US Pat. No. 9,388,012

SHEET STORING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED THEREWITH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A sheet storing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet stacking units that are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction, wherein each of the plurality
of sheet stacking units includes:

a stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by a conveyance unit is stacked, and
a contact member including a contact portion configured to contact an edge of the sheet stacked on the stacking portion and
an engaged portion that is movable integrally with the contact portion, wherein the contact member is configured to move the
sheet stacked on the stacking portion in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the conveyance unit conveys the
sheet and discharges the sheet through a discharge port to outside of the sheet storing apparatus, and wherein the contact
member is moved from a standby position to a moved position to discharge the sheet,

wherein, in a state where the contact member is located in the standby position, the contact portion of the contact member
is located upstream of the edge of the sheet conveyed by the conveyance unit in a direction in which the contact member is
moved from the standby position to the moved position;

wherein the sheet storing apparatus further comprises:
an engaging portion;
a first moving unit configured to move the engaging portion in the sheet thickness direction to a position corresponding to
any one of the plurality of engaged portions included in the plurality of sheet stacking units; and

a second moving unit configured to engage the engaging portion which is moved by the first moving unit with the corresponding
engaged portion to move the corresponding contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,392,242

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, FOR UNDERWATER FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus configured to perform white balance correction on an image captured underwater with flash emission,
the imaging apparatus comprising: a memory device configured to load instruction into at least one processor, and the at least
one processor, wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
specify an object region irradiated with flash by the flash emission;
calculate a first white balance coefficient based on a light amount of flash and external light for the specified object region;
calculate an object distance from the imaging apparatus;
calculate a correction value to be used to correct the first white balance coefficient based on the calculated object distance;
and

calculate a second white balance coefficient by correcting the first white balance coefficient with the correction value,
wherein the correction value is calculated so that a correction amount of the first white balance coefficient increases as
the distance of the region excluding a main object from the imaging apparatus becomes smaller than the calculated distance
of the main object from the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,392,278

IMAGE ENCODING OR DECODING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ENCODING OR DECODING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode a plurality of images that is temporally continuous, the image encoding
apparatus comprising:
a first encoding unit configured to encode an N-th image of the plurality of images;
a second encoding unit configured to encode an (N+1)th image, which is continuous to the N-th image, with reference to the
N-th image;

a recording unit configured to record a number of tiles processed by the first encoding unit; and
a control unit configured to control processing start timing for the first encoding unit and the second encoding unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to instruct the second encoding unit to start encoding an initial processing target
block of the (N+1)th image after the number of tiles recorded by the recording unit reaches a number of tiles that include
a motion vector presence range.

US Pat. No. 9,392,030

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DATA COMMUNICATION USING A CALL CONTROL SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to perform data communication using a call control server, comprising:
a first controller; and
a second controller,
wherein the second controller includes
a reception unit configured to receive an initiation request for a session,
a first response unit configured to perform first response for the initiation request that the reception unit has received,
and

an activation instruction unit configured to instruct activation of the first controller in response to reception of the initiation
request by the reception unit;

and wherein the first controller includes
a second response unit configured to perform second response subsequent to the first response after the first controller is
activated in response to the instruction by the activation instruction unit, and

a communication controller configured to perform data communication using a session established between the communication
controller and a partner device after the second response unit performs the second response.

US Pat. No. 9,386,195

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING EXTERIOR COVERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first exterior cover; and
a second exterior cover connected to the first exterior cover,
wherein said first and second exterior covers have first and second abutment portions, respectively,
wherein said first exterior cover has:
engagement portions formed on an inner face of said first exterior cover on a side close to the first abutment portion;
latch portions each disposed between adjacent ones of the engagement portions and provided to protrude toward said second
exterior cover beyond the first abutment portion;

inside ribs disposed inside the engagement portions with a distance therefrom and project toward said second exterior cover
beyond the first abutment portion; and

connection ribs disposed on respective ends of the latch portions and connecting the inside ribs with the engagement portions
together,

wherein said second exterior cover has:
engaged portions disposed along the second abutment portion so as to correspond to the engagement portions of said first exterior
cover and configured to protrude toward said first exterior cover beyond the second abutment portion; and

latched portions each disposed between adjacent ones of the engaged portions so as to correspond to the latch portions of
said first exterior cover,

wherein the engaged portions of said second exterior cover are engaged with the engagement portions of said first exterior
cover,

wherein the latched portions of said second exterior cover are latched to the latch portions of said first exterior cover,
wherein the latch portions each have a first slanted face portion having a first slanted face, and
wherein the latched portions each have a second slanted face portion having a second slanted face, the respective first and
second slanted faces of the first and second slanted face portions abutting each other in a case where the latched portions
are latched to the latch portions.

US Pat. No. 9,386,227

FINDER APPARATUS FOR A CAMERA, FINDER DISPLAY CONTROLLING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an optical finder to be supplied with an optical image of an object;
a display configured to display image information as an electronic image;
an optical path combining unit configured to optically combine the optical image supplied to the optical finder and the electronic
image displayed by the display with each other in an optical path of the optical finder; and

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of units comprising an image display processing unit
configured to perform image display processing to the image information,

wherein the optical path combining unit includes an optical element which has first transmissivity in a first wavelength range
of a visible light wavelength range, and has second transmissivity lower than the first transmissivity in a second wavelength
range on a longer wavelength side than the first wavelength range, and

wherein, when the optical finder is not supplied with the optical image of the object, the image display processing unit reduces
an intensity of a color of the second wavelength range to be lower than a first predetermined value and increases an intensity
of a color of the first wavelength range to be higher than a second predetermined value, in regard to the electronic image.

US Pat. No. 9,377,750

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIXATION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly of the apparatus including a drive source and a first gear rotated by power of the drive source; and
a fixation unit configured to fix the image formed on the recording medium to the recording medium, the fixation unit capable
of being attached to and detached from the main assembly of the apparatus and including a roller and a second gear that meshes
with the first gear to transmit the power of the drive source to the roller,

wherein the main assembly of the apparatus includes a support member, and with the fixation unit attached to the main assembly
of the apparatus, the support member is movable between a first position where a shaft that holds the second gear is supported
by the support member and a second position where the shaft is not supported by the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,377,752

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH IMAGE BEARING MEMBER PROTECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. A moving member configured to support an image bearing member and a developer carrying member, the moving member being
movable between an inside position located inside of a main body of an image forming apparatus and an outside position located
outside of the main body, wherein the image bearing member supported by the moving member is exposed vertically upward when
the moving member is located at the outside position, the moving member comprising:
a mounting portion on which a cartridge is mountable, wherein the cartridge is mountable on the mounting portion when the
moving member is located at the outside position;

an exposing portion exposing the image bearing member vertically upward;
a protection member provided on the moving member and configured to protect a surface of the image bearing member; and
a holding mechanism configured to hold the protection member at a first position at which the protection member protrudes
above a portion of the image bearing member exposed from the exposing portion when the moving member is located at the outside
position, and to hold the protection member at a second position at which the protection member is not disposed above the
portion of the image bearing member exposed from the exposing portion when the moving member is located at the inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,380,199

RECORDING MEDIUM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory recording medium removable from a host device, comprising:
one or more CPUs configured to perform the functions of a wireless communication unit, an image transmission control unit,
a determination unit, and a notification unit, wherein,

the wireless communication unit is configured to establish wireless communication with an external device different from the
host device by using a wireless communication protocol;

the image transmission control unit is capable of transmitting image data to the external device via the wireless communication
established by said wireless communication unit by using an image transmission protocol;

the determination unit is configured to determine either said image transmission control unit of the recording medium or image
transmission control unit of the host device, to which the recording medium is attached, is used to transmit image data via
the wireless communication established by said wireless communication unit; and

the notification unit is configured to, upon receiving a signal based on the image transmission protocol from the external
device in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the image transmission control unit of the host device
is to be used to transmit image data to the external device, notify the host device of the reception of the signal using an
interrupt signal.

US Pat. No. 9,377,897

CONTROL OF COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS BASED ON LIGHT DISTRIBUTION AND MOVING AMOUNTS OF SENSOR UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus in which a first bar housing unit and a second bar housing unit each including a retroreflecting
member and at least two sensor units, the sensor units each being movable in a horizontal direction with respect to a coordinate
input region and each including a light projecting unit and a light receiving unit, are arranged on two facing sides of the
coordinate input region to make the retroreflecting members face each other for detecting a pointed position in the coordinate
input region, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a light amount distribution received by the light receiving unit of
each of the sensor units, whether the sensor units are at appropriate positions;

a measurement unit configured to measure moving amounts of the sensor units in a horizontal direction with respect to the
coordinate input region when said determination unit determines that the sensor units are at appropriate positions; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate coordinates of the pointed position in the coordinate input region based on the
light amount distribution received by the light receiving unit and the moving amounts in a horizontal direction with respect
to the coordinate input region measured by said measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,374,439

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit adapted to communicate via a first network;
a second communication unit adapted to communicate via a second network;
a first detection unit adapted to detect a disconnection of a service providing apparatus, which provides a UPnP service on
the first network, from the first network;

a second detection unit adapted to detect the service providing apparatus on the second network based on communication by
the second communication unit connecting to the service providing apparatus on the second network via Bluetooth;

a proxy unit adapted to perform a proxy process, on the first network, for a service provided by a service providing apparatus,
in a case that the first detection unit detects the disconnection of the service providing apparatus from the first network
and the second detection unit detects the service providing apparatus on the second network;

a memory adapted to store a program; and
a processor adapted to function as at least one of the units by executing the program stored on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,372,418

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support,
a conductive layer formed on the support, and
a photosensitive layer formed on the conductive layer,
wherein,
the conductive layer comprises:
a binder material,
a first metal oxide particle, and
a second metal oxide particle,
the first metal oxide particle is a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus, tungsten, niobium,
tantalum, or fluorine,

the second metal oxide particle is an uncoated titanium oxide particle,
a content of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer is not less than 20% by volume and not more than 50% by
volume based on a total volume of the conductive layer, and

a content of the second metal oxide particle in the conductive layer is not less than 1.0% by volume and not more than 15%
by volume based on the total volume of the conductive layer, and not less than 5.0% by volume and not more than 30% by volume
based on the content of the first metal oxide particle in the conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,374,499

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, 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 one
or more processors to perform operations comprising:

setting a first search condition that specifies a function of one or more data processing apparatuses;
identifying a first data processing apparatus that satisfies the first search condition;
based on the first data processing apparatus satisfying the first search condition, displaying first information representing
the first data processing apparatus on a map;

setting a second search condition that specifies a second function in addition to the first search condition while the first
information representing the first data processing apparatus which satisfies the first search condition is displayed on the
map;

determining that the first data processing apparatus does not satisfy the second search condition; and
displaying, according to the second search condition and the first search condition, information representing a second data
processing apparatus which satisfies both the first search condition and the second search condition and second information
representing the first data processing apparatus which satisfies the first search condition and does not satisfy the second
search condition on the map in a distinguishable manner, the second information representing the first data processing apparatus
being different from the first information representing the first data processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,370,928

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND FABRICATING METHOD FOR LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a main body provided with an ejecting portion capable of ejecting liquid supplied through a liquid channel and an electric
contact portion;

a channel forming member that is connected to the main body in a first direction so as to form the liquid channel; and
a conductive flat spring that is fixed to the channel forming member and is brought into contact with the electric contact
portion by a resilient restoring force in a case where the flat spring is deformed in a second direction crossing the first
direction,

wherein the flat spring is provided with an abutment portion that abuts on the main body so as to resiliently deform the flat
spring in the second direction in a case where the channel forming member is connected to the main body in the first direction,
and

the flat spring includes a plurality of bent portions whose bend angles are changed in a case where the flat spring is resiliently
deformed in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,371,461

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising:
an organic pigment comprising a self-dispersible pigment to the surface of particles of which a ((benzoylamino)-methane-1,
1-diyl)bisphosphonic acid or a salt thereof is bonded;

a water-soluble resin, wherein the acid value of the water-soluble resin is 100 mg KOH/g or more to 160 mg KOH/g or less;
and

a surfactant comprising an the ethylene oxide adduct of a higher alcohol selected from the group consisting of a linear primary
alcohol, a linear secondary alcohol, and an isoalkyl alcohol,

wherein the HLB value of the surfactant as determined by a Griffin method is 13.0 or more, and
wherein the mass ratio of the content (% by mass) of the surfactant in the ink to the content (% by mass) of the water-soluble
resin in the ink is 0.07 or more to 0.70 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,367,272

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to be communicably connected via a network to an image forming apparatus for printing
an image on a sheet and to an information processing apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a job receiving unit configured to receive a print job from the information processing apparatus;
a generation unit configured to generate image data based on the print job received by the job receiving unit;
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the generation unit to the image forming apparatus
via the network;

a first reception unit configured to receive, from the image forming apparatus via the network, a print completion notice
indicating that printing of the image data transmitted by the transmitting unit is completed;

a second receiving unit configured to receive, from the image forming apparatus via the network interruptive information indicating
that the image forming apparatus has interrupted the printing of the image data because of an error occurred in the image
forming apparatus; and

a control unit configured to shift a power state of the image processing apparatus from a standby power state to a power saving
state, in which consumed power is less than the standby power state, based on receiving of the interruptive information from
the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,367,023

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit for use with an image forming apparatus, the unit comprising:
a developer accommodating portion, constituted by a frame, for accommodating developer;
a preventing member, provided on said frame, for preventing the developer from leaking out from said developer accommodating
portion; and

a resin member for fixing said preventing member on said frame,
wherein said resin member is formed on said frame by injection molding of a resin material and is fixed to said preventing
member by welding, the resin material having an elastic modulus that is less than that of said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,365,066

RECORDING MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising in this order:
a substrate;
a first ink receiving layer comprising inorganic particles, polyvinyl alcohol and a boric acid compound; and
a resin layer containing a resin,
wherein the inorganic particles comprise 70% by mass or more of alumina hydrate relative to the total mass thereof,
wherein the ratio of the boric acid compound content in the recording medium to the polyvinyl alcohol content in the recording
medium is 30% by mass or more, and

wherein the resin of the resin layer comprises polyethylene.

US Pat. No. 9,362,850

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND DRIVING CIRCUIT THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type driving apparatus comprising:
a vibrating body in which an electrical-mechanical energy converting element is provided between a first elastic body and
a second elastic body; and

a moving body that comes into contact with the vibrating body and moves relative to the vibrating body,
wherein the vibrating body has a third elastic body between the first elastic body and the electrical-mechanical energy converting
element,

wherein the third elastic body extends in a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of the vibrating body and includes
a sliding surface further outside than the external diameter of the electrical-mechanical energy converting element, and the
moving body slides on the sliding surface,

wherein the vibrating body has a plurality of natural vibration modes in which displacement directions and orders are the
same and relative proportions of displacements at end portions of the vibrating body in an axial direction are different,
and

wherein a resonance frequency in a mode where the non-sliding surface side of the vibrating body in the axial direction mainly
vibrates with the third elastic body as a border is configured to fall out of a frequency range between a multiple of a maximum
frequency of a driving signal applied to the electrical-mechanical energy converting element, and a multiple of a minimum
frequency of the driving signal.

US Pat. No. 9,360,562

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a detection unit in which conversion elements that convert radiation into an electric signal are arranged in a matrix shape;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation in accordance with a signal from a radiation
detection sensor that generates the signal in response to irradiated radiation;

a drive circuit configured to drive the detection unit in accordance with the irradiation state detected by the radiation
detection unit; and

a radiographing kind setting unit configured to set a radiographing kind,
wherein the radiation detection unit changes a radiation detection capability in accordance with the radiographing kind set
by the radiographing kind setting unit such that the radiation detection capability is increased in a case of a radiographing
kind for which a radiation input amount to the radiation detection unit is small, and the radiation detection capability is
decreased in a case of a radiographing kind for which a radiation input amount to the radiation detection unit is large.

US Pat. No. 9,363,432

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, for each of respective viewpoints, capturing condition at the viewpoint, and each
frame image captured from the viewpoint in accordance with the capturing condition; and

a prediction coding unit configured to perform prediction coding for the frame images acquired by the acquisition unit,
wherein the respective viewpoints include (i) a reference viewpoint being defined based on the capturing conditions at the
respective viewpoints, (ii) a first viewpoint, and (iii) a second viewpoint, wherein a value representing the capturing condition
at the first viewpoint is less than a value representing the capturing condition at the reference viewpoint and a value representing
the capturing condition at the second viewpoint is more than a value representing the capturing condition at the reference
viewpoint, and

wherein if the prediction coding unit performs prediction coding for the frame image captured from one viewpoint of the first
and second viewpoints, the prediction coding unit generates a predicted picture by using at least one of the frame image captured
from the reference viewpoint and the frame image captured from the one viewpoint as a reference picture without using the
frame image captured from another viewpoint of the first and second viewpoints as the reference picture and performs prediction
coding for the frame image captured from the one viewpoint by using the generated predicted picture,

wherein at least one processor is used to implement the units of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,355,453

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MODEL GENERATION APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement apparatus, which measures a position and an orientation of a measurement object using a
three-dimensional geometric model that defines a shape of the measurement object using a plurality of first edges, said apparatus
comprising:
an edge detection unit configured to detect, as second edges, edges corresponding to the plurality of first edges from the
plurality of view-point images obtained by rendering the three-dimensional geometric model of a measurement object at a plurality
of different view-points;

a counting unit configured to count a number of times the second edges are detected from the plurality of view-point images;
a reliability assigning unit configured to assign reliabilities of the plurality of first edges based on the number of times
the second edges are detected from the plurality of view-point images;

an association unit configured to associate third edges detected from a captured image with the first edges; and
a position/orientation calculation unit configured to calculate a position and an orientation of the measurement object based
on the association result and the assigned reliabilities of the first edges.

US Pat. No. 9,355,497

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR COMBINING CG IMAGE WITH CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
an imaging unit configured to image an outside world to generate a captured image;
a position and orientation estimation unit configured to estimate a position and orientation of the imaging unit;
a feature point estimation unit configured to estimate a position of a feature point in the captured image based on the position
and orientation of the imaging unit estimated by the position and orientation estimation unit;

a clipping unit configured to clip an image for combining, and clip an image for feature detection based on the position of
the feature point estimated by the feature point estimation unit, the image for combining and the image for feature detection
being clipped from the captured image generated by the imaging unit;

a measurement unit configured to detect a feature point from the image for feature detection clipped by the clipping unit,
and measure a position and orientation of the imaging unit based on the detected feature point;

a generation unit configured to generate a computer graphics (CG) image based on the position and orientation measured by
the measurement unit;

a combining unit configured to combine the image for combining clipped by the clipping unit with the CG image generated by
the generation unit; and

a display control unit configured to display the image combined by the combining unit on a display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,355,293

CODE DETECTION AND DECODING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A computer implemented method of decoding a QR code having only two initially detected finder patterns, the detection corresponding
to determining the existence of the finder patterns in the QR code, the computer including at least a processor for executing
the method and an associated memory in which an image including the finder patterns is stored, said method comprising the
steps of:
(a) acquiring a pattern matching template based on characteristics of the detected finder patterns;
(b) determining at least one candidate region about the detected finder patterns, the candidate region being based at least
on the relative positions of the detected finder patterns in the QR code;

(c) locating a previously undetected third finder pattern of the QR code in the at least one candidate region by correlating
content of the candidate region with the pattern matching template; and

(d) decoding the QR code with each of the two initially detected finder patterns and the third finder pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,354,553

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a flexible container provided with a surface having an opening therein for permitting discharge of the developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening in a state in which said sealing member is bonded to a periphery of the opening in
said surface, wherein said sealing member is capable of exposing the opening by being removed in an unsealing direction; and

a reinforcing portion provided at the periphery of the opening and on said surface,
wherein a thickness of said flexible container and said reinforcing portion is thicker than that of a thickness of said flexible
container in a direction perpendicular to said surface, and

wherein said reinforcing portion is formed of the same material as a material for said flexible container.

US Pat. No. 9,349,328

BACKLIGHT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A backlight apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light sources; and
a control unit which drives the plurality of light sources at an identical driving frequency and which performs pulse-width
modulation control for a turned-on period and a turned-off period of each of the light sources, wherein:

the control unit is capable of setting a duty ratio between the turned-on period and the turned-off period for each of the
light sources and each of driving cycles;

the control unit sets the duty ratio, for at least two of the light sources respectively, so that a condition, in which one
cycle period composed of one turned-on period and one turned-off period is N times the driving cycle, wherein N is an integer
of not less than 1, is fulfilled, and the duty ratio is 0 or 1 in at least one driving cycle of N pieces of the driving cycles
for constructing the one cycle period if N is not less than 2; and

the control unit driving the frequency is a least common multiple of reciprocals of the one cycle periods of the plurality
of light sources, and determines the duty ratios of the respective light sources so that the light source, which has the one
cycle period shorter than that of the light source in which N is not less than 2, is in the turned-off period in at least
a partial period of the turned-on period of the light source in which N is not less than 2.

wherein the driving frequency is a least common multiple of reciprocals of the one cycle periods of the plurality of light
sources.

US Pat. No. 9,348,305

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A CARTRIDGE THAT INCLUDES AND IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge including at least an image bearing member, configured to be detachably mounted on an image forming apparatus;
a housing configured to house the cartridge;
an opening portion, provided on the housing, from which the cartridge is inserted toward the housing;
a contact portion configured to contact with a cover so as to slidably move the cartridge with respect to the cover in inserting
the cartridge that is provided with the cover to protect the image bearing member in the housing;

a positioning portion configured to determine, by contacting with the cartridge, a position of the cartridge relative to the
housing in a substantially orthogonal direction with respect to an inserting direction for inserting the cartridge into the
housing;

a biasing portion configured to bias the cartridge toward the positioning portion; and
a moving mechanism configured to move the biasing portion so that the biasing portion biases the cartridge according to the
motion of inserting the cartridge into the housing,

wherein the cartridge is separated from the positioning portion when the biasing portion biases the cartridge in a state that
the cover is in contact with the contact portion, and when the cover is removed from the contact portion, position of the
cartridge is set in the orthogonal direction of the contact portion by the cartridge contacting with the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,348,083

LIGHT GUIDING UNIT, AND LIGHT ILLUMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light guiding unit, which is to be used in an image reading apparatus configured to read an original, the light guiding
unit comprising:
a light guiding member comprising an incident surface, an exit surface that is elongated in a first direction, and a light
guiding surface opposed to the exit surface; and

a diffusion member opposed to the light guiding surface,
wherein light entering the light guiding member from the incident surface is guided via the light guiding surface and the
diffusion member to the exit surface, and exits from the exit surface to illuminate the original,

wherein the light guiding member further comprises a plurality of prisms arrayed in the first direction on the light guiding
surface on a side opposed to the diffusion member,

wherein each of the plurality of prisms has a rectangular shape in a first section including the first direction and being
perpendicular to the light guiding surface, and

wherein each of the plurality of prisms satisfies the following condition:
W tan(sin?1(1/n))?H?2W, where W represents a width of the each of the plurality of prisms in the first section, H represents a height of the each
of the plurality of prisms, and n represents a refractive index of the light guiding member.

US Pat. No. 9,342,005

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
a rotating member including a conductive layer;
a helical coil arranged inside the rotating member, a helical axis of the coil extending in a generatrix direction of the
rotating member; and

a magnetic member provided inside the coil, the magnetic member including a first magnetic member and a second magnetic member
that are aligned in a line in a direction along the generatrix direction,

wherein a magnetic field is formed by a current flowing in the coil
wherein the toner image is fixed on the recording material by heat which the conductive layer generates by electromagnetic
induction in the magnetic field,

wherein a protruded portion is provided on an end surface of the first magnetic member in the generatrix direction, and a
recessed portion is provided in an end surface of the second magnetic member in the generatrix direction, and

wherein the protruded portion and the recessed portion are disposed so as to oppose each other and overlap each other in the
generatrix direction.

US Pat. No. 9,342,010

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member;
a heater contacting said rotatable member, said heater including a substrate and a heat generating element provided on the
substrate;

a supporting member configured to support said heater; and
a heat-conductive member sandwiched between said heater and said supporting member, the heat-conductive member contacting
said heater,

wherein a recording material on which an image is formed is heated by heat from said heater via said rotatable member,
wherein said supporting member has an opposing region opposing said heat-conductive member, said opposing region including
a first region where said supporting member contacts said heat-conductive member and a second region where said supporting
member is recessed from said heat-conductive member relative to the first region,

wherein at least a part of the first region overlaps, with respect to a short direction of said heater, with a region, of
said heater, where the heat generating element is provided, when viewed in a longitudinal direction of said heater, and

wherein at least a part of the first region overlaps with the second region in the longitudinal direction of said heater,
when viewed in the short direction of said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,342,017

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR SAFETY LOAD SHUTDOWN AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power switch directly connected to a direct current line, configured to be operated manually in order to perform power source
shutdown, and generate an indication signal that indicates shutdown;

a first conversion unit configured to convert alternating current supplied by an alternating-current source into direct current,
and output the direct current independently of whether the power switch is in on or off;

a second conversion unit configured to convert alternating current supplied by the alternating-current source into direct
current to be supplied to a second load, without using the first conversion unit;

a third conversion unit configured to convert alternating current supplied by the alternating-current source into direct current
to be supplied to a first load, without using the first conversion unit;

a first cutoff unit configured to terminate an operation of the first load by cutting off a supply of alternating current
from the alternating-current source to the third conversion unit when the indication signal is input;

a control unit configured to run upon being supplied with a direct current voltage output by the first conversion unit, execute
shutdown processing for safely terminating an operation of the second load when the indication signal is input, and output
a termination signal for terminating the operation of the second conversion unit when shutdown processing with respect to
the second load is complete; and

a second cutoff unit configured to terminate the second load by cutting off a supply of alternating current from the alternating-current
source to the second conversion unit when the termination signal is input,

wherein the first cutoff unit is further configured to cut off the supply of alternating current from the alternating-current
source to the third conversion unit when one of the indication signal and the termination signal is input.

US Pat. No. 9,324,148

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha an...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a processor coupled to a memory for executing the steps of:
obtaining an image;
calculating a set of numerical values formed from degrees of contribution to an accuracy of approximation of the image using
an approximation polynomial, wherein the approximation polynomial provides an approximation relationship between a pixel position
of the image and an intensity value at the pixel position and is formed from a plurality of monomials, and wherein the degree
of contribution is calculated for each order by integrating the degree of contribution of same order monomials in the approximation
polynomial to the accuracy of approximation of the image using the approximation polynomial; and

outputting the set of the calculated numerical values as a feature value of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,325,969

IMAGE CAPTURE ENVIRONMENT CALIBRATION METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of calibrating an image capture environment for an image capturing unit, the method comprising:
an obtaining step of obtaining an image of a physical space captured by the image capturing unit;
a detecting step of detecting an index from the captured image of the physical space;
an estimation step of estimating a position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on the index detected in the
detecting step;

a presenting step of presenting a plurality of distinctive candidates for a target position and orientation of the image capturing
unit where the image of the physical space for calibrating the image capture environment is to be captured based on the estimated
position and orientation of the image capturing unit; and

a calibrating step of calibrating the image capture environment of the image capturing unit based on the image of the physical
space captured by the image capturing unit at the target position and orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,324,011

PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD FOR PROCESSING PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus, comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate print data that is based on a print job;
an identification unit configured to identify a preparation time necessary for preparing the print data to be generated by
the generation unit;

a prediction unit configured to predict a permitted time permitted until preparation of second print data to be printed after
first print data is printed is completed on the basis of a preparation time necessary for preparing the first print data;

a reception unit configured to receive a supply request for the print data when printing is to be carried out by a printing
unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether print data of a predetermined unit including the second print data generated
by the generation unit is to be stored in a print data storage unit, before a supply request for the print data is received,
on the basis of the preparation time of the second print data identified by the identification unit and the permitted time
of the second print data predicted by the prediction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,316,948

DEVELOPING APPARATUS WITH DISCHARGE REGULATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developing container for containing a developer comprising toner and carrier, said developing container including a first
chamber configured to accommodate the developer, a second chamber provided adjacent to said first chamber in a direction crossing
with a longitudinal direction of said first chamber and communicating with said first chamber to establish a circulation path
along which the developer circulates, a partition between said first chamber and said second chamber, a first communication
opening provided at one end portion side of said partition with respect to the longitudinal direction and configured to supply
the developer from said first chamber into said second chamber, and a second communication opening provided at the other end
portion side of said partition with respect to the longitudinal direction and configured to supply the developer from said
second chamber into said first chamber;

a first rotatable feeding member provided in said first chamber and configured to feed the developer, said first feeding member
including a rotatable shaft, a first helical blade portion provided around said rotatable shaft and configured to feed the
developer, and a second helical blade portion provided around the rotatable shaft at a position downstream of said first helical
blade portion with respect to a developer feeding direction of said first helical blade portion, said second helical blade
portion having a helix which is opposed to that of said first helical blade portion:

a second rotatable feeding member provided in said second chamber and configured to feed the developer;
a discharge opening provided downstream of said second helical blade portion with respect to the developer feeding direction
of said first helical blade portion and configured to permit discharge of the developer out of said developing container;
and

a disk portion provided on said rotatable shaft at a position between said first helical blade portion and said second helical
blade portion.

US Pat. No. 9,312,116

MASS DISTRIBUTION SPECTROMETRY METHOD AND MASS DISTRIBUTION SPECTROMETER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mass distribution spectrometry method including irradiating a sample with a primary ion beam and detecting a generated
secondary ion,
wherein the primary ion beam having a spread toward a direction perpendicular to a travelling direction is obliquely incident
on a surface of the sample after a path length of each primary ion contained in the primary ion beam is adjusted by deflecting
a trajectory between a primary ion source and the surface of the sample,

wherein the mass distribution spectrometry method is a projection type mass distribution spectrometry method, and
wherein path lengths of primary ions incident on arbitrary two points on the surface of the sample on which the primary ions
are incident are adjusted so that:

a difference of the path lengths of the primary ions incident on the two points becomes smaller than d*cos ?, when d is defined
as a distance in an incident direction of the ion beam between the arbitrary two points which have been projected on a horizontal
plane on the surface of the sample, and ? is defined as an incident angle of an ion which is incident on either one of the
points out of the two points.

US Pat. No. 9,307,903

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of moving images of a predetermined site in an eye area;
a specifying unit configured to specify a vascular region by using at least one moving image of the plurality of moving images;
and

a measuring unit configured to measure a blood cell aggregate size in a specific vascular branch in the specified vascular
region in each moving image of the plurality of moving images.

US Pat. No. 9,313,365

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing multi-valued data corresponding to an image to be recorded in a unit area
on a recording medium to record an image in the unit area during each of a plurality of relative scans of a recording head
across the unit area in a scanning direction, the recording head being configured to eject at least ink of a first color containing
a pigment and ink of a second color containing a pigment, in accordance with recording data that specifies ejection or non-ejection
of each of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color to each of a plurality of pixel areas each having a
plurality of pixels within the unit area, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information concerning gradation values in the multi-valued data, each of the gradation
values corresponding to one of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color; and

a quantization unit configured to quantize the multi-valued data to generate binary data that specifies, for each of the plurality
of pixels, ejection or non-ejection of each of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color to each of the plurality
of pixel areas, wherein

a dot formed by applying the ink of the second color to the recording medium a predetermined amount has a lower height than
a dot formed by applying the ink of the first color to the recording medium the predetermined amount, and

the quantization unit quantizes the multi-valued data corresponding to the ink of the second color so that an average of numbers
of adjacent pixels among pixels within the unit area for which ejection of the ink of the second color is specified by the
binary data in a case where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding to the ink of the second color, which
is acquired by the acquisition unit, is a first value and in a case where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding
to the ink of the first color, which is acquired by the acquisition unit, is a second value is larger than an average of numbers
of adjacent pixels among pixels for which ejection of the ink of the second color is specified by the binary data in a case
where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding to the ink of the second color, which is acquired by the
acquisition unit, is the first value and in a case where the gradation value in the multi-valued data corresponding to the
ink of the first color, which is acquired by the acquisition unit, is a third value higher than the second value.

US Pat. No. 9,304,428

FULL-COLOR IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming method, comprising:
forming a black image by forming an electrostatic latent image on an electrostatic image bearing member, and developing the
electrostatic latent image with a black toner; and

transferring the black image onto a transfer material,
wherein:
the black toner contains a binder resin and a colorant,
the colorant is contained in the black toner in an amount of from 8 parts by mass to 18 parts by mass based on 100 parts by
mass of the binder resin, and

the colorant is dispersed in the binder resin so that the black toner has a value (c*K) for c* based on a CIELAB color coordinate system of 20.0 or less, an absorbance (AK600) at a wavelength of 600 nm of 1.610 or more, and a ratio (AK600/AK460) of AK600 to an absorbance (AK460) at a wavelength of 460 nm of 0.970 to 1.035 in reflectance spectrophotometry, and

wherein, when a true density of the black toner is represented by ?TK and a toner amount upon development of image data represented by the CIELAB color coordinate system with L*=13.2, a*=1.3,
and b*=1.9 onto the transfer material is represented by M1K (mg/cm2), a coloring coefficient AK represented by the following expression is 3.0 to 12.0

AK=AK600/(M1K×?TK).

US Pat. No. 9,302,391

OBJECT GRIPPING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit adapted to obtain distance information of a region including a plurality of objects;
a first selection unit configured to select a plurality of holding candidate objects from the plurality of objects based on
the distance information;

a measurement unit adapted to measure three-dimensional position and orientation information of the selected plurality of
holding candidate objects based on the distance information;

a second selection unit adapted to select a holding target object from the plurality of holding candidate objects and select
one or more tracking target objects other than the selected holding target object from the plurality of holding candidate
objects, based on the three-dimensional position and orientation information measured by said measurement unit;

a controlling unit adapted to cause a holding unit to hold the holding target object; and
an updating unit adapted to update the three-dimensional position and orientation information of the tracking target objects
by obtaining a visible image including the tracking target objects at a predetermined time interval during holding of the
holding target object by said holding unit without obtaining distance information newly, wherein the update by said updating
unit is performed by a different method from the measurement by said measurement unit,

wherein when the holding by said holding unit has ended, said second selection unit selects a next holding target object based
on the three-dimensional position and orientation information of the tracking target objects updated by said updating unit,
wherein the updating unit updates the three-dimensional position and orientation information of the tracking target objects
so that a difference between a position in the visible image where registered model data of the tracking target objects is
projected to the position of the target tracking objects in the visible image decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,305,249

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR RASTERIZING SCAN LINE USING INTERMEDIATE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data of a page including one or more objects;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a block image data of a block part of the page, a width of the block part being less
than a width of the page, the block image data including a first scan line and a second scan line, wherein each of the first
and the second scan lines are formed by one or more closed regions, and each closed region is associated with information
indicating at least one of the one or more objects contributing to the closed region;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a first set of one or more closed regions forming the first scan line and
a second set of one or more closed regions forming the second scan line are identical, with respect to a number of closed
regions and the information of each closed region; and

a rasterizing unit configured to rasterize the first scan line using first intermediate data which is generated by analyzing
the second scan line and is used for rasterization of the second scan line if the first set and the second set are identical,
and to rasterize the first scan line using second intermediate data which is generated by analyzing the first scan line without
using the first intermediate data if the first set and the second set are not identical.

US Pat. No. 9,304,482

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE COMPONENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a drum cartridge including an image bearing member;
a developing cartridge including developing means for developing the image formed on said image bearing member;
a cartridge mounting member to which said drum cartridge and said developing cartridge are detachably mountable;
a transfer roller for transferring a visualized image provided by said developing means on said image bearing member, onto
the recording material fed along a feeding path; and

an opening and closing cover provided across the feeding path from said image bearing member,
wherein said transfer roller is mounted on said opening and closing cover,
wherein a path of removing said detachable developing cartridge is accessed by opening said opening and closing cover with
the path extending across the feeding path so as to permit said developing cartridge to pass through the feeding path without
removing said drum cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,300,889

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including a photoelectric conversion element configured to generate a charge, a floating diffusion unit configured
to store charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion element, and an amplifying transistor configured to output a
signal based on a potential of the floating diffusion unit;

an amplifier circuit configured to amplify the signal output from the amplifying transistor at a predetermined gain;
an AD converting unit; and
a correcting unit, wherein
the amplifying transistor outputs a first signal based on a voltage of the floating diffusion unit which is reset,
the AD converting unit compares a first output signal outputted from the amplifier circuit based on the first signal with
a reference signal which changes with time, to output a first digital value AD converted from the first output signal,

the amplifying transistor outputs a second signal based on a voltage of the floating diffusion unit to which the charge is
transferred,

the amplifier circuit is set at a first gain when a second output outputted from the amplifier circuit based on the second
signal is larger than a threshold,

the amplifier circuit is set at a second gain larger than the first gain when the second output outputted from the amplifier
circuit based on the second signal is smaller than the threshold,

after setting the amplifier circuit at the first or second gain the
AD converting unit compares a third output signal outputted from the amplifier circuit based on the second signal with a reference
signal which changes with time, so as to output a second digital value AD converted from the third output signal, and

the correcting unit performs a correction of at least one of the first and second digital values when an analog signal quantity
of the first digital value corresponding to one bit is different from an analog signal quantity of the second digital value
corresponding to one bit, so as to reduce a difference between the analog signal quantities of the first and second digital
values corresponding to the one bit.

US Pat. No. 9,298,128

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member capable of bearing a developer image that is formed by supplying a developer to a latent image formed
on a surface thereof;

a developer carrying member that is provided to be capable of rotating while carrying the developer, and that supplies the
developer to the image bearing member by contacting the image bearing member;

a regulating member that regulates a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member; and
a voltage applying device for applying a voltage to the developer carrying member,
wherein the developer carrying member includes a conductive base layer and a surface layer covering the base layer, and
when a volume resistance of the surface layer is ?c, a film thickness of the surface layer is dc, and a relative dielectric constant of the surface layer is ?c,

a surface charge density of an individual toner particle surface of the developer on the developer carrying member, the layer
thickness of the developer having been regulated by the regulating member, is q/s, a relative dielectric constant of an entire
layer of the developer is ?t, and the layer thickness of the developer is dt,

a potential of the surface of the image bearing member in a contact region with the developer carrying member is V, and
a time required for the developer to pass through the contact region after entering the contact region as the developer carrying
member rotates is T,


 and
are satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,298,132

DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A supplying apparatus comprising:
a supply container detachably mountable to a main assembly of an apparatus and configured to supply a developer, said supply
container including an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer, a discharge opening configured to discharge
the developer out of said accommodating portion, and an expansion-and-contraction portion having a variable inside volume,
wherein the developer is supplied from said supply container through said discharge opening using an inside pressure variation
of said supply container caused by expansion and contraction of said expansion-and-contraction portion;

a receiving portion configured to receive the developer supplied from said supply container and to form a feeding path along
which the developer is fed; and

a decomposing member non-rotatably fixed at a position opposing, in a vertical direction, said discharge opening in said receiving
portion and configured to collide with falling developer through said discharge opening to decompose the developer.

US Pat. No. 9,300,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a registration unit configured to register a first application and a second application corresponding to a port for an encrypted
communication, the first application being associated with a transfer application for redirection corresponding to a port
for an unencrypted communication and the second application being not registered in association with the transfer application;

a first processing unit configured to process data by executing the first application when a request for the first application
is transmitted from an external apparatus via a network to the port for the encrypted communication;

a second processing unit configured to process data by executing the second application when a request for the second application
is transmitted from an external apparatus via the network to the port for the encrypted communication;

a redirection unit configured to, when a request for the first application is transmitted from an external apparatus via the
network to the port for the unencrypted communication, redirect the request transmitted to the first application by executing
the transfer application; and

an error notification unit configured to, when a request for the second application is transmitted from an external apparatus
via the network to the port for the unencrypted communication, notify an error message to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,295,382

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A control method for an ophthalmic apparatus comprising an acquisition unit, a displacement acquisition unit, and a display
control unit, the method comprising:
an acquisition step of causing the acquisition unit to acquire a fundus image of an eye to be examined;
a displacement acquisition step of causing the displacement acquisition unit to acquire a displacement of an imaging position
by the acquisition unit between fundus images acquired in the acquisition step; and

a display control step of causing the display control unit to cause a display unit to display the fundus image acquired in
the acquisition step and a region of interest, with the region of interest being displayed at a predetermined position on
the fundus image, by moving the region of interest on the display unit based on the displacement acquired in the displacement
acquisition step,

wherein in the display control step, the display control unit moves the region of interest on the display unit based on the
displacement acquired in the displacement acquisition step in a case where an indication indicating an arbitrary position
of the display unit is located on a region on the display unit other than the region of interest, and stops the movement of
the region of interest in a case where the indication is located on the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,299,739

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, each including a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements on which light
condensed by a single microlens is incident,

wherein each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity
type that collects signal carriers,

wherein the first semiconductor regions included in photoelectric conversion elements that are included in each of the photoelectric
conversion units and that are arranged adjacent to each other sandwich a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity
type, and

wherein an impurity concentration of the second semiconductor region is lower than an impurity concentration of a region between
each of the first semiconductor regions and an overflow drain region of the first conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 9,300,788

APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which accepts a connection of a telephone and connects to a telephone line, the apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control ringer impedance of the telephone line to be compliant with a standard;
a detecting unit configured to detect a ringing signal received from the telephone line;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the telephone captures the telephone line;
a suppression unit configured to disable the ringer impedance control by the controller until the detecting unit detects the
ringing signal; and

a cancelling unit configured to cancel a disablement of the ringer impedance control,
wherein the cancelling unit cancels the disablement of the ringer impedance control in a case where the detecting unit detects
the ringing signal, and

wherein the suppression unit disables the ringer impedance control by the controller in a case where the determining unit
determines that the telephone captures the telephone line after the detecting unit detects the ringing signal and the cancelling
unit cancels the disablement of the ringer impedance control.

US Pat. No. 9,297,990

CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A confocal microscope comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to uniformly illuminate at least part of a first confocal stop;
a first collection optical system configured to collect a light beam passing through the first confocal stop onto a specimen;
a second collection optical system configured to collect a light beam from the specimen onto a second confocal stop;
a detection unit configured to detect a light beam passing through the second confocal stop;
a first light intensity control member provided to at least one of the first collection optical system and the second collection
optical system and having a transmittance of a first region including an optical axis that is lower than a transmittance of
a second region around the first region; and

a second light intensity control member provided to the illumination optical system and having a transmittance of a third
region including the optical axis that is lower than a transmittance of a fourth region around the third region.

US Pat. No. 9,299,018

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SECURE PRINT FUNCTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store print jobs including a first print job requiring input of a password after a print instruction
therefor and a second print job in which it is unnecessary to input a password after the print instruction therefor; and

at least one processor configured to,
in a case where the image forming apparatus is in a function-based authentication mode and is set to require user authentication
for using a print function of operating the print jobs, authenticate a user based on selection of the print function and allow
the authenticated user to perform the print instruction for the print jobs including the first print job and the second print
job of the authenticated user, and

wherein, in a case where the image forming apparatus is in the function-based authentication mode and is set to permit using
the print function without the user authentication, said processor allows any user to perform the print instruction for the
print jobs except the second print job.

US Pat. No. 9,300,816

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a calibration execution control unit configured to control execution of monochromatic calibration in which monochromatic correction
data for correcting a monochromatic image formed, on a paper type registered as paper to be used for the monochromatic calibration,
by the image forming unit using one type of toner, so as to conform the monochromatic image to a target value corresponding
to the paper type registered as paper to be used for the monochromatic calibration is generated, and to control execution
of multi-color calibration in which multi-color correction data for correcting a multi-color image formed, on a paper type
registered as paper to be used for the multi-color calibration, by the image forming unit using a plurality of types of toners,
so as to conform the multi-color image to a target value corresponding to the paper type registered as paper to be used for
the multi-color calibration is generated; and

a control unit configured to, if an instruction for the execution of the monochromatic calibration and the multi-color calibration
in an order is received, perform control to execute the multi-color calibration after the execution of the monochromatic calibration
in this order according to the instruction, in a case where a common paper type among the paper type registered as paper to
be used for the monochromatic calibration and the paper type registered as paper to be used for the multi-color calibration
is selected as paper to be used in the execution of the monochromatic calibration and the multi-color calibration in an order.

US Pat. No. 9,292,188

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a touch panel, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a display configured to display a plurality of items, wherein at least some of the plurality of items include data about a
data transmission address; and

a display control unit configured to cause the plurality of items, displayed on the display, to be scroll-displayed in response
to receiving communication regarding a flick operation performed on the touch panel or a drag operation performed on the touch
panel,

wherein, in response to receiving communication regarding the flick operation being performed, the display control unit causes
an item that satisfies a specific condition to be displayed in a form different from that of a displayed other item while
the displayed plurality of items is scroll-displayed,

wherein, in response to receiving communication regarding the drag operation being performed, the display control unit refrains
from causing the item satisfying the specific condition to be displayed in the form different from that of the displayed other
item while the displayed plurality of items is scroll-displayed,

wherein the specific condition is that a data transmission address is used a predetermined number of times during a predetermined
period, and

wherein, depending on a detected scroll speed, the display control unit is configured to determine an enlargement for displaying
the item satisfying the specific condition.

US Pat. No. 9,291,958

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS, HEATER AND BELT REPLACING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet in a nip;
a heater configured to heat said belt, said heater being cooperative with said belt to form a sliding portion between an inner
surface of said belt and said heater;

a rotatable member cooperative with said heater to sandwich said belt to form said nip between an outer peripheral surface
of said belt and said rotatable member;

a detecting member provided on a surface of said heater relatively remoter from said sliding portion than said heater and
configured to detect the temperature of said heater;

a controller configured to control the timing of feeding the sheet to said nip on the basis of an output of said detecting
member; and

lubricant provided in at least a part of said sliding portion except for a range which is in opposing relation with said detecting
member, wherein said sliding portion is free of the lubricant in the range.

US Pat. No. 9,291,994

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a first cartridge constituent member;
a second cartridge constituent member;
a memory for storing information on said cartridge;
a color display member for displaying color information of developer accommodated in said cartridge;
a first supporting portion that is provided on either one of said first and second cartridge constituent members, wherein
said first supporting portion is provided with a slit for permitting insertion of said memory;

a second supporting portion that is provided on either one of said first and second cartridge constituent members, wherein
said second supporting portion is provided with a slit for permitting insertion of said color display member;

a first preventing portion that is provided on either one of said first and second cartridge constituent members; and
a second preventing portion that are provided on either one of said first and second cartridge constituent members;
wherein, when said first and second cartridge constituent members are assembled with each other, said first preventing portion
prevents movement of said memory inserted in said first supporting portion, and said second preventing portion prevents movement
of said color display member inserted in said second supporting portion; and

wherein said first and second supporting portions are disposed on different planes in height, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,292,770

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a gradation object;
a rendering unit configured to render the input gradation object to obtain a rectangular bitmap including the rendered gradation
object;

a generation unit configured to generate a command for extracting pixels corresponding to the rendered gradation object out
of the obtained rectangular bitmap; and

a send unit configured to send the obtained rectangular bitmap and the command for extracting the pixels out of the obtained
rectangular bitmap,

wherein the command includes (1) XOR process between the obtained rectangular bitmap and a white rectangular bitmap, (2) AND
process between a result of the XOR process and position information for indicating positions of the rendered gradation object,
and (3) XOR process between the obtained rectangular bitmap and a result of the AND process.

US Pat. No. 9,293,085

PIXEL CIRCUIT WHICH CORRECTS VARIATIONS IN THRESHOLD VOLTAGE FOR A DRIVING TRANSISTOR AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. A driving method of a pixel circuit, wherein the pixel circuit includes: a data line for supplying a data voltage; a power
source line for supplying a power source voltage; a reference voltage line for supplying a reference voltage lower than the
power source voltage; a light emitting element having a cathode electrode connected to a constant potential; a driving transistor
having a source electrode connected to an anode electrode of the light emitting element; and a capacitor of which one end
is connected to a gate electrode of the driving transistor,
the driving method comprising:
a first step of setting the one end of the capacitor at the power source voltage, and setting the other end of the capacitor
and the anode of the light emitting element at the reference voltage;

a second step of setting, in addition to the setting in the first step, the other end of the capacitor at the data voltage,
setting a voltage difference between gate and source electrodes of the driving transistor at a threshold voltage of the driving
transistor, and holding, in the capacitor, a voltage difference between the data voltage and a voltage of the gate electrode
of the driving transistor; and

a third step of setting the drain electrode of the driving transistor at the power source voltage while maintain the voltage
difference held in the capacitor in the second step, and setting a voltage difference between the gate electrode of the driving
transistor and the anode electrode of the light emitting element at the voltage difference held in the capacitor in the second
step,

wherein the first, second and third steps are performed in this order.

US Pat. No. 9,283,720

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for transferring a pattern formed on a mold to an imprint material supplied to a substrate, the apparatus
comprising a detection apparatus configured to detect light diffracted by diffraction gratings formed on the mold and the
substrate,
wherein the detection apparatus comprises
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a first diffraction grating having periods in each of a first direction
and a second direction different from the first direction, and a second diffraction grating having a period different from
the period in the second direction of the first diffraction grating in the second direction, at an oblique incidence; and

a detection optical system configured to detect diffracted light from the first diffraction grating and the second diffraction
grating,

wherein the illumination optical system includes a first pole and a second pole which is in opposite side of the first pole
with respect to an optical axis on a pupil plane thereof, and

wherein the detection optical system detects the light diffracted by the first diffraction grating and the second diffraction
grating by illuminating the first diffraction grating and the second diffraction grating with the light from the first pole
and the second pole at an oblique incidence in the first direction radiated from the illumination optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,286,836

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method for applying color conversion to an input image and outputting the image to which the color
conversion is applied, the image processing having a plurality of steps, the method comprising the steps, of: acquiring profile
information concerning display characteristics of a display apparatus including a backlight unit, a control unit configured
to control a light emission amount of the backlight unit, and a display panel configured to modulate light from the backlight
unit, wherein the display characteristics are changed according to the light emission amount of the backlight unit;
color converting the input image into an image in a color space of the display apparatus using the acquired profile information
acquired in the acquiring step;

outputting the image subjected to the color conversion in the color converting step; and reading out, from a storing unit,
first profile information concerning display characteristics of the display apparatus corresponding to a first light emission
amount of the backlight unit and second profile information concerning display characteristics of the display apparatus corresponding
to a second light emission amount different from the first light emission amount, and generating, using the first profile
information and the second profile information, third profile information concerning display characteristics of the display
apparatus corresponding to a light emission amount determined on the basis of the input image,

wherein in the acquiring step, the third profile information generated in the generating step is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,285,697

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner having toner particle containing a crystalline polyester resin A, an amorphous resin B and a colorant, wherein
(1) the crystalline polyester resin A is a resin that has a crystal nucleating agent segment (D) on the end of a polyester
molecular chain (C),

(2) the amorphous resin (B) is a hybrid resin in which a polyester unit (E) and a vinyl polymer unit (F) are chemically bonded,
and

(3) when the SP value of the polyester molecular chain (C) is defined as Sc ((cal/cm3)1/2), the SP value of the crystal nucleating agent segment (D) is defined as Sd ((cal/cm3)1/2), the SP value of the polyester unit (E) is defined as Se ((cal/cm3)1/2), and the SP value of the vinyl polymer unit (F) is defined as Sf ((cal/cm3)1/2), then the Sc, the Sd, the Se and the Sf satisfy the following expressions 1 to 3.

|Sd?Sf|<|Sd?Se|  (Expression 1)

|Sd?Sf|?1.00  (Expression 2)

|Sc?Se|<|Sc?Sf|  (Expression 3).

US Pat. No. 9,285,726

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RECORDING MATERIAL SEPARATION FEATURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member configured to carry a toner image;
a transfer member configured to contact said image bearing member to form a transfer nip, said transfer member being capable
of electrostatically transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording material using an electric
field applied to said transfer member;

an electroconductive member provided adjacent to a downstream side of said transfer member with respect to a feeding direction
of the recording material and opposed to a transfer member side surface of the recording material, said electroconductive
member being configured to apply an electrostatic attraction force to the recording material;

a fixing unit provided downstream of said transfer member with respect to the feeding direction and configured to fix the
toner image on the recording material having the transferred toner image fed into a fixing nip;

a first current path provided between fixing nip and a ground potential;
a feeding unit provided downstream of said fixing unit with respect to the feeding direction and configured to feed the recording
material while nipping by a feeding nip;

a guiding member disposed at a position which is downstream of said feeding unit and in which a downstream side of the recording
material contacts said guiding member when the recording material is nipped at the transfer nip to which the electric field
is applied, with respect to the feeding direction, said guiding member being configured to guide the feeding of the recording
material passing through the transfer nip; and

a second current path provided between the feeding nip and the ground potential, said second current path having an electric
resistance which is lower than that of said first current path.

US Pat. No. 9,279,997

VIBRATION CORRECTING DEVICE, LENS BARREL, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration correcting device comprising:
a lens unit having an optical axis;
a movable member holding the lens unit, which makes said lens unit movable for image stabilizing;
a fixed member limiting the movement of the movable member in the optical axis direction;
a ball disposed between the movable member and fixed member, which can roll between the movable member and fixed member and
make relative movements of the movable member and fixed member possible; and

a limiting portion containing the ball,
wherein a position of the limiting portion in a driving direction of the movable member is set so that the ball does not contact
the limiting portion even when the ball rolls from the center of the limiting portion by half of a maximum movement amount
of the movable member, the maximum movement amount being (a) the maximum movement amount when the movable member is mechanically
moved or (b) the maximum movement amount when the movable member is moved to correct an image vibration.

US Pat. No. 9,280,047

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus configured to mold an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, and to form a pattern on the substrate,
the imprint apparatus comprising:
a mold holding unit configured to hold the mold, which includes a surface including a pattern area;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a difference in shape between a shape of the pattern area and a shape of a
shot region already formed on the substrate; and

a control unit configured to control at least one of the mold holding unit and the substrate holding unit to adjust a spacing
between the mold and the substrate, in a state where the pattern area and the imprint material are in contact with each other,
based on the difference in shape acquired by the first acquisition unit, so as to reduce the difference in shape between the
shape of the pattern area and the shape of the shot region.

US Pat. No. 9,280,048

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 mold are in contact with each other,
the mold including a porous portion having a portion forming a side surface of the mold, and
the imprint apparatus comprising:
a chuck configured to hold the mold; and
a suction portion configured to communicate only with the porous portion on the side surface of the mold and to draw a gas
only from the side surface of the mold by suction, so that the gas is drawn via the porous portion from a concave portion
of a pattern formed in a pattern portion of the mold which is in contact with the resin, to accelerate filling of the concave
portion with the resin.

US Pat. No. 9,280,050

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DEVICE FABRICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a mask using light from a light source;
a projection optical system configured to irradiate the substrate with light from a pattern on the mask;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust an oxygen concentration in a space between the projection optical system and the substrate;
a measuring unit configured to measure an illuminance of light applied to the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control the measuring unit so as to measure illuminances of light applied to the substrate a
plurality of times during irradiation of the substrate with light from the projection optical system, configured to calculate,
based on the illuminance measured on a first time of the plurality of times, an oxygen concentration value corresponding to
the measured illuminance on the first time and calculate, based on the illuminance measured on a second time of the plurality
of times, an oxygen concentration value corresponding to the measured illuminance on the second time and configured to control
the adjustment unit so as to set the oxygen concentration in the space to the calculated oxygen concentration value on the
first time and the second time.

US Pat. No. 9,280,086

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER SUPPLYING OPERATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing an electrostatic latent image;
a developing container for containing a developer;
a developer carrying member, including a first electrode member, for carrying the developer contained in said developing container
to develop the electrostatic latent image;

a developer supplying member, including a second electrode member and a foam layer provided around the second electrode member,
for supplying the developer contained in said developing container to said developer carrying member by rotation in contact
with said developer carrying member;

a supplying device for performing a supplying operation for supplying the developer to said foam layer on the basis of a toner
content in said developer supplying member, with the toner content obtained by using a print ratio of an image to be formed;
and

a detecting device for detecting an amount of the developer contained in said developing container by detecting electrostatic
capacity between the first electrode member and the second electrode member after the supplying operation by said supplying
device,

wherein the supplying operation is performed if the toner content is less than a predetermined content, and
wherein when the toner content is a present toner content, the present toner content is obtained by a previous toner content
and a present print ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,281,660

SURFACE EMITTING LASER, SURFACE-EMITTING-LASER ARRAY, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser configured to oscillate at a wavelength ?, comprising:
a substrate;
a multilayer structure provided on the substrate and in which layers including a rear mirror, an active layer, and a front
minor are stacked;

a first stepped structure provided over a front surface of the front mirror and including a first portion extending in a first
area defined in a central part of an emission area and a second portion extending in a second area defined on the outer side
of the first area within the emission area, the first and second portions having different heights; and

a second stepped structure provided between the first stepped structure and the front mirror, and including a third portion
extending in a third area defined in the central part of the emission area and a fourth portion extending in a fourth area
defined on the outer side of the third area,

wherein, in terms of an optical path length from a plane defined on the outside of the surface emitting laser and extending
perpendicular to a stacking direction of the multilayer structure to the front surface of the front mirror, a difference L
between the optical path length in the first area and the optical path length in the second area satisfies the following expression:

(¼+N)?<|L|<(¾+N)?

where N is an integer,
wherein a refractive index of a material forming the second stepped structure is different from a refractive index of a material
forming the first stepped structure, and

wherein a reflectance of a structure, including the front minor, the first stepped structure and the second stepped structure,
is higher in a portion corresponding to the third area than in a portion corresponding to the fourth area.

US Pat. No. 9,280,137

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPMENT CONTRAST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a development device which contains toner and develops a latent image on the image bearing member as a toner image;
an acquisition portion that acquires information about a residual amount of toner contained in the development device;
a main body humidity sensor which detects information about atmosphere humidity of a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a main body temperature sensor which detects information about temperature of the main body of the image forming apparatus;
a calculating portion which calculates toner humidity information regarding a humidity of the toner in the development device
based on detected information from the main body humidity sensor and the main body temperature sensor and time information
for the detections; and

a controlling portion which controls a developing contrast based on the toner humidity information calculated by the calculating
portion,

wherein the calculating portion calculates the toner humidity information based on last-calculated toner humidity information
calculated by the calculating portion, time information regarding the last-calculated toner humidity information, humidity
information currently obtained from detected information from the main body humidity sensor and the main body temperature
sensor, time information regarding the humidity information currently detected and a time constant set based on the residual
amount of the toner, and

wherein in a case that the residual amount of the toner is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, the controlling
portion sets the time constant at a first time constant, and in a case that the residual amount of the toner is less than
the predetermined value, the controlling portion sets the time constant at a second time constant which is less than the first
time constant.

US Pat. No. 9,282,248

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS HAVING TOUCH PANEL FUNCTION, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a touch panel configured to detect at least a touch at one point on a display screen of a display unit; and
a processor configured to control displaying of the display unit so that:
when said touch panel detects a touch at one point, and thereafter does not detect touches at a plurality of points until
the touch at one point is no longer detected, a display object displayed on the display screen is scrolled after the touch
at one point leaves the display screen in response to the touch at one point leaving the display screen while moving on the
display screen regardless of whether the touch at one point satisfies a predetermined condition;

when said touch panel detects touches at a plurality of points, and thereafter detects a touch at only one point, the display
object is scrolled in response to moving of a touch position of the touch at one point while the touch at one point is continuously
detected regardless of whether the touch at one point satisfies the predetermined condition;

when said touch panel detects touches at a plurality of points, and thereafter detects a touch at only one point, and when
the touch at one point satisfies the predetermined condition, and thereafter, the touch at one point leaves the display screen
while moving on the display screen, the display object is scrolled after the touch at one point leaves the display screen;
and

when said touch panel detects touches at a plurality of points, and thereafter detects a touch at only one point, and when
the touch at one point leaves the display screen without satisfying the predetermined condition, the display object is not
scrolled after the touch at one point leaves the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,277,621

LIGHT EMITTING SYSTEM, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emitting system in which a light emission control apparatus, that is communicable with an image capture apparatus,
and transmits a light emission command to at least one other light emitting apparatus, wirelessly communicates with at least
one controlled light emitting apparatus that emits light in response to a light emission command from another apparatus,
the controlled light emitting apparatus comprising:
a first transmission unit which wirelessly transmits predetermined state information about a predetermined state of the controlled
light emitting apparatus itself to the light emission control apparatus; and

the light emission control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit which receives the predetermined state information from the controlled light emitting apparatus,
an informing unit which informs the image capture apparatus that a predetermined operation is complete,
a second transmission unit which transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatus, a signal to stop transmitting the
predetermined state information, and

a third transmission unit which transmits a light emission command to the controlled light emitting apparatus in response
to an instruction from the image capture apparatus,

a fourth transmission unit which transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatus, an instruction to start transmitting
the predetermined state information, and

a detection unit which detects a change in number of controlled light emitting apparatuses that are communicating with the
light emission control apparatus,

wherein if the receiving unit receives, from all controlled light emitting apparatuses, the predetermined state information
indicating that a predetermined operation is complete, the informing unit informs that the predetermined operation is complete,
and the second transmission unit transmits the signal to stop transmitting the predetermined state information, and

wherein upon detecting the change in number of controlled light emitting apparatuses by the detection unit after the second
transmission unit transmits the signal, the fourth transmission unit transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatuses,
the instruction to restart transmitting the predetermined state information.

US Pat. No. 9,274,728

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for causing a printing apparatus to print on continuous paper each of a plurality of image portions
obtained by dividing an image to be printed, the print control apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine a dividing line of the image to be printed such that a short-side direction of
the image to be printed is divided by a length corresponding to a width direction of the continuous paper;

a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display the image to be printed so as to indicate the dividing
line of the image to be printed determined by the determination unit;

an accepting unit configured to accept a command to scale or move the image to be printed in the display by the display control
unit while the display control unit performs displaying; and

a print control unit configured to cause the printing apparatus to print on the continuous paper the plurality of image portions
obtained by dividing the image to be printed along the dividing line based on the dividing line determined by scaling or moving
which is executed based on the command accepted by the accepting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member, provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member, configured to
transfer the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element, electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential, configured
to maintain a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a power source configured to form, by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the constant-voltage
element, both of a secondary-transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer electric field
at the primary-transfer position;

a detecting portion configured to detect the current passing through the transfer member;
an executing portion configured to execute a test mode in which when no recording material exists at the secondary-transfer
position, a test voltage is applied to the transfer member by the power source to detect the current by the detecting portion;
and

a controller configured to control, on the basis of the current detected by the detecting portion in the test mode, a voltage
to be applied to the transfer member by the power source when the recording material exists at the secondary-transfer position,

wherein the controller controls the test voltage applied by the power source so that the constant-voltage element maintains
the predetermined voltage in at least an overlapping period where a period of the test mode and a period in which the toner
image to be transferred at the primary-transfer position overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,274,490

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a transformer that includes a primary winding, a secondary winding and an auxiliary winding;
a switching unit that includes first and second switching elements that are connected in series, and drives the primary winding;
a resonance capacitor that is connected to one end of the primary winding;
a control device that controls the first switching element and the second switching element to be alternately turned on and
off, for resonating the primary winding and the resonance capacitor to output a DC voltage to a load connected to the secondary
winding;

a detection unit that detects current flowing through the primary winding and outputs a voltage corresponding to the detected
current;

a correction unit that corrects the voltage output from the detection unit into a voltage proportional to a variation of an
input voltage input into the primary winding of the transformer; and

a nonlinear correction unit that corrects the corrected voltage corrected by the correction unit to be nonlinear independently
of variation in the input voltage,

wherein the control device detects that the power supply apparatus is in an overcurrent state, based on the corrected voltage
by the nonlinear correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,370

LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, BACKLIGHT DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a first planar member in which a plurality of light sources are placed;
a second planar member which is provided approximately in parallel to the first planar member and which is irradiated with
light from the plurality of light sources; and

a first reflecting member which is provided on an inner side of a polygon defined by the plurality of light sources of the
first planar member as vertices thereof, and which reflects light beams from the respective light sources to the second planar
member, wherein

a shape of the first reflecting member satisfies at least one of:
a first condition under which the shape is a polygonal pyramid, the bottom surface of which is approximately parallel to the
first planar member, and a diffusion distance which is a distance between the first planar member and the second planar member
is in a range of 0.8 and 1.3 when a length of each side of a polygon of the bottom surface of the polygonal pyramid is 1;
and

a second condition under which the shape is a polygonal pyramid, the bottom surface of which is approximately parallel to
the first planar member, and an angle between a side surface of the polygonal pyramid and the bottom surface is in a range
of 40 degree and 60 degree.

US Pat. No. 9,271,001

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image coding apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory;
wherein the processor performs prediction for an input image stored in the memory to generate prediction errors;
wherein the processor performs orthogonal transform to the prediction errors to generate transform coefficients;
wherein the processor quantizes the transform coefficients using a quantization matrix to generate quantization coefficients;
wherein the processor codes a difference value between a first coefficient and a second coefficient, the first coefficient
and the second coefficient are two of a plurality of coefficients in the quantization matrix;

wherein the processor codes the difference value into a code with less number of bits in case where the difference value is
a positive value than a number of bits in case where the difference value has the same absolute value as the absolute value
of the positive value while the difference value is a negative value; and

wherein the processor stores the difference value using the code in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,266,692

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE DRIVE ROLLER AND MOVABLE PINCH ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus comprising:
a first pair of rollers which has a drive roller and a pinch roller, and conveys a sheet in a conveying direction;
an arm which supports the drive roller and which swings coaxially with a rotating shaft rotated by drive from a drive source;
a second pair of rollers which is positioned downstream of the first pair of rollers in the conveying direction and which
conveys the sheet conveyed by the first pair of rollers; and

a mechanism which is adapted to reduce a force for sandwiching the sheet by the first pair of rollers,
wherein the mechanism includes a transmitting unit which transmits the rotation of the rotating shaft to the drive roller
so as to rotate the drive roller such that the sheet is conveyed in the conveying direction in the case where the rotating
shaft rotates in the same direction as the swing direction of the arm at the time the arm swings to press the drive roller
against the pinch roller, and a clutch that cuts off a rotational force transmitted from the drive source to the rotating
shaft, and

wherein after a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the first pair of rollers is stopped by the second pair of rollers,
the second pair of rollers starts conveying the sheet, and the mechanism works while the sheet is conveyed by the second pair
of rollers.

US Pat. No. 9,267,820

TWO-DIMENSIONAL ABSOLUTE ENCODER AND SCALE WITH MARKS EACH HAVING ONE OF A PLURALITY OF DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTIC VALUES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A two-dimensional absolute encoder comprising:
a scale having a plurality of marks arranged thereon along a first direction and a second direction different from each other;
a detector configured to perform first detection that detects a first number of marks arranged in the first direction and
second detection that detects a second number of marks arranged in the second direction; and

a processor configured to obtain absolute positions of the scale in the first direction and the second direction based on
outputs from the detector,

wherein each of the plurality of marks has one of a plurality of different characteristic values each corresponding to a combination
of a quantized first code for indicating a position in the first direction and a quantized second code for indicating a position
in the second direction, a number of the plurality of different characteristic values being smaller than a number of the combinations;
and

the processor is configured to generate a first code sequence including the first number of the first codes based on a result
of the first detection, obtain an absolute position of the scale in the first direction based on the first code sequence,
generate a second code sequence including the second number of the second codes based on a result of the second detection,
and obtain an absolute position of the scale in the second direction based on the second code sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,271,224

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit;
a processing unit configured to execute communication-parameter sharing processing for transmission of a communication parameter
directly to a receiving apparatus from a providing apparatus, wherein the communication-parameter sharing processing is started
in response to a user instruction;

a determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the communication apparatus is executing the communication-parameter
sharing processing as the providing apparatus, whether there exists another apparatus that has executed the communication-parameter
sharing processing; and

a cancel unit configured to cancel, in a case where there are plural apparatuses that are executing the communication-parameter
sharing processing and the communication apparatus is operating as the providing apparatus, the execution of the communication-parameter
sharing processing by the processing unit as an error,

wherein at least one of the processing unit, the determining unit, and the cancel unit is implemented by the central processing
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,264,642

IMAGING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGING DEVICE FOR GENERATING AND CONVERTING SIGNALS BASED ON PHOTOELECTRIC AND NOISE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging device comprising an analog signal output unit and an analog-digital conversion unit,
the analog signal output unit including a pixel,
the pixel having a photoelectric conversion unit,
the analog signal output unit outputting
a first signal that is a noise signal in the analog signal output unit,
a second signal based on signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, and
a third signal based on signal charge obtained by adding other signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit
to the signal charge,

the analog-digital conversion unit converting each of the first, second, and third signals into a digital signal,
the analog-digital conversion unit including a signal holding unit that holds the digital signal converted from the first
signal,

wherein the analog-digital conversion unit generates a first difference signal between the digital signal converted from the
second signal and the digital signal converted from the first signal, and a second difference signal between the digital signal
converted from the third signal and the digital signal converted from the first signal, and

wherein the digital signal converted from the first signal, held in the signal holding unit, is commonly used in both generating
the first difference signal and generating the second difference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,261,807

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN DIFFERENT COLORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that has a first image forming part configured to form a first image in a first color and a second image
forming part configured to form a second image in a second color different from the first color, and configured to form an
image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;

a housing unit configured to house a recording material;
an image bearing member configured to bear the image, and to convey the image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image borne by the bearing member to the recording material;
an obtaining unit that has a sensor which measures a measurement image including a first measurement image and a second measurement
image formed by the image forming unit on the image bearing member, and configured to obtain information related to a relative
position of the first measurement image and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image bearing member
based on a measurement result of the measurement image by the sensor, the first measurement image and the second measurement
image being formed by the first image forming part and the second image forming part, respectively;

a generation unit configured to generate correlation data based on first information which is a result obtained by the obtaining
unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a first image forming speed and on second information which
is a result obtained by the obtaining unit with respect to the measurement image in correspondence with a second image forming
speed, the correlation data indicating a relationship between a relative position of the first measurement image and the second
measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the first image forming speed and a relative position of the
first measurement image and the second measurement image in the conveyance direction corresponding to the second image forming
speed;

a controller configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms an image at the second image forming speed, correct
a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information obtained
in advance by the obtaining unit and on the correlation data generated by the generation unit; and

a prohibition unit configured to prohibit formation of the measurement image at the second image forming speed in a case where
the housing unit does not house a predetermined recording material corresponding to the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 9,261,813

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING ALIGNED REGULATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member provided in a rotatable manner so as to face an image bearing member on which a latent image is
formed, and configured to carry developer including toner and magnetic carrier so as to develop the latent image;

a regulating member configured to regulate the developer carried on the developer carrying member, the regulating member having
a distal end portion facing the developer carrying member, with the distal end portion being positioned below a rotation center
of the developer carrying member in a gravity direction;

a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer carrying member;
a second chamber provided adjacent to the first chamber, and configured to collect the developer directly from the developer
carrying member;

a partition wall separating the first chamber and the second chamber, with the developer being circulated between the first
chamber and the second chamber through openings formed in both end portions of the partition wall;

a first conveying screw provided in a rotatable manner in the first chamber, the first conveying screw conveying the developer
in the first chamber in an axial direction of the developer carrying member; and

a second conveying screw provided in a rotatable manner in the second chamber, the second conveying screw conveying the developer
in the second chamber in a direction opposite to a direction in which the developer is conveyed by the first conveying screw,
wherein

the first conveying screw being provided at a position overlapping with a vertical line passing through a portion of the regulating
member, with the portion of the regulating member being closest to the developer carrying member,

a rotation direction of the first conveying screw being defined so that a periphery of the first conveying screw is moved
in the same direction as a peripheral surface of the developer carrying member at a position at which the first conveying
screw faces the developer carrying member, and

the vertical line overlapping with a part of a rotation region of the first conveying screw in which the periphery of the
first conveying screw is moved in a downward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,263,491

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a substrate on which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged,
a light-shielding member arranged on one side of the substrate, and a wiring member arranged on other side of the substrate,
and including a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix and each corresponding to any one of a plurality of openings provided
in the light-shielding member,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes the photoelectric conversion portion and a lens arranged on the one side
of the substrate,

the light-shielding member is provided to locate the opening corresponding to each pixel between a surface of the lens which
is on a side opposite to the photoelectric conversion portion in each pixel and the photoelectric conversion portion,

the plurality of pixels include a first pixel of an mth row×an nth column, a second pixel of an (m+1)th row×an (n+1)th column,
and a third pixel of the mth row×the (n+1)th column, where m and n are natural numbers,

the plurality of openings include a first opening corresponding to the first pixel, a second opening corresponding to the
second pixel, and a third opening corresponding to the third pixel,

a distance between the first opening and the second opening is larger than that between the first opening and the third opening,
the lens in the first pixel and the lens in the second pixel are separated from each other through a dielectric member with
a refractive index different from that of the lens in the first pixel and that of the lens in the second pixel, and

the dielectric member contacts a portion between the first opening and the second opening of the light-shielding member.

US Pat. No. 9,264,565

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, OPERATING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM WITH POWER SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a serial interface configured to transfer data between a master and a slave, the master being configured so as to supply a
clock signal to the slave;

an oscillation generator configured to generate a clock signal; and
a controller configured to control so as to, when the communication apparatus transits to a power saving mode, cause an operation
of the master to stop, and cause the slave to generate a clock signal.

US Pat. No. 9,264,574

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A facsimile apparatus comprising:
a first unit including a first storage unit;
a second unit including a second storage unit; and
a control unit configured to perform a facsimile communication with an external apparatus in a first mode in which the facsimile
communication is controlled by the first unit, and to perform a facsimile communication with the external apparatus in a second
mode in which the facsimile communication is controlled by the second unit,

wherein the second unit includes:
a generation unit configured to generate history information for each facsimile communication performed in the second mode;
an assignment unit configured to assign identification information unique to the second unit to the history information in
the second mode; and

a first storing unit configured to store the history information in the second storage unit in the second mode, and
wherein the first unit includes:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the history information stored in the second storage unit if the second mode is
to be shifted to the first mode;

a change unit configured to change the assigned identification information of the acquired history information to identification
information which is sequential from identification information of history information stored in the first storage unit in
the first mode; and

a second storing unit configured to store the history information to which the changed identification information is assigned
in the first storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,254,658

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a first support member including a flow path for supplying liquid and an opening communicating with the flow path;
at least one second support member including an individual liquid chamber communicating with the opening, the at least one
second support member being arranged on the first support member along the flow path; and

a recording element substrate including an energy-generating element for generating energy to be used for ejecting the liquid,
and a supply port for supplying the liquid to the energy-generating element, the supply port communicating with the individual
liquid chamber, the recording element substrate being supported by a back surface of the at least one second support member
with respect to an opposite surface thereof facing the first support member, wherein when energy to be input per ejection
liquid droplet volume in the energy-generating element is defined as P (?J/pL), a thermal resistance R (K/W) of a shortest
heat transfer path of the at least one second support member between the recording element substrate and the first support
member satisfies the following expression:

R?1.4/ln{0.525e1.004P?0.372}?1.

US Pat. No. 9,254,661

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejecting head for ejecting a liquid, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a member that includes a printing element substrate provided with ejection openings for ejecting liquid, a wiring
board provided with an electrical wiring, and an electrical connection for electrically connecting the printing element substrate
and the wiring board;

supplying a sealant to a region between the printing element substrate and the wiring board that includes the electrical connection;
fixing a first part of a film to a part of the member with a holding member holding the film; and
covering the electrical connection with the film.

US Pat. No. 9,258,836

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, for communicating with a communication device using a first wireless communication
protocol and a second wireless communication protocol different from the first wireless communication protocol,
comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to use the first wireless communication protocol and configured to receive
information, relating to a start-up state of the communication device, from the communication device using the first wireless
communication protocol;

a second wireless communication unit configured to use the second wireless communication protocol; and
a control unit configured to control a sequence for establishing connection, using the second wireless communication unit
and the second wireless communication protocol, with the communication device,

wherein, in the sequence for establishing the connection using the second wireless communication unit and the second wireless
communication protocol, the control unit waits for a waiting period before transmitting a connection request, the waiting
period being different according to a content of the received information relating to the start-up state of the communication
device, and

wherein in a case where the second wireless communication unit is disabled when the information relating to the start-up state
of the communication device is received, the control unit performs control to enable the second wireless communication unit
without waiting for the waiting period.

US Pat. No. 9,254,692

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD FOR MULTI-PASS PRINTING WITH COLUMN THINNING IN WHICH THE MULTI-PASS NUMBER IS NOT RESTRICTED TO BEING A MULTIPLE OF THE COLUMN THINNING NUMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first print pixel pattern and a second print pixel pattern, each of which defines
print allowed pixels, where the printing of a dot is allowed, and print non-allowed pixels, where the printing of a dot is
not allowed, for a printing element line in which a plurality of ink ejecting elements are arranged in a sub-scan direction,
wherein the first and second print pixel patterns correspond to 1 to P blocks (where P is an integer satisfying 3?P) of the
printing element line that are obtained by dividing the printing element line in the sub-scan direction into P divisions;

a print unit configured to execute M times print scans (where M is an integer satisfying 2?M

a first print scan is performed according to the first print pixel pattern for printing a first column of M columns while
moving the printing element line in a main scan direction crossing the sub-scan direction and a second print scan is performed
according to the second print pixel pattern for printing a second column that is different from the first column of the M
columns while moving the printing element line in a main scan direction crossing the sub-scan direction; and

a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium in the sub-scan direction by a distance equivalent to one of the blocks
between the print scans;

wherein different columns of the M columns are printed by different scans of the M times scans by performing each of the M
times scans according to different print pixel patterns, and

wherein, for each integer s satisfying 1?s corresponding to all integers N satisfying 0?N and s+N×M?P have a complementary relationship with each other in the arrangements
of the print allowed pixels for the first columns and, for each integer s satisfying 1?s blocks in the second print pixel pattern respectively corresponding to all integers N satisfying 0?N and s+N×M?P have a complementary
relationship with each other in the arrangements of the print allowed pixels for the second columns.

US Pat. No. 9,258,439

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a connection unit configured to establish a connection with an information processing apparatus that remotely maintains the
image processing apparatus;

a receiver configured to receive a remote control instruction from the information processing apparatus connected to by the
connection unit; and

a display controller configured to control, in a case where a screen to be displayed next in accordance with the remote control
instruction received by the receiver is a restricted screen, not to display the restricted screen on an operation unit of
the image processing apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the display controller has controlled not to display the restricted screen on the operation unit
of the image processing apparatus, the restricted screen is displayed on an operation unit of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,258,457

GAMMA CORRECTION TABLE GENERATION METHOD OR IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD USING GAMMA CORRECTION TABLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A gamma correction table generation method of measuring a density patch output by an image forming device based on a dot
pattern expressing a pseudo tone according to a number of black pixels included in each cell composed of a plurality of pixels,
the gamma correction table generation method including steps of:
obtaining density information by reading, with a reading sensor in a range wider than a cell, a plurality of density patches
each corresponding to a tone,

wherein the density patches each includes a plurality of cells,
wherein the cells included in the density patches each includes a number of black pixels according to a corresponding tone,
wherein the black pixels in each of the cells are arranged at same positions in each of the cells and the plurality of cells
is periodically arranged,

wherein in a case where a density patch of the plurality of density patches corresponds to a predetermined tone or more, the
density patch is an image of a dot pattern in which the plurality of cells is arranged such that pixels included in the cells
do not overlap pixels included in adjacent cells and a distance between dots formed by the black pixels included in the cells
is a predetermined distance, and

wherein in a case where a density patch of the plurality of density patches corresponds to less than a predetermined tone,
the density patch is an image of a dot pattern in which a plurality of cells is arranged such that some pixels included in
a cell overlap some pixels in an adjacent cell so that the black pixels included in each of the cells are separated from the
black pixels in adjacent cells to an extent that a shape of a dot formed by the black pixels included in each of the cells
is maintained and such that a distance between dots in the cells is a distance shorter than the predetermined distance;

correcting density information being obtained by measuring the density patch corresponding to less than a predetermined tone,
in the density information according to a number of the cells in the density patch; and

generating a gamma correction table based on density information on the density patch corresponding to the predetermined tone
or more and the corrected density information.

US Pat. No. 9,258,472

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL SYSTEM, COMMAND TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus configured to be connected to at least one data processing apparatus by wireless communication, the
control apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a detection unit configured to detect operation that is made by a user;
a transmission unit configured to transmit via the wireless communication, an information corresponding to a detection, by
the detection unit, of a start of a prescribed operation to each data processing apparatus that is connected to the control
apparatus and to transmit, via the wireless communication, an information corresponding to a detection, by the detection unit,
of an end of the prescribed operation to each data processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to confirm a response from each data processing apparatus to transmission of the information corresponding
to the detection of the end of the prescribed operation, and to cause the transmission unit to retransmit an information corresponding
to the detection of the end of the prescribed operation to each data processing apparatus whose response is not confirmed,

wherein the prescribed operation is related to image capturing performed by the image capturing unit, and
the image capturing unit controls execution of the image capturing in response to the detection unit detecting the start of
the prescribed operation and the end of the prescribed operation.

US Pat. No. 9,248,650

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD WITH PLURALITY OF CHANNELS FOR SUPPLYING LIQUID TO SUPPORT PORT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
an element substrate including an ejection orifice row comprising a plurality of ejection orifices, and a supply port for
supplying a liquid to the ejection orifices; and

a support member comprising a first flow path for supplying a liquid from a liquid supply source to the supply port, wherein:
the first flow path includes a plurality of channels for supplying a liquid to the supply port, the plurality of channels
aligned in an arrangement direction in which the plurality of ejection orifices of the ejection orifice row are aligned, and

at least one of the plurality of channels has a shape in which a cross section that intersects with a flow direction of a
liquid increases from an upstream side to a downstream side with respect to a direction in which the liquid is supplied.

US Pat. No. 9,253,343

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROVIDING A PREVIEW AND/OR DISPLAY OF A MAIN DISPLAY DOCUMENT GENERATED FROM ALL PARTS OF A PRINT DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method performed by an information processing apparatus configured to display a main display document generated
from print data of all parts of a print document, the control method comprising:
generating a temporary display document, to be displayed prior to the main display document, based on print data of at least
one part fewer than all parts of the print document;

displaying the generated temporary display document;
determining whether all parts of the print document are acquired;
generating, when it is determined that the all parts of the print document are acquired, the main display document including
all pages of the print document based on the print data of the all parts of the acquired print document;

changing a display from the temporary display document to the main display document when the main display document is generated;
determining whether all parts of the print document have already been output before generation of the temporary display document
is completed; and

determining that the temporary display document should not be displayed when it is determined that all parts of the print
document have already been output before generation of the temporary display document is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,253,344

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A method for controlling a printing apparatus, the method comprising:
storing information indicating a first configuration of the printing apparatus in a memory of the printing apparatus, wherein
the information is stored in the memory before power is turned on for the printing apparatus; and

displaying a first print job setting screen, by execution, via a processor of the printing apparatus, of a boot program stored
in a boot ROM, for receiving a setting of a printing to be executed, based on the stored information indicating the first
configuration of the printing apparatus, after power is turned on and before startup of an operating system is completed by
the processor, wherein the processor starts the operating system and a hard disk drive (“HDD”) or another storage device via
the execution of the boot program,

wherein a control program read out from the HDD or the other storage device obtains information indicating a second configuration
of the printing apparatus after the first print job setting screen is displayed, the second configuration being different
from or the same as the first configuration depending on the obtained information,

wherein after the information indicating the second configuration of the printing apparatus is obtained by the control program,
a second print job setting screen is displayed, by execution, via the processor, of the control program stored in the HDD
or the other storage device, for receiving a setting of the printing to be executed, based on the information obtained by
the control program,

wherein the second print job setting screen has taken over the setting of the printing received via the first print job setting
screen,

wherein, after the startup of the operating system, at least one of: a third print job setting screen is displayed; and the
third print job setting screen is or is not switched from the second print job setting screen based on switching status information
received by the processor, and

wherein the third print job setting screen has taken over the setting of the printing received via the first and second print
job setting screens.

US Pat. No. 9,252,847

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a short-range wireless communication unit configured to perform short-range wireless communication, wherein the short-range
wireless communication unit has a plurality of operation modes, one of which is a card emulation mode for allowing an external
apparatus to read information held by the short-range wireless communication unit;

a selecting unit configured to select, in accordance with a user's instruction, a piece of data that is to be held by the
short-range wireless communication unit from among a plurality of pieces of candidate data;

a detecting unit configured to detect that the communication apparatus shifts to a powered-off state; and
a controlling unit configured to, when the detection unit detects that the communication apparatus shifts to the powered-off
state, cause the short-range wireless communication unit to hold the piece of data selected by the selecting unit and set
the card emulation mode as an operation mode of the short-range wireless communication unit;

wherein in a case where an error has occurred in the communication apparatus, the controlling unit causes the short-range
wireless communication unit to hold error information about the error instead of the piece of data selected by the selecting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,253,395

AUTOMATIC FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An automatic focus detection apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a region of a first detection target from an image;
a second detection unit configured to detect, from an image, a region of a second detection target in which the first detection
target is estimable;

a generation unit configured to generate a focusing signal, based on a signal corresponding to a focusing area set within
an image; and

a control unit configured to control movement of a focusing lens, based on the focusing signal,
wherein the control unit determines a first in-focus direction based on a signal corresponding to a region of the second detection
target detected in a first period,

wherein, in a case where a focusing area set in a second period that is after the first period, corresponds to the region
of the second detection target detected in the first period, the control unit controls the focusing lens to move in the first
in-focus direction, and

wherein the first detection target is a face of a person, and the second detection target is a torso of a person.

US Pat. No. 9,253,922

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic component, comprising:
a package that houses an electronic device,
wherein the package includes
a base body having a center region to which the electronic device is fixed, and having a peripheral region located at a side
of an outer edge of the base body with respect to the center region in a first direction,

a lid body that faces the electronic device in a second direction, and
a frame body that encloses at least one of a space between the electronic device and the lid body, and the electronic device,
wherein the frame body has a first portion located at a side of an inner edge of the frame body with respect to the outer
edge of the base body, and a second portion located at a side of an outer edge of the frame body with respect to the outer
edge of the base body, in the first direction from the inner edge of the frame body toward the outer edge of the frame body,

wherein the second portion has a greater length in the first direction than a length of the first portion in the first direction,
wherein the first portion is located between the lid body and the peripheral region of the base body in the second direction,
and a distance between the lid body and the peripheral region of the base body is less than the length of the first portion
in the first direction, and

wherein the frame body has a greater thermal conductivity than a thermal conductivity of the lid body.

US Pat. No. 9,250,574

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER HAVING CONSTANT VOLTAGE ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member for carrying the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

a transfer member, provided contactable to an outer peripheral surface of the intermediary transfer member, for transferring
the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer position;

a constant-voltage element, electrically connected between the intermediary transfer member and a ground potential, for maintaining
a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a power source for forming, by applying a voltage to the transfer member to pass the current through the constant-voltage
element, both of a secondary-transfer electric field at the secondary-transfer position and a primary-transfer electric field
at the primary-transfer position;

a current detecting portion for detecting the current passing through the constant-voltage element; and
a control for controlling, on the basis of a result detected by said current detecting portion by applying a test voltage
to said transfer member by said power source, a voltage to be applied to said transfer member by said power source so that
said constant-voltage element maintains the predetermined voltage in a predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,250,844

WIRELESS PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to perform wireless communication using NFC (Near Field Communication);
a detection unit configured to detect that wireless connection with a communication partner apparatus through said wireless
communication unit has established; and

a transfer unit configured to, in a case where said detection unit detects that the wireless connection with the communication
partner apparatus has established while thumbnails of a plurality of images are being displayed on a display unit of said
information processing apparatus and one of the thumbnails is being selected, transfer, to the communication partner apparatus,
print data for printing an image corresponding to the selected thumbnail, wherein each of the thumbnails presents contents
of corresponding image,

wherein the transfer unit starts transferring the print data without receiving transfer start instruction from a user after
detection by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,252,686

DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS AND DRIVE CONTROL METHOD FOR VIBRATION WAVE DRIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive control method for a vibrator, comprising activating the vibrator, the vibrator comprising an electro-mechanical
energy conversion device, wherein a driven part is in contact with the vibrator, and a relative position of the driven part
and the vibrator is changed by providing a drive signal to the vibrator, the method comprising:
applying as a drive signal a first drive signal having a first frequency to the vibrator;
after applying the first drive signal, applying as the drive signal a second drive signal having a second frequency to the
vibrator; and

providing a time period throughout which the drive signal is made to be in an off state between the application of the first
drive signal and the application of the second drive signal,

wherein the relative position of the driven part and the vibrator remains at a first relative position during the application
of the first drive signal and the time period throughout which the drive signal is made to be in the off state, and

wherein the vibrator enters into a drive state, and the relative position of the driven part and the vibrator changes to a
second relative position, after applying the second drive signal.

US Pat. No. 9,244,400

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to heat an image on a sheet at a nip;
a roughening member configured to perform roughening of a surface of said first rotatable member when at least said first
rotatable member of said first and second rotatable members rotates;

a moving mechanism configured to move said roughening member relative to said first rotatable member so that said roughening
member is movable between a contact position where said roughening member is contacted to said first rotatable member and
a spaced position where said roughening member is spaced from said first rotatable member;

obtaining means configured to obtain information indicating that said first rotatable member is new; and
control means configured to control said moving mechanism to perform the roughening upon obtaining of the information by the
obtaining means.

US Pat. No. 9,245,198

OBJECT RECOGNITION BY COMPARISON OF PATTERNS AGAINST MAP OF IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold, based on a pixel value obtained from a learning image that belongs to any of a plurality
of categories, a classified result of a plurality of learning images and a position where the pixel value is obtained;

an input unit configured to input an image;
a first generation unit configured to extract a characteristic distribution from the input image, and to generate a first
image indicating the characteristic distribution;

a determination unit configured to determine a parameter with regard to a conversion required to relax localities of the first
image, based on the characteristic distribution extracted from the input image;

a second generation unit configured to generate a second image by applying the conversion having the determined parameter
to the first image;

a selecting unit configured to select a plurality of individual pixels from the second image based on the position where the
pixel value is obtained;

a comparing unit configured to compare a plurality of pixel values of the selected plurality of individual pixels; and
a classification unit configured to classify the input image based on a result of the comparing unit and obtain, for the input
image, a corresponding category of the learning image.

US Pat. No. 9,245,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a discriminator being used for recognizing a recognition target object, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that when executed cause the processor to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including the recognition target object;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the image including the recognition target object;
a reception unit configured to receive, on the basis of an instruction for the recognition target object included in the image
from a user, information indicating a partial portion of the recognition target object useful for recognition of the recognition
target object;

a setting unit configured to specify the partial portion of the recognition target object on the image according to the received
information and set a plurality of feature points on both of the specified partial portion and a remaining portion in the
image, so that a number of feature points at the specified partial portion is more than a number of feature points at the
remaining portion, the remaining portion being a portion on the recognition target object other than the partial portion;

an extraction unit configured to extract a plurality of feature amounts from a region including the feature points being set
on the specified partial portion and the feature points being set on the remaining portion; and

a generation unit configured to generate the discriminator for the recognition target object by clustering the plurality of
feature points using the extracted feature amounts.

US Pat. No. 9,247,096

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a document along a conveyance path;
a first reading unit configured to read images of a top face of the document conveyed by the conveyance unit and a second
reading unit configured to read images of a back face of the document conveyed by the conveyance unit, the second reading
unit being positioned on a downstream side of the first reading unit in a conveying direction of the document;

a storage control unit configured to store image data of the images read by the first reading unit and the second reading
unit in a memory; and

a control unit configured to perform an interruption processing for interrupting the reading of the image by the first reading
unit and the second reading unit,

wherein if a free capacity of the memory is smaller than the capacity required for the first reading unit and the second reading
unit to read images, the control unit performs the interruption processing at a timing in which the conveyance of the document
whose image on the top face has been read at least partially by the first reading unit is stopped in front of the second reading
unit, such that the document has reached the first reading unit and has not reached the second reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,242,460

LIQUID-DISCHARGE-HEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid-discharge-head substrate having a plurality of elements, the elements being configured
to generate energy for discharging liquid and being arranged to form an element array, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a substrate having a first heating line member, an insulating layer on or above the first heating line member and
a conductive layer on or above the insulating layer, the insulating layer being made of an insulating material and the first
heating line member and the conductive layer being made of a conductive material; and

patterning the conductive layer to form a conductive line and a second heating line member, the conductive line being configured
to supply current for driving the elements, the first and second heating line members being electrically separated from the
conductive line and configured to generate heat for heating the liquid-discharge-head substrate, a longitudinal direction
of the second heating line member extending along the conductive line and the element array, and a longitudinal direction
of the first heating line member extending along a direction intersecting with the conductive line;

wherein the first heating line member and the second heating line member are electrically connected through a through hole
formed in the insulating layer, and

wherein the second heating line member is longer than the first heating line member.

US Pat. No. 9,247,128

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including a plurality of AF frames for automatic focusing based on a phase difference detection method,
the imaging apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a set value set in an adjustment mode, wherein the set value corresponds to at least one AF frame
among the plurality of AF frames; and

a controller configured to perform focus control by adding the set value to a result of focus detection by the automatic focusing
by the phase difference detection method, wherein, in a shooting mode, in a case where an AF frame to be used in the focus
control is different from an AF frame to which the set value is set, the controller notifies a user of this fact.

US Pat. No. 9,238,250

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus for a capacitive electromechanical transducer that includes cells each including first and second electrodes
that face each other with a gap being interposed in between,
the control apparatus comprising:
a driving/detecting unit that performs at least one of a driving operation to cause the second electrode to vibrate and transmit
elastic waves by generating an AC electrostatic attractive force between the first and second electrodes, and a detecting
operation to detect a change of capacitance between the first and second electrodes, the change of capacitance being caused
by the second electrode vibrating upon receipt of elastic waves; and

an external stress applying unit that applies an external stress to the second electrode,
wherein external stress applying unit changes the external stress to be applied to the second electrode,
wherein, when the driving/detecting unit performs the driving operation, the driving/detecting unit adjusts frequency characteristics
of a driving signal which is supplied to the capacitive electromechanical transducer and generates the AC electrostatic attractive
force between the first and second electrodes, corresponding to a change of the external stress to be applied by the external
stress applying unit and

wherein, when the driving/detecting unit performs the detecting operation, the driving/detecting unit adjusts frequency characteristics
of a current detecting unit in the driving/detecting unit, corresponding to a change of the external stress to be applied
by the external stress applying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,239,885

ACQUIRING DATA FOR PROCESSING USING LOCATION INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system, comprising one or more servers and a processing apparatus,
wherein the one or more servers comprises:
a generation unit configured to generate a first piece of first location information indicating a location of a first part
of data as a target of predetermined processing and second location information indicating a location of a second piece of
first location information corresponding to a second part of the data, wherein the first location information and the second
location information have a common format; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the first piece of first location information and the second location information
generated by said generation unit to the processing apparatus; and

wherein the processing apparatus comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the first part by analyzing the first piece of first location information transmitted
by said transmission unit, and acquire the second piece of first location information corresponding to the second part by
analyzing the second location information transmitted by said transmission unit, and acquire the second part by analyzing
the second piece of first location information acquired from the second location information; and

an execution unit configured to execute the predetermined processing for the first part and the second part acquired by said
acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,240,554

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE ELEMENT, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound of general formula (1)

wherein in the formula (1), R1 to R22 are each independently a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryloxy group, a silyl group,
and a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,235,166

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE MOUNTED WITH HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater used for an image heating device that heats an image formed on a recording sheet, the heater comprising:
a substrate having dimensions in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction;
a first conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction of the substrate;
a second conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction at a position different from the first
conductive element in the widthwise direction of the substrate;

a heat generating resistor provided between the first conductive element and the second conductive element and showing a positive
temperature characteristic of resistance, which generates heat when power is supplied via the first conductive element and
the second conductive element; and

electrodes to which connectors for power supply are connected,
wherein first and second heating blocks each of which includes a set of the first conductive element, the second conductive
element, and the heat generating resistor, are arranged in the lengthwise direction,

wherein the first heating block is arranged at a center of the heater in the lengthwise direction, and the second heating
block is arranged at a position farther from the center of the heater,

wherein power control of the first and second heating blocks can be performed independent of each other,
wherein a plurality of heat generating resistors are electrically connected between the first conductive element and the second
conductive element of at least one of the first and second heating blocks in a parallel manner, and

wherein resistance values of heat generating resistors provided closer to connection positions of the first conductive element
and the second conductive element with power supply lines which extend from the electrodes are higher than a resistance value
of a heat generating resistor provided away from the connection positions.

US Pat. No. 9,229,345

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles prepared by forming particles of a polymerizable monomer composition comprising a polymerizable
monomer, a pigment, a pigment dispersant and a crystalline polyester resin in an aqueous medium, and polymerizing the polymerizable
monomer contained in the particles,
wherein the polymerizable monomer is a polymerizable monomer for preparing a vinyl copolymer,
the pigment dispersant satisfies (i) to (v):
(i) a difference (A?B) between an SP value (A) of the pigment dispersant and an SP value (B) of the crystalline polyester
resin is ?1.5 or more and +0.8 or less,

(ii) a difference (A?C) between the SP value (A) of the pigment dispersant and an SP value (C) of the vinyl copolymer is ?1.1
or more and +1.2 or less,

(iii) the pigment dispersant contains a polymer component and an adsorbable component adsorbed to the pigment, and the polymer
component is a vinyl polymer,

(iv) the polymer component of the pigment dispersant has a number average molecular weight (Mn) of 3,000 or more and 20,000
or less, and

(v) a rate of adsorption of the pigment dispersant to the pigment is 30% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,229,364

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate a developer;
a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer from said developer accommodating portion;
a drive receiving portion configured to receive a driving force;
a pump portion capable of being driven by the driving force received by said drive receiving portion for alternating an internal
pressure of said developer accommodating portion between a pressure lower than an ambient pressure and a pressure higher than
the ambient pressure; and

a locking portion configured to lock a position of said pump portion at a predetermined state so that in an initial action
of said pump portion, air is taken into said developer accommodating portion through said discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 9,229,400

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A POWER SUPPLY COMMON TO PRIMARY TRANSFER AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a rotatable endless intermediate transfer member; and
a power supply configured to apply a voltage for transferring the toner image which is on the image bearing member onto a
transfer material via the intermediate transfer member,

wherein the intermediate transfer member is provided with electrical conductivity, and
wherein the power supply applies a transfer voltage that is in an opposite polarity to a regular toner charging polarity so
as to perform a primary transfer that transfers a toner image from the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member
by flowing a current via the intermediate transfer member in circumferential direction of the intermediate transfer member,
and the power supply applies the transfer voltage that is in the opposite polarity so as to perform a secondary transfer that
transfers the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to the transfer material.

US Pat. No. 9,229,403

RECORDING MATERIAL IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material image capture device, comprising:
a light radiating unit radiating light to a recording material;
an image capture unit receiving the light which is radiated from the light radiating unit and is reflected on a surface of
the recording material;

a light transmissive member provided between the image capture unit and the recording material to which the light is radiated
from the light radiating unit so that the light reflected on the surface of the recording material passes through the light
transmissive member;

an opposing member provided so as to be opposed to the light transmissive member, wherein nipping the recording material by
the light transmissive member and the opposing member causes the opposing member to have a contact region which is brought
into contact with the recording material and a non-contact region which is not brought into contact with the recording material,
wherein the non-contact region extends over an entire region corresponding to an image used for determining the recording
material; and

an output portion outputting, based on an image captured by the image capture unit, a value related to the recording material
to which the light is radiated from the light radiating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,230,202

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT PERFOMING COLOR CONVERTION DEPENDING ON INPUT IMAGE DATA MODIFICATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH DISPLAY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A non-transitory computer readable medium for storing a computer-readable program to be executed by a computed provided
in an image processing apparatus, the program comprising:
accepting a determination result of whether or not the color of input image data constituted by a CMYK color space is to be
modified in accordance with a display device;

converting, in a first color space converting step, image data constituted by the CMYK color space into image data constituted
by an RGB color space through an intermediary of a rendering program, if the determination result that the modification is
to be performed is accepted in the accepting step;

converting, in a second color space converting step, image data constituted by the RGB color space into image data constituted
by the CMYK color space; and

printing the image data constituted by the CMYK color space that has been converted in the second color space converting step;
wherein, if the determination result that the modification is not to be performed is accepted in the accepting step, printing
the input image data constituted by the CMYK color space, without performing the conversion in the first color space converting
step and the conversion in the second color space converting step.

US Pat. No. 9,227,401

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising a plurality of units configured to print on a printing medium based on print data,
each of the plurality of units including:
a printing element configured to print on the printing medium;
a first transistor configured to operate as a source follower upon receiving a voltage at a gate terminal of the first transistor,
and supply a current to the printing element; and

a second transistor configured to control supply of the current to the printing element in response to a control signal input
to a gate terminal of the second transistor,

wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are transistors of a same conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 9,230,787

IONIZATION APPARATUS, MASS SPECTROMETER INCLUDING IONIZATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization apparatus comprising:
a holder configured to hold a sample;
a probe configured to determine a part to be ionized of the sample held by the holder;
an extract electrode configured to extract ionized ions of the sample; and
a unit configured to apply a voltage to the probe,
wherein the voltage is pulse-modulated.

US Pat. No. 9,229,312

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, STABILIZATION METHOD, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to project a reticle pattern onto a substrate;
a transfer unit configured to place a wafer, at least one surface on which a film, which is made of a material having resistance
to exposure light and is exposed to atmosphere, is formed, on an image plane of the optical system;

an illumination unit configured to illuminate the surface of the wafer placed on the image plane of the optical system with
light via the optical system; and

a measurement unit configured to measure an optical characteristic of the optical system, and a fluctuation in optical characteristic
of the optical system by alternately performing the illumination on the surface of the wafer and the measurement of the optical
characteristic of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,216,575

RECORDING-ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording-element substrate comprising:
an ejection port configured to eject liquid;
a heating resistance element configured to generate thermal energy for ejecting the liquid from the ejection port; and
a drive circuit configured to drive the heating resistance element,
wherein the heating resistance element includes a heating resistor layer and three or more electrodes provided for the heating
resistor layer;

the drive circuit forms a heating area that generates thermal energy in the heating resistor layer by selectively using at
least two of the three or more electrodes and changes an area in which the heating area is formed depending on the electrodes
used; and

the three or more electrodes include a plurality of first electrodes that allow an electric current to flow through a first
area and a plurality of second electrodes that allow an electric current to flow through a second area adjacent to the first
area, a center of the first area coinciding with a center of an area including the first area and the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,213,258

DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing assembly comprising:
a container that contains a developer;
a developer bearing member that bears the developer; and
a regulating portion that regulates a layer thickness of the developer borne on the developer bearing member,
wherein a surface of the developer bearing member on which the developer is borne is provided with a first dielectric portion
and a second dielectric portion, and

the regulating portion, the first dielectric portion, and the second dielectric portion each have a charge polarity opposite
to a charge polarity of the developer, and in a triboelectric series, one of the first dielectric portion and the second dielectric
portion is positioned between the developer and the other dielectric portion, and the other dielectric portion is positioned
between the one dielectric portion and the regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,213,266

DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS AND CARTRIDGE WITH SEALING MEMBER TO PREVENT LEAKAGE OF DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame for use with an image forming apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising a developer carrying member, provided
in said frame, and a regulating member including (i) a base portion supported by the frame and (ii) a blade portion contacted
to the developer carrying member for regulating a layer thickness of the developer carried on the developer carrying member,
the frame comprising:
a developer accommodating portion formed by the frame; and
a sealing member provided said frame and contact to the regulating member to prevent leakage of the developer from said developer
accommodating portion,

wherein a thickness of a portion, which is a first part of the sealing member in a blade portion side, is thicker than a thickness
of a second portion, which is a part of the sealing member in a base portion side.

US Pat. No. 9,215,346

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to read the recording material conveyed in the image forming apparatus;
a specifying unit configured to specify an area in which an image is formed, in a recording material read by the scanning
unit; and

an analysis unit configured to analyze a feature value of information about an image formed on the recording material read
by the scanning unit,

wherein the analysis unit further divides information contained in the specified area into individual items of information,
calculates vertical and lateral lengths per a unit of information as a size of the unit of information;

overwriting image generating unit configured to generate an overwriting image based on the size of the unit of information
for individual items of information analyzed by the analysis unit;

an image forming unit configured to overwrite the overwriting image on the image formed on the recording material in the area
specified by the specifying unit,

wherein the overwriting image is formed as an area having a predetermined ratio to the area specified by the specifying unit,
and

wherein the overwriting image is formed by one or more images chosen among plural images, the one or more images being chosen
so that the predetermined ratio is more than 50 percent.

US Pat. No. 9,211,731

PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control device comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire one or more candidate sizes of a print medium obtained by a sensor detecting a size
of the print medium;

a specifying unit configured to specify, in a case that a plurality of candidate sizes having different aspect ratios are
acquired by the acquiring unit and a setting size for a print medium set in print target data is not included in the plurality
of candidate sizes, a candidate size having an aspect ratio corresponding to an aspect ratio of the setting size, from the
plurality of candidate sizes; and

a print controller configured to cause a printer to print an image based on the print target data having a size corresponding
to the candidate size specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,208,396

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device for generating combined image data using multi-viewpoint image data including image data acquired
with different focal lengths, the image processing device comprising:
a resolution converting unit configured to perform resolution conversion for at least part of image data in multi-viewpoint
image data in accordance with a focal length to be output; and

an image combining unit configured to generate combined image data with the focal length to be output using the resolution-converted
image data,

wherein at least part of image data is image data acquired with a focal length shorter than the focal length to be output,
and

wherein the resolution converting unit performs resolution conversion accompanied by enlargement for the image data acquired
with the shorter focal length.

US Pat. No. 9,208,408

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD OF THE PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information of an operation of a conveyance unit configured to convey a printing
medium;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information of a density of an image printed by a printhead;
a correction circuit configured to correct the information of the operation acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a control circuit configured to collect information of input data and control to hold the information of the input data with
a predetermined format in a memory;

a switching circuit configured to switchably connect the control circuit to at least either the first acquisition unit or
the second acquisition unit; and

a setting circuit configured to set a correction value to the correction circuit,
wherein the control circuit corrects the information of the density of the image acquired by the second acquisition unit and
controls to hold the information of the density of the image with the predetermined format in the memory,

wherein the control circuit corrects the information of the operation acquired by the first acquisition unit and controls
to hold the information of the density of the image with the predetermined format in the memory,

the setting circuit determines a correction value of the information of the operation, based on the information of the operation
with the predetermined format held in the memory, and

the correction circuit performs correction based on the correction value set by the setting circuit if the control circuit
is connected to the first acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,205,654

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head including: a substrate having energy generating elements disposed thereon;
and an ejection orifice forming member having ejection orifices, the substrate and the ejection orifice forming member forming
a flow path therebetween, the method comprising:
forming, on the substrate, a mold having a recessed portion at a surface of the mold that faces away from the substrate;
forming a coating layer by chemical vapor deposition so as to cover the mold; and
forming an ejecting orifice inside a recessed portion of the coating layer formed on the recessed portion of the mold to obtain
the ejection orifice forming member.

US Pat. No. 9,205,669

DRIVING CIRCUIT FOR LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, EXPOSURE HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving circuit for a light emitting element, the driving circuit comprising:
a plurality of pixel circuits aligned in line;
a plurality of data lines which are arranged to extend in parallel to an array direction of the pixel circuits and not to
overlap with a region of the aligned pixel circuits and which supply data signals to the pixel circuits; and

a plurality of leading lines that are arranged on a layer different from the data lines and connected to the data lines via
contact holes and to the pixel circuits,

wherein each of the plurality of data lines includes a plurality of base parts that cover the contact holes and a plurality
of line parts that extend in the array direction of the pixel circuits and connect adjacent base parts to each other, and
the line parts have a smaller width in the direction perpendicular to the array direction of the pixel circuits than the base
parts and are connected to the base parts while being offset in the same direction perpendicular to the array direction of
the pixel circuits from each other on both sides of at least two base parts, and

wherein the at least two base parts include a first base part and a second base part, a connection position of the first base
part with the line part on one side among both sides of the base units being located on the pixel circuit side with respect
to the other side, and a connection position of the second base part with the line part on the one side among the both sides
of the base units being located on an opposite side to the pixel circuit side with respect to the other side.

US Pat. No. 9,205,692

INK RIBBON CASSETTE AND PRINTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink ribbon cassette, comprising:
a supply bobbin around which an ink ribbon is wound;
a take-up bobbin around which the ink ribbon fed from the supply bobbin is wound; and
a case in which the supply bobbin and the take-up bobbin are rotatably held,
wherein the case includes a contact portion that bends a path along which the ink ribbon is transported by coming into contact
with the ink ribbon and an elastically deformable portion that allows the contact portion to move, and

wherein the contact portion is movable as a result of receiving a tension in the ink ribbon.

US Pat. No. 9,207,252

SPEED DETECTION APPARATUS AND DRIVING MECHANISM CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A speed detection apparatus comprising:
a scale member including a plurality of detection marks continuously arranged at a predetermined pitch, the detection marks
including a special mark identifiable from the other detection marks;

first and second sensors spaced from each other by a predetermined distance larger than the predetermined pitch, and configured
to detect the detection;

a first detection unit configured to detect a reference speed of the scale member;
a second detection unit configured to detect a time difference between time of detecting the special mark by the first sensor
and time of detecting the special mark by the second sensor;

a measurement unit configured to estimate a distance between the first sensor and the second sensor based on output of the
second detection unit;

a storage unit configured to store time when each of the first and second sensors detects a detection mark, and an address
corresponding to the detection mark;

an identification unit configured to identify, based on output of the first detection unit, time when the first and second
sensors detect the same mark, from the address and the time stored in the storage unit; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate, based on output of the identification unit, output of the first detection unit,
and output of the measurement unit, a speed of the scale member.

US Pat. No. 9,201,355

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet;
a heating mechanism configured to heat said endless belt;
a fan configured to blow air toward a predetermined region of said endless belt, wherein the predetermined region is positioned
in an end portion side of said apparatus, with respect to a widthwise direction of said endless belt, outside a region where
first sheets narrower than maximum width sheets usable in said image heating apparatus are contactable to said endless belt,
and is in an overlapping positional relationship with a region where second sheets narrower than the maximum width sheets
and broader than the first sheets, are contactable to said endless belt;

a controller configured to operate said fan to cool said endless belt, wherein said controller turns on blowing of the air
by said fan when said endless belt is cooled during heating of the image on the first sheets, and turns off the blowing of
the air by said fan during heating of the image on the maximum width sheets; and

a heat pipe configured to move heat in a direction of uniformizing a temperature distribution of said endless belt with respect
to a widthwise direction of said endless belt, wherein said heat pipe contacts said endless belt in a region broader than
the region where the second sheets are contactable to said endless belt with respect to the widthwise direction of said endless
belt;

wherein said controller turns on the blowing of the air by said fan when said endless belt is cooled during the heating of
the image on the second sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,201,622

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN IMAGE-FORMING DEVICE FROM A MOBILE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for device communication, the method comprising:
receiving, at a proxy device, device information that was sent from a mobile device, wherein the device information includes
network information of an image-forming device and was extracted from a barcode captured by the mobile device;

sending the device information from the proxy device to one or more support devices; and
at the one or more support devices,
determining if the image-forming device can communicate with a respective support device, and
in response to determining that the image-forming device can communicate with the respective support device, generating an
output queue for the image-forming device on the respective support device that can communicate with the image-forming device.

US Pat. No. 9,201,379

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LUBRICANT SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatably supported image carriers;
an intermediate transfer belt rotatably conveying a toner image transferred thereto;
a driving source rotationally driving both the intermediate transfer belt and the second image carrier;
a first cleaning blade rubbing the intermediate transfer belt at a first rubbing position;
a second cleaning blade rubbing the second image carrier at a second rubbing position;
a lubricant supplying portion configured to be able to supply lubricant to the first or second rubbing position;
a load detecting portion configured to detect a driving load of the driving source; and
a control portion configured to execute a lubricant supplying mode of supplying lubricant to either one of the first and second
rubbing positions on a basis of processing contents of a most recent predetermined number of times of image forming operations
in a case where the driving load detected by the load detecting portion exceeds a predetermined value,

wherein the control portion is configured to execute a full-color mode of forming an image by using the first and second image
carriers and a monochrome mode of forming an image by using only the second image carrier, and supplies the lubricant to the
second rubbing position in a case where a most recent execution rate of the full-color mode exceeds a predetermined rate in
the lubricant supplying mode.

US Pat. No. 9,202,154

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RE-EXECUTION OF PRINT JOBS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a file from a file server in a case where an authentication in the file server succeeds;
a first execution unit configured to execute a print job for printing the file obtained by the obtaining unit;
a storage unit configured to store the file obtained by the obtaining unit as a file for reprinting and to store print history
information of the print job executed by the first execution unit, the print history information containing at least user
identification information of a user who instructed execution of the print job;

a second execution unit configured to, in a case that a reprinting of the file is instructed by a user, based on the print
history information, execute a print job for reprinting the file stored in the storage unit without obtaining the file from
the file server; and

a determination unit configured to compare user identification information of the user who instructed the reprinting of the
file with user identification information contained in the print history information for the print job of the file and determine,
based on a comparison result, whether the execution of the print job by the second execution unit is permitted without authentication
in the file server.

US Pat. No. 9,204,015

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to convert image data into color material data including (i) color material data
indicating a color material amount of a chromatic color material and (ii) color material data indicating a color material
amount of an achromatic color material, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU (central processing unit) coupled to a memory;
a conversion unit configured to convert image data of a pixel of interest into (i) the color material data of the chromatic
color material;

a determination unit configured to determine (ii) the color material data of the achromatic color material on the pixel of
interest based on (A) coloring information corresponding to the converted color material data of the chromatic color material
and (B) coloring information that occurs at surrounding pixels that surround the pixel of interest; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate coloring information that occurs at the pixel of interest based on (C) coloring
information corresponding to a combination of (i) the converted color material data of the chromatic color material and (ii)
the determined color material data of the achromatic color material and (B) the coloring information that occurs at the surrounding
pixels,

wherein the conversion unit, the determination unit, and the calculation unit are realized by the CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,204,534

PANEL UNIT THAT REDUCES INFLUENCE OF STATIC ELECTRICITY, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A panel unit comprising:
a panel member that forms a surface of displaying an image, said panel member having interconnection sections; and
a signal interconnection member that includes connection sections, which are electrically connected to said interconnection
sections of said panel member, signal lines, which are electrically connected to said connection sections, a ground interconnection,
and conductor-exposed portions, which are configured to be prevented from being electrically connected to said signal lines
and to be electrically connected to said ground interconnection.

US Pat. No. 9,204,072

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE TESTING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of blocks including a plurality of pairs, each of the pairs including a comparator provided correspondingly with
a column in the pixel array and a memory provided correspondingly with the comparator; and

a block information supply unit that includes a signal line group including a plurality of single lines and is configured
to supply block information to the plurality of memories included in the plurality of blocks, the block information being
information for distinguishing a signal read from one block among the plurality of blocks and a signal read from another block,
wherein the plurality of memories included in one of the plurality of blocks are connected to the signal line group with a
pattern different from that for the plurality of memories included in another one of the plurality of blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,201,582

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying a plurality of content items, the display control apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
storing the plurality of content items and time information corresponding to each of the plurality of content items;
allocating the plurality of content items into a plurality of groups according to attribute information associated with the
content items;

acquiring information about a scroll speed; and
displaying the plurality of content items lines in a first order according to the time information corresponding to the plurality
of content items,

displaying a list of grouping method candidates for grouping the plurality of content items after the scroll speed is more
than a first predetermined speed, each of the grouping method candidates having a different type of a set of groups,

determining a grouping method from the grouping method candidates in the displayed list in accordance with a user's selection,
changing a display, in accordance with the determined grouping method, from scroll-displaying the plurality of content items
in the first order according to the time information to scroll-displaying a first set of images representing first groups
into which the plurality of content items are allocated, the first groups being grouped in the determined grouping method,
and

changing a display, if the scroll speed is less than a second predetermined value from scroll-displaying the first set of
images representing the first groups into which the plurality of content items are allocated to scroll-displaying the plurality
of content items in a second order which is different from the first order such that the plurality of content items allocated
into the same group of the first groups according to the attribute information which is different from the time information
are displayed sequentially and adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,195,920

SWATHING PARALLEL PIPELINE ARCHITECTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering a print job using a plurality of print heads, said method comprising:
inputting the print job in a page description language format to render multiple pages in a row on a web;
processing the print job to produce a plurality of intermediate jobs in an intermediate graphical format based on the plurality
of print heads across the web, the intermediate jobs having the intermediate graphical format between the page description
language format and a rasterized image format; and

rendering, independently of one another, each of the plurality of intermediate jobs to a rasterized image in a renderer associated
with each of the print heads to be printed by a corresponding one of the print heads.

US Pat. No. 9,195,170

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a flexible container, provided with an opening at a lateral side thereof and provided inside said frame, for accommodating
developer; and

a feeding member, provided below said flexible container and provided between said flexible container and said frame, for
feeding the developer,

wherein said feeding member is capable of contacting the developer and discharging the developer discharged through the opening
of said flexible container from between said flexible container and said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,195,190

FIXING APPARATUS AND FILM FOR USE IN FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material, while conveying the recording material bearing the
toner image, at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a tubular film including a rubber layer;
a heater configured to heat the film; and
a pressure member configured to form the nip portion with the film,
wherein the film has a property that a resistance value per unit area between an outer surface of the film and an inner surface
of the film becomes 5×1011 (?·cm2) or more when a voltage of 500 V or less is applied between the outer surface and the inner surface, and a resistance value
per unit area between the outer surface and the inner surface becomes 5×109 (?·cm2) or less when a voltage of 1000 V or more is applied between the outer surface and the inner surface.

US Pat. No. 9,195,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage portion storing recording materials;
a first conveyance portion conveying a recording material;
a first detection unit provided on a downstream side of the first conveyance portion in a conveying direction of the recording
material and detecting a leading edge and a trailing edge of the recording material;

a second conveyance portion provided on a downstream side of the first detection unit in the conveying direction and conveying
the recording material;

a second detection unit provided on a downstream side of the second conveyance portion in the conveying direction and detecting
the leading edge and the trailing edge of the recording material;

a drive portion driving the first conveyance portion and the second conveyance portion; and
a control unit controlling the drive portion based on a detecting result obtained by one of the first detection unit and the
second detection unit,

wherein a first recording material and a second recording material which is conveyed subsequently to the first recording material
are conveyed from the storage portion so that a distance between a trailing edge of the first recording material and a leading
edge of the second recording material in a conveyance path is a predetermined distance longer than a distance between the
first detection unit and the second detection unit in the conveyance path,

in a case that the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the second recording
material, which is obtained by detecting the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the second
recording material with the first detection unit, is shorter than the predetermined distance, the control unit controls the
drive portion to change a conveyance speed of the second recording material from a predetermined speed to a slower speed after
the trailing edge of the first recording material passes through the second detection unit, and

in a case that the distance between the trailing edge of the first recording material and the leading edge of the second recording
material is longer than the predetermined distance, the control unit controls the drive portion to change the conveyance speed
of the second recording material from the predetermined speed to a faster speed before the leading edge of the second recording
material reaches the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,195,211

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING A LINK MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A LINK MEMBER, AND ASSEMBLY METHOD OF PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING A LINK MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge configured to be removably mounted on an apparatus body of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a photosensitive unit including a photosensitive drum;
a developing unit including a developing roller configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive
drum, and configured to be rotatably coupled with the photosensitive unit around only a single center of rotation at one end
side of the process cartridge in an axial direction of the photosensitive drum;

a link member provided at the other end side of the process cartridge in the axial direction;
a first shaft portion that couples the link member with the photosensitive unit;
a second shaft portion that couples the link member with the developing unit; and
wherein the link member rotates around the first shaft portion with respect to the photosensitive unit,
wherein the link member rotates around the second shaft portion with respect to the developing unit, and
wherein the link member allows relative movement between the developing roller and the photosensitive drum at the other end
side of the process cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,197,571

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR SHIFTING POWER SAVING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicating with an external apparatus via a relaying device, the communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory which are coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
a communication unit configured to perform communication with the relaying device at any one of a plurality of communication
speeds;

a power supply unit; and
a control unit configured to, when the communication apparatus is to be shifted to a power saving mode, transmit a notification
of shifting to the power saving mode to the communication unit, switch a connection between the communication apparatus and
the relaying device to a link-down state, and transmit a signal to the power supply unit,

wherein the power supply unit is configured to stop supplying power to the control unit in response to the signal,
wherein the communication unit, in response to the notification of shifting to the power saving mode, switches the connection
from the link-down state to a link-up state for communicating at a low communication speed included in the plurality of communication
speeds and transmits identification information of the communication apparatus to the relaying device using first method,
and after a predetermined time has passed, transmits the identification information to the relaying device using a second
method,

wherein, in the first method, the identification information is transmitted a plurality of times at predetermined intervals,
and

wherein, in the second method, the identification information is transmitted a plurality of times at an interval larger than
the predetermined intervals of the first method.

US Pat. No. 9,189,059

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set, based on user input, one authentication identification (ID) for connecting to a network;
a changing unit configured to change the one authentication ID set by the setting unit to output different authentication
IDs that are different from each other with respect to each of a plurality of states for communicating with at least any one
of an imaging device and a light emission device in a network to execute a predetermined photographing processing; and

a communication unit configured to use a different authentication ID, output by the changing unit with respect to each of
a plurality of states, to communicate with at least any one of the imaging device and the light emission device to execute
the predetermined photographing processing.

US Pat. No. 9,189,714

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENLARGING OBJECT INCLUDED IN IMAGE DATA, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel included in the input image data belongs to an edge;
a second determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel included in the input image data is achromatic;
a stressing processing unit configured to stress density of the pixel determined to belong to an edge by the first determination
unit; and

a processing unit configured to perform a process for forming a pixel only with an achromatic color material on a pixel determined
to belong to an edge and to be achromatic by the first and the second determination units,

wherein, in a case where the pixel has been determined as belonging to belong to an edge and to be achromatic, the processing
unit determines whether the process is to be performed on a pixel adjacent to the pixel which has been determined to belong
to an edge and to be achromatic, and, in a case where it has been determined that the process is to be performed, performs
the process on the adjacent pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,180,678

RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head for ejecting ink, the recording head comprising:
an ejection portion configured to eject ink;
a first flow path forming member; and
a second flow path forming member provided on a lower side of the first flow path forming member in a configuration where
in a usage state of the recording head, air bubbles are suppressed due to the positioning of the second flow path member,

wherein the first flow path forming member and the second flow path forming member are joined to each other, between which
a flow path for supplying ink to the ejection portion, a buffer chamber for keeping gas, and a communication passage communicating
between the flow path and the buffer chamber, are formed;

wherein the first flow path forming member is provided with a recessed portion forming a part of the buffer chamber;
wherein the second flow path forming member is provided with a protruded portion protruding into the buffer chamber, and a
through-hole penetrating the second flow path forming member is formed inside the protruded portion, and

wherein a communication port being an end on a buffer chamber side of the through hole is arranged at a position higher than
a wall of a top surface that constitutes a communication passage in a usage state of the recording head.

US Pat. No. 9,179,017

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE WHICH UTILIZES A FIRST MODE FOR INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A SECOND MODE FOR INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS AND FOR INSTRUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus capable of performing a plurality of types of processes and connecting to an external apparatus,
the processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction regarding a process to the processing apparatus from the external apparatus;
an instruction unit configured to instruct the processing apparatus to execute a process, the instruction unit being provided
on the processing apparatus; and

a setting unit configured to set a type of process to the instruction unit from the plurality of types of processes in accordance
with a type of process of the instruction received by the reception unit,

wherein the processing apparatus includes,
a first mode in which the processing apparatus is able to execute a predetermined type of process set to the instruction unit
based on the instruction made by the instruction unit and a second mode in which a process based on the instruction made by
the instruction unit and the a process based on the instruction received by the reception unit are able to be executed independently
of each other,

wherein, if the processing apparatus is in the second mode, the type of process set to the instruction unit is changed in
accordance with a type of process of the instruction received by the reception unit,

wherein, in a case where the setting unit sets the type of process based on the instruction received by the reception unit
in the second mode, the type of process set by setting unit is able to be executed based on the instruction made by the instruction
unit in the second mode, and

wherein, after the second mode is cancelled and the first mode is established, the setting unit sets the predetermined type
of process as the type of process to the instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,179,040

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. An image forming apparatus communicable with a remote computer over a network, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of user files of a specific folder, each of the plurality of user files corresponding
to a user, in a folder;

an operation unit configured to allow a user to input an instruction and to display an operation screen, the operation screen
including information for executing a function of the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a first user who uses the remote computer, a request for displaying the plurality
of user files of the specific folder, the first user being authenticated by the authentication unit; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit information indicative of the plurality of user files corresponding to at least
the first user and a second user from among the plurality of user files to the remote computer, in response to reception of
the request, the second user being a different user from the first user and not being authenticated by the authentication
unit,

wherein the operation unit is configured to display, when the instruction is input by the first user to display the plurality
of user files of the specific folder, the operation screen which includes information indicative of a user file corresponding
to the first user and does not include information indicative of a user file corresponding to the second user.

US Pat. No. 9,176,054

SYSTEM FOR TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING USING COHERENT LIGHT THAT HAS A RANDOM PHASE DISTRIBUTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for tomographic imaging of an object comprising:
a coherent light source that generates illumination, which comprises coherent light;
a separator configured to split the coherent light into a reference light and a illumination light;
a shifter configured to adjustably shift a relative phase difference between the illumination light and the reference light,
by shifting the phase of the reference light or the illumination light;

a spatial phase adjuster configured to adjust the phase of the illumination light such that the illumination light has a random
phase distribution in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis;

a coupler which combines the reference light and object light, wherein the object light is light from the object which has
been illuminated by the illumination light, the reference light and the object light being interfered;

a detector configured to detect an interference caused by the reference light and the object light, wherein object light does
not go through a phase shift aperture; and

a processor configured to calculate a complex amplitude for an optical propagation which reflects influence when the object
light is assumed to go through the phase shift aperture based on the detected interference.

US Pat. No. 9,172,827

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of executing facsimile communication by a deemed voice scheme using a facsimile signal
as a voice signal via an IP network, comprising:
a session establishment unit configured to establish a voice signal transmission session with a partner apparatus in the facsimile
communication;

a determination unit configured to determine a voice encoding scheme which is used in the session established by the session
establishment unit to encode the facsimile signal into the voice signal; and

a limitation unit configured to limit, in accordance with the voice encoding scheme determined by the determination unit,
at least one modulation scheme from being used in generation of the facsimile signal when performing the facsimile communication
by the deemed voice scheme in the session established by the session establishment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,169,480

METHOD FOR PREPARING PROTEIN, DNA, AND RNA FROM CELL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for preparing, from one cell, each of a protein, DNA, and RNA, comprising performing nuclear and cytoplasmic separation
by: treating the cell with a surfactant solution that lyses cell membranes but does not lyse nuclear membranes; homogenizing
the treated cell solution by passing the treated cell solution thus obtained through a first filter which is a channel having
a pore size that is impenetrable to cells but allows nuclei to pass therethrough; and further passing the treated cell solution
thus obtained through a second filter comprising a membrane having such a pore size as to be impenetrable to nuclei but allow
cytoplasmic ribosomes to pass therethrough; and then extracting each of a protein, DNA, and RNA, wherein the second filter
is connected to the first filter such that the second filter is placed subsequent to the first filter, and wherein the second
filter has a smaller area than the first filter.

US Pat. No. 9,170,513

YELLOW TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner comprising toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin and a colorant, wherein the colorant
comprises a compound represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R2 represents a functional group selected from the group consisting of a carboxylate ester group, a carboxylic acid dialkylamide
group, a carboxylic acid diphenylamide group, a carboxylic acid monoalkylamide group and a carboxylic acid monophenylamide
group;

A represents a carbonyl group or a sulfonyl group; and
both R3 and R4 represent a cyclohexyl group or both R3 and R4 represent a 2-ethylhexyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,168,773

PRINTING METHOD AND PRINTING APPARATUS FOR PRINTING MAINTENANCE IMAGES ON A CONTINUOUS SHEET USING A DUPLEX PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a printing control unit configured to cause the printing unit to sequentially print a plurality of images on a first surface
of a sheet and to cause the printing unit to sequentially print a plurality of images on a second surface of the sheet that
is a reverse side of the first surface, after the printing of the plurality of images on the first surface is performed;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a state of the printing unit is not normal; and
a maintenance processing unit configured to execute maintenance processing of the printing unit by performing maintenance
printing on a sheet, in a case where a state of the printing unit is determined as not normal,

wherein, in a case where the determining unit determines that a state of the printing unit is not normal while the printing
unit prints images on the first surface of the sheet, the printing control unit supplies another sheet other than the sheet
on which images are printed on the first surface and the maintenance processing unit executes maintenance processing on said
another sheet being supplied, and the printing control unit supplies the sheet on which images are printed on the first surface
after the maintenance processing is executed, and prints images on the second surface corresponding to images which are normally
printed within the plurality of images printed on the first surface of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,172,948

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR DISPLAYING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a control unit configured to select either a first display mode for causing the display unit to display a three-dimensional
video or a second display mode for causing the display unit to display a two-dimensional video; and

a connection unit configured to connect the display apparatus to an external apparatus,
wherein, the control unit sets either the first display mode or the second display mode according to a video display method
of the external apparatus, and if the display apparatus outputs a three-dimensional video to the external apparatus in a state
connected to the external apparatus via the connection unit, the control unit sets the second display mode.

US Pat. No. 9,171,230

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object detection method performed by an apparatus which stores a general model for a specific object type in advance,
the general model describing a plurality of components which are expected to co-exist in objects of the specific object type,
the method comprising:
a sample image receiving step of receiving one or more sample images, said one or more sample images each comprises a same
query object of the specific object type;

an object detector creating step of creating, using the general model and said one or more sample images, a detector specific
to said query object; and

an object detecting step of detecting, using the created detector specific to said query object, said query object from a
destination image,

wherein the general model comprises a plurality of classifier groups respectively corresponding to the plurality of components,
each of the plurality of classifier groups comprising a plurality of candidate classifiers for describing a plurality of different
feature instances of a corresponding component of the specific object type.

US Pat. No. 9,164,406

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge generating layer formed on the support; and
a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer;
wherein the charge transporting layer is a surface layer, and the surface layer comprises:
(?) at least one charge transporting substance selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following
formula (1), a compound represented by the following formula (2), a compound represented by the following formula (3), a compound
represented by the following formula (4) and a compound represented by the following formula (5);

(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of hexanol, heptanol, cyclohexanol, benzyl alcohol, ethylene
glycol, 1,4-butanediol, 1,5-pentanediol, diethylene glycol, diethylene glycol ethyl methyl ether, ethylene carbonate, propylene
carbonate, nitrobenzene, pyrrolidone, N-methylpyrrolidone, methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, benzyl acetate, ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate,
acetophenone, methyl salicylate, dimethyl phthalate, and sulfolane; and

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane moiety at the end, and
a polyester resin having a siloxane moiety at the end;


where,
Ar1 and Ar3 each independently represent a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, an ethyl group, or an ethoxy
group,

Ar2 and Ar4 each independently represent a phenyl group, a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, a phenyl group substituted with
a univalent group represented by the formula “—CH?CH—Ta”, or a biphenylyl group substituted with a univalent group represented
by the formula “—CH?CH—Ta” (where, Ta represents an univalent group derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine by loss
of one hydrogen atom, or derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine substituted with a methyl group or an ethyl group
by loss of one hydrogen atom),

R1 represents a phenyl group, a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a univalent
group represented by the formula “—CH?C(Ar5)Ar6” (where, Ar5 and Ar6 each independently represent a phenyl group or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group), and

R2 and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group;


where,
Ar21 and Ar22 each independently represent a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group,

Ar23 to Ar28 each independently represent a phenyl group, or a phenyl group substituted with a methyl group,

Ar31 represents a phenyl group substituted with a univalent group derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine by loss of one
hydrogen atom, a phenyl group substituted with a univalent group derived from a benzene ring of a triphenylamine substituted
with a methyl group or an ethyl group by loss of one hydrogen atom, or a methylcarbazolyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,164,709

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit that receives print data;
an analysis unit that analyzes each page included in a single reception of the received print data;
a determining unit that determines whether a plurality of page sets are included in the single reception of the received print
data or no page sets are included in the single reception of the received print data, wherein different sheet processes can
be designated to each of the a plurality of page sets;

a control unit that controls, based on a result of a determination by the determining unit, (i) not to start printing of the
received print data until a predetermined number which is more than one of pages included in the single reception of the received
print data are analyzed by the analysis unit and to start printing of the received print data after the predetermined number
of pages included in the received print data are analyzed by the analysis unit in a case where it is determined that the plurality
of page sets are included in the single reception of the received print data, and (ii) to start printing of the received print
data before the predetermined number of pages included in the single reception of the received print data are analyzed by
the analysis unit in a case where it is determined that no page sets are included in the single reception of the received
print data.

US Pat. No. 9,164,450

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A method of manufacturing an electrophotographic member comprising: an elastic layer comprising a silicone rubber; an
intermediate layer comprising at least one of an aromatic polyimide and an aromatic polyamideimide, and a fluororesin; and
a surface layer comprising a fluororesin,
the method comprising the steps of:
(1) preparing an elastic layer including an amino group on a surface thereof and comprising a silicone rubber;
(2) forming on the surface of the elastic layer a layer of a mixture of materials for forming an intermediate layer including
a polyamic acid as a precursor of an aromatic polyimide or an aromatic polyamideimide, and a fluororesin, followed by forming
on the layer of the mixture of materials for forming the intermediate layer a layer of a fluororesin particle dispersion;
and

(3) imidizing the polyamic acid in the layer of the mixture of materials for forming the intermediate layer, and melting fluororesin
particles in the layer of the fluororesin particle dispersion to form a fluororesin layer,

the step (3) comprising the step of allowing an acid group directly bonded to a carbon atom constituting an aromatic ring
in a molecule of the polyamic acid to react with the amino group on the surface of the elastic layer when imidizing the polyamic
acid.

US Pat. No. 9,165,228

PRINTING APPARATUS ALLOWING USER CHANGE OF OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF JOB, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a first job and a second job from host computers over a network, the first job including
both first print data and a control code indicating that a hold process is to be executed, the second job including second
print data without the control code;

a setting unit configured to set information indicative of holding print data that is written in a specific language; and
a job control unit configured to, if the first job has been received, execute the hold process for the first print job in
accordance with the control code which is included in the first job,

wherein the job control unit is configured to, if the second job has been received and if the second print data included in
the second job is written in the specific language, execute the hold process for the second print job, and

wherein the job control unit is configured to, if the second job has been received and if the second print data included in
the second job is not written in the specific language, execute the print process for the second print job.

US Pat. No. 9,165,229

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRINTING IMAGES ON A CONTINUOUS SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine an output sheet size specified by a first print job and an output sheet size
specified by a second print job;

a decision unit configured to decide on a sheet width of a continuous sheet to be used by the first print job and the second
print job based on each of the determined output sheet size specified by the first print job and the determined output sheet
size specified by the second print job; and

a control unit configured to cause a printing unit to print an image based on the first print job and an image based on the
second print job continuously on a continuous sheet having the sheet width decided on by the decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,165,508

DISPLAY APPARATUS USING REFERENCE VOLTAGE LINE FOR PARASITIC CAPACITANCE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixel circuits;
a reference voltage line connected to each of the plurality of pixel circuits;
a reference voltage source for supplying a reference voltage to the reference voltage line;
a first switch for connecting the reference voltage source to the reference voltage line; and
a data line for supplying a data voltage to each pixel circuit, and the data line being different from the reference voltage
line,

wherein each pixel circuit includes a light emitting element, a driving transistor having a source connected to an anode of
the light emitting element, a holding capacitor having one end connected to a gate of the driving transistor and having the
other end connected to the source of the driving transistor, a second switch for connecting the gate of the driving transistor
to the data line, and a third switch for connecting the source of the driving transistor to the reference voltage line; and

wherein the data voltage is written in the gate of the driving transistor, under a condition that the source of the driving
transistor is connected to the reference voltage line, while the reference voltage line is disconnected from the reference
voltage source, and that a threshold voltage of the driving transistor is held in the holding capacitor, while a difference
of the reference voltage from the threshold voltage of the driving transistor is held in the parasitic capacitance of the
reference voltage line.

US Pat. No. 9,162,433

METHOD OF PRODUCING FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE AND FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flow passage device that includes a first base body having a first hole and a second base body having a second hole connected
to the first hole to form a flow passage,
wherein the first base body has a first portion around the first hole, the first portion having a specified shape for holding
an adhesive,

wherein the second base body has a high-wettability surface around the second hole with a low-wettability surface disposed
proximate the high-wettability surface, and at least part of the high-wettability surface is patterned to have a shape that
matches at least part of the specified shape of the first portion of the first base body, and

wherein the first base body and the second base body are bonded to each other with the adhesive to form the flow passage by
aligning the at least part of the first portion with the at least part of the high-wettability surface with a position of
the first hole aligned with a position of the second hole.

US Pat. No. 9,162,501

PRINTER HAVING A PLURALITY OF PAPER ROLLS EACH HAVING A SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A method, comprising:
providing a printing apparatus configured to support a plurality of roll sheets at a plurality of supporting positions;
providing a printing unit configured to print a sheet pulled out from any roll sheet at one of the plurality of supporting
positions;

a printing step for printing an image, with the printing unit, on a sheet pulled out from a first roll sheet which is supported
at a first supporting position of the plurality of supporting positions;

an obtaining step for obtaining an attribute of a second roll sheet which is supported at a second supporting position of
the plurality of supporting positions, even when the image is not being printing on a sheet pulled out from the second roll
sheet in the printing step and the image is being printed on a sheet pulled out from the first roll sheet in the printing
step; and

a display control step for causing a display screen to display information corresponding to the attribute obtained in the
obtaining step.

US Pat. No. 9,160,870

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING DATA TO A SELECTED TRANSMISSION DESTINATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify destination data which is selected by a user with a first selection method or with
a second selection method, from among plural items of destination data which have been stored in advance, wherein destination
data is selected while information indicating a destination is not provided to the user with the first selection method or
destination data is selected while information indicating a destination is provided to the user with the second selection
method;

a setting unit configured to set, if the specified destination data has been selected with the first selection method, a transmission
destination based on the specified destination data after accepting a user operation through a confirmation screen, displayed
on a display unit, which includes information indicating a destination corresponding to the specified destination data, and
set, if the specified destination data has been selected with the second selection method, a transmission destination based
on the specified destination data without displaying the confirmation screen on the display unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit data to the transmission destination set by said setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,152,097

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

a suppressing portion configured to suppress diffusion, toward the sheet discharging opening, of particles having a predetermined
diameter resulting from a parting agent, wherein said suppressing portion is provided in the neighborhood of a surface of
said first rotatable member in a space in said casing from the sheet introducing opening to the sheet discharging opening,

wherein when a gap between said suppressing portion and said first rotatable member is G (mm) and a peripheral speed of said
first rotatable member is V (mm/s), the following relationship is satisfied:

0.5?G?0.0059×V+0.72.

US Pat. No. 9,152,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT EMPLOYS ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on the image bearing member;
a development unit that includes a plurality of developing devices that each develop the latent image by using a toner of
a different color, and rotates to switch the developing device contacting the image bearing member, such that another of the
developing devices contacts the image bearing member;

a rotating member configured to operate as an intermediate transfer member onto which the toner image formed on the image
bearing member is primary-transferred, or as a transferring material bearing member that bears a recording material onto which
the toner image is primary-transferred and rotates; and

a correcting unit configured to correct a formation position of a toner image according to a number of the developing devices
passing through a developing position until the toner image is formed on the image bearing member after any one of the plurality
of developing devices stops at the developing position by the development unit rotating the plurality of developing devices.

US Pat. No. 9,152,894

GPU-BASED RIP ARCHITECTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of printing document data in page description language format using a plurality of graphics processing units via
a video interface, said method comprising:
converting the document data to a set of rendering commands corresponding to a plurality of bands, using at least one central
processing unit, wherein each of the plurality of bands includes a plurality of tiles and each of the tiles included in a
band is associated with one of a plurality of swathes;

assigning each of the plurality of tiles to a corresponding one of the plurality of graphics processing units in accordance
with a swathe associated with each of the plurality of tiles;

rendering the plurality of tiles representing the document using the assigned graphics processing units in parallel with one
another;

transmitting the rendered tiles from each of the assigned graphics processing units to a corresponding one of a plurality
of print head controllers, bypassing the central processing units, wherein the rendered tiles are transmitted at a higher
frequency than a frequency at which the plurality of tiles is output from each print head controller, and the rendered tile
from each of the assigned graphics processing units is repeatedly transmitted until the each print head controller completes
output of the previous band; and

outputting, from each of the print head controllers, the rendered tiles forming a complete band for printing the rendered
tiles.

US Pat. No. 9,151,938

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side: a first lens unit having a positive refractive
power; a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and a
fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein intervals between adjacent lens units vary during zooming, and
the first lens unit moves so as to be disposed nearer to an object at a telephoto end than at a wide angle end, and wherein
each of the first lens unit to the fourth lens unit has at least one negative lens, and conditional expressions
0.60
1.84
0.22
are satisfied where Lt is a lens total length at the telephoto end, ft is a focal length of an entire system at the telephoto
end, N2an is a mean value of refractive indices of materials of negative lenses included in the second lens unit, NAan is
a mean value of refractive indices of materials of negative lenses included in the entire system, and NAap is a mean value
of refractive indices of materials of positive lenses included in the entire system.

US Pat. No. 9,147,709

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a structure having a semiconductor layer in which a plurality of photoelectric converters
are arranged, comprising:
a light blocking member arranged above a face of the structure and including a plurality of circular openings each corresponding
to at least one of the photoelectric converters;

a first layer configured to cover the light blocking member, and exposed portions of the face of the structure, formed by
the plurality of circular openings; and

a second layer arranged to cover the first layer and having a refractive index higher than that of the first layer,
wherein an interface between the first layer and the second layer includes lens faces protruding toward the exposed portions.

US Pat. No. 9,144,380

ADAPTIVE OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGE OBTAINING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ADAPTIVE OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optical apparatus comprising:
an aberration correction unit configured to correct an aberration of at least irradiation light for irradiating an object
to be examined and returning light from the object to be examined irradiated with the irradiation light;

a shielding unit configured to shield diffracted light that is generated at the aberration correction unit that is irradiated
with at least the irradiation light and the returning light;

a detection unit configured to detect an aberration of the returning light through an aperture of the shielding unit; and
a control unit configured to control the aberration correction unit based on a detection result of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,144,971

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by a general formula (1) below;
Mn as a first subcomponent;
Li as a second subcomponent; and
Bi as a third subcomponent,
wherein a Mn content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.04 parts by weight or more and 0.36 parts by
weight or less on a metal basis, a Li content ? relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.0013 parts by weight
or more and 0.0280 parts by weight or less on a metal basis, a Bi content ? relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide
is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less on a metal basis, and the contents ? and ? satisfy 0.5?(?·MB)/(?·ML)?1
(where ML represents an atomic weight of Li and MB represents an atomic weight of Bi)

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(where x, y, z, and a satisfy 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.074, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,144,978

PRINTHEAD SUBSTRATE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead substrate comprising:
an electrothermal transducer configured to heat a printing material;
a first double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor transistor configured to drive the electrothermal transducer;
a metal oxide semiconductor structure forming an anti-fuse memory element;
a power supply line configured to provide a first voltage to be used to break down an insulating film of the metal oxide semiconductor
structure;

a second double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor transistor connected to the metal oxide semiconductor structure, and configured
to break down the insulating film of the metal oxide semiconductor structure by providing the first voltage to the metal oxide
semiconductor structure in a case where the second double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor transistor is in a conductive
state; and

a driving unit configured to drive the second double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor transistor to be in the conductive
state.

US Pat. No. 9,141,044

FIXING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE MAGNETIC FLUX SHIELDING PORTION AND SHEET GUIDE PORTION, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A fixing apparatus which fixes a toner image on a sheet, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a magnetic flux generating portion which generates a magnetic flux;
a fixing portion which generates heat by the magnetic flux generated by the magnetic flux generating portion and fixes a toner
image on the sheet with the heat;

a magnetic flux confining portion which confines the magnetic flux directed toward the fixing portion from the magnetic flux
generating portion;

a sheet guide portion which guides the sheet, and
a moving portion which integrally moves the magnetic flux confining portion and the sheet guide portion in a sheet-width direction
perpendicular to a sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,141,057

SWITCHING CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A switching control apparatus, which is provided between a commercial alternating current power supply and a load, for
controlling a switch for supplying or cutting off electric power from the commercial alternating current power supply to the
load, the switching control apparatus comprising:
a switching driving unit for turning on or off the switch;
a control-purpose power supply for outputting electric power for controlling the switching driving unit;
a power transmission unit provided between the switching driving unit and the control-purpose power supply, for supplying
or cutting off electric power from the control-purpose power supply to the switching driving unit; and

a control unit for controlling the power transmission unit,
wherein the control unit controls the switching driving unit to turn on the switch during a period in which the electric power
from the control-purpose power supply to the switching driving unit is cut off by the power transmission unit, and controls
the switching driving unit to turn off the switch during a period in which the electric power is supplied from the control-purpose
power supply to the switching driving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,143,660

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM OF A LENS INTERCHANGEABLE TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup system comprising a lens apparatus, and an image pickup apparatus to which the lens apparatus is detachably
attached,
wherein the lens apparatus includes a lens controller, and an image pickup optical system configured to form an optical image
of an object,

wherein the image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup apparatus controller configured to communicate with the lens controller
in synchronization with a control reference signal,

wherein the lens controller controls driving of a driven unit included in the image pickup optical system in synchronization
with the control reference signal provided from the image pickup apparatus controller,

wherein the image pickup apparatus controller temporarily changes a cycle of the control reference signal, and sends invalid
cycle information representing that a post-change cycle of the control reference signal does not accord with a pre-change
cycle of the control reference signal, to the lens controller in synchronization with a post-change control reference signal,
and

wherein when receiving the invalid cycle information, the lens controller performs synchronous processing that is processing
performed in synchronization with the control reference signal in a case the lens controller can perform the synchronous processing
using a pre-change control reference signal, the lens controller stands by in a case the lens controller cannot perform the
synchronous processing using the pre-change control reference signal, and the lens controller sends to the image pickup apparatus
controller information representing whether or not the lens controller has been able to follow a changed cycle of the control
reference signal.