US Pat. No. 9,654,652

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and operating to:
set information on a print medium in a feed unit based or a user input;
determine, if the information on the print medium is set, whether the set information on the print medium can be reflected
in a setting condition for a specific function mode, the specific function mode being a mode for outputting images using a
specific function; and

update, if it is determined that the set information on the print medium can be reflected in the setting condition for the
specific function mode, the setting condition for the specific function mode to reflect the set information on the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,654,656

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system including a server and a plurality of information processing apparatuses,
wherein the server comprises:
a storage unit configured to store setting information of menu screens of the plurality of information processing apparatuses,
and

wherein each of the plurality of information processing apparatuses comprises:
a registration unit configured to register the setting information of a menu screen displayed on the information processing
apparatus,

a first storage unit configured to store first setting information as a non-synchronization target, which has been registered
by the registration unit,

a second storage unit configured to store second setting information as a synchronization target, which has been registered
by the registration unit,

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the server, difference information between the second setting information stored
by the second storage unit and the setting information stored by the storage unit, and

a synchronization control unit configured to perform synchronization of the second setting information between the server
and the second storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,651,891

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EMPLOYING TECHNIQUE THAT REDUCES AMOUNT OF COLORING MATERIAL CONSUMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier by irradiating the image carrier with
light based on image data;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier using a developing material;
a specifying unit configured to specify a specific pixel, of a plurality of pixels that configure the image data, having a
second developing material amount used in development performed by the developing unit that is greater than a first developing
material amount determined by the image data; and

a correcting unit configured to correct an image forming condition so that the second developing material amount for the specific
pixel at least approaches the first developing material amount for the specific pixel,

wherein the specifying unit is further configured to specify a first number of the specific pixel in a first situation, and
specify a second number of the specific pixel in a second situation, the second number being different from the first number,
and the second situation being different from the first situation.

US Pat. No. 9,651,916

CARTRIDGE HAVING STORING MEDIUM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING THE CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge insertable into a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first unit including a first bearing portion for rotatably supporting an image bearing member;
a second unit including a second bearing portion for rotatably supporting a developer carrying member; and
a storing medium including an electrical contact,
wherein said second bearing portion is provided inside said first bearing portion with respect to a rotational axis direction
of said image bearing member,

wherein at least a part of said storing medium is supported by said second unit and is provided at a position outside said
second bearing portion and inside an outermost end of said first unit with respect to the rotational axis direction, and

wherein said electrical contact faces toward a direction crossing the rotational axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,684,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR SUPPORTING CARTRIDGE USED FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body; and
a cartridge that includes
at least one rotating member, and
at least one coupling arranged to engage with a drive member on the apparatus main body side so as to receive a drive force
to rotate the at least one rotating member, the at least one coupling including an end portion engaging with the drive members,

wherein the image forming apparatus includes a movement member arranged to move the cartridge and which is movable between
a first position for disposing the cartridge at a position where image formation is possible and a second position where the
cartridge is disposed outside of the apparatus main body and attachable to and detachable from the movement member,

wherein, when the movement member is positioned at the first position, the at least one coupling is arranged to engage with
the drive member so as to be positioned at a drive position where the at least one coupling is able to rotate the at least
one rotating member, and

wherein the at least one coupling is moveable to the drive position and an inclined position, and the at least one coupling
inclines so that the end portion when the at least one coupling is at the inclined position to be closer to a downstream side
with respect to a moving direction of the movement member moving from the second position to the first position, than when
the end portion is at the drive position,

wherein the movement member comprises a contact portion configured to move the cartridge by contacting on the cartridge when
moving from the first position to the second position, and

wherein in case where the movement member is moved from the first position to the second position, the at least one coupling
is moved from the drive position to the inclined position in response to a movement of the cartridge pressed by the contact
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,642,182

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory, wherein the processor is configured to act as units comprising:
(1) a creating unit which operates as an access point and creates a first wireless network;
(2) a communication unit which communicates with a first terminal apparatus and a second terminal apparatus which participate
in the first wireless network, wherein the first terminal apparatus is a specific apparatus and the second terminal apparatus
is not a specific apparatus;

(3) a detecting unit which detects that the first terminal apparatus or the second terminal apparatus has left the first wireless
network created by the creating unit; and

(4) an ending unit which (a) maintains the operation as the access point of the first wireless network, in a case that the
second terminal apparatus left the first wireless network and the first terminal apparatus remains in the first wireless network,
and (b) ends the operation as the access point of the first wireless network, in a case that the first terminal apparatus
left the first wireless network even if the second terminal apparatus remains in the first wireless network.

US Pat. No. 9,665,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DETACHABLE FIXING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main apparatus having an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material, a storage unit configured
to store information, an obtaining unit configured to obtain information, a display unit, a first display control unit configured
to display an input screen, through which a character string is input, on said display unit, a writing unit configured to
write information in said storage unit, and a second display control unit configured to display information on said display
unit; and

a fixing device, detachably attached to said main apparatus, configured to fix the image formed on the recording material
by said image forming unit,

wherein said obtaining unit is configured to obtain identification information for discriminating from another fixing device
that is exchangeable with said fixing device and capable of being attached to said main apparatus, from said fixing device,

said writing unit is configured to write the character string, that is input through the input screen displayed on said display
unit by said first display control unit, in said storage unit in association with the identification information obtained
by said obtaining unit, and

said second display control unit is configured to display, on said display unit as a name of said fixing device, the character
string stored in said storage unit in association with the identification information obtained by said obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,673

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store position information and information about a first wireless network in association with
each other;

a detection unit configured to detect a position of the communication apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication apparatus exists within a predetermined range including
a position corresponding to the position information based on a result of the detection performed by the detection unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit a predetermined signal, for connecting another communication apparatus to the first
wireless network, to the another communication apparatus using a second communication system with a lower power consumption
than a first communication system used in the first wireless network in response to the determination unit determining that
the communication apparatus exists within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,599,920

MAGNETIC CARRIER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic carrier having a magnetic carrier core and a resin coat layer formed on the surface of the magnetic carrier
core, wherein
the resin coat layer contains a resin component comprising a coat resin A and a coat resin B;
the coat resin A is a polymer having an acid value from 0 to 3.0 KOH/g and that is obtained by polymerization of a (meth)acrylate
ester monomer that has an alicyclic hydrocarbon group;

the coat resin B is a polymer comprising a polar group and having an acid value from 4.0 to 50.0 mg KOH/g, that is obtained
by polymerization of (meth)acrylic monomer;

the coat resin A is contained in the resin coat layer at from 10 to 90 mass % with reference to the mass of the resin component
in the resin coat layer;

the coat resin B is contained in the resin coat layer at from 10 to 90 mass % with reference to the mass of the resin component
in the resin coat layer; and

the acid value of the resin component in the resin coat layer is from 1.0 to 10.0 mg KOH/g.

US Pat. No. 9,596,375

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR RECORDING A RAW IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM WITH CONTINUOUS SHOOTING MODE CONTROL OF DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ON RAW IMAGE DATA IN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit;
a generating unit configured to generate RAW image data by using an image obtained by the image capturing unit, wherein the
generating unit sequentially generates RAW image data of a plurality of pictures in a continuous shooting mode;

a memory configured to temporarily store the RAW image data;
a first development unit configured to perform development processing on the RAW image data stored in the memory;
a recording unit configured to record, onto a recording medium, (1) first image data developed by the first development unit
and (2) the RAW image data stored in the memory; and

a control unit configured to, in the continuous shooting mode, control whether to perform, by the first development unit,
the development processing on the RAW image data stored in the memory, in accordance with free storage space of the memory
available for storing the RAW image data,

wherein the control unit, in the continuous shooting mode, controls (1) the generating unit to generate the RAW image data
and to write the RAW image data into the memory, (2) the recording unit to read the RAW image data from the memory and to
record the RAW image data onto the recording medium, and (3) the first development unit not to perform the development processing
on the RAW image data stored in the memory, if the free storage space of the memory available for storing the RAW image data
is smaller than a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,563,416

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a normal operation mode, and a safe mode for operation restricting a function
of a bundle more than in the normal operation mode, the apparatus comprising:
an installation unit configured to install a host bundle, and to inactivate, as a temporary install, a fragment bundle added
to the host bundle in order to extend a function of the host bundle, and to store the fragment bundle in a first memory area;
and

a holding unit configured to hold a list defining whether the temporarily installed fragment bundle is activated or inactivated
when the information processing apparatus starts in the safe mode,

wherein the installation unit, when the information processing apparatus starts in the safe mode, moves a fragment bundle
defined to be activated in the list, out of temporarily installed fragment bundles, to a second memory area to activate that
fragment bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,553,217

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND STRUCTURE WITH TRENCHES IN PASSIVATION FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming a passivation film on a substrate including a plurality of element regions and a scribe region, the plurality of element
regions including a first element region, a second element region adjacent to the first element region in a first direction,
a third element region adjacent to the first element region in a second direction different from the first direction, and
a fourth element region adjacent to the second element region in the second direction, and

the scribe region including a first scribe region extending in the first direction between a first row of element regions
including the first element region and the second element region and a second row of element regions including the third element
region and the fourth element region, a first portion extending in the second direction between the first element region and
the second element region, and a second portion extending in the second direction between the third element region and the
fourth element region;

forming a first trench in the passivation film between the first scribe region and the first row of the element regions, the
first trench extending in the first direction;

forming a second trench in the passivation film between the second row of element regions and the first scribe region, the
second trench extending in the first direction; and

forming a film on the passivation film where the first trench and the second trench have been formed by coating,
wherein the first trench extends continuously along the first element region, the second element region, and the first portion,
and

wherein the second trench extends continuously along the third element region, the fourth element region, and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 9,544,935

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU configured to check an activation state of the information processing apparatus;
a first communication unit configured to establish a wireless communication with an external apparatus; and
a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus via a proximity wireless communication,
the second communication unit including a tag memory that is accessible from the CPU and accessible from the external apparatus,

wherein in a case that the activation state changes, the CPU writes time information to the tag memory based on the changed
activation state, and

wherein the second communication unit transmits the time information in response to a receiving request from the external
apparatus, and

wherein the time information indicates a time required for the information processing apparatus to reach a state in which
the information processing apparatus can receive an access request from the external apparatus using the first communication
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,535,370

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device used for an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear and convey developer used for developing an electrostatic image formed on an
electrophotographic photosensitive member;

a development chamber including the developer bearing member;
a developer storage chamber configured to store developer to be supplied to the development chamber;
a partition configured to separate the development chamber and the developer storage chamber and having an opening that allows
communication between the developer storage chamber and the development chamber;

a rotating shaft configured to be rotatable and provided inside the developer storage chamber;
a conveyance member having an end portion on the inner side in a rotation radial direction of the rotating shaft attached
to the rotating shaft, and according to rotation of the rotating shaft, configured to bear and convey the developer on a bearing
surface, which is a surface on a downstream side in the rotation direction of the rotating shaft, and supply the developer
to the development chamber via the opening;

a receiving member having an end portion on the inner side in the rotation radial direction of the rotating shaft attached
to the rotating shaft, and having flexibility configured to receive the developer falling from the bearing surface of the
conveyance member on a downstream side of the conveyance member in the rotation direction of the rotating shaft according
to the rotation of the rotating shaft; and

a plurality of protruding portions configured to protrude toward the inside of the developer storage chamber from the partition,
wherein, within one turn of rotation of the rotating shaft, the receiving member moves while simultaneously contacting an
inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber on an upstream side of the opening in the rotation direction of the rotating
shaft and the protruding portion according to the rotation of the rotating shaft, and

wherein the plurality of protruding portions are positioned lower than the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,529,305

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A developer container comprising:
a frame member configured to store developer and having a first side and a second side that is a backside of the first side
of the frame member; and

a conductive member including resin, wherein the conductive member is configured to detect a developer amount by using capacitance,
wherein a conductive resin first portion of the conductive member is provided along the first side of the frame member to
be in contact with the developer and a conductive resin second portion of the conductive member is provided along the second
side of the frame member,

wherein a conductive resin joint portion of the conductive member is provided to connect the first portion and the second
portion to each other through the frame member, and

wherein the resin in the first portion, the second portion and the joint portion is the same resin.

US Pat. No. 9,517,637

IMAGING OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light-emitting parts;
a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light fluxes emitted from the light source; and
an imaging optical system configured to condense the plurality of light fluxes deflected by the deflection unit onto a scanned
surface, wherein:

the imaging optical system comprises an imaging optical element;
the imaging optical element comprises an optical surface whose shape within a sub-scanning section has a non-circular shape;
assuming that a coordinate along a main scanning direction is Y and a coordinate along a sub-scanning direction is Z and that,
within the sub-scanning section, a curvature radius on an optical axis of the optical surface is r, an eccentricity is k,
a coefficient of variation in the curvature radius of the optical surface is Di, and an aspherical surface coefficient is GmnYm, when a shape S of the optical surface within the sub-scanning section is defined by an expression:


the expression comprises a term in which n is an odd number equal to or larger than 3;
the aspherical surface coefficient of at least one of the terms in which n is an odd number equal to or larger than 3 is changed
asymmetrically along the main scanning direction; and

when wavefront aberration amounts in positions Zmax and Zmin of end portions of the light flux along the sub-scanning direction
are set as W(Zmax) [?] and W(Zmin) [?], respectively, in an arbitrary position in the optical surface along the main scanning
direction,

is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,507,318

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller movable between a contact position in which the developing roller contacts the electrophotographic photosensitive
drum to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a spaced position
in which the developing roller is spaced from the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;

a drum frame supporting the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing frame supporting the developing roller; and
a force receiving member movable relative to the developing frame to move between a projected position in which the force
receiving member is projected outwardly from the developing frame and a retracted position in which the force receiving member
is retracted from the projected position toward an inside of the developing frame, the force receiving member including (i)
a spacing force receiving portion configured to receive a spacing force for moving the developing roller from the contact
position to the spaced position when the force receiving member is in the projected position, and (ii) a retracting force
receiving portion configured to receive a retracting force for moving the force receiving member toward the retracted position
when the force receiving member is in the projected position,

wherein the spacing force receiving portion is located on a first side of the force receiving member, and the retracting force
receiving portion is located on a second side of the force receiving member that is opposite the first side with respect to
a direction in which the spacing force receiving portion is capable of receiving the spacing force,

wherein the retracting force receiving portion has a surface slanted with respect to the direction in which the spacing force
receiving portion is capable of receiving the spacing force.

US Pat. No. 9,498,984

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECORDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to record an image on a recording medium;
a first conveying roller that is disposed upstream of the recording head in a conveying direction of a recording medium and
conveys a recording medium;

a second conveying roller that is disposed downstream of the recording head in the conveying direction and conveys a recording
medium;

wherein a recording medium is conveyed intermittently in a first conveying state in which the recording medium is conveyed
by the first conveying roller and the second conveying roller and in a second conveying state in which the recording medium
is conveyed by the second conveying roller after the trailing edge of the recording medium is detached from the first conveying
roller; and

a correcting unit that corrects a conveyance amount in an intermittent conveying operation where a conveying state is switched
from the first conveying state to the second conveying state, based on a first correction value corresponding to rotation
phases of the first conveying roller to correct a conveyance amount of the first conveying roller and a second correction
value corresponding to rotation phases of the second conveying roller to correct a conveyance amount of the second conveying
roller.

US Pat. No. 9,497,190

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a Web browser being capable of receiving screen information provided by a Web
server, and displaying an input screen for inputting authentication information based on the screen information, the apparatus
comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute a script;
a holding unit configured to hold a first script for acquiring authentication information stored in an external apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to, in a case where, in the received screen information, a second script is included, cause
an execution unit to execute the first script, and as an execution result of the first script, to acquire the authentication
information; and

a display unit configured to display, in a state in which the authentication information acquired by the acquisition unit
is set, the input screen,

wherein the acquisition unit, by causing the execution unit to execute a third script provided from the external apparatus
as an execution result of the first script, acquires the authentication information.

US Pat. No. 9,496,481

CONTROLLING DEVICE FOR VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A controlling device for a vibration type actuator, the controlling device comprising:
an AC voltage generating unit in which at least one of a frequency, an amplitude, and a phase of an AC voltage is settable,
the AC voltage to be applied to the vibration type actuator;

a measuring unit which measures at least one physical quantity of the vibration of a vibrating member of the vibration type
actuator or a mechanism connected to the vibrating member, the sound propagating in a medium surrounding the vibrating member,
a speed of a moving member of the vibration type actuator, a position of the moving member, and a force output by the moving
member;

a variation imparting unit which imparts a variation to at least one of the frequency, the amplitude, and the phase of the
AC voltage generated by the AC voltage generating unit, the variation imparting unit being isolated from the measuring unit;

a frequency-response characteristic measuring unit which finds a frequency-response characteristic of at least one frequency
between a first signal according to the variation imparted by the variation imparting unit and a second signal according to
the at least one physical quantity measured by the measuring unit; and

a frequency controlling unit which controls a frequency of the AC voltage generated by the AC voltage generating unit according
to the frequency-response characteristic found by the frequency-response characteristic measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,487,009

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a joint step for joining a base plate provided with a plurality
of supply slits arranged at predetermined positions and an element substrate provided with a plurality of supply openings
arranged to be adjusted relative to the predetermined positions, comprising:
an obtaining step for obtaining information in regard to a shift amount between the positions of the supply openings and the
positions of the supply slits at the time of joining the element substrate and the base plate;

a correcting step for, in a case where the information in regard to the shift amount between the positions of the supply openings
and the positions of the supply slits is a predetermined value or more, correcting a position of the element substrate such
that the information in regard to the shift amount becomes less than the predetermined value; and

a position correcting step for correcting the position of the element substrate by an integral multiple of an image formation
minimum pixel pitch in a conveying direction of a sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,491,416

SERVER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF TRANSMITTING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
memory communicatively coupled to the processor for storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor,
perform operations comprising:

receive an image captured by an image capturing unit;
perform a privacy mask process to the captured image;
transmit a privacy mask processed image to a privileged client apparatus and a non-privileged client apparatus, and
in response to receiving a request from the privileged client apparatus to generate a panoramic image at the privileged client
apparatus:

capturing by the image capturing unit, a plurality of images by changing an image capturing direction of the image capturing
unit;

transmitting the plurality of images to the privileged client apparatus without transmitting the plurality of captured images
to the non-privileged client apparatus;

generating a panoramic image at the privileged client using the plurality of images;
receiving, the panoramic image from the privileged client apparatus; and
transmitting a privacy mask processed image from the panoramic image to the non-privileged client apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,488,928

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH GUIDE FOR EXPOSURE UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a cartridge that can be attached/detached to/from a main body of the apparatus,
a photosensitive member provided in the cartridge;
an exposure unit that exposes the photosensitive member to light;
a first contact portion disposed in the cartridge;
a positioning portion provided in the exposure unit, the positioning portion coming into contact with the first contact portion
to position the exposure unit in a first position where the photosensitive member is exposed to light;

a second contact portion disposed in a frame body of the cartridge which includes a guiding portion guiding movement of the
exposure unit such that the positioning portion comes into contact with the first contact portion; and

a contacted portion that is provided in the exposure unit, wherein
the contacted portion is brought into contact with the second contact portion, thereby positioning the exposure unit in a
second position where the positioning portion and the first contact portion are separated from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,482,997

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EXECUTING A START-UP PROCESS OF A FIXING PORTION, WHEN A DETECTING PORTION DETECTS THE EXISTENCE OF AN OPERATOR BEFORE RECEIPT OF AN IMAGE FORMATION INSTRUCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a recording material accommodating portion configured to accommodate a recording material;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the recording material fed from said recording material accommodating
portion;

a fixing portion configured to heat-fix the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion;
a storing portion configured to store information corresponding to a type of the recording material accommodated in said recording
material accommodating portion;

a detecting portion configured to detect that an operator exists in a predetermined zone in a neighborhood of said image forming
apparatus; and

an executing portion configured to execute a start-up process of said fixing portion, when said detecting portion detects
the existence of the operator before said image forming apparatus receives an image formation instruction, over a time depending
on the information stored in said storing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,477,188

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image onto a recording material while conveying and heating the recording material on
which the toner image has been formed at a nip portion, the fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to contact the film, the heater including a substrate, a first heat generating segment formed on a first
surface, facing the film, of the substrate, and a second heat generating segment formed on a second surface opposite to the
first surface of the substrate;

a pressure member configured to form the nip portion with the film;
a temperature detection unit configured to detect the second surface; and
a control unit configured to supply power to the heater so that the temperature detected by the temperature detection unit
becomes a target temperature,

wherein the control unit can perform a first heater control for controlling the heater so as to supply power only to the first
heat generating segment, and a second heater control for controlling the heater so as to supply power only to the second heat
generating segment, and

wherein the target temperature during performing the second heater control is higher than the target temperature during performing
the first heater control.

US Pat. No. 9,479,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with a server for processing document data, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive document data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a hash value of data transmitted to the server; and
a control unit configured to perform control for switching between a first processing and a second processing,
wherein, if the control unit determines that a hash value for the document data need not be generated, the control unit executes
the first processing,

wherein, in the first processing, a transmission of the document data to the server is started without waiting for a completion
of a spooling of the received document data, and

wherein, in the second processing, a determination is made using the hash value of the document data and the acquired hash
value, after the spooling of the document data is completed, and, based on a result of the determination, the document data
is transmitted to the server, and

wherein, execution of the first processing transmits the document data to the server quicker than execution of the second
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,471,855

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a continuous sheet;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the continuous sheet;
a cutting unit configured to cut the continuous sheet at a location of a leading edge side and a trailing edge side of the
image printed on the continuous sheet;

a control unit configured to, in a case in which a marginless image is to be printed, execute a first control of providing
a margin portion on a front side of the image and printing the image; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the image is shorter than a predetermined length in a conveyance direction,
wherein in the case in which the marginless image is to be printed, the control unit suspends execution of the first control
until the determination unit determines the image.

US Pat. No. 9,471,017

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY RELEASING PRESSURE APPLIED TO A FIXING NIP PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a fixing unit configured to fix an unfixed image on a recording material to the recording material while conveying the recording
material with the recording material nipped in a fixing nip portion, the fixing unit being removably mounted on the main body
and including a cam for switching pressure applied to the fixing nip portion and a first engagement portion for transmitting
a driving force to the cam; and

a second engagement portion provided in the main body so as to engage with the first engagement portion in a state where the
fixing unit is mounted on the main body,

wherein the image forming apparatus can switch the fixing nip portion between a pressurized state and a pressure released
state by rotating the cam via the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion,

wherein a difference between a phase of the cam in the pressurized state and a phase of the cam in the pressure released state
is 180°,

wherein the first engagement portion has two inlets which the second engagement portion enters, and a difference between respective
phases of the two inlets is 180°, and

wherein the first engagement portion and the second engagement portion engage with each other when the fixing unit is mounted
on the main body regardless of whether the fixing nip portion is in the pressurized state or the pressure released state.

US Pat. No. 9,473,650

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. An image reading method of an image reading apparatus for reading an image of an original, comprising:
reading the image of the original according to a scan ticket having a predetermined format and specifying image processing
designated by a user;

performing image processing for image data obtained by reading the image of the original in the reading in a case where the
image processing is specified in the scan ticket and is executable by the image reading apparatus;

editing contents of the scan ticket so as to include information for specifying image processing which is unexecuted out of
the image processing specified in the scan ticket; and

transmitting the edited scan ticket and image data that has undergone the image processing.

US Pat. No. 9,464,924

SCALE, DISPLACEMENT DETECTION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND ASSEMBLING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scale usable in a displacement detection apparatus for detecting a position of an object, the scale comprising:
a pattern periodically formed in a measurement direction and configured to change a physical property in a direction perpendicular
to the measurement direction without changing phase information in the measurement direction when a detector reading the pattern
moves relative to the pattern in the direction perpendicular to the measurement direction,

wherein the physical property of the pattern is uniquely determined with respect to a position in the direction perpendicular
to the measurement direction,

wherein the pattern includes a plurality of pattern portions arrayed in the direction perpendicular to the measurement direction,
wherein the plurality of pattern portions arrayed in the direction perpendicular to the measurement direction have maximum
values of a width in the measurement direction that are equal to each other and have maximum values of a width in the direction
perpendicular to the measurement direction are different from each other, and

wherein the relative position between the scale and the detector in the direction perpendicular to the measurement direction
is uniquely determinable.

US Pat. No. 9,460,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for designing an animation that expresses a transition of display forms of an object, said apparatus comprising:
a reception unit adapted to receive an operation for setting key frames in the animation at one or more time points on a time
axis displayed on a screen, the time axis corresponding to the animation, and for associating a display form of the object
at each of the set key frames with the key frame, wherein said reception unit receives, as the operation, (i) a first instruction
for associating a display form of the object that is newly defined with a key frame that is an operation target and (ii) a
second instruction for assigning, to a key frame that is an operation target, reference information to a display form of the
object associated with an existing key frame: and

a display control unit adapted to display indicators representing the key frames set at the time points, at one or more time
points at which the key frames have been set, on the time axis displayed on the screen, wherein said display control unit
displays, in a case where the second instruction for assigning, to a second key frame that is different from a first key frame
of one or more key frames that have been already set on the time axis, reference information to a display form of the object
associated with the first key frame that is received by the reception unit, indicators having the same appearance, as an indicator
representing the first key frame and an indicator representing the second key frame to be displayed on the time axis,

wherein appearances of the indicator representing the first key frame and the indicator representing the second key frame
are different from appearances of an indicator representing the other key frames to which a display form of the object different
from a display form of the object at the first key frame and the second key frame of the already set one or more key frames
is instructed.

US Pat. No. 9,452,611

HOLDING MEMBER FOR LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A holding member for a liquid storage container, comprising:
a mounting portion for removably mounting the liquid storage container through an opening along a predetermined direction
of insertion;

a locking member having a locking portion for locking the liquid storage container by engaging with the liquid storage container
and provided on an upper surface of the mounting portion for locking the mounted liquid storage container to the mounting
portion by being fitted to the liquid storage container;

a regulating portion provided on a lower surface of the mounting portion as a projection extending toward the upper surface,
the regulating portion being a portion provided such that a space between an inner surface of the mounting portion and an
outer surface of the liquid storage container facing thereto is partially narrowed along the direction of insertion; and

a liquid supply portion provided on a front surface with respect to the direction of insertion of the liquid storage container
and connected to a liquid supply port of the liquid storage container for supplying a liquid in the liquid storage container
to a liquid ejection head,

wherein the regulating portion, the locking portion and the liquid supply portion are arranged in the order as listed with
respect to the direction of insertion.

US Pat. No. 9,453,990

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING 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 positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group having a plurality of lens units at least one of which has positive refractive power,
wherein the distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is greater at a telephoto end as compared to at
a wide angle end,

wherein the first lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens,
wherein the rear lens group includes a lens unit R comprising a positive lens and a negative lens, the lens unit R having
the highest zoom ratio among the lens units included in the rear lens group,

and wherein the conditional expressions
5.0
5.0
?gF1n<2.381×10?4·?d1n2?1.448×10?2·?d1n+0.8223

?gFRn<2.381×10?4·?dRn2?1.448×10?2·?dRn+0.8223

?0.00150<(?gF1n??gF1p)/(?d1n??d1p)

?0.00150<(?gFRn??gFRp)/(?dRn??dRp)

are satisfied, where
of the positive lenses included in the first lens unit,
?d1p represents the Abbe number of the material of the positive lens of which the Abbe number of the lens material is the
greatest, and

?gF1p represents the partial dispersion ratio thereof,
of the negative lenses included in the first lens unit,
?d1n represents the Abbe number of the material of the negative lens of which the Abbe number of the lens material is the
smallest, and

?gF1n represents the partial dispersion ratio thereof,
of the positive lenses included in the lens unit R,
?dRp represents the Abbe number of the material of the positive lens of which the Abbe number of the lens material is the
greatest, and

?gFRp represents the partial dispersion ratio thereof, and
of the negative lenses included in the lens unit R,
?dRn represents the Abbe number of the material of the negative lens of which the Abbe number of the lens material is the
smallest, and

?gFRn represents the partial dispersion ratio thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,456,124

DETECTION DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection device comprising:
a first holding member holding a light receiving element, the light receiving element being configured to detect an object
image;

a second holding member holding an optical system, the optical system being configured to form the object image on the light
receiving element;

a first fixing member fixing the first and second holding members, with the first and second holding members separated from
each other; and

a second fixing member fixing the first and second holding members, with the first and second holding members separated from
each other,

wherein, in a direction parallel to a second direction orthogonal to a first direction in which an optical axis of the optical
system extends, at least one of a first surface of the first holding member opposite to the second holding member and a second
surface of the second holding member opposite to the first holding member has a plane inclined with respect to the first direction,

wherein the first and second fixing members are provided on the inclined plane and disposed between the first and second surfaces,
wherein the first surface has the inclined plane, and
wherein the second surface has a plane parallel to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,450,011

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a substrate which has a light-receiving sections and a transistor;
a first layer which is arranged over the light-receiving section, the first layer comprising Si and N;
a second layer which is arranged over the light-receiving section, the second layer comprising Si, N and O;
a first wiring layer which is arranged above the substrate; and
a second wiring layer which is arranged above the substrate,
wherein (1) a distance between the first wiring layer and the substrate is smaller than (2) a distance between the second
wiring layer and the substrate, (3) a distance between the first layer and the light-receiving section and (4) a distance
between the second layer and the light-receiving section are larger than (2) the distance between the second wiring layer
and the substrate, and a thickness of the first layer is larger than a thickness of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 9,443,174

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a display list of a page including objects, to each of which a different level number
is assigned, the level number corresponding to an order from a background level;

a classifying unit configured to classify the objects included in the display list to a plurality of groups on a basis of
the level numbers assigned to the objects and a threshold number, in a case where a maximum level number of the level numbers
is more than the threshold number, so that a number of objects classified to each of the groups is equal to or less than the
threshold number;

a rendering unit configured to perform rendering of the page by generating raster images sequentially, each of which is generated
on a scan line basis from one or more objects classified to each different one of the groups, in a case where the maximum
level number is more than the threshold number; and

a print unit configured to print an image on a sheet on a basis of the rendered page,
wherein, in the classification, the classifying unit classifies, to a same single group of the groups, one or more objects
to which level numbers between N times the threshold number and N+1 times the threshold number are assigned, wherein N is
an integer.

US Pat. No. 9,442,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to discharge in contact with the photosensitive member to charge a surface of the photosensitive
member;

a power source configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the surface of the photosensitive member charged by the charging
member;

a unit including at least the photosensitive member and the charging member and attachable to and detachable from a main body
of the image forming apparatus, the charging member being attachable to and detachable from the unit;

a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing between the charging member and the photosensitive member;
an operation unit configured to be operated by an operator to give an instruction to the image forming apparatus, the operation
unit including a display unit configured to display information to the operator; and

a control unit configured to perform an operation in a mode for applying to the charging member a predetermined test voltage
having an absolute value greater than a discharge starting voltage at which the discharge is started between the charging
member, the photosensitive member and causing the current detection unit to detect a current when the test voltage has been
applied and not forming an image on a recording material based on the instruction from the operation unit,

wherein if an absolute value of the current detected by the current detection unit is smaller than a predetermined value when
the predetermined test voltage has been applied to the charging member in the mode, the error indication is given on the display
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,442,428

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer; and
a magnet member disposed inside said developer carrying member, said magnet member including one or more first magnet portions
having a first magnetic polarity at an outer surface thereof opposing an inner surface of said developer carrying member,
and one or more second magnet portions having a second magnetic polarity at an outer surface thereof opposing the inner surface
of said developer carrying member, the second magnetic polarity being different from the first magnetic polarity, and the
first magnet portions and the second magnet portions being provided at different positions with respect to a circumferential
direction of said developer carrying member;

wherein in a cross-section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of said magnet member at a longitudinally central portion
of said magnet member, a number of said first magnet portions is larger than a number of said second magnet portions, and

wherein a ratio of a total area of said first magnet portions in the cross-section is smaller at a longitudinally end portion
of said magnet member than at the longitudinally central portion.

US Pat. No. 9,444,750

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUSES FOR COMMUNICATION WITH AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS OVER A NETWORK, CONTROL METHODS OF THE DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUSES AND STORAGE MEDIUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A method of controlling a communication apparatus communicating with an external apparatus over a network at one of a
plurality of communication speeds, the method comprising:
determining to shift a power mode of the communication apparatus;
changing the communication speed of the communication apparatus in response to a determination to shift a power mode of the
communication apparatus;

transmitting identification information of the communication apparatus to the network at first intervals of time based on
the changing of the communication speed; and

transmitting the identification information to the network at second intervals of time after a predetermined time has passed
since the transmission of the identification information at the first intervals of time,

wherein, when the power mode of the communication apparatus is to be shifted, the control unit cuts off a communication link
to a relaying device and changes the communication speed to a lower speed, and then reconnects the communication link with
the relaying device, and

wherein the communication unit transmits the identification information using the first intervals of time in response to the
reconnection of the communication link.

US Pat. No. 9,440,463

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a job of printing for a roll-shaped print medium or a job of printing for a cut print
medium;

a first feeding unit configured to feed the roll-shaped print medium if a job of printing for a roll-shaped print medium is
received by said reception unit;

a second feeding unit configured to feed the cut print medium if a job of printing for a cut print medium is received by said
reception unit;

a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to print an image on the roll-shaped print medium, a cut roll-shaped
print medium or the cut print medium based on the job received by said reception unit; and

a drive control unit configured to control a predetermined drive, based on a drive parameter,
wherein after said print control unit causes the print unit to print an image on a first surface of the roll-shaped print
medium, said print control unit causes the print unit to print an image on a second surface of the cut roll-shaped print medium,
the cut roll-shaped print medium being obtained by cutting the roll-shaped print medium, and the second surface of the cut
roll-shaped print medium being opposite to the first surface of the cut roll-shaped print medium on which the image has been
printed, and

said drive control unit controls the predetermined drive based on a first drive parameter upon printing on the first surface
of the roll-shaped print medium fed from said first feeding unit, controls the predetermined drive based on a second drive
parameter different from the first drive parameter upon printing on the second surface of the cut roll-shaped print medium,
and controls the predetermined drive, based on a third drive parameter different from the first drive parameter and the second
drive parameter upon printing on the cut print medium fed from said second feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,440,474

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising in this order:
a substrate;
a first ink receiving layer containing a first inorganic pigment, polyvinyl alcohol, and a boric acid compound, the first
inorganic pigment containing at least one inorganic pigment selected from the group consisting of alumina, hydrated alumina
and fumed silica; and

a second ink receiving layer acting as an outermost layer containing fumed silica as a second inorganic pigment, particles
having an average particle size in the range of 1.0 ?m to 20.0 ?m, polyvinyl alcohol, and boric acid compound;

wherein the boric acid compound content in the first ink receiving layer is in the range of 2.0 parts by mass to 7.0 parts
by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the polyvinyl alcohol in the first ink receiving layer, and the boric acid compound
content in the second ink receiving layer is in the range of 10.0 parts by mass to 30.0 parts by mass relative to 100 parts
by mass of the polyvinyl alcohol in the second ink receiving layer, wherein the content of the particles having an average
particle size in the range of 1.0 ?m to 20.0 ?m in the second ink receiving layer is in the range of 0.5 part by mass to 5.0
parts by mass relative to 100 parts by mass of the second inorganic pigment, and wherein the first ink receiving layer has
a thickness in the range of 10.0 ?m to 40.0 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,438,808

IMAGE CAPTURE CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF LIMITING CONTROL RANGE OF IMAGE CAPTURE DIRECTION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture control apparatus for controlling an image capture direction of an image capture unit, comprising:
a limiting unit configured to limit an output image output by the image capture control apparatus to part of a range where
the image capture unit can capture by changing the image capture direction;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on a first output image of a first aspect ratio output by the image capture
unit under limitation by the limiting unit to the part of the range where the image capture unit can capture, a second output
image of a second aspect ratio under the limitation by the limiting unit to the part of the range where the image capture
unit can capture; and

an output unit configured to output the second output image of the second aspect ratio via a communication network,
wherein said generation unit generates the second output image of the second aspect ratio to have a first side contacting
with a first side of the part of the range where the image capture unit can capture, without removing, from the first output
image, a region configured by a first side of the first output image contacting with the first side of the part of the range
where the image capture unit can capture, but by removing, from the first output image, a region configured by a second side
of the first output image opposite to the first side of the first output image.

US Pat. No. 9,436,915

MEDICAL DECISION MAKING SUPPORT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diagnosis support apparatus comprising:
an inference unit configured to, based on a plurality of pieces of medical information, calculate an inference probability
with respect to plural candidates of diagnosis name concerning medical diagnosis;

a calculation unit configured to calculate, for a plurality of partial sets, each including, as an element, at least one piece
of medical information retrieved from the plurality of pieces of medical information, a degree of effect on a respective inference
probability of at least one of the plural candidates of diagnosis name, the calculation unit being configured to calculate
the degree of effect individually for the at least one of the plural candidates of diagnosis name; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display, as an inference result, the at least one of the plural
candidates of diagnosis name, wherein the at least one of the plural candidates is specified based on the inference probability
calculated by the inference unit, and to cause the display unit to display medical information included in a partial set of
information retrieved from the plurality of pieces of medical information, wherein the partial set including the displayed
medical information is retrieved from the plurality of pieces of medical information, based on the degree of effect calculated
by the calculation unit based on the inference result.

US Pat. No. 9,432,607

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels constituting a pixel array including a plurality of pixel columns; and
a plurality of amplifier units arranged respectively corresponding to the plurality of pixel columns of the pixel array, and
configured to amplify a signal from corresponding one of the plurality of pixel columns,

the plurality of amplifier units comprising:
an amplifier having a first input terminal, a second input terminal, and an output terminal;
an input capacitor having one terminal to which an output signal from corresponding one of the plurality of pixels is input,
and another terminal connected to the second input terminal of the amplifier;

a feedback switch connected between the second input terminal and the output terminal of the amplifier; and
a feedback capacitor connected in parallel with the feedback switch and between the second input terminal and the output terminal
of the amplifier,

wherein a driving current of the amplifier during a first period is smaller than a driving current of the amplifier during
a second period in which the amplifier amplifies the output signal from the corresponding one of the plurality of pixels,
and

wherein the feedback switch is set to a connection state during the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,429,741

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, sequentially from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side:
a first lens unit having negative refractive power that is not moved during zooming;
plural lens units that are moved during zooming; and
a final lens unit having positive refractive power that is not moved during zooming,
wherein
a final moving lens unit having positive refractive power and disposed nearest to the reduction conjugate side among the plural
lens units that are moved during zooming is moved toward the enlargement conjugate side during zooming from a wide angle end
to a telephoto end, and the final moving lens unit includes one or more negative lenses and one or more positive lenses, and
one negative lens of the one or more negative lenses and one positive lens of the one or more positive lenses are cemented
with each other; and

the following conditions are satisfied:
5.00 lnn?npl<0.080

0.0 where
f is a focal length of the final moving lens unit;
fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end;
nn and ?n are respectively an average refractive index and an average Abbe number of a material of the one or more negative
lenses included in the final moving lens unit; and

np and ?p are respectively an average refractive index and an average Abbe number of a material of the one or more positive
lenses included in the final moving lens unit,

provided that, when a refractive index for C-line is denoted by NC, a refractive index for d-line is denoted by Nd, and a
refractive index for F-line is denoted by NF, the Abbe number ?=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC).

US Pat. No. 9,421,773

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head comprising an ejection orifice forming member in which an ejection orifice
for ejecting a liquid has been formed, and a substrate having an ejection-energy-generating element for generating energy
for ejecting a liquid from the ejection orifice on the side of a first surface thereof, the process comprising the steps of:
(1) providing a film having a support, a first layer and a second layer in this order,
(2) arranging the film on the substrate in such a manner that the second layer faces the first surface followed by detaching
the support from the film,

(3) forming the ejection orifice in the second layer, and
(4) removing at least a part of the first layer from the second layer,
wherein the part of the first layer is on a region of the second layer other than a region thereof where the ejection orifice
is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,423,868

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit image data to a reception apparatus through a network, the transmission
apparatus comprising:
an encoding unit configured to encode captured data generated by an image capturing unit to generate the image data;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the reception apparatus, a command that sets a set value for generating the captured
data by the image capturing unit;

an updating unit configured to update the set value for generating the captured data by the image capturing unit and a set
value for generating the image data by the encoding unit according to the command received by the reception unit;

a control unit configured to perform a predetermined restart process if the set value for generating the captured data is
updated to a predetermined set value; and

a communication unit configured to perform, through the network, notification indicating that the transmission apparatus has
been connected to the network,

wherein, if the set value for generating the captured data is updated according to the command received by the reception unit,
the control unit performs the predetermined restart process and the communication unit performs the notification.

US Pat. No. 9,416,276

METHOD FOR PRODUCING CONTRAST AGENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a contrast agent containing a conjugate of a compound expressed by general formula (I) and a compound
expressed by general formula (II), the method comprising:
a reaction step of allowing the compound expressed by general formula (I) to react with the compound expressed by general
formula (II) to form the conjugate, and

a purification step of purifying the conjugate using an organic solvent, wherein general formula (I) is:

wherein R101 to R112 each represent a species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 18, L11 to L17 each represent a group selected from the group consisting of CH and CR15, R15 represents an alkyl group selected from the group consisting of linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon number in
the range of 1 to 18, R11 to R14 each represent a species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 18, A11 and B11 each represent an alkylene group selected from the group consisting of linear and branched alkylene groups having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 18, and Ra represents an atom selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, sodium and potassium, and

wherein general formula (II) is:

wherein D11 represents an alkylene group selected from the group consisting of linear and branched alkylene groups having a carbon number
in the range of 1 to 18, E11 represents a species selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, linear and branched alkoxy groups having a carbon number
in the range of 1 to 18, and linear and branched alkyl groups having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 18, m represents
an integer in the range of 1 to 20, and n represents an integer in the range of 1 to 2,500.

US Pat. No. 9,413,901

IMAGE COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus to which a telephone is able to be connected, comprising:
a CPU;
a telephone controller configured to control a telephone which is connected to the communicating apparatus; and
a power supply controller,
wherein the telephone controller comprises:
a detection unit configured to detect an off-hook;
an instruction unit configured to instruct the power supply controller to cancel a sleep mode in which no power supplies to
the CPU, in a case where the communicating apparatus operates in the sleep mode and the detection unit detects the off-hook;

holding unit configured to hold a dial signal of a dial input on the telephone, from the instruction unit instructs the power
supply controller to cancel the sleep mode until activation processing of the CPU is completed; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the dial signal held by the holding unit to the CPU, after the activation processing
of the CPU is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,413,910

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR READING AND RECORDING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for reading and recording an image, the apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of a document while conveying the document and discharge the document downwards
by gravitation;

a recording unit located below the reading unit, the recording unit recording the image on a recording medium while conveying
the recording medium and discharging the recording medium downwards by gravitation;

a movable member configured to select a discharge way of the document discharged from the reading unit from at least a first
discharge way in which the document is discharged into a space between the reading unit and the recording unit and a second
discharge way in which the document is discharged to a side of the recording unit; and

a holding portion configured to hold a front end of the document,
wherein the movable member is mounted to the recording unit so as to be movable between a first position corresponding to
the first discharge way and a second position corresponding to the second discharge way; and

when the movable member is at the first position, the document is discharged into the space while being deformed, with the
front end held by the holding portion, and when the movable member is at the second position, the document is discharged to
a side of the recording unit, without the front end restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,407,777

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to which a removable storage medium for storing image data is mountable, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a scanner configured to read an image of an original to generate image data;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by said scanner to an external apparatus by an E-mail;
a second transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by said scanner to the removable storage medium
mounted to the image processing apparatus;

a mount determination unit configured to determine whether or not the removable storage medium has been mounted; and
a display control unit configured to:
change display information displayed by a display device for displaying information concerning transmission based on whether
said mount determination unit determines whether or not the removable storage medium has been mounted; and

control the display device to display, according to said mount determination unit determining that the removable storage medium
has been mounted, a list of the information concerning said first transmission unit and the information concerning said second
transmission unit so that the information concerning said second transmission unit is ranked higher than the information concerning
said first transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,401,667

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving device comprising:
a vibrator including an electro-mechanical transducer and a first elastic portion supported by a shaft; and
a rotor, wherein a relative position of the rotor and the vibrator changes,
wherein the rotor includes a first rotor having a threaded portion engaging with a first threaded portion formed on the first
elastic portion, and a second rotor having a threaded portion engaging with a second threaded portion formed on the shaft,
and

wherein the first rotor and the second rotor are configured to be driven integrally with each other, with a spring member
between the first rotor and the second rotor.

US Pat. No. 9,398,846

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor configured to implement:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire a tomography image of an eye;
an image conversion unit configured to convert the tomography image of an eye by applying filters;
a luminance information generation unit configured to generate a profile having template information that represents a relationship
between depth directional position and luminance in the tomography image of an eye and to obtain a reference profile having
template information that represents a relationship between depth directional position and information regarding luminance
in the tomography image of an eye;

an identifying unit configured to identify a layer boundary in the tomography image of an eye based on the profile and the
reference profile; and

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of types of template information that are differentiated according to the structure
of each retinal layer or the presence of a blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,400,397

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE MEMBER FOR SHAKE CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correction device comprising:
a stationary member;
a movable member configured to be moveable linearly in a first direction relative to the stationary member and rotatable relative
to the stationary member in a second direction different from the first direction;

a first guide groove having inclined surfaces that are not parallel to each other and extending in the first direction provided
in one of the stationary member or the movable member;

a receiving portion provided in one of the stationary member or the movable member;
a first rolling member held between the stationary member and the moveable member on the first guide groove;
a second rolling member held between the stationary member and the movable member on the receiving portion; and
a drive unit configured to drive said movable member in the first and second directions,
wherein the first rolling member is in contact at each of the inclined surfaces,
wherein the first rolling member is in contact at one point with the other of the stationary member or the movable member,
wherein in a case where the movable member moves linearly in the first direction, the first rolling member rolls along the
first guide groove and the second rolling member rolls on the receiving portion, and

wherein in a case where the movable member rotates in the second direction, the first rolling member functions as a pivotal
fulcrum for the movable member and the second rolling member rolls on the receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,400,436

DETECTION DEVICE, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a detection device that detects a mark provided on the back side of the substrate serving as an object or a mark provided
on the back side of a photosensitizer which is applied on the substrate and serves as an object;

a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate; and
a control unit that controls the operation of at least the detection device and the substrate holding unit,
wherein the detection device comprises:
a first detection unit configured to detect the mark from a front side of the object by using a first light that transmits
through the object and is reflected by the mark;

a second detection unit configured to detect a surface position of the object by using a second light that is reflected by
a part of the front side of the object, the part on which a mark is not provided; and

a processing unit,
wherein the processing unit is configured to acquire a first focus position based on an image of the mark detected by the
first detection unit and to acquire a second focus position based on the surface position detected by the second detection
unit and to determine a thickness of the object based on a difference between the first focus position and the second focus
position.

US Pat. No. 9,389,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first photosensitive drum, having a first outer diameter, wherein a toner image is formed on the first photosensitive drum;
a second photosensitive drum, having a second outer diameter, wherein a toner image is formed on the second photosensitive
drum, and wherein the second outer diameter is greater than the first outer diameter;

a movable endless intermediate transfer belt configured to temporarily carry the toner images transferred from the first and
second photosensitive drums;

a first transfer roller configured to be pressed toward the first photosensitive drum across the intermediate transfer belt
and configured to electrostatically transfer the toner image from the first photosensitive drum to the intermediate transfer
belt, wherein a rotation center of the first transfer roller is disposed on a downstream side of a rotation center of the
first photosensitive drum by a first shift amount in a moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt;

a second transfer roller configured to be pressed toward the second photosensitive drum across the intermediate transfer belt
and configured to electrostatically transfer the toner image from the second photosensitive drum to the intermediate transfer
belt, wherein a rotation center of the second transfer roller is disposed on a downstream side of a rotation center of the
second photosensitive drum by a second shift amount, wherein the second shift amount is greater than the first shift amount,
in the moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt, and wherein each of the first transfer roller and the second transfer
roller has a crown shape of which a radius at a central portion in a rotational axis direction is greater than a radius at
an end portion in the rotational axis direction, and the second transfer roller is set to be greater than the first transfer
roller in a difference between the radius at the central portion and the radius at the end portion;

a first pressing mechanism configured to press the first transfer roller with a first pressing force toward the first photosensitive
drum; and

a second pressing mechanism configured to press the second transfer roller with a second pressing force toward the second
photosensitive drum, wherein the second pressing force is greater than the first pressing force.

US Pat. No. 9,392,135

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for recording an image on a unit region of a recording medium by performing a plurality of
relative scanning operations of the recording medium and a recording head including a plurality of recording elements arranged
in a predetermined direction, with ejecting a recording agent for forming dots on the unit region by each of a plurality of
recording element groups formed by one or more recording elements, the image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors,
cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

a first obtaining step of obtaining image data corresponding to the image to be recorded on the unit region;
a second obtaining step of obtaining a first dot count value corresponding to the image recorded on the unit region based
on the image data obtained in the first obtaining step;

a third obtaining step of obtaining a plurality of contribution ratios corresponding to the plurality of recording element
groups, wherein each of the plurality of contribution ratios is a use ratio of the respective plurality of recording element
groups for recording the image on the unit region;

a fourth obtaining step of obtaining a plurality of second dot count values corresponding to the plurality of recording element
groups based on the first dot count value obtained in the second obtaining step and the plurality of contribution ratio corresponding
to the plurality of recording element groups obtained in the third obtaining step; and

determining, based on the plurality of second dot count values obtained in the fourth obtaining step, whether density correction
data for correcting the image data needs to be generated.

US Pat. No. 9,389,583

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, in which an apparatus main-body to and from
which a process cartridge can be attached and detached is provided,
wherein the process cartridge includes:
an image carrying member configured to carry an image;
a charging member configured to charge the image carrying member;
a cleaning member configured to clean the charging member by contacting the charging member; and
a force receiving unit configured to receive a force for moving the cleaning member in a longitudinal direction of the image
carrying member,

wherein the apparatus main-body includes a slope portion which slopes in a direction in which the process cartridge is attached
and which contacts the force receiving unit to apply the force in a process where the process cartridge is attached to the
apparatus main-body, and, in a case where a region where an image can be formed on the image carrying member is taken as an
image forming region, the slope portion applies the force to the force receiving unit to move the cleaning member from an
inside to an outside of the image forming region, and

wherein the apparatus main-body includes two slope portions, functioning as the slope portion, which slope in a direction
different from each other, and the two slope portions move the cleaning member in opposite directions in the longitudinal
direction respectively when contacting the force receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,386,198

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGING SENSOR PACKAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging sensor package;
a circuit board on which the imaging sensor package is mounted;
a heat radiation member disposed on a side of the circuit board opposite from a side thereof on which the imaging sensor package
is mounted;

a holder member disposed in front of the imaging sensor package and configured to hold the imaging sensor package; and
a fixture member disposed in front of the holder member and configured to be fixed with the heat radiation member,
wherein the imaging sensor package and the circuit board are sandwiched between the holder member and the heat radiation member,
wherein the holder member is positioned to the fixture member,
wherein the holder member has a holder body which surrounds at least a peripheral side of the imaging sensor package and a
flange portion formed integrally with the holder body, and

wherein the flange portion projects from the holder body toward the heat radiation member, and
wherein the holder member is adhered to the circuit board by adhesive applied across a part of the holder body where the flange
portion is not formed and a surface of the circuit board where the imaging sensor package is mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,384,432

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THAT SUPPLY POWER TO A SPECIFIC DEVICE IN A STATE IN WHICH AN ERROR IS OCCURRING IN THE SPECIFIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling an image forming apparatus that shifts to a power saving state, the method comprising:
detecting an error that occurs in a specific device of the image forming apparatus;
causing the image forming apparatus to shift to the power saving state in a state in which the error occurs in the specific
device;

receiving a request to return the image forming apparatus from the power saving state;
determining, based on the request received by the receiving, a device to which power is to be supplied from among a plurality
of devices of the image forming apparatus;

performing control such that, in a case where the receiving receives the request in the state in which the error occurs in
the specific device, power is supplied to the specific device in which the error is occurring even if the determining has
not determined the specific device as the device to which power is to be supplied.

US Pat. No. 9,377,975

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A control method for controlling a printing apparatus, the method comprising:
executing sheet separation processing of sheets, the sheets being stored in a sheet storage unit and are to be used for printing
by a print job;

receiving an interruption instruction while the print job is being executed;
interrupting execution of the print job based on the received interruption instruction; and
performing control to continue the sheet separation processing which is being executed at a time when the execution of the
print job is interrupted.

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. 9,378,573

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to display an image including an object on an operation surface;
a recognition unit configured to recognize a position in the image which is designated by an input from a user;
an acceptance unit configured to accept different editing operations with respect to the object according to a length of duration
during which the position recognized by the recognition unit is continuously designated, when the object is displayed at the
position recognized by the recognition unit,

wherein the acceptance unit distinctively accepts as the different editing operations at least a copying operation to copy
the object and a cutting operation to cut the object from the image; and

a projection control unit configured to project the object on a finger of the user.

US Pat. No. 9,372,653

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input margin information corresponding to a margin amount which is arranged in a page including
data generated by an application, the margin amount being changed in a case where the page is resized;

a first setting unit configured to set a first user-defined paper which has a size of the page and which includes a first
effective printing area and a physical margin of the margin amount corresponding to the margin information input by the inputting
unit, the first effective printing area being a target of resizing, and the physical margin being out of the target of resizing;

a second setting unit configured to set a second user-defined paper which has a size designated by a user and which includes
a second effective printing area and the physical margin;

processing unit configured to perform control for resizing a page of the first user-defined paper set by the first setting
unit, including the data in the first effective printing area, in accordance with the second user-defined paper set by the
second setting unit.

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. 9,371,461

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. 9,369,633

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an imaging unit and an eyepiece viewfinder, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect whether a state at the eyepiece viewfinder is an eye contact state;
a first display unit configured to display a live view image on a first display screen placed inside the eyepiece viewfinder
when the eye contact state is detected at the eyepiece viewfinder;

a second display unit configured to display a captured image on a second display screen outside the eyepiece viewfinder when
a non-eye-contact state is detected at the eyepiece viewfinder after receiving an image shooting instruction to record the
captured image on a recording medium; and

a control unit configured to control the first display unit to continue displaying the live view image on the first screen
at least during a first period from the detection of the non-eye contact state, and control the first display unit to stop
displaying the live view image on the first display screen when the first period has passed if the eye contact state is not
detected at the eyepiece viewfinder during the first period,

wherein the control unit controls the second display unit to stop displaying the captured image when the eye contact state
is detected before the first period has passed.

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. 9,360,551

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an acoustic detector configured to receive an acoustic wave, the acoustic wave being a photoacoustic wave generated from the
object irradiated with light from a light source;

an object information distribution processor configured to generate an object information distribution representing a property
of inside of the object by using a signal derived from the acoustic wave outputted from the acoustic detector;

a reliability distribution generator configured to generate a reliability distribution by using the object information distribution;
a similarity distribution generator configured to generate a similarity distribution between template distribution data indicating
a relation between a real image and an artifact in the image data, and the object information distribution; and

a combination processor configured to generate a combined distribution by performing combination processing of the reliability
distribution and the similarity distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,360,815

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, WORK SUPPORT METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect an event which relates to an image formation;
a memory configured to store a plurality of moving images which are prepared for respective work units;
a display device configured to play a moving image; and
a controller configured to control to selectively switch a playing pattern between a first playing pattern and a second playing
pattern based on content of the event detected by the detector, wherein,

in the first playing pattern, after playing of the moving image of the plurality of moving images corresponding to the detected
event is completed, the moving image is paused, and playing of a next moving image is started upon receiving a play instruction
from a user, and

in the second playing pattern, after playing of the moving image of the plurality of moving images corresponding to the detected
event is completed, the moving image is not paused, and the next moving image is continuously played.

US Pat. No. 9,362,896

CHIP, MULTICHIP MODULE, AND APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A chip comprising:
a plurality of unit cells; a scanning circuit adapted to scan the plurality of unit cells, thereby making each of the plurality
of unit cells output a signal; a voltage-to-current conversion circuit; a current-to-voltage conversion circuit; an output
terminal; and an input terminal, wherein

the current-to-voltage conversion circuit is adapted to convert a first current signal input into the input terminal, into
a first voltage signal,

the scanning circuit starts scanning in response to the first voltage signal output from the current-to-voltage conversion
circuit, and

the voltage-to-current conversion circuit is adapted to convert a second voltage signal output from the scanning circuit into
a second current signal, and to output the second current signal from the output terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,360,912

SHUTDOWN PROCESSING MODE WITH FORCIBLE POWER OFF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption is
less than that in the first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
selecting a mode of shutdown processing of the information processing apparatus;
determining time necessary for executing the shutdown processing in the mode selected;
executing the shutdown processing in the mode selected; and
forcibly turning off power of the information processing apparatus in a case where shutdown execution fails to complete the
shutdown processing within the time determined,

wherein the mode of shutdown processing includes at least either one of a complete erasure mode for erasing date stored in
a storage unit and a normal mode in which the complete erasure of data is not executed.

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. 9,357,124

FOCUSING CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing control device comprising:
a scan control unit configured to perform a scan operation to sequentially acquire a focus evaluation value from an image
signal by moving a focusing lens;

a focus determination unit configured to determine whether an in-focus position of the focusing lens can be obtained based
on the focus evaluation value;

a prediction unit configured to predict an in-focus position for a current exposure operation based on an in-focus position
for a previous exposure operation, the prediction of an in-focus position being performed when a continuous main exposure
operation is performed for shooting an image; and

a prediction determination unit configured to determine whether prediction of the in-focus position is possible,
wherein, when the prediction determination unit determines prediction of in-focus position for the current exposure operation
is not possible, the scan control unit performs the scan operation to obtain an in-focus position based on an in-focus position
of the previous exposure operation at which obtaining of an in-focus position was determined to be possible by the focus determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,353,279

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising: a pigment dispersed with a polymer dispersant, with the proviso that a self-dispersing pigment is excluded
from the pigment; polymer particles; a surfactant; a water-soluble organic solvent; and water,
wherein an amount of anionic functional group on the surface of the polymer particles is 0.2 mmol/g or less,
the surfactant is represented by the following general formula (1) and contains a fluorinated surfactant having a hydrophile-lipophile
balance (HLB) of 11 or less as determined by a Griffin method,

R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH  (1)

wherein R1 denotes a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, R2 and R3 independently denote a fluorine atom or a hydrogen atom, and at least one of R2 and R3 denotes a fluorine atom, n is 1 or more and 30 or less, and m is 1 or more and 60 or less, and

the water-soluble organic solvent contains at least one water-soluble organic solvent selected from the following group A:glycerin, ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, poly(ethylene glycol) having a weight-average molecular weight of 10,000 or
less, 1,3-propanediol, 1,4-butanediol, and diglycerol.

US Pat. No. 9,354,564

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for controlling temperature of a fixing section that fixes a color material on a printing medium,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether image data is a copy-inhibited image; and
a control unit configured to control the temperature of the fixing section so that the temperature of the fixing section becomes
a predetermined temperature in a case where the determination unit determines that the image data is the copy-inhibited image
and control the temperature of the fixing section by using a fixing temperature corresponding to a color material amount obtained
from the image data in a case where the determination unit determines that the image data is not the copy-inhibited image.

US Pat. No. 9,348,256

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE APPLYING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing device detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, said developing device including,
a developer accommodating container for accommodating a developer,
a developer carrying member for carrying the developer, and
a developer feeding member, provided in contact with said developer carrying member, for supplying the developer to said developer
carrying member,

a developer regulating member for regulating the developer carried on said developer carrying member; and
a voltage applying device capable of applying to said developer carrying member and said developer regulating member respective
voltages different from each other,

wherein said image forming apparatus carries out, when a fresh developing device is mounted to said main assembly, an initial
installing operation in which the developer carrying member is rotated, and

wherein in the initial installing operation, said voltage applying device applies, to at least one of said developer carrying
member and said developer regulating member, a voltage for the initial installing operation which is different from the voltage
for normal image forming operation, so as to urge a material applied to said developer carrying member in the fresh developing
device toward said developer regulating member from said developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 9,341,970

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A toner comprising:
a toner particle that contains at least a resin component,
the resin component containing;
a first resin as a major component, and a second resin,
wherein;
the first resin is a polyester-type resin,
the polyester-type resin has;
a terminal end at which an aliphatic compound has been condensed,
and
the aliphatic compound being selected from the group consisting of:
an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid having a peak value of the number of carbon atom in the range from 25 to 102, and
an aliphatic monoalcohol having a peak value of the number of carbon atom in the range from 25 to 102,
wherein
the polyester-type resin is a hybrid resin in which a polyester segment and a vinylic polymer segment are chemically bonded,
and wherein:
the second resin is a crystalline polyester resin, and
in a total heat flow of the toner obtained by measuring the toner with a temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimeter,
the toner has
an endothermic peak resulting from the crystalline polyester resin in the temperature range from at least 50.0° C. to not
more than 100.0° C., and

the percentage of an endothermic quantity of the endothermic peak in a reversing heat flow with respect to an endothermic
quantity of the endothermic peak in the total heat flow being at least 20.0%.

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. 9,335,684

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS WITH BELT UNIT AND HOLDING DEVICE CONFIGURED TO HOLD BELT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a sheet,
a belt unit including an endless belt configured to heat said rotatable heating member by contacting an outer surface of said
rotatable heating member during a heating operation, and first and second rollers provided inside of said endless belt and
configured to urge said endless belt to said rotatable heating member so as to contact said endless belt to said rotatable
heating member during the heating operation; and

a holding device configured to hold said belt unit swingably in such a direction that an axial direction of each of said first
and second rollers, which are in a state of causing said endless belt to contact said rotatable heating member, crosses a
generatrix direction of said rotatable heating member.

US Pat. No. 9,338,272

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS IMPROPER CONNECTION OF CABLE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an interface for connecting a phone;
a power feeding unit configured to feed power to said interface;
a detection unit configured to detect a voltage being applied to said interface;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a value of the voltage detected by said detection unit is equal to or
greater than a value determined in advance;

a notification unit configured to, when said determination unit determines that the value of the detected voltage is equal
to or greater than the value determined in advance, notify a user that there is a possibility of improper connection; and

a power feeding starting unit configured to, when said determination unit determines that the value of the detected voltage
is not equal to or greater than the value determined in advance, cause said power feeding unit to start feeding power.

US Pat. No. 9,338,326

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO WHICH SECURITY POLICY IS APPLICABLE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus to which security policy data containing a policy name of a security policy and a security
policy setting value corresponding to the policy name is applied, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store instructions; and
a processor operable when executing the instructions to:
obtain updating security policy data for updating the security policy data,
determine whether the updating security policy data will be applied according to a predetermined application version setting
value, when a version of the updating security policy data differs from a version of security policy data that is being applied
actually, and

apply the updating security policy data when the it is determined that the updating security policy data will be applied,
wherein the security policy data contains a security policy setting value corresponding to a user mode setting value that
is set by a user,

wherein the storage unit stores a conversion table in which the user mode setting value, the security policy setting value
corresponding to the user mode setting value, and the policy name are associated one another, and

wherein the security policy setting value corresponding to the user mode setting value is applied after being converted to
the user mode setting value using the conversion table.

US Pat. No. 9,338,329

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING COLOR CONVERSION FOR A PRINTED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that can perform color conversion on an image printed by a printer, the apparatus comprising:
a color first conversion unit configured to perform the color conversion by a device driver for the printer, using a color
profile among a plurality of first profiles which are stored in a first storage portion and are associated with a plurality
of print conditions of when the printer prints an image respectively;

a second color conversion unit configured to cause an operating system to perform the color conversion using a color profile
among a plurality of second profile which are stored in a second storage portion and are associated with a plurality of print
conditions of when the printer prints an image respectively;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a color profile corresponding to a print condition has been added to the
plurality of first color profiles in the first storage portion, if a print instruction by a user is input; and

a changing unit configured to, in a case where it is determined by the determining unit that the color profile has been added,
change a color profile corresponding to the print condition, to the color profile which has been added to the plurality of
first color profiles, in the second storage portion, even if another instruction is not input by the user after the predetermined
instruction is input,

a registering unit configured to register, in a case where the color profile is changed by the changing unit, a print queue
which designates the color conversion of the image by the second conversion unit using the color profile after the changing
and designates priming of the image, even if another instruction is not input by the user after the print instruction is input.

US Pat. No. 9,333,762

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording method for a recording apparatus to form a color image on a medium, the recording method comprising:
obtaining, for a region of color image data, representing the color image, divided into a plurality of regions, an index indicating
ratio of haze to gloss for the region;

determining whether the haze to gloss ratio index for the region is less than a predetermined threshold;
applying ink to the region on the medium by an applying unit,
wherein, in response to determining that the haze to gloss ratio index for the region is less than the predetermined threshold
and before applying an overcoating member, applying ink to the region on the medium includes simultaneously applying, in a
same scanning between the applying unit and the medium, droplets of color ink and droplets of clear ink from the applying
unit in a way that causes the droplets of color ink and the droplets of clear ink to immingle and form a predetermined amount
of ink irregularities in a surface of the color ink layer, and

wherein, in response to determining that the haze to gloss ratio index for the region is not less than the predetermined threshold,
applying includes refraining from using droplets of clear ink and applying the droplets of color ink to form the color ink
layer without using droplets of clear ink; and

applying, after ink irregularities are formed in the surface of the color ink, the overcoating member to overcoat the applied
color ink and any applied clear ink.

US Pat. No. 9,333,782

CONTROL UNIT, CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control system for controlling execution of calibration on a printing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from a printing apparatus to be controlled, first sheet type information representing
information regarding a common calibration sheet type used when a most recent common calibration was executed, a result of
common calibration executed using the common calibration sheet type being applied to other sheet types;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a state of the printing apparatus for a first sheet type specified by
the first sheet type information satisfies a predetermined condition in accordance with a print volume of the printing apparatus;
and

a control unit configured to cause the printing apparatus to execute calibration using the first sheet type if the determination
unit determines that the predetermined condition for the first sheet type is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,335,896

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH AN ITEM IS SELECTED FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF ITEMS ON A TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
at least one CPU configured to perform a predetermined process by executing the program stored in the memory,
wherein the at least one CPU causes a display screen having a touch panel to display a first display item, a second display
item and a third display item, as candidates to be selected as targets of a predetermined common processing, such that the
second display item is arranged between the first display item and the third display item on the display screen, and

in a case where the first display item is still being selected in the display screen by a previous touch operation to a first
touch area corresponding to the first display item, but not currently touched by a user, if a third touch area corresponding
to the third display item in the touch panel is touched by the user, the at least one CPU selects the second display item
as a target of the predetermined common processing even if a second touch area corresponding to the second display item is
not touched by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,323,212

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPENABLE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a first unit openable relative to said main assembly;
a second unit which is provided further inward than said first unit and which is openable relative to said main assembly;
two engaging portions, provided on said second unit, for placing said second unit in a closed state in engagement with said
main assembly; and

an urging portion, provided in said first unit, for urging said second unit,
wherein said second unit is urged by said urging portion of said first unit so that a state of said second unit is capable
of being changed from an open state to the closed state, and

wherein said urging portion urges a region in a neighborhood of a central portion of said second unit with respect to a direction
of arrangement of said two engaging portions.

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. 9,325,901

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image output apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store setting information for index outputting, the setting information being applied to a first-type
image the including a plurality of pieces of image data among a plurality of image files as a target of the index outputting,
wherein the plurality of pieces of image data included in the first-type image file includes an initial piece of image data
and representative image data, the initial piece of image data being specified by an initial flag and the representative image
data being specified by a representative flag included in the first-type image file;

a setting unit configured to set a priority setting for preferentially selecting image data provided with a representative
flag as target image data for the index outputting;

a selecting unit configured to select a piece of image data specified by the representative flag among the plurality pieces
of image data included in the first-type image file in a case where an image file as a target of the index outputting is the
first-type image file and the setting unit sets the priority setting; and

an output unit configured to perform the index outputting based on a plurality of pieces of image data including the selected
piece of image data,

wherein, in a case where the representative flag is not added to any of the pieces of image data included in the first-type
image file or the setting unit dose not set the priority setting, the selecting unit selects an initial piece of image data
from the first-type image file.

US Pat. No. 9,325,911

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally;
a shutter that shields said image sensor from light;
a controller that controls to perform continuous shooting of a plurality of exposure images by said image sensor and compose
the plurality of exposure images obtained by the continuous shooting;

the controller that controls to acquire a first black image before the continuous shooting by causing said image sensor to
accumulate electric charges while said image sensor is shielded from light by said shutter and to acquire a second black image
after the continuous shooting by causing said image sensor to accumulate electric charges while said image sensor is shielded
from light by said shutter; and

an image processing circuit that performs first noise reduction processing using the first black image for each of a plurality
of exposure images obtained by the continuous shooting and performs second noise reduction processing using the second black
image for an exposure image obtained by composing the plurality of exposure images by said controller.

US Pat. No. 9,319,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH INITIALIZATION OPERATION IS PERFORMED BASED ON STORED DEGENERACY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a control unit configured to control operation of the image forming unit; and
a storage unit configured to store degeneracy information indicating that a function of the image forming unit is restricted
due to degeneracy control being performed,

wherein the control unit:
(A) stores the degeneracy information into the storage unit based on an error of the image forming unit,
(B) accesses the storage unit according to activating from a power saving state in which an electronic power supply to the
control unit is stopped,

(C) does not execute an initialization operation of the image forming unit in a case where the storage unit stores the degeneracy
information, and

(D) does execute the initialization operation of the image forming unit in a case where the storage unit does not store the
degeneracy information.

US Pat. No. 9,317,790

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR RECEIVING PRINT JOBS INCLUDING A COMMAND TO PROCESS SUBSEQUENT PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job and a subsequent job from an external device, the job including a command for
determining, in a case where an error has occurred in the job, whether to process the subsequent job prior to the job or not
to process the subsequent job prior to the job, the command being set by the external device;

a processing unit configured to process the job and then the subsequent job received by the receiving unit;
a stopping unit configured to stop processing of the job in the case where the error has occurred in the job; and
a controlling unit configured to control, after processing of the job is stopped by the stopping unit, the processing unit
to process the subsequent job prior to the job or not to process the subsequent job prior to the job, according to the command
being set by the external device, included in the job,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the processing unit, the stopping unit, and the controlling unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,319,604

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing captured image data read from an image capturing unit and to be displayed
on a display unit, the apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
an input unit configured to input a first part of the captured image data read from the image capturing unit in accordance
with a first reading mode and a second part of the captured image data read from the image capturing unit in accordance with
a second reading mode; and

a processing unit configured to process the first part of the captured image data input by the input unit with a strength
depending on the first reading mode such that the first reading mode used for reading the first part of the captured image
data from the image capturing unit is visually distinguishable,

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

US Pat. No. 9,315,058

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including at least a substrate, a recording element array in which a plurality of recording elements that
are arranged on the substrate in a predetermined direction and generate thermal energy for ejecting ink of a predetermined
color, a first detection element that detects a temperature in a vicinity of the recording element at a first position in
the predetermined direction in the recording element array, a second detection element that detects a temperature in a vicinity
of the recording element at a second position that is different from the first position in the predetermined direction in
the recording element array, and a heating element that performs heating of ink in the vicinity of the recording elements
at the first position and the second position among the plurality of the recording elements arranged in the recording element
array; and

a control unit that controls the heating by the heating element on the basis of the temperatures detected by the first and
second detection elements, wherein

the control unit controls the heating by the heating element in a manner that the heating by the heating element is executed
in a case where a temperature difference between the temperature detected by the first detection element and the temperature
detected by the second detection element is higher than a first threshold.

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. 9,310,752

UNIT MOVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A unit moving device that is provided between a main body of an apparatus and a unit, the unit being provided so as to
be insertable to the main body of the apparatus, the unit being moved by the unit moving device in the main body of the apparatus,
the unit moving device comprising:
an elastic member that generates a force for moving the unit;
a sliding member that is connected to the elastic member and is configured to accumulate an elastic force in the elastic member
in an operation in which the unit is inserted to a mounting position in the main body of the apparatus; and

a force receiving portion that is in contact with the sliding member and is configured to receive the force for moving the
unit from the sliding member,

wherein, part of the elastic force accumulated in the elastic member in the operation in which the unit is inserted to the
mounting position in the main body of the apparatus is used for moving the unit to the mounting position, and remaining part
of the elastic force accumulated in the elastic member in the operation in which the unit is inserted to the mounting position
in the main body of the apparatus is used for moving the unit having moved to the mounting position in a direction in which
the unit is pushed out of the main body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,312,289

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus including a light-receiving element, the light-receiving element comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit;
a separating portion located between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit;
and

a light guide portion surrounded by an insulating film including at least one insulating layer, and provided to extend over
the first photoelectric conversion unit and second photoelectric conversion unit,

wherein
when a direction in which the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit are arranged
is defined as a first direction, and a direction in which the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric
conversion unit, and the light guide portion are arranged is defined as a second direction,

the light guide portion includes a low refractive index portion and a high refractive index portion, the low refractive index
portion having a refractive index equal to or lower than a refractive index of the insulating layer, and the high refractive
index portion having a refractive index higher than a refractive index of the low refractive index portion, the low refractive
index portion is located above the separating portion, and is sandwiched by the high refractive index portion in the first
direction, and

a width in the first direction of the low refractive index portion at a first position distant from the separating portion
in the second direction is narrower than a width in the first direction of the low refractive index portion at a second position
closer to the separating portion than the first position in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,311,306

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM THEREOF IS RECORDED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a first web browser which is launched on a first client and which identification
information is input into, and a second web browser which is launched on a second client and which identification information
is input into;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the same identification information as the one input into the first web
browser is input by a user into the second web browser;

a storage unit configured to store data which can be displayed by the first and second web browsers;
a setting unit configured to set, in response to a copy instruction for copying data being displayed by the first web browser
given via the first web browser, a pasting object candidate to the data already stored in the storage unit; and

a pasting unit configured to paste, in response to a pasting instruction for pasting the pasting object candidate given via
the second web browser, the pasting object candidate set by the setting unit into a destination specified via the second web
browser, the destination being located outside the second client which launches the second web browser, wherein a result of
the pasting is displayed by the second web browser,

wherein, in response to the determination unit determining that the same identification information as the one input into
the first web browser is input into the second web browser, the pasting instruction via the second web browser, for pasting
the pasting object candidate into the destination being displayed by the second web browser is permitted for the pasting object
candidate which has been set on the server system by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,304,721

PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is able to communicate with a print server, the printing apparatus comprising:
a changing unit configured to change data based on a user operation;
a receiving unit configured to receive a notification indicating that the print server returns from a power saving mode; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the print server based on the notification received by the receiving unit,
data which has been changed by the changing unit while the print server is in the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,300,862

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first defocus amount by a phase-difference detection method using a first
signal and a second signal;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second defocus amount based on a contrast evaluation value of a combined
signal;

an instruction unit configured to give an instruction of focus control; and
a control unit configured to perform the focus control in response to the instruction of the focus control by the instruction
unit,

wherein the combined signal is a signal obtained by relatively shifting phases of the first and second signals and combining
the first and second signals, and

wherein the control unit refers to the second defocus amount prior to the first defocus amount in the focus control.

US Pat. No. 9,299,666

STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stacked semiconductor device, comprising:
a first semiconductor package comprising:
a first semiconductor element;
a first printed wiring board having the first semiconductor element mounted on a first surface thereof and having multiple
first lands formed on a second surface thereof, the multiple first lands each having a solder portion formed thereon; and

a first resin encapsulating the first semiconductor element; and
a second semiconductor package comprising:
a second semiconductor element; and
a second printed wiring board having the second semiconductor element mounted on a first surface thereof and a second land
to be joined to the solder portion formed on the first surface thereof, and having multiple terminals for external electrical
connection of the stacked semiconductor device formed on a second surface thereof, wherein:

the first semiconductor package is stacked on the first surface of the second semiconductor package, such that the first semiconductor
package is electrically connected to the second semiconductor package through the solder portion;

the first printed wiring board has a first solder resist formed on the second surface thereof, each of the multiple first
lands having a part joined to the solder portion through a first opening formed in the first solder resist;

the second printed wiring board has a second solder resist formed on the one surface thereof, the second land having a part
joined to the solder portion through a second opening formed in the second solder resist;

an area of each of the multiple first lands joined to the solder portion through the first opening is smaller than an area
of the second land joined to the solder portion through the second opening; and

a ratio of the area of each of the multiple first lands joined to the solder portion through the first opening to the area
of the second land joined to the solder portion through the second opening is 0.56 or more and 0.81 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,292,932

THREE DIMENSION MEASUREMENT METHOD, THREE DIMENSION MEASUREMENT PROGRAM AND ROBOT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Three-dimensional measurement method, comprising the steps of:
acquiring, by an arithmetic unit, a stereo image of a work taken by first and second cameras;
extracting, by the arithmetic unit, edges from the acquired stereo image;
selecting, by the arithmetic unit, edges existing on a same plane of the work from the edges extracted on the stereo image;
three-dimensionally restoring, by the arithmetic unit, at least two first edges among the edges existing on the same plane
by a stereo method, the first edges residing in a predetermined angle range with reference to a cross angle of 90° made by
crossing with an epipolar line;

calculating, by the arithmetic unit, a three-dimensional plane including the three-dimensionally restored first edges using
the three-dimensionally restored at least two first edges; and

three-dimensionally restoring, by the arithmetic unit, a second edge among the edges existing on the same plane as the first
edges by projecting the second edge on the three-dimensional plane, the second edge residing beyond a predetermined angle
range with reference to a cross angle of 90° made by crossing with an epipolar line.

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. 9,293,506

DETECTION APPARATUS, DETECTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of signal wires arranged on a substrate;
a plurality of pixels arranged on the substrate,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a switch element arranged on the substrate and a conversion element arranged
on the switch element,

wherein the conversion element includes a first electrode arranged on the switch element and electrically connected to the
switch element and a semiconductor layer arranged over a plurality of the first electrodes, and

wherein a plurality of the switch elements is electrically connected to the plurality of signal wires; and
a constant potential wire arranged separately from the plurality of signal wires on the substrate and supplied with a constant
potential,

wherein the first electrode is electrically connected to the constant potential wire in a part of pixels among the plurality
of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,291,803

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side toward 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 the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit are moved during zooming,
wherein a position of the third lens unit at a telephoto end is closer to the object side than a position of the third lens
unit at a wide-angle end, and

wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions:
?3.2
3.5<|m2/f2|<5.1

1.0<(?3t/?3w)×(?4t/?4w)<5.0

where fw denotes a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end, m2 denotes a difference with respect to an image plane
in positions of the second lens unit on an optical axis between that at the wide-angle end and that at the telephoto end,
f2 denotes a focal length of the second lens unit, ?3w and ?3t denote lateral magnifications of the third lens unit at the wide-angle end and at the telephoto end, respectively, and ?4w and ?4t denote lateral magnifications of the fourth lens unit at the wide-angle end and at the telephoto end, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,290,597

(METH)ACRYLATE COMPOUND, OPTICAL COMPOSITION, MOLDED ARTICLE, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element comprising a molded article,
wherein the molded article is prepared by molding a polymer prepared by polymerizing a (meth)acrylate compound represented
at least by general formula (1):


wherein a and b are each an integer of 1 or 2; X and Y are each —S— or —O—; R1 and R2 are each an alkyl group having 1 or 2 carbon atoms or a hydrogen atom; and Z1 and Z2 are each represented by general formula (2):


wherein m is selected from 0 and 1; W is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; and V is selected from substituents represented
by:

*—O—CnH2n—O—**;

*—S—CnH2n—S—**; and

*—S—CnH2n—O—**,

wherein * represents a bond with an alkyl group; ** represents a bond with a (meth)acryloyl group; n is selected from 2, 3
and 4; and at least one hydrogen atom of —CnH2n— is replaced by a methyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,288,345

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation performed on an operation panel that displays a display screen;
an execution unit configured to execute an action corresponding to the touch operation detected by the detection unit; and
a suppressing unit configured to suppress execution of the action by the execution unit in accordance with a type of function
being executed in the apparatus and/or the display screen being displayed on the operation panel,

wherein, in a case where a predetermined function is being executed in the apparatus and/or a predetermined display screen
is being displayed on the operation panel, the suppressing unit suppresses execution of an action by the execution unit corresponding
to a first touch operation of which a time between a touch determination and a release determination is shorter than a predetermined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,287,621

MULTI-BAND ANTENNA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A multi-band antenna which operates in a plurality of frequency bands, comprising:
a feeding point;
a first conductor which is connected to said feeding point; and
at least two second conductors which are branched from said first conductor, have a linear shape, and include open ends as
ends on a side opposite to said first conductor,

wherein the open ends of said second conductors face in substantially the same direction substantially parallel to a side
closest to said feeding point out of sides of a region where the antenna is formed,

said second conductors include a part at which a distance between said conductors at a portion parallel to the side is a first
distance, and another part at which the distance is a second distance shorter than the first distance, and

said second conductors are electromagnetically coupled at at least the other part,
the other parts of each of the last two conductors are arranged on different flat surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,288,455

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PROJECTION PATTERN OF A CURRENT FRAME DIFFERS FROM THAT OF A PREVIOUS FRAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a data generation unit configured to sequentially generate projection patterns;
a projection unit configured to project a projection pattern onto a target object every frame;
a trigger signal generation unit configured to generate a trigger signal when it is detected that the projection pattern of
the current frame to be projected onto the target object is different from the projection pattern of a previous frame;

an imaging unit configured to image the target object, onto which the projection pattern is projected, according to the trigger
signal; and

a shutter signal generation unit configured to output a shutter signal to the imaging unit at a preset timing, according to
the trigger signal generated by the trigger signal generation unit,

wherein the imaging unit images the target object, onto which the projection pattern is projected, according to the shutter
signal.

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. 9,280,085

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to for develop a latent image on said image bearing member to form a toner image using a toner;
a transferring device configured to transfer the toner image on said image bearing member onto a recording material;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature; and
a controller configured to execute a discharging operation for discharging a toner from said developing device onto said image
bearing member in a region corresponding to an interval between a recording material and a subsequent recording material in
a continuous image forming job for continuously forming an image on a plurality of recording materials,

wherein said controller executes the discharging operation on the basis of integral information obtained by integration of
an amount of toner consumption which is less than a a predetermined deterioration threshold set depending on a detection result
of said temperature sensor detected upon the toner consumption, and

wherein said controller sets the predetermined deterioration threshold at a first predetermined deterioration threshold when
temperature information obtained depending on a detection result of said temperature sensor is a first predetermined temperature
and sets the predetermined deterioration threshold at a second predetermined deterioration threshold, higher than the first
predetermined deterioration threshold, when the temperature information obtained depending on a detection result of said temperature
sensor is a second predetermined temperature higher than the first predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,278,555

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method for performing duplex printing on a first surface and a second surface of a continuous sheet movable
in a direction of sheet conveyance, comprising:
printing a plurality of images on the first surface of the continuous sheet with a non-image area between adjacent images;
printing a plurality of images on the second surface of the continuous sheet having been printed on the first surface with
a same layout as the first surface, wherein a mark for cutting the sheet is printed in a space between each of adjacent images
on the second surface;

prior to printing images on the first surface, analyzing data of the images to be printed on the second surface to obtain
a length of each of the images in a direction of sheet conveyance; and

setting a length of a target non-image area between two images in the direction of sheet conveyance on the first surface,
depending on an obtained length of a precedent image to be printed immediately before a space between two images on the second
surface which is a reverse part of the target non-image area.

US Pat. No. 9,272,543

PRINTING DEVICE, TRAY AND CONVEYANCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A conveyance device that conveys a tray that holds media, comprising:
a first roller section that comprises a first conveyance roller; and
a second roller section that comprises a second conveyance roller and a pinch roller, wherein
the tray includes a first region and a second region having a coefficient of friction that is higher than that of the first
region, the first and second regions being aligned in a conveyance direction of the tray on a side of a surface that comes
in contact with the first conveyance roller, and

the second region is provided at a portion that is in contact with the first conveyance roller when the tray is taken in by
the first roller section and a tip end of the tray advances to a gripping section between the second conveyance roller and
the pinch roller.

US Pat. No. 9,275,949

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:
a wiring substrate having a semiconductor element mounted thereon;
a protective member which is spaced from said wiring substrate and which has light permeability; and
a wall member for joining said wiring substrate and said protective member together,
wherein said semiconductor element is placed in a hollow portion, said hollow portion being formed with said wiring substrate,
said protective member, and said wall member being a bottom surface, a top surface, and side surfaces thereof, respectively,
and

wherein said wall member has a vent hole formed therein, said vent hole being a through hole via which said hollow portion
is in communication with the outside of the semiconductor device, and said vent hole includes a pillar member which is formed
of a material having a linear expansion coefficient that is smaller than a linear expansion coefficient of said wall member,
said pillar member being fixed to only one of said wiring substrate and said protective member, such that said vent hole is
closed at ordinary temperature with said pillar member and is open at more than 100° C.

US Pat. No. 9,277,112

AUTO FOCUSING APPARATUS AND AUTO FOCUSING METHOD, AND IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An auto focusing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a specific object from image signals periodically supplied;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the specific object has been consecutively detected;
a setting unit configured to set a first area corresponding to the specific object detected by the detection unit and a second
area which is different from the first area until the determination unit determines that that specific object has been consecutively
detected; and

a focusing unit configured to perform focusing control by an imaging optical system based on image signals,
wherein the focusing unit starts the focusing control based on the image signal in the second area until the determination
unit determines that the specific object has been consecutively detected, and starts the focusing control based on the image
signals in the first area in a case where the determination unit determines that the specific object has been consecutively
detected.

US Pat. No. 9,277,114

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS TO WHICH A LENS UNIT WITH A FOCUS LENS IS ATTACHABLE AND CAPABLE OF PERFORMING ACCURATE AND FAST FOCUS DETECTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE ME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a lens unit including an image pickup optical system including a focus lens is attachable,
the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to perform photoelectric conversion on light passing through the image pickup optical system
of the attached lens unit to generate an image pickup signal;

a control unit configured to control drive of the focus lens based on a focus signal generated from the image pickup signal;
and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire type information of the lens unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to:
perform a first scanning operation of driving the focus lens in a first direction and perform a second scanning operation
of driving the focus lens at a lower speed than a predetermined speed in a second direction different from the first direction
after the first scanning operation, and

determine whether to perform the second scanning operation based on the type information of the lens unit in a case where
a drive speed of the focus lens when an in-focus position is detected based on the focus signal acquired during the first
scanning operation is higher than the predetermined speed,

wherein when the acquisition unit acquires the type information corresponding to a lens unit which is previously determined
to have a high in-focus accuracy for the focus lens driven at an upper limit speed, the control unit controls not to perform
the second scanning operation.

US Pat. No. 9,274,467

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a coil configured to generate magnetic flux;
a belt member configured to generate heat by the magnetic flux, wherein said coil is provided at a position where said coil
opposes an outer peripheral surface of said belt member;

a first core and a second core which are provided inside said belt member;
a contact member contacting an inner surface of said belt member along a widthwise direction of said belt member;
a pressing member configured to press said belt member against said contact member to form a nip in which a recording material
is nip-conveyed;

a core supporting member configured to support said first core and said second core;
a pressing mechanism configured to generate pressure for forming the nip by using a force generated between said core supporting
member and said contact member; and

adjusting means, provided on said core supporting member, for adjusting the height of each of said first core and said second
core so that the height of a supporting surface configured to support said first core and the height of a supporting surface
configured to support said second core are different from each other with respect to a direction perpendicular to the supporting
surfaces of the first core and the second core.

US Pat. No. 9,277,581

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor, wherein the processor functions as units comprising:
(a) a receiving unit configured to receive a wireless communication parameter from a parameter-providing apparatus;
(b) a storage unit configured to store, in said memory, the wireless communication parameter received by said receiving unit;
(c) a detecting unit configured to detect a connection instruction for connection to a wireless network which is connected
to using the wireless communication parameter provided by the parameter-providing apparatus; and

(d) a connecting unit configured to connect to the wireless network using the wireless communication parameter provided by
the parameter-providing apparatus,

wherein in a case where said connecting unit re-connects to the wireless network, said connecting unit, depending on a reason
for a disconnection from the wireless network, either (a) connects to the wireless network using the wireless communication
parameter that has already been stored in said memory, or (b) receives the wireless communication parameter again and connects
to the wireless network using the wireless communication parameter that was received again.

US Pat. No. 9,277,074

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM DETERMINING WHETHER IMAGE DATA OF A PAGE TO BE PROCESSED IS BLANK AND CONTAINS A FOREGROUND OBJECT AND TRANSMITTING THE FOREGROUND OBJECT OBTAINED BY REMOVING A BACKGROUND OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit which reads an image to acquire image data corresponding to the image;
a transmission unit which transmits image data; and
a control unit;
wherein the control unit comprises:
a blank page determination unit which determines whether or not image data of a page to be processed acquired by the reading
unit is blank;

a determination unit which determines whether the image data of the page to be processed contains a foreground object; and
a transmission control unit which
controls the transmission unit not to transmit the image data of the page to be processed if it is determined by the blank
page determination unit that the image data is blank,

controls the transmission unit to transmit a foreground object obtained by removing a background object from the image data
of the page to be processed if it is determined by the blank page determination unit that the image data is not blank and
it is determined by the determination unit that the image data does include the foreground object, and

controls the transmission unit not to transmit the image data of the page to be processed if it is determined by the blank
page determination unit that the image data is not blank and it is determined by the determination unit that the image data
does not include the foreground object.

US Pat. No. 9,272,508

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements configured to generate energy to be used to discharge liquid;
a wiring configured to supply a driving power to be used to drive said plurality of printing elements;
a first delay buffer group formed by series-connecting a plurality of buffer circuits in which a heat enable signal is transferred
while being delayed by said plurality of buffer circuits;

a second delay buffer group formed by series-connecting a plurality of buffer circuits in which the heat enable signal is
transferred while being delayed by said plurality of buffer circuits in a direction different from an arrayed direction of
said plurality of buffer circuits of said first delay buffer group; and

a switchover circuit configured to switch over, in accordance with a control signal, a delay sequence in a case where supplying
the heat enable signal to each of said plurality of printing elements by switching over between said first delay buffer group
and said second delay buffer group.

US Pat. No. 9,275,316

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING AN ATTRIBUTE MAP FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating an attribute map for processing an image by an image processing device, the method comprising:
Receiving, by a computing device, an image encoded into a plurality of segments, each segment being characterised by a position
within a base region associated with the image and being encoded according to a corresponding encoding format;

decoding, by the computing device, a segment from the plurality of segments stored on a storage device into a sub-image, the
sub-image being associated with a combination operation and an attribute value derived based on at least one of a segment
decoding format and a segment encoding format, the combination operation determining a process of combining the sub-image
with the underlying base region;

determining, by a computing device at least one information-carrying pixel in the sub-image based on the sub-image pixel content
stored on the storage device and the attribute value associated with the sub-image; and

generating, by the computer device, the attribute map for processing the image by the image processing device, the attribute
map being generated using the attribute value associated with the sub-image for at least one pixel of the attribute map.

US Pat. No. 9,275,447

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESCRIBING IMAGE REGION BASED ON COLOR HISTOGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for describing an image region based on color histogram, comprising:
transforming the image region into HSV or HSL color space;
extracting a specific color range, which includes colors perceptible by human vision as black, gray and white colors, from
the HSV or HSL color space;

dividing the HSV or HSL color space except for the specific color range into a plurality of common color ranges;
quantizing the image region into a quantized color region by quantizing the specific color range according to a Value plane
of the HSV color space or a Lightness plane of the HSL color space and quantizing each of the common color ranges according
to the Value plane and a Saturation plane of the HSV color space or the Lightness plane and a Saturation plane of the HSL
color space;

computing one or more color histograms according to the quantized color region;
smoothing histogram bins corresponding to the common color ranges except for the specific color range in the one or more color
histograms so that adjacent histogram bins have an impact on each other; and

generating a unique vector by using the one or more color histograms.

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. 9,268,504

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, PRINTING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SEARCHING, RETRIEVING IMAGE FORMING DEVICES THAT ARE COLLECTIVELY REGISTERED ON A SERVICE PROVIDING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device that is communicable with a service providing device that provides a print service and
an image forming device that executes printing by using the print service, comprising:
a selection unit configured to accept a selection of at least one or more image forming devices that are targets to be registered
from among a plurality of image forming devices;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to each of the selected image forming devices, a registration request on the service
providing device in response to the acceptance of the selection by the selection unit and reception of an instruction for
registration;

a receipt unit configured to receive, from each of the selected image forming devices that have accepted the registration
request, location information for accessing the service providing device corresponding to each image forming device; and

a display unit configured to receive and display an authentication screen for inputting authentication information by accessing
the service providing device based on the received location information,

wherein user information corresponding to the authentication and each of the selected image forming devices are associated
with each other and managed by the service providing device after the authentication information is input on the displayed
authentication screen.

US Pat. No. 9,268,507

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a sheet based on image data
of a page included in a print job, and a temperature control unit configured to control a temperature of a fixing unit when
the fixing unit fixes a toner image for the image data of the page on a sheet based on an amount of applied toner for the
image data of the page, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the amount of the applied toner for image data of each page included in the print
job formed from a plurality of pages; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to said image forming unit, image data of an Mth (M is a positive integer) page
included in the print job after transmitting, to the temperature control unit, information of the amount of the applied toner
for the image data of the Mth (M is a positive integer) page included in the print job, which is acquired by said acquisition
unit,

wherein, if another job, which is specified to be executed with a priority higher than the print job by a user in advance,
is input during execution of the print job, said transmission unit transmits image data of a page included in the other job
to said image forming unit after transmitting, to said image forming unit, the image data of the page included in the print
job corresponding to the information of the amount of the applied toner transmitted to the temperature control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,269,030

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input job data in a multi-part format;
an identification unit configured to identify a division position of each part of job data input by the input unit;
a determination unit configured to determine a portion of processing data that is a job processing target among the job data
input by the input unit, the portion being specified by a start position and a stop position; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that identification of the division position by the identification unit is
skipped at a location that is determined to be the portion of processing data by the determination unit among the job data
input by the input unit,

wherein job data input by the input unit is divided into a plurality of blocks, and
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the identification unit to identify the division position for data having
a divided block size that is smaller than a predetermined size.

US Pat. No. 9,268,281

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure portion configured to expose said photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic image;
a developing portion configured to develop the electrostatic image on said photosensitive member with a developer containing
a toner and a carrier;

wherein each of said photosensitive member and said developing portion is configured to be independently exchangeable,
a sensor configured to detect a toner image formed by said developing portion to output density information depending on a
toner amount per unit area;

a supply portion configured to supply the developer to said developing portion;
a controller configured to control a supplying operation of said supply portion on the basis of a detection result, detected
by said sensor, of a supply control toner image formed by said exposure portion;

a storing portion configured to store the detection result detected by said sensor; and
an exchange detecting portion configured to detect information for discriminating exchange of said photosensitive member,
wherein said controller is configured to execute an operation in a mode, in which said controller adjusts an exposure condition
for forming the supply control toner image by the exposure portion after exchange of said photosensitive member on the basis
of first information and second information, and

wherein the first information is stored in said storing portion and is a detection result when a first control toner image,
formed before the exchange of the photosensitive member, is detected by said sensor, and the second information is a detection
result when a second control toner image, formed after the exchange of said photosensitive member, is detected by said sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,262,813

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine for each image region, based on information indicating a positional displacement
of a pixel included in the image region in an image transformation process involving shifting of pixel positions, a number
of iterations for an iterative calculation in a super-resolution process of an image; and

a super-resolution processing unit configured to perform the super-resolution process on an image based on the number of iterations
determined by the determining unit,

wherein, in an image on which the super-resolution process is performed, the number of iterations determined for a first pixel
position and a second pixel position are different,

wherein the positional displacement is caused by a lens aberration.

US Pat. No. 9,263,090

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data coded by a predetermined coding method using a plurality of coding
types on a unit basis of a coding unit which includes a first predetermined number of frames, where a time code having a same
value corresponds to every second predetermined number of frames of the moving image data;

a determining unit configured to determine, in accordance with information regarding the coding unit of the moving image data
and the time codes corresponding to a plurality of frames of the moving image data, as a candidate frame of an editing point
of the moving image data, a frame which is of a predetermined coding type and corresponds to a time code having a value different
from that of a time code of an immediately-precedent frame;

a setting unit configured to set a frame of the editing point of the moving image data in accordance with the candidate frame
determined by the determining unit;

an editing unit configured to edit the moving image data in accordance with the frame of the editing point set by the setting
unit; and

a memory including instructions that cause the processor to function as one of the obtaining unit, the determining unit, the
setting unit and the editing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,811

DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER, DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer carrying member that is capable of carrying a developer on a surface thereof, and that supplies the developer
carried on the surface to a surface of an image bearing member when a voltage is applied thereto, comprising:
an elastic layer; and
a surface layer that covers the elastic layer, contains alumina, and has a higher volume resistivity than the elastic layer,
wherein an Asker-C hardness is no lower than 45 degrees and no higher than 70 degrees, and
a microhardness measured using a nanoindentation method is no lower than 50 MPa and no higher than 220 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,261,814

DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER, DEVELOPING ASSEMBLY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer carrying member that is capable of carrying a developer on a surface thereof, and that supplies the developer
carried on the surface to a surface of an image bearing member when a voltage is applied thereto, comprising:
an elastic layer; and
a surface layer that covers the elastic layer and contains aluminum oxide,
wherein the aluminum oxide of the surface layer contains tetracoordinated aluminum atoms and hexacoordinated aluminum atoms
existing in a higher proportion than the tetracoordinated aluminum atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,260,273

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a first path and a second path through which a sheet is conveyed; and
a guide portion rotatable between a first position where the sheet is guided to the first path and a second position where
the sheet is guided to the second path,

wherein the guide portion includes:
a resin member including a first guide surface configured to guide the sheet to the first path at the first position, and
a second guide surface configured to guide the sheet to the second path at the second position; and

a reinforcing member including a main body portion extending in a direction along an axis line of the guide portion,
wherein a plurality of the reinforcing members is arranged in series in the longitudinal direction of the resin member, and
wherein the reinforcing member includes protrusions provided at both end portions of the main body portion in a longitudinal
direction of the main body portion, the protrusions protruding toward a direction crossing to the longitudinal direction of
the main body portion.

US Pat. No. 9,260,611

SYNTHESIS METHOD FOR SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, INK JET INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A synthesis method for a self-dispersible pigment, the method comprising performing ring-opening addition of a lactone
ring of a lactone-based compound to an acidic group that is bonded to a surface of a pigment particle directly or via another
atomic group, to bond a functional group, including an ester group, to the surface of the pigment particle.

US Pat. No. 9,264,606

PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing device which obtains distance information of a subject, comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate the distance information of the subject from a difference in blur degree of a plurality
of images photographed by an imaging optical system;

a correcting unit configured to correct the distance information using correction data in accordance with an image height
in the imaging optical system; and

an extraction unit configured to extract at least one frequency component from each of the plurality of images, wherein
the calculation unit calculates the distance information from a difference in blur degree in the plurality of images in the
at least one frequency component; and

the correcting unit corrects the distance information using correction data in accordance with an image height in the at least
one frequency component.

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. 9,256,151

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to transfer an image to a sheet conveyed from a sheet storage unit and fix the transferred image
to the sheet using a fixing unit;

a timer unit configured to measure an elapsed time since the sheet is set in the sheet storage unit;
a memory unit configured to store a threshold value associated with the elapsed time; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on the measured elapsed time measured by the timer unit, whether or not to perform
control such that the sheet is heated by the fixing unit before the image is transferred to the sheet,

wherein the control is determined to be performed in a case where the measured elapsed time is less than or equal to the stored
threshold value, and the control is determined not to be performed in a case where the measured elapsed time exceeds the stored
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,256,152

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING VIEWING-DENSITY PRIORITY AND COLOR MATERIAL SAVING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire transmission information indicating transmittance of light of a printing medium
used in image formation;

a first setting unit configured to set a reduction ratio indicating maximum percentages of mounted amount of color materials
with respect to a maximum amount of mounted color materials used in the image formation based on the transmission information;

a second setting unit configured to set a fixing index indicating a fixing state of the color materials with respect to the
printing medium based on the transmission information; and

a third setting unit configured to allow a user to set a printing condition,
wherein the first setting unit and the second setting unit make the settings based on the transmission information and the
printing condition, and

wherein the printing condition comprises a viewing-density priority mode and a color material saving mode as printing modes,
the reduction ratio in the color material saving mode is set to be less than the reduction ratio in the viewing-density priority
mode, and the fixing index in the color material saving mode is set to be greater than the fixing index in the viewing-density
priority mode.

US Pat. No. 9,258,540

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a first processing circuit including a first CPU and a first communication unit, the first processing circuit acquiring moving
image data from the imaging unit and recording the acquired moving image data in a recording medium; and

a second processing circuit including a second CPU and a second communication unit, the second processing circuit acquiring,
from the imaging unit, moving image data of a frame that is different from a frame acquired by the first processing circuit,
and recording the acquired moving image data in the recording medium,

wherein the first CPU communicates with the second processing circuit using the first communication unit, and the second CPU
communicates with the first processing circuit using the second communication unit,

wherein the second CPU determines a recording position in the recording medium at which the first processing circuit is to
record moving image data, and causes the second communication unit to transmit information of the recording position to the
first processing circuit, and

wherein the first processing circuit records moving image data in the recording medium in accordance with the information
of the recording position transmitted from the second processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,250,582

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A fixing apparatus configured to heat a recording material having a toner image formed thereon and fix the toner image
on the recording material comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to come into contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generation resistor formed
on the substrate;

a thermal conduction member configured to come into contact with a surface of the heater opposite to a surface that contacts
the film, the thermal conduction member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of the substrate;

and a pressurizing roller configured to form a pressing portion with the heater via the film,
wherein the thermal conduction member contacts the heater in a configuration so as not to overlap with end regions of the
heat generation resistor in a longitudinal direction of the heat generation resistor, and

wherein only the heat generation resistor having a resistance value of the end regions lower than a resistance value at a
center portion in the longitudinal direction is provided.

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. 9,249,868

CONTACT AND SEPARATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member;
a transfer roller configured to transfer a toner image from the image bearing member onto a recording medium;
a bearing member configured to support the transfer roller;
a bearing support member configured to movably support the bearing member;
a biasing member disposed between the bearing support member and the bearing member, the biasing member being configured to
bias the transfer roller toward the image bearing member;

a separation member rotatably disposed in the bearing support member, the separation member being configured to move a position
of the bearing member, the separation member being (i) engaged with a bearing side engagement portion of the bearing member
in a separation state in which the transfer roller is separated from the image bearing member against a biasing force of the
biasing member and (ii) released from the bearing side engagement portion in a contact state in which the transfer roller
is contacted to the image bearing member with the biasing force;

a conveyance roller configured to convey a recording medium;
a drive source configured to drive the conveyance roller; and
a release member configured to be driven by the drive source and to rotate independently from the rotation of the transfer
roller, the release member having the separation member rotate in a predetermined direction from a first phase corresponding
to the separation state to a second phase corresponding to the contact state by being driven by the drive source in the separation
state and position the separation member in a position where the separation member is not rotated regardless of the rotation
of the release member in the contact state.

US Pat. No. 9,242,823

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detecting apparatus configured to detect a sheet on a sheet conveying path on which the sheet is conveyed, the
sheet detecting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit including a lever member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of the sheet being conveyed
on the sheet conveying path abuts, and a holding member configured to hold the lever member, the lever member and the holding
member being configured to move integrally with each other when the lever member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet
being conveyed;

a detection sensor configured to output a signal corresponding to a position of the detection unit;
a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to a waiting position after
the lever member and the holding member integrally move with each other by the sheet being conveyed;

a movable support portion configured to support the lever member in a manner that the lever member is movable with respect
to the holding member so that the lever member is located in a retracted position in which the lever member allows the sheet
to pass the lever member in contact with a surface of the sheet being conveyed in a state in which the holding member is located
in the waiting position; and

a second urging portion configured to urge the lever member in a manner that the lever member is moved from the retracted
position to a position in which the abutment surface of the lever member abuts against a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a trailing edge of the sheet passes the lever member,

wherein the detection sensor comprises a photo interrupter, and
wherein the lever member comprises a light blocking portion configured to block an optical path of the photo interrupter.

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. 9,244,402

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING PORTION CONFIGURED TO HEAT-FIX TJE TONER IMAGE FORMED ON RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a recording material accommodating portion configured to accommodate a recording material;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the recording material fed from said recording material accommodating
portion;

a fixing portion configured to heat-fix the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion;
a storing portion configured to store information corresponding to the type of the recording material accommodated in said
recording material accommodating portion;

a detecting portion configured to detect that a predetermined operation is performed by an operator; and
an executing portion configured to execute a start-up process of said fixing portion, when said detecting portion detects
the predetermined operation performed by the operator before said image forming apparatus receives an image formation instruction,
over a time depending on the information stored in said storing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,245,218

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a packet from the external apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the packet received by the receiving unit is a first type packet or a second
type packet; and

a power supply unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the packet received by the receiving
unit is the first type packet, shift the data processing apparatus to a first power condition in which electric power is supplied
to a processor and a memory for storing data to be accessed by the processor, and in a case where the determination unit determines
that the packet received by the receiving unit is the second type packet, shift the data processing apparatus to a second
power condition in which electric power is supplied to the memory and electric power is not supplied to the processor.

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. 9,247,173

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus having a pixel circuit unit and a peripheral circuit unit on a single semiconductor substrate comprising:
a plurality of pixel circuits arranged, in the pixel circuit unit, in a matrix form, each of the plurality of pixel circuits
including a photoelectric conversion element, a transfer element configured to transfer electric carriers generated in the
photoelectric conversion element, and an amplification element configured to generate a signal based on the electric carriers
generated in the photoelectric conversion element; and

a plurality of analog signal processing circuits each provided, in the peripheral circuit unit, for each column of the pixel
circuits, each of the plurality of analog signal processing circuits configured to process an analog signal output from the
corresponding pixel circuit; and

a digital signal processing unit provided in the peripheral circuit unit and configured to process a digital signal,
wherein each of the plurality of pixel circuits includes a first kind transistor being an insulated gate field effect transistor
and having a maximum value of a potential difference between a potential of its gate and a potential of its body equal to
or higher than a first value,

wherein each of the plurality of analog signal processing circuits includes a second kind transistor being an insulated gate
field effect transistor and having a maximum value of a potential difference between a potential of its gate and a potential
of its body equal to or lower than a second value that is lower than the first value,

and each of the plurality of analog signal processing circuits does not include an insulated gate field effect transistor
having a maximum value of a potential difference between a potential of its gate and a potential of its body higher than the
second value,

wherein the digital signal processing unit includes a third kind transistor being an insulated gate transistor and having
a maximum value of a potential difference between a potential of its gate and a potential of its body equal to or lower than
a third value that is lower than the second value,

and the digital signal processing unit does not include an insulated gate field effect transistor having a maximum value of
a potential difference between a potential of its gate and a potential of its body higher than the third value, and

wherein the transfer element is the first kind transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,239,536

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first light source;
a second light source;
a rotation polygon mirror configured to have four reflective surfaces and to deflect a light beam emitted from said first
light source and a light beam emitted from said second light source with the four reflective surfaces so that the light beam
emitted from said first light source scans a first photoconductor and the light beam emitted from said second light source
scans a second photoconductor, said rotation polygon mirror being shaped in substantially a square when viewed along a rotation
axis of said rotation polygon mirror, and the four reflective surfaces are disposed at sides of said substantially square
rotation polygon mirror and arranged in parallel with the rotation axis, respectively;

a housing in which said first light source, said second light source, and said rotation polygon mirror are arranged so that
an optical path of the light beam emitted from said first light source toward said rotation polygon mirror and an optical
path of the light beam emitted from said second light source toward said rotation polygon mirror are parallel to a virtual
plane that is parallel to a rotating axis of said rotation polygon mirror and contains the rotating axis, and so that the
light beam emitted from said second light source is incident on a reflective surface among the four reflective surfaces that
adjoins to the reflective surface on which the light beam emitted from said first light source is incident at an upstream
side in a rotating direction of said rotation polygon mirror;

a first driver IC configured to drive said first light source in one operation mode among a plurality of operation modes;
a second driver IC configured to drive said second light source in one operation mode among the plurality of operation modes;
a control unit configured to output a same operation mode signal to both said first driver IC and said second driver IC at
a same timing so that the operation mode of said first light source is identical to the operation mode of said second light
source; and

a first light receiving unit configured to receive a light beam emitted from said first light source, and a second light receiving
unit configured to receive a light beam emitted from said second light source,

wherein the plurality of operation modes include a light amount control mode, said first driver IC controls a value of a current
to said first light source based on a reception result of said first light receiving unit in the light amount control mode,

wherein said second driver IC controls a value of a current to said second light source based on a reception result of said
second light receiving unit in the light amount control mode, and

wherein the control unit outputs the same operation mode signal for changing another operation mode into the light amount
control mode to both said first driver IC and said second driver IC at a same timing.

US Pat. No. 9,239,316

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold an object, wherein said holding unit includes two plates and being configured to compress
and hold the object by said two plates;

a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave generated in the object via said holding unit and convert the acoustic wave
to an electrical signal;

a force measuring unit configured to measure a force applied to the object when the object is held by said holding unit;
an area measuring unit configured to measure a contact area between the object and said holding unit;
a distance measuring unit configured to measure a distance between said two plates; and
a sound speed acquiring unit configured to acquire a sound speed in the object by using the force measured by said force measuring
unit, the contact area between the object and said holding unit measured by said area measuring unit, and the distance between
said two plates as measured by said distance measuring unit before and after said two plates compress the object.

US Pat. No. 9,241,132

RECEPTION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF, AND TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reception apparatus configured to receive content data including a plurality of pieces of segment data, the reception
apparatus comprising:
a metadata reception unit configured to receive metadata indicating a reproduction order of the segment data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire storage information indicating whether the reception apparatus stores the content
data; and

a control unit configured to, if the storage information indicates the reception apparatus does not store the content data,
perform control to transmit a request for acquiring a piece of segment data that is later in the reproduction order than a
piece of segment data to be requested to be acquired if the storage information indicates the reception apparatus stores the
content data.

US Pat. No. 9,238,361

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a printing element board having a plurality of printing elements for producing energy used to eject liquid;
a contact board having a contact terminal for electrically connecting to a liquid ejection printing apparatus, and a memory
element;

a plurality of lands which are provided on a face of the contact board where the memory element is mounted, and to which terminals
of the memory element are connected;

a wiring member that connects the printing element board to the contact board;
a plurality of first terminals and a plurality of second terminals disposed on one edge of the contact board, wherein the
plurality of second terminals are disposed at the end of a first terminal array in which the plurality of first terminals
are arrayed;

a first wiring connecting the contact terminal to the first terminals;
a second wiring connecting at least one of the plurality of lands to the second terminals; and
insulating resin that covers edge faces of the second terminals positioned on the one edge of the contact board.

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. 9,235,182

FIXING DEVICE CAPABLE OF DETECTING WRAP JAM OF RECORDING SHEET AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing unit configured to be subject to heating control to thereby fix a toner image on a recording medium;
a first temperature-detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit in an area where the recording medium
passes to obtain a first detected temperature;

a second temperature-detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit in an area where the recording medium
does not pass to obtain a second detected temperature; and

a control unit configured to:
control heating of the fixing unit so that the temperature detected by the first temperature-detecting unit reaches a target
temperature; and

stop heating of the fixing unit and generate a signal indicating an abnormality, even in a case where the temperature detected
by the first temperature-detecting unit does not reach the target temperature, based on the difference between the temperature
detected by the first temperature-detecting unit and the temperature detected by the second temperature-detecting unit being
smaller than a predetermined threshold, upon the temperature detected by the second temperature-detecting unit being at or
surpassing a predetermined temperature, which is lower than the target temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,235,184

HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A high-voltage power supply apparatus for generating a high voltage, comprising:
a driving unit driven by a drive signal at a predetermined frequency;
an inductor connected to the driving unit, wherein a voltage is applied into the inductor by driving the driving unit;
a rectification unit connected to the inductor, the rectification unit including capacitors and diodes;
a current detection unit that detects a current flowing through the rectification unit; and
a control unit configured to change a turn-on time of the drive signal within a period of one cycle of the drive signal based
on the current detected by the current detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,237,256

DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a document along a conveying path;
a reading unit configured to read the document being conveyed by the conveyance unit at a reading position;
an illumination unit configured to illuminate the reading position;
a white member disposed to the reading position at the conveying path;
a reference value determination unit configured to determine a reference value from an output value of the reading unit obtained
when the reading unit reads the white member;

a detection unit configured to detect a shadow generated by a leading edge of the document based on the reference value and
an output value of the reading unit obtained before the leading edge of the document is conveyed by the conveyance unit;

a streak pixel position determination unit configured to determine a streak pixel position based on an output value of the
reading unit corresponding to a prescribed area of the document in a conveyance direction of the document, which is determined
based on a detection result by the detection unit; and

a correction unit configured to perform a streak correction on an output value of the reading unit based on the streak pixel
position.

US Pat. No. 9,232,890

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project a plurality of alignment indices onto an eye to be inspected;
an optic papilla position detection unit configured to detect an optic papilla position of the eye to be inspected; and
an alignment detection unit configured to detect a positional relationship between the eye to be inspected and an apparatus
main body based on a reflection image of an alignment index of the plurality of alignment indices,

wherein when the reflection image of an alignment index overlaps with the optic papilla, the alignment detection unit performs
alignment detection by using the reflection image of at least one alignment index of the plurality of alignment indices other
than the alignment index whose reflection image overlaps with the optic papilla.

US Pat. No. 9,236,033

COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing apparatus for performing an adjustment of display color of a display device, the apparatus comprising:
a display controller configured to display, on the display device, a target color to be adjusted, which can be designated
by a user, and a plurality of candidate colors that may be selected by a user in preference to the target color, which candidate
colors define a first color range including the target color to be adjusted; and

a selector configured to select one of the plurality of candidate colors based on a user instruction,
wherein the display controller displays, subsequent to selection of one of the candidate colors, on the display device a further
plurality of candidate colors which define a second color range including the selected candidate color as a second target
color to be adjusted, and

wherein (a) the second color range is narrower than the first color range, (b) the candidate colors define vertices of the
color range, (c) the target colors to be adjusted are respectively located at a center of each of the first and second color
ranges, (d) each of the first and second color ranges is a chromaticity range on a device-independent color space, and (e)
the display controller sets a narrower second color range by narrowing down the previous second color range at a predetermined
ratio in response to a selection of a candidate color in the second color range.

US Pat. No. 9,236,905

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING FREQUENCY HOPPING ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a master device including a first time measuring unit configured to count time, a first wireless transmitter-receiver unit
configured to perform wireless communication by a frequency hopping system and configured to output a first change timing
signal and configured to output a transmission timing signal at a time of wireless transmission, and a first control unit
configured to output a first sync signal to the first time measuring unit, after the transmission timing signal is received
and then a carrier frequency is changed a predetermined number of times according to the first change timing signal; and

a slave device including a second time measuring unit configured to count time, a second wireless transmitter-receiver unit
configured to perform wireless communication by a frequency hopping system and configured to output a second change timing
signal and configured to output a reception timing signal at a time of wireless reception, and a second control unit configured
to output a second sync signal to the second time measuring unit after the reception timing signal is received and then a
carrier frequency is changed the predetermined number of times according to the second change timing signal,

wherein the first change timing signal, the transmission timing signal, and the first sync signal are different from one another,
and

wherein the second change timing signal, the reception timing signal, and the second sync signal are different from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,233,550

PRINTING APPARATUS AND RESIDUAL INK DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an ink tank containing ink;
two electrodes provided in said ink tank;
a measurement unit configured to perform a measurement operation for measuring a voltage difference between the two electrodes;
a determination unit configured to determine that an ink amount in said ink tank is in a first state indicating that the ink
amount is less than a predetermined amount in a case where the voltage difference measured by said measurement unit is higher
than a first threshold value, and determine that the ink amount is in a second state indicating that the ink amount is more
than the predetermined amount in a case where the measured voltage difference is lower than a second threshold value lower
than the first threshold value; and

a control unit configured to control to cause said measurement unit to perform re-measurement after discharging electric charges
accumulated between the two electrodes in a case where the voltage difference measured by said measurement unit is higher
than the second threshold value and lower than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,234,856

X-RAY APPARATUS AND X-RAY MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray apparatus for deriving X-ray absorbing information and X-ray phase information of an object to be detected comprising:
a splitting element for splitting spatially X-rays generated by an X-ray generator into X-ray beams;
a detector unit for detecting intensities of the X-rays, based on the X-rays split by said splitting element and transmitted
through the object, the intensity of the X-rays changing according to an X-ray phase shift during the transmitting of the
X-rays through the object, and also changing according to an X-ray position change; and

a calculating unit for calculating an X-ray transmittance image as the X-ray absorbing information, and an X-ray differential
phase contrast image or an X-ray phase shift contrast image as the X-ray phase information by using the intensities of the
X-rays, wherein

said splitting element forms X-ray beams by splitting the X-rays, and the X-ray beams have two or more widths at said detector
unit,

said calculating unit calculates the X-ray absorbing information and the X-ray phase information, based on a changing, in
correlation between the changing of the phase of the X-rays and the changing the intensity of the X-rays in said detector
unit, the correlation being changed according to the width of X-ray beam,

wherein said splitting element comprises a slit array formed by line and space such that a slit width changes periodically
between two or more slit widths, and

wherein said slit array formed by line and space is formed by arranging alternatingly two slits of different widths.

US Pat. No. 9,232,166

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM USING FIRST AND SECOND ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTERS TO CONVERT ANALOG SIGNAL FROM RESPECTIVE PLURAL ELECTRICAL SIGNAL SUPPLY UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array configured to include a plurality of pixels;
a first electrical signal supply unit configured to supply an electrical signal; and
a second electrical signal supply unit, configured to supply an electrical signal,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric conversion unit that generates signal charge,
wherein the pixel array includes a first analog-to-digital conversion unit and a second analog-to-digital conversion unit
each converting an analog signal based on the signal charge into a digital signal,

wherein the first analog-to-digital conversion unit is electrically connected to the first electrical signal supply unit and
converts the analog signal into the digital signal using the electrical signal supplied from the first electrical signal supply
unit, and

wherein the second analog-to-digital conversion unit is electrically connected to the second electrical signal supply unit
and converts the analog signal into the digital signal using the electrical signal supplied from the second electrical signal
supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,352

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS CORRECTION OF IMAGE FORMING POSITIONS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a beam scanning device including:
a plurality of light sources configured to emit light beams for exposing the photosensitive member;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light sources and scan
the photosensitive member;

an optical member configured to guide the plurality of light beams deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photosensitive
member;

a storage unit configured to store first correction data for correcting a light amount of the light beam;
a control unit; and
a housing to which the plurality of light sources, the storage unit, and the control unit are attached,
wherein the storage unit outputs the first correction data to the control unit, and
wherein the first correction data includes a plurality of data items respectively corresponding to the plurality of light
sources and first data for correcting changes of the light amount of each of the light beams caused by optical characteristics
of the optical member; and

an output unit disposed to the image forming apparatus separately from the beam scanning apparatus, connected to the control
unit from outside of the housing via a communication bus, and configured to output second correction data for correcting the
light amount of the light beam to the beam scanning device via the communication bus,

wherein the second correction data is data for being commonly used in correction of the light amount of the light beam emitted
from each of the plurality of light sources and includes second data associated with non-uniformity in potential characteristics
of each of a plurality of areas on a surface of the photosensitive member, and

wherein the control unit is configured to control the light amount of the light beam to be emitted from each of the plurality
of light sources, based on the first correction data stored in the storage unit, and the second correction data output from
the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless belt rotatingly conveying toner images transferred thereon;
a first image carrier rotatably supported in a state in contact with the endless belt;
a second image carrier rotatably supported in a state in contact with the endless belt, in parallel with the first image carrier
and downstream of the first image carrier in a rotational direction of the endless belt;

a first exposure portion exposing the charged first image carrier and forming a latent image thereon;
a second exposure portion exposing the charged second image carrier and forming a latent image thereon;
a first developing portion developing the latent image formed on the first image carrier as one of the toner images at a first
developing position by applying a developing bias;

a second developing portion developing the latent image formed on the second image carrier as one of toner images at a second
developing position by applying a developing bias;

a transfer portion transferring the toner image transferred from the first image carrier to the endless belt at a first transfer
position and the toner image transferred from the second image carrier to the endless belt at a second transfer position collectively
to a recording medium conveyed thereto; and

a control portion selectively executing, corresponding to a predetermined condition, a first or second test mode correcting
at least one of exposure timings of the first exposure portion and the second exposure portion after transferring test toner
images respectively from the first and second image carriers to the endless belt,

the control portion starting the exposure of the first exposure portion after a position of the second image carrier, having
been located at a second developing position when the developing bias is started to be applied to the second developing portion,
arrives at the second transfer position in forming the test toner images in the first test mode, and

the control portion starting the exposure of the first exposure portion before the position of the second image carrier, having
been located at the second developing position when the developing bias is started to be applied to the second developing
portion, arrives at the second transfer position in forming the test toner image in the second test mode.

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. 9,229,678

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display system comprising:
a first display apparatus;
a second display apparatus; and
an image processing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
a first generating means for generating partial images from an entire image to be displayed;
a second generating means for generating a reduced image by reducing the entire image to be displayed; and
a communication means for transmitting a first partial image to the first display apparatus, transmitting a second partial
image that is different from the first partial image to the second display apparatus, and transmitting the reduced image to
the first display apparatus and the second display apparatus,

wherein the first display apparatus is configured to receive the first partial image from the image processing apparatus,
receive the reduced image from the image processing apparatus, use the reduced image to process the first partial image, and
display the processed first partial image,

wherein the second display apparatus is configured to receive the second partial image from the image processing apparatus,
receive the reduced image from the image processing apparatus, use the reduced image to process the second partial image,
and display the processed second partial image,

wherein the image processing apparatus includes controlling means for controlling a white reference level and a black reference
level of the first display apparatus and a white reference level and a black reference level of the second display apparatus,
using first information relating to a display capability of the first display apparatus and second information relating to
a display capability of the second display apparatus, and

wherein the first information is transmitted from the first display apparatus to the image processing apparatus, and the second
information is transmitted from the second display apparatus to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,229,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF RECEIVING DIFFERENT CARTRIDGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion to which one of a plurality of kinds of cartridges having different configurations is mountable;
a fan device for cooling the cartridges mounted to said mounting portion with air flow provided thereby; and
a changing device for changing a state of the air flow in accordance with the configuration of the cartridge mounted to said
mounting portion,

wherein said changing device includes a contact member contactable to the cartridge mounted to said mounting portion, and
wherein said contact member is displaceable in accordance with a configuration of the mounted cartridge to change the state
of air flow.

US Pat. No. 9,230,200

METHOD OF PROCESSING GRAPHICS WITH LIMITED MEMORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for processing a plurality of objects arranged in z-bands in accordance with corresponding z-order said method
comprising:
receiving at least a background graphical representation and a foreground graphical representation in an intermediate format,
the received graphical representations corresponding to objects in a first z-band and objects in a second z-band, respectively;

estimating memory required to combine the received graphical representations using a first combining operation, wherein the
first combining operation generates a bitmap for merged portions of the received graphical representations;

attempting, where the estimated memory exceeds a predetermined threshold, to combine the received graphical representations
using a second combining operation to output an emerged graphical representation in the intermediate format; and

combining, where the attempt is unsuccessful, the received graphical representations in accordance with the first combining
operation to produce a bitmap for merged portions of the received graphical representations.

US Pat. No. 9,230,203

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold jobs;
a storing unit configured to store attribute information of sheets, wherein the sheets are to be stored in sheet holding units;
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to execute at least one of the jobs held in the holding unit;
a counting unit configured to count, from among the jobs held in the holding unit, the number of jobs where attribute information
of a sheet to be used by a job does not correspond to the sheets attribute information stored in the storing unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify, before the instruction to execute at least one of the jobs held in the holding unit
is received by the receiving unit, a user of the number counted by the counting unit.