Zn and Sn; an
amorphous oxide containing In and Zn; an amorphous oxide containing In and Sn; an amorphous oxide containing In; and an amorphous
oxide containing In, Ga and Zn,

wherein the active layer has a composition varying in a layer thickness direction such that the concentration of at least
one of In, Zn and oxygen is higher in the region close to the gate insulator than in the region away from the gate insulator,
and

wherein the active layer has an electron carrier concentration of 1012/cm3 or more and less than 1018/cm3.

US Pat. No. 9,461,238

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising a substrate and, on the substrate, laminated in stated order:
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric thin film comprising a perovskite-type metal oxide; and
a second electrode,
wherein the perovskite-type metal oxide has a mixed crystal system having at least a rhombohedral structure and a tetragonal
structure at 25° C.,

wherein the perovskite-type metal oxide contains a metal oxide represented by general formula (1):
Bix(M1-yCoy)O3  (1),

where M represents at least one kind of metal selected from Fe and Al, and x and y satisfy 0.95?x?1.25 and 0.05?y?0.15,
wherein a ratio between an a-axis lattice parameter and a c-axis lattice parameter of the tetragonal structure satisfies 1.15?c/a?1.30,
and

wherein the piezoelectric thin film is lead-free.

US Pat. No. 9,609,741

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a printed wiring board;
a first electronic component having a first heat radiation pad;
a first circuit component provided for the first electronic component and having a first terminal;
a second electronic component having a second heat radiation pad and generating heat exhibiting a higher heat value than that
of the first electronic component;

a second circuit component provided for the second electronic component and having a second terminal; and
a conductor provided on the printed wiring board and having a conductor pattern part,
wherein the first electronic component, the first circuit component, the second electronic component, and the second circuit
component are mounted on the printed wiring board, the first heat radiation pad of the first electronic component, the first
terminal of the first circuit component, the second heat radiation pad of the second electronic component, and the second
terminal of the second circuit component are connected through the conductor; and

a thermal resistance between the second heat radiation pad and the first terminal is lower than a thermal resistance between
the first heat radiation pad and the first terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,279,954

LENS BARREL CAPABLE OF INCREASING SHOOTING MAGNIFICATION WHILE BEING MINIATURIZED, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device; and
a lens barrel comprising a first cam ring that has a first cam groove and a rectilinear groove formed on an inner periphery,
a drive ring that has a second cam groove on an inner periphery and is disposed on an outer periphery of the first cam ring,
a second cam ring that is disposed on the inner periphery of the first cam ring and is caused to follow the first cam groove
and move in a direction of an optical axis by rotation of the drive ring, a first lens group that is caused to move in the
direction of the optical axis by rotation of the second cam ring following rotation of the drive ring, a second lens group
that is disposed on an image surface side of the first lens group, and a holding unit that has a follower, which is to engage
with the second cam groove, and holds the second lens group, wherein rotation of the drive ring causes the follower to follow
the second cam groove while being guided to move rectilinearly by the rectilinear groove in the direction of the optical axis,
and the follower following the second cam groove causes the holding unit to move in the direction of the optical axis,

wherein
said drive ring does not move in the direction of the optical axis,
said second cam ring is provided with a rectilinear unit in an inner periphery thereof,
the rectilinear unit moves in the direction of the optical axis integrally with said second cam ring and is rotatable relatively
to said second cam ring, and

the rectilinear unit restricts rotation of said first lens group and rectilinearly moves by a rectilinear guide of said holding
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,269,826

AMORPHOUS OXIDE AND THIN FILM TRANSISTOR

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

1. A thin film transistor device comprising:
a drain electrode;
a source electrode;
a channel layer contacting the drain electrode and the source electrode,
wherein the channel layer is formed of an amorphous InxSn1?xOxide (0.8?x ?0.9) consisting of SnO2 in the presence of In2O3 as a host oxide, further the channel layer is prepared by a sputtering method or a pulsed laser deposition method using a
In2O3—SnO2 polycrystalline sinter as a target in an atmosphere containing oxygen gas, and

the channel layer having a transparent, semi-insulating property represented by the electron mobility is more than 1 cm2/(V·sec) and the electron carrier concentration is 1018/cm3 or less as measured by Hall-effect measurement at room temperature;

a gate electrode; and
a gate insulating film positioned between the gate electrode and the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,413,974

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR CONVERSION PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image processor configured to obtain a sensed image, and information representing an imaging condition used for sensing
of the sensed image;

a generation processor configured to generate, based on the information representing the imaging condition, conversion information
corresponding to a conversion coefficient used in conversion processing of converting the sensed image into an image corresponding
to a predetermined color response function independent of an image sensing apparatus; and

a recording processor configured to record, in association with the sensed image, the conversion information generated by
said generation processor,

wherein in case where the sensed image is a frame of a moving image, and the conversion coefficient generated by said generation
processor has changed from a conversion coefficient recorded immediately before the generated conversion coefficient, said
recording processor records conversion information corresponding to the generated conversion coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,285,245

ABSOLUTE ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:
a scale on which a first mark and a second mark are arrayed;
a light source configured to emit light with which the scale is irradiated;
a detector configured to detect light from the scale, and to output periodic signals in which peak values, including a first
peak value corresponding to the first mark and a second peak value corresponding to the second mark and smaller than the first
peak value, periodically appear; and

a processor configured to obtain a code sequence by binarization of the first peak value and the second peak value in the
periodic signals output from the detector,

wherein the processor has a function of performing calibration so that the first peak value becomes larger than a threshold
for the binarization and the second peak value becomes smaller than the threshold,

the processor being further configured to
specify a largest first maximum value and a smallest second maximum value among maximum values of the periodic signals with
regard to respective periods thereof, and

set an intensity of the light emitted by the light source so that the first maximum value is not smaller than a first reference
value larger than the threshold, and the second maximum value is not larger than a second reference value smaller than the
threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,284,138

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller pair configured to convey a sheet;
a discharge roller pair including a driving discharge roller configured to normally rotate and discharge the sheet out of
the apparatus and to reversely rotate and convey again the sheet that has been once passed through the conveying roller pair
toward the conveying roller pair, and a driven discharge roller configured to rotate by being driven by the driving discharge
roller;

a driving source; and
a separating mechanism configured to contact the driven discharge roller with the driving discharge roller and separate the
driven discharge roller from the driving discharge roller by switching input rotations generated by the driving source to
normal and reverse rotations, the separating mechanism including:

a support portion rotatably supporting the driven discharge roller;
a swing mechanism configured to swing the support portion by receiving a driving force from the driving source and separate
the driven discharge roller from the driving discharge roller;

a planetary gear mechanism provided within a power transmission path from the driving source to the swing mechanism and including
first and second rotary components; and

a switching portion switching the planetary gear mechanism to a transmission state in which a power of the driving source
is transmitted from the driving source to the swing mechanism and to a cutoff state in which the transmission of the power
from the driving source to the swing mechanism is cut off, the switching portion including:

a moving member including a first locking portion locking the first rotary component and putting the planetary gear mechanism
in the transmission state, and a second locking portion locking the second rotary component and putting the planetary gear
mechanism into the cutoff state; and

a solenoid switching the planetary gear mechanism to the transmission state and to the cutoff state by moving the moving member.

US Pat. No. 9,281,433

PHOTO-SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoconductive device, comprising:
a substrate made of a first material;
a photoconductive film made of a second material;
a first electrode provided on a first surface of said photoconductive film, said first surface facing said substrate;
a second electrode provided on said first surface such that a gap is present between said first electrode and said second
electrode;

a third electrode provided on said substrate and held in contact with said first electrode through a first electric conductor;
and

a fourth electrode provided on said substrate and held in contact with said second electrode through a second electric conductor,
wherein said first material is different from said second material, and
wherein said first and second electric conductors are each a metal.

US Pat. No. 9,223,233

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises:
(a) a gallium phthalocyanine crystal,
(b) an amine compound represented by the following formula (1) which is contained in the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, and
(c) a polyvinylacetal resin having a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula (2):

wherein
R1 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted acyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group; and

at least one of R1 to R10 represents an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, an amino group substituted with a substituted
or unsubstituted alkyl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group; and

X1 represents a carbonyl group or a dicarbonyl group:


wherein
X11 represents a substituted or unsubstituted ethylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted propylene group, or a substituted
or unsubstituted butylene group;

R11, R12, R13 and R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group or a methoxy group; and

Ar11 and Ar12 each independently represent a phenyl group having at least one electron donating substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,354,554

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TONER COLLECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first feeding path configured to feed toner collected from an image forming station;
a collection container detachably mountable to said image forming apparatus and configured to accommodate the collected toner
fed through said first feeding path; and

a shutter unit including a second feeding path movably connected with said first feeding path and capable of connecting with
said collection container, and a shutter configured to open and close a connecting portion between said second feeding path
and said collection container by sliding in a direction crossing with said second feeding path in response to mounting and
demounting of said collection container.

US Pat. No. 9,345,140

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a first semiconductor package including a first signal terminal group and a second signal terminal group arranged on an outer
circumference side with respect to the first signal terminal group;

a second semiconductor package including a third signal terminal group and a fourth signal terminal group arranged on an inner
circumference side with respect to the third signal terminal group and transmitting a bus signal with the first semiconductor
package; and

a printed wiring board in which the first semiconductor package is mounted on a first surface layer, the second semiconductor
package is mounted on a second surface layer, and a first signal layer and a second signal layer are arranged on an inner
layer which is different from the first surface layer and the second surface layer,

wherein the first signal layer is provided to be closer to the second surface layer than the second signal layer,
wherein a first bus wiring formed on the first signal layer is connected to the first signal terminal group provided in the
first semiconductor package and the third signal terminal group provided in the second semiconductor package via a first via
hole prepared in the printed wiring board, the first bus wiring formed on the first signal layer and a third via hole prepared
in the printed wiring board, and

wherein a second bus wiring formed on the second signal layer is connected to the second signal terminal group provided in
the first semiconductor package and the fourth signal terminal group provided in the second semiconductor package via a second
via hole prepared in the printed wiring board, the second bus wiring formed on the first signal layer and a fourth via hole
prepared in the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,292,806

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR MANAGING NETWORK INSTRUMENT CONNECTED TO NETWORK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for managing a plurality of printers connected to a network, comprising:
a database which stores first setting information of the plurality of printers as a management target, wherein the first setting
information includes at least one of network settings of a printer, a name of a printer and location information at which
a printer is located;

a priority setting unit which gives a priority to either the first setting information or setting information set on a printer
via a user interface, for each of the plurality of printers;

a receiving unit which receives second setting information set on a target printer from the target printer;
a comparing unit which compares the first setting information with the received second setting information;
a setting restore unit which controls to set the target printer with the first setting information without using the received
second setting information, if the first setting information is different from the received second setting information as
a result of the comparison made by the comparing unit and if the first setting information is given the priority by the priority
setting unit, so that the second setting information set on the target printer is automatically restored by the first setting
information; and

a database update unit which overwrites the first setting information with the received second setting information, if the
first setting information is different from the received second setting information as a result of the comparison made by
the comparing unit and if the second setting information set on the target printer is given the priority by the priority setting
unit, so that the first setting information is updated by the received second setting information without updating the second
setting information set on the target printer by using the first setting information.

US Pat. No. 9,134,639

MAGENTA TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magenta toner comprising magenta toner particles each comprising a binder resin and a colorant, wherein
the colorant comprises a compound represented by a formula (1):

wherein R1 and R2 represent an alkyl group or an alkoxyalkyl group, and at least one of R1 and R2 has not less than 7 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,736,354

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling an image pickup apparatus including an image sensor that has a plurality of pixel portions
respectively having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions and outputs an image signal from the photoelectric conversion
portions, the control apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the control apparatus to:

calculate a first correlation information between image signals, which are respectively output from one of the pixel portions
positioned in one of a plurality of first regions;

perform focus detection on the basis of a result of the calculating of the first correlation information;
calculate second correlation information between image signals, which are respectively output from the one of the pixel portions
positioned in one of a plurality of second regions, wherein the one of the second regions includes a region near the one of
the first regions, is larger than the one of the first regions, and corresponds to the one of the first regions;

calculate distribution information corresponding to an object distance on the basis of a result of the calculating of the
second correlation information; and

control the calculating of the second correlation information and the calculating of the distribution information on the basis
of the calculated first correlation information.

US Pat. No. 9,380,696

FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A flexible printed circuit board having a plurality of layers, the flexible printed circuit board comprising:
a base material having optical transparency;
a first wiring pattern formed on one surface of the base material;
a first opaque cover lay film covering a surface of the first wiring pattern;
a second wiring pattern and a character formed on the other surface of the base material; and
a second opaque cover lay film covering a surface of the second wiring pattern and the character,
wherein the first opaque cover lay film has an opening portion formed therein,
wherein the first opaque cover lay film covers the one surface of the base material around the opening portion where the first
wiring pattern is not formed,

wherein the second opaque cover lay film covers the other surface of the base material where neither the second wiring pattern
nor the character is formed, and

wherein the opening portion is formed so that he character is visible through the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,291,982

DRIVING TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving transmission device comprising:
a motor;
a first pulley to be rotated by the motor;
a second pulley connected to a rotating member;
an endless belt wound on the first pulley and the second pulley;
a dielectric layer provided between the endless belt and the first pulley and between the endless belt and the second pulley;
and

a power supply unit configured to apply a voltage to the first pulley,
wherein the first pulley, the endless belt, and the second pulley are connected in series,
wherein a length by which the endless belt is wound on the second pulley is larger than a length by which the endless belt
is wound on the first pulley, and

wherein a voltage applied to the second pulley is lower than the voltage applied to the first pulley.

US Pat. No. 9,285,707

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT WITH A URGING MEMBER FOR URGING A FLEXIBLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container for accommodating developer, said flexible container provided with an opening for permitting discharge
of the developer;

a frame for (i) accommodating said flexible container and (ii) accommodating the developer discharged from said flexible container;
and

an urging member for urging and contracting an urged part of said flexible container,
wherein said flexible container has a plurality of parts including an opening-containing part and another part having stiffness
lower than that of said opening-containing part,

wherein said urged part is said opening-containing part, and
wherein said urging member is capable of stirring developer, inside said frame, discharged from said flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,064,202

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT DATA GENERATING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain multi-valued data, a multi-value of which shows gradation of each of a plurality of
pixels forming an image to be formed on a predetermined area of a print medium;

a dot arrangement determining unit configured to determine a dot arrangement of the plurality of pixels corresponding to the
predetermined area for each of predetermined areas, according to a unit matrix that arranges dot arrangement patterns corresponding
to the plurality of pixels, the dot arrangement patterns being used to determine the dot arrangement and being based on multi-valued
data corresponding to each of the plurality of pixels in the multi-valued data obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a layout determining unit configured to determine a layout of the dot arrangement patterns in the unit matrix depending on
a position of the predetermined area on the print medium, so that the layout of the dot arrangement patterns in the unit matrix
used for a first predetermined area and the layout of the dot arrangement patterns in the unit matrix used for a second predetermined
area, a position of which differs from a position of the first predetermined area on the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,402,327

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING JACK CONNECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a jack connector which has a plug insertion opening;
a connector substrate on which the jack connector is mounted; and
a chassis on which the connector substrate is fixed,
wherein the chassis has a cantilever portion extended in an inserted direction in which a plug is inserted from the plug in
opening,

wherein the cantilever portion has a hooking portion and a fixed portion on which the connector substrate is fixed,
wherein the hooking portion and the fixed portion are arranged so that the fixed portion is arranged far from an arranged
portion of the hooking portion in the inserted direction,

wherein in a case where the connector substrate is not bent, a space is formed between the connector substrate and an end
of the hooking portion, and

wherein in a case where the connector substrate is bent so as to alienate the connector substrate from the cantilever portion,
the space gradually becomes smaller and after that the end of the hooking portion comes into contact with the connector substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,350,789

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS USING TRANSMISSION HISTORY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
a display device;
an address storage device configured to store addresses;
an input unit configured to input image data;
a setting unit configured to allow a user to set one of the addresses stored in said address storage unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data inputted by said input unit to the address set by said setting unit;
a history storage device configured to store a transmission history of the image data transmitted by said transmission unit,
the transmission history including a transmission date, an address, and an address identifier for identifying the address
that is stored in said address storage device;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the address identified by the address identifier was updated after the
transmission date recorded in the transmission history, when a user directs to transmit image data using the transmission
history; and

a control unit configured to enable to select an address to which the image data is to be transmitted from among addresses
simultaneously displayed on the display device, the simultaneously displayed addresses including the address recorded in the
transmission history and an updated address that is identified by the address identifier, when said determination unit determines
that the address identified by the address identifier was updated after the transmission date recorded in the transmission
history,

wherein the input unit, the setting unit, the transmission unit, the determination unit, and the control unit are implemented
at least in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,298,118

AZO COMPOUND, PIGMENT DISPERSANT CONTAINING THE AZO COMPOUND, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION AND TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An azo compound having a structure, of which a polymer having a monomer unit represented by formula (2) is bound to a structure
represented by formula (1):

wherein, in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each represent an OM group or an amino group, and M represents a hydrogen atom or a counter-cation; and R3 to R7 each represent a hydrogen atom or a linking group to be bound to the polymer, and at least one of R3 to R7 is the linking group;


wherein, in the formula (2), R8 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and R9 represents a phenyl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group or a carboxylic acid amide group.

US Pat. No. 9,278,565

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate printing data for printing on a printing medium by a printing apparatus;
an analyzing unit configured to analyze a margin amount on a leading edge side of the printing medium based on the printing
data; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit margin information based on an analysis result of said analyzing unit to the printing
apparatus prior to transmission of the printing data to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,437,005

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to estimate a position and orientation of a measuring object, the information
processing apparatus comprising at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed
to:
store data of a three-dimensional shape model of the measuring object;
acquire a two-dimensional image of the measuring object, wherein the two-dimensional image is captured by an imaging apparatus
at a first time;

acquire a relative position and orientation between the imaging apparatus and the measuring object;
update the relative position and orientation between the imaging apparatus and the measuring object by associating the three-dimensional
shape model with the two-dimensional image, based on the relative position and orientation;

acquire a position and orientation difference amount of the imaging apparatus between the first time and a second time being
different from the first time, wherein the relative position and orientation between the imaging apparatus and the measuring
object has been changed between the first time and the second time; and

update the updated relative position and orientation between the imaging apparatus and the measuring object based on the relative
position and orientation difference amount of the imaging apparatus between the first time and the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,395,687

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member for carrying a toner image;
a charging unit contacting the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and
a transfer unit for transferring the toner image carried on the electrophotographic photosensitive member onto a transfer
material,

wherein the electrophotographic photosensitive member includes a charge-generating layer and a surface layer on the charge-generating
layer and

the electrophotographic apparatus satisfies the following formulae (1) and (4):
L1 L1>L4>L2  (4)
where L1 represents a range (mm) from the center of an image-forming region of the electrophotographic photosensitive member to an
end of a charged region of the electrophotographic photosensitive member in a longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member,

L2 represents a range (mm) from the center of the image-forming region to an end of a transfer region of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member,

L3 represents a range (mm) from the center of the image-forming region to an end of a region where the surface layer is placed
in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, and

L4 represents a range (mm) from the center of the image-forming region to an end of a region where the charge-generating layer
is placed in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,457,566

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND SUPPORT MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a print element substrate that can eject liquids from ejection ports;
a resin-made plate-like support member comprising a first surface which is provided with a first recess having, at a bottom
surface, an adhesion part to which the print element substrate is adhered, and a second surface which is a back side of the
first surface and which is provided with a second recess, and

a housing joined to the second surface of the support member,
wherein a thickness of the adhesion part of the support member is thinner than a thickness of an outer edge part of the support
member.

US Pat. No. 9,232,100

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM WITH GENERATING AUTHORIZATION INFORMATION TO USE A FUNCTION OF THE FIRST SERVICE AND LINK INFORMATION TO CALL AN INPUT WINDOW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first server providing a first service in an information processing system, wherein the first server comprises a processor
and a memory, cooperating to function as units comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate authorization information to use a function of the first service and link information
to call an input window of the authorization information;

a holding unit configured to hold the link information and the authorization information in association with each other;
a providing unit configured to provide the link information to a second server providing a second service;
a notification unit configured to notify a user of the authorization information;
a displaying unit configured to display the input window corresponding to the link information on an apparatus used by the
user when the user has designated the link information obtained from the second server providing the second service; and

a permission unit configured to permit the second service to use the function of the first service when the user has input
the notified authorization information to the input window displayed by said displaying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,452,902

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet storing portion supported by the apparatus body turnably in a vertical direction and movable to a storage position
in which the sheet storing portion is stored within the apparatus body and to a sheet stacking position in which a sheet is
stacked;

a first regulating member provided in the sheet storing portion and movable in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding
direction;

a second regulating member provided in the sheet storing portion to face the first regulating member widthwise and regulating
widthwise side end positions of the sheet stacked on the sheet storing portion together with the first regulating member;

a feed portion provided in the apparatus body and feeding the sheet stacked on the sheet storing portion when the sheet storing
portion is in the sheet stacking position; and

a guide portion provided on at least one of the apparatus body and the first regulating member and having an inclined surface
that abuts against another member of the apparatus body and the first regulating member to guide the first regulating member
in a direction separating widthwise from the second regulating member when the sheet storing portion moves from the sheet
stacking position to the storage position.

US Pat. No. 9,392,988

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium that stores a computer program for causing a computer to serve as a control
device of an X-ray imaging apparatus that performs X-ray radiographing by detecting X-rays that transmitted through an object
with an X-ray sensor, the X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information related to an image lag component of the X-ray sensor; and
a control unit configured to perform a drive application to alter a bias voltage on elements of the X-ray sensor by a bias
power source for each radiographing operation before an amount of the image lag component become stable,

wherein the control unit performs radiographing operation without performing the drive application after the amount of the
image lag component becomes stable.

US Pat. No. 9,388,313

WATER-INSOLUBLE COLORING COMPOUND, INK, THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET, AND COLOR FILTER RESIST COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A water-insoluble coloring compound having a structure represented by Formula (1):

in Formula (1), R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group; R2 represents a carboxylic acid ester, a carboxylic acid monoalkylamide or a carboxylic acid dialkylamide; A represents a carbonyl
group or a sulfonyl group; and R3 and R4 each independently represent an n-butyl group, an octyl group, a cyclohexyl group, a 2-ethylhexyl group, a dodecyl group or
a phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,354,550

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate developer;
a feeding portion configured and positioned to feed the developer in said developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer fed by
said feeding portion;

a rotatable gear configured and positioned to rotate said feeding portion;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least said developer discharging chamber, said pump portion having
a volume which changes with reciprocation; and

a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert a rotational force generated by rotation of said gear to a
force for operating said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,283,754

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a carriage configured to perform scanning and to detachably hold a recording head for performing recording on a recording
material;

a fixation member configured to be movable to a fixed position where the fixation member fixes the recording head to the carriage
and to a retracted position where the fixation member retracts from the fixed position;

a moving member arranged to be movable to a first position and to a second position in a moving direction parallel to a conveyance
direction of the recording material and configured to move the fixation member to the fixed position when the moving member
moves to the first position and to move the fixation member to the retracted position when the moving member moves to the
second position; and

a guide portion provided on the moving member and configured to guide the recording head when the recording head is being
attached to the carriage.

US Pat. No. 9,280,131

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container that accommodates developer, comprising:
a first frame that has a recessed portion which has a sloped face; and
a second frame that has a first protruding portion;
wherein the first frame and the second frame are joined by
a first adhering portion in which the sloped face of the recessed portion and the first protruding portion are welded together,
and

a second adhering portion in which a second protruding portion on one of the first frame and the second frame and a flat portion
on the other side of the first frame and the second frame are welded together,

the recessed portion having a positioning inner side face that performs positioning of the first frame and the second frame.

US Pat. No. 9,164,423

DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTAINER ACCOMMODATING APPARATUS, DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTAINER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON FINETECH INC., Mis...

9. A developer replenishment container detachably mountable to a main body of a developer replenishment container accommodating
apparatus to replenish a developer, the main body of the accommodating apparatus including a projecting portion configured
to determine a position of the developer replenishment container to discharge the developer with respect to the main body
and a biasing portion configured to bias the developer replenishment container in a direction opposite to an inserted direction
in which the developer replenishment container is inserted into the main body, the developer replenishment container comprising:
a container body configured to contain the developer and rotatable about an axis thereof, the container body being provided
with an opening at one axial end portion thereof, the opening being configured to permit discharge of the developer contained
in the container body;

an open/close member configured to open and close the opening;
an inserted portion into which the projecting portion is inserted, the inserted portion including a first surface portion
disposed upstream of the opening in the inserted direction and configured to be engageable with the projecting portion and
a second surface portion disposed opposite to the first surface portion in the inserted direction at a position upstream of
the first surface portion in the inserted direction and configured to be engageable with the projecting portion; and

a portion to be biased disposed upstream of the first surface portion in the inserted direction and configured to be biased
in the direction opposite to the inserted direction by the biasing portion so that during rotation of the container body,
the biasing portion causes the first surface portion to contact the projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,554,442

ORGANIC METAL COMPLEX, AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an emission layer formed of an organic compound, which is sandwiched between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the emission layer formed of an organic compound comprises an organic metal complex having a structure represented
by the following general formula (1):

MLmL?n  (1)

wherein L and L?, which are different from each other, each represent a bidentate ligand;
wherein m represents an integer of 1 to 3 and n represents an integer of 0 to 2, provided that m+n is 3;
wherein M represents Ir;
wherein the partial structure MLm has a structure represented by the following general formula (8)


wherein the benzene ring with R41-R44 attached thereto in the formula (8) is further represented by any one of the following formulae:


wherein *1 shows the connection to the Ir;
wherein *2 shows the connection to the benzo[f]isoquinoline ring represented in the formula (8), and
wherein R88 to R102, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or
unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aralkyl group, an amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group;

wherein the partial structure ML?n has a structure represented by any one of the following general formulae (10) to (12)


wherein R45 to R52, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or
unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aralkyl group, an amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group, and R47 and R48 may be bonded to form a benzene ring that is fused with the benzo[f]isoquinoline ring represented in the formula (8); and

wherein R65 to R79, which may be identical to or different from each other, each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or
unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aralkyl group, a substituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl
group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent substituents among R65 to R68, may be bonded to form a ring that is fused with the benzene ring represented in the formula (10) and adjacent substituents
among R77 to R79 may be bonded to form a ring that is fused with the backbone represented in the formula (12).

US Pat. No. 9,279,955

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive images which respectively correspond to different exit pupil areas of a lens;
a first detection unit configured to detect a contrast of an image generated by an image generation unit compositing images
shifted from each other, wherein the images shifted from each other respectively correspond to different exit pupil areas;

a second detection unit configured to detect a phase differnce between images, wherein the images respectively correspond
to images of different exit pupil areas; and

a controller configured to control a focus position based on the results of the first and second detection units.

US Pat. No. 9,257,254

TRANSMISSIVE TARGET, X-RAY GENERATING TUBE INCLUDING TRANSMISSIVE TARGET, X-RAY GENERATING APPARATUS, AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmissive target, comprising:
a target layer configured to include target metal and generate X-ray when receiving irradiated electrons; and
a substrate configured to support the target layer and include carbon as a main component,
a carbide region including carbide of the target metal and a non-carbide region including the target metal are located in
a mixed manner between the substrate and the target layer.

US Pat. No. 9,186,926

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. The method according to claim 5, further comprising:
notifying a user of a fact that the sheet processing unit performs, for the plurality of sheets, the folding process without
performing the binding process in a unit of the second number of sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,366,994

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container configured to contain developer to be used for image formation, the developer container comprising:
a first electrode provided in the developer container;
a second electrode provided opposing to the first electrode configured to detect an electrostatic capacitance between the
first electrode and the second electrode, to detect a quantity of the developer;

a conveyance member provided between the first electrode and the second electrode and on a bottom surface side inside the
developer container, and configured to convey the developer contained in the developer container; and

a vibration imparting member configured to impart vibration to the conveyance member,
wherein the developer on a developer conveyance surface of the conveyance member contacting the developer is conveyed by the
vibration of the conveyance member.

US Pat. No. 9,284,141

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
a sheet storage portion which includes a sheet stack tray which is swingable in an up-and-down direction;
a feeding roller which is arranged above the sheet stack tray and which feeds an uppermost sheet stacked on the sheet stack
tray;

a support member which is swingable in an up-and-down direction about a swing fulcrum and which supports the feeding roller
to be swingable at a swing end; and

a roller biasing member which applies a force to the support member in a direction in which the feeding roller is pressed
to the uppermost sheet stacked on the sheet stack tray; and

a separation roller, disposed downstream of the sheet stack tray in a sheet feeding direction, which is pressed against feeding
roller to form a separation portion with the feeding roller that separates sheets one by one, wherein

when the feeding roller presses to contact with the uppermost sheet stacked in the sheet storage portion, the sheet storage
portion is disposed so as that a downstream end in a sheet conveyance direction of the uppermost sheet is positioned adjacent
a lowest point of the feeding roller, and

a biasing direction of the roller biasing member is configured so that a contacting and pressing position between the sheet
and a peripheral surface of the feeding roller changes between both an upstream side and downstream side for the lowest point
of the feeding roller in the sheet conveyance direction according to a stacking amount of the sheet stacked in the sheet storage
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,368,544

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate which includes a photoelectric conversion unit where a plurality of photoelectric conversion
elements are arranged;

a second semiconductor substrate which includes a signal processing unit for processing an electrical signal on basis of a
signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, the second semiconductor substrate having a first surface where
a plurality of transistors which constitutes the signal processing unit and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
and

a lens array arranged on the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate are stacked on each other, and at least a
part of the signal processing unit being situated in an orthogonal projection area from the photoelectric conversion unit
to the second semiconductor substrate, and

wherein a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and the second surface of the second semiconductor
substrate is greater than a distance between the first surface of the second semiconductor substrate and a light input surface
of the lens array.

US Pat. No. 9,354,571

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER AND FIXING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless belt-shaped electrophotographic member, comprising:
a substrate;
a rubber elastic layer that covers a periphery of the substrate; and
a fluororesin tube that covers a periphery of the rubber elastic layer,
wherein:
the fluororesin tube includes a fluororesin and carbon black dispersed in the fluororesin,
the fluororesin is crystalline-oriented in a substantially longitudinal direction of the substrate, and
a primary average particle diameter of the carbon black is from 55 nm to 100 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,188,888

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support,
a charge-generating layer which is provided on the support and comprises a charge-generating substance, and
a charge-transporting layer which is provided on the charge-generating layer and is a surface layer of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member;

wherein the charge-transporting layer has a matrix-domain structure having:
a domain which comprises the constituent ?, and
a matrix which comprises the constituent ? and a charge-transporting substance;
wherein the constituent ? is a polycarbonate resin A having a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula
(A), a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula (B) and a repeating structural unit represented by the
following formula (C),

the content of a siloxane moiety in the polycarbonate resin A is not less than 5% by mass and not more than 40% by mass relative
to the total mass of the polycarbonate resin A, the content of the repeating the structural unit represented by the formula
(B) is not less than 10% by mass and not more than 30% by mass relative to the total mass of the polycarbonate resin A, and
the content of the repeating the structural unit represented by the formula (C) is not less than 25% by mass and less than
85% by mass relative to the total mass of the polycarbonate resin A;


wherein, in the formula (A),
“n” represents number of repetitions of a structure within the bracket, an average of “n” in the polycarbonate resin A ranges
from 20 to 60;


wherein, in the formula (B),
Y represents an oxygen atom or a sulfur atom, and
R1 and R2 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, or a methyl group;


wherein the constituent ? is a polycarbonate resin D having a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula
(D)


US Pat. No. 9,100,512

READING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate data of a first target object obtained by using an image capture unit to read the
first target object placed in a reading area of a reading platen and configured to generate data of a second target object
obtained by using the image capture unit to read the second target object placed in the reading area;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the second target object, different from the first target object, has
been placed on the reading area by a user in a state where the first target object is placed on the reading area, or the first
target object has been removed from the reading area by the user; and

an association unit configured to store, in response to the determination unit determining that the second target object has
been placed in the reading area, the data of the first target object and the data of the second target object in one file
and, in response to the determination unit determining that the first target object has been removed from the reading area,
store the first target object data and the second target object data in different files.

US Pat. No. 9,874,843

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a movable image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a test toner image on said image bearing member;
a sensor provided opposed to said image bearing member and including a detecting portion configured to detect the test toner
image formed on said image bearing member;

a changing portion configured to change an image forming condition of said image forming unit on the basis of a detection
result of said detecting portion;

a shielding member having an opening and provided between said detecting portion and said image bearing member, said shielding
member being reciprocable between a first position and a second position, wherein when said shielding member is in the first
position, said detecting portion is exposed to said image bearing member at a position where said opening is opposed to said
detecting portion, and when said shielding member is in the second position, said shielding member shields said detecting
portion from said image bearing member;

a first opposing portion includes a first member of porous resin material or rubber disposed opposed to said image bearing
member and provided at a position opposing said image bearing member through said opening in a process of movement of said
shielding member from the second position to the first position;

an electrically grounded electroconductive member disposed on a side opposite a side of said first member opposed to said
image bearing member; and

a second opposing portion includes a second member of a dielectric material or insulative material disposed opposed to said
image bearing member and provided at a position opposing said image bearing member through said opening in the process of
movement of said shielding member from the second position to the first position;

wherein said second opposing portion is disposed at a position closer to said sensor than said first opposing portion, and
said second opposing portion has an electrostatic capacity smaller than that of said first opposing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,535,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIRST AND SECOND POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first power supply unit configured to supply first output power;
a second power supply unit configured to supply second output power;
a switching unit disposed on an input side of the second power supply unit;
a monitoring unit configured to monitor the second output power supplied by the second power supply unit;
a power source control unit configured to turn the switching unit ON or OFF; and
a control unit supplied with the first output power, and configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein, based on the second output power monitored by the monitoring unit having been lower than a threshold value since
the switching unit is turned ON, the power source control unit turns the switching unit OFF and then turns back to ON in a
state where the first output power is supplied to the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,462,216

RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, AND RECORDING METHOD FOR RECORDING POSITION INFORMATION IN ONE TIME INTERVAL IRRESPECTIVE OF POSITION INFORMATION IN ANOTHER TIME INTERVAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a connection unit configured to connect the recording apparatus to an image capture apparatus, the image capture apparatus
being configured to perform an image capture operation to capture an image, based on a capturing instruction generated at
a generation timing;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of position information by repeating positioning processing
by a first time interval periodically, wherein the plurality of pieces of position information acquired by the acquisition
unit are stored in a temporary storage device, and the positioning processing is executed, irrespective of whether or not
the image capture apparatus performs the image capture operation; and

a recording control unit configured to record, in one log file of a permanent storage device, a plurality of pieces of position
information, wherein the plurality of pieces of position information recorded in the one log file is a subset of the plurality
of pieces of position information acquired by the acquisition unit and each piece of position information recorded in the
one log file corresponds to position information acquired by a second time interval periodically, the second time interval
being (i) a logging time interval and (ii) an interval that is longer than the first time interval,

wherein, when a capturing instruction to request the image capture apparatus to capture an image is generated, the recording
control unit records, in the one log file of the permanent storage device from the temporary storage device, position information
that corresponds to the generation timing of the capturing instruction and that is a subset of the plurality of pieces of
position information acquired by the acquisition unit by the first time interval, irrespective of whether or not the generation
timing corresponds to the second time interval, and the one log file includes the position information acquired by the second
time interval periodically and the position information that corresponds to the generation timing of the capturing instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,299,297

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus for displaying an image on the basis of image data, the image display apparatus comprising:
light emitting unit which has a plurality of light sources for performing light emission that can be independently controlled
respectively;

setting unit which sets light emission control blocks for controlling one light source or the plurality of light sources with
a common light emission brightness;

brightness determining unit which determines the light emission brightness of each of the light emission control blocks on
the basis of the image data; and

control unit which controls the light emission of the light emitting unit for each of the light emission control blocks in
accordance with the light emission brightness determined by the brightness determining unit, wherein:

the setting unit sets a size of the light emission control block of the light emitting unit depending on an amount of motion
of the image, and the setting unit sets the size of the light emission control block so that the brightness determining unit
can determine the light emission brightness of the light source of each of all of the light emission control blocks within
a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,286,070

CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to receive instruction data from a transmission unit and to control a controlled apparatus
based on the instruction data, the control apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine an error in reception of the instruction data from the transmission unit;
a communication unit configured to receive the instruction data from the transmission unit and to transmit reply data according
to a result of determination of the determination unit to the transmission unit;

a module configured to control the controlled apparatus based on the instruction data; and
a control unit configured to, if a content of current instruction data received by the communication unit matches a content
of previous instruction data received by the communication unit, control the module not to control the controlled apparatus
based on the current instruction data.

US Pat. No. 9,281,842

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVING DECODING OF DATA RECEIVED FROM ONE SOURCE BY SEVERAL RECEIVERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for improving decoding of at least one set of k data symbols received from a plurality of receivers, the data
symbols being encoded by a systematic block error correcting code of dimension k and size n, k being smaller than n, the set
of data symbols being received along with a corresponding subset of parity symbols, forming a partial data block comprising
m symbols, m being smaller than n, the method comprising:
receiving, from each receiver of a plurality of receivers, a partial data block transmitted by one emitter, the received partial
data block comprising a set of k data symbols and a subset of (m?k) parity symbols;

for each received partial data block, generating at least a subset of parity symbols from the received set of data symbols;
computing an item of reliability information as a function of at least the received parity symbols and parity symbols generated
from a received set of data symbols;

comparing the items of computed reliability information with each other; and
selecting one received set of data bits as a function of comparing the items.

US Pat. No. 9,216,601

ELECTRIC DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electric device which performs turn on/off control of a plurality of light emitting elements, and key press detection
of a plurality of switches, the device comprising:
a plurality of general purpose input/output ports configured to output driving signals to the plurality of light emitting
elements, and input signals indicating key press from the plurality of switches; and

a control unit configured to time-divisionally perform the turn on/off control of the plurality of light emitting elements
and control of the key press detection of the plurality of switches by periodically repeating a predetermined number of time
zones, whose number is equal to/more than a number of the light emitting elements, and switching between an input state and
output state of each of the plurality of general purpose input/output ports in unit of the single time zone, wherein

the plurality of light emitting elements include at least a first light emitting element and a second light emitting element,
the plurality of switches include at least a first switch, and
the predetermined number of time zones includes a time zone during which control of turn on/off of both the first light emitting
elements and the second light emitting element are performed, and another time zone during which control of turn on/off of
the first light emitting element and control of key press detection the first switch are performed.

US Pat. No. 9,198,279

NOISE FILTER AND TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed wiring board comprising:
an insulator layer;
a first wiring layer formed on one surface of the insulator layer, wherein the first wiring layer includes a pair of signal
wirings and at least three guard wirings provided between the pair of signal wirings, and wherein the least three guard wirings
are spaced apart from one another along the pair of signal wirings; and

a second wiring layer formed on another surface of the insulator layer and provided with a plane conductor,
wherein one via hole and all of the at least three guard wirings are configured to electrically connect the at least three
guard wirings to the plane conductor via the one via hole so that all of the at least three guard wirings have substantially
the same potential.

US Pat. No. 9,057,968

POSITIONING APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A positioning apparatus for a moving object, the apparatus comprising:
a driving unit including a stator and a movable element connected to the moving object via a connecting member;
a chassis which contains said movable element and said stator in a driving range of said movable element, and includes an
opening which allows movement of the connecting member upon driving of said movable element, and an exhaust outlet which includes
end exhaust outlets arranged at a first end and a second end, respectively, of the driving range;

an exhaust unit which exhausts a gas in said chassis from said exhaust outlet; and
a controller which controls said exhaust unit so that an amount of exhaust from said end exhaust outlet arranged at the first
end becomes larger when said movable element is driven toward the first end on a side of the first end of the driving range
than when said movable element is positioned at the center of the driving range.

US Pat. No. 9,302,928

AMORPHOUS ALLOY, MOLDING DIE, AND METHOD FOR MOLDING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An amorphous alloy containing:
68 atomic % or more and 86 atomic % or less of Re;
8 atomic % or more and 12 atomic % or less of Hf; and
0.1 atomic % or more and 5 atomic % or less of O.

US Pat. No. 9,264,582

PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
an information processing apparatus; and
a printing apparatus,
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a generating unit configured to generate a definition file defining a plurality of types of sheet that the printing apparatus
can use, in a case where a type of sheet to be used for printing is not specified, for printing; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit to the printing apparatus a print job to which the definition file has been added,
and

wherein the printing apparatus comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job to which the definition file has been added;
a selecting unit configured to select, in a case where a type of sheet to be used for printing is not specified in the print
job, a type of sheet to be used for printing from among the plurality of types of sheet defined by the definition file added
to the print job;

a printing unit configured to perform printing using the type of sheet selected by the selecting unit; and
a notifying unit configured to notify, in a case where a type of sheet to be used for printing is not specified in the print
job and the plurality of types of sheet defined by the definition file is not set to any of sheet feed trays of the printing
apparatus, a user of absence of sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,224,777

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image pickup device that includes
a substrate including a photoelectric conversion unit, and
a waveguide arranged on the substrate, and including a plurality of insulating films having an opening and a member comprising
a first silicon nitride film and a second silicon nitride film, the member being arranged in the opening in such a manner
as to correspond to the photoelectric conversion unit, the method comprising:

a first step and a second step,
wherein in the first step, the first silicon nitride film is formed in the opening by a high-density plasma-enhanced chemical
vapor deposition apparatus including an upper electrode and a lower electrode,

wherein after the first step, in the second step, the second silicon nitride film is formed by the high-density plasma-enhanced
chemical vapor deposition apparatus under conditions in which a ratio of a radio-frequency power of the lower electrode to
a radio-frequency power of the upper electrode is higher than that in the first step.

US Pat. No. 9,217,947

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming device comprising:
a photosensitive body;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive body;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive body; and
a developing unit configured to provide a developer to the photosensitive body,
wherein the exposure unit includes a lens group having a plurality of lenses and an element array which is arranged to face
the lens group and includes a plurality of pixels arrayed along the lenses,

the plurality of the pixels comprise a plurality of subpixels including an organic EL element,
a drive circuit includes a plurality of transistor circuits, and
the transistor circuits controls a number of the organic EL elements which emit light, and a luminance of light emitted by
the organic EL element in the plurality of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,081,284

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FORMING CONDUCTIVE LINE PATTERN IN BOUNDARY REGION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device including a layer having a first region and a second region contacting
the first region at a boundary line between the first region and the second region, the layer within the first region including
a plurality of first patterns and the layer within the second region including a plurality of second patterns, the method
comprising:
forming a pattern including an on-boundary-line line portion with a width defined by a first line which is arranged in the
first region and is parallel to the boundary line, and a second line which is arranged in the second region and is parallel
to the boundary line, wherein the first region includes a first area that is an entire area within an outer boundary of a
region in which the plurality of first patterns and the first line are to be arranged, and the second region includes a second
area that is an entire area within an outer boundary of a region in which the plurality of second patterns and the second
line are to be arranged, and wherein the first area and the second area have no area shared by the first area and the second
area,

the forming the pattern including
individually performing, for a photoresist applied on a substrate, first exposure for defining the first line using a first
photomask that includes first portions for forming the plurality of first patterns and a first light-shielding portion having
a first edge defining the first line and light-shielding the second area, and second exposure for defining the second line
using a second photomask that includes second portions for forming the plurality of second patterns and a second light-shielding
portion having a second edge defining the second line and light-shielding the first area, and

developing the photoresist that has undergone the individually-performed first exposure and second exposure.

US Pat. No. 9,369,649

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including a conversion unit configured to generate an electric charge based on an incident ray and an AD conversion
unit configured to convert a signal based on the electric charge generated by the conversion unit into a digital signal; a
first bias line electrically connected to the conversion unit; a capacitance element configured to store a voltage based on
a potential applied to the first bias line, wherein the AD conversion unit is driven by the voltage stored in the capacitance
element;

a second bias line to which a potential different from the potential applied to the first bias line is applied, wherein the
voltage stored in the capacitance element is a voltage based on a potential difference between the potentials applied to the
first and second bias lines; and a switch,

wherein the capacitance element stores the voltage based on the potential difference between a first and a second nodes of
the capacitance element, the first node is electrically connected to the AD conversion unit, the second node is electrically
connected to the first bias line, and the switch is configured to select a conduction state or a non-conduction state between
the first node and the second bias line.

US Pat. No. 9,263,485

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus having a pixel area including a plurality of light receiving elements, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate in which the plurality of light receiving elements are formed, and
an air gap layer arranged above the semiconductor substrate, and including a plurality of portions arranged correspondingly
to the plurality of light receiving elements and air gaps arranged between the plurality of portions and having a refractive
index lower than that of the plurality of portions, wherein

a width of the air gaps gradually increases from a central region in the pixel area toward a peripheral region in the pixel
area, the widths are to be measured at the same point along the height of each of the air gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,065,418

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a recording element substrate configured to eject a liquid;
an electrical wiring substrate configured to supply an electrical signal for ejecting the liquid to the recording element substrate;
a plurality of wires electrically connecting a plurality of electrode terminals on the recording element substrate with a plurality of connection terminals on the electrical wiring substrate, the plurality of wires form a wire array; and
a sealant sealing an electrical connection portion including the plurality of electrode terminals, the plurality of connection terminals, and the plurality of wires, wherein
the plurality of wires includes a first wire at one outermost end of the wire array in a wire array direction, a third wire at another outermost end of the wire array in the wire array direction, and a plurality of second wires adjacent to each other between the first wire and the third wire, and the first wire is shorter than each of the plurality of second wires and the third wire.

US Pat. No. 9,530,664

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE BY FORMING A HOLE IN A MULTILAYER INSULATOR FILM BY PLASMA ETCHING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an electronic device, comprising:
forming a hole in a multilayer insulator film including a first insulator layer overlying a substrate, a second insulator
layer disposed between the substrate and the first insulator layer and made of a different material from the first insulator
layer, the first insulator layer having a larger thickness than the second insulator layer, and a third insulator layer disposed
between the second insulator layer and the substrate and made of a different material from the second insulator layer, the
hole being in a tapered shape of which diameter decreases in a direction toward the substrate; and

filling the hole,
wherein the forming of the hole includes:
partially removing the first insulator layer to form an opening passing through the first insulator layer by plasma etching
using a gas of a first type containing a first component capable of etching the first insulator layer;

partially removing the second insulator layer to form an opening passing through the second insulator layer by plasma etching
using a gas of a second type containing a second component that is not contained in the gas of the first type and is capable
of etching the second insulator layer, and a third component having a higher deposition ability than the second component;
and

partially removing the third insulator layer to form an opening passing through the third insulator layer by plasma etching
using a gas of the first type.

US Pat. No. 9,479,692

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
acquire images that are successively captured with an image sensor;
perform a face detection process on the acquired images;
determine, in a case where a plurality of faces are detected in an image, a main face from the plurality of faces;
detect a region including at least a part of the main face in the acquired images; and
wherein the instructions further cause the processor not to detect the region until the number of images, in which the main
face is detected, among a predetermined plural number of images is not less than a threshold value,

wherein the instructions further cause the processor to start detecting the region in a case where the number of images, in
which the main face is detected, among the predetermined plural number of images is not less than a first threshold value
and, (i) a movement amount of the main face is less than a second threshold value and/or (ii) a variation amount in size of
the main face is less than a third threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,373,050

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing image processing of image data in which information specifying a position
of a region of interest in an image is recorded, comprising:
a first processing unit configured to perform rotation processing of the image data;
a second processing unit configured to perform rotation processing of the region of interest in accordance with a rotation
of the image data by the first processing unit,

wherein the image data is generated by an image capturing apparatus, and
the region of interest is a portion corresponding to a frame for auto focus, the portion is used to focus on an object by
the image capturing apparatus upon generating the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,304,722

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING REPORT PRINTING FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a storage unit configured to store information on the image processing apparatus;
a display control unit configured to display an operation screen in a display language associated with a log-in user who has
logged in to the image processing apparatus; and

a print control unit configured to control execution of manual report printing in which the information is printed by said
printing unit as a report, based on an instruction input by using the operation screen displayed in the display language for
the log-in user,

wherein said print control unit performs the manual report printing in the display language for the log-in user.

US Pat. No. 9,298,876

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR REGISTERING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF IMAGE INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method for registering additional information of an input image in a storage unit, the information
processing method comprising:
receiving required check item conditions and matching item conditions specified by a user,
wherein the required check item conditions specify one or more items of additional information that are required for data
registration, the one or more items of additional information specified by the required check item conditions are selected
from a plurality of potential required additional information items; and

wherein the matching item conditions specify one or more items of additional information that are matched against corresponding
items of pre-registered additional information, the one or more items of additional information specified by the matching
item conditions are selected from a plurality of potential matching additional information items;

reading additional information of the input image;
deciding to register the additional information of the input image based on whether the additional information of the input
image includes the one or more items of additional information selected from a plurality of potential required additional
information items;

matching each of the one or more items of additional information of the input image specified by the one or more items of
additional information selected from the plurality of potential matching additional information items against the corresponding
items of pre-registered additional information; and

performing control to register the additional information of the input image when the additional information of the input
image includes the one or more items of additional information selected from the plurality of potential required additional
information items, and each of the one or more items of additional information of the input image specified by the one or
more items of additional information selected from the plurality of potential matching additional information items matches
the corresponding items of pre-registered additional information.

US Pat. No. 9,299,147

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor for executing a program stored in a memory to implement:
acquiring a plurality of images captured under different exposure conditions;
detecting a position shift of an image except a reference image in the plurality images with reference to the reference image,
wherein the reference image is an image serving as a reference in processing for composing the plurality of images; and

correcting the position shift and composing the plurality of images in accordance with a composition ratio calculated based
on brightness of a predetermined image included in the plurality of images,

wherein said processor does not compose a plurality of images according to the composition ratio in a predetermined region
of the reference image including a region in which at least parts of the plurality of images do not overlap, and said processor
uses an image generated from the reference image in the predetermined region.

US Pat. No. 9,258,622

METHOD OF ACCESSING A SPATIO-TEMPORAL PART OF A VIDEO SEQUENCE OF IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of accessing a spatio-temporal part of a video sequence of images compressed using a coding format implementing
a spatial-unit-based prediction, the method comprising, at a client terminal of a communication network, the steps of:
defining a target spatial region corresponding to said spatio-temporal part to access;
obtaining compressed data corresponding to a selection spatial region in at least one first image of the video sequence, said
selection spatial region including said target spatial region;

decoding the compressed data corresponding to the selection spatial region in the first image to obtain a decoded part of
the first image corresponding to the target spatial region in the first image;

identifying, based on said decoding step, spatial unit or units missing in the compressed data to decode the whole target
spatial region in the first image, and projecting the location of the missing spatial unit or units on the same image;

identifying, based on said decoding step, non-useful spatial unit or units of the decompressed data that are not used to obtain
the decoded part corresponding to the target spatial region in the first image;

generating, based on the identified missing and non-useful spatial unit or units, at least one item of updating information
for updating the selection spatial region before it is used for at least one next image of the video sequence, the item of
updating information being configured to add the projected missing spatial unit or units to the selection spatial region and
to delete the identified non-useful spatial unit or units from the selection spatial region;

transmitting the item of updating information to a remote server storing the compressed video sequence, for the client terminal
to obtain next compressed data corresponding to the updated selection spatial region in the next image of the video sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,227,452

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium, comprising: a base and an ink receiving layer, wherein
the ink receiving layer contains a colloidal silica, a zirconium compound, an ammonium salt, and a hydroxycarboxylic acid,
and

90% or more of the colloidal silica contained in the ink receiving layer exists in a region of 0 nm or more and 300 nm or
less in a depth direction from an outermost surface of the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,165,957

DETECTING DEVICE, DETECTING SYSTEM, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detecting device, comprising:
a detecting device including
a substrate,
a pixel electrode formed of a transparent conductive oxide,
an impurity semiconductor portion, and
a semiconductor portion,
wherein the pixel electrode, impurity semiconductor portion, and semiconductor portion are formed upon the substrate in that
order from the substrate side;

wherein the impurity semiconductor portion includes
a first region including a place in contact with the pixel electrode, and
a second region situated nearer to the semiconductor portion than the first region;
and wherein a concentration of a dopant in the second region is higher than a concentration of a dopant in the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,426,746

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with another communication apparatus in an awake state, and not
to wirelessly communicate with the other communication apparatus in a doze state; and

a determination unit configured to determine a keep period corresponding to a predetermined percentage of a transmission cycle
of a beacon signal transmitted by the other communication apparatus, the keep period indicating a period to keep the awake
state in one transmission cycle of the beacon signal,

wherein (a) the communication unit transits from the doze state to the awake state in accordance with reception timing of
the beacon signal, (b) the awake state of the communication unit is kept for the determined keep period, and (c) if the determined
keep period elapses, the communication unit transits from the awake state to the doze state.

US Pat. No. 9,288,391

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element; and
a system controller configured to:
determine a shooting scene by analyzing a moving image,
select, based on the shooting scene, a bracket mode from a plurality of bracket modes, and
perform the bracket mood using the image pickup element,
wherein types of parameters altered by each of the bracket modes are different with each other, and the system controller
selects one type of bracket mode even when the determined shooting scene is suitable for at least two types of bracket modes
in the plurality of bracket modes.

US Pat. No. 9,087,467

DISPLAY CONTROL DEVICE AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the size of a picture and a unique viewing distance unique to the picture, which
are added in advance to picture data and stored in association with the picture, wherein the unique viewing distance is a
predetermined optimum viewing distance unique to the picture;

a display size management unit configured to manage the display size of the picture displayed by a display device;
a viewing distance calculation unit configured to calculate a recommended viewing distance when a viewer views the picture
displayed by the display device, wherein the recommended viewing distance is calculated based on the size of the picture acquired
by the acquisition unit, the unique viewing distance acquired by the acquisition unit, and the display size of the picture
managed by the display size management unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify the recommended viewing distance,
wherein the viewing distance calculation unit calculates a viewing distance, in which the relationship between the size of
the picture and the unique viewing distance is substantially equal to the relationship between the display size and the viewing
distance, as the recommended viewing distance.

US Pat. No. 9,083,906

A/D CONVERTER AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH OFFSET VOLTAGE CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An A/D converter comprising:
an input terminal for inputting an analog signal;
a reference signal line for connecting to a signal source that generates a reference signal which changes temporally;
a comparator which includes a non-inverting input terminal, an inverting input terminal, and an output terminal, and outputs,
from the output terminal, an output signal according to a comparison result between a voltage supplied to the non-inverting
input terminal and a voltage supplied to the inverting input terminal;

a correction capacitor connected to the inverting input terminal of said comparator; and
an output circuit which outputs digital data corresponding to the analog signal input to said input terminal,
wherein in a first state in which a total charge of a first analog signal and an offset voltage of said comparator is held
in said correction capacitor, a second analog signal input to said input terminal is supplied to the non-inverting input terminal
of said comparator, and the second analog signal supplied to the non-inverting input terminal of said comparator or the total
voltage held in said correction capacitor is changed using the reference signal, thereby outputting, from said output circuit,
digital data depending on a time from the beginning of the change until the output signal of said comparator changes as digital
data corresponding to the second analog signal.

US Pat. No. 9,491,791

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a communication unit configured to be able to communicate with another communication apparatus by a first communication scheme
and by a second communication scheme for which a communication speed is faster or a communication range is longer than that
of the first communication scheme;

one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory storing instructions thereon which, when
executed by the one or more processors cause the communication apparatus to:

determine when, upon initiation of a communication by the first communication scheme, a communication by the second communication
scheme was already being performed, and

generate, based on information included in a request received by the communication unit by the communication by the first
communication scheme, a response corresponding to the request, wherein

the communication unit transmits the generated response generated by the generation unit to the other communication apparatus,
and

in a case where it is determined that the communication by the second communication scheme was already being performed, in
the response, information is included indicating that control for the communication by the second communication scheme based
on the request is unnecessary.

US Pat. No. 9,462,714

HINGE UNIT CAPABLE OF PREVENTING ROTATION FROM EXCEEDING FULLY-OPEN POSITION AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH HINGE UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A hinge unit comprising:
a fixed member that is fixed to an apparatus body;
a rotational shaft that is rotatably held by said fixed member;
a holding member that is fixed to said rotational shaft in a state holding an image display section and is supported on said
fixed member via said rotational shaft in a manner rotatable in an opening/closing direction; and

a clamping member that has a pair of clamping portions for diametrically clamping said rotational shaft and is configured
to rotate in unison with said rotational shaft,

wherein in a case where said holding member rotates in the opening direction with respect to said fixed member to a fully
open position, one of the clamping portions is brought into abutment with said fixed member to thereby prevent said holding
member from rotating in the opening direction from the fully open position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,554

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DISCRIMINATING WHETHER IMAGE HEATING DEVICE IS FOR HEATING AN ENVELOPE AND SYSTEM WITH DISPLAY PORTION CONFIGURED TO DISPLAY A DISPLAY PROMPTING AN OPERATOR TO MOUNT IMAGE HEATING DEVICE FOR AN ENVELOPE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
a first image heating device configured to heat a toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming device;
a second image heating device configured to heat the toner image heated by said first image heating device;
a first feeding path configured to discharge the sheet introduced into said first image heating device without introducing
the sheet into said second image heating device;

a second feeding path configured to discharge the sheet after being introduced into said first image heating device and then
being introduced into said second image heating device;

a display portion configured to display a display for prompting an operator to mount an image heating device for an envelope
in place of said first image heating device when image formation on the envelope is effected; and

a controller configured to control sheet feeding so that the envelope as the recording material is introduced into said first
feeding path when the image formation on the envelope is effected.

US Pat. No. 9,389,580

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, capable of forming a color image on a recording material, having a plurality of photosensitive
members and a plurality of developing units, each of which includes a developing roller actable on the photosensitive member
and each of which is movable relative to the photosensitive member, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable member movable between an inside and an outside of a main assembly of said image forming apparatus in a movement
direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the photosensitive members in a state in which the plurality of photosensitive
members and the plurality of developing units are supported;

a mounting portion, provided in said movable member, for supporting the plurality of developing units, wherein the plurality
of developing units are detachably mountable to said mounting portion from a direction crossing the longitudinal direction
and the movement direction; and

an interrelating member, movable in interrelation with movement of said movable member, for moving the plurality of developing
units in an upward direction relative to the plurality of photosensitive members when said movable member is moved from the
inside to the outside of the main assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,361,680

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the image processing is blurring processing.

US Pat. No. 9,341,993

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an electrostatic image forming unit for forming an electrostatic image on said image bearing member;
a developing unit for developing the electrostatic image, formed on said image bearing member, into a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member for carrying and feeding the toner image primary-transferred thereon from said image bearing
member at a primary transfer position;

a rotatable secondary transfer member for secondary-transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto
a recording material at a secondary transfer position by feeding the recording material by rotation thereof while sandwiching
the recording material between itself and said intermediary transfer member;

a constant voltage element electrically connected between said intermediary transfer member and a ground potential;
a voltage source for applying a voltage to said rotatable secondary transfer member to form a secondary transfer electric
field at the secondary transfer position and for passing a current through said constant voltage element to form a primary
transfer electric field at the primary transfer position,

wherein said apparatus is operable in a lowering mode in which the secondary transfer electric field in a trailing end region
of the recording material passing through the secondary transfer position with respect to a recording material feeding direction
is made lower than the secondary transfer electric field in a region from a leading end to the trailing end region of the
recording material; and

a controller for setting a toner image distance between consecutively formed toner images in an operation in the lowering
mode,

wherein said controller sets the toner image distance so as to be longer than the toner image distance when the operation
in the lowering mode is not performed to prevent a toner image from being primary-transferred in a period in which the secondary
transfer electric field is lowered.

US Pat. No. 9,329,373

CATADIOPTRIC OPTICAL SYSTEM WITH MULTI-REFLECTION ELEMENT FOR HIGH NUMERICAL APERTURE IMAGING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A catadioptric optical system comprising:
a first catadioptric group configured to form an intermediate image of an object; and
a second catadioptric group and a lens group configured to form an object image based on the intermediate image,
wherein the first catadioptric group consists of a solid lens having an object-side surface and an image-side surface,
wherein the object-side surface includes an input surface provided around an optical axis and an object-side reflective surface
provided around the input surface;

wherein the image-side surface includes an exit surface provided around the optical axis and an image-side reflective surface
provided around the exit surface;

wherein a light flux from the object enters the solid lens through the input surface, and undergoes four or more reflections
between the image-side reflective surface and the object-side reflective surface, prior to exiting through the exit surface;
and

wherein:
the lens group includes a field lens group and a dioptric group,
the first catadioptric group has a positive refractive power and generates outward Petzval curvature,
the second catadioptric group has positive refractive power and generates outward Petzval curvature and overcorrected axial
chromatic aberration,

the field lens group has positive refractive power and generates inward Petzval curvature and overcorrected axial chromatic
aberration, and

the dioptric group has positive refractive power and generates outward Petzval curvature and undercorrected axial chromatic
aberration.

US Pat. No. 9,261,825

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING MOVING MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO MOVE A RUBBING ROTATABLE MEMBER CONFIGURED TO RUB A SURFACE OF A ROTATABLE MEMBER, RELATIVE TO THE ROTATABLE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured and positioned to form a nip for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub a surface of said first rotatable member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said rubbing rotatable member relative to said first rotatable member between a rubbing
position for carrying out a rubbing process for said first rotatable member and a retracted position retracted from the rubbing
position; and

an executing portion configured to execute the rubbing process in accordance with the number and burrs of the sheets processed
by said image heating apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,250,546

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A member for electrophotography having a multilayer structure or a single-layer structure, comprising an outermost layer
which satisfies the following A, B and C:
A: the outermost layer has perfluoropolyether and a binder resin, and
in the outermost layer, the ratio of the number of fluorine atoms to the number of carbon atoms ((number of fluorine atoms)/(number
of carbon atoms)) is 0.10 or more and 0.40 or less;

B: in a 19F-NMR spectrum of the outermost layer, the relaxation time T2 of a peak derived from CF2 moieties of perfluoropolyether is 13 milliseconds or more at 22° C.; and

C: the total sum of the contents of CF3 moieties, CF2 moieties, and CF moieties in the binder resin is 5% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,188,951

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to heat-fix, at a nip therebetween, a toner image of toner containing a parting
agent formed on a sheet;

a casing, configured to accommodate said first and second rotatable members, including a sheet introducing opening and a sheet
discharging opening; and

a sheet-like member provided on said casing and configured to suppress diffusion, toward the sheet discharging opening, of
particles having a predetermined diameter resulting from the parting agent in a sheet-introducing-opening side of the apparatus,

wherein said sheet-like member is in contact with said first rotatable member in the sheet-introducing-opening side of the
apparatus so as to block the diffusion between said casing and said first rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,083,877

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes an image signal from an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels
for one microlens, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a saturation detector configured to detect whether an output value of each of the plurality of pixels reaches a saturation
level; and

a saturation corrector configured to correct, when an output value of a part of the plurality of pixels reaches the saturation
level, an output value of a saturation pixel that reaches the saturation level and an output value of an adjacent pixel that
shares the same microlens with the saturation pixel and does not reach the saturation level.

US Pat. No. 10,076,037

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:an electronic component having a side face and a face on which a plurality of first lands are arranged;
a printed wiring board having a face on which a plurality of second lands corresponding to the plurality of the first lands are arranged;
a plurality of pieces of first solder each of which electrically connects each of the plurality of the first lands to corresponding one of the plurality of the second lands;
second solder arranged outside of an outermost one of the plurality of pieces of the first solder; and
a thermosetting resin that covers at least a part of the second solder and adheres the side face of the electric component and the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,560,265

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a plurality of image data obtained by picking up images of an object in different
photographing conditions, the image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the plurality of image data;
a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of image data and generate combined image data;
a first determination unit configured to execute first determination processing for detecting the object on at least one of
the plurality of image data; and

a second determination unit configured to execute second determination processing for specifying the object detected by the
first determination unit on the combined image data,

wherein the first determination processing is face detection processing for detecting a face from image data, and the second
determination processing is at least one of face recognition processing for identifying which is the face detected in the
first determination processing, and facial expression determination processing for determining a facial expression of the
face detected in the first determination processing.

US Pat. No. 9,462,269

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode one or more image frames, the image encoding apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a profile indicating a decoding process which is able to be performed by an image
decoding apparatus and a level that corresponds to the profile and indicates a range of a parameter value with which the decoding
process is able to be performed by the image decoding apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine, in an encoding process of a block included in the one or more image frames,
a number of horizontal pixels and a number of vertical pixels of a tile or a number of tiles so that the number of horizontal
pixels and the number of vertical pixels of the tile or the number of tiles satisfies a condition that the number of horizontal
pixels of the tile is N or smaller (N>0) and the number of vertical pixels of the tile is M or smaller (M>0), the tile that
does not mutually overlap with other tiles being a unit of processing in which an intra-picture prediction process is independently
performed without reference to other tiles, N and M being a maximum number of horizontal pixels of a tile and a maximum number
of vertical pixels of a tile, respectively, and defined according to the profile and the level corresponding to the profile;
and

an encoding unit configured to divide each of the one or more image frames into tiles according to the determined number of
horizontal pixels and the determined number of vertical pixels of the tile or the determined number of tiles, and to encode
on each of a plurality of blocks included in each of the tiles, the one or more image frames by performing the intra-picture
prediction process independently by the unit of the tile.

US Pat. No. 9,444,993

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF DETECTING DEFOCUS AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detecting apparatus comprising:
a pair of sensors;
a read out controller configured to set a range of pixels to be calculated for each of the pair of sensors based on an image
displacement amount in a longitudinal direction of the pair of sensors between a pair of image signals obtained from the pair
of sensors in a state of being in focus on a predetermined object;

a correlation calculator configured to calculate a correlation amount between the pair of image signals obtained from the
pair of sensors set as the range of pixels to be calculated by the read out controller; and

a defocus amount calculator configured to calculate a defocus amount based on the correlation amount,
wherein the read out controller sets, as one of the pixel regions, a range of pixels excluding a number of pixels corresponding
to the image displacement amount from one end based on the image displacement amount, and sets, as another of the pixel regions,
a range of pixels excluding the number of pixels corresponding to the image displacement amount from an end opposite to the
one end.

US Pat. No. 9,389,521

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a cylindrical support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member has:
a plurality of depressed portions each having a depth of 0.5 ?m or more and 5 ?m or less and a longest diameter of an opening
of 20 ?m or more and 80 ?m or less; and

a plurality of line grooves formed at portions other than the plurality of depressed portions, the plurality of line grooves
each having a width in a generatrix line direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member of 0.5 ?m or more and
15 ?m or less and forming an angle of 80° or more and 100° or less with respect to the generatrix line direction, and

wherein when a square region 500 ?m on a side is arranged at an arbitrary position of the surface of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member, an area of the plurality of depressed portions in the square region 500 ?m on a side is 95,000 ?m2 or more and 180,000 ?m2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,218,148

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and a memory having at least one application that, when executed by the at least one processor comprises:
a first selection unit configured to select an image forming apparatus by using near field communication;
a second selection unit configured to select an image forming apparatus capable of communicating by using a network;
a transmission unit configured to transmit print data to the image forming apparatus selected by the first selection unit
or the second selection unit;

a display unit configured to display a screen prompting a user to select either the image forming apparatus selected by using
the first selection unit or to select, by allowing the user to operate on the screen, the image processing apparatus selected
by using the second selection unit without selecting the information processing apparatus selected by using the first selection
unit;

a registration unit configured to register in the information processing apparatus the image forming apparatus selected by
the first selection unit

wherein if the information processing apparatus is connected to a particular network and a certain time period has elapsed
from the registration of the image forming apparatus on the particular network, the registration of the image forming apparatus
is deleted from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,122,149

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which cures a resin dispensed on a substrate while the resin and a pattern surface of a mold are in
contact with each other, the mold having a lower surface, an upper surface, and a side surface connecting an outer edge of
the lower surface and an outer edge of the upper surface, and the mold including a porous portion exposed to the side surface
of the mold, the apparatus comprising:
a supply portion configured to communicate only with the side surface of the mold to which the porous portion is exposed,
to supply a gas only to the porous portion such that the gas passes through the porous portion and is exhausted to a space
which the pattern surface of the mold faces; and

a controller configured to control the supply portion to supply the gas to the space before the resin and the pattern surface
of the mold are brought into contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,563,390

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that communicates with an information processing apparatus comprising: at least one processor,
wherein at least one of the at least one processor is configured to control
a switching unit configured to switch between an invalid state and a valid state of an access point in the communication apparatus;
and

a setting unit configured to set, for the communication apparatus based on information acquired from the information processing
apparatus to which the communication apparatus is connected via the access point that has been brought into the valid state
by the switching unit, a communication mode in which the communication apparatus operates to communicate with the information
processing apparatus using a first connection method,

wherein the switching unit does not bring the access point into the valid state in a case where the communication apparatus
is connected to the information processing apparatus using a second connection method different from the first connection
method, and is able to bring the access point into the valid state in a case where the communication apparatus is not connected
to the information processing apparatus using the second connection method.

US Pat. No. 9,462,174

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a first microphone unit;
a second microphone unit;
an input unit that inputs a drive instruction to drive a drive unit;
a first transforming unit that acquires a first audio spectrum by performing Fourier transform on audio data obtained by the
first microphone unit;

a second transforming unit that acquires a second audio spectrum by performing Fourier transform on audio data obtained by
the second microphone unit;

a first subtracting unit that subtracts a first noise spectrum from the first audio spectrum so as to reduce noise in audio
data obtained by the first microphone unit if the drive instruction is input, wherein the first noise spectrum is generated
after the drive instruction is input, using the audio data obtained by the first microphone unit;

a second subtracting unit that subtracts a second noise spectrum from the second audio spectrum so as to reduce noise in audio
data obtained by the second microphone unit if the drive instruction is input, wherein the second noise spectrum is generated
after the drive instruction is input, using the audio data obtained by the second microphone unit;

a control unit that selects one of a third audio spectrum and a fourth audio spectrum in accordance with a result of comparison
between the third audio spectrum and the fourth audio spectrum, wherein the third audio spectrum is acquired by subtracting
the first noise spectrum from the first audio spectrum, and the fourth audio spectrum is acquired by subtracting the second
noise spectrum from the second audio spectrum;

a third transforming unit that acquires first audio data by performing inverse Fourier transform on the audio spectrum selected
from among the third audio spectrum and the fourth audio spectrum;

a fourth transforming unit that acquires second audio data by performing inverse Fourier transform on the audio spectrum selected
from among the third audio spectrum and the fourth audio spectrum; and

a storing unit that stores the first audio data and the second audio data.

US Pat. No. 9,445,457

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heater comprising:
a substrate having dimensions in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction;
a first heat generating block formed on the substrate and having dimensions in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction;
and

a second heat generating block formed on the substrate and having dimensions in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction,
the second heat generating block is provided at a position different from the first heat generating block in the lengthwise
direction of the substrate and is electrically connected with the first heat generating block,

wherein the lengthwise directions of the first and second heat generating blocks are inclined in both the lengthwise direction
of the substrate and the widthwise direction of the substrate,

wherein each of the first and second heat generating blocks includes a first conductor, a second conductor, and heat generating
resistor with which connected between the first conductor and the second conductor,

wherein the first and second conductors in each of the first and second heat generating blocks are disposed along the lengthwise
direction of each of the first and second heat generating blocks,

wherein the first conductors in the first and second heat generating blocks are provided at positions nearer to one long edge
of the substrate than the second conductors in the first and second heat generating blocks,

wherein the second conductors in the first and second heat generating blocks are provided at positions nearer to the opposite
long edge of the substrate than the first conductors in the first and second heat generating blocks,

wherein a first end portion of the first conductor of the second heat generating block is connected with the second conductor
of the first heat generating block at a second end portion of the second conductor of the first heat generating block,

wherein the first end portion of the first conductor of the second heat generating block is a portion nearer to one short
edge of the substrate than a second end portion of the first conductor of the second heat generating block, and

wherein the second end portion of the second conductor of the first heat generating block is a portion nearer to the opposite
short edge of the substrate than a first end portion of the second conductor of the first heat generating block.

US Pat. No. 9,237,413

DATA SUPPLYING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect that a short range wireless connection with an external device is established in response
to a change of distance between the communication apparatus and the external device;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, in a case where the detection unit detects that the short range wireless connection
with the external device is established while first image is being displayed on a display unit, image data, which is specified
based on the first image data that was displayed at the time of detection by the detection unit, to the external device, wherein
the transmission unit starts transmitting the image data without receiving a user's operation after the detection unit detects
that the short range wireless connection is established; and

a display control unit configured to control, according to the transmission by the transmission unit, the display unit to
change a display.

US Pat. No. 9,137,396

FACSIMILE APPARATUS THAT CONNECTS VIA SESSION INITIATION PROTOCOL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AS WELL AS STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus that makes connection with a communication destination according to Session Initiation Protocol to
perform facsimile communication with the communication destination via an IP network, the apparatus comprising:
a first execution unit configured to execute a first connection sequence of starting call connection using a session of performing
image communication;

a second execution unit configured to execute a second connection sequence of starting call connection using a session of
performing voice communication; and

a storing unit configured to store, in a case where the first connection sequence succeeds for performing the facsimile communication
with the communication destination, information representing the first connection sequence used for the call connection in
accordance with the communication destination, and to store, in a case where the second connection sequence succeeds for performing
the facsimile communication with the communication destination information representing the second connection sequence used
for the call connection in accordance with the communication destination.

US Pat. No. 9,083,824

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AN ABNORMALITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming apparatus capable of selectively executing a plurality of functions, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an abnormality detection unit configured to detect an abnormality of the image forming apparatus;
a function restriction unit configured to restrict, among the plurality of functions, a function corresponding to the abnormality
detected by the abnormality detection unit; and

a control unit configured to control an initialization operation of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the control unit is configured to execute a first preparation operation in a case where the initialization operation
is performed when the function is not restricted by the function restriction unit, and to execute, in a case where the initialization
operation is performed when the function is restricted by the function restriction unit, a second preparation operation in
which a preparation operation corresponding to the restricted function is excluded from the first preparation operation.